Top 30 Best Fantasy Books of All TimeSophia Davis,
Have you been swept away by a certain book? When was the last time reading a book made your heart flutter? I bet it also made you sigh and cry a few times. Indulging yourself in a good book gives you a bundle of warmth even on the coldest days. Reading gives us a chance to escape reality just by turning the pages. Books bring us to imaginary worlds and realms that can only exist in dreams. There is no need to book a plane and travel across the other side of the world. All you have to do is grab a book and let your imagination linger. There is no limit to what you want to imagine.
We are all guilty of the books we have bought but left untouched on the shelves. Those books are calling out to you now. Why not spend your quiet afternoon with a steaming cup of coffee and an excellent book? Enjoy your solitude as the vibrant words, and the message of the book resonates with you. Or perhaps you are just starting to look for a book that will enchant you to read. Here are the top 30 best fantasy books that will definitely grab you through hook, line, and sinker.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Did you know that a few clueless muggles rejected the manuscript of this book? A few years later,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone became one of the all-time best-selling fantasy series. Perhaps only ten percent of the world’s population does not know about the story of the boy who lived. This is the first book in the Harry Potter series written by the well-known author
J.K. Rowling. This is where the unique wizarding experience of an orphan named Harry all began. It is where the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron blossomed. The whole series has its movies released already. Make sure to read it first, or you will be missing an integral part of your wizarding experience. Learn some spells, then flick and swish that imaginary wand of yours.
We are already in our twenties, but we are still waiting for the admission letter from Hogwarts.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will surely lead you to believe that the platform nine and three quarters existed somewhere out there. It undoubtedly shaped a lot of childhood memories and personalities. Believe it or not, people are still arguing whether they belong to Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. Don’t miss out on all the elaborate and exciting adventures of these young wizards.
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2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
What would you do if you discovered a majestic world inside your wardrobe? For some, it is shocking, but for some, it is an exhilarating and once in a lifetime chance. Where can we even buy that wardrobe? The four blessed and lucky Pevensie siblings ventured to the magical land of Narnia with the portal inside their fur wardrobe. It is truly an escape to their bombed and ransacked reality of London. But what situation awaits them on the other side? Just like the title implies, there is a witch and a lion. Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund discovered a magical land with a talking lion and an evil witch who makes Narnia experience winter all the time.
This is the first book in the whole Narnia series. The movie has already been produced and will surely live up to the eloquent and descriptive storytelling of
C.S. Lewis. Even though C.S. Lewis with young characters, it can indeed be enjoyed by people of all ages. This book will teach you how looks can be deceiving and how to be responsible for resolving your mistakes. Read
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis to quench your active imagination.
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3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book in
J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy,
The Lord of the Rings. The unique story revolves around the Dark Lord Sauron’s lost ring that contains an immense amount of his power. But what will you do if this ring is used to enslave the world? Will you look for it, or will you let be in the hands of the evil and darkness? Will you destroy it for the good of all, or will you keep it to yourself? This is the journey of Bilbo and Frodo (the Hobbits) and their luck or maybe tragedy in stumbling upon the ring that is sought by many magical creatures. While Bilbo is oblivious to the fact that the ring he is wearing may doom his world, he still gave it as a gift to his cousin Frodo. With the help of the great wizard Gandalf, they will discover what power and danger lie inside that little ring.
Join the epic adventure of Frodo as he ventured to the dangerous world of greed and power. If you enjoy a book filled with magical characters like dwarves, elves, wizards, and dark lords, grab
The Fellowship of the Ring right now! Be amazed by the depth and vivid world depicted by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
You may have heard about that Alice who fell down a rabbit hole.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by
Lewis Carroll is all about the strange world that lies behind the rabbit hole. Alice is a brave girl. Imagine seeing a talking rabbit, and then without having any second thoughts, you decide to follow it. Wonderland is genuinely full of wonder and eccentricity. Alice’s adventure may be a bit weird and impossible at first, but that’s what makes it a good fantasy book. It will make you think long and hard about what is real and what isn’t. The story is very unpredictable that you will have to count the different versions the story could have ended.
