For all of those who fall on the nerdier edge of the book-person spectrum, nothing satisfies quite like epic fantasy reads. Don’t care even if there are plenty of other genres, the fulfillment that comes with imagining the entire book by creating your own world, is unmatched.
And we believe, there’s something about the grand themes, the comprehensive world-building, and, the colossal page counts. Epic fantasy reads are surely food for the mind. It refreshes us!
Another good thing about fantasy reads is that it comes in series (mostly). So, the page counts are in thousands or even dozens of thousands!
What an excitement.
But with those lots of pages, come lots of commitment too. If you are planning to start your next epic fantasy, make sure that you are ready to embark on a new quest. At FAYVO, every time we bring a reading list, it fulfills us at heart to see the nerds reading and appreciating a good story. For that, we’ve got plenty of options lined up for you in the FAYVO app. All you have to do is go to the app, scroll to the ‘Books’ category, and there you are: in a dreamy book world!
For fantasy genre lovers, let us talk a bit about how it came into existence, how old this category is, and what to expect from the new era’s fantasy books.
History of The Fantasy Genre:
The fantasy genre came into being during the times of the dawn of literature. There were hundreds of stories like the Arabian Nights, that can be traced back to the dark ages. George McDonald in the late 1800s is unpopularly known to be the pioneer of the fiction and fantasy genre. He wrote many fantastical pieces of fiction more than 200 years ago.
Back then, it wasn’t appreciated and understood by many people, until the twentieth century when fantasy gained enormous attention with the release of J.R.R Tolkiens Lord of the Rings. It was then, that people started believing in fiction writers as well. The great work of J.R.R. vouched for the commercial viability of these genres.
And ever since then, sword and sorcery, wizardry, fairytale fantasy, wonderland adventures, magical realism, and dark horror fiction became some of the traditional norms of the franchise.
For today, as promised, team FAYVO will offer the most popular and beloved epic fantasies in this ever-expanding genre. There are stone-cold classics of J.R.R. Tolkien and intriguing variations on the theme by the other big names in the category.
Scroll over the book covers below for more details about each title, read the brief descriptions, and add any promising leads to your own ‘Favorite Books’ box in FAYVO.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll:
Even if you don’t like adventures or taking risks, you’d love this little girl’s story in Wonderland.
In our childhood, we were all fascinated by fairylands and magical places, and this book makes you feel like you actually live in one. The author, Lewis Carroll is known for writing stories that defied logic, twisting it into dreamlike, fantastical shapes. The book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of his never-forgetting masterpieces which has delighted adults and children alike since it was published over a century and a half ago. Today, the novel is recognized as a historical mark in the fantasy genre as a whole.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien:
Here comes the pioneer of the fantasy era, J.R.R. Tolkien. It might be a childhood favorite, but The Hobbit is still one of the best-selling books and take a place on the shelves of adult fantasy readers.
The Hobbit holds the most relatable character of a middle-aged homebody who just wants to chill. The iconic Bilbo Baggins is the perfect image of all those grownup introverts who like nothing more than a good meal, alone time, and a cozy chair to relax. But he is a hero too, and we all secretly hope to have Bilbo-like reservoirs of heroism within us.
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The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin:
Jemisin is known to create perfect reads that win hearts and awards alike. She has got an immense appreciation for the books of her Broken Earth trilogy, of which ‘The Fifth Season is the first.
Her writings take you far away from reality and feel like the incidents mentioned would take place in a far future on a world that is not our Earth. But it doesn’t mean that the stories are irrelevant. With the eco-friendly themes of climate change, environmental degradation, racial injustice, and the burdens of the past, she dares to be different. The Fifth Season is also one of those complex yet admirable fantasy reads.
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin:
Betrayal, backstabbing, wars, bloodshed, conspiracies, and lots and lots of strategies; Game of Thrones sets itself apart by telling the story of seven kingdoms. The book series is truly a unique idea that has earned millions and billions after its adaptation into an English series. It is an old-fashioned politics with the background of fantasy.
The story is about Kings and Queens who enforce their right on the iron throne. After the murder of King Baratheon, and the wrong allegations on his trusted hand Ned Stark, the kingdom of Westeros falls into confusion and chaos with 5 Kings and a queen trying to sit on the mighty throne.
Many get killed, many get betrayed, and there are extremely torturing characters and some extremely good souls too. The story is told from the standpoint of multiple key characters.
Game of Thrones is a nail-biting read from the start to finish. We promise that every part of the series will leave you gasping with shock.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis:
Are you ready to go to the times of World War 1? Then hold on tight and start reading this fantasy fiction drama. Chronicles of Narnia tells the tale of four siblings who find a portal/cabinet that takes them straight into the fantasy world of Narnia. When getting there, they see the place to be held in the middle of a war between the peaceful creatures of Narnia and the evil forces of the Ice Queen.
Narnia is one wonderful imagination of a child that is put into words. It shows how children can be the innocent saviors of a world of mythical creatures. Narnia is one of the best children reading books that encourages children into finding pleasure in reading. It is all magic, pure intentions, and good deeds.
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Fantasy in a Nutshell with FAYVO:
The world of fantasy is growing and growing as people need to escape from the cruel real world, The good fantasy books give you wild imaginations that truly test the limits of the human mind.
As books allow those imaginations to live forever in your mind, FAYVO allows you to keep those gems with you forever. With the organization feature in the app, you can find, save, and share your favorite books from anywhere, anytime.
If you are someone who is starting the habit of reading and getting into the fantasy world, then we recommend you to see what your friends are reading. Connect with them on FAYVO, find their favorite reads, and start reading. Getting real recommendations is one thing you can never ignore.
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That’s why we strive to give you a platform where you are always being helped with the truest of suggestions.
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter:
"A dragon had been called, and someone would have to die."
In the thriller fantasy, The Rage of Dragons, you'd meet a Gladiator. This debut novel of Evan Winter holds a classic fantasy punch. We get to read about Tau, who is a warrior from an oppressed class. He, unfortunately, suffers an unspeakable loss and sets out on a journey for revenge.
There are rageful dragons too, and a few "Gifted" people who can communicate with dragons, and even enlist them to join a fight with devastating effects.
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard:
Balancing between science fiction and fantasy, de Bodard has given us a perfect read in the form of The House of Shattered Wings and has won an impressive number of awards.
This novel is the beginning of a gothic fantasy era where we get to read about fallen angels and a severe war. During that chaos, Paris is left half in ruins and contaminated by magical pollution. The infection reaches the depths of the Seine and there, dragons have taken refuge. The series reflects the multi-racial politics and reality of multiple cultures living together.
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The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling:
A book that most millennials grew up with, is the iconic Harry Potter series. It is a long, interesting, magical, and fantastical tale of wizards. The characters are super engaging and you can’t leave the book if you have started reading it once.
The series has many parts, all wrapped in delicious dark fantasy. It is a story of a boy chosen by a prophecy to conquer a dark lord is an age-old lore. What makes Harry Potter stand out among others is its magnificent world of witchcraft and wizardry