Top Four Recommended Adventures

I have been away from the world of books for a solid month and a half now. My new job, as enjoyable as it can be, has taken over all of my free time. So today, I spent some time thinking back on books and writing and thought it could be fun to share my top five recommended adventures. Here goes!

 

Top Five Recommended AdventuresThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Everyone who knows me knows that I adore this series–both books and movies. There will always be a special place in my heart for the fellowship of adventurers who strove to rid the world of the great and terrible ring.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.


Top Five Recommended AdventuresThe Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan

This series is for all ages. Flanagan figured out the way to catch both young reader and old and keeps you invested in the storyline all the way through. It’s a series that will keep you busy for a long time as there are so many books in it! The humor, the struggles the characters go through, everything is realistic and entertaining enough to keep you wanting to stay in the medieval world for as long as you can.

They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaksand shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .

Here is the fantasy adventure that launched the Ranger’s Apprentice series, an epic story of heroes and villains that has become an international phenomenon. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series. 


Top Five Recommended AdventuresThe Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This story was fun right from the beginning and kept me curled up on the sofa, yearning for an adventure of my own. I felt very much a part of the inn within the first pages. It’s nice when you can mentally escape and forget where you’re sitting because of great story-telling.

My name is Kvothe.
 
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
 
You may have heard of me.
 
So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.  


Top Five Recommended AdventuresGreen Rider by Kristen Britain

I first read this book in middle school after my best friend lent it to me. There were several scenes I reread, over and over again. You really take on the character’s perspective as if you’re actually her and the emotional struggles the MC goes through really keeps you intrigued. I love how you can’t even tell when or how the adventure is going to start until you’re just thrust into it.

On her long journey home from school after a fight that will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G’ladheon ponders her uncertain future. As she trudges through the immense Green Cloak forest, her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves, as a galloping horse bursts from the woods. 

The rider is slumped over his mount’s neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king of Sacoridia. 

Before he dies, he begs Karigan to deliver the “life and death” message he bears to King Zachary. When she reluctantly he agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission, whispering with his dying breath, “Beware the shadow man…”. 

Taking on the golden-winged horse brooch that is the symbol of the Green Riders, Karigan is swept into a world of deadly danger and complex magic, her life forever changed. Compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is accompanied by the silent specter of the fallen messenger and hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.


Check out these Top Five Recommended Fantasy Trilogies to add to your list!

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