If you’re new to the world of fantasy, it can be tough knowing where to start. With so many amazing books in the genre, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the five best fantasy books for newbies. These books will introduce you to some of the most popular tropes and themes in the genre, and leave you wanting more. So if you’re looking for a place to start your journey into the fantastical, look no further than these five titles.
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Elantris is one of the best fantasy books out there. It tells the story of a city that was once full of magic but is now in ruins. The people who live there have been cursed, and no one knows how to break the curse. The book follows the journey of two people as they try to find a way to save the city.
Elantris is an epic fantasy book, and it is one of Brandon Sanderson’s best works. The story is well-written and engaging, and the characters are likable and relatable. The world-building is superb, and the pacing is perfect. If you are looking for a great fantasy book to read, then you should definitely check out Elantris.
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
The story follows Red, the only Second Daughter born in centuries, who is destined to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the woods in order to save the world’s captured gods.
However, things are not as they seem and Red soon discovers that the Wolf is actually a man. The story is packed with adventure, magic, and suspense. I could not put it down! If you are looking for a new fantasy series to get into, I highly recommend For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten.
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The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
Carissa Broadbent has created an amazing world with richly developed characters and a fast-paced plot that kept me hooked from beginning to end.
The story follows Oraya, a human girl who has been adopted by the vampire king, as she enters a deadly tournament in order to become something more than prey. The tournament is hosted by the goddess of death herself, and Oraya must face off against some of the most vicious warriors from all three vampire houses.
Despite being at a significant disadvantage, Oraya persists and even forms an unlikely alliance with a rival vampire. The relationship between Oraya and Raihn is one of the highlights of the book, and I loved watching it evolve over the course of the story. If you are looking for an immersive and captivating fantasy read, I highly recommend The Serpent and the Wings of Night.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Queen of the Tearling is one of the best fantasy books in recent years. Set in a fictional world that is a mix of medieval and post-apocalyptic, it follows the story of Kelsea Glynn, a princess who must take her rightful place as queen and save her kingdom from the tyrannical Red Queen.
Johansen’s debut novel is an exciting and fast-paced read, full of action, adventure, and romance. With strong and well-developed characters, a fascinating world, and a compelling plot, The Queen of the Tearling is a book that will keep you turning its pages until the very end.
The Song of the Marked by S. M. Gaither
The Song of the Marked by S. M. Gaither is one of the best fantasy books I have read in a long time. It’s an amazing story about a mercenary named Casia Greythorne who takes on a job for the king to investigate a strange plague that’s been ravaging their empire.
Along the way, she meets Captain Elander, an arrogant and mysterious man who quickly becomes her partner. Together, they uncover a conspiracy involving old magic and gods that threaten their entire world. The Song of the Marked is an edge-of-your-seat read with complex characters and a captivating plot. I highly recommend it to any fan of fantasy literature.
These are some of the best fantasy books that I have read and enjoyed. If you are looking for a great fantasy book to read, I highly recommend any of the ones on this list.