Fantasy literature offers you glimpses into unique worlds with characters who, although they may seem different and even a little odd, are very real and familiar.
I’m not big on books about elves and fairies but I do enjoy a good mind-blowing fantasy. Here are three oldies but goodies:
The Fall of Atlantis – Marion Zimmer Bradley
I’ll warn you up front, this is not the best of Bradley’s books — it even has some mistakes in it — but I love it. Something about the characters of Deoris and Riveda touched me and managed to transcend the editing mishaps. I read this book at least once a year.
I like some of Bradley’s other books, too. The Mists of Avalon is a retelling of the Arthur legend from the point of view of Morgan le Fey and The Firebrand is the story of the Trojan War told by Cassandra.
I’m not crazy about the Darkover series and I really don’t like the books she’s been writing since she died.
Aristoi – Walter Jon Williams
Intelligent and fascinating, this book expanded my mind when I read it. I started using the name blushingrose as my online handle after one of the characters.
I sought out Williams’ other books and also devoured Metropolis and City on Fire. I didn’t realize they were connected and read them out of order but it didn’t keep me from enjoying them. I can see the strange city so clearly. I wish he’d write a third so I know what happens to Aiah and the shield.
A Winkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
A story about three very special children who travel through the universe in search of their father. Actually made math seem interesting.
This classic is not just for kids.
What are your favorite fantasy books?