These four awesome books were originally listed on a static page (like the pages above), but I figured it was out of place there and should have a home with the rest of my book recommendations.
So I’ve decided to make a post of it.
I call them “starter books” for lack of a better term (if you know of one, let me know!). Three are the first books in their respective series; one of the books being not part of a series, but an introduction into the kinds of books the author writes.
The Thief By: Megan Whalen Turner
The Thief is the first book in a fantasy quartet. The thief in question is the main character, Eugenides (nicknamed Gen). It’s tough with a series like this to review a single book. There are so many plot twists that I’m not quite sure what I’m giving away. There are thieves, political intrigue, love, and more, all set in an ancient Greek/Byzantine-like setting. The stories revolve around the countries of Eddis, Attolia, and Sounis and all involve Gen. Interestingly, they’re all written in different points of view which allows for an in-depth look into Gen’s character. I read the books slightly out of sequence, but they’re amazing in any order.
Friday’s Child By: Georgette Heyer
Georgette Heyer’s historical romances are different from every other historical romance. I admit to reading (and even enjoying) the latter with its sappy, typical plots, but if you want a good book as well as a romance, Heyer’s the way to go. Witty and fresh, her books possess more than just fluff. Friday’s Child is one that I particularly enjoyed, but her others are great as well. I just finished reading another, The Foundling, which, though set in relatively the same time period, only touches on the romance factor, focusing more on the development of the main character as an individual.
Crocodile on the Sandbank By: Elizabeth Peters
Crocodile on the Sandbank is book one of a nineteen-book series. I wish it were a longer series. Set in England and Egypt during the late 1800s/early 1900s, the books revolve around Amelia Peabody and her family as they embark on archeological digs in Egypt. With a dash of romance, a dose of dry humor, and a whole lot of mystery, this is a fantastic series.
Assassin’s Apprentice By: Robin Hobb
Last, but most definitely not least, is quite possibly my favorite book/series of all time. Assassin’s Apprentice is the first book in a three-part trilogy: The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, and The Tawny Man Trilogy.
Filled with magic, it tells the story of FitzChivalry Farseer, a royal bastard who trains to become an assassin on behalf of the royal family. As court intrigue threatens Fitz and the entire country, he struggles to persevere. The Tawny Man Trilogy delves deeper into another character’s life as well, that of the Fool, the royal jester. The middle trilogy, The Liveship Traders, goes off on a tangent that is picked up in a later series; It isn’t as good a trilogy and, in my opinion, can be skipped completely. Hobb does a phenomenal job developing characters and world-building. Beware: reading these books is an emotional investment.
After you’ve read The Farseer Trilogy, listen to this musical adaptation:
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