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e have been inside for what seems like a year now. Are you re-reading or re-watching (yikes) Harry Potter for the umpteenth time? Let us travel to other beautiful mystical worlds through these fantasy series.
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin
The books are set on an archipelago of hundreds of islands surrounded by a vast unexplored sea. The characters have varying skin tones, which is a conscious authorial decision in the light of her criticism of the characters in a fantasy book assumed to be white. Young readers can enjoy the magic, adventure, and the beautiful world of Earthsea. The adults can appreciate the psychological and sociological nuances of the series as it discusses balance, within an individual, and in society.
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Against semi-magical backdrops, King juxtaposes Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger of a family of a knightly order, and Jake- a young & innocent kid from New York. Roland is on a quest to find the Dark Tower. You get to know his story and motives as the series progresses.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the declining human civilization is at odds with man-eating zombies. R, a male zombie in the early stages of decay, saves Julie during a food hunt with his fellow zombies. An unusual and tender relationship begins from here between a dead boy and a living girl. Warm Bodies, the first book in the series is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Consequently, the series has romance, humour and some heart-wrenching moments.
Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
Lyra Belacqua, a 12-year-old girl, lives with her daemon Pantalaimon and scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. All characters, the humans as well as witches, have a ‘daemon’ which is a physical manifestation of their inner self. The book has magic, a world that is like ours but a lot different and armoured polar bears. Her uncle Lord Asriel visits the college to plan an expedition to the Northern Lights, Mrs. Coulter wanting to whisk her away from the college and the disappearance of her friend Roger makes Lyra think that these events are somehow connected. To get the answers, she must travel to the Northern Lights. The world-building in this trilogy is fascinating. There are enough twists and turns to keep you hooked until the end.