(which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?)
I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite but lesser known books with this topic, BUT I am also going to try to avoid any books that I’ve recently been mentioning a lot. So while there are some other books that I could also mention in this list, if they have been part of my recent TTT posts I’m going to try to not include them here as well. (If nothing else, I’ve been posting about them, so they’re not as “hidden” as they could be, at least for my readers.)
1. The Princesses of Westfalin trilogy by Jessica Day George
This is one of my favorite YA fairy tale re-tellings, and yet I don’t hear many people talk about it. I love this trilogy and think it’s well-written (and wish there were more than three books) so it hurts when I see inferior quality books getting all the hype.
2. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
When I used to work at a library and people would ask for book recommendations for older teen fans of Harry Potter, this is where I would point them. I knew of Prydain long before there was Harry Potter to read, and LOVED these books, so I think they should get more attention now than they do. (I also intend to re-read them soon… probably not before the beginning of next year, though. Book plans, yo.)
3. Sympathy for the Devil by Holly Lisle
Lots of comedy, good writing, and a fun plot make this a favorite book of mine, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across anyone else who knows about it, much less has read it.
4. The Keeper Chronicles by Tanya Huff
Super fun books featuring a hotel frequented by the Greek gods; plus magic, talking cats, and a portal to Hell in the basement. This trilogy is great fun and should get more love from more people.
5. the Indexing series by Seanan McGuire
Possibly my favorite fairy tale re-tellings EVER. Partly because it is not just re-telling one fairy tale, but ALL OF THEM, all at once. It takes a real characterization of fairy tales, and adds a dash of fantasy to it, making the Index come alive in true fairy tale fashion. Also, if you like audio books, I felt that the audio versions of these were incredible. The narrator does some amazing things with the dialogue, which I can’t tell you about without risking spoilers.
6. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
I really liked this first book in the duology (I think there are only two books planned…) and while I have seen some other people talk about it, if there was even more interest there might be more books.
7. the Stoker & Holmes series by Colleen Gleason
These are fun steampunk books about the sister of Bram Stoker and the niece of Sherlock Holmes, and the crazy adventures they get up to. These have gotten insufficient marketing to the point where I enjoyed the first two books and was completely unaware of the existence of books 3 and 4 until one of my lovely blog readers alerted me to them.
8. the Elite Hands of Justice series by A.J. Menden
I am so bummed about this series. The author is someone I met in an online writing group we were both a part of, and so I knew about this series early on. I read the first books, and loved them. And then due to issues with the publisher book four was dead on arrival. I’m almost certain that it has been finished. But I’m not sure it will ever see the light of day. I’m not even sure the author can get the rights back from the publisher at this point. Boo.
9. Tinker by Wen Spencer
This book is a fun fantasy romp through a Pittsburgh that is no longer on Earth… at least most of the time. I love the whole set-up, and the characters are a lot of fun. While this isn’t a completely unknown book (and series) I don’t feel it gets the love from epic fantasy fans that it deserves. In some respects I think that’s because it is lumped in with urban fantasy when IMO it should not be. This may have an urban setting, but it is not an urban fantasy novel in my mind. There are elves and magic and we aren’t actually on Earth. It’s pure fantasy.
10. Bellwether by Connie Willis
Here we have another book that’s not unknown and so might not really fit on this list. However, I’m not sure that it gets enough recognition so I’m including it. Again, I think that genre definitions might hinder this book’s readership. It’s usually considered science fiction, but it’s really contemporary fiction about science. It’s a really unique book in that respect, and I greatly enjoyed reading it.
Well, okay. I guess there are some items on this list which aren’t unknown books. They just haven’t been getting the attention these days that I think they deserve, so they still count for this topic.
Have a great day!