Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books to love while you're waiting to relive (or forget) Queen of Shadows

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Because there is more fantasy out there! 

c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten

one Court of Fives - Kate Elliott 

Seriously, this book is not getting enough press.  Do you love badass chicks like Celaena?  Meet Jessamy.  Do you like swoony princes ala Dorian?  Then say hello to Kal.  Do you like super cool contests?  Welcome to the Fives!  
Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce 

Say hello to the original badass warrior chick.  Alanna is fierceness embodied.  She can swordfight, throw around some magic, and still have time to pet her gorgeous horse Darkmoon.  

three Truthwitch - Susan Dennard 

I mean, obviously.  

I guess if you need more: badass witch friends and sexy princes.  You're welcome.  
four The Assassin's Curse - Cassandra Rose Clarke 

I will die promoting this book.  It's a fantastical, funny-as-hell adventure with one broody assassin, one snarky pirate, and a lot of magic and sexual tension.  
Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce 

I'm adding more Tamora, because obviously.  All you Fleetfoot fans, meet Daine and her animal-magic.  And don't forget sexy wizards.  
six Lichgates - S.M. Boyce 

If you feel like supporting the indies, check out this swashbuckling high fantasy.  It's main character has a lot of spunk, and the magical world is wildly clever.  
seven The Hero and the Crown - Robin McKinley 

If you really want to get into Sarah's head, try reading some of her favorites.  In addition to Tamora Pierce, Robin Hobb got Sarah into fantasy and inspired her epic world.  

eight The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner 

Another Sarah favorite, this older fantasy is not to be missed.  Gen is a master thief pulled from the king's prison for a special task--that turns into an adventure she never anticipated.  Sound familiar?  
nine In the Forests of Serre - Patricia McKillip 

I stole this from Sarah's current reads, because I'm running out of lesser-known titles.  It also sounds like a badass fairy tale mashup with some fae hotness and lots of magic.  Which is a plus.  

ten Poison - Bridget Zinn 

Looking for something light and fluffy to wash away the QoS feels?  This book is an uber-whimsical, light fantasy adventure published just after the author's death from a long battle with cancer.  


  1. I heave read so few of these books it's embarrassing. So many are on my list though. *slinks away*
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  2. The next fantasy book I'll read will be QoS, so these can come after. There are a couple I already have on my TBR list, but I'll have to look up the rest.

  3. I've read quite a few of the books above. Alanna was my first fantasy book love! She really does kick serious butt! For all that I love the Tortall Kingdom, I am embarrassed to say I have yet to complete Daine's story. I have read all the other series, but never finished hers.I also love Robin McKinley, who I noticed you put down as Robin Hobb instead. I've read a lot of McKinley's books. Great list you have here!

  4. Quite a few of these are on my TBR!
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  5. I just randomly clicked on your blog from the Broke and the Bookish, as I like to see what other people choose for their lists - and I love yours! I'm a huge fan of Tamora Pierce so high five for having 2 of hers on there, plus I loved Poison (which seems to be a little-known gem out there) and The Assassin's Curse. I'll confess I haven't actually read the Throne of Glass series yet, but if you'd compare it to these books then I should definitely give it a shot.

  6. I loved Poison! I've reread it and everything (the sign of true love, in my opinion) and it's just such a nice, cute, fun novel. I think it's incredibly enjoyable- and it's fierce, too. Nice and cute and fun make it sound like this sweet little novel with no actual substance, but it's protagonist is fierce and on the run and she's brilliant. Ah. Romi, defender of books.
    I definitely want to be reading mroe Tamora Pierce! I've only read the first book in the Protectorate of the Small, but enjoyed it a lot. And her books seem to be incredibly awesome. So I've got a lot to look forward to.
    I'm definitely planning on reading Truthwitch, too, and The Assassin's Curse. And all the ones that you say include sexy- pirates, magicians, people, etc. Because obviously one needs to.