Or people who want to delve into the genre but don’t know where to start…
The fantasy genre can be a lot to take if you don’t know what to look for. There are the great epics, sci-fi, any number of different worlds and characters names you have no chance of pronouncing without the aid of an audiobook.
Don’t let this put you off to the genre. Most are a riveting escape from reality. They can grip you and suck you into a crazy, exciting and sometimes infuriating world.
But first let’s address the issue most have with fantasy. There are some long winded authors out there and I will be the first to admit that I never wanted to read the nearly 1,000 page epics until I had already dipped my toe into the world of fantasy. Not all are just wordy, some have epic world building to do and they paint a picture on every page. Some have much to say and character development that you wouldn’t belive. These books are epic for a reason.
Now, the reason you started reading this post…
1. The Mistborn Series – Brandon Sanderson
This series is a fantastic introduction into the fantasy genre simply because it is not too long. The individual books can be read over the span of just a few days. There is also great world building in this novel and characters you can’t help but feel for. This will also introduce you to one of the best authors in the genre. It will help you decide if you really want to pick up his more epic works. (Recently he has added to this trilogy and there are two other books.)
2. The Night Angel Trilogy – Brent Weeks
Essentially, it would be fair for me to just say… see above, but I won’t. I will give this series more credit than that because I absolutely loved it! This series is a little darker than the Mistborn Series but it is well worth the read. Also, the two worlds are very different. Sometimes with fantasy, worlds will run together or overlap. There is no chance of that with this or Mistborn.
3. The Kingkiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss
While epic in its own right, The Name of the Wind is 660 pages (in its original hardback), this series is worth picking up. The reason I am suggesting such a long novel as an introduction to fantasy is its lyrical, insanely well written prose. The descriptions and phrasing in this series will keep you mesmerized from beginning to end.
4. The Black Magician Trilogy – Trudi Canavan
If you loved the environment of Harry Potter and are looking for a bit more grown up version, here it is! The outcast child ends up with epic powers and surpasses all expectations held for her.
5. Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Good kind
I realize this series is ridiculously long but the first book is worth the read. Even if it takes you a while to get to the second novel it picks up right where this leaves off. The rich world building and character development in this novel was what made me fall in love with the genre.
I know some of these books still seem a bit daunting, but trust me, if you start with these there will be no going back.