The Top 8 Books for Fantasy Writers

Happy Monday!

Today, we’re looking into the top eight books for those of you who write fantasy.  Now mind you, I have certainly not read every book out there, and I’m sure there very well may be other great books out there, but these are my top picks based off of what I’ve read.  I’ll write a description under each book, 🙂  Let’s get started!

  1. The Inheritance Cycle: Book 1: Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.
    Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.
  2. Spilling Ink: LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS, FROM THE EXPERTS.In Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook, you’ll find practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers.After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice,accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot,
    make revisions, and overcome writer’s block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy find their way through an old wardrobe into the world of Narnia. There, they unite with Aslan to fight the White Witch and save Narnia from perpetual Darkness.
  4. Writing the Fiction Series: What are the common pitfalls in a crafting a series, the best ways to get organized and plan it? The purpose of Writing the Fiction Series is to cover all things that need to be taken into consideration when writing a series and provide a one-stop resource for the who, what, where, when and why of this monumental endeavor. This helpful guide will give writers everything they need for creating their fiction series from dealing with story arcs and keeping things focused to characters, consistency, organization and more.
  5. Pride and Prejudice:  One of the most universally loved and admired English novels, Pride and Prejudice was penned as a popular entertainment. But the consummate artistry of Jane Austen (1775–1817) transformed this effervescent tale of rural romance into a witty, shrewdly observed satire of English country life that is now regarded as one of the principal treasures of English language.In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III’s England, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy — two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudices dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion.A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
  6. The Secret of Blackneck:   A Simple Boy… A Miserable Wretch… An Unlikely Hero…High off in the cliffs of Craggleback Mountain…
    overlooking the shivering Village of Blackneck, a warm wind blows… carrying with it a surge of mystery and adventure. A hero is about to be chosen… one that will pull the frozen land out of its frigid enchantment. The savior of this town might be a simple boy… or rather, a wretched sack of bones… an unlikely hero on a quest to unlock the Secret of Blackneck…
  7. Redwall: The question in this first volume is resoundingly clear: What can the peace-loving mice of Redwall Abbey do to defend themselves against Cluny the Scourge and his battle-seasoned army of rats? If only they had the sword of Martin the Warrior, they might have a chance. But the legendary weapon has long been forgotten-except, that is, by the bumbling young apprentice Matthias, who becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. Teeming with riddles, humor, unforgettable characters, and high-bounding adventure, the original Redwall.
  8. Outlining your Novel: Let outlines help you write a better book!Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will:
      • Help you choose the right type of outline for you
      • Guide you in brainstorming plot ideas
      • Aid you in discovering your characters
      • Show you how to structure your scenes
      • Explain how to format your finished outline
      • Instruct you in how to use your outline

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About Gabriella

Gabriella Slade grew up as the eldest of seven, two of her sisters being adopted from West Africa. As a homeschooled student, Gabriella spent her free time reading novels and scribbling down stories from a young age, where she discovered her love for fantasy. As a teen, she wrote and edited her debut novel over a period of 3 years. Gabriella has been blogging since 2015. Her blog won the Libester award in 2017. You can connect with her online at