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6 must-read under the radar SFF books!

In Inkish Kingdoms, we try to read as many books as possible, and this includes to try different stories and genres. We usually dive blindly into the books based on the synopsis and without knowing much about the story or the author, so we wanted to try something different

I asked around some of fellow readers and reviewers to about their favorite genres and the ones that they call themselves experts on. I asked Arina if she could help us pick one of the best books to start into SFF, which to our surprised is Science Fiction and Fantasy. I liked that on her site, I was able to know more about how she reads and works with indie authors! So, if you want to know more about her or check her incredible site, make sure to hit “Book Review” below and discover some under the radar books that we shouldn’t be sleeping on.

The Edge Chronicles: Beyond The Deepwoods

When thirteen-year-old Twig discovers that he was abandoned at birth by an unknown outsider, he leaves his woodtroll family behind and sets off on a journey through and beyond the dangerous Deepwoods. As he makes his way through a nightmarish world of goblins and trogs, bloodthirsty beasts and flesh-eating trees, only two things keep Twig going: the mystery of his identity and the promise of a heroic destiny. . . .

These is a 10 -book series for those small readers from 9 to 12, but that shouldn’t stop you to dive directly into the adventures of Twig. Many readers have read it and enjoyed it, and so should you! This universe is for fans for Harry Potter, and those who are looking for alternative. Original and full of fun!

Hollow Road by Dan Fitzgerald

Three companions since childhood are tasked with bringing a friend’s body home for burial, and along the way, they find that the mountains hold threats even darker than the Maer, legends of savage man-beats that haunt in the mountains. What they discover on their journey will change the way they see the world. Travel down Hollow Road to find out which legends are true, and which have been twisted.

Arina tells us that she was absorbed by this story from the beginning because of its mysterious vibes and also because Hollow Road remind her about classic RPG games. [See her full review here]

The Sentient by Nadia Afifi

Amira Valdez is a brilliant neuroscientist trying to put her past on a religious compound behind her. But when she’s assigned to a controversial cloning project, her dreams of working in space are placed in jeopardy. Using her talents as a reader of memories, Amira uncovers a conspiracy to stop the creation of the first human clone – at all costs.

Arina also reviewed this book and has great comments about it! She can bet that this is for those readers that I reluctant to get into the Sci-Fi. The author, Nadia Afifi, delivers a fantastic and disquieting story that tackles human cloning, technological, religion oppression, and scientific advancements. [See her full review here]

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart, and is a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan’s burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on Swan Island. She and her brother train there to compete for places, and find themselves joining a mission while still candidates. Their unusual blend of skills makes them ideal for this particular job, which requires going undercover as traveling minstrels. For Swan Island trains both warriors and spies.

There are many praises for Juliet Marillier on the fantasy worlds that she builds! They are breathtaking, enchanting, and utterly perfect! Totally a series worth giving it a try!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

The first story in the fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore. Perfect to broaden your fantasy worlds Roseanne A. Brown writes a story of a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee who are trying to kill each other. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.

Arina seems to have enjoyed this story a lot! Part of a blog tour, she was able to sense how the author put every inch of herself on this novel. For Arina, starting this book was like being allowed through the massive gates of a monumental citadel. The first thing you see when you open the pages are streets bustling with noise, color, and effervescent vitality calling attention to every corner at once. [See her full review here]

The Salvage Crew by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

An AI overseer and a human crew arrive on a distant planet to salvage an ancient UN starship. The overseer is unhappy. The crew, well, they’re certainly no A-team. Not even a C-team on the best of days. And worse? Urmahon Beta, the planet, is at the ass-end of nowhere. Everybody expects this to be a long, ugly, and thankless job, but as always… something goes wrong…

By signing up to Kindle Unlimited, you can read this Sci-Fi book, where its characters go away into exploring the mysteries of the universe. This wouldn’t be the first time I read some sort of space odyssey and world conquering stories, but Yudhanjaya Wijeratne writes this story with humor and, for sure, passion!


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