Top 10 Fantasy Novels

 

The only rule of fantasy novels is – No rule. Create, imagine and weave a story that is beyond imagination for the readers.

It is quite difficult to weave stories in this genre and even more difficult to make it readable yet relatable to the reader because the story or the universe that is being created, doesn’t exist in reality but only in imagination.

 

Harry Potter

It is a series of 7 novels revolving around a young boy- Harry Potter along with his friends and their adventures in ‘ Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’  where Magic is taught and performed.

Read it For:
Bestselling novel of all times; it is an amazing book which deals with magic and friendship.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t believe you can catch a train to Hogwarts through 93/4 platform, then you will not believe in the events further too.
What makes this book stand out?:
Hogwarts and Muggles.

A song of Ice and Fire

Also known as Game of Thrones by many, there have been five books so far of the series. It is a piece of historical fiction set in the times of Knights and chivalry, kings and queens and is now a famous television series.

Read it For:
A thriller fantasy as it is, it sure to keep the reader engaged. There is suspense in every nook and corner of the book.
Don't Read it For:
It is a complicated series, not everyone is interested in such historical fantasy novels.
What makes this book stand out?:
The suspense and the characters are thrilling.

The Kingkiller Chronicle

It is a trilogy series. It is narrated by Kvothe (the protagonist) to a chronicler. The last part is yet to come. Kavothe, who is like a legend of his world (‘The Four corners’ as the author states), also happens to be a king killer and the story revolves around the same, but it is yet not known, who is the king, who has been killed.

Read it For:
A high action series and takes you in an imaginary world.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not into high action fantasy series, then you might be disappointed.
What makes this book stand out?:
Suspense and action.

The Shiva trilogy

It revolves around the Indian God, Lord Shiva. He is portrayed as a simple human being, who is intellectual as well as a warrior. It also recites the love story of Shiva and Sati in a never heard story and manner.

Read it For:
A new insight to Hindu mythology.
Don't Read it For:
If you don't want to compromise on what you already know about Lord Shiva, drop this book at once.
What makes this book stand out?:
Twists and turns and new stories related to Lord Shiva and Sati.
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The Devourers

The story is based in Calcutta, and has multilayers to it. It revolves around werewolves as well as shape-shifters. It is told in different time periods and from different perspectives. A stranger asks Alok, the protagonist to pen down his story.

Read it For:
It is a dark fantasy as well as science fiction and explores the concept of love and cannibalism.
Don't Read it For:
Towards the end of the book, the story becomes predictable to the reader.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fact that a stranger, who is a werewolf, asks the protagonist to write his story.

The Hobbit

This most loved fantasy novel is all about fun, adventure, courage, and bravery.  The story revolves around Bilbo, who is persuaded by a wizard, Gandalf to go on an adventure with a group of thirteen dwarves to reclaim their treasure.

Read it For:
The writing style engages the reader in such a way that we all start relating to The Hobbit.
Don't Read it For:
There is nothing about this book that gives away any reason to not read it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The journey and adventure of Hobbits.

The Lord of the Rings

It revolves around the rings, the means by which Sauron, the dark lord intends to rule the middle- earth. One ring that rules them all, falls into the hands of Bilbo and the adventure, thereafter is worth a read.

Read it For:
It started as a sequel to 'The Hobbit’ and then became a major work in itself.
Don't Read it For:
If you didn't like 'The Hobbit’, it's not for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Rings aspect that rules the world, makes it unique.

Uprooted

It is a story of a magical war fought by flying on top of talking dragons. It is kingdom level magical fantasy.

Read it For:
Talking dragons make most of their character and have an impressive narrative.
Don't Read it For:
Since, it is a war genre, so people hating war, may not like it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The training sessions and the dragons are the USP.

The Library at Mount Char

The protagonist, Carolyn, along with dozens of other children, is raised by 'Father’, whom they believe to be God and he goes missing.

Read it For:
The suspense, nail-biting thriller, surely engages the readers and takes them into The library at Mount Char
Don't Read it For:
It is indirectly a mythology so if not in the mood for so, it could not interest you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The revelation whether the father is God or not and the battle to find him.

The Magicians

It is about a young man, who practices and does magic in the real world. The protagonist, who is a fan of fantasy novels set in magical land Fillory, is surprised when he is admitted to a very exclusive and secret college of magic.

Read it For:
It is an interesting to read as to how, when you read about magic, and when you practice it, what is the difference in a life that comes.
Don't Read it For:
Somewhat like an adult Harry Potter.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fact that the protagonist is from high school and learns everything that we learn in college, quite early in his magical school.

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