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Top 5 Fantasy Novels That Aren’t ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Game of Thrones’

Being a fantasy fan means you’re often bombarded with the same recommendations over and over again. Lord of the RingsGame of Thrones, Chronicles of Narnia, Tales From Earthsea, Dragonriders of Pern… it can get a little tiring after a while! But here at Bookstr, we look for the obscure as well as the famous. So, here are a few fantasy novels that fall outside of the norm and have just as much magic, action, and world building as you’d crave, just not by typical authors like Tolkien or Martin. Enjoy!

 

5. The Axe and the Throne by M.D. Ireman

 

A garbed barbarian stands tall before a snowy mountain

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A grim, dark fantasy tale, this one isn’t for everyone, especially if you don’t like violence or a cynical tone but it creates a world that’s vivid as it is brutal. The story follows a man called Tallos as he journeys through a war torn land where the line between good and evil is increasingly blurred as Northmen raid his people’s villages. Much like Game of Thrones characters are killed off without a moment’s notice and disposed of, frustrating some readers but allowing the stakes to be made clear. And it will reward you at the end if you can stick through it. Strongly cautioned but this one is highly recommended, despite the brutal, sometimes unrelenting world it creates.

 

4. Age of Myth By Michael J. Sullivan

 

A group of people stand before an enormous tree in a field

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Age of Myth begins an epic fantasy saga, telling of a long forgotten age where humans are worshipping a race they call Fhrey as gods. The Fhrey are masters of magic and seemingly immortal but when one falls to a mortal blade, the balance of power shifts entirely. Now humans are spurred into action, ready to rebel against the so called gods that have long dominated them. The book follows three people: Raithe, a boy who slew a god, Suri, a young seer who sees visions of a dark future, and Persephone, a young woman who must lead her people despite personal hardship. This is an epic novel of great scope, crafting the beginning of a great saga.

 

3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

 

A young boy jumps around a landscape, knives in his hands

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is set in a world where the land is ruled by a tyrant called the Lord Ruler and magic is uniquely designed around metal. The three main forms of magic revolve around metal to fuel or steal magic for themselves. The series centers around a thief called Kelsier, who plots to bring down the Lord Ruler for his own personal vendetta. Hunted by the Ruler’s armies, he must use his wits and magic to survive as he fights every step to gain an edge against the huge empire that rules the land.

 

 

2. The Black Company by Glen Cook

 

A company of soldiers stand around a woman in white, spikes surrounding around them

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This series is very unique, centering around a company of mercenaries called the Black Company in service to a villain. The series esquires traditional tropes to center more gritty warfare, despite epic fantasy battles from the perspectives of grunts, showcasing the deadly sieges, trench warfare, and other dangerous situations they fight in day after day. Combining epic and dark fantasy, The Black Company showcases a fantastical world from a unique point of view, showing what all this looks like from rank and file soldiers.

 

1. The name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

 

A cloaked figure stands on a field of grass against a black sky

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The Name of the Wild is an acclaimed piece of work and its easy to see why. Following a young magician named Kvothe, Kvothe becomes a student at an arcane school and begins to set himself down the path to become the world’s greatest wizard. While not much truly happens throughout the novel, this is very refreshing, as this novel isn’t a traditional quest but following the journey of a boy to becoming a man. The prose is magnificent, the world is incredibly developed, and the main character is someone who acts like a real boy, frustrating and delighting readers. It’s not easy to say why this novel works, it just does. Pick it up for yourself and see.

 

 

 

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Legolas holding lembas bread

Top 5 Delicious Fictional Foods We WISH Existed

Food. We can’t live without it, and luckily, it is, in all its delicious forms, one of life’s greatest pleasures. This is well reflected in the media landscape, with numerous TV shows devoted to the art of fine cuisine (Man V Food, I’m looking at you). Books are no stranger to the glorification of food, and writers have conjured astonishingly meals that are guaranteed to make your mouth water.

 

Here are five of the best fictional foods we wish really existed; each one devoted to making your mouth water!

 

5. Lembas bread from The lord of the rings

 

A plate full of lembas bread, delicious bread from Lord of the Rings

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A special bread made by elves (also known as waybread in the Common Speech), lembas bread is very nutritious and stays fresh for months, aiding the Fellowship in their long journey across Middle-earth during the War for the Ring. Frodo and Sam in particular find it invaluable, subsiding on it during their walk to Mordor. Lembas is noted as tasting similar to honey-cakes, only being even better. Unfortunately, the recipe is a closely guarded secret but that doesn’t make the bread any less tasty.

 

4. Cauldron Cakes from Harry Potter

 

Two delicious cauldron cakes from Harry Potter

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Cauldron cakes are a popular wizarding treat eaten by Harry and the gang multiple times throughout the series. They can be bought from the trolley aboard the Hogwarts Express or Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade. They play an important role at the dawn of Harry and Ron’s friendship, when Harry offers one to Ron, who doesn’t have enough money to buy his own. Cauldron cakes are probably a delicious sweet, always a fine snack when they appear.

