The best fantasy books that are the most uplifting

The Books I Picked & Why

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

By C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

Book cover of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Why this book?

Full of symbolism, this book can be applied to each of us individually. Uplifting, creative, and entertaining. This book highlights the journey of four children, destined for greatness, as they enter into another world with dangers, challenges, and choices that parallel their own world. There is a Christian theme you can choose to interpret this way in regards to the battle of good vs. evil.


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The Lord of the Rings

By J.R.R. Tolkien

Book cover of The Lord of the Rings

Why this book?

This is an epic story that proves that small and simple acts can bring about miracles. The way the book is symbolically written makes it timeless and relatable to all eras and generations.

In this tale all the characters must face and discover who they really are and their purpose and their intentions. Each of the characters are motivated by different factors as they journey together to destroy the one ring which contains the essence of evil.


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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Book cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Why this book?

I love this book because of the emphasis it places on friendships. Without friendships with many different kinds of people the main character would have failed. Harry had friends of all ages, skills, and personalities. The characters were multidimensional and care was taken to make each person unique. This is also a story of growth. We all feel like the kid shoved away under the stairs in the cupboard (rejected and repressed). But it also shows how we can grow step by step, overcoming obstacles.

In this book an orphaned boy, who lives with his abusive relatives, discovers secrets about his parent's death and his identity as a person of magic. He enters a school with many other magical children where he must learn to use his gifts, build a support system, and discover more about his past in order to defeat a dark lord and his evil force from destroying the world.


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The Crown of Rosemund

By Michele Ashman Bell

Book cover of The Crown of Rosemund

Why this book?

What I love about this book is the positive message the author sends through this story. It has all the right elements of good storytelling in a balanced way. This is a book that is clean and appropriate for teens and pre-teens and one they would also enjoy. The author added in the perfect amount of romance and action without having sex, profanity, or extreme violence or even using these things for the character to get her way. That is real talent there for you. The book also follows the age-old and proven writing method of the hero’s story starting with the reluctant hero who has experienced tragedy and then (although young) she transforms into the queen she was meant to be. I also appreciate that there wasn’t a gender struggle as is very overused in entertainment, but that the author showed both strong men and women working together.


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The Sapphire Flute

By Karen E. Hoover

Book cover of The Sapphire Flute

Why this book?

This is a clean read that I feel safe giving to one of my kids and not worrying about any inappropriate content.

The author combines a perfect mix of adventure and mystery on this journey to collect keystones and save a dying world.

The stakes are high, yet one of the lessons the reader can glean is that even those who feel like they are small (compared to the problem) can do great things.

There are great lessons about friendship and hope, and how important these things are when times are tough.

One of the best things about this is that it is a series! There is a journey here to enjoy and a new world to get immersed in.


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