The playfulness and absurdity of the characters and the whole story itself will surely bring you back to your childhood memories. One of my favorite characters is the Mad Hatter. Although his thoughts may be scattered and, most of the time, ambiguous, you can say that most of the best people have a little bit of crazy inside them. For sure, you will also like the Cheshire cat’s wit and riddles. You will surely fall in love with the unique imaginary world you will find inside
Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.
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5. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Peter Beagle’s book,
The Last Unicorn, is one of the timeless fantasy classics of all time. Discover a world full of wizards, witches, harpies, evil kings, and brave heroes. Being pretty is indeed a double-edged sword. It can give you power, or, unfortunately, it can be a curse. This book is about a unicorn that suffers from the loneliness of being alone. It may be true that being lonely and alone is different. Is knowing that you are one of your kind left to push you to go out in the world you know nothing of?
The Last Unicorn’s story revolves around the quest of the unnamed unicorn to find its kind. It is about longing and regret. It will make you reminisce about what you once have, but then it is suddenly lost. Losing an important thing or a person is not just sorrowful. I can only imagine the terrifying possibility of losing yourself in the process of finding these lost things. Don’t worry since the ending will be as satisfactory as what the unicorns suffered during the quest. Remember that what you may have been looking for is just around you. Maybe it is not lost. Perhaps all you have to do is to take a better look around you and let yourself discover that you are not alone.
6. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
The Gunslinger is Stephen King’s first book in The Dark Tower series. We all know how popular
Stephen King is in the fantasy genre. The vivid descriptive techniques of the author will surely hook you even in the first chapter. The last gunslinger is Roland Deschain of Gilead. He is an epitome of a solitary hero that deals with the dark world and the evil villains on his own. This is his journey towards hunting the man in black. He will be meeting a boy named Jake and a woman named Alice that will surely add up to the thrill of the chase.
If you are fond of action-packed fantasy novels that you can read in just one sitting, then the book
The Gunslinger is for you. The world where Roland is in has a mix of magical, western, and post-apocalyptic touch. The author’s way of narration will always give me the chills, especially in fantasy genres. His complex characters and storylines will sometimes confuse readers that are new to King’s works, but once you get the hang of it, you will surely enjoy the rollercoaster ride until the end. You can also try out the movie released and some of the audiobooks for a more fantastic experience.
7. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Color of Magic is the first book in Terry Pratchett’s The Discworld Series. The setting of this story is undoubtedly out of this world. It takes place on a flat disc planet carried in the backs of Berili, Tubul, Great T’Phon, and Jerakeen – (the four giant elephants). The four giant elephants are then standing on the shell of a gargantuan turtle named Great A’Tuin. Imagine living in such a complicated fantasy disc world. The story revolves around Rincewind, a cynical wizard, and Twoflower, a naïve clerk. The two characters faced many adventures that are brought by the game played by the gods of the Discworld. Will they ever escape the game, or will they let themselves be played by the gods of Discworld forever? The book is a satirical parody that will make you think and laugh out loud because of its wit mixed with absurdity.
One of the most memorable lines here is Death’s line about dying. Unlike the common thought of being afraid to die, he said that we should just think of it as being the first one to leave to avoid the rush. Those lines will make appreciate the cynical side of living.
The Colour of Magic has also been adapted into a graphic novel that will surely help the elaborate descriptions of
Terry Pratchett come to life.
8. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Patrick Rothfuss’s first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle. This is not your typical goody-two-shoes wizard story.
The name of the Wind is an action-packed fantasy novel with the touch of the poem’s aesthetic. Kvothe is a man of many names, and as the title suggests, it is now his time to tell the tales of each and every part of him. Kvothe’s first-person autobiographical narrative as a young and talented wizard will surely hook you in just a few lines. The book revolves around Kvothe’s childhood years as an orphan in a crime-infested city until he becomes a notorious mature wizard. Discover a dangerous journey of a well-known wizard turned into a fugitive after killing the King.
It is the story that will let you remember the day you lost the innocence of being a child for the sake of thinking about the future. Besides being a king killer, what I like about Kvothe’s character is his view and obsession with music. For him, music is a temperamental mistress that wants your undivided attention. He is afraid of the time that music will no longer answer to him, so what he did is gave sleeping a lesser time to indulge music of all the attention it needs. Once you read The
Name of the Wind, you will be lost by its poetic tone and sentiments.
9. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Lies of Locke Lamora is the debut novel and first book in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards series. The story revolves around the adventure of the bandits who labeled themselves as the Gentleman Bastards. Locke Lamora is the leader of the gang. It is a story that consists of villain protagonists that will surely add up to the irony of the book. As the title implies, this is about lies and betrayals that will surely hurt you to the core.
Even if the tone of
The Lies of Locke Lamora is somewhat hilarious with its jokes with the gang, it will still leave you with some serious line to ponder on. One of my favorites is when they said you couldn’t help being young, but it doesn’t mean that it is an excuse for being stupid. For a boy just starting to deal with the harsh reality of life, this line will surely hit the spot. We might always think a thief is evil. Once you read The Lies of Locke Lamora, you will be walking in the shoes and life of a con man. Instead of crucifying them, you might even think of putting them on a pedestal. You will question what counts as morally acceptable and morally right.
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is a fantasy and historical novel revolving around magic and circus.
Erin Morgenstern filled the book with vivid imagery and built the world and characters intensely. The story is about two magicians, Celia and Marco, trained by their rival masters, Hector Bowen and Mr. A.H. They are both raised to fight each other, just like Romeo and Juliet. They supposed to be nemesis turned out to be lovers. How can they go on with their affair? Will they fulfill each other’s contract and kill each other?
The Night Circus more intriguing is not just the forbidden love between Celia and Marco. Above all, the book triggers the thin line between reality and magic depicted on every book page. Erin Morgenstern surely knew how to play with our innate craving for fantasy to sustain our reality. The twist and turns of the circus will push you to question which side is a dream and which side is real life. The characters are written with depth, and they are multifaceted. The poetic lines by the star-crossed lovers will surely make your heartache a little. Let your emotions bleed together with the aesthetic glory of Les Cirque des Rêves.
11. The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings is the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series. The story consists of different points of view of apparently unconnected characters. Roshar is a world where there is a never-ending war between Shattered Plains and the Highprinces of Alethkar due to the Death of its King. It is an action-packed fantasy book with ordinary people who became invincible warriors by holding mystical swords and magical armors.
The Way of Kings is a very complicated story, and it takes a lot of courage and patience to finish this book. The more you read each unique character’s point of view, the more the story will unravel. You might find it confusing at first, but don’t fret since all the characters are connected along the way. The characters each have their own quirks, strength, and weaknesses that will make you love them more. The world-building of
Brandon Sanderson is superb that some readers wish to have a real-world with Sanderson’s design. No matter how long the book is, the book is still beautifully narrated. Garb yours now and start reading. If you are a fan of
Mistborn or A Game of Thrones, you will also love this novel.
12. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
We all know Scrooge and how he hates Christmas.
A Christmas Carol is about the mean and miserable old man Ebenezer Scrooge.
Charles Dickens gives us a shade of Christmas holiday reality no one is willing to deal with. Scrooge loves one thing, and that is money. His lust for money led him to his miserable old self. No one wants to be with him since he is so mean. Marley is Scrooge’s business partner, who is already dead. He is condemned to damnation with heavy chains hanging on his feet. Marley visited Scrooge in the hopes that he will change and will not share the same fate. Scrooge is visited and talked to with Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Yet. He is then reminded of his old self, shown all his experience in the present, and is surprised by the events that may happen in the future. Upon this sudden realization, will Scrooge change his way of living? How can he change his fate? Discover the new take in celebrating Christmas with Ebenezer Scrooge.
A Christmas Carol will teach you how not quick to judge others by first impressions. We are not sure about all the troubles they have faced until the day we met them. What’s important is to be a little kinder than what is needed.
13. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea is a story revolving around a young wizard named Ged. Ged is known before as Duny, but then he learned his real name and learned a lot about becoming a wizard. As Ged discovers more about his ability, he became too proud of himself and committed a mistake. He unleashed an evil creature, and it caused destruction and Death. What will he do to catch the evil spirit? How can Ged straighten his now crooked path? Can he still redeem himself after being hated by many? How can he be a helpful wizard to Earthsea?
Ursula Le Guin is specialized in writing fantasy books with a metaphorical kick from reality. She filled this book with magic, spirits, wizards, and dragons.
