Top 5 Gateway Books into Fantasy


By: Cynthia A.

Looking to get hooked into Fantasy novels?  Wondering what all the hype is about?  Where here are 5 books that are sure to ensnare any reader into the fantasy series.

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5. The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)

          Author: Frank Beddor

Frank Beddor sets up an amazing twist of the old tale “Alice in Wonderland”.  Taking bits and pieces of the Wonderland Mythos, Beddor recreates Wonderland and Alyss.  With her family murdered before her eyes by her maniacal aunt, Redd of House   of Hearts.  Running away, through the Pool of Tears, the Looking Glass, young Alyss Heart finds escape and refuge on Earth where all her memories are pushed away as childhood imagination.  But as the years past, old friends come looking to bring her back and save her Kingdom from Her Imperial Viciousness, Queen Redd Heart.  This novel brings readers a new tale, a new spin on the old tale, and gives all power to one’s imagination.  This story brings back all those classic characters and weaves together and unforgettable story.

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4. The Hobbit

          Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

One of J. R. R. Tolkien’s best works, The Hobbit is the prequel to the famous Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  Set in the realm of Middle Earth, The Hobbit takes Bilbo Baggins, a simple Hobbit on an unexpected journey.  Galdalf the Grey has brought dwarves into his home in the hopes of bringing a burglar on a mission to reclaim the Dwarven Kingdom taken over by the greedy dragon, Smaug.  This novel brings readers (and fans) more to the Lord of the Rings story, more history and mythology to the Middle Earth universe.  It also helps that this novel has many hilarious moments that hook in the reader in.  A novel full of adventure and amazing characters, easily one of Tolkien’s finer works.

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3. The Irda (Dragonlance: Lost Histories, #2)

          Author: Linda P. Baker

Now this is a story that stands out in the crowd of fantasy novels.  This is a story that steps away from the normal mythos of supernatural beings and instead introduces readers into a race bigger, more intelligent and beautiful than the fairest of elves.  This novels brings readers a story about Ogres.  Linda P. Baker sets out to discuss the ogres, before they were the horrid creatures that haunt dreams.  Once, they were the highest of beings, blessed by the gods, but them their vanity and power, the evil that seeped in by the combination, began to destroy them.  This story takes readers on a journey, following one High Orge as she sees the danger and hears the warning of the Gods.  This story brings readers a fable, a lesson of corruption.  It’s such a unique spin on an old tale and offers readers something new, something fresh in the world of fantasy.  A new type of history, a new type of mythos.

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2. Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance: the Chronicles Trilogy, #1)

          Author: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

This is the novel that launched the birth of a realm.  Dragons of Autumn Twilight introduces to a realm with magic, forgotten gods of good and evil and dragons.  Starting off, the story holds a lot of intrigue and mystery when an old wizard comes into town, somehow knowing more than he lets on.  Then, by nightfall, old friends who separated for 5 years, in search for any sign of the gods, reunite, except for one.  As old friends reunite, they come upon the rescue of two Plainsmen.  Soon enough these friends finds themselves thrust into a war between the Gods of Light and Darkness, a war that threatens the balance of the good and evil, as well as the fate of Krynn itself.

Simply an amazing novel.  Each of these characters offers something to the plot, each of them offer so much story and grow so much as they face, not only the darkness of the world around them, but the darkness within themselves and the their loved ones.  This novel creates a realm as unique as Middle Earth and offers readers captivating characters.

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1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

          Author: J. K. Rowling

It shouldn’t be a surprise that this novel would hold the number one spot on this list.  Watching the movies isn’t enough, and the reason is because the books are just so much better.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has swept millions of readers of their feet and it brought readers the tale of a young orphaned boy who discovered just who he really was.

From the first chapter in the novel, readers will be hooked.  J. R. Rowling starts off by following the ever distasteful Uncle Vernon as he goes about his day.  But what’s this, a mysterious little cat is following him around.  The magic has already started; the plot has already sucked readers in because Rowling offers readers so much!  Her detail is amazing and as the story progresses and we are introduced into Harry Potter and the wizarding world, readers will sucked into the first adventure the Boy Who Lived.  A story about hope and friendship, that highlights that as long as one has good and true friends willing to get into whatever mess one gets themselves in, that anything is possible.

J. K. Rowling’s captivating writing brings readers hilarity, amazing characters and a great plot.  Seriously, just go pick up this book, it’s spellbinding.

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