Author Guest Post! Ten Fantasy Novels You Must Read (Or Re-read) – Part 2

Lavinia Collins, author of Arthurian #1 bestselling fantasy romance The Warrior Queen, picks the second half of her top ten must-read fantasy novels. 

She regularly blogs here, and you can follow her on Twitter here

 

magician's nephew5. The Magician’s Nephew and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C S Lewis

If you’re only going to read some of the Chronicles of Narnia, make it these two. Tired of the Oh-So-Obvious Christian allegory of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? Replace it with the guinea-pig-related genuinely batshit crazy antics of The Magician’s Nephew and the swashbuckling (including talking mouse) of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Just avoid The Horse and His Boy. That’s a filler novel if ever I saw one!

 

princess bride4. The Princess Bride – William Goldman

This is just a classic. Also, if you haven’t seen the film with Robin Wright then go away and watch it now, because you are not yet a fully formed human. Just look out for those rodents…

 

lathe of heaven3. The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula K Le Guin

Something a little bit more real-world gritty than the Earthsea books (which I also love, anyway). I guess it’s shading into sci-fi as well as fantasy, but I’m including it because I am the boss of my list. It’s great, but it will mess with your head. Prepare to never dream the same way again!

 

across the nightingale floor2. Across the Nightingale Floor – Lian Hearn

So I don’t know how far this counts as a fantasy, but it certainly read as a fantasy to me (there are people who can turn themselves invisible, and there’s the eponymous magical/mechanical floor). But it’s a pleasantly light touch of fantasy. “Magic” isn’t all over the place, but there are touches of it, along with a beautiful love story and plenty of intrigue. A lot of the Goodreads reviews complain of historical inaccuracy – I know nothing about Japanese history so this didn’t bother me, but I doubt that it would bother me in the slightest anyway. I think if anyone complained that my own novels did not historically reflect sixth-century Britain, I would tell them to grow up and develop a sense of fiction. Just by the by, also, Lian Hearn herself is a complete babe, and very lovely to overcome fangirly fans who shyly approach her via her Facebook page.

 

artemis fowl1. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer

Fantasy for teens at its best, IMHO. Colfer combines magic, technology and a boy with a girl’s name into a series of unputdownable (apparently a real word) fantasy novels that just writing this makes me want to immediately go away and read again.

 

So there they all are, my top ten. Many are old favourites, but there’s nothing wrong with that. A good book is a friend that lasts forever.

Love and kisses,

Lav ❤

 

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Guest post by Lavinia Collins

Lavinia Collins is the author of Arthurian #1 bestselling fantasy romance The Warrior QueenShe regularly blogs here, and you can follow her on Twitter here

Author Guest Post! Ten Fantasy Novels You Must Read (Or Re-read) – Part 1

Lavinia Collins, author of Arthurian #1 bestselling fantasy romance The Warrior Queen, picks her top ten must-read fantasy novels. Expect Part 2 at the same time next week!

She regularly blogs here, and you can follow her on Twitter here

 

mists of avalon10. The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley

I have to recommend this one. It’s like my moral duty. Oddly enough this book was something of a sexual awakening moment for me. I was only eleven when I read it, which probably goes some way to explaining why I have ended up writing in the genre that I’m in…

 

9. The Dark is Rising – Susan Cooperdark is rising

If you didn’t read this as a child, read it now! Seriously, go away now and read it. It’s dark, it’s engrossing, it’s perfect in every single way.

 

sabriel

8. Sabriel – Garth Nix

A great young adult fantasy, from before when YA was zeitgeisty. A necromancer’s daughter has to step into his shoes when he dies unexpectedly, helped only by a talking cat, and a naked man who has forgotten his name. Wonderful; a whole world to fall into, and the right mix of gritty “real life” YA drama along with the magic.

 

7. haunting alaizabel cray The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray – Chris Wooding

Ghosts and ghouls and everything in between in a fantasy Victorian London. Sure, it’s a tune we’ve heard before, but The Haunting of Alaizazbel Cray is a particularly fine version of that tune.

 

mirror_dreams_uncut6. Mirror Dreams – Catherine Webb

No one has ever heard of this book. As a child, I read it in one day on a camping holiday. It is, truly, one of the best books I have ever read. There’s a world we go to when we dream, and the dream wizards have to keep the nightmare people out. So far, so pedestrian. But enter the hero: Leanan Kite accidentally defeated the Lord of Nightmare as a young man, but now he’s getting older, and he wants to be left alone. When dark forces begin to threaten again, suddenly the pressure is on him to repeat what he miraculously managed before. It’s a subtle, skilful narrative of an unlikely hero who’s crippled by other people’s expectations. It’s touching, the magic world is immersive and I am so so sad that it seems to be out of print now. It is one of the best novels I have ever read.

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lavinia collins authorGuest post by Lavinia Collins

Lavinia Collins is the author of Arthurian #1 bestselling fantasy romance The Warrior QueenShe regularly blogs here, and you can follow her on Twitter here