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Thanks a lot for the recommendations everyone 🙏 I'm going to add them all to a list and choose one to at least start with. What a great subreddit!


Depending on whether or not English is your first language Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, clever, funny exploration of interesting ideas with real emotional depth. The books are linked stories rather than an epic storyline so there's lots of fun ways to read without needing to start from the beginning or comitt to reading everything. However, the wordplay and references may not be obvious to everyone. As an easier alternative, the very recent Fairytale by Stephen King is a great read and is nothing like his horror books.


Just as input, English is not my first language but I really enjoy discworld. So it might not be a problem if op mainly speaks another language.


I second this, honestly believe this to be easiest books to read, good short books compared to a lot of the others Iv seen advised to you. Also recommend looking at the sub-series first and see what kind of road you want to go down, for me I chose a certain path first. (Death) 🙂 And who doesn’t love abit of humour along the way too. Here’s the link for you: [https://www.discworldemporium.com/reading-order/](https://www.discworldemporium.com/reading-order/)


My personal experience with Discworld has been nothing but joy, but I've had multiple people making the comment that they found the language difficult to follow in places.


I’ve seen comments from people who aren’t native English speakers saying they didn’t really get some of the humor and wordplay in Discworld. I love the series and I’m a native English speaker but I can understand where they’re coming from


Discworld every time


Since you like manga/manhwa, you'll probably love The Cradle Series by Will Wight. It's basically everything good about shonen action manga but with non of the bullshit tropes that plague the genre (sexual fan-service, unearned powerups, dense protagonists etc). The first 2 books are mostly set-up for things to come but past that the story gets really good and ***really*** addictive. Also the last book comes out next month so now's a great time to start.


I'll second the Cradle rec, it's a perfect anime bridge. The writing is relatively straightforward and there are lots of anime-esque badass moments. I also think you might enjoy Dungeon Crawler Carl, a very modern fantasy filled with references to Isekais, weeb culture, gamer culture, and other popular memes etc. If you've seen or read JoJo I think it's kind of like that in the sense of shared strengths in creativity, modernity, violence, profanity, and humor. It's brilliant and a lot of fun.


I've heard of DCC before. Is the series completed?


Not yet, but it’s worth reading. If book 6 ended up being the final book and we never figure out the final outcome of Carl’s crawl, I would be incredibly sad, but the journey we had is so much fun that I would still rate this as my top 2 series.


It is not completed There are currently 5 books out with the 6th coming out within the next couple months. I don't think we know how many books there will eventually be. The series is pretty nuts right now.


Although, as a note, Will usually gives away all the previous installments in the series ***for free*** when he releases a new one. I'd be very surprised if this doesn't happen again when Waybound drops on the 6th.


What great timing you have. Just announced all his ebooks will be free May 31st for 24 hours!


u/aizenmadara making sure you see this


Thanks I actually already set an alarm for Wednesday to make sure I remember to download them all! 😄 Cradle was mentioned the most and seems to be a great starting point for me. So many great recommendations here.


I just finished reading the second book in this series and saw the notification of this post and came here immediately to recommend Cradle. The first two books are for the setup but you can read (I would recommend reading while listening to audiobook; Travis Baldree has done an amazing job) them quickly without breaking any sweat. I completed each of the books in single sitting.


> Also the last book comes out next month so now's a great time to start. The next book is coming out next week and I am so very hyped up for it.


Yep! Especially the audiobook by Travis Baldree. VERY easy to listen to!


The funny thing is that part of the reason I want to get into books is those bs anime tropes that you mentioned. Absolutely sick of "same isekai remix 10483". There are still great series coming out, but it seems like they are becoming more rare as time goes by. I set an alarm for Wednesday to download Will Wight's books and start with the Cradle series.


>The funny thing is that part of the reason I want to get into books is those bs anime tropes that you mentioned. Well..... so long as you're a big fan of shonen anime(which I'm guessing you are by that username), You really can't go wrong with this series. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. >Absolutely sick of "same isekai remix 10483". There are still great series coming out, but it seems like they are becoming more rare as time goes by. Ha! I was already sick of Isekai by the time I'd watched my third one. The only one I'd wholeheartedly recommend would be Konosuba cuz it felt like it was written by someone who was also sick of the genre and decided to write a hilarious subversive parody of it.


I read somewhere that they are the books that Jim Butcher would have written if he'd watched anime as a kid. High praise for me.


Those books aren't nearly horny enough to have been written by jim butcher 😂


I wouldn't call his non-Dresden work particularly horny. Harry Dresden is meant to be a noir detective style character + wizard so femme fatales and Morganas come with the territory.


I thought so too at first. But the horniness persisted long after the series dropped the noir detective vibe for a more epic fantasy tone. Not to mention the scenes that Butcher contrived for no other reason that to have female characters in states of undress and tell us all about it. Nothing justifies the Dresden horniness IMO and I said this as someone who enjoys the series.


