We’ve all been there – that moment when you’re almost to the end of the book and you read slower and slower because you don’t want it to end. I’ve been privileged enough to find a few of those fantasy books. Years later, I can still remember them. Their characters and settings felt so real, like a home away from home.
If you’re looking to add some great reads to your TBR (to be read) list, you’ll want to check these guys out. Otherwise, you’ll be missing out on the magic of these stories that could stick with you for a lifetime.
Black. Red. White. These are fantastic books by Ted Dekker that not only take you into a fantasy world, but also bounce back and forth into reality. If you want a little magical realism mixed with suspense, high fantasy, and a terrorist conspiracy, check this out.
I still, to this day, never finished this book because I was so attached to it. (I’m in denial that it had to end.) The series continued with Bitterblue and Fire, but Graceling by Kristin Cashore is by far my favorite. This one is for the high fantasy readers that like detailed world-building, like what you might get from Lord of the Rings or Narnia. Here’s the link to Graceling.
This one takes me back to my younger years – it was that good. Even though it’s for younger readers, it has many grown-up themes that you can glean from it if you read as an adult. It’s epic good and evil with an ordinary girl who finds out she’s a princess (with a unicorn). This is another read with a magical realism feel from a crossover between two worlds. Be warned – if you get into it, the books later in the series are hard to find! Here’s book one.
If you’ve ever talked with me about books, you know this is one I’ll always recommend. I’m not crazy about Stiefvater’s other books, but this one rocks my socks. To me, Thisby is (almost) a real place. It’s an island where the killer water horses race, and it has just as much personality as its characters. Read it. Trust me. 🙂
Is it cheating if I add a book I wrote? Oops… but seriously, this story has stuck with me in a way that none of the others I’ve written have so far. It also has a crossover between two worlds and the lead character’s journey is incredible. She has to overcome wounds from the past (sexual abuse) so that she is fully free to be herself with the man she loves. Check it out.
Yes, it is the second book in a series, but it stands alone. However, if you want the first book, you can nab it here for free.
What are your favorites that have stuck with you through the years? Comment below – I’m always looking for great new reads! 😉