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Fantasy Novels to bring on your Summer Vacation

By: Hidden Gems on June 13, 2023

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By: Hidden Gems on June 13, 2023


If you are looking for some enthralling fantasy novels to accompany your summer vacation, this list is for you. We’ve got one for everybody on this round-up of recently top rated fantasy novels that our Hidden Gems ARC readers raved about.

The Dragon King's Egg

The Dragon King’s Egg by Ava Richardson

With 130+ ratings and a 4.6 star average, The Dragon King’s Egg is the fourth in the six book Charassi’s Fae Queen series. In this installment, the arrival of a new dragon egg, combined with the prophesy of impending doom will force Ophelia, Queen of Fae, to balance conflicting interests regarding the future of the egg, and the kingdom.

Miriam K. writes in her five star Amazon review, “I was so excited to continue in Charissi’s world! This book was great; introducing new characters that fit in perfectly! Exciting and adventurous with the sweet romance thrown in now and then!! Wonderful read!!”

Beba concurs in their five star Amazon review, “…Ava’s books are always fast paced, they’re always (to my mind) an easy read, a read that sweeps you away to experience every iota the characters do. Don’t let that confuse you, yes, easy in the flow, easy in pacing, easy in the delivery, a definite beginning, middle and end, with tons of adventures between. And enough twists and turns to throw me soundly off balance in the best possible way. A complete tale takes shape from the onset, filing in the gaps as we go along and always reaching a heartening HEA.”

Greedy as a Ghoul

Greedy as a Ghoul by Casey Sutton

With 35+ ratings and a 4.4 star average, Greedy as a Ghoul is the short story prequel to Sutton’s upcoming full-length fantasy novel, Malfus: Necromancer Unchained. Malfus is a necromancer, forced to wander through an unfamiliar, dangerous territory. What dangers await?

“This was a very fun read that I could not stop until I finished it,” Josh S. writes in his five star Amazon review. “It very elaborately, but succinctly sets the stage for the protagonist, jumping straight into the adventure…Very descriptive without being too wordy and a fun little insight into the adventure without wasting time…”

Sariel G concurs in their five star Amazon review, “A nice little intro yarn that sets the tone well with struggle, tension, and a few insights into the motive that makes this hero’s black heart thrum. The novel isn’t yet conjured up, but half a ghoul is better than none.”

Iolite: A New Era

Iolite: A New Era by K. L. Dimago

With 10+ ratings and a 5 star average, Iolite: A New Era is the final installment of The Amethyst Saga, which chronicles Amethyst, a fae, her journey to piracy, adventure, and perhaps some romance along the way?

Elizabeth writes in her five star Amazon review, “This is yet another book I could not put down once I started to read it! In fact, I have been waiting for this book for years, and it was absolutely worth the wait! K. L. Dimago continues Amethyst’s quest to right the wrongs committed against her and her people through Iolite’s own journey of self-discovery and purpose. This book has it all – a descriptive and captivating world, relatable characters, magic and adventures, and pirates. It’s a must read!”

“This book is the third book in the series and it just gets better!” Desi I. explains in their five star Amazon review. “This book can be read alone but it’s better if you read it in order. Reading this book helps tie some things you see in the other books together. It’s a fantastic book with pirates, magic, and adventure! It’s a must read! You will not regret it!”

The Chains of Sin

The Chains of Sin by C.M. Lackner

With 10+ ratings and a 4.8 star average, The Chains of Sin is the second book in the Memories of Madness series. This series follows Aelith, a sorceress, who finds herself hunted by those who are fighting against sorcerers and the threat they pose to their world.

Karen K. explains in her five star Amazon review, “…This sequel is as dark as its predecessor. If you don’t like grim stories, you should steer clear. But you would be missing a great, well-written tale. They continue to work toward the goal of the previous novel while sowing mayhem in their wake. Aelith and her friends have come to accept the death and destruction that they create in order to achieve their ends. Though the opposition should take some credit, since their policies have probably killed more innocent people. I lost several hours of sleep not being able to put the book down, needing to find out what happens next. I can’t wait for the next volume; I believe that that is when things will get real interesting.”

Cali C writes in her five star Amazon review, “…The characters are beautifully written, and are very relatable in many of their struggles. The story is faster paced, with lots of action happening at every step, this book is gonna keep you on your toes the entire way through. As mentioned in the title of the review, this is a sequel novel, but it can very well be read on it’s own, and the reader still be able to understand most of what’s going on. It does have a chapter in the very beginning of the book to highlight what happened in the first novel…”

Elijah’s Quest by J. William Hauck

With 10+ ratings and a 4.7 star average, Elijah’s Quest is the second book in the Chronicles of the Watchers series. This series chronicles the struggles of Eli, an immortal, who is charged with influencing humans to save the world from his evil counterparts, but unable to do any direct opposition himself. This installment takes place in 1933, so there is a historical twist to this fantasy tale.

“The story and series just keeps getting better,” Cam writes in their five star Amazon review. “The characters are all very interesting and the detail in the writing is so impressive. If you enjoy historical fiction – get ready for a creative new perspective. Read this book!”

C.R. W concurs in their five star Amazon review, “The characters, while staying true to how I found them in the first book, were more complex and fleshed out in Elijah’s Quest. I enjoyed the introduction of new characters as well! Really fascinating description and use of multiple plots and perspectives.”

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