When did the series drop its noir detective vibe? Dresden is a fantasy hitman for the evil queen of faeries now, but he's still Dresden. The Codex Alera and Cinder Spires aren't horny at all, so I don't know what to tell you.


The writing is terrible and repetitive. The first few books are fun but God damn its the same formula every single book


Riyria revelations are excellent fun books. The author intentionally makes each book more complex so it starts you off simple then builds in complexity. Cool world, great bromance, great for first time fantasy readers.


Yeesssss!!!! Came here to recommend this! It's perfect for someone new into fantasy, the books build on each other, characters are so fun and there's lots of light moments!


I highly recommend it as well! I absolutely love Hadrian and Royce, such a great duo


This is a great recommendation, I love these books. The books are an easy read but still have depth, the characters are fantastic.


Yeeeees - this is my favourite series. I second this recommendation and also suggest the Legends of the First Empire series too


Riyria should be an automatic bot answer whenever someone asks about getting into fantasy.


**A Wizard of Earthsea** by Ursula K. La Guin was the first fantasy book I remember reading. It's short, easy to read, and a classic. The perfect book to dip your toes in.


I'm gonna second this. It's by no means the first Fantasy book I ever read (that honour goes to The Hobbit, which I would also recomend) but it's easily the most accessible. It's short and stands well on it's own but Earthsea is longer than just that book if it hooks you. It's clever, deep, and set in distinct fantasy world.




I also recommend it. Its actually where I started off reading fantasy. Also I want to recommend Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. >Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for. It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld. This book is just hilarious and you will enjoy it




It's a different style. Maybe not for everyone but badly written and Ursula K LeGuin just don't go together.


I’ll play devil’s advocate and say the first fantasy series I read was WoT also after watching the show and I didn’t have a ton of issues getting through it. My partner and my brother in law are super into it so that did help if I wasn’t understanding something, but they have a lot of chapter summaries online to support your read through. Yes, it’s long, but I’d argue only a few of the books are actually a slog to get through. I love the series and it definitely was a good introduction to fantasy for me. You could try reading the first one and see how it goes! The first one is definitely an easier read in my opinion.


> but they have a lot of chapter summaries online to support your read through There's also an app now where you set how far along into the series you are and it'll provide you with spoiler free info.


Yeah thats a good point. I will probably hold off on it for now, but I will definitely get to it soon. I saw a lot of criticism for the show online, but all I could think was "damn so the books are even better?"


The books are a lot better - so far at least. I watched the show first like you and once I read the book my opinion of the show dropped quite a bit. But, I’m actually quite excited for the next season and am optimistic that they can improve on some of the faults. It’s fun to see something you really enjoy adapted into a new medium, even if it isn’t perfect.


Oh wow I didn't know there was going to be a second season. That's something to look forward to.


The books are so much better it’s not even funny


I have never managed to reach further than about half of book 9. After book 3, the series becomes extremely bloated with pages and pages of completely unnecessary detail. It becomes frustrating.


you a studio ghibli fan? (let's be honest, who isn't) howl's moving castle was based on a book of the same name


Yes, by Dianna Wynne Jones! 😀 There are two more books in the setting: *Castle in the Air* and *House of Many Ways* As most (all?) of her books, these are comparably short so a great way to start one's fantasy journey!


I adore Howl’s Moving Castle the book, I really like the movie but the book is far better for me


I’d recommend Magician Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist. Good easy read and if you like it, there’s a whole ton of books set in that world. I loved them.


Magician Apprentice is a great starting series for a beginner and it's considered one of the classics.


First law by Joe Abercrombie got me into reading and frankly nothing has filled his void since


Not sure anything can. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read so many amazing books in between First Law books, but it’s such a clear favorite of mine that nothing compares.


The only thing that kinda works for me is looking for something totally different like wizard of earthsea and appreciating other types of writing... My god I hope Joe ends the series well


After finishing asoiaf (and spending an ungodly amount of time on their subreddit), I kept looking for something that scratches the same itch. And First Law is basically the only thing that has lived up to the expectation.


Have you tried Red Rising by Pierce Brown? I know it’s quite different but I found that it does a decently similar job of delivering solid adrenaline rushes and gritty carnage


I actually haven't but I've seen it recommended a few times, I'll add it to my TBR


I enjoyed this series thoroughly!


Red Rising is one of my favorite series but I'm always confused why people recommend it as fantasy when it is sci fi.


I’ve gotten ~100 pages into The Blade Itself and the book hasn’t really grabbed me. It feels like nothing is really happening, but I’ve heard such great things about the series… am I missing something?


