My number three is the novels of O.R. Melling that have had the good fortune (or good sense?) to be published in America.
See, I told you I was going to cheat again. But I couldn’t pick just one of the three books I read by Melling this year. In fact, it sort of feels like one book, because I read them all one after the other. The Hunter’s Moon, The Summer King, and The Lightbearer’s Daughter are all fairy tales set in modern day Ireland. The author really knows her stuff too, her characters often give insight into the real folk tales from Ireland’s rich history. So, while you enjoy a great story, you’re also learning about Ireland and all her fairy tales. All three of these books are really great reads if you enjoy fantasty, fairy tale-ish works, young adult novels and Ireland.
I’ll be glad when the rest of her work is published here!