This list of books includes three each from Robert Louis Stevenson and George Orwell, and two each from Charles Dickens and Ray Bradbury. The settings include two islands, an inn, a farm, a hospital and a garden.
Once upon a time, long before Gus Gus and Prince Charming, fairy tales were brimming with murder and torture. True love's kiss and happily ever afters were child's play for the writers that came before Walt Disney.
For this particular list of the best epic books, we considered books of all genres. We didn't fuss too much over the physical length of the book or the time span, but we did seriously consider the weight of the story itself.
If you haven't read any fantasy since The Hobbit in school, you might still think it's a genre for kids. Think again. This selection of recommended fantasy books runs the gamut - maybe it's time to discover fantasy all over again.
We look for ourselves in fiction. A great book resonates with us as we empathize with a protagonist's struggles and triumphs, and encourages us to step into their shoes as they set off on a fantastic journey.