Five for Friday – Fantasy (I barely made it before midnight!)

I struggle to find books I can really dive into, even though I have a ‘to be read’ list as long as my arm. My hope is that this blog can be a resource for you; to that end, here are some of my favorite fantasy authors. With the exception of Baum, most of the titles referenced were written over the past twenty-five years. Be sure to check out my “If you like” pages for more recommendations. 

Without further ado:

Philip Pullman is the author of The Golden Compass (published as Northern Lights in the UK), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The series, called His Dark Materials, stirred up controversy in Christian circles because of its portrayal of the God of the universes travelled by its main characters.  The books, which I enjoyed, are marketed as young adult fiction. This is now a TV series and also a movie. Google books and author; there are tons of material online.

Stephen R Donaldson wrote, in addition to many other titles, The Mirror of her Dreams and A Man Rides Through; this cycle is called Mordant’s Need. These are not the most well-known titles (he also wrote the Covenant Chronicles), but I loved them when I read them and waited in vain for the third installment. You can read more HERE.

L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and all the books that followed. I read this series to my son when he was in elementary school and they are great stories.  The entire series appears to be available on Amazon either free or for 99 cents; why not read it now? Share it with your family.  Search the Kindle Store on Amazon and sort prices from low to high to find the free versions. 

Lois McMaster Bujold wrote, among other works, the Chalion series (first title is The Curse of Chalion, an engrossing read) and The Sharing Knife series.  The series are very different but both enjoyable. Read more about Bujold HERE

Charles de Lint equals urban fantasy for me; his books are edgy and engaging. I’ve read only a very small sample of his exhaustive body of work; if you want to try him out, start HERE and consider starting with the Dreams Underfoot, first in the Newford series. 

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