The Noobs Guide to Fantasy

For those who don’t know, I love me a GOOD fantasy. A LOT  It’s pretty much the only genre I read a TON of books in. Why, you ask, well I ask you the question,  “Why not?”

After getting NUMEROUS questions on facebook, I’ve finally caved in.
You: I just finished Harry Potter and I don’t know where to go.
Me: *Starts to smile* You don’t know the half of it.
If you haven’t even finished Harry Potter, and want to read Fantasy, STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ IT! Leave, just leave, but make sure to come back when you finish!



If you’ve already completed Harry Potter, congrats! You’re officially my favorite child. *Pats you on the head* Did you like it? Who was your favorite character? Let me know in the comments below!

Now you’ve just finished Harry Potter and don’t know what to read next you will be feeling some SLIGHT discomfort. This is what us book nerds call a


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While in this  “book slump” you feel as if their is nothing better in the world and want nothing more than to erase your mind and re-read the series all over again.
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You’ve finished a fantasy book! CONGRATS! Over the course of the book you’ve said a few spells, killed a few people, wandered around Hogwarts, and most importantly, you’ve gotten a taste of fantasy!  Now if you’re like 99% percent of humans, YOU WANT MORE!

Fortunately, I was already prepared for this and took the liberty of suggesting a few of my favorite fantasy novels.

The Warrior Heir by: Cinda Willaims Chima

Grade: A

Interesting: YESSS





 An epic battle between good and evil...

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player

The Lightning Thief by: Rick Riordan

Interesting: Yes

Grade: A-

Percent Grade: 95%

Saracasm: 99%

Are the Characters Likable: YESSSSS

Star Rating: 5/5!


Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Steelheart by: Brandon Sanderson

Interesting: YES

Percentage Rating: 99%

Grade Rating: -A




Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

That’s it! Those are my start-up recommendations for all y’all fantasy noobs! Hope you enjoy! Let me know in the comments what you think of the books! Thank’s for reading, my names Jared and I’ll have another post up soon!



17 thoughts on “The Noobs Guide to Fantasy

  1. Harry Potter is one of my favorite series of all time. There are quite a few characters to choose from, aren’t there? Luna Lovegood is definitely high on my list. I admire her confidence.

    I’m rereading the series and I think I’m changing my mind on a few of the background characters as I go. Regulus Black needs a lot more attention for what he did. If he hadn’t been as brave as he turned out, then none of the Golden Trio’s actions would’ve been possible or worth anything in the end.

    I’m working my way through the Percy Jackson series at the moment. I’ve finished the first three books and the Greek Gods book. I look forward to the rest of the series because everyone tells me how good it is and I have to agree. I think I’m saving it because I know that this is a series that will make me feel better and I’ll need that badly in the coming months.

  2. I love fantasy too! Though I tend to read more of the paranormal/supernatural variety. But HP was great! Lupin is one of my favorite characters ever <3 I've never heard of Steelheart, but it does sound interesting, so thanks for pointing it out 🙂

  3. That would have been so cool! I’m looking forward to my reread this year of the later books. I always seem to miss those, so I’ll probably start with Order of the Phoenix rather than Sorcerer’s Stone.

    Luna’s energy and brilliance is amazing. <3

  4. Yay! Glad I could be of some assistance! I haven’t gotten to the paranormal/supernatural yet, but hopefully I can have read some by the end of the year. Do you have any recommendataions? I’m DYING to get some!

  5. HARRY POTTER IS THE ACTUAL BEST. I just started rereading the series for the third time, I think, although some of them I’ve read extra times. ANYWAY. I also really like the Heroes of Olympus! Have you read any middle grade Eva Ibbotson? You might really like Island of the Aunts (Also known as monster island) and some other books. I haven’t read Steelheart, but nice to see your glowing recommendation. (Also: Read. Artemis. Fowl. It’s like a fantasy-sci-fi crossover)

  6. Unfortunately, I haven’t read the Island of the Aunts. It’s the first I’ve HEARD of it! Thanks for the rec! From what I see on goodreads, it looks VERY interesting. Also, I did start Artemis Fowl at the beginning of last year, I never finished though. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it was just one of those books that got cast aside when another book entered the picture. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon, I LOVED what I read! Thanks for commenting! (;

  7. Oooh! You’re missing out, start with The Warrior Heir first. I LOVED the first book, I haven’t finished the other series she’s came out with so I can’t say the same with her other series. Hopefully I’ll finish it soon.

  8. You should read some realistic fiction stuff and review it. I personally would way rather read realistic fiction books than fantasy. Except Harry Potter. Harry Potter is better than everything. You should read books by louis Sachar, or Andrew Clements, or Jerry Spinelli.
    A couple of ones I really liked were
    Looser by Jerry Spinelli
    The Landary News by Andrew Clements
    Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli (it is technically fiction, but definitely not fantasy)
    and last my favorite book of all time
    There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar (it is not what it sounds like)

  9. YAY! I’m glad you’re checking them out! Let me know what you think after you finish, I’m eager to hear! Have a lovely day! Thank’s for stopping at dabook!

  10. I remember the post Potter slump 😅 My favourite fantasy is the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Have you read them? I am in that ‘I need Laini Taylor’s new book now!’ and ‘what if it’s not as good…’ stage right now. 😀

  11. No, I haven’t read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series! YAY, RECOMMENDATIONS! I know Kat @ Katytastic RAVES about them like their’s no tommorow. It’s on the list, I’ll let you know what I think of it when I finish them! Thank’s for commenting!

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