There are a lot of great fantasy books to suit all reading tastes. If you prefer an adult fantasy or even a middle grade book, hopefully this list will help you find your next read. I know from personal experience fantasy can be quite daunting, yet I’ve found that mixing it up sometimes can be quite fun.
Adult – Paris by Starlight by Robert Dinsdale
Dinsdale’s writing is not only filled with magic, but transports the reader back to their childhood. Paris by Starlight is no exception but it does shine a light on the difficulties facing many refugees.
Levon comes from a place filled with magic, called the old country. While in Paris with other refugees, they read stories from the Nocturne, a book filled with magical stories. At first, Parisians are overjoyed by the magic that fills the streets from the pages of the book but as time passes and fear creeps in, it takes a turn and they aren’t as enchanted by the sorcery as they once were. He meets Isabelle, who is searching for a family member and decides to help her.
In true Dinsdale fashion, his descriptions are so true to life you can imagine all the whimsical scenery as if you were standing directly in the pages of the book.
This wonderful story is about identity and family. It does touch on deeper issues towards the end of the book including prejudice.
Young Adult – A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
This is a series of three books based on Beauty and the Beast with a modern twist. Harper is from the present day, Washington DC and Rhen is from the past in a place called Emberfall. She is kidnapped by Grey, his guard, with the hope she will be Rhen’s final chance to escape the curse.
Harper is a feisty and strong protagonist, with a mind of her own. She has had a tough life, with her mother being sick and the difficult task of helping her older brother keep food on the table. The fact she is loyal and family orientated makes her a very likeable character too.
She also has cerebral palsy, which doesn’t hold her back. One of the best things about Kemmerer’s story is the fact that Harper isn’t defined by her disability. Her feisty, feminist, attentive and can-do attitude is really inspiring to read.
The ending deviates from the original tale and is a lot darker but it does leave the reader wanting more.
Middle Grade – Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
This is one of those books you’ll wish you got the chance to read as a child. But that’s not to say all ages can’t read it. This is a hugely popular series among children and adults.
Morrigan Crow is destined to die on her eleventh birthday. She has known it all her life but when a man named Jupiter North turns up at her home and whisks her away at midnight, he gives her the opportunity to live.
Jupiter takes her to the magical, unknown city called Nevermoor. She’s asked to participate in four trials to become a part of the Wundrous Society. Morrigan has been told her whole life she’s to blame for everything that goes wrong in her hometown because of the curse given to her. So when she has to use her talents to complete the trials, she worries she has none.
This is a really delightful story that is filled with magic and hope.
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