When it comes to literature, we all have our own tastes. Some of us love a good, spine-chilling horror; others prefer to get lost a loving romance. And, for some of us, it’s the other-worldly plot of a fantasy novel that really gets the heart pumping.
So here, we have listed the top five best fantasy books of all time.
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
If you don’t know the story of The Lord of the Rings already, then you really must have been out of touch. The trilogy follows a young Hobbit called Frodo Baggins, who has been tasked with carrying the Ring of Power across Middle-earth and into the Cracks of Mount Doom, there to destroy the ring that the Dark Lord Sauron sought after to control all of Middle-earth.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them
The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
This is the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages, you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by English author Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on the mysterious and taciturn Shadow
After three years in prison, Shadow has served his time. But as the days and hours until his release tick away, he can feel a storm brewing.
Two days before his release date, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town.
The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings is a 2010 epic fantasy novel written by American author Brandon Sanderson and the first book in The Stormlight Archive series.
The story rotates between the points of view of Kaladin, Shallan Davar, Szeth-son-son-Vallano and Dalinar Kholin, who lead seemingly unconnected lives. However, their fates are ultimately more entangled than it would otherwise seem.
Volf: Silver & Volf: Gold, by Sarah Elliot
Yes, we know it’s cheating but we couldn’t resist putting in our own one.
Volf: Silver revolves around a young Volf (half vampire/half werewolf) called Ekata, who is on the run from her half-siblings and her mother, who wish to use her powers for themselves. She ends up in the care of a werewolf pack and begins to fall for a young werewolf called Fiero, who’s fate seems to be intertwined with her own.
In the second instalment, we follow Dymas, another young Volf, who is trapped in the clutches of his insane mother, with only his spirit lover Tyra for comfort. However, as the Blood Moon approaches, things begin to take a deadly turn for Dymas and, if he does watch his step, there could be deadly consequences.