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9 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.

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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. 

9 Easy To Read Fantasy Books For Beginners

1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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This was my first fantasy series. A classic recommendation for any beginner fantasy reader, especially if you’re new to fae fantasy – scheming, trickery, enemies to lovers, forbidden love, politics (there’s a lot to look forward to!)

I do believe this is one of the best beginner fantasy series because it has everything you would expect from a high fantasy novel – intricate world-building, complex characters, an engaging plot that keeps you wanting more and subtle fantasy romance. 

This book definitely has it all and yet, it was not overwhelming to read as a beginner fantasy reader. 

Read More: 13 Books Like The Cruel Prince

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. 

Duologies are great for new fantasy readers. They are not too huge of a commitment, yet you have a second book to look forward to. 

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. 

Read More: Review: Daughter of The Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

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

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New to fae fantasy? This book is the perfect introduction to faeries! 

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).

The book is also written in a journal format. Every chapter is a diary entry written by Emily (and occasionally Wendell). There are lots of fun facts about faes and footnotes you can refer to!

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

4. Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

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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. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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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!

Read More: 25 Books Like A Court of Thorns and Roses

6. The Tea Dragon Society

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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.

Since this is a short fantasy book, you’ll be able to finish this in just one sitting (like I did). 

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

Read More: Review: The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill

7. Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

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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. 

Plus, fantasy graphic novels can be relatively easier to consume and therefore faster tor read – perfect for beginners!

It’s also super fun to learn about different gods and goddesses and their relationships with one another. The most noteworthy thing about these fantasy graphic novels are its beautiful art style! 

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

8. Crumbs by Danie Stirling

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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.

Read More: Review: Crumbs (Graphic Novel) by Danie Stirling

9. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

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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). 

Read More: Review: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Wrap Up: 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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