I love fantasy. So here are my top ten reads I’d recommend for people newly introduced to the genre. I’ve used the term ‘fantasy’ quite loosely, here — some of these novels may have elements of other genres in them, too. Like all my lists, they are in no particular order. (NOTE: I considered putting Harry Potter on this list… but I figured most people’d already read them, so.)
1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
Why? It’s freshly unique in the Fantasy genre — in order to use magic, the characters have to burn metals in their stomach. I MEAN REALLY, HOW AWESOME IS THAT??
2. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.
Why? I love this series. Every damn word of it. It’s probably more Middle Grade — as in its short, with younger characters, which was what I loved about it. Colourful world-building, great, unforgettable characters.
3. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
Why? I LOVE THIS SERIES. MARTIN IS AN AMAZING WRITER. That is all.
4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
Why? ASSASSINS. ROMANCE. EPIC WORLD-BUILDING. FULL-ON AWESOMENESS. Need I say anymore??
5. The Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson.
Why? I adore this series! Dragons, an Asian-inspired series?? Yep. Love this series.
6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.
Why? I’ve seen plenty of mixed reviews for this one — but I will always love this one. Wonderful writing, intriguing storyline. Love it.
7. Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
Why? I read this novel when I was quite young — which was a pretty big accomplishment for me at that age! — and loved it. Who doesn’t like some dragon-awesomeness??
8. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.
Why? Fairytale-ish, magic, hot prince dude? Kagawa is one awesome writer!
9. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
Why? This might fall more into the category of Paranormal … but it’s such a great read. Solid writing, witty banter… love it. (Admittedly, though, as the series continued my interest for it dwindled.)
10. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.
Why? I love me some Greek mythology! You should, too!