Fantasy is a genre of imagination, of fantasizing and of conceiving the unbelievable. Some of the best fantasy novels are The Harry Potter Series, Game of Thrones series, Hunger Games, Grimm’s Fairy-tales, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars etc. Some of the fantasy writers we all know of are Lewis Caroll, George. R. R. Martin, J. K Rowling, Stephen King etc. However, there is a treasure trove of fantasy literature that we are conveniently unaware of. This treasure trove can take you beyond the realms of fantasy itself. Yes, that be true! Here are 5 truly awesome but not so popular novels of the Fantasy genre –
1. Malazan Book of the Fallen
This fantasy series of 10 books raging more than 500 pages is written by Steven Erikson. The book revolves around characters such as Whiskeyjack, Anomander Rake, The Crippled God and many more. It involves each character trying to achieve more power than the other while they keep getting stuck in spells and traps and then, try to wriggle out of them. It is indeed an interesting read but a read that is only meant for the intellectual who can remember the plots and the subplots of the previous novels in continuation in order to understand the story as a whole. Having read or not read The Malazaan is what defines a true fan of the fantasy genre.
2. A Princess of Mars
A Princess of Mars written by Edgar Rice Bourrough is a beautiful story of a man suddenly finding himself on Mars and falling in love with a Martian princess. He does everything in his power to protect the princess and get her out of the mess. He takes the whole planet by storm and soon finds himself ruling the planet. A film adaptation named John Carter can also be accredited to Borrough’s work. A Princess of Mars was followed by 10 more books to form a complete series. If anyone is a fan of Fantasy romance, then this is a must read.
3. Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula. K. Le Guin is a novel that questions almost everything about the human world. Revealing anything about the plot of the novel here would mean complete injustice to the novel and if you are a hardcore fantasy fan, you’d do better reading it than digging about it.
4. Weaving Water
Ryhaan Shah is an extremely popular writer of the fantasy genre in India. Her novel Weaving Water has won her a lot of accolades. Her novel reveals astonishing facts about India through the realms of fantasy or oft termed as magic realism when it is written in a fantasy setting in order to exploit a real life situation owing to political repercussions.
5. Drenai Saga
The Drenai Saga is a series of 11 novels in succession and if you are a fan of war literature in a fantasy setting, this is for you. Yet, that’s not all that there is to it. Never has a novel been written better in terms of language and sentence structure. It is an extremely pleasurable read and will literally make you drool for the next one.