 

3. klah from Dragonriders of Pern

 

A hot steaming coffee mug

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A restorative drink in the world of Pern, klah functions as an analogue to coffee, as it is described as a mix between chocolate and cinnamon, always served hot. It is made from klah bark, ground up and brewed, although it can go bad if left on the fire for too long. It is drunk by multiple characters throughout the series and the official recipe is: two tablespoons sweet ground chocolate, 1/2 cup dark cocoa, 3/8 teaspoon cinnamon, one teaspoon dark instant coffee crystals, ground to powder and a small pinch of nutmeg. Brew it with boiling water then stir well. Enjoy!

 

2. The Great Hall Cake from Redwall

 

A delicious Great Hall Feast cake

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The Redwall series always has lavish descriptions of food served in the titular Redwall, often tremendous feasts for the abbey’s inhabitants. Uniquely, with the residents being vegetarian animals, the meals are entirely plant-based creations, with no meat at all, but they still managed to be utterly delicious in their presentation and descriptions. The Great Hall Cake is often the centerpiece of these feasts, a masterpiece of culinary artistry that never fails to make the mouth water. You know you want a bite…

 

1. Just all of A Song of Ice and FIre

 

A lavish feast including a pig, vegetables, bread, and potatoes

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Throughout A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin there’s too many lavish descriptions of excellent feasts to pick just one variety of food. Divided up by region, Martin puts as much thought and detail into the food as does into the rest of the world. From the delicious breakfasts at the North, which includes soft-boiled eggs, crispy bacon, berry seeds, and mint tea to lemon cakes to potted hare, there’s no shortage of food to drool over throughout the novels. A personal favorite is a traditional Dornish meal, which includes lamb, stuffed grape leaves, flatbread, wine, and white cheese. Other good foods include fried sardines with pepper in Braavos, elk meatballs with blue cheese in King’s Landing, and and pig stuffed with mushrooms in the South. Its all just so good!

What are some of your favorite fictional foods and meals? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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The Top 5 Best Pets in Literature

Pets are amazing. Often they have just as much personality as actual people and sometimes, they can be more compelling to us than our fellow man, being simplistic yet full of life. To celebrate the lives of our furry friends, here are some of the best pets in literature, from the fantastical to the mundane, always providing key companionship to our favorite heroes throughout their journeys.

 

5. Ramoth from Dragonriders of Pern

 

A flight of dragons passes under an alien sky, the leader read by a woman

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Who wouldn’t want a dragon as a pet? No one, that’s who and Ramoth from Dragonriders of Pern personifies this beautifully. Bonding with a lowly kitchen maid, Ramoth reveals herself to be the last queen dragon in the world. Although prone to bad moods and constantly arrogant, Ramoth is loyal to her rider and proves to be a valuable companion throughout the series. Who wouldn’t want to fly across the earth on a dragon’s back? Sign us up!

 

4. Frightful from My Side of the Mountain

 

A young boy catching a falcon as it flies down to him

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My Side Of The Mountain is a young adult novel centered on a young boy called Sam who runs away from home and lives in the Catskill Mountains. There, he hatches and raises a young falcon called Frightful, who becomes his ally and companion in the wilderness. Although she doesn’t speak and exhibits realistic falcon behavior, she’s still very lovable, being the only character who Sam really talks to. In fact, she was so beloved she got a whole book to herself, Frightful’s Mountain, which centers on her life in the wild from her point of view.

 

3. Ghost from A Song of Ice and Fire

 

A close up of the direwolf called Ghost

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One of six direwolf pups found by the Stark family, Ghost is something of an outcast among his own kind, with his unusually quiet disposition and white fur marking him as a unique. Fittingly, he is given to Jon Snow and the two form a bond, Ghost often being by his side although the direwolf often goes off on his own, disappearing for long periods of time. The coolest of the direwolves for certain, Ghost is aloof and strange but its clear he loves Jon, in his own way and always comes back to his side.

 

2. Toto from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

 

Toto, the terrier dog of Wizard of Oz, stands next to his human companion Dorothy

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Toto is an iconic dog, Dorothy Gale’s companion, originating in the first book of the Oz books: The Wonderful Wizard of OzTaken to Oz along with Dorothy, he becomes the constant companion to Dorothy throughout her adventures, providing moral support and her only link to the real world. Toto doesn’t do much but he becomes iconic nonetheless, enduring what Dorothy endures and having a grand ole adventure with his human.

 

1. Hedwig from Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter holds Hedwig, a snowy owl on his arm, outside in the snow

Harry’s companion throughout the first six books, Hedwig is a snowy owl Harry buys and forms a bond with. Hedwig is very proud and haughty, often prone to temper tantrums but always shows her great love for Harry, flying miles to deliver letters for him and even harassing his friends if they aren’t nice to him. Always acting as Harry’s friend when he needs it, Hedwig meets her unfortunate demise at the hands of Voldemort in the final book, representing Harry’s loss of innocence. Yet, he always remembers his owl and we do too. We love you, Hedwig!

 

 

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