Fantasy books provide us with a whole new world in which to escape, literally! Some are absolutely brilliant and others, not so much. Here I share 5 of the best fantasy books of our time – to help you wade through the plethora of fantasy literature out there.
If you had to start somewhere, then it should be with these greats…
5. The Left Hand of God – Paul Hoffman
The Left Hand of God is a book centered around a young man called Cale, not his real name, but then no-one seems to know who he really is.
Raised by the vicious Redeemers in a prison-like faith school, Cale begins his journey into an even more frightening world when he opens the wrong door and witnesses something he wished he hadn’t. On the run for his life, with a few of his friends, Cale takes us into an unimaginably scary, yet intriguing world.
Part of a series, with the second novel already released, this is a book that most will find hard to put down.
4. The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
The first book in Pratchett‘s Discworld series, The Colour of Magic introduces us to the world that will become the scene for the future novels.
If you’ve ever fancied reading the Discworld books but didn’t know where to start, then you should start here, at the beginning. Brilliantly comical, fantastical and fun to read, this book transports us to Discworld where we meet Rincewind, an incompetent wizard who embarks on an adventure after agreeing to be a tourist guide to traveller Twoflower.
If you only ever read one of Pratchett’s novels, it should be this one!
3. Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
You might be wondering why a series of books intended for teen readers is in this list. Well, frankly, it is an amazing trilogy!
Yes, it is hard to pick just one of the books. It is written in quite a simple style, but that does not take away from the richness and detail of the plot, characters or scenery within the book. Centered around a young girl named Katniss Everdeen, these books transport us to the brutal, futuristic world of Panem, where young people between the ages of 12 and 18 are picked in a lottery and forced to fight to the death in an arena.
It’s fast-paced, it’s vicious and it is brilliantly master-minded. Before watching the films, read the books!
2. Black Magician Trilogy – Trudi Canavan
Another trilogy that is simply brilliant! Set in the imaginary Kyralia, the novel focuses on a young girl, Sonea, who lives in the slums.
She discovers, quite by accident, that she is a magician and is thrown into a new world, completely alien to the one she is used to. The Magician’s Guild train natural magicians from particular areas and take away the powers of “rogues” who refuse to be trained or abide by the laws set out by the guild. Sonea soon finds herself fighting against and then with the guild in a struggle to save Kyralia.
Make yourself comfy when deciding to read these books, you won’t be going anywhere for a while!
1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R Tolkien
Technically one book, The Lord of the Rings was published as 3 separate texts over the course of a year between 1954 and 1955.
Now part of a major movie franchise, The Lord of the Rings is known the world over. However, the films are rarely ever as good as the books. Films often have to edit to suit the running time, meaning that much of the material of the original text is lost completely.
But don’t be disheartened, pick yourself up a copy of the novel, settle down and get lost in the wonderful world of the Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves and Men, and appreciate this fine work in all its glory!