We all have those consistent plot lines, character types, character arcs, etc that we have fallen in love with and never tire of seeing. Those ideas, themes, and relationship types that will always remain near and dear to our hearts. I am going to talk about 5 of my favorite tropes and provide three examples each of books/series that include them. Although some of these series might have some of the other tropes in this list, I will only mention each book/series once throughout this list in order to include as many different ones as possible.
I love a good revenge tale. The books I’ve included in this category not only deliver a compelling look at the complexity and intensity of revenge, but also give the reader rip roaring, almost non-stop action that will leave you breathless to the end.
Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown
Best Served Cold (First Law World #4) by Joe Abercrombie
The Burning by Evan Winter
Rogues/Band of Misfits
I really enjoy a lovable rogue or band of misfits and each of these books delivers on that front. You’ll find snark, deep and loyal friendships, banter, and questionable decisions abound in these books!
The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron
The Divide by JS Dewes
There is something incredibly moving about seeing characters who were lost, abandoned, and/or forgotten develop strong, familial type bonds with the people around them. These books take this concept and run with it, successfully showing these relationships in a deep, meaningful, and beautiful way.
The Wounded Kingdom by RJ Barker
Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence
Mistborn Era 1 by Brandon Sanderson
The Reluctant Hero
I love the protagonist who just wants to be left alone, but for some reason is basically forced into playing the role of the hero. There is something very honest, relatable, and ultimately admirable about someone who would rather be at home doing their own thing, but decides to do what is right anyway. The three series below have some of my favorite reluctant heroes.
Chronicles of Siala by Alexey Pehov
Amra Thetys series by Michael McClung
Age of Tyranny Duology by Cameron Johnston
This one is pretty self explanatory. Magical Artifacts and Weapons are just downright cool at the end of the day. Plain and simple. Here are some books that include them.
The Seven Swords series by Anthony Ryan
The Licanius Trilogy by James Islington
The Faithful and the Fallen by John Gwynne
I hope you were to able to add some of these fantastic series to your TBR! Can you think of any other books or series that would fit into any of these tropes? What are some of your favorite tropes? Let me know!