Fantasy for Beginners

You’ve heard of a little-known show called Game of Thrones?  Or how about Princess Bride?  Of course, those were great fantasy books BEFORE they were shows.  You think you don’t like fantasy, but you will.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.


A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
 A tale of court intrigues in the land of Seven Kingdoms, a country “blessed by golden summers that go on for years, and cursed by cruel winters that can last a generation.” Treachery, murder, incest.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Frodo the hobbit sets out with a band of warriors from all the kingdoms to destroy the Ring of Power before the evil Sauron can grasp control.


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Experiencing an epiphany within the most daunting prison of the monstrous Lord Ruler, half-Skaa Kelsier finds himself taking on the powers of a Mistborn, and teams up with ragged orphan Vin in a desperate plot to save their world.

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
A supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake, and the sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara.



The Princess Bride by William Goldman
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts.




Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.


The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
When a village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to exist only in legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers.


Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey
While the dragonriders struggle with threats both otherworldly and human, a young rider named F’nor and his brown dragon, Canth, hatch a bold plan to destroy the alien scourge at its source–the baleful red star that fills the heavens and promises doom to all.


The Once and Future King by T.H. White
This magical epic takes Arthur from the glorious lyrical phase of his youth, through the disillusioning early years of his reign, to maturity when his vision of the Round Table develops into the search for the Holy Grail, and finally to his weary old age. 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier.