Australia has some fantastic writing talent, and so much of them don’t get as much love as they should in my opinion. So I thought I’d share pretty photos to convince you to read some underrated authors. Some you might have heard before but never read, or some might be new to you. It’s still worth a gander to expand your TBR.
Books: The Sevenwaters series, HEART’S BLOOD, Wildwood Dancing duology, Blackthorn & Grim, Shadowfell, The Bridei Chronicles, The Light Isles
Genres: Historical fantasy, young adult and adult
No. I’ve read: 14/ 20 books
Juliet Marillier is so very underrated, it makes me sad. Her writing is so gorgeous it deserves to be loved by many more people. My words honestly can’t do her novels justice. Plus her romances are all slow burn and shipworthy. And let’s not forget most of her series begin as fairy tale retellings (HEART’S BLOOD is Beauty and the Beast, WILDWOOD DANCING is the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST a retelling of Six Swans).
Books: The Starbound Trilogy, The Illuminae Files
Genres: Sci fi
No. I’ve read: 5/5
All of Amie Kaufman’s novels I’ve read have been co-authored so I can’t accurately identify what I liked, but I do know I enjoyed all of them! Both series are sci fi with great romances and characters, and multiple layers to the plot.
Books: Witches of Eileanan, Rhiannon’s Ride, The Starthorn Tree, BITTER GREENS, Chain of Charms, The Puzzle Rings, The Impossible Quest, THE WILD GIRL, THE BEAST’S GARDEN
Genres: Fantasy, historical, children’s, middle grade, young adult, and adult
No. I’ve read: 19/36 (approximately)
Kate Forsyth is the author who made me fall in love with the fantasy genre, and so I think she’ll always be one of my favourites. She creates such extensive beautiful worlds.
Books: The Lotus War trilogy, Nevernight, the Illuminae Files
Genres: Fantasy and sci fi
No. I’ve read: 6/6
HOLY HELL THE PLOT TWISTS THIS MAN WRITES!! They’re insane. And he doesn’t have one per book, he has at least three major scenes that turn everything on its head. I don’t think I’ve managed to fully predict the plot of one of his novels yet. Pair this with his brilliant action scenes and beautiful and his books can be incredibly suspenseful.
Books: The Lumatere Chronicles, ON THE JELLICOE ROAD, LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI, SAVING FRANCESCA, THE PIPER’S SON, TELL THE TRUTH SHAME THE DEVIL
Genres: Fantasy, contemporary, mystery/ thriller, young adult, adult.
No. I’ve read: 5/9
When I read LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI in high school, I enjoyed it a lot, but it wasn’t until I read The Lumatere Chronicles that I truly fell in love with her writing. Her characters are so well developed and go through such growth in every single one of her novels I’ve read. I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her stuff.