What are your favorite fantasy novels… for grownups?

We had a lot of fun a few weeks back considering what the best fantasy novels for young readers might be.

That prompted this question from a reader named Melissa:

I really enjoyed your recommendations for “what to read after Narnia” with your kiddos. We are loving DiCamillo!

Do you have a similar list for adults? I’ve read The Lords of the Rings, Harry Potter, and your books, and I would love to know what else is worth reading. I’ve looked on your site and haven’t found a recommended books section, but maybe I overlooked it.

Well, Melissa, here’s what springs immediately to mind:

  • Watership Down – Richard Adams
  • Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin
  • The Gormenghast Novels – Mervyn Peake
  • The Book of Atrix Wolf – Patricia McKillip
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell
  • Momo – Michael Ende
  • Sailing to Sarantium, and the sequel Lord of Emperors - Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Sabriel – Garth Nix
  • Sunshine, and Deerskin - Robin McKinley

That’s my hasty, off-the-top-of-my-head response. I’m sure I’ll revise it soon.

And of course, I’m rather fond of books called Auralia’s Colors and Cyndere’s Midnight, for some reason. :)

I’m sure this is going to open the floodgates, so brace yourself for the recommendations about to appear in the Comments. (I’ll bet it takes about, oh, ten minutes for the name George R. R. Martin to pop up….)


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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.