Unicorn and Mermaid Waffles

Unicorn and mermaid waffles

According to the above linked article, these beauties actually exist. The description in the article tells about adding some sweet to your morning. Cotton candy or blue raspberry? That does not sound delicious. It does sound very sweet, especially with the suggested addition of whipped cream.

If I was required to add color to my breakfast, I think I’d rather choose green eggs and ham. Maybe I’m being too critical because I’m not big on sweet breakfasts? Still, I don’t think this one will be a big seller.

Completed YA Fantasy Series

Completed ya fantasy series

Here is a list from the above linked article that consists of Fantasy Series that have already been completed. You won’t be wasting your time waiting for the next book in the series to come out. Enjoy!

20 COMPLETED YA FANTASY SERIES TO REVISIT OR PICK UP FOR THE FIRST TIME

#1. FOLK OF THE AIR TRILOGY BY HOLLY BLACK

1. The Cruel Prince
2. The Wicked King
3. The Queen of Nothing

#2. THE YOUNG ELITES TRILOGY BY MARIE LU

1. The Young Elites
2. The Rose Society
3. The Midnight Star

#3. RED WINTER TRILOGY BY ANNETTE MARIE

1. Red Winter
2. Dark Tempest
3. Immortal Fire

#4. MEDAIR DUOLOGY BY ANDREA K. HÖST

1. The Silence of Medair
2. Voice of the Lost

#5. SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY BY LEIGH BARDUGO

1. Six of Crows
2. Crooked Kingdom

#6. THE ABHORSEN TRILOGY BY GARTH NIX

1. Sabriel
2. Lirael
3. Abhorsen

#7. THE PENRYN & THE END OF DAYS TRILOGY BY SUSAN EE

1. Angelfall
2. World After
3. End of Days

#8. SHADOW OF THE FOX TRILOGY BY JULIE KAGAWA

1. Shadow of the Fox
2. Soul of the Sword
3. Night of the Dragon

#9. THE BRILLIANT DEATH DUOLOGY BY AMY ROSE CAPETTA

1. The Brilliant Death
2. The Storm of Life

#10. WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY BY KATHERINE ARDEN

1. The Bear and the Nightingale
2. The Girl in the Tower
3. The Winter of the Witch

#11. CHRONICLES OF IXIA HEXALOGY BY MARIA V. SNYDER

1. Poison Study
2. Magic Study
3. Fire Study
4. Shadow Study
5. Night Study
6. Dawn Study

#12. CROWN & COURT DUET BY SHERWOOD SMITH

1. Crown Duel
2. Court Duel

#13. TALES OF BEAUTY AND MADNESS TRILOGY BY LILI ST. CROW

1. Nameless
2. Wayfarer
3. Kin

#14. THE ORPHAN’S TALES DUOLOGY BY CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE

1. In the Night Garden
2. In the Cities of Coin and Spice

#15. THE FORBIDDEN WISH DUOLOGY BY JESSICA KHOURY

0.5. The Jinni
1. The Forbidden Wish

#16. HIS FAIR ASSASSIN TRILOGY BY ROBIN LAFEVERS

1. Grave Mercy
2. Dark Triumph
3. Mortal Heart

#17. GRACELING REALM TRILOGY BY KRISTIN CASHORE

1. Graceling
2. Fire
3. Bitterblue

#18. HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY BY PHILIP PULLMAN

1. Northern Lights (The Golden Compass)
2. The Subtle Knife
3. The Amber Spyglass

#19. TAMÍR TRIAD BY LYNN FLEWELLING

1. The Bone Doll’s Twin
2. Hidden Warrior
3. The Oracle’s Queen

In Skala warfare is a womanly thing.

#20. WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE DUOLOGY BY TEHLOR KAY MEJIA

1. We Set the Dark on Fire
2. We Unleash the Merciless Storm

Standalone Fantasy Books

Standalone fantasy books

Many books in the fantasy genre are parts of series. Here’s a list of books that are complete on their own. I have some of these books, and look forward to reading others. Some I know only by author, but they are still worthwhile.


The Last Unicorn
 by Peter S. Beagle

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

The Devourers by Indra Das

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Ariah by B.R. Sanders

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

City of Bones by Martha Wells

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

Roses and Rot

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this book up for bookclub. It’s not really a genre that I read regularly, so I was a little bit worried that I might not like it. I loved it! It took a chapter or two for me to get into, but I got to the point where I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what happened to the characters.

It was a lot darker than the books that I usually read, but I am glad that I read it. I would recommend it to those who enjoy darker fantasy books. 

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Epic Fantasy Series

Epic Fantasy Series

The above linked article talks about fantasy series that are worth starting.  I have several of the books in many of these series.  Some are on my TBR list, some have been started.  One of these days I’ll get to them.

