Top 5 Wednesday: Underhyped Stars

Top 5 Wednesday

This blogging prompt is hosted by the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group

Today’s T5W prompt is Underhyped Stars

Have you ever read a book that you loved but hadn’t really heard about before in the book community? It happens to most everyone! This week, look for books that you wish more people in the book community knew about.

1.  The Pandemonium Rising series by Michael Sliter

Including Valley of the Free (prequel), Solace Lost, and Wisdom Lost (reviews linked). This series is absolutely phenomenal and incredibly well-written, and I’ve likened it to Brandon Sanderson’s and Robert Jordan’s series in the reviews above. For fans of the grimdark and epic fantasy, this series is a must-read… yet I’ve not heard anything on it in the book community. I hope that will change as Sliter continues the series. And, he in fact has his third book, Faith Lost supposedly releasing soon! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

2. The Icemark Chronicles by Stuart Hill

For the younger audience out there, this is a YA fantasy series chock full of the supernatural and magic. Perhaps because it came out in the early 2000’s, I haven’t met many people who have read this one. But it is definitely worth it. It was one of the first series to get me into the fantasy genre, AND it unlocked my love of the mysterious and supernatural. Even though I don’t tend to go for traditional vampire or other supernatural creature novels, this one had just enough fantasy to keep it entertaining.

3. Kargaroth by Mark B Frost and Andrew Bunny

A tome of a book, this nice door-stopper is a great epic fantasy story with several plot arcs within. It’s almost like four different, fully-fleshed fantasy books compressed into one. Well-worth the read with its action on every page and intricate relationships between characters and their countries–and don’t forget magic! I haven’t heard anything about this in the book community, unfortunately, but it deserves its chance to shine! See my review here.

4. Inevitable Ascension by V.K. McAllister

A YA Sci-Fi/Adventure novel with two bad-ass women main characters that travel through time and hunt exotic animals to sell them on the black market. With the witty banter between the two and the authentic relationship, I was drawn into this book right away. It’s something that I would expect the book community to love! See my review here. 

5. Riders of Haven by Ashe E. Grace

This is vaguely reminiscent of Eragon, and as such, I’d expect to hear some thoughts about it among book lovers, whether it was to tout its praises or criticize its similarities. However, only the very beginning of the book is Eragon-esque. The rest of it is authentically Grace–and quite the read. Perfect for dragon-lovers and those who enjoy adventure fantasy stories. It was published in Canada, so perhaps that’s why I haven’t heard anything about it via social media. But perhaps that will change with the second book in the series recently published! See my 5-star review of the first book here.

What are some books you’ve read and loved, but haven’t heard of others reading? What’s a series you’ve found vastly underrated?

Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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