This Top 5 series started back in October 2018 and it has grown really big! This is a series of books that all have a common theme. I post the schedule for the next month the last week of the prior month. You can talk about books you want to read or books you have read and all prompts are open for interpretation! Feel free to get as creative as you want with the prompts.
January 16th, 2021 — Metal in the Title (Gold, Silver, Brass, Steel, etc.)
January 23rd, 2021 — Book about Competition (Tournament, race, sibling rivalry, etc.)
January 30th, 2021 — Weapons on the Cover
February 6th, 2021 — Royalty in the Title (King, Queen, Princess, Prince, etc.)
February 13th, 2021 — Book with Unique Format (Diary entries, verse, documents, podcast, blog, etc.)
February 20th, 2021 — Books with Family Relationship in the Title (Mother, Father, Daughter, Brother, etc.)
February 27th, 2021 — Snow on the Cover
March 6th, 2021 — Gift Books (Books you got as a gift, would give as a gift or have given as a gift.)
March 13th, 2021 — Fire on the Cover
March 20th, 2021 — Love Triangle
I have to admit that I’ve been so behind on my blog because I’ve been reading so much! I’ve had several 5 star reads in a row and haven’t been able to tear myself away from reading! So this post is super late.
Royalty in the Title
I know I’ve already done books about royalty as a topic, but that was such a long time ago. There are so many great books about royals out there, so we’re doing it again, just slightly differently. There are tons of books out there with royal titles in the title and I have to admit, those kinds of titles grab my attention. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know I mostly read fantasy books, and I’m a sucker for a fantasy about royals. I just love a classic fantasy vibe set in a kingdom filled with injustices to fight against. There are so many books with royal titles in the title that I have absolutely loved. Some of my favorite books with a royal title in the titles are: Queen of the Tearling, Daughter of the Pirate King, Tiger Queen, The Shadow Queen, Queen of Someday, King of Scars, The Cruel Prince, The Winter Duke. I had a really hard time narrowing this down to just 5 books, but I finally narrowed it down and I’m really excited for all of these!
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.
One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…
The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.
The Demon King and Falling Kingdoms are two book series that are at the top of my backlist TBR right now. I don’t read a ton of YA epic fantasies, but this one sounds really promising. The world built in this story is apparently pretty epic and the two main characters sound pretty fascinating. There is even a spin off series so hopefully I like this book so I can continue with the series and the spin off series.
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
A kingdom at risk, a crown divided, a family drenched in blood.
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.
The king’s three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.
Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.
I have to admit that the reason I’m interested in this book has nothing to do with the fact that it’s a Shakespeare retelling of King Lear. I’m interested in it because it’s about 3 princesses competing for the throne. I’ve read a couple of books like this before and I can’t say that the premise gets old. This one is full of morally grey characters and apparently all of the characters are really well developed. This book has gotten a lot of high praise from friends of mine, but it’s not so over-hyped that I’m afraid it will disappoint.
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best — the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.
Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.
It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.
I have heard a lot about this book. It sounds like a really dark and funny fantasy and I’m totally here for those types of books. I love some great dark humor and have pretty high hopes for this one. This is Nicholas Eames’ debut and he made quite a huge splash in the fantasy world since it first came out. I’ve picked up several books because he blurbed them, and I wound up loving those books. I just know him by reputation, but I really do want to find time to read this series.
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised.
Far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family’s power plays and ambitions. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.
Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin is not destined to save the empire.
He’s destined to destroy it.
This epic fantasy wound up on my list based on reputation alone. I love a good quest fantasy and this rags to riches tale looks pretty intriguing. It sounds like there is a lot going on in this book. The timeline jumps around a bit apparently, which I know is something some people don’t like, but I always tend to love books like that. This is another book with an absolutely epic world that I’d love to sink into. The 4th book is coming out soon, so now would be a perfect time to binge read this series.
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.
Most of the books on this list are epic fantasies and I almost didn’t include Ash Princess. It’s a YA fantasy that received a lot of hype around it’s release, but I haven’t heard much about it since then. When I reread the blurb I realized that this book sounds way cooler than all the typical YA fantasies out there. But this book sounds pretty dark and brutal, rather than a light and fluffy love story. Unlike a lot of the other books I listed here this one sounds like a pretty quick read, so I could totally pick it up when I still want a fantasy, but I want something faster paced. Also the entire trilogy is already published, so I could binge read the entire series.
Check out other book blogger’s Top 5 picks!
Yolanda @ Past Midnight — Top 5 Saturday | 2/6/21
Etta @ Chonky Books — ~Top 5 Saturday: Royalty in the Title ~
Dini @ Dinipandareads — Top 5 Saturday: Royalty in the Title
Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog — Books with Royalty in the Title — Top 5 Saturday!
Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog — Top 5 Saturday — Royalty in the Title
Louise @ Lou’s Book Stuff — Top 5 Saturday — Books with Royalty in the Title
Do certain words in titles grab your attention? Do you like books about royalty? Have you read any of the books I listed above? What did you think? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about books with royalty in the title!
I have not yet read these! I have a couple on my TBR. Ash Princess is sitting on my shelf… hoping to get to it some time this year. I am really not sure if there are any words in titles that grab my attention 😂 I am going to try and pay attention to see if there are from now on though! Great post!
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Ash Princess is one that I thought I should skip, but when it came up when looking for books for this post and I reread the blurb I realized that I really actually do want to read it! I have noticed that royalty in the title and some version of the word ‘lie’ in the title always grabs my attention. Whenever I see ‘lie’ in the title I assume there is going to be deception or an unreliable narrator.
I enjoyed the Ash Princess series! Hope you like it when you read it. 🙂
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Ah! I’m so glad to hear that! I feel like I’ve heard nothing about this book since it first came out.
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