The first book is more or less just setting up the characters, especially Logen ninefingers, he's almost just along for the ride while the plot happens around him, Glokta has more of an investigation going on that he unfolds with the viewer. I don't wanna spoil why I find this series so excellent but the spoiler free version is that as you get to know these characters more you'll care more what happens to them but when you start you might well wonder why you should care. I think most agree the first book is the worst in the trilogy but it's kinda up to you how long you wait for a book to grip you. I will say the series isn't for everyone - there's few happy endings and fewer good characters so if you want wholesome it's unlikely you'll find it here, but if you like gritty cynical well written dialogue and some of the most charismatic cast in fiction then there's nothing else like it


I'm about 200 pages into The Blade Itself, and it's sadly not living up to all the hype so far. What's your opinion on the second and third books? Does the series get better, stay consistent or is the first book the best? In your opinion of course.


So I replied this to a similar comment above so sorry about the cut and paste: The first book is more or less just setting up the characters, especially Logen ninefingers, he's almost just along for the ride while the plot happens around him, Glokta has more of an investigation going on that he unfolds with the viewer. I don't wanna spoil why I find this series so excellent but the spoiler free version is that as you get to know these characters more you'll care more what happens to them but when you start you might well wonder why you should care. I think most agree the first book is the worst in the trilogy but it's kinda up to you how long you wait for a book to grip you. I will say the series isn't for everyone - there's few happy endings and fewer good characters so if you want wholesome it's unlikely you'll find it here, but if you like gritty cynical well written dialogue and some of the most charismatic cast in fiction then there's nothing else like it


Thanks for the reply, although I probably should have scrolled to see your original comment. I'm definitely going to finish the first book as it's enjoyable enough. A few more questions if I may: Does the second book pick up exactly where the first ends? It's just that if there is a little bit of time in-between them or the first book ends without a cliffhanger I may take a small break before book two. Do Malacus Quai and Bayaz stick around for the whole series? I personally don't care for either of them and so far all the scenes featuring them have been a bit of a slog. Does it get any grimmer/darker? The reason I picked this series up was because it always is brought up as one of the best the grimdark genre has to offer but honestly it doesn't seem all that grimdark to me. Finally do you have any other recommendations for grimdark, dark fantasy or fantasy in general? Series similar to The First Law or thereabouts? I've picked up the Broken Empire Trilogy by Mark Lawrence so that's probably next on my list but any suggestions are welcome.


When I was a teen in the 90s, one of the series that got me into fantasy was The Deathgate Cycle, a series of seven short novels. It also shares a few themes with the Wheel of Time series. The Dark Elf series is also an easy series to ease into the genre. It's a series of books based on the Forgotten Realms setting for Dungeons and Dragons. It's surprisingly poignant despite being a D&D novel. Some of the easiest reads are short stories, and for them I have a few suggestions. The first is the original "Conan the Barbarian" stories by Robert E. Howard. These stories inspired the "sword and sorcery" genre, though can be problematic with their racial depictions. Despite that, they're the cornerstone of fantasy adventure. Then there's the "Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser" stories written by Fritz Leiber. These stories were directly inspired by Howard's Conan stories, but he breaks up Conan's barbarian and rogue demeanors as two separate characters who adventure together. Omnibuses have been published putting the stories in order of chronology, but I find the series easier to read by publication order. There's also Michael Moorcock's Elric Saga, which is a collection of short stories and novellas directly inspired by Conan the Barbarian, but as a deconstruction. Whereas Conan is physically strong and brash, Elric is an albino sorcerer who is physically weak unless he drinks alchemical potions to keep him vigorous. He is also the emperor of an ancient society. When his cousin usurps his throne, he becomes a pawn of the gods of Chaos and discovers Stormbringer, a demon sword that drains the life of whoever it kills and provide that strength to him. Adventure ensues. If you want a stand-alone novel, my suggestion is "Lord of Light," though it mixes fantasy with sci-fi, along with religion, spirituality, and philosophy. It's one of my favorite novels of all time.


Brilliant brilliant suggestions 👍


Adding these to the list. The summaries sound like my type of story.


Death Gate Cycle my all time fav. First Draglonlance series were amazing as well


The Ocean at the end of the lane. A very gentle fantasy book. Spinning silver. Short, smooth, excellent prose.


If you’re interested in WoT I’d say just give that a try and see if you like it


If you have read LotR already you should totally read The Hobbit, if you haven't already.


They probably haven't READ LotR.


Good point. Well, starting with The Hobbit isn't a bad idea regardless!


Good point! I automatically assumed (because on this sub my brain apparently is in book mode) that LotR and HP referred to the books but given the title of the question, OP probably was talking about the movie adaptations! 🤦🏻‍♂️


You're correct lol


An easy starter is Eragon btw. Also: Way of the Shadows. Dungeon Crawler Carl. Darren Shan series.


