Indie read-alikes for popular fantasy books, by Tiny Elf Arcanist

12 Dec 2022

I’m a tiny elf who lives in a castle made of (regular-sized) indie fantasy books. I’m a lover of fantasy and if you’re here, you must be one too. You are probably familiar with classic fantasy works, so I’m here to present you with indie fantasy books that share some tropes with better-known books. 


You can find more indie fantasy books on my blog, meanwhile here are FIVE indie read-alikes that form some of my walls:

1.- If you liked The Princess Bride try Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of Less Valued Knights by Liam Perrin


If you’re looking for a fun medieval tale, Liam Perrin’s debut novel is where you’ll find it. While Westley goes on to become a skillful swashbuckler, Thomas mostly stays a regular farmboy following a dream. With this book, you’ll get ludicrous depictions of familiar characters of Arthurian legends, evil aristocrats, a Black Knight, a magic weapon, and plenty of shenanigans.

2.- If you liked The Crown Conspiracy try The Blood of Crows by Alex C. Pierce


There are multiple books about heists and charismatic thieves, but what these reads, in particular, have in common is they are both fast-paced and light reads. Pierce’s protagonist, Ren, is a talented thief. While he’s prideful about it, he’s a good person who learned to play with the hand life dealt him. Early on in the book, he runs away from danger and feels remorseful about it. This decision drives him to later save people at his own risk, getting involved in the investigation of a series of murders. That he’s already the prime suspect may have something to do with it.

3.-If you liked The Little Mermaid try Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Anela Deen


There’s a merperson who breaks the rules to save a human, a conniving and powerful sea witch, and… probably the similarities end there. Ok, this one might be a bit of a stretch. I just wanted an excuse to recommend this book because it is the one that ignited my love for indie fantasy. I thought I didn’t like fantasy romance until Anela Deen changed my mind with her well-written characters and healthy portrayal of relationships. A slow-burn romance where both characters deal with their trauma and learn to trust each other while working together to save land and sea.

4.-If you liked Half a King try An Inheritance of Ash and Blood by Jamie Edmundson


These are lighter versions of epic fantasy intended for a younger audience. In both stories, the protagonists are shunned and mistreated by their fathers for being “different”. In a land where magic hasn’t been prominent in years, Sanc must hide his powers to avoid becoming a target. At its core, An Inheritance of Ash and Blood is a coming-of-age story. A multi-POV story with characters that are more than meets the eye.

5.- If you liked Circe try The Goddess of Nothing at All by Cat Rector


There’s not a world where I won’t recommend GoNaA. If you enjoyed the feminist myth retelling in Circe, you will love this one from another overlooked goddess. From the POV of Loki’s wife, Sigyn, Cat Rector weaves Norse myths into an emotional and gut-wrenching story of love, heartbreak, parenthood, and toxic families.