IT’S DAY TWO, CUPCAKES!!! Are you excited??!! This is just so much funnnnn and today will be simply epic. I am loving scrolling through all the book recommendations and adding them to my TBR and answering everyone’s comments and generally glorying in the bookishness of the week. 😄
Without further ado, sling on your shields and grip your swords as we enter the perilous world of…
My top 5 fantasy books of the year! There’s been a lot of great new fantasy books pouring into the Christian market lately, so it was hard to pick. But here we go:
A quest to recover a legendary lost weapon by bumbling young apprentice monk, mouse Matthias.
Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice, is threatened by Cluny the Scourge savage bilge rat warlord and his battle-hardened horde. But the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends combine their courage and strength.
This is the only one on the list that isn’t Christian or indie-published, but it’s one of my favs. I absolutely love medieval kingdom adventure, and this one is phenomenally well done—language, actions, and all. I absolutely adore how simple it is, and what an epic battle between good and evil it showcases in so many ways!!
What is King Birtram to do when his beloved old red stilts get stolen?
Celebrate the 75th birthday of Dr. Seuss’s classic treatise on the importance of a balanced life with our Anniversary Edition featuring cover art from the book’s original publication! A Seussian spin on a conventional fairy tale, ‘The King’s Stilts’ is as topical today as when it was first published in 1939. It’s the story of a devoted king who works hard and plays hard—and whose entire kingdom is threatened when his beloved stilts are stolen and he is too distraught to do his job.
Written in prose instead of rhyme (unlike Seuss’s later works), ‘The King’s Stilts’ nevertheless addresses subjects that we know Dr. Seuss was passionate about throughout his life: duty (as in ‘Horton Hears a Who’ (1954) and ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’ (1940)); the abuse of power (as in ‘The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins’ (1938) and ‘Yertle the Turtle’ (1958)); deceit (as in ‘The Bippolo Seed’ (1951) and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ (1957))—and even cats (as in ‘The Cat in the Hat’ (1957) and ‘I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!’ (1969)! Follow the Good Doctor’s advice: After a hard day of work, have fun with a great book like ‘The King’s Stilts’!
I was just as surprised to discover this book as you probably are! My littlest siblings and I have begun a tradition where I sit down one afternoon and read them a couple Dr. Seuss books, working our way through his works. In the process, we came across this one and when we read it, we all fell in love. It’s such a great and fun story, and as the synopsis points out, it has some epic messages. (also, most of the books mentioned up there are epic…)
Violet lives her quiet little life in her sleepy village. Trying to remain as dead to the politics that are threatening their world as possible. She follows the rules, stays out of trouble and does her best to remain out of sight of the dreaded and overbearing Kingsmen.
With the new regent on the throne, the country has been thrown into a turmoil. Unlike the kindly king before him, the new ruler is overbearing, frightening and tyrannical in his rule. Taxes are bleeding the people dry and without the money or goods to pay, they have been forced into penal servitude and imprisonment by the Kingsmen, who know no mercy. The despair and fear that has taken over their lives has ruled out any level of hope.
When Violet stumbles upon an unconscious and injured Kingsman in the woods, despite the consequences, she cannot help but take care of the injured man. When he wakes and has no memory of who he is, she takes the only precaution that will keep her and her grandmother safe; she destroys the evidence of his past life.
If Violet’s lowly Kingsman regains his memory, will she be able to live with the consequences? And will the Kingsman be able to live with his past life?
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this book but I ended up just loving it—which is great, because I spent like 5 years of waiting for it. 😛 This book is a great mixture of calm and adventure, happiness and sorrow. The worldbuilding is awesome and I love the characters… and it’s just such a good, strong story… very cathartic to read right now.
In a land built upon lies and deception, uncovering the truth can be deadly.
Therese Westa is sick of death, but taking lives is what provides for her younger sisters. When a client approaches her with an unusual request, Therese takes the job offer, which includes the condition of “no questions asked”. As Therese uncovers the reason for the request, she is faced with a choice: kill an innocent man or save her sisters.
Therese’s hesitation to carry out the assassination thrusts her into the aftermath of a dangerous chain of events. Caught between security and truth, Therese must choose where her loyalties lie, for the answer will determine who survives.
This book took me five days to finish, but it’s not because I wanted it to. It’s phenomenal. The worldbuilding here was the best I’ve ever read, and I could not help but love ALL the MCs—they were all so amazing. The theme/message was so on point, and the plot…. well, just read the review and then the book and then you can sit on tenterhooks with me for book 2. 😇
I know this is a series, and it’s contemporary fantasy, but but it still counts. This is the story of an old-fashioned (imaginary) little kingdom in Europe and the large, loving family that rules it. As new king Addison and his many siblings face changes within their families, revolution within their country, and challenges within their personal lives, they must learn to keep trusting the Master Author and keep choosing to do the right thing as they wait for their life’s purpose, their significant other, or the answers they seek… I don’t love it quite as much as my fangirly little 18-year-old self did, but I still love them and mostly, I appreciated them way more. There are some seriously epic messages in here!
And now, off with you to join Kate’s quest and discover another freebie + everyone else’s posts… and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!
And that wraps up day 2, y’all! I would love to give a couple shoutouts to some other great fantasies I read this year but you can only name 5, so… 😝 I’d love to know if you recognize any of these books and what your favourite fantasies are!