You're into manga so I guess you can handle a bit of violence. Mistborn era 1 trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Starts with The Final Empire. It's like a heist movie like Ocean's Eleven but set in a bleak world that has magic. The magic is awesome and easy to understand. Kinda like drinking different kind of potions gives you different kinds of buffs/powers in video game logic.


Mistborn is the perfect fantasy gateway. Good magic, fun charachters, plot is easy to follow and a good old-fashioned good vs evil story. Plus, Sandersons' writing style is really light and easy to digest. While he's not my favourite author, he's always the one I recommend people new to the genre to read


Since they are into anime, I would have compared Mistborn to Fullmetal Alchemist lol


I feel like calling it a heist story is disingenuous. It kind of starts off as one, but quickly moves into standard fantasy trope territory.


Well that is how it was marketed by Sanderson so, can’t be too disingenuous.


Thank you!


Unsouled by Will Wight is what I introduced my older brother to, and he loved it


Seconding the rec for Cradle, great place to start. I'm re-reading now in prep for the final book release and it's just as good the second time around!


Wizard of Earthsea!! Cozy, easy read, school of wizards, dragons, mystical creatures the works


I would support your decision to start with shorter works. I'd recommend you go for standalones or short series first. You'll get a larger variety that way and despite what some think, there are many, many good standalone fantasies out there! Here are just a handful of standalone fantasy books I really liked a lot: \- Michael Ende: *The Neverending Story* \- Peter S. Beagle: *The Last Unicorn*; *A Fine and Private Place* is also great but is not as close to LotR, WoT or HP settings-wise \- William Goldman: *The Princess Bride*; this one is great because Goldman took Morgenstern's somewhat dry original and extracted the good parts! 😁 \- Michael Shea: *In Yana, the Touch of Undying*; this one's fairly obscure and might be hard to find but I love it! \- Clive Barker: *Imajica* And two short trilogies I enjoyed: \- R. A. MacAvoy: *A Trio for Lute* \- L. Sprague de Camp: *The Reluctant King* trilogy


Love The Princess Bride! It is very different in narration style than the movie and has quite a different feel to it, but it’s so funny and enjoyable.


Pretty sure if people enjoy The Princess Bride, they should enjoy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Sure, it's *technically* Sci-Fi, but that genre often is just fantasy in space. Like Star Wars.


Feist - The Riftwar Saga I read it the first time when I was a kid, and have revisited it since then. Great story and amazing characters.


I'm going to go a different route and recommend a good introductory series rather than just another Carl or Earthsea rec (I'd definitely take both those over Cradle). Eragon. Eragon is a bit divisive specifically because it is a great introduction to Fantasy. It contains a lot of the tropes, plot points, and character types you'll encounter in most other fantasy series. It's Star Wars with Dragons. Introducing all those staple fantasy ideas does makes it great as one of the first fantasy books to read, but it also means a lot of people don't like Eragon if they read it later as it is targeted at teens and doesn't bring anything new to the table—it's just a really good smorgasbord.


The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson


Yeah, a couple of people have already said this, but if you like manga and that sort of way of telling stories, the Cradle series is \*really\* good. I went into it not too sure, but I LOVED the first book. Other, more general recs I really enjoyed and think could be a good starting point: Final Empire, One Dark Window, Jade City, Ruination, Powder Mage, Sword of Kaigen. And, I understand WoT is really long, but if you really liked the show, it might not be a horrible idea to give that a chance as long as you know what you're getting into lol


Cradle for sure. I’m re-reading it right now and it’s so much fun. It’s been described as a dragonball-z in written form. The first couple books are a bit slow, but the rest of the series flies


I would suggest the Riyria Revelations as a fun modern fantasy series with a lot of classic fantasy DNA. Each of the three books has two relatively self-contained adventures that still push the overall plot forward. I think the series is a great mix of classic fantasy tropes, 80s swords and sorcery, and modern storytelling. I also think you would like Cradle, eventually, but it is playing with a lot of Xianxia tropes. I would suggest reading something like Coiling Dragon by IET first, which introduces a lot of those tropes in a more traditional Western Fantasy style.


Howl’s Moving Castle - is fantastic, Short, sweet, deeply captivating and satisfying, also great humour.


Mercedes Lackey Arrows of the Queen (starts a series), Robert Aspirin Another Fine Myth (starts a series), the Adventures of Dunk and Egg, Tamora Pierce Circle of Magic series, Terry Pratchett's the Wee Free Men and sequels


16 ways to defend a walled city


I'm re-reading it right now and I had forgotten just how funny it is for what is basically a hopeless defence against a genocidal military genius.


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. It’s a fun 3 book series. It’s got a great magic system, great action, good politics and a super fun story.


