Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The meme was originally the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers (in honor of Mardi Gras, which is today!)
Mardi Gras, as celebrated in New Orleans, is a fantastical festival, with its spectacular floats and over-the-top costumes. Since today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is book covers in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, yellow (gold), and green, I decided to feature my favorite fantasy novels with those colors in a spine stack. Unfortunately, I don’t have any fantasy novels with yellow covers, and the only really gold one is far from a favorite, so you’ll have to make do with green and purple. (And I’ll be honest: in one or two cases, it’s only the spine that fits the color scheme; the front cover is more colorful.)
Top to bottom:
(Title links take you to my review, if one exists. Given that these are, for the most part, favorites of mine, I clearly need to review more of them.)
- The Wounded Sky, by Diane Duane. One of my favorite Star Trek novels ever.
- Deryni Checkmate, by Katherine Kurtz. I discovered this series in high school, back when the first trilogy was all she had written.
- Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman. A marvelous YA novel about shapeshifting dragons, and discovering who you are.
- Circle of Magic: Briar’s Book, by Tamora Pierce. Fourth in a MG/YA series featuring four children in turn.
- Queen’s Own, by Mercedes Lackey. A three-in-one volume of Lackey’s first trilogy: Arrows of the Queen, Arrow’s Flight, Arrow’s Fall. I fell in love with these, and Lackey’s books in general, way back in the 80s when they first came out. 30+ years later, I’m still reading (and rereading) her novels.
- Spindle’s End, by Robin McKinley. One of the finest Sleeping Beauty retellings ever. EVER.
- The Black Gryphon, by Mercedes Lackey. Takes place well over a thousand years before the Queen’s Own trilogy. Explores a story we’ve only gotten hints of in other books. Plus, there are gryphons.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling. No introduction needed, I’m sure.
- Winds of Fate, by Mercedes Lackey. The first in a trilogy that chronologically takes place after the events of Queen’s Own.
- The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness. Third in the All Souls trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches. Answers most, but not all, of the questions raised in the first two books.