The list author says: "Hereís a list of all my favorite fantasy novels. I prefer to have female heroines, with a tinge of romance. I also look for well-written novels geared more towards adults, rather than young-adults Ė although I think a couple in the list have been listed under YA at the library! Iím also not a fan of sad/tragic endings Ė so none of these books leave a bitter depressing feelings after you read them. Enjoy!"
"Beautifully yet simply written and mixed with Celtic myths and fantasy, this series is one of my favorites. It takes place over several generations, and each female main character has a distinct likeable personality. THe novels flow into one another seamlessly, although sometimes i have to refer to the family tree chart to keep track of all the characters. Very highly recommended."
"I loved this series (much better than the Black Magicianís Trilogy by the author). The main character is extremely likeable, and the story takes many unexpected twists and turns. Very highly recommended!"
"I enjoyed this series by Marillier, although I think the Sevenwaters Trilogy was better. All three books flawlessly lead into one another, and the story line is surprising and unique. As usual, Marillier adds hints of magic and myth, without going overboard on the supernatural."
"This trilogy was mesmerizing, yet took me a bit to get through. Thortonís vocabulary is astounding, and I often had to look up meanings of words! The story line is deep and intricate, but impossible to put down."
"Definitely the darkest of the fantasy books I have read. In fact, I felt kind of dirty after reading some of the passages. The alternate world that Bishop portrays the story in is fascinating yet mildly confusing in its details. Iím glad I read it, but Iíll need to take some time off before I start another novel of hers."
"This series is light-hearted and fun. Although quite the opposite from the somber characters of Marillier and Thorton. It took me about 3 hours to read the first two books, and Iím looking forward to the third novel when it comes out in April."
"So this series goes a little overboard on the "shmoopiness-factor" in the love story. The actual fantasy side of it is very entertaining, but the love between the main characters often makes me gag at how often they talk about their feelings for one another. But overall, entertaining trilogy."
"So there is no romance in this series, but it is fascinating and kept my attention the whole way through. You are so involved with the main characterís personality and will, that you feel as if you know her personally. The last book in the series is moving and profound."
"Ok, so I tend to have all the same taste as my sisterís, but I didnít like this series very much. The first two are entertaining, but I hated the ending. I felt like I should add this series because they enjoyed it so much and maybe I missed something!"
"Kind of an eerie non-typical fantasy series. I liked the story over all, but it was very slow at parts. The third book was definitely the most interesting, although I almost gave up half way through. Worth a read."
"Mixed feelings on this series. It is light-hearted with easy writing and a mildly good plot line in each novel (there are four books so far). But there are a couple things which irritated me: 1)First of all, when I began reading the first book in the series, I kept thinking I had missed one because the author dives right in without so much as an explanation to what is going on. (Contíd next)"
"Characters come out of nowhere and no explanation is given for their race (youíll understand when you read it). About half way through, you start to understand what the author is talking about, but it was very frustrating at first. 2) Next, the main character gets sort of annoying. At first you think she is kind of cute because of her quirks. But after the 2nd book it gets OLD.(Contíd below)"
"The author references Kaylinís tardiness and rudeness WAY too much (at least 5 times every chapter.)Everyone seems to love her despite her failings, but they also see her as an idiot. She is the last to figure anything out, and the author keeps you in the dark with her. 3)The last problem I had is how absurdly difficult it is to understand what is happening at the apex of the plot.(Contíd below)"
"I would reread sections and have no idea what the hell just happened. Itís like this in all 4 books, and Iíve given up trying to understand whatís going on at certain points. I know I complained a lot about this series, but it kept my attention enough for me to read all four books (very quick reads). I like the premise of the series, and admittedly will read the next one when it comes out."