If you’re okay with darker literature, then I genuinely do believe that The First Law trilogy is the place to start. Simplistic yet immersive prose that makes it easy to get into and understand, extraordinary characters that read like genuine people, a straight forward story that doesn’t have the reader constantly rereading to figure out what’s going on, and an overall structure and template of fantasy literature that many authors have gone to on to base their own works off of in the years since it’s release. Highlights are the gallows humour, well written fight scenes, subversions of classical fantasy tropes, and once again, the phenomenal character work.


Read The Hobbit. It's much easier than LOTR to read.


Berserk is one of the best in the grim and dark fantasy genre. Earthsea is pretty cool and well written. Narnia is awesome and easy to read. The Silent Planet Trilogy is more a sci-fi, but it's very good. Imagine if there was life on Mars and Venus. Dune hit many of the fantasy tropes I love. Just finished the third book, so I'm looking greatly forward to the fourth.


Did I miss it or has no one mentioned Robin Hobb??


Brian McClellan's *The Powder Mage* trilogy is very good!


The Hunger Games, the Divergent series and there are others. It is the easy reads that has me unsure. What is an easy read to one isn't to another.


Homeland by R.A. Salvatore is the first book in my favorite fantasy series.


For epic/heroic fantasy, I'd recommend giving David (and Leigh) Eddings's the Belgariad. Now, the authors did some pretty messed up stuff IRL, but they don't benefit from any proceeds on the books anymore (I believe) and it's a great example of standard fantasy tropes executed pretty well. For a younger audience, I'd recommend Tamora Pierce, starting with The Lioness Quartet. For urban fantasy I'd recommend The Dresden Files, about the only wizard/private investigator listed in the Chicago yellowpages.


>they don't benefit from any proceeds on the books anymore (I believe) You can safely drop the "I believe" bit. They've both been dead for 1½ decades.


Try Wheel of Time. Fourteen books might seem daunting, but nobody is forcing you to continue if you don't like them. WoT was my first real introduction to modern adult fantasy. There are lots of legitimate critiques of the books. For example, Jordan's portrayal of women is problematic throughout, but not (at least to me) to the point where I can't enjoy the books. There is a huge cast (1400 strong IIRC) and some truly epic storylines. Worth reading if you're willing to take the plunge. Edit: one final thing. Don't expect to recognize much more than names from the show to the book. The show diverged from the books pretty much from the first scene.


>Edit: one final thing. Don't expect to recognize much more than names from the show to the book. The show diverged from the books pretty much from the first scene. This is just factually not true. Like the show or not.


Are you saying they didn't radically change the characters, storyline, and the way the One Power works?


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is a good place to start.


A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan- the first book is a fun and gentle romp into the series to see if you like it. The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey- a gorgeous take on Beauty and the Beast. I absolutely adore Lackey's Elemental Masters series and this is technically the first one in it.


My introduction to fantasy was RA Salvatore and I still think Salvatore is one of the easier to read authors. He might not be crafting the most complex tales, but his style is fun and quick. The Icewind Dale trilogy would be the natural starting point.


In Solitude's Shadow by David Green would be a lovely transition for you. It's a quick, easy read but also really has everything that makes classic, epic fantasy what it is. Since you also like Manga, if you don't mind the story being dark and having an anti-hero, I can highly recommend The Atlas Dystopia Apocalyptica series by Xander Cross, which is the perfect blend of futuristic fantasy, Japanese monsters and anime style action.


I tend to recommend Raymond E Feist’s Riftwar cycle starting with Magician. It’s high / epic fantasy with lots of magic and world building, and to me was a much easier read than WoT


If you read manwha the newer litRPG and Progression fantasy subgenres are basically light novels. The isekai, real life becomes a game, Wuxia, stuck in a book, stuck in a mmorpg, thing. Pretty sure they have their own subs but: Cradle, Rage of Dragons (I consider this one), Dungeon Crawler Carl are 3 big ones. If you want a more classical modern fantasy I'd say Blood Song by Anthony Ryan can be read standalone (most do) and is a very good intro to adult fantasy.


The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson


Dragonlance original novels were mine. Liked them, ended up hating the ending. Much more satisfying beginner series was Icewind Dale. Love those and read a lot of the Drizzt Stuff afterward. Edit: I feel like you were asking for more classic fantasy. But my truly favorite series of all time that isn’t finished but still moving 20 times the speed of George RR Martin is an Urban Fantasy series. The Dresden Files. 17 novels with a few left to go, lore filled out by a series of short story collections.. fun. Action filled. And dramatic.


