So far, I’ve read and reviewed many fantasy novels this year, and I loved doing it. I enjoyed some more than others, which is why I decided to make a Top 10 Fantasy Reads in 2019 just in case you were looking for books to add to your TBR pile! So, without further ado, let’s get to the list:
10. The Chronicles of Luxaar Part 1: Luxaar & The Stolen Princess, by Prometheus Silver
This short story follows Luxaar, a foreigner to the desert Provence of Zariban, and his troublesome partner The Rat. They plan what is to be a simple heist but nothing goes as planned as soon as they enter the mansion of Rez-Hilkta. Eccentric, recluse and collector of rare items. Once inside they are introduced to a world of magic, strange and bizarre creatures and the stolen princess. Luxaar is forced to adapt to a world he knows nothing about or die. They barely escape the mansion with their lives and the Scrolls of Nida-Darth what they were there for in the first place.
On the way to the city of Hesin where they will meet The Merchant to whom they are going to sell the scrolls. They are forced underground due to a violent sandstorm. Luxaar, The Rat and the Princess’s lives are forever changed as the past comes back to haunt them and Luxaar has his first encounter with Tatharina, the beautiful Blood Goddess.
In Hesin everything goes astray as the scrolls are stolen the day before the sale and Luxaar must find them and get them to The Merchant before time runs out.
You can read the review of The Chronicles of Luxaar Part 1 here!
9. Reborn, by Ella Clarke
Guardian angels were created to protect the human race, but Kendi was never one to simply bow down to authority. Where’s the fun in that? He enjoys being the Guardian gone rogue until he learns that rebellion comes with a price. In Reborn, Kendi begins his journey of reconciliation, hoping to find redemption for his past. He is challenged by a beautiful young woman who shatters every preconceived notion that he has had about the human race, but can he learn to love or will it be the lake of fire?
You can read the review of Reborn here!
8. Ink, by Jodie Baldwin
A powerful god, a magical tattoo and a rebellious teenager. What could possibly go wrong?
Christian, an unruly English teenager, stumbles onto a mysterious tattoo parlor. Possessed by the Rune God, Hagalaz, he becomes immortal, gifted with magical powers which allow him to harness the forces of nature.
Only problem? Hagalaz God of Disruption is intent on making Christian’s life a living hell.
Oh, and did I mention the Settlers, a mysterious group with a dark and devastating secret?
It is up to Christian and his new Tribe of four, each gifted with their own celestial passenger, to uncover that secret.
But nothing is what it seems, and it will take much more than the powers of a few long-forgotten gods to stop the impending global disaster that threatens to destroy everyone and everything in its path.
You can read the review of Ink here!
7. Lake Silence, by Anne Bishop
Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget…
After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.
Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.
You can read the review of Lake Silence here!
6. Gargoyle Huntress, by Jen Pretty
My name is Harlow, and I am the loser who got suckered into the worst job in history.
I am a gargoyle huntress.
Thanks to a tiny bit of vandalism, I now wrestle wayward bitey devils back to their perches at way-too-early o’clock.
But lately, something has gone wrong. Gargoyles all over the country are flying the coop, if you will.
When a handsome stranger blows into town trying to convince me that this is my problem, I’d rather tell him to piss off. But I don’t have a choice. My gargoyles are vanishing too–including the one that contains a real live demon who possessed me years ago.
In order to get to the bottom of this strange disturbance, I have to strap on my boots and grab my trusty net.
You can read the review of Gargoyle Huntress here!
5. Hex at a House Party, by Gretchen Galway
Twenty-six-year-old witch Alma may be a failed demon hunter, but she’s never lacked magical ability—just an Incurable Inability to kill. Recovering from defending her small town from a recent supernatural attack, Alma has sworn off working for the Protectorate, the witch governing body, to devote herself to learning and teaching the old ways of magic—without hurting anyone.
But soon she’s drawn out of her cozy house in the redwoods to investigate a high-society witch at a week-long house party on the remote coast north of San Francisco. When the party turns deadly, she’s forced to summon old powers and new, make allies she might not be able to trust, and face a shocking truth about her own identity. And maybe—if she can survive long enough—unmask a killer.
You can read the review of Hex at a House Party here!
4. Dark Touch, by Elle Lewis
Sloan left home a year ago, hoping to escape her past.
One night, a chance encounter will change her life forever. Sloan crosses paths with a dangerous being. He is ancient. Evil. And she has caught his attention.
Sloan attempts to continue with day to day life but soon realizes that she has become his obsession. Not only does he stalk her by day, but he can enter her dreams, tormenting her while she sleeps.
Desperate, Sloan searches for answers. And time is running short.
You can read the review of Dark Touch here!
3. Peyton 313, by Donna McDonald
Worst epic fail of her scientific career? Falling for a cyborg she helped create.
Kyra Winters never meant for her cyber science discoveries to be used for evil, but that’s exactly what happened. Now returning Peyton 313’s humanity is the last chance she’ll ever have to atone. She can’t get back the lost decade, but she can change the present by restoring the cyborg who was once Marine Captain Peyton Elliot.
Certainly, her grand plan for rectifying her mistakes didn’t include madly kissing the confused, passionate Marine when he begged her to. The same scientific mind that constructed the cyborg creator code now warned her not to let Peyton’s tempting offers of heaven cloud her rational decision making. Yet it’s difficult to resist the cyborg she’s restoring when he’s also the most intriguing man she’s ever known.
You can read the review of Peyton 313 here!
2. Dead Witch on a Bridge, by Gretchen Galway
Is her magic strong enough to stop a killer?
On her first assignment as a demon-hunting witch, Alma was unable to kill. Now broke and unemployed at twenty-six, she lives in Silverpool, a remote town in a redwood forest north of San Francisco, where she sells magic-infused jewelry and tries to live a drama-free life.
When fairies draw her to the dead body of her ex-boyfriend, she must defend herself and the hidden power in Silverpool from an influx of supernatural trouble. The only way to make peace—and stay alive—is to find the killer.
Drawing upon years of formal magical training she’d rather forget, and using other abilities she’d like to keep secret, Alma goes up against bloodthirsty fae, a dangerously charming demon, her infamous father, and other ambitious witches with agendas of their own.
This time, an inability to kill might be not just the end of her job, but of her life…
You can read the review of Dead Witch on a Bridge here!
1. Kingdom of Exiles, by Maxym Martineau
Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there’s a price on her head. With the realm’s most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can’t refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.
If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins…not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.
You can read the review of Kingdom of Exiles here!
I hope you enjoyed my top 10 reads this year and maybe gave you some ideas on what to read next. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!