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3 Fantasy Book Recommendations for Newbies

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There’s something to be said about creating a unique Fantasy World and I love that it can take you down the rabbit hole of imagination, and leave you there for hours! For those of you who haven’t embraced Fantasy books yet, check out our 3 recommendations for newbies.

An Ember in the Ashes (#1), Sabaa Tahir

This made our list of favorite mind-blowing books last year. It’s the first book in the series, and it will make you want to rush out and get the next one (which is pretty awesome too).

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.


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Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

I cannot stop gushing about this book – and I read it almost 5 years ago! It’s my favorite book by Neil Gaiman – and I almost wept with joy when he announced he was writing a sequel. When I’m in a reading slump – this is the book I reach for to re-read … and all gets right with the World again.

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.


Seraphina, Rachel Hartman

Seraphina is a beautifully written novel, incredibly descriptive and well detailed. The fantasy World was vividly described and everything about this story is wonderfully imaginative – especially the dragons – their history, culture, politics & peculiarities.

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

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Do you like fantasy books? Which books would you recommend to newbies?

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  1. […] 3 Fantasy Book Recommendations for Newbies […]

  2. For fantasy newbies, I would recommend A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper — if one of those doesn’t hit a nerve, I give up!

  3. I have all three of these books on my TBR. I really enjoy Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and have been looking forward to reading another one of his novels.

    Thanks for stopping by Sassy Sarah Reads! Happy reading!

    1. @Sarah – if you enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane, you’ll definitely love Neverwhere!.

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