Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Underrated Books in the Fantasy genre.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Brooke and the Bookish. This week's list is of ten underrated fantasy books.

10. "Cloaked" by Alex Flinn
This author is best known for "Beastly", but I think "Cloaked" is definitely worth checking out, as well. It's more fun than Beastly, and more imaginative.

9. "The Dragonfly Pool" by Eva Ibbotson
I'm kind of cheating with this one, since the fantasy elements are so faint that you can barely tell they are there. It's more absurd than fantasy, in fact. However, the book's fantastic, and definitely worth checking out. Since it's not really fantasy, however, I've put it rather low on the list. 

8. "The Cry of the Icemark" by Stuart Hill
This book's really good, I had a lot of fun reading it when it first came out. Much to the exasperation of my family members, since I didn't do anything but read in the days it took me to finish it (not an uncommon occurrence, but I my sister informed me I was being particularly obnoxious about it. Oh, well.)  

7. The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski 
This is a really wonderful book, and has really imaginative world-building. I have just noticed it's by the same author as the "Winner's Curse", so that one's being pushed up the TBR list quite a lot. 

6. "Drink, Slay, Love" by Sarah Beth Durst 
This book is just so much fun. It's silly, and I mean that in a good way, because it's self-aware. The characters themselves are rolling their eyes at the situation. Also, the serious parts are very well-done.

5. "Conrad's Fate" by Diana Wynne Jones
This is, without a doubt, my favorite book in the Chrestomanci series. It's also one of the less-known books in a series that's not very famous as it is. I really can't recommend it enough. 

4. "Odd and the Frost Giants" by Neil Gaiman
I did a whole review on why this book is amazing, so I don't think it requires further explanation. Moving on!

3. "Castle in the Air" by Diana Wynne Jones
I have very fond childhood memories of this book. I read it so many times that I completely wore out my copy (and I am not hard on my books).
It's very imaginative, as this author's book always are, and it's really well-written. 

2. "Igraine the Brave" by Cornelia Funke
On the childhood nostalgia department, this blows "Castle in the Air" out of the water. This is the book I read the most as a child next to Harry Potter. My copy is not battered, because I treated it with reverence. It's a truly wonderful book. 

1. "The Faerie Wars Chronicles" by Herbie Brennan
Yeah, I'm cheating and listing the whole series. Yes, I cheated twice in the span of one list. I'm such a rebel!
Seriously, though, the series is great. It has wonderful characters, amazing world-building and a good story. What more could you want? 

What about you? What underrated books are you recommending this week? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I have to say that I haven't read any of these before! Though as fantasy is my favourite genre I will be adding these to my TBR list. :)

  2. These look so good! I've heard of Neil Gaiman, and I think he's a really talented author! :D I've never heard of these books, but they look so interesting :D

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

  3. Kayla (The Bookish Owl)September 9, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    I got sold on Faerie Wars when you mentioned that it had great world building. I'm definitely going to check out the series soon! Besides, the cover looks so pretty and I'm sure that it will look great on my shelves.

    Great list!

  4. I did fantasy, too. Love yours! See what you think of mine.

    Here's my Top Ten Little Known Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels!

  5. I love your list! I've actually been meaning to re-read the Howl's Moving Castle series by Diana Wynne Jones because I haven't read it in years and I can hardly remember it! :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Odd and the Frost Giants looks excellent! I don't read nearly enough fantasy, so thank you for sharing all these suggestions!

    Here are my Top Ten!

  7. Ula @ Blog of ErisedSeptember 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    I actually heard for a few of these but not many. I read none so far but I look forward to Gaiman and Flinn. :)
    Happy reading!

  8. I don't know most of these books but I've heard of Drink Slay Love! That cover is very neat!

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

  9. I've heard good things about Drink, Slay, Love. It does look fantastic.

  10. This is so awesome! Like 2/3 of this list are authors I love (Gaiman, Wynne Jones, Funke, Ibbotson) or at least authors I've read, but I haven't even heard of a lot of these copies! I absolutely second you on Castle in the Air and The Faerie Wars though :)

  11. These are some great choices! I vaguely remember reading The Cabinet of Wonders, but I never made the connection that it was by the same author as The Winner's Curse. You learn something new every day! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  12. I have had The Cabinet of Wonders but have never read it. I must move it up my list. You can see my TTT list at

  13. I must admit, I don't know any of these! But I am definitely planning to look a few up, they sound really good! Great list :)

  14. I love the Chrestomanci Chronicles! It's hard for me to choose a favorite, though. I really enjoyed a The Pinhoe Egg. So sad we won't get anymore. :(

    Great blog! I followed! :)

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com