The fantasy genre can be daunting — magic, creatures, and unpronounceable names can seem, well, a bit weird to people who haven’t read those kinds of books before. However, as millions upon millions of fans know, there’s something to be said for the escapism and sense of wonder that a fantastical novel can provide.
There’s also the question of size to consider. One glance at hefty high-fantasy series like Lord of the Rings (approximately 1,200 pages altogether) and Game of Thrones (4,228 pages and counting) can intimidate even the most avid of readers. But rest assured, not all fantasy novels are as massive and terrifying.
Whether you’re new to fantasy, or even new to reading for pleasure, there is always a point A from which to start. In this hypothetical scenario, consider “Game of Thrones” point D.
Here are some fantasy trilogies, series and standalone novels that can get you to point B (or point D, if you’re feeling ambitious). READ MORE: The Top Fantasy Books To Get Any Beginner Interested In The Genre | HuffPo
These are my fantasy genre recommendations. There is a mix of classic, historical and romance fantasy novels listed.
- The Hobbit & the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Ysabel and the Under Heaven series by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Inheritance series by N. K. Jemisin
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- Study Trilogy by Maria V. Snyder
- Tairen Soul series and Weathermages of Mystral series by C.L. Wilson
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