Top Ten Tuesday

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Underrated Authors or Books in Fantasy genre. This one is VERY interesting. Let’s see what I can think of. Most of the authors I read are “under the radar” or have cult followings. I hope some of you take these into your hearts to enjoy.

1) Anne Bishop – Author of The Black Jewels Trilogy and many other wonderful things. If you enjoy a strong sense of moral right without being high and mighty, old, powerful families, and families that aren’t just blood ties, then check this author out.

2) Patricia Briggs – I’m sure a lot of people have heard of her Mercy Thompson series, but her Alpha and Omega series and Hurog Duology are both just as good. She is an incredible writer with fierce, loving characters.

3) Sherrilyn Kenyon – I know she has a huge cult-like following but I know many mainstream people who haven’t heard of or haven’t read her. I recommend starting with the Chronicles of Nick if you’re not into the dark sex and violence type story (not sex AND violence together, mind you, that’s a different genre). Otherwise, The Dark-Hunters and The League are both great.

4) Kristen Cashore – If you haven’t picking up Graceling to read, I highly suggest it! All of the books are a “series” set in the same realm but different characters in that world. Sometimes they even overlap which is exciting! Get on that.

5) Heather Killough-Walden – Werewolves, so bad they are good. The Big Bad Wolf Series is pretty amazing. The first one isn’t as good as the others in my opinion but it sets the stage with the background info for the rest. I think The Strip might be my favorite. Spine-tingling delicious.

6) Nora Roberts – Now before you balk, and say “she is SUPER famous”, have you ever read something by her that wasn’t a straight-up romance or murder mystery? Probably not. But let’s just say that Sign of The Seven Triology and The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy are both ah-may-zing. Supernatural, a little scary, and a dash of sexy love.

7) L.J.Smith – You know her as the writer of the books that made “The Vampire Diaries” into a hit show. (Plus that one season of “The Secret Circle” which was awesome.) But give the actual words on a page a try and the books are fantastic, and if you’re not into doing that (or even if you are) read The Forbidden Game series.

8) Cinda Williams Chima – I’ve mentioned her before and I’m going to keep recommending her until you get the hint. Read The Seven Realms series or The Heir Chronicles. You won’t be disappointed. Great writing, colorful characters, imaginative and twisty plots.

9) Marissa Meyer – Most people are caught up in the City of Bones trend right now, but if you want to know what’s really hot: fairy tales with a twist. Just look at “Once Upon a Time” or “Maleficent”. Read Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles and watch Cinderella get transformed even without a fairy godmother.

10) Colleen Houck – Men who become tigers, tigers who become men and a girl trapped in the middle The Tiger Saga is a little like Twilight but without vampires or a lackluster heroine. Kelsey is brave enough to tame a tiger so be brave enough to give Houck a chance.

And that’s all for now, folks! Let me know if you’ve previously enjoyed any of these authors, or plan to now 🙂

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