Great Starts to Adult Fantasy If You Are New to the Genre // #wyrdandwonder

Some genres you just kind of roll into. Fantasy was that for me. Other genres scare you.  And other genres same very appealing but you just don’t know where to start. I’ve heard this a lot with people that like Young Adult Fantasy but aren’t sure where to start with Adult Fantasy. So since I read quite a bit of fantasy I listed a few fantasy that I think can be great places to start.

Of course I haven’t read everything and I am sure there are some great other series you could start with but for now I thought I’d share a few that came to mind straight away in a few different subgenres.

Linking this up with the month long fun Wyrd and Wonder fantasy event.

High and Epic Fantasy

High or Epic Fantasy is defined by the epic nature of the setting, themes, plot or its characters.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelFarseers Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb is one of the biggest known names in the fantasy genre. This is her first trilogy set in the Realm of Elderlings, and probably the less lengthy one. The page length in these books build up from under 500 to just over 700 in the last one. I think that makes the trilogy more approachable. Also this trilogy is so easy to read through as you don’t have to deal with many different point of views. You just follow Fitz who is a pleasure to read about. Adding onto that, Hobb is a master in worldbuilding and character relationships. I can’t imagine a better introduction to (high) fantasy.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titel  The Riyria Chronicles by Michael J. Sullivan

A lengthier series (though these days you can only get them in the bind-ups unless you read a translated version) to start but once you start the books you fly through them. These are perhaps a bit more predictable than some other fantasy series but still a great point to start as it touches on various aspects of fantasy like polital intrigues and so on. It slowly builds out the world beyond the kingdom where everything starts. The books are also written with an easy flow that makes you fly through them. They are just super approachable. Also a great place to start if you want to make the jump from young adult to adult fantasy but worry that adult is going to be too much with many different point of views (this is something I’ve seen quite a few people say).

Contemporary and Urban Fantasy

Contemporary Fantasy is  set in present time (or the present time of the author) and in our own world. Urban fantasy is the same with the difference that it is specifically set in a city or a densely populated area.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelBones and Bourbon by Dorian Graves

Bones and Bourbon is so far the only installment to the adventures of the Gallows brothers. It is a paranormal contemporary fantasy which offers some of the more unknown and less used creatures to create a gritty world. Especially if the standard creatures don’t appeal to you to try, try out this one. It has huldra, demon possessions and not so nice unicorns. Also this book has some great lgbtq+ rep, including a transgender character.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelFever by Karen Marie Moning

While I have my problems with this series, I can’t deny that this is just a very classical urban fantasy and as such it is a good point to start into this subgenre. Faeries and romance. While the series currently stands at 10 released books you can stop this series after the first 5 as that rounds up the initial arc of this series quite well. They are also easy and fly through books. Warnings for sexual assault.

Historical Fantasy

Historical Fantasy are stories set in a certain time period of our past that adds a fantasy element to the world.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelWitchmark (Kingston Cycle 1) by C.L. Polk

With its sequel set to be released in 2020 this one is great to start now. More of a historical fantasy, based on Edwardian England, it tackles veterans returning with PTSD in the background. It is an easy to settle in book with very loveable characters that makes it a great start to adult fantasy.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelWinternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

Historical fiction is often something I struggle with but this historical fantasy completely and easily sold me over. It is incredibly character driven combined with some great Russian folklore and belief system. For that I think this can be a great start to those that like strong and flawed characters with some introspective text.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelSorcerer Royal by Zen Cho

I think the Sorcerer Royal are great books to start historical fantasy with like how Witchmark is. Instead of stepping into the normally very white minded historical fantasies, this book features a poc main character who is amazingly soft hearted. The second book was recently released and so now is a great place to start.


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27 thoughts on “Great Starts to Adult Fantasy If You Are New to the Genre // #wyrdandwonder

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I love the Winternight trilogy 😍 But I’m still a bit scared to start an other adult fantasy. They are a bit overwhelming..

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  2. Great post, I tend to recommend a Discovery of Witches to first time fantasy readers. It’s such a good book and set in the real world

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  3. That’s really a great post! I won’t recommend the Hobb’s books to a newbie, but that is just because of my experience with them. I love them, I really do and I often recommend these books because they are great but the first time I read the first trilogy (and I was into fantasy, I ever was and I woul ever been, I am afraid 😉 ) I had to stop my fantasy reading for quite some time (and so I met the Urban Fantasy genre, but that’s another story) because it was just too much. My poor heart wasn’t going to take it anymore. So I had to declare hangover status and let it be for months, before going back to it. But I think that it’s a great recs anyway! 🙂

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  4. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been looking so hard at getting more into Adult Fiction and Fantasy and this is by far the most helpful and comprehensive post I’ve ever seen on the topic. I’ll definitely check these recommendations out!

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  5. Ik moet het vijfde boek van Karen Marie Moning nog steeds lezen maar ik weet nog niet zeker of ik nadien zou verder gaan met het tweede deel. Het zal er een beetje vanaf hangen hoe deel vijf meevalt. Die waarschuwing is inderdaad helemaal op zijn plaats.

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  6. You have reminded me that I need to get back to the Rain Wild Chronicles. Did I tell you I have started buying them in hardcover? 🐉✨

    I don’t think I am familiar with The Riyria Chronicles. Would I recognise the titles or covers? 🤔

    Yes to the Winternight books!💕

    I think I remember seeing the Sorcerer Royal books on Hoopla. I might be able to squish Sorcerer to the Crown in there somewhere. 😃

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    1. Oh they must be pretty 😀
      I’m not sure. The riyria chronicles were rereleased in bind ups in america a few years after release and had different titles for those bind-ups. It’s very confusing looking that up initiailly.

      Yes get it!


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