To this day, I don't understand why some people have never read Harry Potter. I have read each book at least 5 times and the magic never dies! I have nothing more to say.
This may be considered Preteen, seeing as my obsession with this trilogy began when I was 12. I mentioned this series in my 31 Facts about me, but I'll restate it- I read the first book so many times that I memorised the whole first book by rote, without even trying. The story is classic as it follows Alanna, a plucky girl who masquerade sas a boy in order to become a knight. There is magic, combat and a semi divine cat involved. This is the perfect introduction to fantasy for young girls and I'm really excited to reread this soon! (I had to repurchase it because mum threw out ALL of our favourite childhood memories er... when we were still children)
This is one of Yanto's favourites, I haven't read it. It's about a cruelly treated young boy, an unlikely friendship, demons and magicians. Essentially, it's a coming of age novel that young boys will enjoy.
Magician is a widely known classic, but I failed miserably when I tried to read it for the first time last year. I know many people who absolutely loved it though and have even credited Feist with writing the first 'modern' fantasy of the time (1982). Yanto has read Magician upwards of 4 times his teenage years and loved it for the character development and the setting. My sister and I both beg to differ, however we are old and jaded now and have been spoilt with more modern picks which made us think of Magician as quite 'stuffy' and 'old-fashioned'.
I love this series so much and the wait for the next book is slowly killing me. I adore the setting and beautifully detailed world adorned with unusual quirks such as the existence of little spirits called 'spren', beasts called 'Chasmfiends' which have the appearance of a massive hermit crab and the lighteyes/darkeyes class system. The character development is exceptional and I'm in love with Kaladin, a darkeyed peasant who's my version of Mcdreamy. The blurb aptly sums up how epic this series is and deserves a mention because it excites me every time I read it:
Steph and I consider the Way of Kings as our favourite book at the moment. The planned 10 book series has already been 10 years in the making and I hope that all the books will be as good as the first.
The Name of the Wind has been incredibly popular since it's publication in 2007 for very good reason. This comes a very close second to Way of Kings (for me) and Yanto cites the Name of the Wind as his favourite, probably because he doesn't possess the same feelings towards Kaladin as I do. The novel follows Kvothe, an orphan, on a path of redemption as he tries to unravel the mystery surrounding his parents' death. His intelligence and wit see him granted entrance to the University- I'm a sucker for any educational fantasy institutions, they are just so much fun to read about!
This series gets a little crazy at some points and the female characters irked me because they are written as such stereotypes! However, Yanto, me and Steph (in that order) devoured the books one after the other in an orderly queue without any breaks. The books are quite well written and very fast moving which means you do not get bored! What I liked about this series is that each book focusses on a different character, giving their past and present actions dimension and purpose. Thus there is no black and white picture of who is good or evil. This allows you to form your own opinions and between the three of us, we all had different favourites which I thought was quite interesting!
Check out this year's Supanova post- Steph and Yanto dressed up as characters from the Demon Cycle! We were even featured on Peter V. Brett's blog which was quite cool.
This was an interesting one as it is not your traditional magic and elves fantasy, but for me, it held enough elements of fantasy (if that makes sense) to be included in this list. I enjoyed this stand alone book immensely. Pillars of the Earth is considered as a 'historical' novel where real life history events are retold in a story. The book revolves around the building of a cathedral in the town of Kingsbridge, England set in the middle of the 12th century. Sounds odd doesn't it? But trust me, it works. Read if you don't mind long books or violence. It's enthralling, shocking and as I've heard, quite accurate at depicting life in medieval times. It has also been made into a TV series, which I have avoided because I can read violence, but can't watch it.
Please let me know if you have read any of these or have any reading suggestions for us! We are always on the look out for new books to add to our library. I am also interested to meet some more fantasy girl friends as fantasy seems to be more of a male interest. In fact, I have yet to meet any girls with a penchant for fantasy :(
PS. Our internet has been shut down for the last few days hence the reason for not posting any photos lately. Hopefully it gets fixed ASAP, otherwise I'll have to continue mooching off the Uni wifi.