11 Best Books Like Shadow And Bone Update 05/2022

Shadow and Bone, the much-loved fantasy series on Netflix, has just debuted if you haven’t seen it yet! After binge-watching the show, you’ll probably be eager for more, whether or not you’re already a fan of the books. The following are a few of our personal favorites that have a strong S&B influence. Enjoy!

1. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

They don’t know it, but Zafira is a legend in her own community. “The Hunter,” disguised as a man, sneaks into the cursed forest in search of food for her people. His father’s assassination of Nasir is also a well-known legend. Even if they don’t want to, they both carry out their responsibilities. Zafira leaps at the chance to retrieve an artifact that could restore magic to her world when she is offered the opportunity to brave the Arz. To put a stop to her plans Nasir, his father’s personal bodyguard, is on the prowl. In the meantime, an ancient evil is stirring that neither of them could have predicted…

2. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Having been orphaned at an early age, Locke uses his cleverness, thieving skills, and ability to disguise himself to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. To gain notoriety and mystique, the Gentleman Bastards quickly recruit him into their ranks of con artists. It’s up to Locke and his gang to play the game or die trying when they get caught up in a plot to overthrow the ruthless leader of Camorr’s seedy underworld.

3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

On the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born every generation—three queens, each with a unique kind of magic. Katherine, the poisoner, can withstand any poison; Arsinoe, the naturalist, can bloom a rose as easily as she can tame a lion; and Mirabella, the elemental, can conjure flames and storms. If the sisters want to be crowned queen, they’ll have to do battle for it. The stakes are extremely high on Fennbirn, as this could mean the difference between life and death.

4. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Dinétah (formerly known as the Navajo reservation) has been reborn in the wake of a global climate crisis. Having supernatural powers, Maggie, a Dinétah, is a protector of her people from evil. The girl went missing in a small town, and Maggie was called to investigate. Her discovery is a monster far more terrifying and formidable than anything she’s ever encountered before. Kai, a strange medicine man, will be crucial in helping her decipher this ancient legend and defeat the monster. In order to survive, Maggie will have to confront her own personal demons.

5. Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

For centuries, Spell Walkers have waged a bloody battle against specters—creatures that suck the essence out of endangered magical creatures—and now they’ve finally come to an end. Sister Brighton has always wanted to join the Spell Walkers while her brother Emil just wants to see it over with as soon as possible. As a result, their lives are forever altered when Emil suddenly develops a power that puts him at the center of the battle.

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow, a Red girl, has no hope of escaping poverty in a world where people are divided based on the color of their blood — red means commoner, silver means superpowered elite. At least until she unintentionally discovers she possesses supernatural abilities. A “long-lost princess” of the Silvers, engaged to their prince, is embraced by the Silvers in order to maintain peace. In reality, Mare works for a secretive Red group that is planning a coup, and her worlds are about to collide in a lethal manner.

7. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Khalid takes a new bride every night and kills her at dawn, so Shahrzad decides to be his next bride to avenge her best friend’s death at his hands. Fearing each new day could be her last, she spends her nights crafting elaborate stories for Khalid. Shahrzad, on the other hand, experiences the unthinkable as they spend more time together: he falls in love. However, Shahrzad does not believe Khalid to be the demon she had previously believed him to be.

8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Darrow is a Red, a member of society’s lowest caste, and his life depends on the work he does to improve conditions on Mars so that the upper classes can live there. After discovering the truth, he joins an uprising as a spy and infiltrates an elite but brutal Gold training school, where violence has little meaning. Darrow will have to join the ranks of his enemies if he is to free his people.

9. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

When Nahri was an orphan in Cairo in the 18th century, he relied on tricks and sleight of hand to survive. But what about the power of magic? There’s no way that’s going to happen. It’s understandable that Nahri is surprised to learn that she’s actually from a magical city in the middle of the desert. As Nahri gets more and more involved in the politics of Daevabad, she’ll see that her petty tricks haven’t prepared her for the danger she’s about to face.

10. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Malik is eager to join his sisters in the prosperous city of Ziran and begin a new life. Although Nadia was kidnapped as payment into the city, Malik is forced to accept an ultimatum: kill the princess Karina or lose his sister forever. Grieving for her mother the Sultana, who was assassinated, Karina comes up with her own deal: get the heart from a king and she can bring her mother back to life. In order to win, Karina offers to marry the winner of a competition, which Malik immediately joins. To get what they want, they’ll have to kill each other…but what if that means killing each other?

11. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

When the crown captures Celaena Sardothien, a young assassin, the handsome Prince Dorian offers her conditional freedom if she can win a contest against his rival assassins. Moving into the castle, Celaena is training with Captain Westfall, Dorian’s own guard. But until someone starts killing off contestants one by one, the court life bores her. In order to stop the killer before it’s too late, Celaena will have to dig deeper than she thought possible.

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