A Wizard of Earthsea is about loss and regret of the thing you take for granted. This is a popular fantasy novel that can go alongside Harry Potter. With its magical spells and dragon battles, you will surely immerse yourself in the parallel world of Earthsea. Ged is an embodiment of our weakness as humans. Are we fighting those who wronged us, or are we just fighting our own demons?
14. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Welcome to the life of half-bloods, demigods, magical creatures, monsters, and gods of Olympus. Percy Jackson never once thought that his lanky and ADHD troubled self is Poseidon’s (the god of the sea) kid. After a sudden discovery of being a demigod, he is sent to Camp Hal-Blood to train and meet other demigods. To top off his crazy new discovery, he is then accused as the thief of Zeus’ (the god of the sky) lightning. Percy may be terrified, but he should defend himself. To clear his name, he needs to complete dangerous quests and fight horrible mythical creatures to find the real thief. Join Percy, Annabeth, and Grover as they discover the wonders the Olympus is hiding from them.
The Lightning Thief has been a favorite book of many because of how savvy Greek mythology is included in the story. Rick Riordan’s captivating way of storytelling will surely grab you to the depths of mythology obsession. I don’t even have to study Greek Mythology when I reached college. I have all the Greek and Norse gods and creatures memorized because of
Rick Riordan. He has a way of educating the myths and legends without you realizing it. This book will certainly tickle your imagination and will leave you wanting for more. Do not worry since Riordan has produced a lot of sequel after this.
15. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Venture into the world of the mysterious Mr. Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a story that revolves around the five lucky children who got the golden ticket to enter the greatest chocolate factory in the world. Willy Wonka hid the golden ticket inside the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. Charlie Bucket is the only child out of the five who got the ticket through pure luck. What will await the five children inside the magical chocolate factory? What are Oompa-Loompas, and where do they come from? What is Mr. Willy Wonka’s real intention upon inviting these kids to his chocolate factory? Answer these and more once you read and discover the dark but magical world from this book.
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory will teach you that there are things in life that will come your way even in the least expected moments. Good things and a lot of fortune will come to those who patiently wait. This classic fantasy book has also reached the television through Tim Burton, and it indeed lived up to the expectations. Freddie Highmore is cast as Charlie and Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. The magical chocolate factory came to life, together with the tremendous and commendable acting of the actors.
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16. Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen Donaldson
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever’s first book is the
Lord Foul’s Bane by
Stephen Donaldson. It is mainly about Thomas Covenant and his misfortune with the sickness leprosy. Due to leprosy, he loses his two fingers, his wife divorced him and left with his child. Covenant decided to reject all hope. He is very sick and frequently passes out. When he awakes, he finds himself in a magical place where he is considered a reincarnated hero. Covenant has grown to be cynical, so he thought that all of those are hallucinations until he met Lord Foul the Despiser, an enemy of The Land. What will Thomas Covenant do with his powers? Will he still think that it is just a product of his imagination? Will he forge an allegiance with the greatest enemy of The Land?
What I like about
Lord Foul’s Bane is its substance of truth. We all know that protagonists, most of the time, easily accept their magical fate. The author gave as a character that it is very complex that many readers grew to hate him. This book is filled with angst and bitterness; it is a cynical world of a man who lost everything but still chose not to be comforted with fantasy.
17. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy is written by
Robin Hobb, and its first book is entitled
Assassin’s Apprentice. This is a story about the King’s bastard named Fitz Chivalry. As an illegitimate child, he faced a lot of struggles and grew up in the care of Burrich, a stableman. Fitz grew up not knowing where to belong, so when a skilled assassin named Chade willingly took him under his wings as an apprentice. He took the chance. While many people hate Fitz just because of his birthright, Fitz decided to only work on himself. Discover how the young child seeks solace on being an assassin’s apprentice.
Fitz himself believed that no matter how shocking and bizarre a misfortune we face, it can still be diluted with the fact that life has to go on, and it will certainly not wait for you. Some readers say that Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice is quite depressing because of all the protagonist’s misfortunes. I can’t truly disagree with it, and I want Fitz to have a better life, but I know that these hardships will help with the character development of Fitz as he ventures on a long journey in the next book.
