“I used to think that [adventures] were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten.”
~J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
Chances are, you have a fantasy fan in your midst this Christmas. You know the type. They have maps of imaginary worlds hanging on their walls. They’re always dreaming of grand adventures far from the ordinary. They will spend hours reading books about dragons, fairies, and wizards.
Fantasy helps us look at our world in different ways. It gives us a fresh perspective on life. It reminds us that humanity is always in a war between good and evil, and that our actions mean something in God’s great story of the world. It gives hope to those who feel as if they might give up. Sometimes, we need to be reminded that we are in the midst of a great adventure. We cannot turn back.
This year, I’d love to recommend some fantasy books all ages can enjoy together. Gather around the fire and let your imagination soar. And be encouraged that you, too, are on an adventure of God’s planning.
DragonSpell by Donita K. Paul
Book One in the DragonKeeper Chronicles
A small band of Paladin’s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect…
Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.
Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet
Book One in the Auralia Thread Series
When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster’s footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.
Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.
Auralia’s gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.
Auralia’s Colors weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action, and unpredictable characters sure to enthrall ambitious imaginations. – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=125630#sthash.XNJDFepL.dpuf
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson
Book One in the Wingfeather Saga
Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.
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