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Exploring the World of Fantasy: The Ultimate Reading List for New Fans

Are you new to the world of fantasy literature and not sure where to start? Look no further! Here’s a list of must-read fantasy books that are perfect for pre-teens and teens. These titles will transport you to magical worlds, introduce you to unforgettable characters, and leave you wanting more.


  1. "The Chronicles of Narnia" series by C.S. Lewis - This classic series follows the adventures of four siblings who discover a magical land called Narnia through a wardrobe. Filled with talking animals, epic battles, and Christian allegory, this series is perfect for young readers who love fantasy and adventure.

  2. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling - This classic series follows the journey of Harry Potter, an orphan who discovers he is a wizard, as he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With its lovable characters, thrilling plot, and rich world-building, "Harry Potter" is a must-read for any fantasy fan.

  3. "The Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series by Rick Riordan - This series follows Percy Jackson, a demigod who discovers his true identity and sets out on a quest to save the world of Greek gods and monsters. Filled with action, humor, and a diverse cast of characters, this series is perfect for young readers who love adventure and mythology.

  4. "The Ranger's Apprentice" series by John Flanagan - This series follows the story of Will, an orphan who becomes an apprentice ranger and goes on a series of dangerous missions. With its focus on friendship, bravery, and loyalty, this series is perfect for young readers who love action and adventure.

  5. "The Inheritance Cycle" series by Christopher Paolini - This series follows Eragon, a dragon rider and the last of the Dragon Riders, as he fights against the evil king, Galbatorix. Filled with epic battles, magical creatures, and a rich world-building, this series is perfect for young readers who love epic fantasy.

  6. "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien - This classic novel follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who joins a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim their homeland. With its rich world-building and memorable characters, "The Hobbit" is a must-read for any fantasy fan.

  7. "The Hunger Games" series by Suzanne Collins - This dystopian series follows the story of Katniss Everdeen, a girl who volunteers to compete in a brutal fight to the death in order to save her sister. With its powerful commentary on government oppression and social inequality, this series is perfect for young readers who love action and adventure.

  8. "The Maze Runner" series by James Dashner - This series follows the story of Thomas, a teenage boy who wakes up in a mysterious place called the Glade, and must work with others to find a way out before it's too late. With its fast-paced action, thrilling plot, and well-crafted characters, this series is perfect for young readers who love science fiction and dystopian worlds.

  9. "The Secret Lake" by Karen Inglis - This mystery novel follows the story of two children, Stevie and Kate, who discover a secret lake in the woods behind their houses and set out to uncover the truth about the mysterious events that occurred there. With its focus on friendship, adventure and mystery, this novel is perfect for young readers who love a good mystery.

These books offer a great starting point for young readers who are just discovering the world of fantasy. Each one offers a different flavor of fantasy, from high fantasy to dystopian, from classic to contemporary, and from mythology based to dragon rider. I hope you enjoy exploring these worlds and characters as much as I did.

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