The best books about centaurs

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Realm

By Jessica Cantwell,

Book cover of Realm: The Adventures of Lily Monroe

Have you ever felt out of place? Like you don’t belong in this world? 

That’s how Lily Monroe used to feel—until she discovered she was right. 

When Lily is thrown into a parallel world filled with magic, mythological creatures, and people with amazing superpowers, she embarks on a rollercoaster of a journey and takes you along. 

She finds family. She finds loyal friends. And maybe even love.

I highly recommend all three books of the Realm Saga. In fact, after you read the first one, you’ll definitely want to read the rest, and you won’t regret it.

Realm

By Jessica Cantwell,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Realm as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I have a crazy theory. I believe that the worlds and characters created by writers are much more than just a product of someone’s imagination. We all possess unlimited creative power (something that most of us take for granted). So what if I told you that all the characters, worlds, realities, and dimensions, ever created in writing or other forms of art, came to life somewhere in this endless Universe? That’s what I write about. Fascinating worlds and realms that exist out there. Lucky travelers that were granted a chance to visit those worlds. It’s what I’m most drawn to as a reader. Because it makes me one of those lucky travelers.


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Follow the Hummingbird

By Elena Carter,

Book cover of Follow the Hummingbird

What is my book about?

Tina Thompson, a young and disillusioned widow, finds a pathway to different worlds and realms through her dreams. Using magical amulets entrusted to her, she must find the courage to face a dark and menacing ancient force that threatens to consume her soul.

The Centaur's Wife

By Amanda Leduc,

Book cover of The Centaur's Wife

Not-so-secretly I wish I lived in a fairy story (maybe other writers feel like this too?) This novel is a fairy story for adults in the bravest and most beautiful way. The book begins with a meteor shower and features a real centaur and a love story at its heart that spirals out and impacts the survivors of the end of the world. At least, it’s the end of one world. The characters in The Centaur’s Wife are vivid and true, and the gorgeous, strange story lingers with me all the time, reminding me to be braver on the page and in the world.

The Centaur's Wife

By Amanda Leduc,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Centaur's Wife as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I moved to Canada because I fell wildly in love eighteen years ago. It wasn’t Canada I loved, but a man, and it’s taken me years to get over my homesickness for the country of my birth. I've found as I’ve grown older that the stories of this place have given me a sense of home and belonging—perhaps that’s why so many of the books I’ve recommended are about identity and what it means to the authors. I’m lucky enough to share my favourite books every month on CTV here in Saskatoon, and I focus almost exclusively on Canadian and local books. I hope you love these books as much as I do!


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Always Smile: Carley Allison's Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living

By Alice Kuipers,

Book cover of Always Smile: Carley Allison's Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living

What is my book about?

Always Smile is a memoir of teen Carley Allison, a creative and inspiring young woman who was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of cancer. Through her story, her friends and family share their love and experiences of Carley, and everything she taught them and the world. Writing this book taught me so much about listening to other people’s stories. The generosity of the people who loved Carley in sharing their words helped make this book keep Carley’s memory alive.

The Grey Bastards

By Jonathan French,

Book cover of The Grey Bastards

This book really adds a different dimension to the Orc race, starting with their blood. The race of half-orcs have a sort of hierarchy based on whether their mother or father was an orc, and they have different attributes both physically and culturally. The story follows a platoon, or hoof, of hog riding calvary that are basically a motorbike gang as they patrol the lawless lands. The language is foul and the characters crude and rough, but the writing is brilliant and I loved how the author brought the outlaw type to the orc race. 

The Grey Bastards

By Jonathan French,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Grey Bastards as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'AN ADDICTIVELY READABLE - AND UNDENIABLY COOL - FANTASY MASTERWORK' Kirkus

BRING ON THE ORCS . . .

Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man's-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs.

But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards' existence - one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity's tenuous…


Who am I?

I’ve loved the fantasy genre for as long as I can remember. From playing Warhammer with my father as a child to first reading The Lord of the Rings, The Magician, and countless other unforgettable novels, I was hooked. The Orc was always my favorite bad guy, with their incredible strength and bloodlust. I have spent many a long hour trying to put myself in the mindset of a being so dark, so brutal, and so lovable. Reading the books on this list, and many more, have helped me develop a foundation in the Orc race that almost makes them real.


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The Banner of the Broken Orc: The Call of the Darkness Saga Book One

By Aiden L. Turner,

Book cover of The Banner of the Broken Orc: The Call of the Darkness Saga Book One

What is my book about?

Tired of the same old fantasy books, full of romance and people fighting evil with no one actually getting hurt? Want something gritty, where the bad guys do horrid things, and the good guys aren't much better? Aiden L Turner brings Fast-paced, brutal battle scenes, and a rich plot with defined world building. Guts, gore, and glory!

