New Adult Fantasy Recommendations

In the last few months, here at Daastan, we have had a great time exploring different genres of the Young Adult literature. However, today we are moving towards the next age group and catering to their taste. It’s time to talk about New Adult fiction.

New Adult Fiction

The term “new adult” was coined when publishers had an issue categorising certain books that fit neither Young Adult nor Adult Fiction. For, these books explored topics that were for the audience at the threshold of adulthood but not quite there yet. The protagonists in these books were people around the age of 18-30.

Moreover, the themes addressed in the new adult are more in depth and mature. For instance, a lot of YA books talk about suicide, bullying, sexuality, abuse and other topics. However, in YA the authors do not take the artistic liberty to sometime talk openly about these subjects. In short, they have to mute it down to make it age appropriate. Whereas, new adult fiction deals with the seriousness of the complications arising from the aforementioned subjects without sugar coating them. It does so because the audience of new adult fiction is much more mature and holds the emotional capacity to process the content.

The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang

In Poppy War, the best of science fiction meets fantasy. Inspired by the bloody history of China, Kuang writes a military tale revolving around Rin, a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south. Suspicions about Rin grow when she wins an Empire-wide contest formulated to test the academic strength of people. It leaves the inhabitants of Nikan confused and bitter. Rin’s life changes as she starts to receive education at Sinegard. At Sinegard, due to her humble background, Rin is a subject of her peers’ hatred and prejudice. However, soon Rin discovers she’s not a common girl from south as her shamanic powers come to light. In the darkest hour upon Nikara Empire, Rin realises she might be her people’s only hope. But she understands that all power comes at a price, so what does she must sacrifice in order to save her people.

“If you hold the fate of the country in your hands, if you have accepted your obligation to your people, then your life ceases to be your own.”

New Adult

The Atlas Six – Olivie Blake

With fall and winter upon us, it’s time to dust off our dark academia book shelves and delve deeper once again into the world of secret societies, magical potions, leather jackets, gothic architecture, secret gardens and mysterious romances. Now that we have made your little dark academia heart flutter, ofcourse we have for you a great recommendation. If you enjoyed reading the Ninth House, The Maidens, If we were villains, and The Secret History, you are in for a treat.

“The Atlas Six” is a story about six initiates fighting against each other to secure place in a secret society that’s responsible for keeping the ancient knowledge safe. The society calls itself “The Alexandrian Society”. Those who earn their place among the society live a life of prestige, power, wealth and magic. However, the path to that life is dotted with pitfalls, unforeseen betrayals and magical traps. As the six chosen by Atlas Blakely prepare for their initiation, will they hold back or show no remorse in order to achieve their purpose?

“The problem with knowledge, is its inexhaustible craving. the more of it you have, the less you feel you know”.

New Adult

The Wolf and the Woodsman – Ava Reid

In the age brimming with retellings, Ava Reid’s “The Wolf and The Woodsman” is a refreshing departure from the jewelled settings of castles, as it is set in tundra. The novel beautifully encompasses the story of two individuals sharing a history of alienation and oppression at the hands of their own people. As Gáspár and Evike venture on a journey to stop Gáspár’s evil brother, their loyalties towards their thankless people are tested. Would they be willing to sacrifice anything and everything for those who always treated them as outcasts?

“A bad memory shared between two people carries with it only half the pain.”

Reid’s novel has received public as well as critics’ praises. For instance, Sammantha Shannon, the author of “The Priory of the Orange Tree” writes,

“Rooted in history and myth, The Wolf and the Woodsman is a stunning debut – a powerful and haunting tale of a young woman’s will to live, of love flowering in defiance of tyranny. Every single facet and detail, from the first page to the last, is so beautifully wrought, from the lyrical descriptions of nature to the tortured, slow-burn romance. It will twine like a dark forest around your heart.”

New Adult

We hope you enjoyed our recommendations for the new adult category. For more literary goodness, stay tuned!

Noor Hashmi
Noor Hashmi is a student of literature at Numl University. She is an aspiring poetess. She runs a blog by the name of “Diaries of Huda” sharing her journey through poetry. In her free time, she loves to paint and bake.

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