Summer is well and truly here, time to slow down and read all the books. It’s also time for one last round of fantasy suggestions to help those taking part in Annemieke’s Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi reading challenge!
Dance magic dance
The Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi reading challenge is a casual prompt challenge that is running right through until the end of the year. You can play books you’ve already read this year to fill your dance card if you decide to join the dance now – you’re not limited to books you read between now and New Year (…which really would be ambitious, blimey).
There are three dance cards: SF, Fantasy and General (which is a bonus category of 10 extra prompts to pair with either or both of the other cards). The challenge is to read a book for every prompt on each card you play, but each book can only be counted against one prompt.
What to read?
There are some straightforward prompts to get you started (with the genre or just with the happy buzz of filling your card), and some more challenging ones to help push you a little. The trick is to remember that the prompt doesn’t need to be the primary focus of the plot – it just has to feature in some way!
I’m suggesting 3-10 books per prompt, split across 3 sub-categories: well-loved books for genre classics and/or bestsellers; new in 2019 for new releases I’m excited about; and top tips for personal favourites and/or books I’m really intrigued to read. My suggestions include books from my possible challenge TBR, plus books I’ve read and recommend (marked with an asterisk*).
|Well-loved||New in 2019||Top tips|
|Gods||Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Dart*
Robert Jackson Bennett: City of Stairs*
|Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow
Julie E Czerneda: The Gossamer Mage
Ann Leckie: The Raven Tower
|Tasha Suri: Empire of Sand*
Pat O’Shea: The Hounds of the Morrigan*
|Animal Companion||Naomi Novik: Temeraire*
Tamora Pierce: Alanna*
|Paul Krueger: The Steel Crow Saga
Kira Jane Buxton: HollowKingdom
|Kristen Britain: Green Rider
Robert Westall: The Cats of Seroster*
|Matriarchy||William Moulton Marston: The Wonder Woman Chronicles†
Naomi Alderman: The Power
|Samantha Shannon: The Priory of the Orange Tree||Alexandra Christo: To Kill A Kingdom*
Michelle West: The Sun Sword
|Set in our world||Seanan McGuire: Discount Armageddon*
David Mitchell: The Thousand Autumns of David de Zoet
|David Dalglish: Soulkeeper
T Frohock: Where Oblivion Lives
Roshani Chokshi: The Gilded Wolves
|Ellen Klages: Passing Strange*
Bryan Camp: The City of Lost Fortunes
Daniel Jose Older: Shadowshaper
|Witches||Madeline Miller: Circe
Alice Hoffman: Practical Magic
|Shelby Mahurin: Serpent and Dove
Sarah Beth Durst: The Deepest Blue
|Paul Cornell: Witches of Lychford*
Kate Forsyth: The Witches of Eileanan
|Magical Law Enforcement||Ilona Daniels: Magic Bites
Jasper Fforde: The Eyre Affair
|P Djèlí Clark: The Haunting of Tram Car 015
Marshall Ryan Maresca: A Parliament of Bodies (The Maradaine Constabulary 3)
|Daniel O’Malley: The Rook*
Sergei Lukyanenko: Nightwatch*
George Mann: Wychwood*
|Thief||J R R Tolkien: The Hobbit*
Megan Whalen Turner: The Thief
V E Schwab: A Darker Shade of Magic*
|Gareth Hanrahan: The Gutter Prayer
Zoraida Córdova: Hollow Crown
Cate Glass: An Illusion of Thieves
|Intisar Khanani: Sunbolt*
Gelineau & King: Best Left In The Shadows*
|Pirates||Tim Powers: On Stranger Tides
Robin Hobb: Ship of Magic
William Goldman: The Princess Bride
|Danielle L Jensen: Dark Shores
Surely there must be more! Any ideas?
|Alexandra Christo: To Kill A Kingdom*
Tricia Levenseller: Daughter of the Pirate King
|Portal fantasy||Guy Gavriel Kay: The Summer Tree*
Michael Ende: The Neverending Story*
|Erin Morgenstern: The Starless Sea
Alix E Harrow: The Ten Thousand Doors of January
|Foz Meadows: An Accident of Stars
Barbara Hambly: The Time of the Dark*
|Warrior||Rebecca Roanhorse: Trail of Lightning*
Mark Lawrence: Red Sister
Andrzej Sapkowski: The Witcher
|Evan Winter: The Rag of Dragons
Anthony Ryan: The Wolf’s Call
M L Wang: The Sword of Kaigen
|Katharine Kerr: Daggerspell*
Serial Box: Born to the Blade*
Bradley Beaulieu: Twelve Kings
† Obviously this is an excuse to read any Wonder Woman really, but since seeing Dr Marston and the Wonder Women, if – and it’s a big if – I were to finally pop my comics cherry this is almost certainly where I’d start.
Looking for more suggestions?
Annemieke published some excellent suggestions with the original challenge post – I’ve been trying to avoid overlap, so there’s plenty more for you to choose from! And then there’s my suggestions for the remaining prompts:
Fantasy dances: batch 1
Got some suggestions? Add them in the comments!