For some, reading is a hobby. For others, it is a way of living. Having said that, there are some novels or book series that help you live through them. They transform you to a world that is completely different from the one we live in. One such world is that of Epic Fantasy. Magic, sorcery, flying horses, time travel form a big, very real part of this world. Who wouldn’t want to travel to a place like this and get away from the mundane nature of everyday life? And just for that reason, I bring to you the 6 best book series in this magical genre. Lookout for the books whose tv series or movies have made it into pop culture and mainstream media.
1. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
You would be lying if you said you haven’t heard of George R. R. Martin or Game of Thrones. You may not have watched the immensely popular series or read the utterly brilliant books, but you must have absolutely heard its name from a friend or seen a meme about it on the internet.
Game of Thrones has broken all records and surpassed all expectations that the audience had from the series. But if I am being honest, the books are better than the tv series. Martin has a way of weaving words and building characters that I personally haven’t seen before. The first book titled A Game of Thrones is pretty much similar to the first season of the tv series. But after that, there are differences in characters and storyline that make the books worth the read (and better than the series). Five books have been released so far, and two more are yet to come.
2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
My precious! is one of those catchphrases that has gone beyond the world of Misty Mountains (that’s where Gollum hid after he was banished) and Mordor. And all thanks to Mr. Tolkien. His work set a kind of benchmark for what epic fantasy novels should be like.
Considered one of the best novels ever written, this series has sold over 150 million copies worldwide. The book has three volumes in total, with each volume consisting of two books. The movie series is also quite good and has been appreciated almost as much as the books.
3. The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
Narrated as an oral autobiography to a scribe, The Kingkiller Chronicle is the story of a musician and adventurer Kvothe, who has lived an epic life and presently lives as an anonymous rural innkeeper. Set in the fictional world of Four Corners of Civilization and Kvothe’s life there as an orphan who becomes a scholar.
There are presently two books in the series, with the third and final one being set to release soon.
4. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
Set on the fictional planet of Roshar, this book series tells the story of mysterious weapons and armour that can transform ordinary men into invincible and ever powerful warriors. These weapons have been inherited from the Orders of Knights Radiants from an era when all the kingdoms were at peace. When they split up into smaller regions, a war enfolded for the possession of these mystical weapons.
Three book have been released as of yet, and Sanderson plans to write ten books in total.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Did you too try to find a magical world at the back of your wardrobe after watching the movie The Chronicles of Narnia? Did you hope to find the fierce Aslan or the kind and friendly Mr. Tumnus? Did you wish to defeat the White Witch and restore peace in Narnia? If yes, you have ought to read the books too. Considered to be classic in children’s literature, these books have sold over a 100 million copies worldwide. The books have been widely adapted into television, radio, theatre and most famously, movies.
The series has seven books in total, with the first one being the most popular.
6. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Time travel, an armoured polar bear, a young boy and girl on a quest and challenging organized religion- who wouldn’t want to read such a book? Set across multiverses, His Dark Materials follows the journey of two children Lyra and Will who wander through parallel universes. The books also include concepts of physics, which contributes in making it an exciting read.
The series consists of three books.
Which book are you picking up next?