Fantasy books that everyone should read

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[Betlehem Fekade | Innovation Editor]

Are you a fan of Tolkien? Or have you never heard of a Lord of some Rings? Are you a Game of Thrones aficionado? Or do you not know whether the Barks of Winterfall or the Canisters of Castlily Sock should rule the Several Kingdoms? Either way, here are our top three fantasy books that we think you should read…

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Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (First of the His Dark Materials trilogy)
Lyra Belacqua is a young orphan girl living in Jordan College, Oxford, in an alternative world where humans carry their souls outside of their bodies in animal forms known as dæmons. Before puberty, dæmons are able to shapeshift into whatever form they desire, but after puberty they settle into their permanent form – one that perfectly represents the personality of their human companion. Lyra and her dæmon Pantalaimon have an ordinary life playing with the Gyptian kids and avoiding any actual learning. But, that’s before the children begin to disappear. Now, Lyra has to travel across both the known world and uncharted territories to find her best friend.

Phillip Pullman is a literary genus who builds an intricate and imaginative world – a must read for all fantasy lovers.

Sabriel Book Cover
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Sabriel by Garth Nix (First of the Old Kingdom trilogy)
This epic fantasy novel spans two very different worlds – Ancelstierre, a world very similar to ours in both culture and technology; and the Old Kingdom, an ancient realm steeped in magic, heroes, and the central theme of the book, necromancers. On a quest to find her father, Sabriel leaves the comfort of her Ancelstierren boarding school and travels across the Old Kingdom. Accompanied by her sly and untrustworthy family servant, and a Royal Guard frozen in time for 200 years, she travels to the capital of the Old Kingdom, fighting the Dead along the way.

Garth Nix is an incredible author with a knack for painting vivid scenery and detailed characters, and no book showcases his talent better than the first of his Old Kingdom series.

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Born of a strange encounter between a beautiful Elven princess and an ordinary Englishman, Tristan Thorn is not just your ordinary boy on the cusp of manhood. Unaware of his magical heritage, Tristan journeys across a magical Kingdom filled with princes, fairies, witch queens, unicorns and all manner of other creatures, to fetch a fallen star for his one true love. However, what he finds there is far more dangerous, exciting, and mysterious than he could have ever expected.

Gaiman is a truly gifted story teller who paints his magical world with an astounding ease – a timeless classic that can be enjoyed by all ages.

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Fantasy books that everyone should read