Read on to discover Sam’s five favourite Orbit books!
A gothic fantasy with spooky forest vibes that I fell head over heels for late last year. It’s the perfect autumnal read. It has a unique magic system involving tarot-like cards and leans heavily into the idea of the cost of using this magic. The main character has an ancient spirit living inside her head and as soon as I heard that I was sold. One Dark Window also has a great touch of romance. Book 2 can’t come soon enough
A fantasy with political intrigue that whisked me away. The story is inspired by South Asian culture and mythology, and centres around two women who may be the ones to take down the empire. There is plant magic that is described in such an intricate way that the descriptions jumped off the page, while the sapphic slow burn romance had me invested in these characters from the get go. This series feels like a modern fantasy classic.
Told in the form of journal entries, this academic fantasy focused on the study of faeries was everything I never knew I needed. With two rival academics who end up having to work together in a remote town to study faeries, there is the perfect grumpy/sunshine dynamic and the slow break down of walls between them as they’re forced to spend time together. The next book is one of my highly anticipated reads and I’m looking forward to being reunited with these characters.
Epic in scope and set in a Norse-inspired world, this book is a high fantasy reader’s dream. There is a world with so much magic to discover, demons and mythical creatures, characters hellbent on revenge, and battle scenes that jump off the page. The reader is thrust into this dangerous world where the power of fallen gods is everywhere and royals struggle for power. I loved the high stakes and that feeling of being immersed in such a well thought out world.
The cover drew me in instantly. This is an epic fantasy inspired by West African history. It’s main set in a city with complex social structures and political intrigue that explores colour castes and prejudice. I always love a magic system that comes with a price and I enjoyed how this was explored in the book as the magic in this world is only known by a few and we’re learning about it with the characters.