ACACIA BY DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM

Where to Start? Acacia: The War with the Mein

Finished? Yes

AEGIS OF THE GODS BY TERRY C. SIMPSON

Where to Start? Etchings of Power

Finished? Yes

ARTHURIAN SAGA BY MARY STEWART

Where to Start? The Crystal Cave

Finished? Yes

AVALON BY MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY

Where to Start? Mists of Avalon

Finished? Yes

THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN BY GENE WOLFE

Where to Start? The Shadow of the Torturer

Finished? Yes

THE BROKEN EARTH TRILOGY BY N.K. JEMISIN

Where to Start? The Fifth Season

Finished? Yes

THE BROKEN EMPIRE BY MARK LAWRENCE

Where to Start? Prince of Thorns

Finished? Yes

THE CASTES AND THE OUTCASTES BY DAVIS ASHURA

Where to Start? A Warrior’s Path

Finished? Yes

CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA BY MICHELLE SAGARA

Where to Start? Cast in Shadow (there are several prequels, but this is book 1)

Finished? No, but 12 are published, so plenty to read!

CROWN OF STARS BY KATE ELLIOTT

Where to Start? King’s Dragon

Finished? Yes.

THE DANDELION DYNASTY BY KEN LIU

Where to Start? The Grace of Kings

Finished? No. First 2 published.

THE DARK TOWER BY STEPHEN KING

Where to Start? The Gunslinger

Finished? Yes

DEVERRY BY KATHARINE KERR

Where to Start? Daggerspell

Finished? Yes

DISCWORLD BY TERRY PRATCHETT

Where to Start? Chronological: The Color of Magic. My pick? Either Guards! Guards! or Equal Rites. But this series has so many starting points; you really can’t go wrong.

Finished? Yes

DRAGONLANCE BY MARGARET WEIS AND TRACY HICKMAN

Where to Start? Lots of places to begin. I started with Dragons of Autumn Twilight, which is also the first the pair wrote.

Finished? Yes and no. Weis and Hickman still publish books in this universe, but there are PLENTY of completed trilogies within the universe.

EARTHSEA CYCLE BY URSULA K. LE GUIN

Where to Start? A Wizard of Earthsea

Finished? Yes

EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES BY L. PENELOPE

Where to start? Song of Blood & Stone

Finished? No. First 2 complete.

ELRIC BY MICHAEL MOORCOCK

Where to Start? Elric of Melnibone

Finished? Yes

ETERNAL SKY BY ELIZABETH BEAR

Where to Start? Range of Ghosts

Finished? Yes

FARSEER TRILOGY BY ROBIN HOBB

Where to Start? Assassin’s Apprentice

Finished? Yes

THE FIRST LAW BY JOE ABERCROMBIE

Where to Start? The Blade Itself

Finished? Yes

GENTLEMAN BASTARDS BY SCOTT LYNCH

Where to Start? The Lies of Locke Lamora

Finished? No. First 3 published.

GORMENGHAST BY MERVYN PEAKE

Where to Start? Titus Groan, or The Gormenghast Novels, the complete trilogy

Finished? Yes

HERALDS OF VALDEMAR BY MERCEDES LACKEY

Where to Start? Lots of entry points. Chronological: Arrows of the Queen. My favorite trilogy in this universe begins with Magic’s Pawn. If you want a stand-alone in this series to see if you want to continue, read By the Sword.

Finished? Yes.

KINGDOMS OF THORN AND BONE BY GREG KEYES

Where to Start? The Briar King

Finished? Yes

THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS

Where to Start? The Name of the Wind

Finished? No. First 2 published.

KUSHIEL’S LEGACY BY JACQUELINE CAREY

Where to Start? Kushiel’s Dart

Finished? Yes

LONG PRICE QUARTET BY DANIEL ABRAHAM

Where to Start? A Shadow in Summer

Finished? Yes

THE LORD OF THE RINGS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Where to Start? I say The Hobbit, but you can start with The Fellowship of the Ring.

Finished? Yes

LYONESSE BY JACK VANCE

Where to Start? Suldrun’s Garden

Finished? Yes

MILLENNIUM’S RULE BY TRUDI CANAVAN

Where to Start? Thief’s Magic

Finished? No. First 3 complete.

NEW CROBUZON BY CHINA MIÉVILLE

Where to Start? Perdido Street Station (though I actually read these completely out of order the first time and had no problem).

Finished? Yes

OBSIDIAN AND BLOOD BY ALIETTE DE BODARD

Where to start? Servant of the Underworld (there are several prequels, but this is book 1)

Finished? Yes

OLONDRIA BY SOFIA SAMATAR

Where to Start? A Stranger in Olondria

Finished? Probably (only 2 books in the series, and both are stand-alone)

PAKSENARRION BY ELIZABETH MOON

Where to Start? Sheepfarmer’s Daughter

Finished? Yes, though she continues to write in this world on a regular basis.

RETURN TO NEVÈRŸON BY SAMUEL R. DELANY

Where to Start? Tales of Nevèrÿon

Finished? Yes

RIDDLE-MASTER BY PATRICIA MCKILLIP

Where to Start? The Riddle-Master of Hed

Finished? Yes

SEVENWATERS BY JULIET MARILLIER

Where to Start? Daughter of the Forest

Finished? Yes

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Where to Start? A Game of Thrones

Finished? Notoriously no, but the first 5 are completed.

