Medieval fantasy flourish and bloom through the imaginative creation of the writer, a new worlds like no other filled with kingdoms kings and queens, wizards, magical creatures, elfs, dwarfs, mermaids, orcs. Adventures across wonderful landscapes facing an epic battle,finding treasures, saving the damsel in distress, fighting against the dark force controlling the whole realm. Anything can happen, any species can appear, anyone can get the treasures and noble purpose of saving the whole world.

All we need are these 13 books and our mind eyes to transport to the most imaginable world:

First published: 2013


Plot Summary:
This is the first of seven novels of A song of Ice and Fire which now only published until the fifth as the rest is still ongoing, set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as the war of the five kings break as winner will clam the throne of Seven Kingdom’s King. The whole kingdoms in conspiracy and trickery for their own hidden motives. But while the center is in rage of war at the North beyond the Wall , “the Others or White Walker” who can summon the walking dead as their armies are coming back after thousands of years of disappearance. And in the East the true ruler of seven kingdoms, “The Mother of the dragons” is marching to reclaim her birthright with her dragons and assembled armies.

Reason you should read it:
This critical acclaim novel is a must read, it has become a sensation worldwide with it’s greatest strength of mystical allure yet realistic and even historical. Especially if you have watched the popular television series which is anticipated by fans from around the world every year, to read the book is even better to get true understanding of the stories. The complexity of the stories involved not only politics, family affair, kingdoms affair, relationships, morale, and even bits of magic, the undead, and dragons that makes it seems real and believable. While the stories within are very complicated, it is still very enjoyable because the author has smartly telling the stories through the characters own words.

Best Quotes:
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

First published: 2012


Plot Summary:
Originally the author were to publish The Lord of the Rings in one book, instead it has been divided to three series. The fellowship of the Ring is the first series which set in the world of Middle Earth filled with elf, wizard, dwarf, hobbit, human, dragon, orgs, and goblins. Start with celebration of Bilbo’s 111th birthday at Shire, then he left magically in the middle of his party leaving his nephew Frodo to inherit his fortune including “The One Ring of Sauron”. A ring of the dark lord Sauron who will bind all the living creature in Middle Earth in darkness. This prompt to the journey of “the fellowship of the ring”, seven companion with a mutual direction to destroy the ring in mount Doom of Mordor forever.

Reason you should read it:
The Lord of the Rings is considered the bible of medieval fantasy book, with it’s detail description of beautiful landscape or terrible dark places. The Middle Earth is created so vividly by the author, be it by giving each special languages to the human, elf, even orcs and goblins, deep character, different culture, and history. And the main theme of battle against evil with light, with the small and seems ordinary people who posses the great strength and bravery to fight the darkness in contrast of the cliche of big hero and knight of armor. Some more this novel has been adapted to the academy award winning movie with many fans from all ages.

Best Quotes:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

10The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

First published: 1937


Plot Summary:
Bilbo Baggins the hobbit lives a quiet, peaceful life in his full of home comfort. But one day Gandalf the wizard persuades him to attend on an adventure with thirteen dwarves in reclaiming treasures from the Dragon Smaug. They have to face three mountain trolls, goblins, and giant spiders to get to Smaug. Bilbo even get separated and fight Gollum in a battle of wits in return for his life, but accidentally won a special magic ring in the way. Then no longer after they claim their treasures, an army of goblins and wargs arrive to wipe them all. But at the last moment human, elves, eagles, and shapeshifter band together and wins the battle. After the battle Bilbo get back home with tokens, treasures, and the magic ring, not only that Bilbo has become a different hobbit who loves adventure and the wonder outside of Hobbiton.

Reason you should read it:
The Hobbit is the prequel of The Lord of The Rings, it was originally a children’s fantasy novel set in Middle Earth follows the quest of Bilbo Baggins the hobbit to win a share of treasure robbed by Smaug the dragon until later turned to more noble event even the defining moment of acquiring “the One Ring” which leads to the Lord of the Rings novel. Though he is a home-loving hobbit who against the thought of faraway from comfort and coziness of home, he is full of wits, common sense, and adventurous side of his nature and mature through this experience. It received wide critical acclaim and remains popular as a classic, even adapted to a series of the popular three motion picture.

