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Now this is a piece I have been looking forward to writing for a long time. There are novels which place me in a world that I can escape to. These novels have helped me grow as a person or helped me get through tough times. These are the novels that I can read today for a healthy dose of nostalgia. These are the greatest, must-read fantasy books in my humble opinion, let's take a look!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The first Harry Potter novels I have read to death. Philosophers Stone and Chamber of Secrets are very much world building. World building that I do not need being so familiar with the series. Yet, there was something I enjoyed about these two books in particular, Prisoner and the Order.
The Prisoner of Azkaban had nothing much to do with the arc of the series. That said, my favourite character is introduced in this novel. Serious Black, a character who you are not sure about. Yet, he holds strong for a good while in the series.
Despite my choices, I have to give it to the Order of the Phoenix. The previous instalments in the series added to the story, but the Order of the Phoenix opened the world. When comparing others to Order of the Phoenix, they seem so closed off. As an added bonus, Order of the Phoenix is one of the longest books, so there's plenty to enjoy.
The Fellowship of the Ring
I can still remember lying in a warm spot for hours, reading deeper and deeper into the world. The plot of the Lord of the Rings is known to many by now, but I still approach the first book blind. I prefer that wondrous feeling of rediscovery than feeling nostalgia for this book.
I wish to join the world as more than a spectator and Tolkien knew that when he wrote the book. Wonderful descriptions, wonderful details and a wonderful world. Reading this book, I am sucked into the world and placed in the shoes of something unforgettable.
It is no wonder that so many fantasy stories written after were inspired by the Lord of the Rings. The first book holds that special place on every writer's shelf and in their hearts. Being a writer myself, I still get a creative burst of inspiration every time at Bilbo's 111th birthday celebration.
A world such as Middle-Earth must have many events and stories to tell.
Here I am, having read the most amazing fantasy books in existence and still asking for more. As conclusive as these books were, I still longed for more. The Silmarillion is something I will approach at a later date, but for now, I enjoy what I have read. I expect to have questions answered at a later date, but for now, I revel in guessing.
The Hobbit is great for establishing a living world and a delightful story. A must-read, of that there is no doubt.
My feelings are mixed, to say the least.
I can recommend any young adult start reading the series for the fun of it. Skulduggery does not have the world or warmth of the previous books I mentioned. Yet, what it has is dark and grim. A tone of writing that I admire and it is for that reason, it trumps most fiction for me.
The first book is a must-read, 'nuff said.
The Once and Future King
The writing is easy-to-read, the stories are fun and the book is a classic. What more could you ask for?
Another note on this book; it improved my writing. I cannot write without giving some credit to this book. It showed me how to create an in-depth world that doesn't bog the reader done. It established everything so clear I could not get confused.
In short, T.H. White showed brilliance and ensured this book a special place in the world. If you haven't read this book, I bid you do.
Inkheart helps me establish an attachment to my characters and world like no other book can. The sequels are great as well, Inkspell and Inkdeath, but Inkheart is the golden child. If you are a creative mind or love interesting characters, give this book a read.
His Dark Materials
Pullman crafted this book lovingly and it shows in every chapter. I can feel the world around me and understand the plight of every character. The number of marvellous interactions between the wondrous characters deserves a mention. Such a well thought-out characters keep readers invested.
It certainly kept me invested as well.
The series ended, leaving me with a low feeling as I wanted more. Yet, a part of me feels it was right to end it where it was. I can see many more readers out there looking for something like His Dark Materials, so I recommend you look into it.
It is definitely worth your time and a brilliant piece of literature in my honest opinion.
With that, my list comes to an end. These novels stood out for me in life and as such, I keep them close. Preferring physical books a majority of the time, these books are wonderful to hold. You can almost feel the books begging to be read again.
I am sure some readers out there have given these books a glance and find my admiration confusing. While the tastes of style may differ, all the above are well-written.
If I have to choose one novel or series for you to read, I choose...
The Once and Future King.
Rediscover your love for fantasy with this classic and when you're done, give Inkheart a read as well.
Thanks for reading my list and I wish you a wonderful adventure!
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