Epic fantasy books belong to a special place; especially if you consider the fact that a lot of these books are making their way to television, either as movies or TV shows.
If you are a fan of fantasy, here are four books you really should find time to read.
When it comes to big books spread out over a long period of time and abundantly filled with incident, then Peter F. Hamilton’s Commonwealth series sees at the top of most. The series kicked off with Pandora’s Star, which is clearly science fiction, and covering a millennia or two, eventually the story encompasses a classic fantasy tale, told from within the novels’ mysterious “void.”
As a matter of fact, if you stick with it, The Abyss Beyond Dreams, the 6th book, will strike you as having a decidedly Wild West side (if you take away the spaceships). You may however want to consider grabbing the tissues before you read these books, as they will most likely tug at your emotional side.
You may have come across this book through the television version of Lev Grossman’s Magicians series. This fantasy book has Another series of the whole young wizards at college part, a deliberately adult spin on Hogwarts, but somewhere along the way there is also Fillory, this time a deliberately adult spin on C. S. Lewis’s Narnia.
While the TV show plays it’s part, the books are much more special than you can imagine.
The Narnia Trilogy
Asides the Narnia Trilogy, C. S. Lewis also has the classic Ransom trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength. While all these books are a decidedly old-fashioned blend of fantasy and science fiction, it is important to note that most were written roughly during the period of the Second World War and were pretty cutting edge for their day.
The use of allegories in the books have a lot to say about the times back then—with meaning also applicable to the present-day.
The Chronicles of Amber
If you have some time on your hands, and you don’t mind reading ten novels that basically break into two cycles of five, plus a handful of short stories, then your best bet is Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber.
It all begins when our hero awakes from a coma, suffering from amnesia. He soon learns that he is part of a magical family that can wander through something called “shadows.” The rest is better read than imagined.