Don’t be downhearted that the Harry Potter adventures are coming to end. There are plenty of incredible fantasy books – both past and present – just waiting to be picked up. AbeBooks turned to our new BookHints recommendation system and came up with some recommendations from their loyal members. Try these mythical worlds...
Terry Pratchett is the British author behind the Discworld books – a series of more than 40 comic fantasy books about a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants, who are standing on the shell of a huge turtle. You could start with his 1983 novel The Color of Magic and then work your way through the series.
However, the beauty of Pratchett’s books is that each one stands alone and it is not necessary to have read the previous one. A former press officer for an electricity company that operated several nuclear power stations, Pratchett became the UK’s bestselling author in the 1990s before JK Rowling hit the big time and stole his crown. Recommended reads include Guards! Guards!, The Wee Free Men and Wyrd Sisters.
JRR Tolkien, of course, has legendary status in the fantasy genre and is a must-read even for those who are not fantasy fans. The Hobbit was written in 1937 and the next three books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy were published in the 1950s.
Philip Pullman represents a new generation of Oxford fantasy novelists and is famous for the His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) although he has written many other books.
Christopher Paolini, the boy wonder of the fantasy genre, is behind the Inheritance Trilogy with the yet-unnamed third book still to be released. Eragon was initially self-published in 2002 but became a worldwide bestseller. He followed up with Eldest.