Read part one of my favourite fantasy books first!
Finally, here’s part two of my favourite fantasy novels. I’m sticking with mentioning five books/series per part (because otherwise I could talk about my favourites for hours!).
Part Two includes a lot more fantasy ‘classics’…
6. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
What sort of book or fantasy nerd would I be without mentioning Harry Potter in this list? The only reason it wasn’t mentioned in part one was because, unlike many others, I didn’t grow up with this series. I only actually started the first book when The Deathly Hallows came out. But despite missing out on them in my childhood, I still feel as connected to this world as if I had read them ten years before I did. There’s something about these books that just feels like it lives on forever.
7. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
I only read The Hobbit a couple of years ago, (yet another classic that I was late to!) but I absolutely fell in love with it. I have struggled to get into The Lord of the Rings, but found The Hobbit so fun and whimsical and easy to follow in comparison. If you have struggled with LOTR, but haven’t yet tried reading the Hobbit, definitely give it a try! The characters are lovable, the adventure is fun, and the world is pure, classic, wonder-filled fantasy!
8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I mentioned Sarah J. Maas’ ACOTAR series in Part One, but it is her Throne of Glass series that first caused me to fall in love with her writing and worlds. The first book in the series was one of the first YA fantasies that I read, and I have followed the series, eagerly awaiting every new release, each year since. I love how each new release adds something more intricate, complex, emotional, and raw to the story, and I am so not emotionally ready for the finale this summer! This is another example of a fantasy series given fuel by its interesting and diverse cast of characters, who are just as wonderful to read as Sarah’s writing is to read, and as the world is to be immersed in.
9. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
Of course Maria V. Snyder’s books would appear again on this list! While Poison Study will probably always remain my favourite of her books, her Touch of Power trilogy was also such fun to read. It follows Avery, the last of the Healers, who are being hunted for causing the disease that has spread across the land. After being captured, she is given a chance at freedom, if she will help someone she does not particularly want to help! The first book, in particular, had all of the elements of YA fantasy that I love most: a head-strong female protagonist, magic in peril, angsty romance, adventure and travel.
10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
It’s been a long time since I read this trilogy, but it still remains crystal clear in my mind, with the beautiful and lyrical writing creating such vivid images of the world and characters. The story follows Karou, a girl whose hair grows blue, who lives with chimera, and has the constant sense that her life doesn’t quite make sense. The story follows her self-discovery, and the greater battle that she is tied to. It is atmospheric, mysterious and intriguing throughout.
That’s all for part two of my favourite fantasy books! Do we share any favourites? Let me know some of yours below too!