I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but lately I’ve been reading A LOT of fantasy books. More than what would be considered normal for me. The truth is that I am completely in love with the genre, and each time I get a chance to explore a new world I become a little more smitten.
This is definitely something new to me, because a few years ago I wouldn’t have reached for a book in the fantasy genre. Ever since I started bookstagram, and I was exposed to people’s passion for fantasy novels, I couldn’t help the curiosity that slowly started burning in my mind. Of course I needed to find out what all the fuss was about, so I read a few popular choices and wouldn’t you know? I completely understood all the hype!
However, since I am rather new to the scene, I realised that it can be difficult for a newbie to get into reading a fantasy book because of all the technical terms and world building that comes along with the genre. For this reason, I decided to write this post, and share 4 books that will make you fall in love with fantasy; aimed specifically at those who haven’t read much of the genre before.
HARRY POTTER BY J.K. ROWLING
Of course to most bookworms out there this would seem like an obvious choice. But as an avid reader (and self diagnosed bookaholic) who only read the series for the first time last year, I can say that there are still quite a number of budding biblios out there who have never read the series either. If you want to start reading fantasy books, then there is no better place to start… Harry Potter is an easy book to read. What I loved most about it was the manner in which J. K. Rowling built her fantasy worlds throughout the series. She didn’t dive straight into the deep end with the very first book; but rather made the reader learn and experience the world from a new perspective right along with Harry. I never once felt as if I was out of my comfort zone, because the book was detailed more than enough for me to imagine what was going on. So yes, Harry Potter may be the obvious choice, but there is a very good reason for this!
THE WRATH AND THE DAWN BY RENE AHDIEH
This one is more of a romance book, with a drop of fantasy to make things all the more interesting – a lovely combination to get you reading more from this genre. I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much was because it had a more Eastern feel to it – bringing in Arabian influences which I can relate to. I also enjoyed Rene Ahdieh’s writing style and thought that it was written as though the book was translated from a different language which was a brilliant writing technique. The characters (main and secondary) were vivid and dimensional, always keeping the reader enlightened and entertained. If you put all of this together, you get a truly exceptional book that will have you falling in love with the fantasy genre. If you’d like to read a full review, you should definitely check out this post.
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES SERIES BY SARAH J. MAAS
For the past year or so, it seemed as if all anyone in the bookish world could speak about was Sarah J. Maas. Being the cynic that I am, I wasn’t all that interested in reading The Throne of Glass series because I was so sure that it would be as over hyped as all the other disappointments I’ve faced in the past. And then she released the first book in her second series called A Court of Thorns and Roses along with the second book called A Court of Mist and Fury, which had every bookworm out there in a constant state of fangirling. And then one afternoon I was talking to a bookbuddy of mine on Twitter, who told me to read ACOTAR. And so after doing exactly that; I became one of those annoying fangirls and fell in a spiral of fandoms on Pinterest. I wrote my review of ACOTAR here, but what put this book on the list is the writing. The way SJM describes the “other” realm was absolutely staggering. She didn’t assume that the reader knew anything about the world, again bringing in a character who was also experiencing all of it for the first time – perfect for someone who hasn’t read much fantasy books before. Everything was explained in great detail, allowing the reader to form a clear picture of this completely foreign world they are suddenly being pulled into – and trust me when I say, you won’t want to leave!
THE YOUNG ELITES BY MARIE LU
Compared to the before mentioned books, this series is not what I would call “easy to read”. But even though this fantasy, dystopian is a bit heavier than the rest; the reader gets to learn all about the new world with Adelina Amouteru, so everything is written in more than enough detail. The Young Elites is also fairly different to the other books listed here because it is quite a dark YA fantasy read, with a main character that is flawed to the point where you can’t distinguish whether she is the hero or the villain. If you start reading more fantasy books then this is one that will be a refreshing read, because it doesn’t head in the general fantasy direction. However, the reason for me saying this one will be better received by newbie fantasy readers is because I feel the world building would feel disappointing to anyone who has read their fair share of fantasy books. It seems to me that Marie Lu focused more on the magical systems and actual plot, instead of the broader picture. Which worked well for me, but many other readers out there thought it caused the story to fall flat.