Julia has been a writer since elementary school and a voracious, but picky reader. The following are some of her favorite fantasy authors.
My Top Three Fantasy Authors
My top three fantasy authors are Sarah Addison Allen, Marissa Meyer, and Kristin Cashore. Sarah Addison Allen writes more touch-of-magic books, while Marissa Meyer writes completely unique and unusual takes on fairy tales set in a futuristic society, but with some problems and diseases reminiscent of the distant past. Kristin Cashore has the ability to build a fantasy world that’s so detailed you could get lost in it, and her characters have an endless depth that keeps pulling you in.
“I'm not going to wear a red dress," she said.
"It would look stunning, My Lady," she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. "If there's anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I'll hit him in the face.”
― Kristin Cashore, Graceling
3. Kristin Cashore
She's best known for her book Graceling with the main story focusing on Katsa and Prince Po.
Graceling displays a fantastic world that takes talents to extremes and turns them into powers called graces.
These graces can range from something simple like cooking to darker gifts like mind manipulation. Katsa has the more dangerous grace of killing, or so she thinks.
She is constantly assigned to assassination jobs and is shunned and feared due to her grace for killing. One day, she meets her match when she meets a Graced fighter named Po. Along the way, they join forces to fight a conspiracy in the kingdom.
My favorite part about Kristin Cashore's books is the layers of secrets you learn about the characters along the way. You begin to question if Katsa's grace is really for killing and why she believes that's her Grace.
The characters grow and change and learn about themselves and have personalities ranging from fiery and over the top to delicate but strong-willed or calm and collected. Very few characters are two-dimensional, and they all have an excellent backstory.
Kristin Cashore also does an excellent job connecting the character's stories and worlds together, whether directly or indirectly. I didn't care for Bitterblue, but Graceling and Fire had excellent worlds that connected together. Their worlds were as lush and vibrant as their uniquely crafted storylines.
2. Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah Addison Allen is best known for her book Garden Spells, which I have personally read several times and loved it every time. The best part of her books is the complex problems the characters face and their unique personas. Her style of fantasy is more magical realism, so think touch of magic.
Sarah Addison Allen's characters all have little quirks and relatable problems that make them seem so real. The touch of magic gives her stories the air of fantasy while still having some firm roots in reality.
Her most recent book, First Frost, is a sequel to Garden Spells and is definitely worth a read, especially if you enjoyed Claire and Sydney as characters.
With Garden Spells, I was entranced by Claire's character and her independent nature, as well as her gift of harnessing the magic of the plants in the garden. I loved that she turned her magical gift into a profession. Getting to see that type of magic at work again in First Frost was just that, magical.
1. Marissa Meyer
Last but not least is Marissa Meyer. Her complete re-write of the fairy tale characters is unique, and the story never feels like a re-write of the fairy tales but a unique tale on its own.
When I first saw the cover, my interest was piqued, but I was worried based on the title that maybe it would be a boring rerun of the classic fairy tales. I was completely wrong.
Cinder was both my favorite book and favorite character. She refuses to accept the lower status society tries to give her as a cyborg and defies the typical feminine image you'd expect in a Cinderella tale.
She's not afraid to get grease on her hands or to fight for her freedom and what she believes in. As a character, she evolves from being afraid and ashamed of who she is to becoming proud and powerful as she gains confidence and eventually fights against the tyrant controlling Luna.
Much like Kristin Cashore, Marissa Meyer's characters have great depth and layers of secrets that unfold along the way. The series has so many twists and turns that you'll lose track, and that makes the story much more interesting.
The world Marissa Meyer has built is an ideal blend of fantastic and real elements and blends together the past and future astonishingly well. All in all, it was an excellent read that left me asking for more even after reading the entire series, the short story collection, and the story of Levana the Lunar tyrant.
K S Lane on December 28, 2017:
Thanks for reminding me about Kristin Cashore! I read Graceling a little while back and completely forgot about it up until now- I have to check out some of her other works.
Melissa Pillone on November 08, 2017:
Good reads! I will look up these books. I love fairy tales and fantasies!
Ajay chander on November 04, 2017:
I love these books and it seems good . Thank you for your wonderful suggestions
Jeff on November 03, 2017:
I love fantasy books! Thanks for the suggestions I will definitely check some of them out!
Betty Liew on November 03, 2017:
I love the story line of Scarlet. The author has done a good job.
Lisa Jane from Washington on October 30, 2017:
Your review makes me want to look up the authors and read their books. I love these kind of books especially a retake on the fairy tales.