If there’s one thing that fantasy adventure books give their avid readers, it is this: the element of wonder. By reading such books, any reader can transform tedious days into exciting experiences. One can travel to faraway lands in the distant past, or even to the future.
Let’s take a look at some of the best fantasy adventure books ever written. This is by no means a top all-time list, but a list of highly acclaimed books to help get you started in this genreSome of these titles may already be familiar to you (through movie adaptations), or they may not. Feel free to check them out, and if you like to go further into a fantasy adventure, you can always dig deeper!
Well-Known Fantasy Adventure Books
Some of these titles may already be familiar to you (through movie adaptations), or they may not. Feel free to check them out, and if you like to go further into a fantasy adventure, you can always dig deeper!
The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter books now belong to the stuff of legend. Its story revolves around an orphaned boy who lived a miserable life with his aunt and uncle. His life changes when he receives an invitation to study at a wizard school named Hogwarts. There, his true destiny unfolds.
Characterization is one of the main strengths of the Harry Potter series. The first book starts with a depiction of Harry’s boring life with his aunt that readers can empathize with. This is a stark contrast to the fascinating life and mission he had as a powerful wizard.
A Storm Of Swords, by George R.R. Martin
Set in a fictional faraway land named Westeros, A Storm Of Swords features intriguing and heart-stopping adventure. It is part of a series called A Song Of Ice and Fire, the literary material later adapted by the hit TV series, Game Of Thrones.
This novel is filled with political intrigue, the tension between powerful kingdoms, and lofty characters that seek glory and control over their known world. The book originally included legendary stories such as the Red Wedding, the mutiny against the commander of the Night’s Watch, and the imprisonment of Tyrion.
Whether you’ve watched Game Of Thrones or not, it is worth reading A Storm Of Swords, because there are some details in the book that aren’t included in the TV adaptation.
The Lord Of The Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
No modern fantasy adventure book list would be truly complete without at least an honorable mention of the Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The concept of the story is a literal adventure in itself. From Frodo Baggins’ simple life in the Shire, he took a dangerous journey across the Middle Earth as the bearer of the Ring that brought absolute power.
Both the literary and cinematic depiction of that journey is well worth it for anyone who wants to join the ride. Tolkien doesn’t disappoint in painting a world that is both romantic and dreary, filled with both good and evil, but where the goodness of man ultimately triumphed.
A Final Word
I’ve mentioned three (3) of the best and most popular fantasy adventure books ever created. But don’t end your book search here. There are hundreds and thousands of fascinating books out there in the adventure genre waiting to be discovered!