Gift Guide: Best Books for Fantasy Lovers

It has been months since I’ve written a blog post. 2020 has just been the craziest year, and naturally, blogging got pushed to the side.

But today, I’m back with *many* book recs. This is the first post in my book gift guides series, and I’m so excited to share gift ideas for the book lovers in your life (or you!)

And since fantasy is my all-time favorite genre, that’s what I’m starting with.

Serpent & Dove


I read Serpent & Dove earlier this year, and it was so good I read it in less than 24 hours. It was amazing, and one of the best books I’ve read this year, if not the best. Shelby Mahurin perfectly captures the emotions of her characters, and weaves an intriguing plot and romance. And I’m a sucker for any book with an enemies-to-lovers romance.

Recommend this for ages 16+

You’ll like it if you’re interested in…

witches, magic, romance, funny dialogue, plot twists, family drama, lots of tension, stories with two different perspectives.

The Cruel Prince

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I just finished The Wicked King a few days ago, and this is on track to becoming one of my new favorite series! Another book featuring an enemies-to-lovers romance, lots of magic, Fae, and a kickass heroine.

Recommend this for ages 15+

You’ll like it if you’re interested in…

magic, humor, heroines that kick a lot of ass, faeries, magical world building, and romance (but nothing too explicit that younger audiences wouldn’t be able to read it).

A Court of Thorns and Roses


Sarah J. Maas writes really captivating fantasy with extensive worldbuilding, chracters you’d follow anywhere (especially the main character!), and of course, great character romances. This book series also dives deep in mental illness, which I really liked. When I was reading this book, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and immediately bought the next two books in the trilogy.

Recommend this for ages 18+

You’ll like it if you’re interested in…

magic, faeries, extensive world building, character-driven stories, heroines that kick a lot of ass, and lots of romance (gets pretty steamy so would not recommend for younger audiences. Also a lot of violence, so keep that in mind).

The Starless Sea


Erin Morgenstern has an amazing imagination, and I will read anything she writes. I first read Night Circus by her (also in this post) and I loved it. But The Starless Sea is an absolute must-read for hardcore fantasy lovers. It starts off a little slow, but Morgenstern weaves all of these different plots together that perfectly make sense at a certain point in the story. Combine this a dreamy underground magical world, intriguing characters, and a LGBTQ+ romance at the center.

Recommend this for ages 18+

You’ll like it if you’re interested in…

lots of magic, character-driven stories, mystery and intrigue, magical worlds, and stories with different perspectives.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

One of my favorite books of all time. Laini Taylor writes beautifully, and creates these really amazing worlds and characters. This book has some great reveals that’ll make you not want to put this book down.

Recommend this for ages 16+

You’ll like it if you’re interested in…

mystery and intrigue, plot twists, magical worlds, angels, unique magical creatures, and romance.

Strange the Dreamer


And speaking of Laini Taylor, she also has Strange the Dreamer (and Muse of Nightmares, the follow-up to this story) which is a really beautiful story about two different characters that completely suck you in and you just can’t wait for them to meet each other. It will also probably break your heart, but it’s completely worth it (and the second book makes up for it!). The world she creates for this book is also amazing, and I wish I had an imagination like Taylor’s.

Recommend this for ages 17+

You’ll like it if you’re interested in…

a very cute romance, magical worlds, intriguing characters, plot twists, and stories that break your heart but in the best way.

Night Circus

As mentioned earlier, Night Circus made me into a big fan of Erin Morgenstern. This book combines history, lots of magical circus imagery, magic itself, and a seemingly impossible romance. It’ll definitely have you guessing until the end.

Recommend this for ages 17+

You’ll like it if you’re interested in…

magic, intriguing characters, forbidden romance, magicians, magical circuses, amazing prose, and an epic plot.

Basically anything by Cassandra Clare.

Cassandra Clare has a LOT of books, and I have read a lot of them, so I’m just going to throw them all here. First and foremost, I reccommend reading her Infernal Devices series, which is her best, in my opinion. She really has a talent for creating these lovable and memorable characters that you can’t get enough of. She also has lots of LGBTQ+ representation in her books (which is great!), with the exception of Infernal Devices.

Other recommendations: her Dark Artifices series and The Mortal Instruments series.

Recommend this for ages 15+

You’ll like it if you’re interested in…

angels, demons, cool world building that exists within our own world, chracter-driven stories, forbidden romance, and an original premise.

Red Queen

Love this series! I really enjoy Mare as a main character, and the premise of this series. The first book is a little bit hard to get through because of writing style, but the plot twist at the end makes you want to keep reading, and every book just gets better. Also talks about mental illness in an accurate way (more in the second book), which is something I always appreciate in books.

Reccomend this for ages 15+

You’ll like it if you’re interested in…

characters with unique powers, power struggles, hidden identities, plot twists, and great characters.

Honorable mentions: Lord of the Rings (classic), The Hobbit (also classic and better than LOTD in my opinion), Harry Potter (obviously classic as well even though JKR sucks as a person), Throne of Glass series, Crescent City, Tithe, and Caravel.

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