I might be doing this list again next year since I’m getting the feeling I’ve found even more awesome stand alones that could make the list. Once of the toughest type of books to find in the Fantasy & Sci Fi genre is a good stand alone, which isn’t necessarily bad, but hard when you have a series hangover, or a really bad cliffhanger leaving you with a need for an ending. At that point I typically want a story with an ending, but most books lead to a series, so it becomes a struggle. Hopefully, this list can help you find a good stand alone to read in between your series!
Sorcery of Thorns / An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
- I’m still not sure how I ended up picking up An Enchantment of Ravens when I did, but I’m not going back on that choice now. Both of these books by Margaret Rogerson are great stand alones, but don’t sacrifice in story world, or plot, so there’s no feeling of missing something when you read them. My favorite of the two is Sorcery of Thorns, but both were really fun to read, and help if you need a book with closure after a harsh cliffhanger.
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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
- While this keeps us in the Far niche for a good moment, Holly Black has surprisingly written a stand alone, and a good one at that. The Darkest Part of the Forest gives us Black’s Fae, but in the human world as two siblings work to help a Faerie Prince they find in the middle of the forest. There’s not a lot of direct action, but the intrigue kept me glued in this one!
A Treason of Thorns by Laura E Weymouth
- I don’t get a lot of advanced reading copies, since this is a small production here, so when I get one I read it as soon as I can. This one was really exciting since its a stand alone, so I’m not glued and then waiting way more than a year to get said next book. Treason of Thorns is a little different from the other books on this list, with the people not being the ones with the magic, but the house. A take on the duty and obligation we hear about in the nobility class, especially with the castles and great homes, this novel’s main character is trying to save her family home, even knowing that it had a hand in the death of her father, or that it could kill her if she doesn’t succeed in time.
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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A Craig
- One of the popular books of 2019, this novel didn’t disappoint as we are thrown into a world and culture filled with the sea, and a family with 12 daughters, all of whom may be cursed. Annaleigh has already lost more than a few sisters when she and the remaining ones attend a party through a mysterious door, and find themselves dancing away their nights and their shoes at an alarming rate. It doesn’t help that she is slowly starting to see the ghosts of her dead sisters, and anyone who knows about their deaths are slowly being killed off. Will she find their killer or be killed herself? This one had a well put together world and an amazing plot with all the twists and turns all rolled into one book.
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
- It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, and while I can’t tell as much about it as I used to, I can say that I inhaled this one and loved every second of it. This one is a mix of contemporary, but with a sci fi/fantasy twist as the two leads meet each other in their dreams thinking nothing of it until they see each other on campus, and work to find out why. A shorter novel, there’s less world building since it’s got the contemporary base, so you are almost entirely thrown into the plot from the beginning.
What books are on your stand alone list? If you had to choose between one book, or a full 5+ book series, what would you choose? Let me know in the comments below!