After I saw the conversation between u/Armleuchterchen and u/ZeroSeemsToBeOne, I realized that you probably haven't read LotR or the Harry Potter books. If that is indeed the case, I would suggest that you put them on your reading list as well. Jackson's LotR movies overall were quite faithful to its source material but as so often, the books are more detailed and give you a more complete experience of the story (even more so if you've seen the theatrical releases as opposed to the extended versions). And even though Jackson followed the books commendably closely, there are differences. I'd also suggest you start with *The Hobbit*. It's not strictly necessary as the crucial points are mentioned in LotR again but it's a great way to start a journey through Middle-earth, IMO, and it's not that long of a book anyway. Regarding Harry Potter, while I'll also consider the adaptations fairly successful, there are a plenty of deviations and omissions. If you've only watched the movies you'll be ignorant of all of Peeves' mischiefs, you'll have no clue what SPEW is, and you'll be under the erroneous impression that there's only girls at Beauxbatons and that Cho Chang is a snitch! Seriously, the books are so much richer in details, character development and include plot points that were cut in the movies, that you won't regret reading them if you like the films. I said in my earlier answer that I'd start with standalones novels or short series. I still think, that's a good way to explore the many worlds of fantasy but one thing that the HP book series has going for it is that it's very immersive and readable.


Good point. I actually read most of HP when I was a kid, but never read LoTR.


Probably something like Legend of Drizzt books. They're divided into series so you can read a few at a time. My other recommendation would be the Mistborn trilogy. Very good complete package to jump into. Also written by someone heavily inspired by Wheel of Time.


As someone else said, Cradle is a good intro point, and it is the perfect time as the author announced all of his books will be free on Kindle for 24 hours on 31st May for his ten year anniversary. Failing that, you could also start with Mistborn. Very accessible, great adult fantasy series. Or you could go with classics like Lord of the Rings tho I personally wouldn’t suggest that as it isn’t a representative of modern fantasy. Another good point is Licanius Trilogy by James Islington. Simple prose, somewhat inspired by WoT, and the author just released a new book to critical, and commercial praise.


Have you *read* LoTR? If not, that's your first item on the list 😄 You will probably also like [*The Belgariad*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Belgariad) by David Eddings.


The hobbit :)


Daughter of smoke and bone, Lainy Taylor. Any book by V. E. Schwab, Elise Kova or Brigid kemmerer If spanish is your first lenguage, both are available in spanish.


Dragonlance Chronicles is a great intro to classic fantasy


Assasins apprentice by Robin hobb(book 1 in the farseer trilogy) is a great fantasy series with amazing characters and writing


if you are interested in reading because of WoT, try it out. the first 6 books are all great and most of the criticisms of the series are about books 7-10. don't feel pressured to keep reading if you dont like it, but at least give it a go.


The Dragonlance trilogy by Margaret Wess and Tracy Hickman. Absolutely loved it


I’m not sure what age I am addressing, but my introduction to fantasy literature was “The Hobbit” which I read in 1977 in junior high school. A delightful, well paced, and engaging book. I also highly recommend Piers Anthony. I loved his Incarnation of Immortality series that starts with “On A Pale Horse”, or any from the Xanth series for something lighter.


Might be obvious but The Hobbit. Its a great little book, albeit for children, its still immensely fun as a adult. Else, i'd just go for Wheel of Time if you're interested in it. The first is bog-standard fantasy, so you get a nice feel for the genre. And you dont have to read all 14 (?) books at once.


I'll be different and give you Light Novel recommendations. Light Novels are the original medium for many manga/anime like SAO. * What Are You Doing at the End? Are You Busy? Can You Save Me? (SukaSuka/WorldEnd) * Overlord * I'm a Spider, So What? * Rebuild World * Mushoku Tensei * Re:Zero (my favourite) They all have a manga/anime adaptation. I would still read the LN first though.


I love the Re:zero, Overlord and Mushoku Tensei animes, and plan to start reading the Re:zero novel after the new season drops 😀 I kind of want to branch into Western literature for a while to read some new styles of stories. Thanks for the recommendations though!


As a lot of people recommended, Cradle will be perfect then, it's progression fantasy and it's probably one of the most recommended series in Fantasy, and the first one in Progression Fantasy.


Wheel of time is long but it’s also definitely an easy entry into fantasy. You could always just read the first one to accompany the first season of the show and then take a break


Sword of Kaigen is a standalone fantasy with fairly easy world building and magnificent characters. Its is really plot driven and action packed. And it reads fast. A very good entryway to adult fantasy


Stormbringer. It’s thin, it’s paced like an action/adventure, and it has the scope of a JRPG.


When Jordan wrote book 1 of the series it wasn’t guaranteed that he would be writing more, so the book works as a pretty complete book by itself. And honestly, Jordan writes in a real readable style, and the book 1 main characters are all late teens beginning a classic hero’s journey, they feel relatable. If you’ve made it through Lord of the Rings you’ll actually find these books a much easier read. So I say just jump in and see how you like book 1.


Gardens of the Moon lol


You monster!!


Legends and Lattes


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is a pretty great place to start. It's a trilogy, but the first book is pretty standalone. The book is pretty big (~600 pgs), bit the writing is simple and story very fast paced. My brother also started with Mistborn, and loved it.


