Who doesn’t love a good fantasy novel to escape into? The world has become more and more entertaining in recent years, but no matter how addictive social media gets, nothing quite replaces the draw of a wonderful book.
So here are 10 exquisite fantasy books to lose yourself in:
The Lord Of The Rings series – J. R. R. Tolkien
A classic, we often consider this series to be a pioneer of the fantasy genre. My generation is probably more likely to recognise the series from its multi-million dollar film franchise that starred seemingly all of Hollywood’s best talent.
The fantastical story has remained a cultural phenomenon since its publication in 1954.
Game Of Thrones – George R R Martin
The TV show is renowned for its violence and otherwise mature content. Unfortunately, the books are probably worse. So if you want to read these, you have to have a tough stomach. The world of Game of Thrones is strife with political intrigue and mystery. The books read like a huge fantastical whodunnit, and you cannot put them down.
Be mindful to not get too attached to the characters though, Martin has a nasty habit of killing anyone who seems personable.
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Gaiman is a paragon among modern fantasy authors. He’s written for film, for tv, he’s written graphic novels. There really seems to be nothing he cannot do. American Gods take the old gods of mythology into the modern world and create a few new modern gods too. It makes you question what you value and the practice of religion.
All while being wildly entertaining, of course.
Good Omens – Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
Gaiman pairs up with another magnificent fantasy author for this book. It’s considered one of the best fantasy books ever written, and you will find few readers who disagree with that statement.
The story follows an angel and a demon as they navigate the end of the world. While trying not to piss off heaven or hell, of course.
Discworld – Terry Pratchett
As I said, Terry Pratchett is a master fantasy storyteller, and his Discworld series are some of the best examples of Fantasy storytelling you will ever read. They may seem slightly juvenile, but his books prove you don’t need to write explicit fantasy to make your readers think and ponder.
Truly one of the best fantasy series you will ever read.
Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson writes at an incredible pace, so his catalogue is beyond immense. Essentially, this means that you will always have a book to read.
And that’s a good thing because Brandon Sanderson writes some of the best magic systems and worlds in fantasy. His books are as immersive as they are immense, and it’s probably difficult to find a reader that’s bored by his writing.
A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K LeGuin
A fantasy author much before it was cool for women to be any author, Ursula is a wordsmith that’s inspired generations. Her work is profound and spiritual and makes you question reality more than follow a plot.
It’s perfect for fans of philosophical and thought-provoking literature.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke
Based in England, this series has been called the magical Sherlock Holmes. Her characters are witty and enrapturing; the story is enticing and so well-paced you will not find your attention wavering.
It’s the perfect rainy day read, doesn’t require much attention but is still magical enough to fall in the realm of fantasy.
The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
Often found in the children’s section of the bookstore, this series is a haunting classic about holding onto your soul. It’s terrifying but set in such a beautiful, resplendent steampunk world that you will find yourself completely immersed.
It’s one of those books you read as a child that stays with you for the rest of your life.
The Once and Future King – T H White
Based on the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the round table, this is a twist on the iconic story. Fantasy takes a backseat to wonderful character exploration in this touching story. The book explores each of the legendary characters with dignity and comedy and makes you root for them and want to be their friend.
It’s a fantastical world you will want to live in if only to meet its inhabitants.