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Fantasy Novels

What Are Some Of The Best Fantasy Novels?

I love to read fantasy and science fiction, and I have probably read thousands of these books in my life. While I read more SF than fantasy, I still have hundreds of fantasy novels on my shelves. Some of these are among my favorite books to read and reread.

For many people, the most famous fantasy novel is “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien. This was originally published in three volumes, but it is really one long novel that was broken up for publication. This story of the hobbit Frodo and his epic quest to destroy the evil One Ring and defeat the Dark Lord Sauron created a template that has been imitated by many other writers.

Another famous series of novels was written by Tolkien’s friend C.S. Lewis. The “Chronicles of Narnia” are a series of seven books written for children, but they are equally enjoyable for adults. Four children from England find their way through a portal into the magical world of Narnia, where they have many adventures. (more…)

3 Fantasy Novels You Must Read

If you’re looking for some fantastic recommendations for fantasy novels that will simply blow you away, then look no further. In this brief guide, we’re going to reveal some of the top fantasy novels currently on the market, so if you’re hankering for a good read in the fantasy genre, you’re going to be delighted by what we have for you.

Option 1 – Game of Thrones

Unless you’ve been living in the woods for the few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the game of thrones series by George RR Martin – and this series has certainly received a lot of attention thanks to the popularity of the TV adaptation. However, it’s safe to say these books are some of the most gritty and enthralling fantasy books that been written in the last few decades, and if you love the TV series, you owe it to yourself to read the books as well.

Option 2 – Lord of the Rings

There’s no denying that Tolkien is one of the grandfathers of the modern day fantasy novel, and if you haven’t read his incredible works, then you’re definitely missing out on a fantastic story which has inspired virtually every popular fantasy novelist in the modern day. Of course, you can always check out the movies and accompanying website, but there’s nothing quite like these books – and once you’ve read them – you’ll understand why they have been so popular for the last 50 years or more.

Option 3 – The Name of the Wind

This fascinating series written by Patrick Rothfuss is a modern day classic, and even though it was only first published in 2007, it has quickly become one of the staples of the genre. If you love your fancy novels with plenty of action, magic, mystery – then you’re going to be shocked and delighted by your experience of reading this book for the first time.

How To Find The Best Fantasy Novels

Reading fantasy novels can transport you to another world, allowing your imagination to run free as it pictures the incredible creatures and otherworldly scenes that the author has created. Unfortunately, not all fantasy books are created equal. Some are definitely better to read than others. Here are some tips on how you can find novels in the fantasy genre that are actually worth reading.

1. Read reviews. Most online booksellers allow past customers to leave reviews and ratings of the books that they have read. Reading these reviews can be a great way to find new books to add to your reading list.

2. View online book rating lists. Countless different websites have ‘top 10’ or ‘top 100’ lists of the best fantasy novels out there. Reading through these lists can help you discover novels that you would never have known about. If you find a really great list, you may even want to challenge yourself to read every book on the list in order. This can be a great way to experience a lot of different books and authors. (more…)

Novels In the Fantasy Genre

Are you itching to read a new fantasy novel? If so, we have some fantastic suggestions for you in this guide. With this in mind, let’s get straight to the books.

Option 1 – Disc World by Terry Pratchett

Even though Terry Patchett sadly passed away only recently, many people are still being drawn to his fantastic Disc World Series every single day. Of course, if you’re going to read the entire thing, you need to be prepared for a lot of sleepless nights – because the entire series spans over 40 series. However, there’s no denying that his fantastic biting satire and analysis of the human condition expressed through his wonderful characters is something that has never been rivalled since.

Ultimately, some of his works are truly transcendent, and it’s the type of series that you simply must read if you’re interested in fantasy novels.

Option 2 – The Farseer by Robin Hobb

Here’s another wonderful fantasy series by Robin Hobb, and the very first book, entitled Assassin’s Apprentice, is easily one of her finest works ever. Many people suggest this book actually foreshadowed the game of thrones series, and even (more…)

Fantasy Novels You Cannot Afford To Miss

If you’re a fan of fantasy novels, then you owe it to yourself to read this guide. Why? Simply because we’re going to show you some of the best fantasy novels currently available, so if you haven’t read any of these then you’re really missing out! So without any delay, let’s take a closer look at these excellent novels we have for you.

Book 1 – The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

If you’re a fan of the game of thrones universe where there’s plenty of black humor, reluctant heroes, and a ton of action – then you can’t go wrong by reading this book. This is the first book within the “first law of the universe” series, and while some people say it isn’t the best book in the series, it’s certainly a fantastic opener for a wonderful story that is sure to stay with you for a lifetime once you’ve begun reading.

Book 2 – The Magicians by Lev Grossman

If you like your fantasy to be post-modern and free of the usual clichés that you would usually expect to find in the fantasy genre, then perhaps this book is for you. As part of the overall magicians trilogy series, this is a fantastic book which has some incredible twists and turns that you will simply not see coming at all.

Of course, be aware that once you’ve read this book you will be itching to read all the others in the series so be prepared to lose some sleep!

Book 3 – Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

Any list of popular fancy book simply wouldn’t be complete without this epic fantasy from George RR Martin. It’s safe to say this book has been a true genre changer, and it’s successfully brought many people into the wonderful world of fantasy fiction – so if you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?

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