The best fantasy books with a twist you never saw coming

Elizabeth A. Drysdale Author Of Out of Time
By Elizabeth A. Drysdale

Who am I?

 I have been a devourer of fantasy all of my life. With a bookshelf that grows more overflowing by the year, I just can’t get enough. That combined with the many classes I've taken on writing, tension, and incorporating fantasy elements, make me the perfect candidate for finding all three in the perfect story. I live in a daydream created by the written word and even win writing awards with all that I've learned and applied. There is nothing I love more than the perfect pairing of twists and tension in fantasy stories, something I continue to add to my own stories!


I wrote...

Out of Time

By Elizabeth A. Drysdale,

Book cover of Out of Time

What is my book about?

Centuries ago a warlock cursed her family: they cannot feel true love. Now Soph must travel back in time to save his son’s life in her one chance to break the curse. But she has only this one magical gift, and she’s often not accurate where she ends up. To make things worse, she must go to seventeenth-century New England, a time when witches often found their way to the end of the noose.

If she can't save his son in time, she risks getting stuck in the past, the curse firmly in place. Her success means breaking the curse, freeing her family to find true love. But her journey to the past brings her closer to hidden fears than she ever imagined!

The books I picked & why

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House of Salt and Sorrows

By Erin A. Craig,

Book cover of House of Salt and Sorrows

Why this book?

Just when you think you have this book all figured out, it throws a new twist at you. Even familiarity with the 12 Dancing Princesses fairy tale won’t help you decipher who the ‘bad guy’ is. With hints of curses and family deception, you won’t know which way to look to find the answers. I loved how much it kept me on my toes while at the same time pulling me into a world I could fall in love with. 


Bone Crier's Moon

By Kathryn Purdie,

Book cover of Bone Crier's Moon

Why this book?

 This book almost killed me! The tension is incredible and I found myself rooting for Ailesse and Sebastion to figure out the mystery behind the matron, and their attraction to each other. This plot is so twisted that it will keep you guessing all the way through. With every character determined that they are right, you’ll wish you could jump in and prove that you know it all, but you’d be wrong! It kept me on pins and needles and kept me from sleep. 


Kingdom of the Wicked

By Kerri Maniscalco,

Book cover of Kingdom of the Wicked

Why this book?

This book gave family secrets a whole new meaning. You're immediately pulled deep into the world of demons and death, with everything you thought you knew unraveling the farther in you get. You’ll also get to meet Wrath, which I promise you, you won’t regret (or forget!). I guarantee you the mystery will pull you in and never let you go.


An Enchantment of Ravens

By Margaret Rogerson,

Book cover of An Enchantment of Ravens

Why this book?

This book perfectly balances the twists with a gentle romance, something that I personally believe is essential to all great books. Isobel is incredibly intriguing because she has no desire to join the fair folk and have eternal life and eternal youth. The decision would cost her her desire to create art, and it’s not something she’s willing to give up even with a handsome tempter. At every point her decisions surprised me and kept me longing for more. 


Daughter of the Pirate King

By Tricia Levenseller,

Book cover of Daughter of the Pirate King

Why this book?

Pirates is a genre that doesn’t get enough love, and this book proves it! Alosa is a pirate determined to bring glory to her father, even allowing herself to be kidnapped in the process all to gain the information he seeks. But night after night of looking brings nothing but suspicion when a fellowship mate suspects she’s more than her little act would lead them to assume. The twists of family drama that come from multiple sets of pirates keep this one intriguing until the last minute!


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