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The beginner's guide to fantasy books


These fantasy series will take you out of this world.

Not every reader is a fantasy reader, but I am sure everyone has heard or seen an adaptation of fantasy series at least.

Their compelling worlds and enchanting creatures are captivating and have garnered solid support over the years. Famous titles, like The Lord of the Rings, have become a part of popular culture too.

Fantasy might not be everyone's cup of tea, but why not give it a shot this holiday? Take a leisure stroll down in Hobbiton, fly through the night mists in Luthadel and have wild night off in Ankh-Morpork.

Here are some fantasy series to get you started.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien is probably the Grandfather of modern fantasy works. As a scholar, he incorporated the concept of medieval romance and chivalry with the Greek cosmos, inventing the genre of epic fantasy.

The Lord of the Rings heavily revolves around lore and history, with a long journey that takes the hobbits to Mount Doom.


As the founding series that greatly influenced and established fantasy fiction, it is an interesting read to discover the origins of fantasy genre.

For casual fantasy readers, The Lord of the Rings might be a good series to delve into. For new readers, it might not be wise to start on a heavy story that is steeped in complex lore. But if you have a love for world building and poetic lore, this is just the series for you!

Genre: Epic fantasy, High fantasy
Best enjoyed by: Veterans and casuals

2. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, this fantasy series deviates from conventional high fantasy. There are no elves or dwarfs, but humans and mutilated creatures roam this world. It depicts a dying culture, a world under a tyrant and a girl who defies the system.

If you like thought-provoking books about the purpose of religion and the power of ideology, then this fantasy series is for you. It is easy to read, and the world is remarkably well crafted by Sanderson.


The characters are compelling, and the power system is comprehensively explained. The book is well planned from the first page to the last, and new readers can expect a thoroughly engaging experience.

Genre: Post-apocalyptic fantasy
Best enjoyed by: New readers and casuals

3. Discworld by Terry Pratchett

The Great A'Tuin is a giant space turtle that carries four elephants on its back, all of which supports a flat world known as Discworld. (I kid you not.)

Well, welcome to this crazy and whacky world that Terry Pratchett imagined. One of a kind, Discworld is funny, witty, off the walls and simply entertaining.


The books are mostly easy to follow with its silly characters and amusing plots. Pratchett has a knack in deconstructing traditional fiction, making the readers an inclusive part of Discworld.

This impressive series boasts a total of 41 books, and its final posthumous book will be released in late 2015. The sheer number of books may be intimidating, but fans have compiled a handy chart to guide new readers into Discworld.

In short, Pratchett's books are quirky, fun and a quick adrenaline rush for readers of all ages.

Genre: Postmodern fantasy
Best enjoyed by: EVERYONE!

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