Fantasy Five: Five Fall Favorites

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Welcome to day two of Five Fall Favorites! Today, we dive into the fantasy realm. Which is perfect, as often they are perfect for chilly evenings, hot drinks, and fires. I've never been very into fantasy, but there are a few special books and series that have buried themselves deep into my heart.

My youngest sister called me last year from a used bookstore and told me she had found a boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia books like the ones I had grown up with. She wanted to know if I wanted them. Of course, I had to say yes. They may not be the best covers but they have memories. The Horse and His Boy is my favorite among the series. It is such a powerful tale of all things working out for our good, even when we cannot imagine how. The only drawback, in my personal opinion, is that magic is used by the good guys in a couple of the books.

Rachel Starr Thomson has been among my favorite authors for years, but The Prophet Trilogy is my favorite series of hers. In fact, my husband and I are reading through it together right now. We're reading the second book now. This series is non-magical and feels like it's based on stories you find in the Old Testament. It has a powerful story, realistic characters, and masterful writing,
My Review of Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3

The Arcrean Conquest series recently got new covers (pictured is the old cover). The stories have been a favorite from the first time I read them. This non-magical fantasy is full of fun, adventure, and friendship. I know that my young self would have adored these books so much. The adult me still enjoys them.
My review of Book 1| Book 2 | Book 3

Jaye L. Knight is a gifted writer. I knew that from the first book I read by her under her other pen name. This series is full of emotion from page one. Each of the characters is vividly written and has their own journey to take. Knight weaves not only a compelling story but one full of deep faith messages in the face of adversity. Each story in the Ilyon Chronicles is not only powerful but also encouraging. 

Read my reviews for Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4 | Book 5

If you enjoy allegories, you will enjoy this series. Chuck Black wrote the Kingdom series as an allegorical retelling of the Bible from beginning to end. I really enjoyed these stories. They were an interesting idea and lots of fun. As with all allegories, it isn't perfect, but it is a fun perspective.

The Five Fall Favorites giveaway includes…

Decorative fall items (pumpkins, gnomes, and blanket scarf)
A fall mug (there will be tea!)
Annie’s Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney
Hedgehog journal
Kiera by Kate Willis (hardcover)
Brothers and Betrayal by Sarah Holman (paperback)
Should We Tell Her? by Lillian Keith (paperback)
The Road to Bremen by Kelsey Bryant (paperback)
Anthology including a story by Abigail Harris (paperback)

Most books are contributions by participating authors. Ships to contiguous US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond after being contacted.

Get this book for free HERE

Last, make sure you head over to Kate's blog and check out the other blogs involved in Five Fall Favorites.

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  1. I have the Arcrean Chronicles! Got them on your recommendation and still have to read them, lol. I also have book one in the Prophet Trilogy because I remembered you liked that. I really want to get the last two series… Jaye L. Knight’s books have been recommended to me too often!

  2. Yessss, Chuck Black!! I finished the first in that series a while ago. I really need to read the rest! And man, I keep seeing Resistance everywhere! Maybe I should just go buy it already.😉

    1. They are totally worth it, if you like allegories.

  3. Ooo, I need to try the Acrea books... ;)

  4. Two of the books on your list are on mine too!

  5. I haven't read any of the books you mention except the Chronicles of Narnia, but I love hearing about them! I'm in a similar boat about fantasy: I don't read much of it, but there are a few that I greatly enjoy.

    1. I hope if you try some of these, you'll enjoy them.

  6. I like "The Chronicles of Narnia".