12 Easy-To-Read Fantasy Books For Beginners

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Are you a beginner fantasy reader looking to explore the fantasy genre?

If you are, then you’ve stumbled upon the right article. A couple of years ago, I was just like you!

I wanted to start reading fantasy books, but with so many recommendations on booktok and bookstagram, it was overwhelming!

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In this blog post, you’ll come across a few easy-to-read fantasy books for beginners that might be just the thing you need to help you get started with this genre.

These fantasy books for beginners consists of standalone books, duologies and trilogies.

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Why Do We Read Fantasy?

Reading fantasy books can be a form of entertainment. They help us regular people escape into a world we’ve never seen, yet imagined and we find ourselves in characters within pages of a fantasy book. 

12 Easy To Read Fantasy Books For Beginners

1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This was my first YA fantasy series! The story follows Jude, a mortal who is captured by a fae and is brought to the fae realm.

We follow her journey as she tries to fit in and not make an enemy she will regret, The Cruel Prince, Cardan Greenbriar. There’s lots of scheming, trickery and politics going on which makes the plot fast-paced but it is great for beginners as it is easy to follow.


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2. Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

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Based on Chinese mythology, Daughter of the Moon Goddess is the first book of the Celestial Kingdom duology. 

Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality.

But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.

This book was easy to follow, the Chinese mythology aspect was explained well (I did not find the need to Google anything!). Besides the fast-paced plot, the fantasy romance in this book was subtle yet charming. 


  • Duology Fantasy Series
  • Chinese Mythology Retelling
  • YA Romantasy
  • My Full Review

3. Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett 

We follow Emily, a Cambridge professor who studies faes. She is almost done writing her encyclopedia. All she needs to do is visit wintery Ljosland to complete her book. 

This book is great for fantasy beginners because its plot is not as fast-paced (that does not mean there is no stakes, it’s low in stakes).

Plus, I love the fae fantasy romance brewing between Emily and her rival professor, Wendell.


  • Duology Fantasy Series
  • Diary entry format
  • Helpful footnotes (perfect introduction to faes)
  • Romance Tropes: Rivals to Lovers, Fae Romance, Reversed Grumpy-Sunshine

4. Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

Legends and Lattes is described as a cozy fantasy with low stakes. We follow Viv, a retired adventurer who finds a new passion – coffee making. She decides to open a coffee shop in a nearby small town. 

If you are looking for a fantasy book with an easy-going storyline and heart-warming characters you’ll eventually get attached to, this wholesome read is for you.


5. Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

Divine Rivals is perfect for those who are starting to get into the romantasy genre. Iris Winnow has no choice but to work as a journalist at the Oath Gazette because her brother has gone to war and her grieving mother has quit her job.

She is determined to secure the columnist position at the paper to support her family. However, in her way stands Roman Kitt, a young and dashing man who is also competing for the same position.

The two cannot stand each other, but soon Roman finds out that the mysterious letters appearing in his wardrobe is from Iris. At the same time, Iris isn’t aware that her anonymous correspondant is her work rival.


  • Duology Fantasy Series
  • Simple world-building and magic system
  • Cozy & lyrical writing style
  • Romance Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity
  • My Guide to Divine Rivals

6. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Violet has always been trained to be a Scribe. Until one day, her mother, the general forces her to join the Riders Quadrant at Basgiath War College to be a dragon rider.

At the brutal war college, she meets bad boy and wingleader Xaden Riorson who is out to get her in order to take revenge for what her mother has done to his father.


7. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

If you’ve been scrolling on booktok searching for fantasy romance books for beginners, you’ve probably come across A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR).

Although I’ve heard ACOTAR is a fairly easy fantasy book to get into, it sits lower on this list because it is the first book of 5 part series. 

As a beginner fantasy reader, be sure to consider if you can commit to a series of more than three books. Especially if this is your first couple of fantasy series as you don’t want to be overwhelmed!


  • Immersive world-building
  • Romance Tropes: Enemies to lovers, Fae Romance

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8. The Tea Dragon Society

The Tea Dragon Society series is a wholesome fantasy graphic novel about tea dragons and their owners. This cozy graphic novel is also a queer cottagecore book as it has diverse representation.

Although this wholesome fantasy book may look like a graphic novel for young readers at first glance, it’s messaging is highly relatable to adults.


9. Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

Greek mythology with a modern twist? Yes, please! Lore Olympus is a webtoon turned into a graphic novel that follows the retelling of Hades and Persephone. 

There are five volumes as of now. However, you’ll breeze through these volumes very quickly because of how easy it is to understand. It’s also super fun to learn about different gods and goddesses and their relationships with one another.


  • Graphic novel
  • Modern Greek Mythology retelling
  • Stunning artwork

Read More: 11 Books And Webtoons Like Lore Olympus To Start Reading Today

10. Crumbs by Danie Stirling

Another Webtoon adaptation, Crumbs, is a great YA fantasy book for beginners.

This coming-of-age cozy fantasy novel revolves around finding yourself, forming friendships and the desire to seek for societal/family approval.

It’s a little pick-me-up kinda novel perfect for beginners or experienced fantasy readers. There’s not much world-building or depth to the characters, but it’s super cute and relatable. You’ll breeze through it quickly.


  • Graphic novel
  • Wholesome & cozy
  • Stunning artwork

11. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Six Crimson Cranes retells a fairy tale called The Wild Swans, making it a great fantasy novel for beginners.

The author was also inspired by Chinese and Japanese mythology, and with that, she weaved both a retelling and asian mythology.

I enjoyed this book. It was one of those “unputdownable” books where you just want to get to the end so all your questions are answered.

The plot is not too fast-paced, just nice for a beginner fantasy reader like me (but not too slow and draggy either). 


12. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval is a beginner fantasy book series. It is a trilogy that follows two sisters, Scarlett and Tella who dream of going to Caraval, a once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show.

Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or there will be consequences, her beloved sister will disappear forever.


Wrap Up: Best Fantasy Books For Beginners

I hope these easy to read fantasy books for beginners help you ease into the fantasy genre.

These books are some of my personal favourites, let me know if you liked any of them or have any books to recommend for beginner fantasy readers.

If a book is not to your liking, don’t be afraid to DNF that book and move onto the next book.

Read More: 10 Signs To DNF Your Book (How To DNF + Next Steps To Take)

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  1. I definitely agree with Legends & Lattes and The Tea Dragon Society. Such cute and wholesome fantasies. When I recommend fantasy to newbies, I always suggest Shadow and Bone because it’s a really great intro to what fantasy has to offer, without smut or really complex magic systems!

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I have not read the Shadow & Bone series yet, will keep in mind!

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