high fantasy

Princess in a white dress holding a mask

Aurelia

By Osterlund, Anne
4
Rated by Anne G
Oct 3, 2022

I can't believe I waited so long to read this teenage romance. This is a fantastic high fantasy about a teenage girl, but you can tell this is the author's debut book. I have confidence Osterlund will do wonderful things with the rest of this trilogy. I had a great time reading the fast-paced story. I want to see what she can do with the romantic tone when she has a little time under her belt.


I adore the character Aurelia. She is the type of woman of steel I always imagined a princess would be. Her blended family situation came across cleanly, with just a little violence.


I had a tough

The Way of Kings

By Brandon Sanderson
5
Rated by Megan K.
Mar 4, 2020

 


Ah, the one and only Brandon Sanderson. If you are a fan of high fantasy you are probably familiar with his works and can reminisce on the first Sanderson book you experienced. I say experienced- not read- because working the way through a Sanderson novel alongside his characters is an adventure. I started digging into Sanderson’s works with the Mistborn trilogy, which I highly recommend. The trilogy is a great introduction to Brandon Sanderson’s works as it is shorter, but still provides that intricate worldbuilding and thought provoking storytelling for which he is so well known. Since

Fortress in the Eye of Time

By C. J. Cherryh
5
Rated by Rachel C.
Dec 6, 2013

In the mood for detailed, lovingly described, slightly creepy, and very political high fantasy?  Have I got a book for you!


(In the mood for a quick, light read?  Come back later.)


Fortress in the Eye of Time is the first book in C. J. Cherryh's Fortress series, and it takes some time establishing the setting.  The book opens with an old wizard, living alone in an old fortress, working a great, old magic designed to create a perfect being to fulfill an old promise.  Being very, very old, he falters at the last, and instead creates Tristen: a lovely, innocent young man with the charm