These are the most popular fantasy books on TikTok right now

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Social media has made it possible for all types of readers to find their niche of books. TikTok, with its user-friendly and constantly updated algorithm, is constantly preparing to be more attractive. The more you scroll, the more books you might come across. Book TikTok, or BookTok, is truly a marvel. This popularity is what led us to round up the most popular fantasy books on TikTok, arguably one of the most popular genres on the platform.

What makes a book popular on TikTok?

TikTok is an unpredictable landscape. Trends are both unavoidable and inexplicable. When a book goes viral on TikTok, it’s either fresh off the press or it’s ten years old. It all depends on the app users. During the initial COVID-19 lockdown, many people found themselves reading for pleasure, rediscovering old favorites in the process. BookTok really loves romance, from sweet to sublime. Like BookTube and Bookstagram, fantasy remains among the top genres.

Fantasy also offers an escape from whatever is happening in the world. BookTok’s fantasy favorites lean towards aesthetics and/or storytelling.

Since TikTok is primarily visual, it makes sense that people would be drawn to beautiful books. It’s not just about the cover. The book itself must be beautiful – in the narration, the characters, the music, the food, the world of the book must fit. It’s amazing how creative people can be with household items to recreate a scene from their favorite book.

The most popular fantasy books on TikTok

This list is based on popularity at the time of writing. TikTok trends move at lightning speed, so don’t be surprised if the latest BookTok darling isn’t on this list.

iron widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

In Huxia, girls are valued for their mental toughness and used to help pilot the Chrysalis, robots that protect against aliens. After the death of Zeitan’s sister, Zeitain offers himself as a pilot. When Zeitan psychically kills her male pilot, she is tagged Iron Widow. Zeitan will do anything to protect himself and more girls from the system that keeps killing them. This powerful sci-fi fantasy novel is inspired by Chinese history and features a polyamorous love story.

cover of The Awakening

awakening by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

Fae twins Tory and Darcy (Geminis, of course) have been selected to attend the prestigious Zodiac Academy. Their fate is intertwined with their abilities and those of their peers’ powers, making every moment dangerous. If you love astrology, elemental magic, schools of magic, fairies, and romance, this New Adult novel is for you.

cover Image from The Poppy War by RF Kuang

The poppy war by RF Kuang

The first of an epic trilogy, The poppy war is inspired by Chinese history and mythology. When Rin, a poor peasant girl, scores high on a prestigious exam, she is sent to undergo rigorous military training. During her training, Rin discovers powers within herself that she must learn to harness, in order to save her people. Dark and captivating,The poppy war is sure to be a fantasy classic for years to come.

The Throne of Jasmin book cover

Jasmine’s Throne by Tasha Suri

Inspired by Indian epics, Jasmine’s Throne is the first in a new trilogy about magic, fate and love. The banished princess Malini spends her days alone in a decaying magical temple. When her servant, Priya, is attacked one night, Malini witnesses Priya’s true nature. This incident ties them together, leading Priya and Malini down a dangerous path that could lead to a fate worse than death or a triumphant victory.

legendary book cover

Born of legend by Tracy Deonn

After the tragic death of her mother, Bree enters a program for exceptional students. On her first night on campus, Bree encounters a secret society of magicians, called Legendborn, who protect against magical attacks. Bree decides to join Legendborn herself, despite the setbacks. This gritty reimagining of the stories of the Knights of the Round Table is full of magical secrets.

cover of House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

House of Heaven and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

The second book of crescent city The series is packed with action, romance, twists and clues for the next installment. After saving Crescent City, Bryce and Hunt are ready for a slower pace. As new tensions mount, remaining complacent will not be an option. Other Maas BookTok favorites include A court of thorns and roses.

Cover of These Violent Delights

These violent delights by Chloe Gong

This story of Romeo and Juliet is set in 1926 Shanghai, where rival gangs control power and a monster lurks in the Huangpu River. When the Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers are suddenly afflicted with a mysterious illness, former lovers Juliette and Roma must work together to protect their town.

This Woven Kingdom blanket

This woven kingdom by Tahereh Mafi

Inspired by Persian mythology, This woven kingdom can be described as Cinderella meets The Godfather. Alizeh, heiress to the Jinn throne, hides in plain sight, determined to take her place. Meanwhile, Crown Prince Kamran prepares against the prophecies. Forbidden romance, snark, double point of view and magnificent writing are the perfect introduction to this new trilogy. Mafi is also the author of favorite BookTok Break me.

daughter of the moon goddess cover by sue lynn tan

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lyn Tan

Xingyin lives a lonely life on the moon, far from the Celestial Emperor. When her magic breaks out, Xingyin is forced to flee and leave her mother behind. Alone in the Heavenly Realm, Xingyin disguises herself to learn magic and archery alongside the prince. To save his mother, Xingyin must battle dangerous creatures and even the Heavenly Emperor himself. This gripping novel is the first of a duology inspired by Chinese legends.

cover of Gallant by VE Schwab

Gallant by VE Schwab

Schwab is a BookTok favorite, so it’s no surprise to see her the newest on this list. All Olivia has of her mother is her diaries, which makes no sense. One day, a letter arrives asking Olivia to return to Gallant Manor. Gallant is full of secrets and no one was expecting Olivia’s visit, but it feels like home. Discover the truth about Gallant with Olivia as she takes her place in this strange and secret house.

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