Empires and Kingdoms

My favourite genre to read is fantasy, without a doubt. And high fantasy novels, with their tales of knights and kingdoms, magic and mystery hold a special place in my heart. Below are three of my favourite fantasy series that I have read in 2016.

#3: Falling Kingdoms series by Morghan Rhodes

A tale of three kingdoms on the brink of war told from the perspective of royals and commoners alike, Falling Kingdoms centres around the story of Princess Cleiona Bellos who is unwittingly drawn into a war when she witnesses a murder in a rival kingdom. One boy's thirst for revenge damns them all as the kingdoms of Auranos, Limeros and Paelsia are drawn into a war that has been centuries in the making. Cleiona faces her own struggles as her sister's illness forces her to turn to the ancient legends of the Watchers, immortal beings with the power to stop death. In this high fantasy series, all the legends are true, no one is safe, and kingdoms will fall.

You can purchase your copy of the first book on AmazonChapters, or for American readers, Barnes & Noble.

#2: Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena Sardothien, Adarland's best and most notorious assassin, has spent a year imprisoned in the salt mines of Endovier, a fate that few live to tell about. When Celaena is freed by Prince Dorian, son of the brutal conquering king, there's a catch to her liberty. Celaena must compete in a contest against the top assassins of the country to become the King's Champion. After three years of serving the king as his personal assassin, only then will Celaena have won her freedom. But as Celaena travels to the king's glass castle and begins training to best the rival assassins, something dark prowls the castle halls, murdering the competitors. It's up to Celaena to uncover the truth before she falls prey to the same brutal fate. Set in a land where magic is outlawed, but faeries, mythical beasts, and witches still dwell, this series is a mystical and intriguing read suited for older teens.

You can purchase your copy of the first book on AmazonChapters, or for American readers, Barnes & Noble.

#1: The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
This series is an imaginative retelling of several well-known fairytales taking place in a futuristic society where humans, droids and cyborgs dwell.

Cinder is the greatest mechanic in all of New Beijing, but she is treated as little more than a servant by her stepmother and two stepsisters. But there is a twist on this classic tale of Cinderella—Cinder is a cyborg. When she is approached by Prince Kaito himself with a request to repair a droid, what begins as a business dealing ends up dragging Cinder into an adventure greater than anything she could have imagined—a tale involving lost Lunar princesses, starship-piloting scoundrels, and wars to rattle kingdoms. But Prince Kaito has his own problems, as devious Queen Levana of the Lunar colony seeks a union with Earth, and to refuse her would mean war.
With each book in this series told from the perspective of a reimagined fairytale character, the connections interwoven between the stories will leave readers marvelling at Marissa Meyer’s futuristic fantasy series. The diversity in this series is truly fantastic, with characters from all walks of life, and I could not be happier with the series’ conclusion. While a fantasy, I would also classify this series as science fiction for the space themes and technologically advanced society.

You can purchase your copy of the first book on Amazon, Chapters, or for American readers, Barnes & Noble.


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