Ali Smith’s Hotel World is signature Smith—experimental and clever while being easy to read.
Riyria Revelations follows two thieves, Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn, who together make up the duo that is Riyria. While their trade a bit shady by nature, the two end up as heroes for many of their clients.
Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea is a classic fantasy tale that feels surprisingly fresh. It tells a large story without being epic or sprawling. It is short, simple, and brilliant.