When Clara at Piatkus contacted me with regards to taking part in their #WelcomeToMyWorld , I was excited. However, trying to cut my favourite Paranormal/Fantasy of down to five proved to be a difficult task. Somehow, I have managed to narrow it down. Do let me know what your top paranormal/fantasy authors are as I am always on the lookout for new reads. (Even if my TBR is rather on the large side!)
1. J R Ward
Top of the list has to be J R Ward. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series entered my reading life at a time I was needing a new paranormal romance series to fill a void left behind when one of the other authors I used to like took a bit a dive for me. So I picked up Dark Lover and within a few chapters I knew that this was not your conventional Paranormal Romance. Fourteen books later (with number Fifteen scheduled for next year), along with a spin off series (Black Dagger Legacy) and another set in the same universe (The Fallen Angels), Ward shows no signs of weigning. Where the series is going, I don’t know but I am in this for the long run.
2. Kim Harrison.
I came across Kim Harrison purely by accident, when I was on holiday in Orlando. I picked up Dead Witch Walking and I was hooked. Before a UK published bought the rights to the books, I ended up importing each new installment. It was so refreshing to read a Urban Fantasy Series that had a cast of diverse characters. Harrison is never scared to take risks in her series and I admit that a few times I have been shocked at some of the turn of events.
3. Sherrilyn Kenyon
Kenyon was my first big step into the genre at a time when I was looking for something to fill in the void left behind when the TV Show Angel finished. I was in a big Vampire phase and so I ended up picking the first book, Fantasy Lover. I didn’t realise how long the series would be or with each installment I would keep changing my mind on who was my favourite. What I really liked about Kenyon’s writing was the fact that each couple was different and there was an over acrhing plot throughout the series. Kenyon balances the Romance aspects of the book with great plots and it is nice to see the numerous cameo’s pop up in each book.
4. Patricia Briggs
Before Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series, my image of a shape shifter was a gruff alpha male. Briggs’s changed my perspective of this with her lead character. Mercy’s was a refreshing change as she is both very tough and has a vulnerability about her, especially with some of the things that happen to her during the series. Briggs also brings in many different cultures paranormal figures and beliefs, especially native American. She is definitely an author to check out.
5. Maria Lewis
Lewis is a debut author, but she is one that has zipped into my top five, very quickly. Her “Who’s Afraid?” has been one of my top reads of the year. It reminded me so much of the spate of kick-ass female characters from my teens and early twenties. Lewis mixes pop culture with a strong feminist message without it being preachy. She also clearly comes from the Whedon school of writing, where no one is safe if it means that it adds to the plot line. There had been an absence of a new character or author in this genre that has grabbed my attention since the authors mentioned above, but Lewis is the first author in a while who has made me sit up and take notice.