Reading List: Seven Fantasy Series You Must Try!

November 25, 2011

The world of fantasy must be feeling seriously deprived with the death of David Eddings a few days ago. Eddings, like many other fantasy writers, was known for his series of books with the same central characters that enthralled millions of readers all over the world. In his honour, Bookwag presents seven fantasy fiction series that we believe everyone should read. No, they are in no particular order at all, so steer clear of debate and do give them a read.

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The Discworld by Terry Pratchett: All right, so this is not a classic series but more a series of books based in a common environment. But has fantasy ever been more funny or witty? We think not. He may never win the Booker or a Nobel, but for us Terry Pratchett remains one of the best authors of his generation.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King: A cowboy (gunslinger) walking across a destroyed land, moving between times, tackling magic and picking up and losing friends, on the way to destroying something very evil indeed. This is King at his literary best. Not for the weak of heart. Not light reading, either. Compelling stuff for the patient.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Jonathan Stroud’s story of a world controlled by magicians and their genies is awesome reading, fuelled by the chemistry between lead characters Bartimaeus the djinni and Nathaniel the magician will leave you smiling.

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan: “Lord of the Rings on steroids”  is how many people have described this amazing epic, the last of which is being finished by Jordan’s wife. It might seem tedious at times but the mix of magic and heroism is addictive.

The Elenium by David Eddings: Eddings is better known for his Belgariad series but many purists think that the Elenium with its knights and magic formula is a much better read. Anyway, it has much more humour and Sparhawk is surely one of the best characters ever seen in heroic fantasy.

The Troy trilogy by David Gemmell: What happens when one of the best fantasy writers of his generation takes on the tale of the oldest battle of them all? Sheer magic! Read this reworked Illiad to get a whole new perspective of the Battle for Troy.

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling: We honestly lost interest in the last three hype-ridden books of the series, but for sheer narrative skill, we still cannot think beyond JK Rowling’s boy magician and his duels with the evil Lord Voldemort.

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