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Jack Blank Adventure by Matt Myklusch

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Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Jack Blank is an orphan, abandoned from birth at bleak, dreary swampland St Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost. Covertly reading old comic books is Jack’s only solace, until a real Robo-Zombie attacks and emissary Jazen whisks him to a secret island country “the Imagine Nation”. But the super-heroes fear him as a threat.

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Larklight by Philip Reeve

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steapunk

Arthur (Art) Mumby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father in the huge and rambling house, Larklight, travelling through space on a remote orbit far beyond the Moon. One ordinary sort of morning they receive a correspondence informing them that a gentleman is on his way to visit, a Mr Webster. Visitors to Larklight are rare if not unique, and a frenzy of preparation ensues. But it is entirely the wrong sort of preparation, as they discover when their guest arrives, and a Dreadful and Terrifying (and Marvellous) adventure begins. It takes them to the furthest reaches of Known Space, where they must battle the evil First Ones in a desperate attempt to save each other - and the Universe.

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Salted by Aaron Galvin

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Genre: Fantasy (Mermaids)

Life isn’t better under the sea. Lenny Dolan is all too familiar with this reality. A Selkie slave in the realm beneath the waves, he has no choice when charged with leading a crew ashore to capture an elusive runaway. If unsuccessful, the loved ones kept behind will pay for his failure with their lives. But when their target leads Lenny and his crew to deeper, darker secrets, the Selkies are faced with a moral dilemma. Secure their own freedom at the expense of others, or return empty-handed to face the grisly consequences? How Lenny and his crew answer the question will teach them the harshest truth of all. Only through the loss of innocence does one become Salted.

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A Cool Moonlight by Angela Johnson

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Genre: Fantasy

Born with a rare and dangerous allergy to sunlight, Lila’s spent her life hidden from the daylight-staying covered up and indoors until dark, only venturing outside after the sun has set and the moon’s cool light shines. Almost every night, she is visited by two young girls who wear tutus over their jeans and costume fairy wings, and the three of them dance and tell wonderful stories. But while Lila adores her family and her new friends, still she longs to feel the sun’s touch. Lila’s mysterious friends have promised to help her.. but how?

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Among Others by Jo Walton

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Genre: Fantasy

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled—and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

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The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

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Genre: Fantasy

The double story of Henry Day begins in 1949, when he is kidnapped at age seven by a band of wild childlike beings who live in an ancient, secret community in the forest. The changelings rename their captive Aniday and he becomes, like them, unaging and stuck in time. They leave one of their own to take his place, an imposter who must try-with varying success-to hide his true identity from the Day family. As the changeling Henry grows up, he is haunted by glimpses of his lost double and by vague memories of his own childhood a century earlier. Narrated in turns by Henry and Aniday, The Stolen Child follows them as their lives converge, driven by their obsessive search for who they were before they changed places in the world.

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Stonewylde by Kit Berry

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Genre: Fantasy

Exhausted single-mum Miranda is prepared to try anything. Suffering from baffling allergies and illnesses, her teenage daughter Sylvie has been written off by doctors. An offer of alternative therapy at a grand Dorset estate may be her last hope and so, against her better judgement, Miranda grabs this life-line.

Stonewylde is a beautiful and magical place, a sanctuary free from modern taint. The retreat is remote, hidden away behind high walls and iron gates, and soon the rat-race outside fades to insignificance. Stonewylde is ruled by the charismatic Magus, who vows to cure Sylvie and give both their hearts’ desires. He promises the earth and it seems he can deliver.

But everything comes at a price. Life at Stonewylde is too idyllic, too wholesome, too perfect. The ancient rituals in the stone circle are not quite what they seem and neither is the Magus, whose sinister sensuality hides a darker secret. Sylvie and Miranda join the community and both fall in love for the first time. But their arrival triggers a brutal chain of events that could destroy the unique world of Stonewylde. Mother and daughter will eventually discover the truth: Stonewylde may cure, but it can also kill.

