Hello my lovely stars!!! ❤
I’m so happy to be working with Stephanie Rose, author of The Tears of the Unicorns’, for this post. She is so sweet and cool so you guys should definitely out our interview at end of this post.
I have 7 books/series on this list that I think would be great reads for you if you like Fantasy. This list is arranged from what I think are the lightest to the heaviest books to read. I am no longer adding Percy Jackson and Harry Potter since a lot of people have read those books and there is a high chance you have read those if you are already submerged in the world of Fantasy.
Since Fantasy is a very plot driven genre I am going to keep from going too in-depth about the different series that I am going to be featuring so that I don’t spoil anyone who doesn’t want to be spoiled. AS USUAL, A DISCLAIMER: I do not mean to hype these books so much as I think one should go into fantasy books with low-med expectations 🙂
☆ Tell me which series interests you the most! Or if you’ve already read the books which one/s do you love? ☆
— THE YOUNG ELITES SERIES BY MARIE LU —
Favourite Quote:“The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.” -The Rose Society
This series is a great fantasy series to start with if you want to ease yourself in.
— MONSTERS OF VERITY DUOLOGY BY VICTORIA SCHWAB —
Favourite Quote: “There’s one kind of lie even you can tell. Do you know what it is?” She met his gaze in the steel doors. “The kind you tell yourself.” -Our Dark Duet
The premise of this series is so interesting and unique. I have not yet encountered any book that resemblances anything similar.
— VILLAINS DUOLOGY BY V.E. SCHWAB —
Favourite Quote: “Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them.” -Vicious
I am going to warn you right now that this is not going to be the last V.E. Schwab book you are going to see in this post. Victoria Schwab is a master at creating characters and stories seem weird and dark… and making you fall in love with them.
— THE GRISHAVERSE BY LEIGH BARDUGO —
Favourite Quote: “Greed bows to me, it is my servant and my lever.” -Six of Crows
This is a Russian inspired, two-generation series. This is where the the fantasy worlds start to get a little bit bigger.
— THE FALLING KINGDOMS SERIES BY MORGAN RHODES —
Favourite Quote:“Because if you don’t choose to fight against the wrong in the world, then you are the wrong in the world.” -Frozen Tides
I started reading this series years ago. I’ve been following it for a long time now and it has been described as a YA Game of Thrones and I have to agree that it is very similar to that (remove the Whitewalkers and add the magical hawks). So this book is practically about different families fighting over who gets to rule the land. There is the juicy drama, the gigantic cast of characters, and complex plot with all these medieval royals running around the kingdom.
— SHADES OF MAGIC SERIES BY V.E. SCHWAB —
Favourite Quote: “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” -A Darker Shade of Magic
This series has a more complex magic system. It is quite heavy in terms of the magic element and the overall themes of the book which is why I decided to place it pretty high on this list.
— THE MISTBORN SERIES BY BRANDON SANDERSON —
Favourite Quote: “Sometimes we just have to wait long enough. Then we can find out why exactly it was that we kept believing.” -Mistborn
This is practically an Epic Fantasy and has one of the greatest world-buildings I have ever read. That being said, I think that this is a series that is better saved after all of the other books on this list. The plot starts with one point and ends with whole other point that I never saw coming. It is also a two-generation series: Mistborn and The Alloy Era.
It is a fast paced series in the sense that there always seems to be a lot of things going on all at once, which is another reason I think this should be after you have read a number of fantasy books. The world is very well thought of and every detail seems like it was planned way before anything happens. The writing style is phenomenal and I think this is a series to fully immerse yourself in.
Publishing Date: April 15, 2016
S Y N O P S I S
The angel Caylen is entrusted with guiding Eliya back to the path of light, but when his assignment is terminated, she takes her own life in despair.
Caylen cannot bear to lose his charge, and desperately searches for a way to bring her back to life. That is when he stumbles upon the Holy Grail, which he learns will show its amazing powers in combination with unicorn blood. He steals the Grail and sets off to find a unicorn.
Because of her gift for seeing the future, Miriel, Caylen’s sister, is sent to bring back the Grail. Sirion, a mage, will help her with her task.
An adventurous and dangerous journey begins, and soon there is much more at stake than there first seemed to be …
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A U T H O R I N T E R V I E W
What was your inspiration for writing the book?
Stephanie: The first idea for this series came to me while working on a little project with my best friend. It was an RPG – a love story between the elements of Water and Fire. Somehow, this story fired my imagination to create my own world, using the idea of element magic and combine it with mystic artefacts such as the Holy Grail, and other myths and legends I was fascinated about.
What came first, the novel or the title?
Stephanie: For this story, the title came first, because I liked the sound of it. At that time, I wasn’t sure how to fit it in the story though – what to make of these unicorn tears – but then it struck me and I really like the result.
Which character do you relate to the most?
Stephanie: I can relate to Caylen quite a lot. I can understand why he chose to walk this dark and destructive path in his despair, because there is a lot of injustice going on in our world that can make you quite desperate and want to take the law into your own hands. I too have a dark side.
What are you passionate about these days?
Stephanie: Finding myself – my true self – I guess. For a long time, I tried to be someone I’m not just to please others. It is tiring over time, and it makes you lonely. I am on a good path right now reaching that goal.
What do you like most about writing fantasy?
Stephanie: Creating my own worlds, full of magic and the stuff I admire since early childhood. I’ve always been fascinated by magic and the spiritual. The possibilities with Fantasy are endless, and, yeah, it’s just magical. I love magic, I love the light. It’s just that simple.
Where is your ideal place to write and/or read?
Stephanie: Usually I am okay with any quiet place and a comfortable seating, inside the house or in nature. I just need to be in the mood to write and/or read. When I emerge in the story, I blank out my environment completely.
What scene, in the book, are you most proud of?
Stephanie: I guess it is not so much a scene, but the words Leyla said to Caylen when she realizes what he’s planning: „Even if you destroy this world, the world you wish for will not come.” There’s so much truth in her words, it’s quite sad actually.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Stephanie: Uhm … I’m boring? A loner.
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Stephanie: That is a difficult one. To be honest, I don’t know. I guess I would say goodbye to my loved ones and then die in despair, because I can’t bear the thought of them having to suffer my loss. I lost my baby sister a few years ago and that almost killed my Mum. So I’d prefer a magical solution: I would make everyone forget about me, erase every last bit of my existence from the world and then die peacefully.
What would you like to say to aspiring/beginning writers in the community?
Stephanie: That quality goes over quantity. Do not write what you think others might like to read, write what is on your heart, what’s deep down in your soul that needs to be told. Don’t write for others but for yourself, and don’t write to impress others. You write, because you love to write; because you want to give the reader a message – something, that is important to you.
A B O U T T H E A U T H O R
Stephanie Rose was born in May 1987 in Heilbronn, Germany and raised in the small quiet town Gundelsheim. She inherited the artistic skills of her father, a master goldsmith and artist of expressionistic arts. Endowed with a lively imagination and always fascinated by myths and fantasy stories, she began to write her first poems and short stories during her school days.
The first ideas for her novel “The Tears of the Unicorns” spontaneously came to her years ago while working on a small project – and RPG – with her best friend – A love story between the elements of Water and Fire. This story inspired her to pick up the idea of element magic and create a mystic new world.
In addition to writing, the young author pursues her second major hobby – the collecting of Mangas with great enthusiasm and also draws in that style. She specialized in drawings featuring Light, Peace and Serenity. The fascination of magical beings is also often being featured in her works.