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Heroism. Death. Magic. Quests. Mythology. Sorceress princesses, bard kings, and the Assistant Pig-Keeper. With its classic fantasy feel, memorable characters, wry humor, and complex takes on morality and heroics, the Chronicles of Prydain were a touchstone of so many of our readerly development. Here are a few books to read three, five, ten, or twenty years later. 

The Riddle-Master of Hed, by Patricia McKillip

A world of dangerous riddles and farmer-kings, a mysterious sigil, a quest… The Riddle-Master trilogy contains that alchemical combination of intriguing characters, adventure, magic, wry wit, darkness, whimsy, and moral exploration that made the Prydain Chronicles so compelling for so many of us, with Patricia’s McKillip’s keen eye for imagery and lovely prose.  

The Mabinogian

The essential book of Welsh mythology, from which so much of Prydain was drawn.

The Gawgon and the Boy, by Lloyd Alexander

A loosely autobiographical story of boyhood, monsters, friendship, learning, and possibilities.

The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold

After years imprisoned as a galley slave, Cazaril wants only home and rest. Instead, a post as secretary-tutor to a young noblewoman draws him into a world of intrigue, both human and divine. Bujold creates a world of complex theology and morality grounded in compelling characters and dilemmas, and the series only gets better from here.

Daughter of the Forest, by Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier retells the story of the six swans with grace and power.

Gods and Fighting Men, by Lady Gregory 

Lady Gregory’s collection of myths of the founding of Ireland.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin

When Yeine is summoned by her mother’s powerful, estranged family, she is thrust into a world of power struggles, gods, ever-changing stories, and shifting lines between good and evil and enemies and friends.

Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman’s beloved fairytale is by turns melancholy, frightening, and hilarious, and it’s always magical.

A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula LeGuin

The classic bildungsroman of magic and power. 

Sabriel, by Garth Nix

Garth Nix’s rich world and dark magic make the story of Sabriel, who is summoned away from her civilized boarding school to confront family secrets and ancient evils in the Old Kingdom, an unmissable middle grade/YA fantasy. 

The Mabinogian Tetralogy, by Evangeline Walton

Walton’s ambitious, novelistic retelling of the tales of the Mabinogian. 

The King of Elfland’s Daughter, by Lord Dunsany

Beautiful, sometimes melancholy, and certainly one of the more influential works of 20th century fantasy. 

Previously in this series: Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books, The Giver Quartet

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“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”
— Roald Dahl   (via fuckinq)

(Source: onlinecounsellingcollege, via openbookstore)

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Favourite Books → The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race—that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.None of those things, however, came out of my mouth.All I was able to do was turn to Liesel Meminger and tell her the only truth I truly know. I said it to the book thief and I say it now to you.I am haunted by humans.”

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Favourite Books The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race—that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.

None of those things, however, came out of my mouth.

All I was able to do was turn to Liesel Meminger and tell her the only truth I truly know. I said it to the book thief and I say it now to you.

I am haunted by humans.”

The Book Thief Markus Zusak