World Book Day: Fantasy Book Watch’s Top Five Blasts from the Past

by | March 6, 2014

To celebrate World Book Day, this special feature shows off the Lady Scribe’s top five favorite fantasy novels/series of the past & the present!

#5: The Belgariad by David Eddings (Volume 1 & Volume 2)

Everything changed because of one boy who grew up on a farm. The Belgariad is a huge part of why prophecies, swords with fancy gems, and zero-to-hero fantasies are considered cliche.

For me, it was the start of a great adventure with characters I’ll never forget.

Part of me wishes the journey had never ended.

#4: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Jim Butcher is one of the rare Urban Fantasy authors managing to smash down the barriers between male and female readership interest. It’s also the series that made me decide I wanted to write Urban Fantasy as well.

It is also my current source of frustration as I impatiently wait for Skin Games to release.

#3: Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs. (On the Prowl, Cry Wolf, Hunting Ground, Fair Game.)

It began with a story in an anthology, telling the tale of a bruised and beaten Omega werewolf in dire need of rescue. It continues as a romance between two wolves and the impact of their existence in the modern world.

By far, this is my favorite of the Paranormal/Supernatural Urban Fantasy books out there.

#2: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.

From the imagination-capturing opening of this novel to its tense end, Elantris challenges the perceptions of the fantasy genre, and adds an interesting twist to the concept of zombies. The writing is evocative and beautiful, too.

The Lady Scribe adores her signed copy.

#1: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.

Without this book, I never would have discovered the love of reading. I may have never wanted to write, and I may have never discovered the joy of spending hours upon hours in a library. This is more of a Sci-Fantasy than a pure Fantasy, but it needed mentioned.

Other Notable Mentions: The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon, Valdemar Series by Mercedes Lackey, The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley…

Obviously, keeping this list to five just isn’t possible.

What are you doing here? Go enjoy reading a book!

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