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Favorite Underrated Authors and Their Books

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*When someone says the words “favorite authors” what springs to mind? Usually its the most popular author at the moment. Maybe Sarah J Maas or Rainbow Rowell. Whoever it is I’m sure a lot more than a few hundred people know who they are. If I asked you who your favorite underrated author was, what would you say? In this post I’m going to give you my favorite underrated authors and some of their books I’ve loved.

David Clement-Davies

Fire Bringer
Genre: Fantasy
This is the story of a deer born on the night his father was murdered. Some of the prevalent themes are prophecy, conspiracy, corrupt leadership and the battle between good and evil. The story follows the young deer through his journey to overcome evil and save his herd. It is entirely about deer, kind of like Watership Down is all about rabbits. I read this book when I was much younger and I loved it.

The Sight
Genre: Fantasy
Much like Fire Bringer, The Sight is about animals. In this case, it follows a wolf pack as they fight for the survival of their most vulnerable members, a new litter of wolf pups. I loved this one just as much as Fire Bringer. There is also a sequel but I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Sight.

Garth Nix

The Abhorsen series
Genre: YA Fantasy
Book one: Sabriel
Sabriel’s father is a necromancer who takes care of dead things that don’t necessarily want to stay dead. But, since Sabriel has been attending a boarding school in a country where no one needs a necromancer, she knows almost nothing about how to be one. When her father suddenly goes missing it’s up to Sabriel to enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

I loved this series so much when I read it. I’ve reread it a couple of times and I always love it. I can’t wait to do another reread of it soon.

The Keys to the Kingdom
Genre: Middle-Grade Science Fiction

Book One: Mister Monday
It’s been so long since I read these that I’m really not sure what to put here. You can always read the synopsis on Goodreads. Just click the title above! I remember loving these, even if they were a bit confusing. I think these would be great for younger kids to read. Probably the 10-13 age range.

Libba Bray

The Gemma Doyle trilogy
Genre: YA Paranormal
Book One: A Great and Terrible Beauty
A Great and Terrible Beauty, the first book in the trilogy, is about a girl named Gemma who finds herself alone at a boarding school in England after her mother’s death. What ensues is a lot of paranormal and interdimensional travel. It’s very gothic and very YA. It’s also old so there are all of the normal issues that books from the early 2000s always had. That said, I really enjoyed the trilogy.

Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: YA Sci-fi

Book One: Cinder
Cinder is the first book in this four-book series. You follow a young cyborg named Cinder as she tries to navigate the sudden loss of her sister and come to grips with her shocking heritage that she had no knowledge of.

I really enjoyed this series as a whole. Scarlet and Winter were my favorites of the group.

Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season
Genre: Adult Dystopian
Bone One: The Bone Season

The Bone Season is one of my top favorite book series. It hasn’t been completed yet. Only the first three books have been released and I believe the fourth book is set to publish in 2020.

The Bone Season follows Paige, a nineteen-year-old clairvoyant whose very existence breaks the law of the corrupt government who controls Scion London. Paige and her associates all have the ability to communicate with and use spirits of the dead.
I feel that it’s one of the greatest underrated book series out there! It’s so good and most people I know have never read it. That makes me sad.

Brandon Sanderson

Genre: YA Sci-fi
Skyward is all about a girl named Spensa who has been an outcast her entire life. After her father went AWOL she’s had to deal with the fall-out between her family and the government. She had to fight her way into cadet school so that she can follow in her father’s footsteps. It’s been her dream her entire life, but she isn’t exactly prepared for what secrets she will uncover on her way to fulfilling it.

I know Brandon Sanderson is not really an underrated author, but I don’t think enough people are talking about this book! I read this just a few months ago and I loved it! It was so good! The sequel comes out in November 2019 and it’s one of my most anticipated books of the year.

Christopher Paolini

The Inheritance Cycle
Genre: YA Fantasy
Book One: Eragon

It’s hard for me to try to describe this book. This is one of my most beloved stories of all time. I will never not like this series.

It all begins when Eragon finds a blue stone in the middle of the forest. Soon after returning home with it he discovers that its not just a stone but a dragon egg. Can he and the new dragon survive in a world where dragon riders have all but vanished? Join Eragon, Saphira, and Brom on an epic journey across harsh terrain, battling enemies and learning magic as they go.

That’s it for my underrated authors and their books. There are others, but for the sake of keeping this post short, I only included my absolute favorites. If you decide to check any of these out I’d love to know! I would also love to know your favorite underrated books and authors!

Happy Reading,


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