On my last post, I talked about StoryGraph and why it is becoming one of my favourite platforms for recommendations and organising books. One feature I mentioned but didn’t go into full detail about is the “Ordered for You” feature that is based on a survey you fill out about your reading preferences. The main reason being, I wanted to dedicate that to a post of its own with my preferences and the first five books it has recommended that I read.
I’m really surprised with the books it has provided for me. Some I know, some I don’t, and I’ll be interested to see if I actually act upon these first few recommendations because we all know what I’m like – slow and airy fairy about the books I read and when.
The Mirrored Empire by Kameron Hurley
Genre – Fiction, Fantasy
Series/Standalone – Worldbreaker Saga #1
Date of Publication – 2014
Synopsis (from StoryGraph):
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.
In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.
Have I heard of it before? – No.
Does it spark my interest? – Yes. From the reviews I’ve read it has a wide cast of characters, they’re diverse, it has an interesting magic system, and it takes a look at gender and gender roles in the world building. Definitely something I’d fancy reading.
The Warded Man by Peter V Brett
Genre – Fiction, Fantasy
Series/Standalone – Demon Cycle #1
Date of Publication – 2008
As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.
Have I heard of it before? – No
Does it spark my interest? – Possibly. From the reviews I can see it is character driven, has complex magic, and interlocking stories from the three POVs – all that I like. However, I’ve also read that there are hints of sexual overtones and some people criticise the constant back and forth of the storytelling. These aspects don’t exactly sell it to me so we’ll see.
The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Genre – Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Series/Standalone – I think it’s a Standalone
Date of Publication – April 2020
Harriet Bishop, descended from a long line of witches, uses magic to help women in need — not only ordinary women, but also those with powers of their own. She must intervene when a distant cousin wields dangerous magic to change the lives of two unsuspecting young people… one of whom might just be a witch herself.
Frances Allington has used her wiles and witchcraft to claw her way out of poverty and into a spectacular marriage with one of New York’s wealthiest new tycoons. She is determined to secure the Allingtons’ position amongst the city’s elite Four Hundred families by any means necessary — including a scheme to make a glorious aristocratic match for her headstrong and reluctant step-daughter, Annis, using the same strange power with which she ensnared Annis’s father.
To save Annis from this dark magic, Harriet reveals to her Frances’ misuse of their shared birthright and kindles in Annis her own nascent powers. Together, Harriet and Annis must resist her stepmother’s agenda, lest she — and the dashing young lord she suspects she could come to love — lose their freedom, and possibly their lives.
Have I heard of it before? – Yes, but only very recently.
Does it spark my interest? – DEFINITELY!! It is witches in a historical setting! I also have Louisa Morgan’s other book on my to-read list (A Secret History of Witches) so I have every intention of reading it at some point.
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Genre – Fantasy, YA
Series/Standalone – Good Luck Girls #1
Date of Publication – 2019
Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst
THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS
The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.
When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.
It‘s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.
Have I heard of it before? – No
Does it spark my interest? – I’m not sure. From what I can tell it is big on empowerment and the characters wanting more out of their lives, and whilst I do usually like that, the situation why the characters are escaping is not something I’m comfortable with.
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Genre – Fantasy, YA
Series/Standalone – Wayward Children #1
Date of Publication – 2016
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
Have I heard about it before? – Yes.
Does it spark my interest? – Yes. I have heard nothing but really good things about this series of novellas and it really sounds like something I would enjoy. The only reason why I haven’t picked it up yet is that I was convinced it wasn’t available in the UK. However I have just discovered it is available from the place that shall not be named in hardback and e-book formats so I will probably get and read it soon.
This is a great start. Three out of the first five books are definitely books I will be reading, and StoryGraph has certainly got a grasp on what I like reading. It’s better than any of the recommendations Goodreads always threw at me!
If you’ve checked out StoryGraph and have access to their “Ordered For You” function, what do you think of it?
Have you read any of the five books it recommends I read?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!