Since its movie debut, The Hobbit: The Desolation of The Smaug, Tolkien’s fantasy world continued to evolve. But as Tolkien’s fantasy world expanded the horizons of readers, it also expanded the horizons of authors. Have you ever read a really amazing book that sucked you in, completely? Like you felt drawn in by the world itself, not just the sassy characters? But then after finishing the book, you couldn’t find another like it? I have been there.
When you read a fantasy world so well built, it’s then often a struggle to find another that pulls you in and enchants you. But I’ve got some recommendations for you if you’re looking for something similar to The Hobbit: The Desolation of The Smaug.
1. Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle
by Christopher Paolini
There wouldn’t be words to describe how amazing it would be if every stone a little boy or girl picked up, turned out to be a dragon hatchling. Picking up a blue stone only for it to turn into a dragon hatchling is exactly what fifteen-year-old Eragon soon realizes. His lucky discovery thrusts him into an adventure of a lifetime, as he is gifted with an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and some advice from an old storyteller.
2. Alanna: The First Adventure
by Tamora Pierce
Set in the world of Tortall, young Alanna is determined to break the boundaries set upon her birth. Alanna desires with all her heart to be a knight of the realm, but in order to be considered for the training she will have to take her twin brother’s place in training. Filled with secrecy, sorcery, weapon training, combat, and adventure, Alanna: The First Adventure is the perfect read for any reader looking for an unconventional fantasy with a sassy heroine.
3. The Dyerville Tales
by M.P. Kozlowsky
Blurring the lines between fairytales and reality, The Dyerville Tales, for middle schoolers, follows Vince Elgin. With only a senile grandfather available after losing his father and mother in a fire as a young boy, Vince is placed in a group home. But when his grandfather dies, Vince runs away, believing he will find his father at the funeral, only to find himself encountering magic that he has read from his grandfather’s journal.
4. Falling Kingdoms
by Morgan Rhodes
Murder tears Princess Cleo of Mytica’s kingdom apart. She has to fight to claim her rightful place as Queen. Magnus, son of King Limeros, must plan each step with sharpness and shrewdness to earn his father’s trust. His sister, Lucia, learns a terrifying secret about her heritage that will change everything.
Jonas on the other hand lashes out at the oppressive forces keeping his kingdom cruelly impoverished. But witches, if found out are put to death and the immortal watchers are all but completely forgotten. A vicious power struggle that quickly escalates into war can also crown a ruler just as easily when magic is involved in these Falling Kingdoms.
by Tahereh Mafi
Furthermore, is a story of the love for family and adventure as a young Alice goes on an adventure to find her father. It’s a fantasy story that is sure to thrill readers that adored Alice in Wonderland. Follow Alice through the land of Furthermore where the paper is alive, down can be up, and left can be right and very, very wrong.