There’s no question that Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is an obsession-worthy series. And now that the Netflix adaptation is here, we’re more obsessed than ever. What if you’ve read (and reread) the books and binged the TV show, but you’re still craving more? What’s a reader to do?
If you’re suffering from a severe case of book hangover, here are some excellent read-alikes to fill that Shadow and Bone–sized hole in your heart.
Ash Princess series by Laura Sebastian
If you love stories about fallen royals, magical kingdoms, and forbidden romance, you’ll love the Ash Princess series. Like Shadow and Bone, it’s a dark, gritty fantasy series with a strong female protagonist who will keep you glued to the page!
Blood Heir series by Amélie Wen Zhao
We loved Alina’s unique magical abilities in Shadow and Bone. Likewise, we’re obsessed with Ana’s unusual talent for controlling blood. This retelling of Anastasia has everything you could want in a fantasy series—a kingdom in turmoil, dark magic, a crime lord, and a plot to expose a powerful killer.
Camelot Rising Trilogy by Kiersten White
A girl with unique magical abilities gets recruited to save her kingdom from terrifying magic and looming threats. Princess Guinevere must conquer her fears, navigate the royal court, and resist falling in love if she hopes to succeed. If you need an excellent book to help you move on after Shadow and Bone, this is it!
Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift
Two powerful kingdoms are poised to unite through the marriage of their young royals. But when those same royals run away from their duties, they cross paths under the guise of their new identities. Magic, romance, corruption, and criminals combine into an unputdownable story that will leave you wanting more.
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
You’ve probably seen the buzz about this book. If you haven’t read it yet, now is the perfect time to jump into this sensational story of a nearly immortal girl who joins a group of gifted warriors. This high-stakes novel is the ideal solution for your Shadow and Bone withdrawal!
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
With curses, forbidden magic, and a conspiracy to conquer the world, this book from the author of Spin the Dawn is the perfect next read after Shadow and Bone. You’ll get lost in the enchanting story inspired by fairy tales and East Asian folklore. It’s a breathtaking escape from reality that you won’t want to miss!
Small Favors by Erin A. Craig
The monster-filled forest in this spooky novel is an impenetrable barrier that keeps Ellerie and her family from wandering too far from home. But when neighbors start going missing, Ellerie has to face her fears (and the monsters) head-on. If you loved the spooky vibes of the Fold in Shadow and Bone, read this book next!
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
When you’re craving another breathtaking fantasy novel about a young mage coming into power, pick up this novel from the queen of the genre. Arram’s abilities will shape kingdoms, and his loyalty has the power to alter the future. This addictive novel is precisely what you need in your TBR stack!
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