I have many favourite fantasy novels, too many to list. Some are very predictable, like Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. But here are some more, both old and new.
The Winter of Enchantment by Victoria Walker
The story of a young boy who is led by a marmalade cat and a silver teapot (both magic) to an otherworldly house where he must embark on several dangerous quests to free a girl imprisoned by the Enchanter. This was a very difficult book to find at one time, and second-hand copies were very sought-after and expensive. Luckily, it has since been republished.
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
All of Diana Wynne Jones’s books are great, but Dogsbody is a particular favourite of mine. Who else could tell such a funny, human and captivating story of a star sent to earth, apparently for his misdeeds, that star forced to assume the shape and mind of a dog?
The Box of Delights by John Masefield
A classic British fantasy from the 1930s from a Poet Laureate, combining legend, flying cars and pirates in an enthralling tale of one boy and his childhood companions set against a wicked governess and a gangster wizard.
Red Moon, Black Mountain by Joy Chant
This was a YA Fantasy before anyone had even invented the category. It’s a harder-edged, more mature Narnia, with several children transported to a fantasy realm in dire trouble, where one of them in particular must grow up very quickly and assume an adult role.
1. I will never beg or plead for someone else again. Any man or man who brings me to that level is not worth my heart.
2. I will never tolerate criticisms about my body, age, weight, job, or any other insecurities I might have. Good partners won’t put me down, they’ll raise me up.
3. I will…