2017 Apr 17
Fantasy novels surpass other genres of literature in a number of ways. Fantasy stories are the backbones of most fandoms around the world because of their incomprehensible ability to transport readers to different worlds, filled with magic, wonder, and a million possibilities. Contrary to popular opinion, fantasy books are not just for younger readers and are loved by millions worldwide, regardless of age.
As such, let’s explore the most popular fantasy novels of all time below!
The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
Undeniably at the top of this list is the Harry Potter series, the worldwide phenomenon which has captured the hearts of readers around the world, gained further popularity through the silver screen, and has even conquered the live stage. Nevertheless, the hype around the series has not affected the impeccable quality of Rowling’s work. The flawless writing, intricate plot lines, astounding twists, and touching nature of the Harry Potter Series is remarkable. Indeed, if you believe you don’t need to read the books because you have seen the movies, think again. Needless to say, you will be hooked.
A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin
Another series which requires absolutely no introduction is A Song of Ice and Fire a.k.a. A Game of Thrones, for all of you who watch the popular television adaptation. A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Winter is fast approaching in this land and it’s a long battle for the iron throne. With an abundance of realistic characters and shocking plot twists, this epic saga will leave you enthralled. Of course, the journey isn’t over yet, so don’t get too attached to the characters who are still alive!
Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Journey into the mystical land of Middle-earth for the adventure of a lifetime. While there exists a large number of movie fans around the world, many individuals have not yet read the books which inspired the thrilling trilogy. The immaculate details and beautiful depictions in Tolkien’s work are indescribable. The books will give readers and fans a more detailed look at the history and events which take place throughout Frodo’s journey. The prequel which cannot go unmentioned is The Hobbit, a simple yet wondrous book which captured the silver screen as well, in three movies.
The Kingkiller Chronicle – Patrick Rothfuss
The tale of a magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard the world has ever seen. But don’t worry, this most definitely isn’t a second Harry Potter. The protagonist narrates his childhood amongst traveling players, years in a crime-ridden city, shocking success at entering a school of magic, and as a fugitive after the murder of a king. A fictional masterpiece has been unveiled and if you haven’t yet read these books, now is the perfect time to begin!
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
The fantasy series from many childhoods, Narnia had a particularly different kind of magic to it and certainly inspired many children to search for mystical lands in their wardrobes. A world of fantastic creatures, epic battles, and unlikable villains, The Chronicles of Narnia is a unique series which has transcended into classic literature over the years. The fictional world has fascinated generations of readers and will continue to do so. After all, who doesn’t love to defeat a White Witch and befriend a wise lion?
Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordian
Unlike many of the above, The Percy Jackson series had an unfortunate and inaccurate depiction on the silver screen. With a completely different story line, characters, and energy, it failed to capture the same love through its movies. Nevertheless, the books have been immensely popular among readers which led to the eventual Heroes of Olympus sequel series. In a world of demigods, centaurs, Greek Gods, magical creatures, and magic, the Percy Jackson series has certainly made its mark. Riordan’s writing is impeccably funny, witty, and wonderfully introspective in equal measure. The Percy Jackson series will definitely get you obsessed and interested in the world of Greek mythology, wishing you too were (kind of) a demigod.
Farseer Trilogy – Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
The exciting trilogy of the Assassin’s Apprentice tells the tale of a young boy who is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely, who has a magical link with animals. Adopted into the royal household, he embraces a life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners, and how to become a royal assassin. Hobb’s talent of storytelling breathes life into wonderful characters, relationships and stories. If you plan to begin these books, a chilling and intriguing set of novels awaits you.
The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance) – Christopher Paolini
Gear up for another epic fantasy with the Inheritance Cycle. Beginning with a young boy, a polished blue stone, and an eventual dragon. Thrust into the world of adventure and danger, Eragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by an undeniably evil king. While Paolini’s series may feel rather slow and rambling at times, it is an epic story which captures the true nature of fantasy fiction. With a fifth book in the writing, Inheritance fans are not going anywhere soon.