Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!
We’ve arrived at another lovely Tuesday, which means it’s time for a Top 5 Tuesday post! This week, I had a much easier time with the scavenger hunt. That’s because I had to find books with swords on the cover and, apparently, I read a lot of sword books 😂 I’ve trimmed the list down to five of my favorite books that feature a large piece of cutlery on the front.
That being said, let’s get to my list!
#1. Nimona by N.D. Stevenson
This is probably one of my favorite graphic novels, so I’m glad one of the characters is holding a sword so I could feature it! Lord Blackheart happens to be my favorite character, too. Nimona is a shapeshifter that is bound and determined to become the villainous Blackwell’s minion. This was such a wild ride with action and adventure on every page. It also made me get a bit teary-eyed with Nimona and Blackwell’s backstories. It was such an incredible read!
#2. The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
There is quite an assortment of weapons on the cover of this one, but there’s definitely at least one sword. It makes sense as this book follows a nation at war and a man seeking revenge. The first book in The Burning series was such an intense ride! It’s an incredibly compelling story that has fantastic world-building. The characters have to be my favorite part of the story, though, especially Tau. He is single-minded yet complex and it’s fascinating watching his growth throughout this novel.
#3. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastian de Castell
Every time I come across this book, it reminds me that I still haven’t continued on with the Greatcoat series. At this point, I would probably need to re-read Traitor’s Blade before continuing on. I’m not mad about that, though, cause this book was fantastic! Again, the main aspect of this book that made me fall in love was the characters. Falcio will forever have my heart! But I also loved the wit and humor that ran throughout this story, not to mention the drama. I definitely need to continue.
#4. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Okay, so there’s only a partial sword on this cover, but I’m counting it because just look at it! This has to be one of my favorite book covers of all time. Thankfully, the novel within is equally as good! I’m not gonna lie, I spent a good portion of the beginning of this book completely confused. Once I got into it, though, I was absolutely hooked. Gideon is incredible, Harrowhark is sinister and wonderful, and the two of them together? *chef’s kiss* Perfection. I really need to continue on with this series, as well.
#5. The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna
Speaking of beautiful covers, this is certainly a contender for the top spot. All the covers in the Deathless series have been gorgeous, so far. This is also an amazing fantasy novel that reads like you’re watching a movie! The world-building is incredibly vivid and I love how much more action was stuffed into this sequel. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series because I need to know what happens next!
What are your top five books with swords on the cover? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!