If you’re looking for a fantastic world to escape into, then Fantasy Fiction is the genre for you. This type of fiction uses supernatural elements within the narrative to tell a story. It is typically written serially because usually an epic, detailed, in-depth story is involved. Fantasy Fiction is probably my favorite genre because anything is possible. The forefathers of Fantasy Fiction (such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien) would be proud of how far their genre has come in the last few decades. Here are some of the top Fantasy writers you can find on the shelves of the Aurora Public Library District.
George R. R. Martin is probably most well-known for his series A Song of Ice and Fire, which has been made popular by the television series “A Game of Thrones.” Another series by Martin is Dreamsongs, which is available through the Indiana Digital Download Center. Martin is known for his simple language and driving action that holds the reader’s attention and keeps them begging for more.
Terry Goodkind is known for his Sword of Truth series. This series features epic quests for the more mature reader, including violence, torture, and murder. Start with Wizard’s First Rule. Other titles are also available through the Indiana Digital Download Center.
Robert Jordan (my favorite) is best known for his epic series The Wheel of Time. His novels are intricately detailed and filled with connections you might have missed on your first read-through. Since he passed away shortly before this series was finished, fellow fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson finished the series from Jordan’s notes he left behind. These authors are also available through the Indiana Digital Download Center.
Terry Brooks is a great author for readers who are just discovering Fantasy. He is most well-known for his Shannara novels, epic serials that take place within the same foreign land with different characters. We have several titles available in print format and also through the Indiana Digital Download Center.
If you’re just getting into Fantasy Fiction, I suggest you start with some Juvenile and Young Adult Fantasy Fiction. Some notable authors include Orson Scott Card, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tamora Pierce, Brian Jacques, Philip Pullman, and John Flanagan. All of these authors have titles available in regular print and as downloads from the Indiana Digital Download Center.
Who is your favorite Fantasy writer? Stop in the Library today and let us know! Happy reading!