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The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington

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Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…

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Friday Five #1 - Fantasy

Friday Five is a new original weekly feature on my blog where I list five book recommendations in a new post every Friday. A lot of the time these will be themed, though they’re by no means the only books I’d recommend for each genre, theme, etc. Anyone is welcome to do their own Friday Five post - linking it back to my blog would be nice.

My theme for this post is fantasy. The books that I’m featuring are quite different - there’s mythology, magic, con artists, cyborgs and more! The thing these books all have in common are that they’re among my favourites.

1. Gentleman Bastard sequence by Scott Lynch

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I’ve only read the Gentleman Bastard sequence very recently but it’s now easily one of my favourite series of all-time. The Lies of Locke Lamora follows a tight-knit band of thieves called the Gentlemen Bastards as they steal from the rich in the Venice-like setting of Camorr just for the hell of it. It’s a wonderfully written series, with such great world-building, dialogue and twists. It’s hilarious at times, heartbreaking at others, and just one crazy ride in general. The characters are incredible and the bond between them is something to really be appreciated. Not to mention the incredible female characters throughout the series, particularly the badass female pirates in the second book, Red Seas Under Red Skies. It’s full of some very creative swearing and violence so I would only recommend this series to mature readers, but it is genuinely one of the best series I’ve read and it deserves far more readers than it has.

2. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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Brandon Sanderson is a well-known writer of both adult and young adult fantasy novels and series. I’ve yet to discover a lot of his other books but as well as Steelheart, Mistborn is one of my favourites of the genre. The world-building is especially wonderful and it’s not difficult to become immersed in the world Brandon Sanderson creates. The magic of Allomancy is so cool and the characters are complex and well-written. There’s plenty of twists and turns that make the length of the books feel like nothing really. For an epic high fantasy read, I can’t recommend Mistborn enough.

3. Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

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I’ve personally only read Finnikin of the Rock (and quite recently too) but I’ve heard so many amazing things about the other books. My first experiences with Melina Marchetta’s books were with her YA contemporary novels but I cannot doubt that she can write great fantasy too. She’s such a versatile and wonderful writer. The world and characters of Finnikin of the Rock are so great. As the book progresses, I fell deeper into the world and gained more of an appreciation for the characters. Evanjalin is an incredible female protagonist. For me personally, Finnikin of the Rock is the best Young Adult high fantasy book that I’ve read.

4. Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles is another wonderful Young Adult series but instead of being epic/high fantasy, it’s more fantasy/sci-fi. It’s also a fairytale retelling - for example, ‘Cinderella’ is a cyborg and ‘Rapunzel’ is a hacker. The world and relationships between the characters are just as cool as the fairytale element. It’s such a fun series with a creative fantasy/sci-fi twist on classic fairytale characters.

5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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So I’ve recommended some high fantasy, some cool fantasy/sci-fi but what about mythology? The first series that comes to mind is Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians. A lot of people have probably already read Rick Riordan’s books but I’ll always be surprised by how many people ask me if they’re worth reading when you’re older. The answer is YES! Completely disregard the movies, okay? The Percy Jackson series is so much fun to read and it puts such a great twist on Greek mythology. The characters are awesome and there’s a nice mix of humour and drama. I read the books within the last few years and I believe that older readers can enjoy them. The spin-off series Heroes of Olympus is just as wonderful, especially with the introduction of Roman mythology, and more ‘grown up’ as the characters are slightly older. I’d highly recommend both to lovers of fantasy and mythology.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’ve already read these books, you’re welcome to ramble about them with me. I’m sure this won’t be my last post on fantasy books. You’re also welcome ask for more info about these books and to send in suggestions for what kind of books you’d like to see in next week’s Friday Five post. :)

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Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

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Genre: Fantasy

What is Un Lun Dun?It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up … and some of its lost and broken people, too–including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.

When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.

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