The Art of Creating Worlds: My favourite Fantasy reads of 2015

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2015 has been the year of reading more books, including more fantasy books. Fantasy books seem to interest me a lot because they engage my imagination more than other book genres. It is no secret that The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, both written by Tolkien, are my two favourite novels. However, this year I have read books that are not too far behind in there power to engage the imagination.

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the Shore was a huge surprise, because I did not know what to expect. Murakami’s storytelling ability is really good and imaginative. One never really is sure if the events described in the novel are dreams or reality. Kafka’s journey is more than describing hi experiences in the real world but also his experiences in his own mind.

Kafka on the Shore is a good book for people who like stories where dreams and reality seemingly co-exist and good for people who like the idea of talking cats.

The Voyage of Jerle Shannara (The Isle Witch, Antrax and Morgawr) by Terry Brooks

I really enjoyed this epic trilogy. The story focuses on a boy called Beck and his journey on discovering his ability of the wishsong, which is like magic. Like most epic fantasy there is a quest and a long journey to even begin the quest of unearthing the history that has been hidden for a very long time.

The Elenium (The Diamond Throne, The Ruby Knight and The Sapphire Rose) by David Eddings

I have only recently finished reading this trilogy and I was very impressed. Whilst reading these books I felt that Eddings had created great chemistry between the characters. Sparhawks banter with his friend Kalten and his other friends was hilarious to read. I also felt that the trilogy was well balanced by the addition of strong female characters. The Elenium is a trilogy for those who enjoy reading books with plenty of magic, epic quests and knights doing battle.

Those were my favourite fantasy books that I have read so far in 2015.


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