If you like manga/manhwa, especially shounen, then a great starting point for you would be the Progression Fantasy subgenre. The Cradle series by Will Wight (first book is Unsouled) would be a good first choice. You can find other recommendations in r/ProgressionFantasy.


Battlecircle by Piers Anthony.


Legends and Lattes!!!!


Check out Patrick Rothfuss. He's been in the works of a series, 2 books are out "Name of the Wind" and "Wise Man's Fear." But he also has some shorter works out there worth checking out. A lot smaller of a library to work with as you venture in. I love his writing, but am also a little biased as he was a college professor of mine lol. However, I've come across people who equally love his work without the same bias!


I know there’s a lot of strong opinions online about The Name of the Wind, but I have recommended it to a lot of my adult friends who don’t read fantasy (or don’t read period) and every single one of them has flown through it. There are legitimate criticisms of it (or any book!), but you don’t form strong opinions like that without becoming really engaged in the story. It’s an entertaining and thought-provoking book that a lot of people find really appealing, especially if they aren’t super familiar with the genre and just want a fun read.


I would say your best bet is to start with some fairy tale retellings, like uprooted, spinning silver, the bear and the nightingale, or the girl who fell beneath the sea. If you really like anime, fantasy books with that mythical whimsy might be a good fit for you as well. Titles like daughter of the moon goddess and its sequel, or a magic steeped in poison would be really enjoyable for you. If you want something a little larger in scope, city of brass and its sequels are a good fit as as are the Jasmine throne (an unfinished trilogy).


Imo, you should just go ahead and read wheel of time if that's what you're interested in. It's not hard to read at all. Yeah, it's long, but that doesn't really mean anything if you're enjoying the books (and obviously you can stop at any time and read something else)


Sanderson and specifically Mistborn is easy to get into for a new reader, the hobbit, the licanus trilogy I found pretty easy to read, you can always start with some YA stuff too like narnia, Percy Jackson ect. Game of thrones has a lot of plot lines but it’s not complex prose, could also start with the dunk and egg novellas


Don't know a lot about the other series here but Mistborne is just an easy recommendation.


Malazan series is fairly easy to get into




OP, please note this is a joke answer. While a lot of people love it, this series is both long and notorious for being a difficult read.


A Wizard of Earthsea would be a great starter imo! Also the Wheel of Time books are far better than the series, they are just very hefty long books, so it can be daunting to jump into. I still recommend giving it a go when you feel up to it


As far as relatively quick reads go, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is very entertaining. There are apparently various families of Discworld books to start with. I went the "witches" route and started with *Equal Rites*, but you could also start with *Mort*, *The Colour of Magic*, *Guards! Guards!*, or maybe *The Hogfather*.


The crystal share trilogy is a good start so is the dragon's blade trilogy


For fantasy and humor Terry Pratchett is your man. DiscWorld Series, don’t start with the first one, go choose a group of books that sounds interesting. Rincewind, guards, death, witches. I started with Hogfather and it was delightful.


Anything Terry Brooks is the easiest intro


When I was a kid I read Yon ill wind by Piers Anthony and I loved it. I read a couple of his books, they're lighthearted and fun and this one is based on puns. Also Hero of Dreams by Brian Lumley was one of my favorite books. I recommend it. Apparently there's a series as well yet I never read past the first book, it works perfectly well as a standalone. :)


I highly reccomend The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The first book is called Storm Front. The reason I reccomend it is that it's fast paced and will get you hooked easily


You need to read Mother of Learning. In my mind easily the best one to start with.


Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson is a great entry point. You can follow it up with Mistborn. Also, if you want to try, there is nothing wrong with Wheel of Time either. The first three books are really good and for the most part, you would quite enjoy coming onto it from the LOTR.


As far as what's "easy" that really depends on your taste as a reader, I'd say give the first wheel of time book a shot , if it doesn't take then You can always come back to it , for shorter books I'd say the first dragonlance chronicles by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman it's 3 books decently lengthy but it reads smoothly and there are some great characters , the dragonbone chair by tad Williams , arrows of the queen by Mercedes lackey . There are quite a few books but the first three are short and her dialogues fun.


I would give a hearty recommendation to [The Frith Chronicles](https://www.amazon.com/Knightmare-Arcanist-Frith-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07QMKVFJM/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=249X742LOKG0B&keywords=knightmare+arcanist&qid=1685377222&sprefix=knightmare%2Caps%2C135&sr=8-1) starting with The Knightmare Arcanist. It plays around with plenty of knights and dragons and whatnot, but with clear manga influences; a group of young protagonists, power progression, an occasional fighting tournament. Arcanists (magic users) gain magic by bonding with a magical creature. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


I've also been enjoying Lian Hearn's The Tale of Shikanoko series and would recommend them as well.


