Isn’t there nothing better to do than getting nice and cozy with a good book, and getting lost in a world that is so unlike our own? There are so many books available in the fantasy genre; some you may have even read multiple times. So which ones are the best of all time? While everyone has their own opinion on the best, this is a list of the top five must read books for fantasy lovers.
- The Magicians (Lev Grossman)
There are a total of 3 books in this fantasy series. These books aren’t your stereotypical fantasy story. There isn’t always a clear line between hero and villain in this series, and there aren’t necessarily happy endings to be found in these books. In this story the main character, Quentin Coldwater, is accepted to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, the only school for magic in all of North America. While there, he struggles with learning spells, old languages, and endless hand positions. It isn’t long before he learns the place his favorite book series takes place in, is in fact real. The series continues with his journey to this land and confronting “the beast” that had previously ate a student at his school. If you haven’t read it before, the ending of the series might surprise you.
- The Name Of The Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
This book starts out by the main character, Kvothe, telling his life story to a traveling scribe he saved from spider-like creatures. He starts by telling of his childhood and about becoming an orphan after the mythical “Chandrian” killed everyone in the troupe. He continues explaining his struggle with poverty and tells of the people he’s met, places he’s been, and the struggles faced along the way.
- Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)
This series is a very well known one. Who hasn’t heard of Harry Potter these days? This series is about the main character, Harry Potter also known as “the boy who lived”, going from a young innocent boy living in London with his aunt, uncle, and cousin, to learning he is a wizard, to becoming a young man fighting for his life. Each book gets darker and darker as it goes and you really see Harry struggle with finding his true self throughout the years. These books end on a good note, despite all the tragedies Harry has to get past.
- Lord Of The Rings ( J.R.R Tolkien)
This trilogy is a mix of fantasy and English myth, making it one of a kind. This novel takes place in Middle-earth where the Dark Lord Sauron who, earlier in time, created one ring to rule the other human kings of power. His ultimate goal was to rule all of Middle-earth. This story follows the course of the War of the Ring, through the different characters eyes. You have the classic good guy versus bad guy scenario; however, it isn’t always clear right away who is good and who is bad. The goal of the “good guys” is to finally defeat Sauron for good.
- Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
Many people agree these are the best books in the fantasy genre. The thing that really sets this series apart from most is the unpredictability of the main characters fate. Martin is known for killing off main characters, which other authors would typically keep alive. This story is told from different points of views from the different types of characters. There is no line defining the good from bad with these characters as well. The books focus on story lines of the noble houses of Westeros, the Wall, and the Targaryens.
If you love to get lost in a good fantasy book and you haven’t read these books, or even if you have, read them to decide for yourself if they really are the top five fantasy books.