Lord of the Rings fan? Try these

Today I’m going to be wearing two hats, of the figurative variety. I’m doing some duel reader’s advisory: librarian and blogger.

First let’s talk about Lord of the Rings

This classic series is beloved. By me, too! It’s a classic fantasy by the amazing and unparalleled J.R.R. Tolkien. That man was a genius. As a scholar, he drew heavily on Anglo-Saxon traditions and language. He was especially interested in language. Did you know that the story for LOTR came out of languages he created first? Crazy!

What kind of books are the Lord of the Rings?

They’re epic fantasy, or high fantasy. This type of fantasy has its own world, different from ours. There is usually a hero, a mentor, and some sort of dark force. One of the main themes is the battle between good and evil.

In Lord of the Rings, the storyline in intricately-plotted with lots of world-building, and it’s leisurely-paced. Because of the awesome world-building, there is a strong sense of place. One of the main themes in this story is friendship.

Okay, so let’s talk read-alikes

When it comes to choosing read-alikes, a good starting place is to figure out what you (or the person you’re helping) liked about the book or author in question. There are many different elements to a book, so finding the right one and looking for other books with similar elements is a great way to begin. When doing general read-alikes, there are usually a mixture–some books with matching genres, some books with matching pacing, some books with matching literary styles, or a combination of such, etc, etc.  Today, I’ll be doing some general genre read-alikes!

Want some more epic fantasy with lots of sick world-building? Try these:

The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones) by George R.R. Martin (for mature audiences)
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

Want some YA epic fantasy? Try these:

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
Snow Like Ashes series by Sarah Raasch
Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A Nielson
The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta