10 novels you should read if fantasy is your favourite genre
Think you know all about fantasy literature, just because you’re a Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Lord of The Rings fan? Well, think again. Here are some books you might want to try out!books Updated: Jul 26, 2017 22:04 IST
Hogwarts, Shire and the Castle of Cair Paravel — that’s what fantasy means to many people. Most of us grew up in the magical worlds of Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings and Narnia. There’s no doubt that these masterpieces of fantasy literature will always have a special place in our hearts. Yet, there is so much more in the fantasy realm, that many of us aren’t aware of. So for those of you who are looking out for other books and authors from this genre — here are some ideas you can try out. Thank us later!
1) American Gods by Neil Gaiman: This novel is a unique blend of Americana, fantasy and various strands of mythology. The book’s central theme is — gods exist, because people believe in them. However, the power of these gods have diminished as people’s beliefs have waned. Yet, there is a rise of the new gods— who reflect the obsession with media, celebrity and technology. Perfect for a rainy day read, along with a cup of hot coffee.
2) Inkheart Trilogy by Cornela Funke: Imagine, having the ability to transfer characters from books into the real world, when you read aloud. Well, that’s what forms the essence of the Inkheart trilogy — Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath. Meet the protagonists Maggie and her father Mortimer, who she calls “Mo”, and their interactions with characters who have interesting name such as Dustfinger, Orpheus and Capricorn.
3) The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge: The author won the Costa Book Award for this novel. Here, you enter the world of a strange Victorian society. A girl’s father has just been killed in mysterious circumstances. In order to unveil the truth, she studies natural science and discovers a tree that feeds off whispered lies. Chilling and powerful with twists, this book remains with you, long after you finish it.
4) The Black Magician trilogy by Trudy Canavan: Follow the story of Sonea, a slum-dwelling girl who is blessed and cursed with magical abilities which are only restricted to upper classes. Fall in love with characters like Ceri, Sonea’s old friend, and Lord Akkarin. The books in order are The Magician’s Guild, The Novice, and The High Lord. Quite an unusual way of dealing with the class divide, and a must for your bookshelf.
5) The Bartimaeus sequence, by Jonathan Stroud: These books have an intriguing blend of history, fantasy and magic. The eponymous character, Bartimaeus is a 5000 year old Djinni, who is a sarcastic and rebellious spirit. He has been summoned by teenager Nathaniel, and is controlled by him. Follow their story through Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, and Ptolemy’s Gate. What makes the novels more fascinating is that it’s set in alternative historical timeline.
6) Charlotte’s Web, E.B White: If you’re all about feel-good fantasy, then we have just the book for you. Welcome to a farm, where animals talk and have strong opinions. Read about Wilbur the pig’s adventures, and how he is saved from becoming a Christmas dinner, by a very literate spider, by the name of Charlotte. You’ll see interesting animals, like the cunning rat Templeton, and the gossipy geese in the story. At its heart, the story is all about unconditional love and friendship, and is sure to melt your heart.
7) The Axe And The Throne by M. D. Ireman: An unnamed world of Viking-esque warriors, powerful women, and scheming politicians — a must for your fantasy collection. Oh, there’s a villain called Cassen, who you would just love to hate. So hop along for a roller-coaster ride and join the protagonist Tallos on his journey to rescue his friend’s sons, who have been taken by the evil “Northmen”.
8) The Book Of The New Son by Gene Wolf: Sci-fi lovers, you’re in for a treat. This series of four science-fantasy novels, chronicles the journey of Severian, a disgraced journeyman who has been exiled. The story is set in the distant future, when the sun has dimmed and the Earth is cooler. Now, that’s some fantasy which will take a while to process! We suggest you start with The Shadow Of The Torturer.
9) The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss: Get ready to be entangled in the complicated life of Kvothe, a renowned musician, scholar, and adventure who now lives shrouded in anonymity as an innkeeper. Each day is depicted separately, in each book. The first in the series is The Name Of The Wind.
10) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker: This book is an example of what happens when historical fiction meets fantasy. Gear up to read about the story of two displaced magical creatures in 19th century New York City. Bizarre, peculiar, yet so intensely gripping — the story will leave your mind reeling. Don’t think you can finish it in one go, take good time and process it, as the devil is in the details!
First Published: Jul 19, 2017 14:52 IST