Book Recommendations To Get Into A New Genre! // the fantasy edition

Hi friends! I’m here today to give you some book recommendations, but not normal book recs. I’m going to try* to give you recs for genres that I know a lot of people are TERRIFIED are jumping into. I know this because I am one of you**. And obviously, I decided to start with fantasy because haha…just look at my reviews. I am a fantasy junkie. So let’s get started!

*what’s the key word? TRY. this has a 86% chance of crashing flopping and burning but it’s fine
*that came off a little creepier than i intended oops-

Easy Fantasy Recs!

You might look at a fantasy book, remember reading The Hobbit or something in school, and immediately yelp and run away. I mean, who has time for made-up worlds? Made-up politics? Dragons and fairies and magic swords? It’s totally understandable. However, there’s a lot of entertainment value and social commentary to be found in fantasy. If you’re worried about jumping in, well, look no further! I am here to save the day! Kind of!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | This trilogy is not for everyone. But I do think it holds a lot of appeal for people not well-versed in fantasy, because the world is simple and easy to understand. The characters feel comfortable, the plot is an excellent balance of political intrigue and twisty revelations, and um it has Cardan in it. Basically, this is about a girl named Jude who gets stolen away with her two sisters to live in the Court of Faerie. If you’re someone who enjoys political thrillers, this could be the perfect gateway into fantasy for you!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | I KNOW I KNOW. This is one of the ultra-popular fantasy series big names that get thrown around a lot. But there’s a good reason for that! The Shadowhunter world is divided into multiple series, so there’s a lot of long books. But it’s urban fantasy, so you don’t have to worry about a brand-new world. The characters actually feel like teenagers, with all the incessant drama and bad (but tbh pretty funny) jokes and banter. And it’s got quite a bit of romance in it, so if you’re a romance/contemporary reader, you might really enjoy this. The first couple of Mortal Instruments books are rough but it all gets so, so much better as it goes on. This follows a girl named Clary who basically sees a group of teens covered in weird markings murder someone in a club. Yeah. And that’s how she discovers the Shadowhunters, people with angel blood, sworn to protect the world from demons and such. There’s also vampires and werewolves and faeries and warlocks. This isn’t high fantasy in the slightest, so definitely try this out if you like good romances!

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir | At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to recommend this. But upon rereading, I’ve realized just how good this series is??? I want to warn everyone though: this is a dark book. Definitely check trigger warnings before going in if you have to! However, the first book in particular is lacking in magic by a lot. There are a few mentions/sights of creatures from Indian mythology but that’s it. This is a world very heavily inspired by the Roman Empire (hence the brutality) so I do think this would be a great read for historical fiction fans. Obviously, as the series goes on, you get more fantasy elements but I think it’s easier to adjust after you’ve had time to settle into the world and meet the characters! Basically, this follows a girl named Laia, who’s a Scholar. A group of people called Martials overtook the Scholars, who are now oppressed and many are slaves. In order to save her brother who’s been taken by Martials, Laia must brave Blackcliff Academy: the training grounds for the worst of the Martials called Masks. It also follows the perspective of Elias who’s a Mask. 10/10 would recommend this.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend | What better way to enter the fantasy genre than by reading middle-grade? Chances are, you’ve heard of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and Narnia, so let me introduce a new book to the mix: enter Nevermoor. This follows a girl named Morrigan who is swept off to a magical city and in order to earn her place, must compete in four trials. This is one of those feel-good books that doesn’t require a ton of thought, but does keep you entertained the whole time. Check this one out!

So that’s it! There were a LOT of books I could have chosen, but I decided to go with ones that wouldn’t only appeal to the general population but to readers of certain genres. Tell me:

Do you have a favorite fantasy book you’d recommend?

Is there another genre you want me to do next?

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28 thoughts on “Book Recommendations To Get Into A New Genre! // the fantasy edition

  1. as someone who has read 3 out of these 4 books, i can validate that kaya really does know what she’s talking about GO READ HER RECS.
    also kaya i love how you’re working towards the noble cause of immersing newbies into the fantasy genre 😌

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  2. I think a plot that is not so serious will help me break into fantasy. Nevermoor sounds good!
    What about books to break into historical fiction?
    And not all WW2 please 🙂

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    1. Oh, definitely! Nevermoor is a great option for that! And if it’s still too much and you want something set in the real world (but still with fantasy elements) any of Rick Riordan’s books are good as well.
      I don’t read a lot of historical fiction (something I need to work on) but I enjoyed Stacey Lee’s Luck of the Titanic, and I heard her first book The Downstairs Girl is even better! If you don’t mind something of a darker nature, the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, as well as The Corpse Queen, are more mystery-focused.

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  3. These kind of posts are really important, especially when starting something new. I believe that first impressions are everything. If I read a new book from a new genre and don’t like it, I’m subconsciously going to become biased. I’ll be reluctant to try another book or two.

    Lovely post, Kaya!!!!!

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  4. Ahhh the cruel prince is such a good introduction for fantasy!! I never thought I’d love it as much as I do but it’s so wonderful hahaha!!
    AND AN EMBER IN THE ASHES!! I love that series with my entire heart, like laia and elias are so amazing 😭🥺
    I’ve read like half of the mortal instruments serie, needless to say I enjoyed it so so much! And I’m in love with the infernal devices(Jem and Will ahhhh) I’m really hoping to read more of Cassandra Clare’s books soon!!
    Loved this post and recs so much!!💖💖

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    1. I’m so glad you agree!! It’s SO good!
      AND YES AEITA! I cried so much reading that series, Laia and Elias are perfection😭
      The Infernal Devices is probably my favorite series of all time, it’s just…too good💜
      Thank you so much Suhani, hope you’re having happy reading!!


  5. I love this idea because starting new genres can be frankly risky business… If you pick up one and it is too intense or something, it puts me off the genre for too long 😂
    I’ve only read one book here *fake fantasy fan* but I love ember so much!! I am hoping to read Nevermoor and The Cruel Prince soon (that’s the readers idea of soon varying from this year to 5 years from now 😂). I can’t wait though!!
    Again, love this post. Genius idea 😍💜

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    1. YES oh my gosh😭 I’ve just recently started to realize that I actually don’t hate the historical genre as a whole…I just don’t particularly enjoy WWII novels😅
      Haha reading Ember makes up for it all🤣 Ooh, I can’t wait to see what you think about them both! In 5 years or less haha! Thank you so much💜

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  6. i adore this post!! Cruel Prince is a great intro for fantasy with political intrigue, agreed! ❤
    mortal instruments is so nostalgic for me!! it was my introduction to YA fantasy and i love it with my whole heart !

    i'm more excited to read EITA now- a dark fantasy, inspired by historical events sounds just like my type of book!

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