Best Quotes:
“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on”

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9The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

First published: 2007


Plot Summary: This is the first book from The Kingkiller Chronicle series, told in a narrative way from Kvothe’s own childhood. He is gifted with magic and will become the most notorious wizard of his world. Orphan in the city full of crime, able to be a student in the legendary magic school with his wit, then becoming fugitive after a murder of the king.

Reason you should read it:
The book received positive review from critics and fellow authors, and debuted at number eleven in New York TImes Best Seller list. Some even goes as far as saying it’s an extraordinary fantasy full of humor, action, and the casual dose of magic.

Best Quotes:
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”

First published: 2011


Plot Summary:
This is the fifth novel from A song of Ice and Fire series. After the colossal battle cause Seven Kingdoms fate left hanging, threats appear from every direction. In the East Daenarys rules with her dragons in Meereen but struggle to maintain peace. While a young man and Tyrion make their way separately to serve the mother of the dragons. To the north, Jon Snow have to face his enemies from inside and outside of the wall as the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Meanwhile the whole Seven Kingdom is in betrayals and conflicts, everyone is involved in something, everyone will face obstacles of their own. But everything will lead to the greatest battle destined when the winter comes.

Reason you should read it:
Because it is the fifth book, makes it really interesting to see the character progress to the best, tragedies they faced, and the trademark of George’s unpredictable line of story. If you read through the game of throne until feast of crows, this book certainly is a must read. Not only this book is by far the latest from the seven series, which only makes it more desirable as after knowing then could hardly wait for the newest book to be finalized.

Best Quotes:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

7The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

First published: 1983


Plot Summary:
This novel is of Arthur’s legends in the perspective of Morgaine (Morgan le Fay), which follows and focus her journey as the priestess trying to save the survival of her Matriarchal Celtic culture in the country where Patriarchal Christianity is taking the authority. Meanwhile King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are only as supporting character.

Reason you should read it:
The Mists of Avalon has been praised with its authentic and emotional Arthurian legend revision, the author has managed to convince the reader of the main protagonist character. For writing the story in such a way that there is no good or evil but facts, and putting the Pagan ways of Avalon in honorable point of view.

Best Quotes:
“There is no such thing as a true tale. Truth has many faces and the truth is like to the old road to Avalon; it depends on your own will, and your own thoughts, whither the road will take.”

First published: 2007


Plot Summary:
When the lovely Buttercup is kidnapped by a trio in an act of setting politic war in motion, they are pursued by Dread Pirate Roberts who might be Westley the one true love of Buttercup. Unknown to them that Prince Humperdinck, the future husband of Buttercup is trailing their track to safe her. The story is set with the wits of their dialogue, comedy, swordsfights, monsters, and the power of true love.

Reason you should read it:
The book is an all time favorite, because it is intelligently funny, packed with action, morale, adventure, and hopelessly romantic set in the 1941 era of prince charming and beautiful princess, heroes and villain. It even has been adapted to the big screen, and have been considered a “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

Best Quotes:
“When I was your age, television was called books.”

First published: 1996


Plot Summary:
Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer the royal bastard with no friends and company, the royal court treats him like he is an outcast. One but King Shrewd who took him under his wing, have him trained as the assassin. But as the barbarous savages raids the coast, he will have his first mission that will be the significant key to the kingdom’s survival.

Reason you should read it:
This book mostly gain positive reviews, you would have want to reread it again and again. Because the author written the character skillfully and with the dose of realities in details. It is just inspiring to see Fitz grows under such circumstances and still show strength and endurance.

