The Best Fantasy Books of the Last Four Years: A Round-Up
One of the best fantasy books in the last four years that has captured the hearts of readers is "The Poppy War" by R.F. Kuang. This epic tale takes readers on a journey through a world inspired by Chinese history and mythology. The protagonist, Rin, is a fierce and determined orphan who defies the odds to attend an elite military academy. As she learns to hone her skills in the art of war, she discovers a power within herself that could change the course of history. With an intricate plot, well-developed characters, and stunning world-building, "The Poppy War" is a must-read for any fantasy lover.
Another notable fantasy book that has gained a devoted following over the past four years is "The City of Brass" by S.A. Chakraborty. This richly imagined tale is set in 18th century Cairo and follows Nahri, a con artist with mysterious abilities who accidentally summons a djinn warrior named Dara. Together, they embark on a journey to the legendary city of Daevabad, where Nahri discovers her true heritage and becomes embroiled in the political machinations of the djinn royalty. With lush descriptions, complex characters, and intricate world-building, "The City of Brass" is a standout in the fantasy genre. Get ready for a wild ride.
Adding to the list of must-read fantasy novels in recent years is "Foundryside" by Robert Jackson Bennett. Set in the city of Tevanne, the story follows Sancia Grado, a thief with a unique ability to hear and understand the thoughts of objects. When she is hired to steal a mysterious artifact, Sancia discovers a dark secret that threatens to upend the entire city. With a complex and engaging plot, multi-dimensional characters, and a vividly detailed world, "Foundryside" is a thrilling and thought-provoking novel that will leave readers craving for more. Bennett's writing is masterful, seamlessly combining action, drama, and humor into a cohesive and unforgettable story. Really, anything Bennett writes is fantastic.
Looking for another exceptional fantasy read? Look no further than "The Bone Shard Daughter" by Andrea Stewart. Set in a world of floating islands and magic, the story follows Lin, the daughter of the emperor who is eager to prove herself as a worthy heir. But as she delves deeper into the mysteries of her father's magic system and the secrets of the empire, she realizes that there may be more at stake than just her own ambitions. With a fast-paced plot, intricate world-building, and a cast of compelling characters, "The Bone Shard Daughter" is a thrilling and immersive read that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Stewart's writing is sharp and evocative, bringing to life a world that is both familiar and completely new. This is her debut novel. Wow. Buckle up.
Ryan McRae is the author of the website and a lover of fantasy novels.