This co-authored trilogy follows the story of Mara of the Acoma, a young nun-in-training, who rises to Ruling Lady of the Acoma after the death of her father and brother. From there comes plenty of scheming, plotting, assassination attempts, and bending of tradition on her path to becoming the most powerful ruler. While a lot of epic fantasies take place in a world inspired by medieval Europe, this one has Asian-inspired elements that set it apart.
Your copies of Leigh Bardugo's books from the Shadow and Bone trilogy are probably looking a little worse for wear. After all, the last book in the series was published in 2014, so you've had plenty of time to delve back into the Grishaverse on more than one occasion. Those dog-eared books are probably a good sign that it's time to escape to new lands of magic and romance. You can get lost in totally different stories with similar nail-biting experiences and swoon all over again for haunted couples by checking out these books like Shadow and Bone.
These books like Shadow and Bone keep the magic in the air. These stories are like Bardugo's precisely because they're full of evil kingdoms, epic quests, and otherworldly creatures that'll transport you to a new mystical universe. Simply pick up one (or more) of these books to get there and enjoy the ride.
If you can't get enough of elemental magic, the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova is for you, as it's full of masters of the elements. Throughout the quintet of books, Vhalla Yarl becomes entangled in the world of sorcery after saving the crown prince and most powerful sorcerer of the empire. Just like in Bardugo's books, this one rests the fate of an empire on a girl with newfound abilities and the power to survive amongst a long list of enemies.
You breezed through the Shadow and Bone trilogy because the suspense was real. In that case, you might find yourself hanging on to every word in The Gilded Wolves series by Roshani Chokshi. This story is full of mystery, heists, and deceit draped in decadence, as a gang of misfits use their different abilities to steal from Paris' elite. Set in 1889, these books follow these thieves as they explore the dark secrets of society, not unlike Alina, who unravels the truth about her world. Add in a touch of romance and whole lot of mystique, and you're left with a gripping read.
When Alina began delving into forbidden magic in place of her light element, things got more than a little intense. That's basically the whole vibe in Oath Taker. The first book in Audrey Grey's Kingdom Of Runes series is about Haven Ashwood, who relies on light and dark magic in order to rescue her friend Prince Bell from an evil queen. But, like in Shadow and Bone, magic comes with consequences. So, if you do pick up this book, be ready to buckle up for Haven's heart-pacing adventure.
If you just can't let go of the Grisha universe, you can stay a while longer by reading Bardugo's related series and book, Six of Crows. This story is set in the same world as Shadow and Bone, but in a different city called Ketterdam, and takes place two years after Ruin and Rising. In Bardugo's spin-off series, a criminal mastermind named Kaz Brekker and his team of thieves pull off heists to become rich beyond their wildest dreams. Reading how this crew works together will definitely get you invested in this cast of characters. Fortunately, you get to see Brekker and his troupe featured in the Netflix show's adaptation of the Grishaverse, as all worlds combine in Shadow and Bone.
A Caribbean-Canadian collision that takes white flight and dials it up to a dystopian 11, Brown Girl in the Ring imagines a future Toronto in which everyone of means has fled the city, which has been walled off into a lawless wasteland. Inside, people live by any means necessary. When a wealthy outsider needs a heart transplant, those inside become hunted like so much meat.
In many ways, I feel The Giver is the closest comparison on this list of books like 1984. Everyone is given a job based on their talents. Families are created based on interpersonal styles and income. They all take drugs to suppress emotions and sex drives. Then Jonas is given the job of Receiver of Memory and meets with the Giver of Memory. In this unique position, he comes to understand just how controlled society is and how little freedom he has.
In an eerily prophetic novel from 2010, Shteyngart imagines an America crushed by a financial crisis with China calling in its debts, and social media dominating real life. People livestream their lives, obsessed with likes and viewership, but Lenny Abramov is a luddite living both inside and outside of this world. Then he falls in love with a younger Korean American girl named Eunice Park, and their relationship seems like the only thing holding their world together.
Tom is a young half-Indian man living in this territory in 1894. He knows little of the world outside of the orphanage that he was raised in, or the cruel minister that he was raised by. Tom soon finds himself taken under the wings of two people: Jake Jaycox and Samantha King. Jake and Samantha each have their ways of educating Tom, but the trio soon find themselves learning a far darker lesson.
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In this delightful collection of Fritz Leiber's short stories, we learn about both men before they meet and become partners. Over the course of multiple volumes, the two unlikely heroes face fortune and ruin as they make their way across their world.
Stephen King's Dark Tower saga spans eight-plus books. But it all begins in this first volume, in which a gunslinger and a young boy transported from New York chase a man in black across a ruined world.
Sadly since the release of these other, more popular YA series, this one is spoken about less and less but I thought it still deserved a mention on my list of books related to Hunger Games since it did come first!
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