Recommendations for… fantasy for those who don’t read fantasy

Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic. Today I’m doing recommendations for fantasy books for those who don’t read fantasy. I think fantasy can be a hard genre to read if you’re not into it, and I think these books are pretty easy to read if you never read fantasy.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

This is an adult fantasy trilogy, but it’s so easy to read. It’s kind of magical realism with fantasy and I really enjoyed it. The world-building is great but not too detailed, the magic system is easy to understand, and most of the characters have easy-to-remember names. I think it’s perfect for someone wanting to try fantasy, or those who read YA to try adult fantasy.

Children of the Lamp by P. B. Kerr

This is a series about djinn, or genies, and it’s so interesting. Again, it’s kind of magical realism because it takes place in our world with fantastical elements, and I highly recommend it. It’s more middle-grade/young YA, so I think it’s perfect for those who aren’t super familiar with fantasy.

The Beka Cooper trilogy by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is the queen of fantasy, I think. She has so many amazing fantasy series that I highly recommend, but Beka Cooper is my favourite. Again, the world-building is great without being too complex and the characters are wonderful.

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

This is a YA dystopian/fantasy trilogy, which I think is great for those wanting to try fantasy. It could be a little tricky because it’s written the way the character speaks (so there’s a lot of misspelled words and incorrect grammar), but the story is easy to follow and it honestly has some of the best character development ever.

So those are the fantasy books I recommend for those wanting to try fantasy! Have you read any of them? Which would you recommend to those wanting to try fantasy? Let me know!

Ally xx

28 thoughts on “Recommendations for… fantasy for those who don’t read fantasy

  1. I like fantasy! So I have to stop here xD to check it out ! Haha A Darker Shade of Magic!! :3 I have been wanting to read that one. What about the Percy Jackson books? Maybe I am too intense on those ones xD

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  2. I was glad to see ADSOM on this list because I’ve been meaning to read it, but have been a bit worried about it since it’s adult and I basically read exclusively YA. I also only started getting into fantasy this year, so I’m glad you think it wouldn’t be too tough to get into as someone who doesn’t read a ton of fantasy.

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  3. I totally agree with your choice with Chaos Walking trilogy. It’s more fast-paced than fantasy books but has that world-building and higher-forces of magic in the world. Great picks 🙂

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