Lingeria

By Daniel Kozuh, Rocky Negron (illustrator),

Book cover of Lingeria: Book One of One

Lingeria is a sarcastic, humor-infused take on the portal fantasy, which forces the author of a beloved fantasy series into the world that he's written - and come to despise.

It's a solidly entertaining book that appropriately skewers a lot of the tropes of fantasy fiction and the associated fandom.

I enjoyed the world of Lingeria and it's definitely a fun read for people seeking to scratch that Discworld itch.

Lingeria

By Daniel Kozuh, Rocky Negron (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Lingeria as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

Growing up, I’d always been fascinated by science fiction narratives, having been suckered in by Star Wars at a very young age. But it wasn’t until I stumbled upon The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy that I realized stories didn’t have to take everything so seriously. This pivoted to an obsession with comedy, leading me to write skits for the stage and screen in my late 20s as a fun side-gig along with my own comedic sci-fi novel series. I’ve always appreciated stories that lean into the lighter side of things. Reality is grim and dark enough as it is, our escapism doesn’t need to double down on that.


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Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire

By G.M. Nair,

Book cover of Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire

What is my book about?

Michael Duckett is fed up with his life. His job is a drag, and his best friend, Stephanie Dyer, only makes him more anxious with her lazy irresponsibility. Things get worse when they get evicted from their 5th-floor walk-up and find ads for their Detective Agency plastered all over the city. The only problem is: Michael and Stephanie don’t have one of those.

Despite their incompetence, Stephanie pursues this crazy scheme and they stumble upon a web of missing people linked by a sexually audacious theoretical physicist and his experiments with space-time. And unless Michael and Stephanie can put their personal issues aside and fix the hole they tore in the multi-verse, the concept of existence itself may, ironically, cease to exist.

Minotaur

By Naomi Lucas,

Book cover of Minotaur: Blooded

The intro to the world Naomi created really grabbed me. This idea of a misty, ever-expanding labyrinth…so cool! It’s one of those times that the setting in a story is so exciting and vivid that it’s almost an entire character in and of itself. Then there are all the characters we encounter along the journey. Hello centaurs It’s a labyrinth you’ll definitely want to get lost in. 

Minotaur

By Naomi Lucas,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Minotaur as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I’m an author, but first and foremost I’m a reader. I’ve been voracious about it my entire life, but it wasn’t until just a few years back that I discovered the romance genre—which sucked me in immediately. After a few books I stumbled onto Ruby Dixon and it was over. Syfy and fantasy romance had their hooks in me. These recs are the books I re-read and the authors I follow because they are consistent in telling captivating stories, with rich worlds, and vibrant characters. Book hang-over guaranteed. 


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Tamed by the Troll

By Tracy Lauren,

Book cover of Tamed by the Troll

What is my book about?

Once the belle of her village, life took a dark turn for Adelaide upon her parent’s death. Plagued by lingering grief, Adelaide finds herself alone on the edge of The Perished Woods—a cursed and evil place. Without warning, an orc army attacks. Her village ablaze, Adelaide races into the Perished Woods, seeking refuge in a place of nightmares. With orcs on her heels, she’s desperate to escape. But when the young woman crosses an ancient stone bridge she’s met with an even more fearsome enemy. A troll… who is determined to save her.

A Spell for Chameleon

By Piers Anthony,

Book cover of A Spell for Chameleon

A tree is just a tree. But the trees in Santh have a humanesque will to survive. They’ve evolved magic properties that keep predators from cutting them down—a peace spell that causes would-be lumberjacks to fall asleep and never wake up or a ignore spell that causes predators to ignore them. The magical plants of Santh understand what drives their enemies and use that knowledge against them.

A Spell for Chameleon

By Piers Anthony,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked A Spell for Chameleon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I was talking to some scientifically minded people online when I came across quantum physics. When I read that there’s something scientists call the Quantum Realm, I knew I had to write a book. I took the information a German scientist who specialized in quantum theory gave me and created a science fantasy world. I have a masters in English and a bachelor's in communication. Two of the most important questions a fiction author can ask are What if? and Why not? Instead of having a regular guy fall into a magic world, I had the magician’s apprentice fall into a world of science just to see what he’d do. 


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Queen of the Quantum Realm: Book One of the Nanosia Series

By Rhonda Denise Johnson,

Book cover of Queen of the Quantum Realm: Book One of the Nanosia Series

What is my book about?

In this YA fantasy novel, Jawan, apprentice of the powerful earth mage, finds himself trapped in a world one-billionth his normal size where subatomic beings hail him as the hero who comes to save them. Jawan knows he doesn’t belong in this world and longs to go home, but he must stop Antipan whose machinations threaten both worlds.

