Underrated Authors or Books in the Fantasy Genre

Posted September 10, 2014 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Underrated Authors or Books in the Fantasy genre

I am a bit late with this post again (internet is only working intermittently at the moment) but better late than never I suppose!

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1. Melusine (The Doctrine of Labyrinths series) by Sarah Monette: criminally underrated author and series – I cannot believe how hard it was to get my hands on this four-book series. It’s now out-of-print and hard-to-find. 🙁

2. The Bone Doll’s Twin (Tamir trilogy) by Lynn Flewelling: The Nightrunner series has a bit of a cult following but this prequel trilogy unfortunately is not as well-known.

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3. Rhapsody (Symphony of Ages series) by Elizabeth Haydon: this series did start to lose its way by the end but it is still very worthwhile and I can’t believe more people haven’t heard of it.

4. Wit’ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished series) by James Clemens: another series which somewhat lost steam towards the end but it was still a very decent fantasy offering.

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5. The Decoy Princess (Princess duology) by Dawn Cook: this is a charming two-part series that has remained under the radar for the most part. I’m not sure why because it is really good. Dawn Cook actually writes the Rachel Morgan series under the pseudonym Kim Harrison.

6. Lion of Senet (Second Sons trilogy) by Jennifer Fallon: I love Jennifer Fallon’s writing and this series was actually the first of her works I ever read. It’s a shame it isn’t more well-known.

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7. Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee: this book actually came free with SFX magazine many years ago and I’m so glad because I really enjoy Emily Gee’s writing. It’s definitely a book that needs more attention.

8. Prospero’s Children (Fern Capel series) by Jan Siegel: this book too was a freebie with SFX (they had really good extras back in the day!) It really is a charming series that should be better-known than it is.

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9. Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles) by Melina Marchetta: an author who is well-known around the book blogging community but doesn’t get a lot of mainstream attention outside her native Australia. She is probably more well-known for her contemporary novels but this series is an underrated gem.

10. Pantomime (Micah Grey series) by Laura Lam: this series is awesome, very different from a lot of usual young adult fantasy. I always highly recommend it to fantasy fans.

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