Intro to Fantasy: Recommendations to Get You Started

Posted August 29, 2015 in Uncategorized / Leave a comment!

Let’s say you’re not really a fantasy reader,  but you want to be! You hear about all the great fantasy books that are popular right now and you’d love you read them only you’re not big on fantasy. These are some of the books that got me started and will hopefully help you along in your journey to all things fantasy! It’s easily my favourite genre and I’d love for you guys to read some of my favourites and love them just as much as me! Let’s get started!

Middle Grade

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The Septimus Heap series: I honestly can’t remember if I’ve read all of these because it was a looooong time ago but I can remember the first four for sure and I know that these books helped me get into fantasy. It’s an easy series to read and follow, partially because it’s middle grade, but I still think it’s tons of fun and it’s a great series for you to start!

Young Adult

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The Inheritance Cycle series: Also known as the Eragon series, this is a fantastic series for starting out. I’m finding that a lot of people didn’t like this series but I loved it, especially when I was younger, and I still recommend it all the time. Also please don’t judge this book by the movie! It’s so much better!

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Graceling Trilogy: I easily fell in love with this series as soon as I opened the first book. It’s easy to follow along and the characters are all amazing. I’d highly recommend this series for people starting out because I find it doesn’t always feel like a fantasy book even though it is. The fantasy elements are a little more subtle while still being an important part of the series.

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The Grisha Trilogy: I’m sure a lot of you have heard about this series several times. That’s because it really is a great series, especially when you’re new to fantasy. One thing that stands out in this series is the world. Fantasy books tend to have really complex world building but this author is extra great at making this world come to life. Also, if you’re looking for a book with a fantastic villain than this is the one for you!

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The Gemma Doyle Trilogy: This is another series where the fantasy elements are subtle. There’s actually a little of the supernatural hidden in here but not the typical vampires and ghosts as you might think. I still think it’s more fantasy but it’s set in the real world in the Victorian era. It’s still an easy world to get lost in though and you’ll fall in love with these characters as quick as I did.

Classics

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The Chronicles of Narnia: This one is for those classic lovers out there! This series doesn’t feel like a classic because the language is much more familiar than some classics. I’m sure you’ve all seen the movies but there’s so many more stories in between the movies to tell! Narnia is a crazy place and you can never predict what’s going to happen.

Adult

So I tried to find an adult fantasy to add to my list but the only ones I’ve read are Game of Thrones and The Hobbit. Those two are a little more advanced though so I wouldn’t recommend starting with them. I find that the adult fantasy books can be a little tougher to read so I’d recommend starting with some young adult books so you get the feel for them. Then when you decided how awesome fantasy is (which you will), you can dive right into these super intense adult fantasy books!

Any other recommendations I forgot? I know I could have made this list so much bigger but I tried to keep it simple. Let me know if you love any of these books too!

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20 responses to “Intro to Fantasy: Recommendations to Get You Started

  1. This is a wonderful post! I love fantasy and just like you, I loved The Inheritance Cycle series. I recommend it whenever I can! And I read The Hobbit when I was 12 and I adored it!
    xoxo 💋

  2. Some fantastic adult fantasy: Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson, and the Stormlight Archives by him also. And Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas is sometimes categorised as adult but mostly young adult. They’re my fave fantasy finds over the last year or so. I’ve reviewed both on my blog if you want to have a look 🙂

    • I’m a big Throne of Glass fan 🙂 it’s a great one. I’m trying to get into Brandon Sanderson but I’ve only read the Rithmatist so far. It was really good though! Just picked up Steelheart the other day 🙂

      • I think for Brandon Sanderson it’s good to read a series because a lot of effort goes into getting your head around the magic system. Once you have it though the books are much easier to read and enjoy. 🙂 I haven’t read Steelheart yet but really keen to!

  3. the pellinor series by Alison Croggon was a great fantasy series. the ending of the fourth book was slightly disappointing, but the series was fantastic. the relic keepers series by c. fisher was great as well.

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