The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien –This book was just as enjoyable the second time I read it! It is truly a beautifully crafted story filled with wonderful characters. I love the character development of the main character, Bilbo Baggins, as he goes from being a nervous, stay-at-home hobbit to an adventurer who is willing to take risks to save his friends.
Inkheart (book 1) by Cornelia Funke –In this fantasy, Mo and his daughter Meggie discover that their voices have the power to bring books to life. They soon find themselves caught up in a suspenseful story where they have to outsmart the villains from a book. I liked reading this creative story!
Inkspell (book 2) by Cornelia Funke –In this sequel to “Inkheart,” Meggie has always dreamed of going into the books she reads, but when she finds herself and her family actually in a book, it’s not always as fun as she expected. Although I liked this book, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one. It is written for youth, but it is somewhat dark so I would recommend it for teens or adults.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
The Light of Eidon (book 1) by Karen Hancock –I HIGHLY recommend this book! It was amazing! Although the setting has a Roman Empire feel, it takes place in sci-fi world filled with magical powers. The story follows the adventures of a young prince and his twin sister. The wonderfully developed plot is very suspenseful, and I never knew what was going to happen next or even how the story would end. Also, the story is an allegory; it is a great picture of a man lost in sin yet rejecting salvation until he realizes how truly helpless he is on his own. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
The Shadow Within (book 2) by Karen Hancock
Shadow over Kiriath (book 3) by Karen Hancock –Once again Hancock does an amazing job of creating an enjoyable and intriguing plot. Each book in this series is just as good if not better than the previous. These books are highly suspenseful so I don’t want to give away any of the story. I really appreciate Hancock’s ability to write such a realistic allegory of the Christian life. The main characters face struggles and temptations that Christians can relate to.
Return of the Guardian-King (book 4) by Karen Hancock –Amazing finale to this series! Each book was exciting, suspenseful, creative, and well written. I wish the series didn’t have to end! I HIGHLY recommend these books!