3 fantasies you need on your shelf

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If you’ve been wondering what to read next or looking to end your reading slump, or just want confirmation that your favourite really is that good, look no further. Brig offers you three recommendations to add to your TBR list now!

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

The first book in this compelling duology is ‘Strange the Dreamer’, a beautifully crafted tale which builds a world so unique that it’s little wonder there’s a plethora of fan art depicting this fantastical place.

After leaving an orphanage and creating a life for himself in the bowels of a grand library, Lazlo Strange finds himself whisked away on an adventure to a city that exists in an ancient book of fairy tales. 

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Meanwhile, isolated in the clouds, magic-wielding beings long for the ground, resentful of the humans that stranded them in their palatial prison.

This whimsical story features star-crossed lovers, rivalries and compelling comraderies. If you’re looking for a world to lose yourself in, pick up Laini Taylor’s duology: you won’t regret it. 

Circe – Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller’s 2018 novel Circe is the perfect book to read if you love Greek mythology. The renowned goddess is given a new lease of life thanks to Miller.

Circe’s story begins in the halls of her father, the titan Helios. Though she starts as a cowering admirer of the sun god, throughout the novel, Circe quickly establishes herself as a threat to the Olympians and a formidable force.

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Told from the sorceresses’ perspective, Circe is impossible not to empathise with, despite the horrifically heinous acts that she commits, such as turning the breath-taking Scylla into a monstrous beast in an act of jealousy.  

This book is a joy to read; watching all your favourite myths come together in one narrative is an extremely satisfying experience. Circe is an absolute powerhouse that you can only admire as she defies all the odds.

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo took the literary world by storm with her Grisha trilogy and then her Six of Crows duology. Most recently Bardugo has delved into the world of adult fiction with ‘Ninth House.’

Alex ‘Galaxy’ Stern is the victim to an extremely traumatic past, yet the same thing that dooms her to disaster also acts as her golden ticket into Yale. Able to see ghosts, or ‘grays’ as they’re known in the book, Alex is recruited by a secret society.

Though secret societies can come across as wildly pretentious, Alex’s narrative pokes fun at the obscene nature of the dark underbelly of Yale societies, articulating what we’re all thinking. It’s gripping, witty and sure to keep you on your toes.

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Stephen King described it as “the best fantasy novel I’ve read in years because it’s about real people. Bardugo’s imaginative reach is brilliant, and this story―full of shocks and twists―is impossible to put down.” Must I say more?

WARNING: ‘Ninth House’ tackles extremely dark issues such as drug use, sexual abuse and graphic descriptions of violence.

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