When I was younger, I loved to read fantasy novels. There was something very appealing about getting lost in a gigantic, 600-page book. As I got older, I stopped reading them as much because it seemed as though every fantasy novel was the same – the usual epic quest to defeat a dark being, dragons, elves, dwarves, and lots and lots of walking.
I started reading Terry Brooks’s The Sword of Shannara a few days ago, mostly because I missed getting immersed in an epic fantasy series. The book was published in 1977, and it has a lot of the characteristics that would be considered cliches today: the hero is someone relatively unassuming who has this great destiny to fulfill, there was a great war between the different races (Elves, Dwarfs, Gnomes), and a sword with mystical powers.
For some reason, I like the book, even though I didn’t really expect to. I guess I’m just excited to see what happens to the characters and whether they’ll succeed on their quest. I have a main character picked out and I’m hoping that he doesn’t die by the end of the book (because that’s what usually happens when I choose a main character). The only real issue I have with the book is that it doesn’t have any main female characters so far… and I like female main characters because they’re usually easier for me to sympathize with.
Here’s a list of good novels if you want to get into reading fantasy: