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Hi Bethany. I would recommend any book by Becky Chambers! Especially her latest novella A Psalm for the Wild-Built. Her stories are always tender and heart-warming and whilst they are speculative fiction, they are deeply rooted in the characters and their relationship with one another. Similarly In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan brought me a lot of joy and is a coming of age story about love and friendship set in a school for mythical creatures.
Hi Frances. I would recommend Jason Reynolds' children's books such as Ghost or if he likes the illustrative style of Diary of a Wimpy Kid then go for Stuntboy: In the Meantime. I would also recommend Twitch by M.G. Leonard for a real word adventure and The Summer I Robbed A Bank by David Doherty for something a little bit wilder with lots of laughs.
Hi Sarah. I am so glad you have decided to embark upon some fantasy novels! V.E. Schwab is a great place to start and I would recommend A Darker Shade of Magic. I would also recommend Naomi Novik's Scholomance trilogy for a dark academia take on Harry Potter. Once you have found your feet do check out The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.
Hi Anna. I too am also a sucker for a myth retelling. American Gods by Neil Gaiman blends mythology from multiple cultures and is fantastic. I'd also recommend Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James which draws on African mythologies and is an epic fantasy with an ancient setting but modern themes. Finally, Daughter of The Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan is a gorgeous story inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess.
Hi Jessica. I have recently read and adored Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro and I think it walks the line of contemporary literary fiction and science-fiction beautifully. If you enjoy magical realism you will love The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and another excellent piece of Japanese fiction is Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.
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