THE SORCERER OF WILDEEPS BY KAI ASHANTE WILSON

Where to Start? The Sorcerer of Wildeeps 

Finished? Maybe. Two so far, both stand-alone novellas in the same universe. Will there be more? We can only hope.

THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE BY BRANDON SANDERSON

Where to Start? The Way of Kings

Finished? No. First 2 published, 3rd coming in November (it’s currently listed as a 10 book series on Goodreads).

THE SUNBOLT CHRONICLES BY INTISAR KHANANI

Where to Start? Sunbolt

Finished? No. 2 published so far.

SWORD OF TRUTH BY TERRY GOODKIND

Where to Start? Wizard’s First Rule

Finished? I think he plans to continuously add books to this series forever. For. Ever.

TAMÍR TRIAD BY LYNN FLEWELLING

Where to Start? The Bone Doll’s Twin

Finished? Yes

TENSORATE BY J.Y. YANG

Where to Start? With either The Black Tides of Heaven or The Red Threads of Fortune, though Tides is listed as Book 1.

Finished? No. First 2 novellas published.

TEMERAIRE BY NAOMI NOVIK

Where to Start? His Majesty’s Dragon

Finished? Yes

THE WHEEL OF TIME BY ROBERT JORDAN AND BRANDON SANDERSON

Where to Start? The Eye of the World

Finished? Yes. Finished posthumously by Brandon Sanderson

WORLDBREAKER SAGA BY KAMERON HURLEY

Where to Start? The Mirror Empire

Finished? No. Final book in the trilogy comes out next year.

THE WORLD OF RIVERSIDE/TREMONTAINE BY ELLEN KUSHNER AND MANY OTHER AUTHORS

Where to Start? Swordspoint or Tremontaine (Tremontaine is being co-written by multiple authors as a serial prequel. Can be read first, or you can start with Book 1, Swordspoint)

Finished? Kind of. The original The World of Riverside series is complete, but Tremontaine is still going!

WORLD OF THE FIVE GODS BY LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD

Where to Start? The Curse of Chalion

Finished? Kind of. The first 3 can work together as a trilogy, and are completed. She’s been adding novellas to the series with Penric’s story.

 

Epic Fantasy Books

Epic Fantasy Books

The above linked article talks about fantasy books that are along the lines of Wheel of Time. I have had Wheel of Time on my TBR list for a long time, and now I suppose I will have to add some of these, too. I’ve heard of several of them, but haven’t read them yet.

THE WAY OF KINGS BY BRANDON SANDERSON

THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST BY JAMES ISLINGTON

SORCERER TO THE CROWN BY ZEN CHO

THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE BY SAMANTHA SHANNON

BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF BY MARLON JAMES

THE POPPY WAR BY R.F. KUANG

GARDENS OF THE MOON BY STEVEN ERIKSON

AGE OF MYTH BY MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN

THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON BY SALADIN AHMED

THE FIFTH SEASON BY N.K. JEMISIN


August Fantasy Books Releases

August fantasy books

There are quite a few new fantasy books coming out this month.  I probably won’t get to most of them, but they are still fun to look at and think about what I might want to read.

 

WEEK ONE (August 6)

 

Blood of an Exile—Brian Naslund 

Kingmaker (The Dragon Corsairs #3)—Margaret Weis & Robert Krammes

Death Goddess Dance (The Mythos War #3)—Levi Black

The Gossamer Mage—Julie E. Czerneda

Witchy Kingdom—D.J. Butler

Monster Hunter Guardian—Larry Correia & Sarah A. Hoyt

The Dragon Republic (Poppy War #2)—R. F. Kuang 

 

WEEK TWO (August 13)

 

The Mage-Fire War (Recluce Saga #21)—L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday—Saad Z. Hossain

Pale Kings—Micah Yongo

Heart of the Circle—Keren Landsman

The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust #3)—Anna Smith Spark

 

WEEK THREE (August 20)

 

Turning Darkness Into Light—Marie Brennan

Lies of Descent (Fallen Gods War #1)—Troy Carrol Bucher

 

WEEK FOUR (August 27)

 

The Fifth Ward: Good Company—Dale Lucas

Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves Trilogy #2)—Kristina Perez

Fantasy books that are too twisted for movies

too twisted

The above linked article talks about fantasy books.  Some of these books I know.  Some of them I don’t.  Someday, I’ll get to them.  Maybe.  Some of these HAVE been made into movies, but the story was changed.  They all sound interesting.

 

10 THE NEVERENDING STORY, BY MICHAEL ENDE

THE SILMARILLION, BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN

THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, BY URSULA LEGUIN

‘TILL WE HAVE FACES, A MYTH RETOLD, BY C.S. LEWIS

SHARDIK, BY RICHARD ADAMS

DANTE’S INFERNO

JLA: TOWER OF BABEL, BY MARK WAID

DRAGONS OF WINTER NIGHT, BY MARGARET WEIS AND TRACY HICKMAN

BOCCACCIO’S DECAMERON

JABBERWOCKY, BY LEWIS CARROLL