18. Circe by Madeline Miller
If you are curious about the story of
Circe when you encountered her in Homer’s Odyssey, then read Circe by
Madeline Miller. Circe is the daughter of the sun god named Helios and a sea nymph. She is a solitary soul who does not know where she truly belongs. You might have judged her character already based on Homer’s Odyssey. It is narrated how she turned sailors into pigs and how she decided to keep Odysseus for herself. Madeline Miller introduced Circe in a new light. What if she only yearns for companionship? If you don’t know where to belong since you are born, isn’t it natural to look for it by yourself? Circe is a book about healing. This is a fantasy book that deals with the reality that inside us lays an evil that can be awakened any time, but it doesn’t mean that it will define who we are entire.
Circe is a fantasy book about how vast love is. The greatest love that you should discover is how to find love within yourself. Just like Circe, even if people who hate you surround you, what matters is that you do not give up on yourself. The author has her unique way with words that will certainly hook you using her beautiful quotable lines.
19. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Tigana is a must-read fantasy classic book. It is about tragic loss and memories. You will be swept away by the great adventure of the young lad named Devin d’Asoli. Tigana is a peaceful land filled with artistic people, so they did not even realize that they will enter a battle with Brandin Ygrath because of his lust to expand his empire. Brandin’s son Stevan was killed during the battle. As a form of revenge, Brandin cast a powerful curse on Tigana. Tigana will be lost in the memories of everyone except for the natives living in it. What will happen to the former marvelous and lively land? Will it be forever lost in the memories of other people? What will Devin d’Asoli do to save his land?
Although this is a standalone book and a slow-paced book since it is in the form of narrative, you will not be disappointed with how
Guy Gavriel Kay put life to his characters. Each of them is powered by their reasoning and profound thoughts. You will not experience any gray areas while exploring this book. Tigana is a powerful mix of vivid fantasy and harsh reality. Join the journey of a whole generation of Tigana and how they reclaim their robbed of identity because of a curse.
20. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The famous HBO series and the worldwide best-selling novel
A Game of Throne is the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire by
George R.R. Martin. I was personally guilty of binge-watching the series rather than reading it first. The whole story revolves around the seven kingdoms and many people’s deadly lust to get the Iron Throne. There is an uncountable amount of betrayals and deaths, even in the first chapters of the book. Expect to be introduced to the gore horror of the wars and killings.
Nothing beats the unyielding Starks family as they became the center of conflict when the King of the Seven Kingdom died. You will think long and hard about whom to put your bet on. You will never know who you can consider as an ally or an enemy. There is no middle ground once you play the game of thrones. You will either end up winning or dying. There is no in-between. What I love about
A Game of Thrones is that it is unpredictable. You will experience a lot of heartaches, but you will also fall in love. You will cry for the fallen characters, but you will also laugh with the absurdity of others. This is a book that you should include in your bucket list.
21. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
To be honest, if you don’t have a lot of free time to spare, don’t read this book. I am a victim of reading The Mortal Instrument series continuously just because
Clockwork Angel got me hooked.
Cassandra Clare created a magical world filled with angels, demons, warlocks, vampires, and monsters that will have you wishing it exists in reality. Clary, the main protagonist, is a simple girl who soon finds out her magical abilities by accident. Aside from her newfound ability to see creatures not visible to the human eye, she will also discover many intriguing secrets behind her identity. All the characters have their unique traits that will make you love them more. Alec and Isabelle Lightwood’s playful banter and ruckus as siblings plus their fighting skills will leave you in awe. Jace Wayland’s bad-boy charms have enchanted a lot of teenage hearts. If you want to discover more about the world with fallen angels, I dare you to read this book.
What I love about the
Clockwork Angel are its conflicts. You may think that it is hard to read a novel filled with problems and struggles, but this is Cassandra Clare’s way of beguiling you to flip the page and read on. This will leave you looking for unanswered questions and will have you resolving puzzles with the next book. Clockwork Angel is a fantasy book that will surely entice you to read more of its sequels.
22. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
A Thousand Pieces of You because part of its fantasy plot is explained by science. The story revolves around Marguerite and her ability to travel between different dimensions using a device called Firebird.
