It is that time of the week for another Top Ten Tuesday. It is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This weeks topic is something ‘Back to School’ related. One of the suggestion was required reading for fantasy fans and since I love fantasy it seemed like the most appropriate topic. Obviously I am not saying you have to read these books or if you haven’t read these books then you are not a fantasy fan – I am just suggesting some of my favourites that I think fantasy readers might like. As always these are in no particular order and I have included some honourable mentions as well. I apologise in advanced if it gets abit repetitive – I love all of these series so I may forget to use different words to express my love. 🙂 Anyway let’s get started.
Pellinor series by Alison Croggon – if you’ve followed this blog at all you will know my love for this series. It has incredible characters and an engaging story. I cannot recommend this series enough. Check out my review here – 5 reasons to read the Pellinor series. I also created a book tag all about it 🙂 check it out here.
Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien – these are both classics in the fantasy genre for a reason. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is quite dense but they are well worth a read. The Hobbit is also wonderful and probably more accessible to a variety of readers.
Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan – I have reread this trilogy so many times now and I think I have read every published book by this author. Amazing characters, engaging story and interesting magic system. Well worth a read.
Old Kingdoms trilogy by Garth Nix – this is the trilogy that got me into fantasy, and reading as a whole, so this will always hold a special place for me. I adore the characters, the magic system and villains in this trilogy and the story is wonderful.
The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – this is the trilogy that started my love for Brandon Sanderson. It is an amazing trilogy with a really unique magic system and I highly recommend it. I also loved Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Definitely check these books out.
Fudoki by Kij Johnson – once again if you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you will know I read and adored this book earlier this year. It is a wonderful mix of fantasy and historical fiction. I cannot recommend this enough – I think it is really underrated. Check out my full review here.
Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb – if you like very character driven fantasy than you need to check out Robin Hobb’s books. She is amazing at it. Her Liveship Traders trilogy is definitely my favourite of hers so far – I have only read one other trilogy by her, the Farseer trilogy. Both are amazing. I am so excited to read more by her. Check out my full review of this trilogy here.
Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss – the first two books of this trilogy are out, but the wait for the third (and, I think, final) book has been a long one. If you like university settings, then this is well worth a read. I have to admit that these books are probably my least favourite of this list but I still really enjoyed them. I felt the second book was definitely weaker than the first but I am still interested to see where things go.
Gentleman Bastard sequence by Scott Lynch – this series is amazing. It took me a little while to get into the first book but after 100-200 pages I was engrossed. The plot, characters and the many plot twists are all amazing. The relationship (or bromance) between Locke and Jean is one of favourite literary friendships. I am so excited for the fourth book which comes out in September.
Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan – I picked up the first book of this trilogy on a bit of a whim and I am so glad I did. This is a wonderful flintlock fantasy with a great cast of characters. The magic system is interesting and the plot will have you engaged to the very end. Well worth a read if you are a big fan of the fantasy genre.
Honourable mentions: Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan, Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher, Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini and the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis.
There are so many amazing fantasy books out there but these are definitely some of my favourites. I am always looking for more recommendations though so if you have any suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.