Tales of orcs and dwarves and dragons in worlds from the imagination of the author. Fantasy books take us to magical places with wonderful creatures and tell stories of adventure and quests and great battles.
Fantasy fiction books have similar themes running through them. They are normally set in a world very different from our own and will often be inhabited by dwarves, elves, orcs, goblins and humans. It's very common that there is some form of magic and wizards or witches wielding this power. The author draws you into this world with great descriptions allowing us to build up the picture in our minds.
Expect a hero or a group of heroes fighting for good against evil and journeys across dangerous lands to find magical items. There will be bold actions and sacrifices to be made all in the name of the quest.
Fantasy fiction can be traced back to the mid 19th century but didn't really stop being considered a children's book until later in the 20th century. The 1960s was the time when fantasy started to grow in popularity.
One of the great examples of fantasy stories is the work of JRR Tolkien. In particular his Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit are fantastic pieces of work made famous by the blockbuster movies of recent years. They contain all the classic elements of a fantasy novel but with a depth of detail and wonderful description. There are quests and elves and halflings, dwarves, wizards, kings and queens. Orcs and goblins are the suitably evil soldiers of the dark lords for our band of outnumbered heroes to valiantly fight against.
In modern times a fantasy series that was considered for children but read by many adults was the hugely successful Harry Potter series from J. K. Rowling. There was a time in the 2000s when it seemed like every person on the train to the office was reading one of the Harry Potter books. And the successful Hollywood movies increased the appetite for fantasy works.
An alternative to the classic fantasy book is where fantasy and humour have been combined. Terry Pratchett achieved this with his Discworld series building tales in a crazy over the top fantasy world and poking fun at our real world. A world that sits on a disc atop four elephants, in turn standing on the back of a turtle that swims through space and time. There are wizards, witches, gods, luggage with feet and an array of unlikely heroes.
More recently the epic Game of Thrones TV show has made the A Song of Ice and Fire series (George R. R. Martin) hugely famous and really brought the fantasy genre into the mainstream. Choose a fantasy novel at obooko and take yourself off to a far away land and fall under the author’s spell. Fight alongside the elves against the dragons and travel through the dark forests. When you get to the office remember you're not really wearing a cloak of invisibility and carrying a broadsword!
If you want some magic and fantasy into your life but would rather pay a few bucks for the pleasure, then here are some books packed with fantasy and set in ancient and magical settings.
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is a suspenseful book where kings and queens and knights all fight for the throne, whether with sword and mace or with poison and magic. However, the Others are coming in with armies of the dead to kill off all the kingdom's people. The book thrives with its great characters developed well and richly as well as the way that the prose carries a sense of bloodthirsty desire to conquer. If you are interested in books about realms and magical struggles, then this is the book for you.
A Clash of Kings is another book written by the same author and contains similar plots and themes of magical elements and struggles. As the kingdoms have broken apart, vengeful motives and a desire to capture the throne fills the kingdom. If you like books that have dark magic and political suspense as well as the personal struggles of people with various agendas and motives and pasts, then this book will be the one that will rivet your senses and fasten you to the pages as though you were under a mighty spell yourself.
A Storm of Swords is another by the same author, and it is about the characters who try to hold the kingdom together and keep it all from falling apart. The characters from the previous novels return to seek their destiny and to struggle forth with all their new desires. There is more magic, fighting, and spellbinding suspense in this novel, as well, so that you can immerse yourself into the series and really enjoy the world of magic that Martin creates.
A Feast of Crows is another book by the same author. Few books have captivated the imagination of its readers as has George Martin's monumental epic series of fantasy. The long-awaited fourth book of the landmark series shows the kingdom torn asunder as it is on the brink of peace. Suddenly, it is launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction. Daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed while surprising faces appear from past struggles to take up the challenges ahead. For a feast for crows, many are the guests but only a few are survivors.
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi by Aaron Allston tells the story after Chief of State Natasi Daala has been overthrown. The Jedi Order has taken control of the Galactic Alliance but the new governors dismantly Daala's draconian regume. Even the Jedi's new authority may not be enough to save Tahiri Veila, the former Jedi Knight and onetime Sith apprentice convicted of treason for killing Gilad Pellaeon, the Galactic Alliance officer. Luke and Ben Skywalker are relentlessly pursuing AbelothFree Articles, the power dark entity bent on ruling the galaxy but they also realize they must face the fury of the Sith death Squadron and their quest turns into a suicide mission. For a book about adventure and fantasy mingled this is the book for anyone who loves a good quest and a story of daring exploits and endless adventure.