Fantasy fiction is important. It is now one of the most culturally significant forms of entertainment since the cultural phenomenon that is HBO’s Game of Thrones took the world by storm. The adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s seminal A Song of Ice and Fire has put magic and dragons on the forefront of cultural consciousness. There hasn’t been anything so purely epic fantasy this popular since Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the Lord of the Rings.
However epic fantasy is just a small part of the whole genre. J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is without a doubt one of the most popular series of books and movie series of all time. It has become part of society. References to the series are everywhere, and most people understand those references. Wands, wizards, quidditch, Voldemort, ‘expelliarmus’, and the lightning scar are all well known aspects of the series, that without reading most people will know they’re from Harry Potter, or at least associate them with Harry Potter.
Fantasy is more than A Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. The purpose of this article is to share, what I believe (based on the books I have read, personally, along with some recommendations from r/Fantasy on Reddit).
Below you will find eight books I think are a great way for people who have maybe watched Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Rings to step a little further into the genre of fantasy.