7 Fantasy Books Better Than An Ember in the Ashes, According to Goodreads - The Fantasy Review

7 Fantasy Books Better Than An Ember in the Ashes, According to Goodreads

The Fantasy Review’s list of 7 fantasy books better than An Ember in the Ashes, according to Goodreads. This list is a bit of fun designed to give you a few recommendations for other popular, similar books if you enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

An Ember in the Ashes has a rating of 4.25 on Goodreads, so all these books have a higher rating and are also first books in a fantasy series.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor (4.29)

Fantasy Books Better Than An Ember in the Ashes

From the blurb:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around–and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared his dream chose poorly. Since he was just five years old, he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the form of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

One Dark Window (The Shepherd King, #1) by Rachel Gillig (4.31)

Fantasy Books Better Than An Ember in the Ashes

From the blurb:

Elspeth needs a monster. The monster might be her.

Elspeth Spindle needs more than luck to stay safe in the eerie, mist-locked kingdom she calls home—she needs a monster. She calls him the Nightmare, an ancient, mercurial spirit trapped in her head. He protects her. He keeps her secrets.

But nothing comes for free, especially magic….

Powerless (The Powerless Trilogy, #1) by Lauren Roberts (4.32)

Fantasy Books Better Than An Ember in the Ashes

From the blurb:

She is the very thing he’s spent his whole life hunting.
He is the very thing she’s spent her whole life pretending to be.

Only the extraordinary belong in the kingdom of Ilya—the exceptional, the empowered, the Elites. The powers these Elites have possessed for decades were graciously gifted to them by the Plague, though not all were fortunate enough to both survive the sickness and reap the reward. Those born Ordinary are just that—ordinary. And when the king decreed that all Ordinaries be banished to preserve his Elite society, lacking an ability suddenly became a crime—making Paedyn Gray a felon by fate and a thief by necessity.

When the Moon Hatched (Moonfall, #1) by Sarah A. Parker (4.34)

From the blurb:

The Creators did not expect their beloved dragons to sail skyward upon their end. To curl into balls just beyond gravity’s grip, littering the sky with tombstones. With moons.

They certainly did not expect them to fall.

As a valued Elding Blade of the rebellion group Fíur du Ath, Raeve’s job is to kill. To complete orders and never get caught. When a renowned bounty hunter is employed by The Crown to capture a member of the Ath, Raeve’s world is turned upside down….

The Serpent and the Wings of Night (Crowns of Nyaxia, #1) by Carissa Broadbent (4.35)

From the blurb:

For humans and vampires, the rules of survival are the same: never trust, never yield, and always – always – guard your heart.

The adopted human daughter of the Nightborn vampire king, Oraya carved her place in a world designed to kill her. Her only chance to become something more than prey is entering the Kejari: a legendary tournament held by the goddess of death herself.

But winning won’t be easy amongst the most vicious warriors from all three vampire houses. To survive, Oraya is forced to make an alliance with a mysterious rival.

Tress of the Emerald Sea (The Cosmere) by Brandon Sanderson (4.45)

From the blurb:

The only life Tress has known on her island home in an emerald-green ocean has been a simple one, with the simple pleasures of collecting cups brought by sailors from faraway lands and listening to stories told by her friend Charlie. But when his father takes him on a voyage to find a bride and disaster strikes, Tress must stow away on a ship and seek the Sorceress of the deadly Midnight Sea. Amid the spore oceans where pirates abound, can Tress leave her simple life behind and make her own place sailing a sea where a single drop of water can mean instant death?

Fourth Wing (The Empyrean, #1) by Rebecca Yarros (4.59)

Fantasy Books Better Than An Ember in the Ashes

From the blurb:

Enter the brutal and elite world of a war college for dragon riders from New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Yarros

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general―also known as her tough-as-talons mother―has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

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