Books in Pairs: Fantasy
Updated: Nov 22, 2022
If you liked: The Kingkiller Chronicals by Patrick Rothfuss you might like: The First Binding by R.R. Virdi Epic fantasy series in which a legendary hero recounts the story of his life, perhaps not quite unbiasedly.
If you liked: The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson you might like: Foundry Side by Robert Jackson Bennett High fantasy novels by celebrated authors, featuring a strong female protagonist, a heist-plotline and magic-systems só well built that they feel more like science than magic.
If you liked: Mrs Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, but for adults you might like: Ordinary Monsters by J.M. Miro Two stories about the protection of orphaned children with magical powers, which leads to high stakes adventures within a historical setting.
If you liked: American Gods by Neil Gaiman you might like: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins Both these novels share a story of a man caught up in a supernatural battle between (former) Gods in modern day America. Both are witty, brutal and feature a remarkable pantheon of a cast that you won’t soon forget about.
If you liked: Vita Nostra by Marina and Serge Dyachenko you might like: All's Well by Mona Awad When dark academia meets the strange and unsettling... Both these novels will challenge your brain, brighten your senses and have you question your feelings and loyalty towards the protagonists.
If you liked: The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton you might like: A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross Island-set, slower paced fantasy with an inspiration in folklore and mythology of the United Kingdom. Both are heavily characters-based and filled with lush, lyrical nature-writing.
If you liked: The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski you might like: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James Dark fantasy about monsterslayers that are not for the faint of heart: both feature gruff (bordering on unlikable) protagonists who don't mind getting their hands dirty to get the job done.
If you liked: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune you might like: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna Get the ultimate feel-good-fantasy vibes with these two novels featuring kids with magical abilities, found family and unexpected love.
If you liked: What Should be Wild by Julia Fine you might like:Feathertide by Beth Cartwright Young women plagued with strange afflictions leave their sheltered homes, in search for their fathers and uncover (family) secrets in a world that's a bit more magical, and a bit more sinister than our own.
Young Adult Fantasy
If you liked:The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo you might like: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi YA-fantasy-heist stories involving colourful and diverse casts of characters that are some of the best represenation the YA-fantasy genre has to offer.
If you liked: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor you might like: City of Woven Streets by Emmi Itaränta heavily dreamlike stories featuring characters exploring a mysterious city, and finding love along the way.
If you liked: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab you might like:The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell action-packed YA urban fantasy featuring a "dimensional" traveling protagonist and banter-filled side kicks. One set in New York, one in London.
If you liked: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire you might like: Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow Portal fantasy with heavy focus on the characters, both in their portal words, as well as after their return. It helps that both have similar writingstyles as well.
If you liked: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman you might like: The Lighthouse Witches by CJ Cooke although quite different in tone and feeling, both feature witches, fae and changelings, as heavily inspired by their depiction in Welsh and Scottish folklore.
If you liked: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill you might like: The Last Windwitch by Jennifer Adams Middle grade witch-stories, in which two young natural witches, surrounded by a cast of colourful side-characters, find their place in the world and coming into their powers.