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Hobbit Day: Five immersive fantasy novels to lose yourself in

Updated on: 22 September,2021 11:34 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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On Hobbit Day, we have rounded up a list of fantasy novels from across the globe for fans of the genre. Demons, warfare, revolution, blood drinkers, wizards -- they've got it all

Hobbit Day: Five immersive fantasy novels to lose yourself in

A Hobbit fan dressed as an elf in a battle re-enactment from the book in Czech Republic, 2014. Photo: AFP

Fans all across the globe celebrate Hobbit Day on September 22, which coincides with the fictional birthdays of two of JRR Tolkien’s protagonists, Frodo Baggins and Bilbo Baggins, from the massively popular 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy and 'The Hobbit' respectively. The fantasy genre has always attracted readers across all ages, simply waiting to immerse themselves in a world different from their own. If you are a fan of the genre, we have rounded up a list of five gripping fantasy novels that you might have missed out on.                       


The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

If you are a sucker for stories about demons and warfare, this book will transport you to a mystical land. The story follows two warrior princesses who will battle an all-powerful evil force to save the world. The queer love story is incorporated beautifully so that it feels less like a plot device and more like a state of being, which allows the characters to be complex beyond their sexuality.


Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Set during the Russian Revolution, this book is a glorious retelling of a Russian folk tale of Koschei the Deathless. The New York Times bestselling author’s modernised take on the legend gives readers a great sense of the major developments in 20th century Russia. With enough magic, love, death and lust, the storyline has elements of mythology interweaved with actual history which will excite fans of historical fiction. 


Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In the mood for a gothic fantasy thriller? This vampire story may be your next read. Set in Mexico City, the novel follows Domingo, a lonely kid, and Alt, a descendant of Aztec blood drinkers. Vampires, cops, and criminals collide in this pulse-pounding drama that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The author has intricately woven Mexican history and culture into the narrative to help readers acquaint themselves with the world the book is set in, not just physically but emotionally too. 


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

A gripping tale, Neverwhere follows protagonist Richard Mayhew’s life in alternate realities in London. The book delves into the numerous trials and tribulations faced by him as he pursues a quest which reveals hidden truths about himself. The quizzical narrative is laced with elements of comedy and makes for an engaging read.


The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

The first book in the Camlet Rising trilogy is a curious read which offers a unique perspective on the legend of King Arthur. The book begins with the betrothal of King Arthur and Princess Guinevere, a union put together by the wizard Merlin to keep Camelot safe. Regardless of whether you are familiar with the legend, these books are an intriguing character study with a great plot. 


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