18 Diverse Fantasy You Can Read to Escape Reality

Hello everyone! Today I thought of writing a recommendation post which is more suited to the current times. Everyone is at home trying to get through these difficult times. One thing which helps me is reading an immersive fantasy I can get lost in to escape reality. As you’ll know, fantasy is my favourite genre but I find myself gearing more towards Middle Grade and light-hearted books nowadays. Fantasy books can get heavy at times.

So I thought of recommending diverse fantasies, because that is most of what I read, which are beautiful and immersive and will help you escape reality for a while. So here goes :

The Gilded Wolves- Roshani Chokshi 

 When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash- Tasha Suri 

A noblemans daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suris captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

The fate of an empire rests in the hands of a young woman with magical blood and nothing left to lose, and an outcast prince determined to save his family at any cost, in this “dark, melodious, and memorable” new fantasy from the author of the award-winning Empire of Sand.

Realm of Ash (The Books of Ambha, #2)

The Bone Witch series- Rin Chupeco 

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice. I am currently running a readathon for this series along with Lili and Shealea and you’ll can check out  more details HERE.

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)

Jade City- Fonda Lee

JADE CITY is a gripping Godfather-esque saga of intergenerational blood feuds, vicious politics, magic, and kung fu.

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)

A Spark of White Fire- Sangu Mandanna

In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy, #1)

Wicked As You Wish- Rin Chupeco 

When a hidden prince, a girl with secrets, a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, and a legendary firebird come together…something wicked is going down.

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic, #1)

An Ember in the Ashes- Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

Descendant of the Crane- Joan He

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

Descendant of the Crane

The City of Brass- S.A.Chakraborty 

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro- K.S.Villoso 

A queen of a divided land must unite her people, even if they hate her, even if it means stopping a ruin that she helped create. A debut epic fantasy from an exciting new voice.

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen, #1)

Dragon Pearl- Yoon Ha Lee

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

Dragon Pearl

We Set the Dark on Fire- Teylor Kay Meija 

In this daring and romantic fantasy debut set in an alternate version of Mexico, society wife-in-training Dani has a great awakening after being recruited by rebel spies and falling for her biggest rival. Perfect for fans of The Handmaids Tale and Latinx authors Zoraida Cordova and Anna-Marie McLemore.

We Set the Dark on Fire

The Tiger at Midnight- Swati Teerdhala 

Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and drive them apart. The cat and mouse chase and the banter in this book are top notch and I can never recommend this book enough.

The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1)

We Hunt the Flame- Hafsah Faizal 

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, Hafsah Faizal’s We Hunt the Flame – first in the Sands of Arawiya duology – is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

Ghost Squad-Claribel A.Ortega

Coco meets Stranger Things in Claribel Ortega’s middle grade debut, based on Dominican folklore in which 12-year-old girl Lucely Luna must save the ghosts of her lost loved ones, living as fireflies, with the help of her best friend Syd and her witch grandmother Babette, before evil spirits haunting St. Augustine destroy them and the only home she’s ever known.

Ghost Squad

Song of the Crimson Flower- Julie C. Dao

From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger than blood.

Song of the Crimson Flower

Scavenge The Stars- Tara Sim 

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars, #1)

These are some of favourite books and I have read them all so I can assure you that not only are they great reads but will also give you the much needed break during this time! I left out one of my faves The Poppy War because it’s a heavy book and very intense so you need to be mentally prepared to read it!

I am currently co-hosting a readathon of The Bone Witch series by Rin Chupeco which you can join in! There’s also a readalong for The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper you can join in on! So read these books soon and escape away!

Have you read these books?

Which book has helped you escape reality nowadays? Tell me about it!!


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  2. Such a great list of diverse fantasy, thank you for putting it together Krisha!!! I ADORED The Gilded Wolves, A Spark of White Fire, and Descendant of the Crane! The rest of these books are all on my TBR and I think I own copies of them too….

    I haven’t had the attention span for the lush worldbuilding of fantasy that I love, so I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries to escap: The Silence of Bones by June Hur is AMAZING and I highly recommend it (historical mystery set in 1800 Korea)! But I did just read Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu and was swept away by it… such a good historical fantasy!

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    1. Yes to The Silence of Bones of course 😍 I have been wanting to read The Kingdom of Back ever since it’s release so I hope I can get a copy soon!!! So glad to hear you loved the list 💛

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    1. I can relate to that! I love fantasy more each day. I hope you love them both! There’s a Gilded Wolves readathon happening in June if you would want to join in! You can find more info on Twitter @/gildedwolves 💛


      1. There isn’t a goodreads group! You could just follow the Twitter for more updates! There’s also a readathon happening for The Bone Witch series which you can check out as well! (#tbwreadathon on Instagram and Twitter) 😊


  3. *takes out pom-poms and starts waving them around cheering madly* I LOVE THIS LISTTTTT! ♥️♥️♥️
    I HAVE SO MANY BOOKS ON THIS LIST I SOO WANNA READ! Songs of the Crimson Flower, Scavenge the Stars and Tiger at Midnight!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ I can’t wait to read them and tag the crazy out of you for all of them cos apparently that’s how I show love. Bear with me 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

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  4. Oooooh this is an excellent list Krisha! I’ve read The Gilded Wolves, An Ember In The Ashes, The Bone Witch and loved them so much. The Gilded Wolves and The Bone Witch especially–they are both so lusciously vivid fantasies with full of nuances and subtle social commentary. City of Brass, Jade City and a few others in this list are still on my TBR. I am planning on getting my hands on City of Brass soon!


  5. A lot of these are on my TBR and I’ve read (and loved) a number of these as well! I’m really excited to read Jade City & Empire of Ash when I can get my hands on them

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  6. Great list! Unfortunately I DNF’ed several of these and that has NOTHING to do with the authors being POC or whatsoever, I just couldn’t get into the story.

    Scavenge the stars and A Spark of white fire are definitely on my TBR still!

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  7. I have a lot of these on my TBR and I really need to get to them soon! Actually, my mom recently asked me to lend her a book since work, well doesn’t exist at the moment, and I gave her A Spark of White Fire which she loved and devoured the sequel as well within a day.

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  8. These are amazing recommendations! I can’t believe I haven’t read any of the books on this list, yet most of them are on my TBR! I specially want to read An Ember In The Ashes, We Set The Dark On Fire and The Gilded Wolves.

    Right now the book that’s helping me escape reality in these though times is A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, I got so hooked on the mystery that I forget about everything while reading it!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get to read these books soon because they’re amazing and some of my favourites! I have heard grest things about A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and I am very glad to hear you’re loving it!!

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