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July Reading List: Dark and Epic Fantasy

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July seems to have jumped up out of nowhere, with the year not simply chugging along at a regular pace, but more like a bullet train on course for 2020. But with July comes the time to slow down, as the temperatures rise, and blood gets weary. This is the perfect time for escape, and what better way to do so than to dip into the dark and deep waters of fantasy. I’m going full on epic and darkly mysterious in the hopes of beating the heat, time to read under the shadows of trees and with toes dipped in a cool pond.


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This book is a beast, but such a beautiful one. The time has come to tackle it, and I could not be more looking forward to diving in. This book I am reading with my bookish twin, all the way across the Atlantic in the wondrous lands of Finland. Most likely her locale is far more magical than mine, but I look forward to reading this along with her this month!


Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

This book has also been all over the book world, but I hadn’t paid it much mind. Thanks to Owlcrate, it is now fully on my radar. It sounds so wonderfully, deliciously dark and tantalizing and I really cannot wait to read this book. First of the mysterious and dark fantasy on my list.


Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Since it is the month to tackle crazy epic fantasy books, it felt like the perfect time to finally undertake Sanderson’s work. This will be my first of his books, I know, it seems silly that it has taken me this long to get to him, but what can I say, my tbr is always growing. I’m excited that this is a stand alone and won’t have to invest in a major trilogy, because I already have his work on my shelves for that too.


Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Least of the fantasy on this months list, but still clearly inside of it, I am so incredibly excited to read this story by one of my favorite authors for her book The Thirteenth Tale. Her gothic vibes resonate deep into my soul, I love it!

Indie Read Of The Month


The Moon Rogue by LMR Clarke

I’ve had the honor of getting this book to read, the first in a series by a fellow indie author and I cannot wait to dive into this unique fantasy. I’m highly intrigued to see how these distinctive characters tell their story, and to place myself in Clarke’s newly imagined fantasy realm.

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