Some of my Fantasy Favorites

As a number of people know, one of my favorite genres in books are fantasies. There is something special about being in a made-up world with creatures and beasts that don’t exist. They truly allow you to escape into those world. Now what are some of my favorites?

Harry Potter:

This was one of the series that made me fall in love with fantasy. Lots of magic, wizards, witches, creatures such as Hippogriffs, Phoenix, and others. The world of Hogwarts is incredible. Same with the characters- the ones that usually came straight to mind is the trio. Started on the movies and later read the books. Now it is time for a reread.

Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia is the other series that made me fall in love with fantasy. Just like HP, started with the movies and then read the books. I love Narnia as a country- talking animals, dancing trees, and other things. It is just so incredible a world. I also hope to reread the series.

Lord of the Rings

Well, my love for Narnia and HP brought me to read this series. I started with The Hobbit and then read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I love the Hobbits a lot- I don’t love just Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. I also love Legolas and Aragorn for instance. Middle Earth it incredible- along with Hobbits, there are elves, dwarves, and obviously humans. In some ways, I think HP is what drew me to reading the series.

I really think J. K. Rowling got inspired by this series for HP. Sam reminds me of Ron and Hermione, Merry and Pippin reminds me of Fred and George, the Ring is similar to the Horcruxes, Sauron and Voldemort are dark lords, and both series have a spider attack- the list continues after that.

Uprooted

This was my first Naomi Novik book. There are a few plot twists here and there. I love these characters- from the Dragon to the protagonist, Kaisa, and crazily enough- the corrupted wood acts as a character.

Spinning Silver

A retelling of Rumplestilskein. It is very original- the only struggle I had with this book was the multiple points of view. Original characters and Original world. This was recommended by Park Road Books when they talked at a church event- at the time they were advertising Spinning Silver, and due to already falling in love with Uprooted, I knew I wanted this book. Both are Naomi Novik books.

Shades of Magic

The setting is a bit complicated- just picture 18th century London, and split that into four parallel, but vastly different Londons- Red, White, Grey, and Black. Just like Lord of the Rings and HP, there is also an item that can easily corrupt especially if it gets in the wrong hands. I have the creating of the new language, the Antari, and amazing characters. I love Kell, Lila, and Alcuard Emery for instance. If you love London, different kinds of magic, character-driven, and fast-paced series, you will love this series. I was recommended this book by Park Road Books- it took me a couple years till I read the first book.

The Princess Bride

Well, I have loved this story since watching the movie as a child. Here is my main problem with the book- chapters that are way too long. You might think you are reading an abridged book, but in reality you are reading an unabridged book. Crazily enough, as I was reading this book, I kept on visualizing scenes in the movie. I could easily tell when a certain part of the plot would happen. This book is extremely faithful to the movies. It is a story that just never gets old- true love, adventures and, miracles.

Avalon

Usually, I buy one book in a series, but for Avalon- I found a book, which was home to three Avalon books. There is a lot of magic in this book, which was found in the stones. Adrienne, Kara, and Emily have an incredible friendship with themselves and with other creatures. Every one of them is extremely close to one of the animals- it is different for all them.

Wizard of OZ

Sister’s Grimm

This series does show us characters we heard of before, but at the same time introducing us to new characters. I don’t fully remember why I loved this series.

Land of Stories

This literally feels like a fairy tale. You have characters in there like Goldilocks, Red Ridding Hood, and other well-known characters. That world is incredible- it centers on two twins, Alex and Conner. One loves fantasy and fairy tales (Alex), while her twin brother (Conner) doesn’t. Funnily enough, technically the Land of Stories is literally found in a magical book.

His Dark Materials

This is the series I am currently reading. In some ways, I can see Lila in Lyra. Lila, yes is a thief- Lyra was also a kinda of liar and a schemer. Sounds kinda of similar to Lila. When I found that out, I was willing to read the series. Of all the series I love, the title of this particular series is, in my opinion, not a very good title.

While this book was banned due to religious reasons, that does not stop me from loving the series. I love Lyra, the main character, and I love the world and the altheiometer (which is The Golden Compass). That device is incredible in what it looks like and what it can do. Yes, I have seen anti-spiritual themes in the series- but that has no effect on my love for the series. When you have an incredible protagonist and an incredible world, that can make up for that. I do love Will as well- he wasn’t introduced until the 2nd book. It can be hard to know who can be trusted and who cannot in this series. In some ways, I feel like the series is referring to the Old Testament God. While I don’t agree about what some of the characters think about God, it is kinda of interesting to read. In a way, it shows science vs God. In a way, our world was created due to both God and nature.

Conclusion:

I am still in the middle of the last book of His Dark Materials. What I plan to read in the future belongs to the Nevermoor series- I heard that fans of HP will love this series. I already mentioned, I hope to reread HP and Chronicles of Narnia. There is a classic book I read, that may not be a fantasy, feels like a fairy tale- that was Secret Garden. Most of my TBR list is mostly made of classics.

9 thoughts on “Some of my Fantasy Favorites

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia was a childhood fav of mine! The world building was one of the best in my opinion and the movie was impressive. 🤩

    Ay, I spot the Darker Shades of Magic series! I have heard so much about V.E. Schwab, in fact, I just got my hands on my first V.E. Schwab novel and I am eagerly anticipating it!

    Great post and so many recs. 😁

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  2. Lots of good books on this list! Hoping to get to read more fantasy in the future! I definitely want to check out Naomi Novak’s books; those have been on my list for a long time!

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  3. Well, I’ve never really have been too much into reading books (knowing me), much less, fantasy. I used to have the Hobbit, and I read all the way into Queer Lodgings, and then stopped there and didn’t really get around to reading again cause I’ve been more interested in other things besides that so, yeah. That was when I was around 11 or 12 when I got and started reading the novel. I do respect that book and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Arda Books and other works outside of that world. He seemed really legendary of an author.

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    • Oh! I also forgot to mention that I did watch 2 of the movies of the Hobbit, and I did watch Lord of the Rings but it’s been so long that I can’t really recall everything from that trilogy.

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      • It was only last year when I first saw the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. Christmas 2019 was when I got the entire Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy

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