This week's TOp 5 Wednesday prompt was a difficult one to narrow down.
–which I think is a good thing! That means that there’s no shortage of great authors out there! Seeing how Fantasy is the genre I most commonly read, it’s easy to want to only include Fantasy authors (which I sort of did…but some also write Sci-Fi!)
This one may be a no-brainer for many fantasy lovers. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, among several other works by Tolkien set in Middle Earth are easy instant-buys for me. While Tolkien passed away in 1973, his works are still being published, and his legacy carried on by his son, Christopher Tolkien. His most recently published book came out in 2017 (which I still need to buy but definitely will), and tells the story of Beren and Lúthien, elves existing long before the famous trilogy took place.
While I haven't read her most popular series, the Sevenwaters series yet, Juliet Marillier is one of those authors that I know I will love whatever she creates. Having multiple books published including several book series, Marillier is well versed in folklore, retellings, and everything whimsical. She writes in mainly the Young Adult fantasy genre, but these books often suitable for adults as well.
Quite new to the Young Adult Fantasy scene, Ciccarelli released her debut novel in October 2017. Her writing is lush, imaginative, and immersive. I was greatly surprised at the talent she exhibited in her first novel, and how she craftily wove such meaning throughout her plot. I'm greatly looking forward to more work from her!
I've been following Blake's Three Dark Crowns series since the first novel came out. When I read it, I knew that this was an author I wanted to keep tabs on. While her writing isn't as lush and derivative as some authors, her ability at writing a plot and incorporating so many twists is astounding! She also dabbles in horror, and has two other series published. I'm not sure if I'll read the horror series, but plan to keep an eye out for more from her in the future!
Technically a cross-over author, Amie Kaufman writes both Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels. While I've only read The Illuminae Files which she co-authored, I can tell from this series that her other books should be given a shot!