Standalone Fantasy Book Recommendations

Hi everyone! This is an exciting post for me, I tried to write this blog post in 2019 and I realized that I hadn’t read that many standalone fantasy books, so one of the things I tried to do in 2020 was reading more standalones and I had so much luck that a few books on this list are going to make it into my favorite books of the year.

Disclaimer: all the books in this list are standalones at the moment I’m writing this post, but that could change.

Without further ado, here are some standalone fantasy books that you should read:

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

If you want to rest from dark fantasy books and want a book that has endearing characters and a fascinating concept, a story that will make you feel happy and hopeful and that will ask tough questions about privilege, prejudice, and complacency, I totally recommend this book! (Full review)

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

This book is whimsical, nonsensical, and peculiar. It’s perfect for someone who wants to get lost in the magic and doesn’t care if everything gets explained. The writing is beautiful, there’s not a defined plot, it’s full of metaphors and stories within stories, and it feels like you are reading a myth or a fable.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno- García

If you like books that revolve around mythology, this book is for you! The Mayan mythology in this book is captivating and lush and the mix of the mythological elements and the ‘modernity’ of the Jazz Age gave this story a unique touch. If you are looking for a fantasy story that’s different to anything you have read before, check out this one!

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

This is the perfect book for fans of fast-paced heist stories. This is an entertaining read, with a cast of amazing diverse characters, complex relationships between them and a plot full of twist and turns that will keep at the edge of your seat.

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

This is a quiet, introspective fantasy book about the role of stories in our lives and in our communities and the link between the stories we are told and the things we believe in and have faith in. This is a character-driven book, set in a captivating and mysterious world, that has a very loose plot but strong thematic elements. If that sounds like something you would enjoy, give this book a chance! (Full review)

What are some of your favorite standalone fantasy books?

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10 thoughts on “Standalone Fantasy Book Recommendations

  1. Yes, thanks for this list! I’ve been on a big fantasy and horror kick lately, but most of the fantasy books I’ve been eyeing are part of outrageously large serials lol. So, this is really great. I’m going to save it. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I’m glad you found them useful! There are so many amazing long fantasy series, so I’m always up for reading them, but I also like to read things that require less commitment from time to time, so I totally understand needed more standalone fantasy in your life.

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