Best Quotes:
“Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”

First published: 2008


Plot Summary:
This is the first novel of seven series children’s fantasy The Chronicles of Narnia, which mostly set in Narnia, a magical world where animals could talk and mythical creatures exist but were rule by an evil White Witch over a century of deep winter. Then there are four English children who were evacuated to an old county house during war. Lucy the youngest of them visit Narnia through the magical wardrobe for three times and told her siblings who didn’t believe her. On her fourth visit she bring along all her siblings thus fulfilling the prophecy of the four savior of Narnia from the ruling of the evil witch and becoming the kings and queens in her stead.

Reason you should read it:
This book is a very popular children’s fantasy of all time, it is just wonderful to read, full of adventures, mythical creatures and its moral lessons are good for reference. It has become the major motion picture, and deemed a common read aloud book in schools of San Diego California. At 2012 land in no five of all time children’s novel in a survey published by School Library Journal.

Best Quotes:
“If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you. You will know that there comes in the end a sort quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.”

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First published: 1983

Plot Summary:
In the fantasy kingdom of Tortall, Alanna grow as a page in the royal court, where she keeps her gender as a female a secret, in order to learn fencing, fight, riding, and study with male pages. She make friends with the future king and the king of thieves, deal with her magical power, face the bullies, and set on a journey to the southern defeating demons and finally be chosen as a squire to the newly knighted Prince Jonathan who discovers her secret.

Reason you should read it:
This is a book of romance, full of adventure, and Alanna bravery to follow her dream of being a knight is admirable since she is a girl which in the set of the kingdom are not allowed to. If you are about lady doing things, becoming hero, being the important one in this really interesting story.

Best Quotes:
“Alan, you seem to think we wont like you unless you do things just like everyone else. Have you ever thought we might like you because you’re different?”

2Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) by Christopher Paolini

First published: 2005


Plot Summary:
This first book of the Inheritance Cycle center on Eragon the farm boy, who discovered a mysterious stone in the mountains. How thrilled he is when actually a dragon he named Saphira hatched from the stone, and he nursed and bond with her who is rapidly growing mature in a short time. But when the evil King Galbatorix find out of her existence, they have to flee from the pursuit of his servants the Ra’zac. Then they were helped by a dragon storyteller Brom to seek the Varden and rally to defeat the evil king.

Reason you should read it:
This book had all the traditional ingredients that make a fantasy novel enjoyable, it is a fun read because it is quick and exciting and packed with action, dragon, and magic, most importantly you will know that the good guy will win in the end.

Best Quotes:
“Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”

1Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

First published: 2000

Plot Summary:
This is a retelling version of the classic Sleeping Beauty, when a wicked fairy Pernicia cursed the princess of deathly sleep when she prick her finger on a spindle in her 21st birthday. Katriona the good fairy take the princess to her village Foggy Bottom, in the damp and swampy section of the country Gig. Together with her aunt, they raise the princess as an ordinary maiden named Rosie. She grew to an intelligent and brave young woman with her beast speech talent, and finally become well known horse leech. When Rosie is 20 years old a mysterious fairy name Ikor appears and reveal her identity with a grand plan to defeat Pernicia curse by casting a spell to switch Peony (Rosie’s friend) and Rosie until she turned 21.

Reason you should read it:
The novel is full of magic, family love, the longing of the Queen of her daughter, and the friendship between Rosie and Peony who seeks acceptance and love because her adoptive parents are not as caring as Rosie’s adoptive family. All in all is a different kind of Sleeping Beauty version where the princess is not so helpless at all, and no prince charming to give the true love kiss to awaken the princess, but a princess of her own strength and bravery.

Best Quotes:
“When they finished laughing they were on their way to being not just friends, but the dearest of friends, the sort of friends whose lives are shaped by the friendship.”

Conclusion:
Medieval Fantasy books are fictions book that is full of the fairytales, magic, and mythical wonder of kingdoms, elf, wizard, and dragons. The kind that is just wonderful to read and full of adventure and quest, such that will never be found in our time anymore but in books and history.

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