In the world of books, there are a collection of standalone books and there are also series. Most of the series tend to exist in the fantasy world- a genre I love. Fantasy is a world full of magic, quests, creatures, and incredible worlds. Now, what are the series I learned to love?
There are two series that made me learn to love fantasy. Harry Potter is just one of them. I started with the films and eventually read the books. I loved the wizarding world of Hogwarts- along with Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.
The Golden Trio is one of my favorite friendships in literature. The Weasley family is also one of my favorite families. There is just so much to love in this series.
Chronicles of Narnia
Narnia is the 2nd series that made me learn to love fantasy. If I were to read the series for the first time, I would read in publication order- it gives the series filled with a lot of magic of wonder.
Lord of the Rings
Tolkien played a huge part in what fantasy is today. Yes, there are a lot of parallels between Lord of the Rings and HP, but not exactly the same. The quest to destroy the ring is a burden on Frodo, but loved the loyalty Sam has to him. While at the end of Fellowship of the Ring, everyone splits up, they all still play a part in destroying Sauron.
Yes, the main quest is destroying the ring, but there is still a huge war going on. Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas are the leaders of the battle. Merry and Pippin play their part (originally by convincing the ents to help destroy Saurmon). Of all the characters, I am the most emotionally connected to the Hobbits.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
I fell in love with this mythology series in middle school. My love for it played a huge part in my love for Greek Mythology.
Avalon: Web of Magic
The friendship between Emily, Adrienne, and Kara is so magical. Even their relationship to their animal friends. The magic really does show through the pebbles they are given.
I don’t fully remember why I loved this series. All I remember is that we meet some characters we are familiar with.
Land of Stories
As a matter of fact, this series is written by an actor- Chris Colfer, Kurt from Glee. The Land of Stories is a book that has fairy tale creatures and characters we are familiar with, and that is one of the best parts of the series. Along with some brand new ones we discover along the way- Alex and Conner are two fraternal twins, who are the main characters of the series.
Shades of Magic
This was one of my favorite series from last year. If you like character-driven, suspense and plot twists, various types of magic, the city of London, and a fast-paced plot, you will probably love the series.
Kell, an Antari, from Red London stumbles across a forbidden stone from Black London and has to return it. But eventually has to enlist the help of Lila. I love the two of them as a pair working together. In the 2nd book, I come across another character I learned to love- Alucard Emery. SPOILERS- I originally disliked Holland- I literally thought he died in book 1, but he did survive, and I eventually liked him- as in book 3 (something changed in him that I didn’t expect. I literally thought the black stone was the antagonist, but it wasn’t- it was Osaron, but released because of the black stone.
His Dark Materials
Yes, I dislike the name of the series. True, I am a Christian and don’t believe in Pullman’s views exactly, but that wouldn’t stop me from enjoying the series. Yes, while reading the series I was looking at elements I don’t agree with.
When I looked at the blurb of The Golden Compass, Lyra reminded me of Lila. That is what convinced me to start the series. I was loving the world, Lyra, Iorek Byrinson, Pan, and Will as well. The concept of daemon was fascinating to me.
Yes, the series was a bit weird and made no sense. However, it is a enjoyable read. The books don’t seem to connect exactly. Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer are in all three, but not in a way you would expect.