Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in the known form of the primary ‘real’ world. – J.R.R Tolkien
My all time favorite genre of books by far! I wanted to share with you how I got into these types of books, after only reading murder mysteries and crime series most of my life! When I first met my fiancé, 7 years ago, I was just getting into reading again and the only books I would look at were by James Patterson (one of my favorite authors). My fiancé at the time was really into Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, when one day he stumbled upon an author named Kevin Hearne who just so happened to be from the valley! So, he told me I HAD to read this series, knowing that I was entranced by vampires, fairies and ancient druids shows or movies. To my surprise, I was hooked!!
Being able to drift off to a different realm and allow my mind to wander with the pages of these books and grow my love for these fairy tale beings. Kevin Hearne is by far one of my favorite authors now, I had the chance to meet him at Phoenix Comic Con! (Phoenix Comic Con posts to come in the future!) This series opened my eyes to a world of fantasy and fiction, and my passion for reading took off. This world of fantasy really allowed me disconnect from this world, or whatever is going on around me, and takes me to another realm, or place in time. Being able to let my mind wander and beleive for just a little while, that some of these beings actually exists, puts me at ease. I love finding new authors and new charcters to fall in love with in the genre, it’s never a dull moment!
Here is a list of some of some of my favorite big name fantasy books/ series if you’re looking to jump into a new genre. (Not in any specific order)
- Kevin Hearne: Iron Druid Chronicles
- Jim Butcher: Codex Alera
- Terry Brooks: Shannarah Chronicles
- Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- George R.R Martin: Song of Ice and Fire
- J.R.R Tolkien: Lord of the Rings series
- J.K Rowling: Harry Potter
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