This is not an ordinary fantasy book with spells. There is a crime to be solved and a plan to be followed. Marguerite will face a lot of hardship and struggles brought by her time traveling. The intricacy of how the story’s cause and effect to justify what will happen if you meddle with time is genuinely mind-boggling. An added spice was also introduced as
Claudia Gray introduced romance in this fantasy book. The story is fast-paced and will take you back and forth at different times. A Thousand Pieces of You is based on thorough research, as Claudia Gray elaborately depicts the setting, whether it is based in the future or in the past.
Claudia Gray fuelled my belief in the existence of a parallel universe and the multiverse. There is an alternate version of your existing and living a life different from you somewhere out there. As impossible as it may seem to be, maybe in the near future, time-traveling will also be possible. I’m still having my hopes high about it.
23. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
If you have watched the Netflix series entitled The Witcher, you should consider reading
Blood of Elves by
Andrzej Sapkowski. This is the first book in The Witcher series. Thankfully, it is made available in English since the original text is written in Polish. The story has a Tolkien vibe in it, plus the rich medieval settings and culture. It revolves around Geralt’s adventures, The Witcher, and all the monsters he will face along the way. Geralt is a character that you will easily love despite the fact that he hates being recognized and has little emotions to show.
The ‘Blood of Elves’ greatly showcases the power of destiny. No matter how much you run from destiny, it will still find its way back to you. I like how Geralt deals with the monsters and the monster inside him as well. Once you start reading, you will also be challenged to choose the lesser of the two evils. The depth of the characters and the conflict faced by every one of them will push you to read more. You will not be lost in the story since it includes creatures and myths known to all.
24. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The Alchemyst is the first book in the series by
Michael Scott, the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. This is a fantasy book filled with prophecy, immortals, witches, and all the magical creatures you can imagine. The story revolves around the Book of Abraham and its protector Nicholas Flamel. There are a lot of unknowable creatures that reside with humans in this world. Nicholas Flamel is an immortal that holds the most powerful book that contains the magic that can destroy the world and all that exists in it. He uses the book to create his elixir of life to keep on living as an immortal. The only conflict is that the Book of Abraham was stolen. What will Nicholas Flamel do to resolve this? Who are these twins written in the prophecy to save the world? Will he still find them in with his mortal life now? Grab this book now and dive into the mythical world created by Michael Scott.
I am one of the many readers of these series who is wishing for a movie adaptation. The powerful description and narrative of the author are worth it to be seen on the screens. You will be involved in thinking who the real villain in the story is. You will be nervous a few times for the suspense and cliff-hanger in some chapters.
The Alchemyst has a smooth mixture of Greek, Norse, and Egyptian myths that every fantasy geeks will surely enjoy.
25. Magician: Apprentice by Raymond Feist
If I ever met a powerful magician, I will definitely volunteer to be an apprentice.
Magician: Apprentice is not just about magic.
Raymond Feist introduced this book as his first book in the Riftwar Saga. The story revolves around Pug, a young orphan boy who met an old and powerful magician and was chosen to be an apprentice. Read how an innocent boy is suddenly whirled into the world of magic, dwarves, fae folks, and more. Join Pug and Tomas as they travel through a rift in space and a strange new world that they can’t even imagine existing. You will be brought to a world with a hint of Medieval Europe and another world with a hint of the Samurai period in Japan. Both of Pug and Tomas’ worlds and lives will forever be changed.
The Magician: Apprentice is also about adventure and battles. If you love A Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings, consider including this for your next book to read. The author has his way of twisting the magical world into a unique and new light. This is an excellent book to recommend, especially for newbies in the fantasy genre.
26. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Have you ever imagined how the world will end? What will you do if you live in a world that is constantly in shambles?
N.K Jemisin literally started
The Fifth Season with the end of the world. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are just normal in the world, ironically named Stillness. An apocalypse happens every century; thus, The Fifth Season surfaced. This is a sort of world no one wants to be in. Orogenes are people born with the ability to control the environment. Their power is a double-edged sword. They can either stop the earthquake or start it for destruction. Due to this, their species are despised by many. Orogenes are the only hope left for the people of Stillness to survive their harsh environment. Will they survive the upcoming apocalypse, or will their world and civilization vanish just like the previous ones?
The Fifth Season depicts a parallel world, but it eerily depicts what may happen to our real world once we take it for granted. The characters’ depth and world-building in the book are superb but still connected to reality. Be immersed by N.K. Jemisin’s rollercoaster ride storytelling reveals the layers of the story. It then takes you to another twist that holds another critical piece. You will be anticipating what happens next since every chapter will surely make your head swirl.
27. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen by
Victoria Aveyard is all about a peasant named Mare Burrow and her immense power discovery. This is a story with a casting system of Reds and Silver. Reds are the commoners living in the slums and are barely scraping for food every day, while Silvers are the ones gifted with unique inhuman ability and power. All her life, Mare Burrow thought that she was born to serve the Silvers until she awakened the sleeping powers inside her one day. What will happen once she discovered her power that is greater than those Silvers? Will she fight for the Reds and diminish the Silver? Or will she continue to live as a Silver to save her family?
Red Queen is like having a magically gifted Katniss Everdeen fighting for the Iron Throne. There is a lot of action as the story progresses, but it will not scare the newbies since there is still an added hint of romance for the characters. I love how the author showed equality in gender in the story, whether in the name of love and war. My heart ached for the betrayals and deaths included in the book. The ending of the story will surely push you to grab the sequel and start reading for more.
28. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of crows is a story about those particular people who will do anything just for the sake of money. In the city of Ketterdam, Kaz “Dirtyhands” Brenner is well known as the Dregs gang leader. Kaz, together with his crew, will do any dirty work for the right amount of money. The Dregs are hired to break out an important scientist in prison in exchange for massive reward money. Kaz immediately devises a plan to execute their mission. He wants to have more money to take down his rival gang leader Pekka Rollins. In a crime-infested city, Kaz turned out to be more gullible than he thinks. He underestimated the merchant who hired him and ended up being betrayed by him. What will Kaz do when one of his crew is kidnapped? Is he willing to take another gamble in trusting Pekka Rollins to help him? How can the six crows survive their cruel city?
Leigh Bardugo is especially gifted in playing her readers. The mind game is one of her favorite techniques in hooking her readers to read more. You will be engaged with how she throws scenes and plot twists out of nowhere.
Six of Crow is a powerful mix of magic, science, and trickery.
29. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Moon Called centers around Mercedes Thompson and her life with the werewolves. She is not a mere mortal. Mercy is a shapeshifter coyote. They are all living a quiet life until their Alpha neighbor’s daughter is kidnapped, and some are attacked and hurt. Mercy can’t just stand and be silent about the situation. She decided to act and take care of things with the help of the pack. Be enchanted with the world of Mercy and how it is filled with werewolves, witches, vampires, fairies, and more.
Newbies to the fantasy genre can still enjoy
Moon Called even it is filled with action. Romance and love triangle is happening in the story that adds up to readers' interests.
Patricia Briggs’ development of her female protagonist is something to admire. Mercy is not an invincible character, but she can still defend herself. She is not your typical damsel in distress, waiting to be saved by a prince. Mercy is not that powerful, and there are still moments where the author gives light to her vulnerabilities.
Moon Called is an urban legend fantasy that you will definitely pick up in a bookstore stroll.
30. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
The Inheritance Cycle’s first book is
Christopher Paolini. This is a story about a simple farm-boy Eragon, who lucked out in discovering a shiny stone only to find out that inside it is a dragon hatchling. Even if Eragon is poor, he decided to raise the hatchling secretly. A lot of misfortune followed him and his family because of the dragon hatchling. What will Eragon do? Can a simple farm-boy defeat all evil together with his dragon? Will he be able to change the doomed fate of their empire because of the evil King? Together with the grown dragon, Eragon will now enter a world full of danger and adventure.
In every fantasy book that we read, we always look forward to the magical creatures. In this book, I look forward to it since it includes dragons, elves, and magic. This is a book that will appeal to people of every age. Eragon will teach you how to stand firm and fight for what you believe in. This title has also been released as a movie, and it surely did not disappoint what is written in the book. If you want to add up on the visual imagination behind Eragon’s world, click on the movie as you read or after you have read it.
Make sure to take a break and relax from time to time. Immerse yourself in the world of books and try to pick some of the books that we certainly recommend. You can even make a resolution to finish one book every month. This is now the time that you can enjoy reading and try out some new genres. Good luck, and I hope you find the book that is destined to accompany you in a new world.