According to the dictionary, fantasy refers to the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable. It is often inspired by ancient mythology, real life myths and folklore, often passed down orally.
Fantasy is one of the core genera of today’s literary canyon and has more than just a few admirers.
Curated below is a list of fantasy fictions (in no particular order) to help to sift through the diverse literary spectrum.
1. The Bridge Kingdom
A slow burn fantasy romance with the “enemies-to-lovers” trope, this book tells the tale of a marriage by convenience.
Lara, a fierce princess, trained to be a spy vows to bring down the kingdom of bridge for her people. As she settles in her new home with her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question everything in her being and the evil that lurks.
With the intense attraction towards Aren, Lara must choose between being a saviour or the impending doom for her people.
An engaging read with a simmering romance.
“Alive isn’t living.”Danielle L. Jensen, The Bridge Kingdom
2. Six of Crows
American author Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows is a fantasy novel that revolves round a band of six thieves.
Kaz Brekker, a criminal prodigy is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest imaginations. Together with a convict, a sharpshooter, a runaway, a spy , a Heart render & a thief, an unusual lot, they set out for the single biggest heist between the world and utter chaos.
“She wouldn’t wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn’t be rid of.”Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses
This story revolves around mortal Feyre Archeron after she is brought into the faerie lands of Prythian for murdering a faerie. Over the course of proceedings, as she lives with the person who abducted her into Prythian, Tamlin, who is also a High Fae, she gets to know things about the Fae kingdom she had never known before.
“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses
4. The Grace Of Kings
Grace of Kings is an epic fantasy revolving around an outlaw Kumigaru, who, along with Maya Zyndu, a blue blood, plans to overthrow an oppressive king. The story is richly crafted with an engaging plot and knife sharp twists and turns that are bound to make your hackles rise.
“There’s never going to be an end to suffering if ‘he deserves it’ is all the justification people need for inflicting pain.”Ken Liu, The Grace of Kings
5. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susannah Clarke’s novel paints lucid alternate history of Napoleonic England combing it with Gothic literary fiction. The novel explores the existence of magic in England sand Centres on the relationship between two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange with bouts of witty humour, traipsing into the territory marked beyond cognitive excuses or reason.
“There is nothing in the world so easy to explain as failure – it is, after all, what everybody does all the time.”Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell