Fantasy Writers

Favorite Fantasy Christian book?

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 18 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #106820
    Noodle-Mum
    @noodle-mum

    Hey guys! I know reading is the best way to research, so I was wondering, what are some of your favorite Christian Fantasy books? 🙂

    #106840
    Linyang Zhang
    @devastate-lasting

    My personal favorite would be Bryan Davis’s Dragons In Our Midst series, as well as his Oracles of Fire series. Worth checking out!

    "Moving on and on and on we go,
    Shining lights above blown away..."

    #106856
    Naiya Dyani
    @naiya-dyani

      @noodle-mum WING. FEATHER. SAGA. FOR. LIFE!!!

      *grin* You asked. . .

      Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

      #106880
      DeepRun
      @deeprun

      That Hideous Strength

      Maybe not technically fantasy but Lewis calls it a fairy tale for adults in the introduction, so I’m claiming it.  I’ve read it once a year for seven years running and I still find new things.

      You do not have a soul. You have a body.
      You are a soul. - C.S. Lewis

      #106953
      Daeus Lamb
      @daeus-lamb

      Well, obviously The Silmarillion. 😏

      But if we’re talking more traditional novels, Dreamlander is very good. The Mark of the Raven seriously drew me in with the first half and wasn’t bad the second half of the book. I definitely like The Wingfeather Saga, particularly book 3.

      😀
      👕👍
      👖 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢

      #106956
      Michael Erasmus
      @michael-erasmus

        @naiya-dyani Y E S! Don’t listen to those reviews saying that The Wingfeather Saga is just for children. Kids do love it, but the depth and messages it holds for adults are amazing.

        If Tolkien’s Middle Earth works count as Christian, though, then I’d probably go with The Children of Hurin. It’s tragic but so beautiful!

        Ted Dekker’s Circle Series is also a powerful fantasy story, with a sprinkle of modern-day thriller.

        Or if you like quick reads, Chuck Black’s Knights of Arrethtrae series is entertaining, despite the questionable amount of “telling” instead of “showing.”

        #106970
        DeepRun
        @deeprun

        @michael-erasmus

        HOT DOG!! SOMEONE’S READ THE CIRCLE TRIOLOGY!!!

        You do not have a soul. You have a body.
        You are a soul. - C.S. Lewis

        #106990
        Chelsea R.H.
        @seekjustice

        @noodle-mum

        Probably Stephen Lawhead’s King Arthur books. They sort of lean toward historical fiction more but they have a definite fantasy tinge.

        Other than that, I haven’t read many explicitly Christian fantasy novels.

        Mahalo keia huiʻana

        #106993
        Michael Erasmus
        @michael-erasmus

          @deeprun

          And someone’s read the Space Trilogy! I haven’t reached That Hideous Strength yet; I just finished Out of the Silent Planet and started Perelandra. So far, so good.

          #107315
          Sarah Inkdragon
          @sarah-inkdragon

          Hmm, I’m really not sure. One of my all-time favorite fantasy novels is A Wrinkle In Time, which has sort of Christian elements, but not is explicitly  Christian. (I’m not even sure of the author meant for them to be Christian elements, to be honest. XD) Edit: I actually googled it to find out once and for all, and it turns out L’Engle was a Christian. So yeah, A Wrinkle In Time is my favorite fantasy novel. 😉

          I also really enjoy The Hobbit, mostly for the humor and the grans sense of adventure all rolled into one. Eragon is another of my favorites, but lower ranking because I find the prose less interesting. Tolkien has such a pleasant voice to read and you really can’t beat it. 😉

          Other than that, I really haven’t read a whole lot of explicitly Christian fantasy. I’m looking forward to reading more Sanderson, specifically the Mistborn Saga and Elantris. I’m also really excited to read Jill Williamson’s Kinsman Chronicles.  I unfortunately have so little time to read much of anything at the moment that I haven’t even bought new fantasy books since Fawkes came out. 😐 But hopefully once graduation is over and I’m a little more free with my brain time I can sit down and pick up a few new books.

          (Oh – and if anyone doesn’t mind more spell-type magic systems, the book Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my absolute favorite non-Christian novels of all time. It’s wacky, weird, and one of the few books that’s ever made me both laugh and cry. Do be warned, it has more of wizard/witch style magic system however, though I wouldn’t call it dark or explicit. It’s more of wacky adventure than anything with moments of good humor and warmth.)

          "A hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head."

          - C. S. Lewis

          #107384
          Princess Foo
          @princess-foo

          @noodle-mum I’m surprised no one has mentioned the Chronicles of Narnia yet! C. S. Lewis even said it isn’t a good kids book if adults can’t enjoy it and adults can definitely enjoy it! I read it for book club last year and it was great! The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is my favorite of the series.

          The cake is a lie. acaylor.com

          #107577
          Story_Guardian
          @story_guardian

            I love the Codebearer series written by the Miller Brothers. Also enjoy Chronicles of Narnia.

            #107787
            PenSword
            @pensword

            Only one I can think of that hasn’t been mentioned yet is The King Sword by Micah Cooley. It’s one of the only “Christian” fantasy I’ve enjoyed.

            I also really liked Broken Arrow by Azaria Durant. It’s not explicitly christian, but I know the author is, so for whatever that’s worth.

             

            If you read the Circle (trilogy) Series, do not read Green. Just don’t do it.

             


            @michael-erasmus

            Just a warning That Hideous Strength gets very weird. And very much unlike the other two books.

            #108969
            JennytheFaun
            @jennythefaun

            The Green Ember Series and Mistmantle Chronicles are both middle grade, but in my opinion they have as much worth and weight as adult books. I’ve also really liked all five of Nadine Brandes’s books, probably Fawkes the most. And I thought the Story Peddler did a pretty good job of being unconventional while still being…conventional. XD

            "...by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there."

            #108981
            Taylor Clogston
            @taylorclogston

            Have any of you read the Sea of Trolls books by Nancy Farmer? They’re middle grade books that aren’t written terribly deeply, but I really dig the stories even as an adult. They’re definitely more culturally Christian than Biblically based, but for people with a modicum of spiritual maturity who like middle grade fantasy, there’s some poignant beauty to them.

            The series (three books, each about 500 pages long) is about a Christian Saxon boy who goes on adventures after being captured by Vikings. There’s a weird bit of universalism to it where all faiths have their place on the World Tree, with Christianity at the top. But, like, there’s a bit of “believing other things results in you being given over to terror and horror in the big picture,” as those who believe in Ragnarok will suffer it, but Jack stands up to Thor (I think… it’s been a while since I read the book), telling him that he is a Christian who looks forward to Heaven, and Ragnarok has no power over him.

            There’s really no Jesus to it, sadly. It’s a very odd series.

            he Jack ends up harnessing magic as a bard, but remains a Christian despite meeting gods and spirits, and the series treats this is as a noble thing.

            Also it has fallen-angels-as-elves, riffing on the same mythology Tolkien did, which is pretty sweet, and there’s an elf girl who wants to get a soul and become human and it’s so precious.

            "...the one with whom he so sought to talk has already interceded for him." -The Master and Margarita

          Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 18 total)
          • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
          Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!

          Enroll in Our Seven-Day Mindset Challenge Course

          Enter your email to begin taking the course. We'll send you a link to begin the mindset course along with emails to help you grow in your writing craft!

          You've joined the course! Check your email to watch the first video.

          Plotting Is Hard

          That’s why we created a worksheet that will help you make sure your story hits all the right plot beats.

           

          Sign up below to learn how to ace story structure.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the plot sheet in one moment...

          Stop Using Meaningless Character Questionnaires

          Knowing your character's favorite ice cream flavor won't help you write engaging protagonists.

           

          Our questionnaire is different. Use it to discover your character's core fears, longings, hopes, and needs.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the character questionnaire in one moment...

          Discover What Readers Secretly Want

          We asked 300+ readers what elements rivet them to a story and which turn them off.

           

          Enter your email to get the scoop!

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

          Enjoying This Article? Get the Full Series!

           You can download the entire Tricky Subjects for Christian Storytellers series in e-book form for free!

           Learn how to wisely handle subjects like violence, language, and sex as a writer.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

          Worldbuild Smarter, Not Harder

           Some worldbuilding questionnaires force you to answer as many questions as possible about your world.

           

          Ours doesn’t. Answer targeted questions that reveal what’s actually important about your world.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the worldbuilding questionnaire in one moment...

          Take Your Style to the Next Level

          The written word matters to God.

           

          Does it matter to you?

           

          Learn how to develop an eloquent, practical, and personal style by downloading our free e-book.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

          Every Year, Thousands of Writers Give Up

           Don’t be the next.

           

          We understand how exhausting writing can be, so download our free e-book and find inspiration to press on!

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

          Don't Be That Kind of Christian Writer

          Want to impact the world for Christ with your writing—without being preachy or cliched?

           

          Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and craft powerful themes by downloading our free worksheet!

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the theme worksheet in one moment...

          So You've Got Cliches in Your Novel...

          Thankfully, we’re here to help!

           

          Enter your email below, and we’ll send you a four-step process for ripping cliches out of your novels.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the cliche worksheet in one moment...

          Sign Up for Updates

          Enter your email to receive updates on the Authentic Characters Summit, along with emails to help you grow in your writing craft!

          You have Successfully Subscribed!

          Does Christian Fiction Need to Be Clean?

          Our Tricky Subjects for Christian Storytellers e-book examines how to depict sensitive topics like violence, language, and sex with realism and wisdom. Sign up to download it for free!

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

          Poetry Isn't Just for Poets

          It can also help novelists write better stories!

          Get our Harnessing the Power of Poetry e-book to learn how techniques used by skilled poets can enrich your storytelling.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

          Enjoying This Article? Get the Full Series!

          You can download the entire Harnessing the Power of Poetry series in e-book form for free!

          Learn what surprising insights and techniques novelists can glean from poets.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

          Enjoying This Article? Get the Full Series!

          You can download the entire Evoking Reader Empathy series in e-book form for free!

          Learn how to craft characters readers can actually relate to.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

          Uncover the Secret to Relatable Characters

          Learning how to help readers connect with your story's characters doesn't need to be a mystery.

          Get our Evoking Reader Empathy e-book to discover how successful authors build empathy.

          Congratulations! Redirecting you to the eBook in one moment...

          Pin It on Pinterest