The Coma Monologues

By Mario Milosevic,

Book cover of The Coma Monologues

In The Thousand and One Nights, Scheherazade famously told stories to keep herself alive. In this novel the wife of a man in a coma uses stories to coax him back to life. The storytellers she brings to his hospital bedside include a raven, a ghost, a centaur, and Scheherazade herself. Even a house gets a monologue here. I love how this book brings the mythic aspects of life into every day for the purpose of healing. The underneath here is the man’s subconscious. The entities speaking to him exist in the every day; we just don’t normally see them. This book brings them all to life. A beautiful story beautifully told.  

The Coma Monologues

By Mario Milosevic,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Coma Monologues as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I grew up in Michigan where I was outdoors in the woods most of the time, running around with my imaginary friends. I built an entire world in my imagination where girls and women were powerful and ruled the world. I wrote stories about that world, and I’ve never stopped writing or reading myths, folklore, and fairy tales. Stories are the best way to bring the mythic and hidden realms of our existence out into the open. When I catch a glimpse of other worlds through storytelling, it always feels healing. It gives me hope that there is more to our existence than what we ordinarily see.


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Church Of The Old Mermaids

By Kim Antieau,

Book cover of Church Of The Old Mermaids

What is my book about?

When the Old Sea dried up, the Old Mermaids were cast onto the New Desert in Arizona where they exchanged their finware for skinware and had to find a new way to live. Myla Alvarez tells their stories at the Church of the Old Mermaids in downtown Tucson to raise money to support the migrants she shelters on the land she caretakes. The border lands can be both wondrous and dangerous, and Myla works hard to build a safe place for the people she has pledged to protect. The Old Mermaids, based on ancient goddesses, embody the ultimate truth: there is more to our world than we know.

Book cover of Down Among the Sticks and Bones

This slim novel is actually the second in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, which I wholeheartedly recommend in its entirety. The premise: a school for teenagers who once found secret, magical doors to other worlds when they were younger—and who, for various reasons, are sent back from those worlds to ours again. I particularly loved Jack, the burgeoning mad scientist sister in Down Among the Sticks and Bones, as well as her complicated relationship with her sister, Jill. I’m also a big fan of unique worlds and high-concept premises, and McGuire’s series absolutely checks both of those boxes!

Down Among the Sticks and Bones

By Seanan McGuire,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Down Among the Sticks and Bones as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Who am I?

I’m an avid reader of speculative fiction: fantasy, science fiction, horror, “what-if” stories of our world with a twist... you name it, I’m in. But what really sells a spec-fic story for me is the characters that populate the world – the relationships that form the heart of the otherworldly story – and I’ve always found sisterhood, in particular, extremely compelling. I’ve actually written two speculative books featuring sisters myself, and have another sisters-driven adventure coming out next year! I’m also one of three sisters, and growing up, these relationships served as the basis of so many memories, as well as informed so much of who I am.


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City of Savages

By Lee Kelly,

Book cover of City of Savages

What is my book about?

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either had ever imagined. After a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join an escape mission through Manhattan.

Book cover of The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

The door to Angela Carter’s imagination swung wide open, broke off its hinges, then flew away during the writing of this one. Never without meaning or serious intent, yet always surreal, fantastical, wild, and magical, Angela Carter helped me to realise how I wanted to write. Her anarchic spirit, compassion, and desire for a better world shine through as she pokes civilisation with a phantasmagorical finger.

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

By Angela Carter,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Desiderio, an employee of the city under a bizarre reality attack from Doctor Hoffman's mysterious machines, has fallen in love with Albertina, the Doctor's daughter. But Albertina, a beautiful woman made of glass, seems only to appear to him in his dreams. Meeting on his adventures a host of cannibals, centaurs and acrobats, Desiderio must battle against unreality and the warping of time and space to be with her, as the Doctor reduces Desiderio's city to a chaotic state of emergency - one ridden with madness, crime and sexual excess.

A satirical tale of magic and sex, The Infernal Desire…


Who am I?

Hello. My name is Mike Russell. I write books (novels, short story collections and novellas) and make visual art (mostly paintings, occasionally sculptures). I love art and books that are surreal and magical because that is the way life seems to me, and I love art and books that are mind-expanding because we need to expand our minds to perceive just how surreal and magical life is. My books have been described as strange fiction, weird fiction, surrealism, magic realism, fantasy fiction… but I just like to call them Strange Books.


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Nothing Is Strange

By Mike Russell,

Book cover of Nothing Is Strange

What is my book about?

20 mind-expanding short stories. Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, disturbing, unique… all of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell so put on your top hat, open your third eye and enjoy… Nothing Is Strange!

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