From a very young age, the fantasy genre is one that has captivated me more than any other, be in with books, films, or television. For example, as a child, other than being completely obsessed with Harry Potter, I was also into ANYTHING with magic, dragons, that sort of thing. Growing up, my love of fantasy hasn’t waned in the slightest, with things like Game of Thrones (both books and television series), and the work of Neil Gaiman. That being said, I thought it would be interesting to have a little run down of the fantasy novels and series that I would like to get to in the near future.
Fantasy can be quite daunting, with some series having many books within them, and the books aren’t exactly short, but once you push past the doubt and make the leap into what ever fantasy world you’re reading, it is well worth it so far from my experience. So, here are some of the fantasy books and series I’d like to read in the near future.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
I read The Hobbit a couple of years ago, in fact it was one of the first books I read since childhood, in my quest to get back into reading as an adult. I had heard mixed things about Tolkien’s work, with many saying he was far too descriptive. I really enjoyed The Hobbit, it was a lovely introduction to the world and the kinds of characters and creatures within it. I fully intend to attempt the first book, The Fellowship of The Ring this year at some point, and hopefully I’ll enjoy that as much as I did The Hobbit.
THE LIVESHIP TRADERS TRILOGY
I am one of the rare creatures of earth who have yet to read a Robin Hobb novel. When I heard about this trilogy I thought it sounded like something I would love. I have read off too many people not for it to put me off, that Hobb’s first trilogy, The Farseer Trilogy isn’t as good as the rest of her work so I think I’ll skip that and go straight to Liveship. From what I know already, all the books from Hobb take place in the same world, but this trilogy can be read as a standalone without missing out on any important details. Also..SHIPS AND DRAGONS..YES PLEASE.
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE SERIES
Having already read the first installment, A Game of Thrones, and being half way through the second, I have no excuse for not having continued on with these books. Sometimes I think their size is off putting, with A Clash Of Kings being 800+ pages, that at one point I decided to have a break for some shorter fiction and never returned, but I will! The TV is back this month which is the perfect opportunity to get back into this world and get the books finished before George R.R. Marin publishes the newest installment.
THE WORK OF NEIL GAIMAN
I find Neil’s work, what I’ve read of it, incredibly addicting and intelligent, he has such a way with words and plot that you cannot help but fall in love with his characters and his stories. I have only read two of his books so far, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Trigger Warning more recently, so I am very excited to have a go at reading more of his novels and short story collections. I am most looking forward to both American Gods and Stardust.
THE HIS DARK MATERIALS SERIES
I have had this collection in various forms throughout the last ten years or more of my life and yet I still haven’t read it. I picked up Northern Lights has a kid a few times but never pushed past more than a few chapters. This series is one I KNOW I’ll love and enjoy a ridiculous amount, and for my birthday last year I got the stunning Everyman’s Library edition so now I have no excuse, this WILL be read VERY soon.
THE WHEEL OF TIME SERIES
I know it would take me a billion years from start to finish, and I don’t even know anything about the plot or what the series is even about, but I’ve heard too many good things about this series not to give it a go some day. My local library has every book in the series APART FROM THE FIRST which is beyond annoying so I’ll have to get that bought soon so I can delve in. I hope I really enjoy it because I’ve never had a long standing fantasy series outside of Harry Potter with so many books to look forward to!
THE COLOUR OF MAGIC BY TERRY PRATCHETT
I want to read this purely because I’ve never read anything by Terry and I find that to be quite a sin from a fantasy fan. Maybe it’ll encourage me to read all the Discworld novels, and if so, given this list so far, I’ll be reading nothing but fantasy for the next decade or so, which doesn’t sound all too bad ahah.
MORE BRANDON SANDERSON
Having read his Legion books as an easy introduction to his writing, I CANNOT WAIT to get started on some of his more fantasy based stories! I’ve had The Final Empire for a while now so I might have to pick that up once I’ve finished The Name of the Wind. I’ve heard nothing but adoration for his work and I’m so excited to expand my reading of his novels.