TTT #282 | Books for People Who Liked Leigh Bardugo

We have been having fun with Top Ten Tuesday, so we decided we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Since January 2018 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is Books for People Who Liked Author X and I decided to go with Leigh Bardugo! After watching Shadow and Bone and rereading the Six of Crows duology I am once again amazed by the universe and the characters Leigh created so of course I want more books like it. If you are like me, I have 10 books you might like, so let’s jump in!

1. A Deadly Education – Naomi Novik

If you liked Ninth House (and Hell Bent) by Leigh Bardugo this might be a book for you! The main characters are a little bit younger in A Deadly Education but there is definitely that dark academia feel to the story. I’ll admit I haven’t read Ninth House yet, it is on my TBR though, so this might be a little bit off but at the same time I adore A Deadly Education so I would always recommend it haha.

2. The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

This, like Six of Crows, is a heist story at heart. I adored the heist aspect in both stories and loved the brains behind it with a plan within a plan within a plan. You never know what will happen next and even when a plan falls apart there is another part to it you never saw coming.

3. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Now before you judge this choice, hear me out! In the later books there is a wonderful found family that I love with my whole, whole, whole heart. And if you loved that aspect in the Six of Crows duology I think you can really appreciate that in this series as well.

4. Wicked Saints – Emily A. Duncan

I think this was actually marketed for fans of Leigh Bardugo when it was released haha. And I do see why. It had a interesting magic system and had two nations pitted against each other based on their religions. That reminded me of Fjerda and Ravka for sure!

5. Truthwitch – Susan Dennard

This series has a nice magic system and great world building. It also has some intriguing characters. And like Leigh’s series it has some morally grey characters you can’t help but root for. I love reading about characters like that, they are far from perfect but you do want them to succeed!

6. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

This has some nice slow burns like we see in the Grishaverse and some light magic. I would say magic isn’t always super prevalent in Six of Crows, only the Grisha have magic and there are just a couple there in the first book. This series has a little bit of magic as well and I think it is a bit similar in that regard.

7. All of Us Villains – Amanda Foody & C.L. Herman

Some more morally grey characters! Although I do have to say, this was a lot less dark than I thought it would be. I guess it is pretty comparable with the Grishaverse stories. There is some ‘ancient’ dark curse type of thing present in both stories that might interest readers.

8. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley

This had a really cool magic system. The Grisha felt really unique at the time the first books were published and I think the magic in the Rook is still unique today. It definitely has some elements I haven’t seen anywhere else. I still need to read the next book and would love to do so soon. There is also a tv show with unfortunately just one season.

9. The Diviners – Libba Bray

The Grishaverse feels like a bit of a historic fantasy sometime, traveling is done by horse or boat, there aren’t electric advances so to say, fighting happens mostly with guns, knifes and magic. And the Diviners is also a historic fantasy, it is set in the 1920s in the USA. It’s not completely the same but if you like that kind of setting, this might be a series your you.

10. Fence – C.S. Pacat

Now this might be the weirdest recommendation, BUT! We love a good slow burn as we witnessed in the Six of Crows duology and this graphic novel series does the slow burn extremely well. There are currently 5 volumes and there has hardly been any progress on the romance front haha. But I just know there is something there so I (im)patiently waiting for the next volume.

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And that was my TTT! Do you agree with my recommendations, or did you find anything new on the list? Maybe you have some books I should’ve added to the list? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Let me know in the comments!

9 thoughts on “TTT #282 | Books for People Who Liked Leigh Bardugo

  1. May I offer one of my own recommendations for you? I think you might really like Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo as you liked Six of Crows, there’s the same found family gang of crooks vibes but a little more magic than Six of Crows. I can agree with quite a lot of these as I’ve read several, I wouldn’t have immediately thought of Throne of Glass but your reasoning makes sense to me (and it is one I enjoyed as well), I also really enjoyed Truthwitch, The Raven Boys and The Diviners. I’ve not read All of Us Villains but is one that is on my TBR (Amanda Foody’s Shadow Game series is also really good!).
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    1. Thank you for your recommendation! I had heard of The Crooked Place but I guess I just have to add it to my TBR now 😉

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