Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I thought I’d talk about some Asian-inspired fantasy novels on my TBR. I’ve recently gotten back into fantasy (thanks, Leigh Bardugo) and wanted to highlight some diverse books that I want to read! So here they are. Also, why does Asian fantasy have the best covers? I mean honestly, they’re all so gorgeous.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: I’ve heard so many good things about this book lately, and the cover is so gorgeous. But a fantasy about a Queen who uses illicit magic? Hell yes, sign me the fuck up.
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang: I have a soft spot for training sequences or boarding schools in fantasy novels. If there’s a training sequence, I will love it, no questions asked. But honestly, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. Everyone seems to love it. So I definitely need to read it soon.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: a f/f romance? in an Asian-inspired fantasy? about sacrificial girls? This book sounds like everything I didn’t know I needed.
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman: this is a short story anthology that I think Ruqs told me about. It sounds amazing, and I love anthologies.
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim: in all honesty, this was 99% a cover add. I mean, just look at it! Those colours! That choreography! A WOC on a book cover! I can’t get over it.
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh: I just feel like I’m one of the last people in the world to read something by Ahdieh, and both her series sound amazing.
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh: ditto here. Though I think this one appeals more to me. If you’ve read both, let me know which is best!
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: I’ve heard such good things about this book. And it has dragons? I will read most books with dragons, tbh. I think this is one that I’ll buy on ebook, because it’s just too dang big.
So those are some Asian-inspired fantasy books on my TBR! Have you read any of these? Which should I read first? Let me know!