Authors who are into the fantasy genre will find inspiration in the greatest fantasy books of all time. Reading them today should help you have a smoother publishing experience. Thus, before you publish your manuscript, read these fantasy books today first.
“The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis
Recognized as one of the best novel stories written today, make sure that you get your very own copy of The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis. This details the epic story of four children as they travel through the magical land of Narnia.
“The Dark Tower” by Stephen King
Stephen may be known as a master storyteller of horror stories. But do you know that he can also create a masterpiece in the fantasy genre? From Stephen King’s pen comes a Wild West-esque novel entitled The Dark Tower.
“Harry Potter” by JK Rowling
Witches and wizards are definitely fine elements for a fantasy story. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a children’s story that whisks you away into a awe-inspiring world of magic.
“The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Aside from wizards and witches, orcs and elves are definitely must-haves when it comes to high fantasy novels. In The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien lets you watch over Frodo’s journey to Mordor in the hopes of defeating evil Dark Lord Sauron.
“Inheritance Cycle” by Christopher Paolini
The Inheritance Cycle, written by Christopher Paolini, belongs to the YA high fantasy genre. Set in a world where dragons exist, this chronicles the journey of a farm young boy as he rides his dragon to overthrow an evil king.
“A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin
The book that inspired a popular HBO TV series, A Song of Ice and Fire narrates a tale of power struggle, kingdom wars, religion, survival, and revenge. The entire series has seven books planned for release but only five were written so far.
“The Avalon Series” by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Marion Zimmer Bradley, together with Diana Paxson, wrote The Avalon Series. This series follows the Arthurian legend. However, instead of following the men who makes up the Knights of the Round Table, The Avalon Series gives us a glimpse of the Matters of Britain from the perspective of the women from that Arthurian era.
“The Merlin Quintet” by Mary Stewart
If you aren’t tired of Arthurian legends yet, then get a copy of Mary Stewart’s The Merlin Quintet. This book narrates the growth of Merlin as well as his efforts in raising Arthur to become a great king.
“Dragonlance” by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance is the stepping stone of the Dungeons & Dragons game into the literary world. This novel doesn’t have a set protagonist. Basically, this is a history book that details historical events, legends, and other important plots that serve to make the game more interesting.
“The Riyria Revelations” by Michael J. Sullivan
The Riyria Revelations is a six-volume series by Michael J. Sullivan. This series recounts how two friends get unsuspectingly embroiled in royal conspiracies as well as how they extract themselves from the false accusations pinned onto them.
Did you get inspired? Are you itching to write your first high fantasy novel then? That’s great! Once you are done with your manuscript, you can talk to a publishing consultant immediately.