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 has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.