Fantasy Standalones to Read When You Can’t Commit to Series

Because sometimes getting invested in a world that expands throughout multiple books might require more commitment than we’re willing to give at the moment.

Fantasy novels are a great time all-around, but sometimes getting invested in a world that expands throughout multiple books might require more commitment than we’re willing to give at a given moment. For that reason, here is a short list of five fantasy standalones that can fill up your life with magic and none of the commitment stress.


The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimoli and Alicia Zaloga


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On this Victorian fantasy Roger Weathersby, a man of science and bodysnatcher, is framed for the murder of one of his cadavers. To escape his execution, he must bind himself with a magic ritual (that he really doesn’t believe in) to his former friend, princess Sibylla, a rebellious princess with a unique ability. But a murderer is still on the loose in the city, and they must leave their differences behind to catch them. If you are a fan of Victorian settings, magical abilities out of the ordinary, and a side of science, this book if perfect for you.



Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente


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This book is a retelling of the Russian tale of Koschei the Deathless. The novel follows Marya Morevna, who, instead of being kidnapped by him like in the original tale, marries him. It is full of magical quests, power, lust, and war. If you like the darker side of fantasy and/or beautifully lush writing go and pick this up immediately.


Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia 


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Gods of Jade and Shadow takes place in Mexico during the Jazz Age, but if the setting is not enough to convince you to read it, it is about a girl named Cassiopeia who accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of Death. He tasks her with helping him recover his throne that was stolen by his brother, and if she fails, she will die. Together they travel all across the country and into Xibalba, the Mayan underworld, to complete their mission. If you are a fan of mythology or just like amazing characters, unique settings, and diverse reads don’t hesitate to add this to your TBR pile.



The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 


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Ever wondered what The Iliad might’ve looked like if it was from the perspective of Patroclus? If you have, or hadn’t but are now curious, you have to read this book. The writing is masterful, and the romance and friendship between Achilles and Patroclus is beautifully heartbreaking. Don’t miss out on this story full of gods, kings, fame, honor, and heart.


Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett


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Angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley have to team up to save the world from apocalypse, which, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes NutterWitch, will come a within a week on Saturday. Only one problem; the only way to stop it is to stop the Antichrist from provoking it, but they seem to have misplaced him. You can go lose yourself in this amazing book by these amazing authors, and as a bonus, after you do you can go binge the show!

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