The 5 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

fantasy novelsOk, so I know that even attempting to write a top 5 list of fantasy novels is going to spark a lot of controversy, but I thought I’d go ahead and weigh in anyway with my two cents. So here it is: My top 5 fantasy books of all time.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit is an obvious choice to make it onto the list. The infamous prequel by master author JRR Tolkien and prequel to the Lord of the Rings series, Tolkien pretty much “wrote the book” on what it takes to succeed as a fantasy author.

I’m only including The Hobbit on this list and not The Lord of the Rings, as a tribute to Tolkien, but really they both deserve to be on here (except then it’d be a top 8 list, not a top 5!).

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Dune, by author Frank Herbert, is an incredibly work of science fiction and fantasy. Set on a distant planet that is composed entirely of sand, it’s a great commentary on what future space exploration is going to look like.

Alice in Wonderland

A timeless classic by Lewis Carroll, many people don’t think that Alice in Wonderland counts as Fantasy. I disagree strongly. I think that Carroll did an incredible job of bridging the worlds of high literature and children’s stories in a fanciful comedy that has poignant critiques of British society.

If this isn’t great fantasy, I don’t know what is. Read more about Alice in Wonderland on

A Song of Fire and Ice

Ok, I know that technically this is more than one book, but if I had to pick one of them I’d go with A Game of Thrones, the first in the series and the book that propelled author George RR Martin to Fame.

A Game of Thrones was nearly an instant bestseller, and has since been made into a hit tv show via HBO, read and watched by millions worldwide. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Harry Potter

Last but certainly not least is the Harry Potter series, by JK Rowling. This series shows once again just how marvelous it is when an author is able to write a children’s book that is perfectly suitable for adults as well!

I truly think that Harry Potter is going to have a longstanding place in the literary canon, and though it has a Fantasy genre associated with it now, we might soon elevate it to a classic!

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A Synopsis of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban begins the night before Harry Potter’s thirteenth birthday when he receive an owl post of gifts from his friends at school. The next morning, Harry finds out that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from prison.

That night at the Dursley house, Aunt Marge insults Harry’s mom and dad and makes Harry mad. He accidentally inflates Aunt Marge and runs away from the Dursley house.

On the way to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express, the train is stopped by a Dementor (an entity that the prison uses to keep the prisoners under control and from escaping). Professor Lupin is on the train and revives Harry.

Once they arrive at Hogwarts, Professor Trelawney reads some tea leaves in the classroom and foretells Harry’s death. When Professor Lupin hears about this,  he begins teaching Harry how to use his Patronus to fight the Dementors.

On a Christmas outing to Hogsmeade, Harry hears Fudge say that Black caused Harry’s parents’ deaths. He also learns that Sirius Black is his godfather.

Later in the year, Hagrid’s beloved pet Buckbeak, a hippogriff, is set to be executed because Malfoy didn’t follow Hagrid’s instructions and was almost bitten by the hippogriff.

Right before Buckbeak is to be executed, Ron, Harry and Hermione head to Hagrid’s hut to try to save Buckbeak. They are grabbed by a black dog and drug into the Shrieking Shack and find out that Professor Lupin is a werewolf and Sirius is an Animagus that turns into a black dog.  They also find out that Ron’s rat, Scabbers, is actually Peter Pettigrew who is actually the one that was responsible for Harry’s parents’ deaths. Then, Hermione uses her Time-Turner to travel back in time and save everyone.

For the full novel, get the Prisoner of Azkaban audio book from Harry Potter Audiobooks, or download the pdf online.

The Best Scenes From The Return Of The King

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The Return of the King was perhaps one of the most exciting films within the entire Lord of the Rings series – and itís certainly one of the most enthralling films out of the trilogy, thanks to the incredible finale, fantastic battles, and deeply emotional scenes. In this guide, weíre going to highlight some of the best scenes in The Return of the King – so letís begin.

1 – I can’t carry it for you but I can carry you!

One of the most emotional scenes of the entire trilogy was encapsulated in this phrase spoken by Samwise to Frodo, as he gave it his all to assist Frodo with his task, right to the bitter end.

Everyone was well aware of the fierce loyalty Samwise felt towards Frodo, but after being turned away earlier in the film, it was heartwarming to see that Samwise desired  to help Frodo succeed at any cost. This was enough to bring even the most stoic person to tears.

2 – Frodo’s Departure

After all the glorious scenes of Frodo completing his journey and saving Middle Earth, the bitter-sweet ending of the trilogy was enough to make anyone despair. After seeing Samwise show such devotion in the earlier scene, it was truly heartbreaking to witness the look on his face once he realized that his beloved Frodo would also be taking the long journey away from Middle Earth. Ultimately, even though Frodo saved Middle Earth, it was still never the same for him.

3 – Aragorn at the Black Gate

Before anyone was even aware of Frodo’s continuing journey to Mount Doom, his fellowship showed great heart during the battle at the Black Gate. The moment was captured beautifully when Aragorn turns back to his troops to utter ëfor FrodoÖí, before turning to face the army of the Black Gate and charging at them with all his might.

Overall, itís safe to say The Return of the King is one of the best films within the trilogy – and these are just a small selection out the dozens of touching moments littered throughout the film – and indeed, the entire series.

Here’s the clip from the movie.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Recap

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Season 5 of the Game of Thrones series was certainly one of the most exciting and enthralling series yet, and itís quickly become one of the fanís favorites based on the reviews. In this guide, weíre going to take a closer look at some of the key plot points that were uncovered during this season, and weíll also learn where the story may lead to next. With this in mind, letís get started.

First of all, season 5 began with an insurgent uprising in the city of Meereen, which saw the first real test of Daenerys Targaryenís leadership skills. While she was certainly taken aback by the realization that people would revolt against her, she showed some harsh tendencies which are perhaps a great reflection on her the house Targaryen – making her realize that she may not be too dissimilar to her father, the Mad King, as she once believed.

Elsewhere in Westeros, we discovered that Tyrion Lannister has successfully escaped after murdering his father, and is steadily making his way to Meereen – where he ultimately earns a chance to redeem himself by allying with Daenerys Targaryen.

But thatís not all that happened in this action-packed series. One of the biggest events was the execution of Mance Rayder by Stannis Baratheon, which kicked off the first episode with a bang. But while Stannis tried his best to influence Jon Snow to ally with him on the promise of returning to Winterfell, Jon Snowís loyalty remained with the Nightís Watch.

However, the Nightís Watch werenít impressed by Jonís decision to help the wildings – and he was unfortunately rewarded with a vicious, brutal murder by his fellow crows. Of course, this murder has brought about fierce debate among the fans of the series – because while his death seems quite conclusive, we have seen resurrections in earlier episodes – thanks to powerful blood magic – yet it always seems to come at a grave price. Ultimately, only time will tell how the rest of this story unfolds.

Read more on the Game of Thrones wiki page.

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