The best fantasy books to make you love the world you live in

Who am I?

I am a 68-year-old Emergency Room Physician who deals with life and death and tremendous stress every hour at work. When I read, I want to relax and be entertained I personally like YA fantasy books. I do not want to read adult fictionized stories about the life I live every day. I want to be taken off to a new world. Emersed in it. And made to believe the unbelievable. 

I wrote...

Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw

By David Mucci,

Book cover of Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw

What is my book about?

Fifteen-year-old Iggy is prepared to face his first days of high school...but is he ready to face mythical creatures, black magic wizards, and sword fights where people get killed?

Iggy’s never thought of himself as a fighter. But as he learns more about the strange place he’s landed, one thing becomes abundantly clear, I the World of Skye needs a hero. And Iggy just might be the one they’re looking for, even if he’s not so sure.

The books I picked & why

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Royal Institute of Magic: Elizabeth's Legacy

By Victor Kloss,

Book cover of Royal Institute of Magic: Elizabeth's Legacy

Why this book?

The Royal Institute of Magic was a story that was character driven. Victor Kloss did such a great job distinguishing each character from the other that I felt I knew them personally. At the end of each book, I found myself ordering up the next installment because I wanted to find out what happened to each character and how they grew into adults and as friends. It was pure entertainment.


By Neil Gaiman,

Book cover of Neverwhere

Why this book?

How can one not like this book? It sucks you in without you realizing what life’s moral story it is based on. There is no preaching or in your face. Just excitement and entertainment. In the end when you realize the story is about homeless people who are totally ignored in everyday life you say “Wow” and realize the moral of the story. And it hits many of us one way or another and how we look at those less fortunate. What a master Neil is, to entertain and teach

Artemis Fowl

By Eoin Colfer,

Book cover of Artemis Fowl

Why this book?

Artemis Fowl is simply a fun and relaxing story. As an adult, I enjoyed how Eoin Colfer was able to take a YA story and write it so an adult in his 60s kept turning the pages. It was well thought out and the science behind it was completely believable, for a fantasy. 

The Eye of the World: The Wheel of Time Book One

By Robert Jordan,

Book cover of The Eye of the World: The Wheel of Time Book One

Why this book?

Adventure awaits you in each and every book in this series. It is easy to see why they made a TV series around the books. However, the books are much better than the series. The weaving of the plot with the wonderful characterization makes this series a page-turner. 

The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

By Cassandra Clare, Cassandra Jean,

Book cover of The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

Why this book?

I loved this series because it took a person who was struggling in life and brought them into a new and more deadly world where her struggles became more intense and real. She had to grow, trust herself, and learn how and who to trust in this new world. It was filled with Runes magic and though character driven it had a plot that pulled you along. 

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