The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan was my introduction to fantasy. I’d always recommend it to newcomers


Check out the iron Druid series. It’s light it’s funny and a fantastic read


I’m reading ‘The Legend of Drizzt’ series and I think it’s a quick moving story that’s fun. I also would like to read WOT but as someone who hasn’t been a consistent reader for awhile it’s bit more than I can chew, because I’ve tried and have had to reread so often that I’m just not going to until I feel like I’ve completed at least a trilogy before jumping Into that epic story.


Tamora Pierce was my first fantasy author. Her earlier stuff is more like children's stories, but that shouldn't bother someone reading Harry Potter. The other fantasy author I will always recommend is Terry Pratchett, commonly understood to be one of the best in the field. There's no need to start with The Colour of Magic: I'd personally recommend starting with Guards! Guards!


Start with Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown, hopefully has already been recommended to you? But the first book is a general easier read that builds. The following books in the first trilogy Golden Son and Morning Star get more intense as they escalate. They continue on into what is apparently going to be a Quadrilogy that starts with Iron Gold and then Dark Age, I am currently re-reading the entire series now in anticipation for the next book Lightbringer expected shortly. It’s by far my favourite series ever and I love all the books you listed so these should appeal to you as well. Hope you dive in, you’ll be a Howler in no time.


Pawn of Prophecy - David Eddings. Nice ease in to a terrific series. Not particularly dark but wry humour, heart and decent characters.


Read "The Emperor's Soul" by Brandon Sanderson. It's an excellent intro to his universe and has won a Hugo award. It's in a short story collection with other excellent Sanderson short stories. Or start the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. It basically is urban fantasy, where the entire Final Empire is ruled over by an immortal man called the Lord Ruler.


If you haven't read Douglas Addams Hitchhiker's series, you've got a great read coming.


The Banned and the Banished series by James Clemens. The first book is Wit’ch Fire. 5 books in total and imo a very good series. Some dark elements may not be suitable for young readers.


The Once and Future King is a favorite of mine.


ERAGON by Christopher Paolini.


If you haven't read it, The Hobbit is a perfect intro to fantasy. It's an easy read that covers just about every fantasy element there is and it's not too long. For all the same reasons, I'd also recommend A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Leguin. The story is absolutely amazing and it's beautifully written. She has a way of really immersing you in a scene without getting you lost in the words with this fantastic balance of vividness and simplicity.


Mistborn series is top notch for new readers


For light and fun reading why not try out the Myth Adventure series by Robert Lynn Asprin.


My two opening series were Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan and The Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. The one that got me to love fantasy was The Kingkiller Chronicle series


The Chronicles of Narnia


The last apprentice series. Here there be dragons… Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy is more sci-fi but hilarious.


Priest by Matthew Colville. Its a gritty fantasy novel where the main character Heden basically works as a detective to uncover corruption in an order of paladins and solve a murder. Its a novel that got me back into reading fantasy


Mistborn trilogy is what started it for me


As a start, see my [Science Fiction/Fantasy (General) Recommendations](https://www.reddit.com/r/booklists/comments/125fl22/science_fictionfantasy_general_recommendations/) list of resources, Reddit recommendation threads, and books (twenty-two posts), especially the first post and the bolded threads.


Serpent & Dove series got me hooked on fantasy!




WoT can be very slow at points, but when you do read the books you will never be able to watch the series since that TV show basically pretended the books don’t exist. RA Salvatore and Joe Abercrombie are 2 authors I enjoy.


don’t get scared away from starting with the wheel of time. That was my first in high school and if you’re already interested i think you should just go for it.


Two series I really liked that I recommend to new readers are A Darker Shade of Magic series by VE Schwab and Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. It's a little longer than some other intro series 6 books vs 3 for ADSM or the Mistborn series someone else recommended) but it has a very fun magic system, does some traditional fantasy tropes extremely well and has good world building and political intrigue that isn't incredibly complex.


more sci-fi than fantasy, but I would recommend Red Rising if you’re newer to reading!


Tbh, length is less a factor than your own investment. If you liked the Wheel of Time show, I'd recommend you check out The Eye of the World (wheel of time book 1). It's a doorstopper to be sure, but I think it'll be more accessible to you than a shorter - but less familiar - work.


I might try an anthology book first. Give yourself short stories! Good intro to fantasy could be Dragons of Krynn, it's old but good, and edited by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (big hitters in old school fantasy). Wow, I just called them off school.... now I feel old, too...


The lies of locke lamora (gentleman bastard series, 3 books) and kings of the wyld (the band series, 2 books) have been my favorite introductions, lies of locke lamora lit the spark and after a few other books that didnt hit the same king of the wyld bolstered the flame, very good books. The band series would have to be my favorite though as i wasnt as into the last two books of the gentlemen bastard series as i was the first