Fantasy readers often cop a lot of flak for their taste in literature. Many people think that these books aren’t serious enough for the dedicated reader and should be left for the long distance traveling, or basement dwelling teens who dream of invented realms. However a bit of escapism can be a really beneficial and fun thing for all ages and people, which is why we have put together a list of exceptional fantasy novels for you to sink your teeth into. So sit back dear reader and let us transport you to 5 different worlds which offer a richness and fullness of adventure that simply can’t be found in the human world.
Lord of the Rings
Known around the world and one of the most successful movie franchises of all times, this JRR Tolkien classic has been a staple on many fantasy lovers’ bookcases for year. Not only is it considered by many to be the father of the genre, the richness of the wold that Tolkien created is to this day one of the most extensive.
Game of Thrones
A popular TV series, this great fantasy series has a dedicated worldwide fan base who have thoroughly been sucked into this addictive realm. With a huge number of interwoven storylines and immersive characters you will be swept up in the expressiveness and clarity with which George R.R. Martin creates his world.
Daughter of the Empire
An instant classic of the genre Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts have created one of the most inspiring and all-round stunning fantasy novels of all time with this series. The strong female protagonist sets it apart as one of the few fantasy novels with a women’s perspective being central to the story.
While many adults might dismiss this series as simply being for children, it is truly one of the most popular books of all time for a reason. J. K. Rowling with has created one of the most compelling works in the genre with her delicate and deftly handled portrayal of adolescence and growing up that not only resonates with young adults but proper grownups as well.
Gardens of the Moon
Not since Lord of the Rings has a fantasy novel been so thoroughly revolutionary and completed changed the landscape of the genre. Steven Erikson has created one of the largest epics of all time with this narrative that spans the ages and combines eloquent prose with a gritty realism. You will get sucked into this series and never want to come up for air.