A Good Fantasy Book

“What do I want in a good fantasy book? Court politics and social interactions based around houses and cities. Powerful women and devious men. Drama and action with emotional ramifications. Frocks. Kissing. Swords. An intense impression of history in the world-building.” — Tansy Rayner Roberts

Australian author Tansy Rainer Roberts at the Convergence 2, Australian National Science Fiction Convention, Melbourne. Photographed by Catriona Sparks

Given Roberts’ criteria above, I drew up a very short list of books I have read in this genre. My list includes the following

1. The Oddyssey, Homer. This is the grand-daddy of all epic fantasies.The Oddyssey

2. Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien.  While this is the yardstick by which I measure epic fantasies.
Lord of the Rings

3. Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis. A classic in this genre.The Chronicles of Narnia

4. The Harry Potter Series, J. K. Rowling. A more modern classic.Harry Potter Series


I intend to add some more books,not necessarily by English authors with initials in their names, to this list.  Now, what should I include in my reading list of epic fantasies?


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