My Top 5 Fantasy Novels

Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Fantasy novels aren't really my favourite. When reading them I'll often feel very confused and find it hard to follow the story. Most of the time it's because the names of the characters and places are completely new and I find them hard to remember. Then I end up forgetting who is who. But I do have my favourite fantasy novels as well. I find that with fantasy novels if I get into them then I can read the book really quickly and will marathon reading the whole series. If you've been put off from reading fantasy novels before then I would really recommend checking out some of these! These are fantasy novels for beginners!

The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling - I really mean the whole series but I've only photographed The Goblet of Fire. I think it's my favourite in the series as I love the tournament and all the extra characters it brings to Hogwarts. These were the first fantasy books I ever read so it makes sense that they're still my favourites. These books are enjoyed by adults but written with children in mind so nothing is too confusing! If you don't know what it's about(seriously?!) it's about a young orphan who is raised by his horrible aunt and uncle, he is then plucked out of their house, told he is a wizard and shipped off to a boarding school for wizards and witches.

The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - I don't know if this properly counts as a fantasy novel but in this world time travelling exists and I'm going to go ahead and say that that seems like fantasy to me. This is a very popular book but I can understand why as it's a really good story. It's basically about a woman who marries a man who time travels involuntarily. So he will disappear and then show up again younger or older etc. It makes for quite a good read! This is definitely a 'wine and book club' read which put me off it for a while but when I finally got around to reading it I really enjoyed it.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - This is a modern retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella. It's set in Beijing and Cinderella is a cyborg who works at the market as a mechanic. As I type that out I'm aware that it's a bit cringey but I promise this is actually a pretty cool book. I got very easily attached to the characters and the story moves at a quick and exciting pace. There are three books in this series and each changes a different fairytale. The fourth one is coming out soon and I am very excited!

Half Bad by Sally Green - The UK has witches. Good witches and bad witches. This book follows the life of a young boy, Nathan, who is half good half bad. He is outcasted by the good witches and his life isn't made easy. He is captured and kept in a cage. He has to escape to perform a ritual that all witches need when they come of age or he will die. This book is quite large but very good and easy to read. There's also a second book and I really enjoyed that too. This world is pretty easy to understand as everything is very well explained.

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare - This is a young adult fantasy series. The first one is City Of Bones but I've only got City of Glass which is why it's in the photo. The rest of the books I read out of the library or borrowed from friends! In this world there are humans and demons and in between we have shadowhunters. It's their job to kill demons and keep the humans from finding out about them. Our main character, Clary, thinks she's just an ordinary girl until her mum is kidnapped and she discovers that they are shadowhunters and her mum was hiding it from her. There are quite a few books in this series and I've read all of them. Some where better than others but generally I really enjoyed the whole series and always wanted to read the next book. There is a companion series called The Infernal Devices series which is set in Victorian England. I've read this too but didn't enjoy it as much but know others might find that more appealing!

What are your favourite fantasy novels?

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