Wyrd and Wonder is hosted by Annemieke @ A Dance With Books, Imyril @ There’s Always Room for One More, Jorie @ Jorie Loves A Story, Ari @ The Book Nook, and Lisa @ Dear Geek Place.

Wyrd and Wonder banner with cute black dragon illustraton.Usually, leaving my comfort zone means reading something that’s not SFF related, so this was a tricky prompt to do with just fantasy books. These five books all have different reasons for being outside my zone.

the world we make

The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin

The second book in the Great Cities duology was akin to doomscrolling Twitter at times. It echoed so much real politics and the crap many people have had to deal with in recent years. Even N.K. Jemisin said it was difficult to finish because it had become all too real. Not a comfortable read at all, but it definitely captured the zeitgeist.

 

the crane husband

The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill

Domestic abuse is one of those subjects I often avoid reading about. You desperately want them to save themselves, but someone who is supposed to love them, controls them instead.

 

vita nostra

Vita Nostra by Marina + Sergey Dyachenko

Beautiful and weird and a bit creepy. I wasn’t quite sure I understood it when I was reading it! It’s quite unlike any other book I’ve read. I will say the sequel helped make things a bit clearer.

 

the priory of the orange tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This is on the list due to length rather than content. I don’t usually read such long books, but Samantha Shannon managed to sweep me up in the worldbuilding and characters. I barely noticed it was twice the length of my usual reads.

 

a marvellous light

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

My tolerance for sex scenes has lowered as I’ve got older. I’m pretty sure teenage me would have loved all the spicy romantasy hitting the shelves at the moment. Now I’d prefer sex scene be a couple of paragraphs rather than pages… but I still managed to enjoy Freya Marske’s trilogy, even if I did skim read parts.

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Illustration credit: black dragon by Ehtisham Sajid