Since my last two posts have been about writing, I figured I’d do one on my absolute favourite books of all time. There are many I enjoy very much, but here are five of them, not necessarily in order:
(Note: All of these are the first books in a series of at least 3 books, where Narnia is just a whole series)
1. Narnia by C.S. Lewis
My friends make fun of me for it, but I’ve loved reading these ever since I was little, and love them still. C.S. Lewis crafted an imaginary world through which he introduced me and many of his other young readers to the world of fantasy books. Through this masterfully created series, I fell in love with Reepicheep, and cheered as Prince Caspian was crowned king. And of course, my heart resonated with those of Lucy and Susan on that dreadful night at the Stone Table. Narnia opened up a whole world, a whole world filled with other worlds I could reach by just reaching up and opening a book.
2. Prophet by R. J. Larson
This amazing book is about a girl of seventeen who is asked by the Infinite to become his next prophet, and she is sent to a neighbouring kingdom to topple a king. R.J. Larson creates such a beautiful character many of us can relate to; Ela feels inadequate, and seeing as she’s the first female prophet, she receives less respect than would be normally given to a prophet. Ela’s story takes her through many dangerous situations, with her love interest who she gave a black eye the first time she met him, Kien. This book falls under one of the genres I like best, one I like to call Alternate History. Pretty much what happened in our world, but in a different world and with different characters.
3. The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock
This novel, the first of four in a series, is a tapestry of plot and subplot woven together, to form a coat of colours so vivid. The main plot itself is already an amazing story, but the setting in a fantastical world where good and evil manifest both physically and spiritually brings it to a whole new level. With the romantic subplot, Abramm’s inner fight, the story goes so much further than the topical arena fights. Karen Hancock paints a whole new Alternate History perspective on the story of Joseph.
4. Waterfall by Lisa Bergren
In an instant, two girls are transported from a 21st century archaelogical site to a 14th century countryside. Gabi, who appears during a skirmish between troops of two different castles, representing two different city-states; Siena and Firenze. She is saved from an ugly knight with bad teeth by a gorgeous knight who she pretty much falls for immediately, who, unfortunately, is already taken. Lia comes through later. In this epic, medieval world, two forces clash, with at its head the two she-wolves of Siena. Thanks to this book and its series, my heart lies always with Siena, despite the fact that Firenze (Florence) became dominant later on.
5. The Pawn by Steven James
This is a crime thriller, a book that truly captures its readers and doesn’t let them go until the end of the series, 8 books later. It’s a chess game between the main character, Patrick Bowers, an FBI agent specializing in Environmental Criminology and Geospatial investigating, and his opponent, a criminal known as the Illustionist who is always one step ahead of law enforcement. Steven James has now 8 Patrick Bowers books, each more exciting than the next.
I’ll do another post like this with another 5 books sometime later. Meanwhile, what do you think? Have you read any of these, and if so what did you think of them? I’d love to hear it.