Hi, I'm looking for some unique undiscovered fantasy books. I kind of read all the popular ones and I'm looking for something new and great. I'm with ok with both dark stories and normal ones, though with the normal one I would prefer it if it's doesn't have any of the overused concepts if you know what I'm talking about ;). Thanks :)))))XD
Hi Lune, late last year I spent a month reading fantasy and the book I read then which probably meets what you are after best is the Emperor of the Eight Island by Lian Hearn. I actually plan to read the sequel next month. I have uploaded a video review of it on my Bookcase or it can be found directly here: https://bookaxe.com/book/Emperor_of_the_Eight_Islands/Lian_Hearn/886
I will be super interested to see what other recommendations you get though because I am always on the look out for similar books.
Great to have a like minded reader around! I looked into the book you recommended and it really seems to be my kind of book. I would really like to get to it as soon as possible. Thank you for your kind response! :))
I fell into a book titled The Purpose of Fantasy. The title suggests guidance into good values and spiritual depth but that's not what it was about. The bottom line is that it introduced me to my whimsical side. I read most of the suggested books but found two authors that stood out for me. Neil Gaiman's books The Graveyard Book, Stardust, The Ocean at the End of The Lane and Neverwhere were very imaginative. Also Urlula Le Guin. I read her Earthsea Cycle many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am now into her Hainish Cyle which leans more Sci-Fi but her prose and world building is beautiful.
I hope this sparks some interest and helps. My taste in fantasy may be different but who knows.
Oooh I recommend The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody. They start off very Sci-fi but soon become much more fantasy.
You should also check out Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. This one's a bit odd because it has multiple stories in multiple genres, but it's my favourite book of all time. It's honestly one of the most original things I've ever read, plus Cashore's writing style is gold.
For a recently written series, you might try The Bear and the Nightingale.
Two very unique fantasy novels:
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu offers political intrigue, peasant life, and "silkpunk" technology (a bit like steampunk, but more silk and paper and bamboo than gears) in a fictional world based on centuries-ago imperial China.
Iban Dream by Golda Mowe is set in the rainforest of Sarawak (Malaysia) and follows an Iban (indigenous) warrior there. The novel brings the rainforest to life, infused with the mythology and traditional lifestyles of Iban people -- from an author who is, herself, Iban.
@Ra - Wow I love the sound of 'silkpunk' I've never heard of it but very cool idea! I'm going to look up both these books as they sound really unique, thanks
So I'm going to be showing my age here, but my favourite fantasy books are 'The Earthsea Quartet' by Ursula Le Guin (also the 'Other Wind' by her, which is a book of short stories set in the Earthsea World)
Going back to my childhood my favourite author was Alan Garner, who wrote The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Moon of Gomrath, Red Shift and the marvellous Owl Service. His adult books are brilliant as well, especially Strandloper.
Lastly, there is Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock. Never quite read anything like this before. There are numerous sequels to the book but the first one is by far the best imo.
All of these may seem a bit dated now by today's tastes, but worth checking out anyway.
Ohh...totally forgot about Ben Aaronvitch's Rivers of London books. These are brilliant and funny. The audiobooks of them are excellent aa well. I think, though, these are classified under Urban Fantasy or some other ridiculous genre heading - but however they are classified they are marvellous.