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Fantasy stories  contain one or more of the following elelments:

  • Magic - charms, spells or rituals are used in order to produce a supernatural event. It's something that we humans are unable to perform, so we are intrigued by it.
  • Other worlds - characters either travel between this world and the other, or the story is set in an entirely new world
  • Universal Themes - e.g. good vs evil or the power of love
  • Heroism - how ordinary people respond in difficult circumstances. They themselves often don't know of their powers or abilities until they are called upon to perform heroic feats; or they may be guided by a larger, more powerful force
  • Fantastic objects - these help the characters perform their task
  • Speaking animals - can either talk to humans, or talk only amongst themselves
  • Special character types - fairies, giants, ogres, dragons, witches, zombies, vampires. A good author can shape the character in such a way that the reader has no problem believing it could exist.


Story Scrapbook - Brainstorming

Author Tristan Bancks has created an awesome free website - Story Scrapbook 2.0 - for collecting all kinds of images, videos, music, sound bites, maps, sticky notes and other ideas related to your topic.

Brainstorm your ideas on this site and you will find that writing your story is so much easier!!

Find instructions here at Tristan's website.

How to Write a Fantasy Story

Rowan of Rin

Emily Rodda's Rowan of Rin is a classic fantasy story with:

  • a reluctant hero
  • a prophecy
  • a fearsome dragon
  • a scary witch
  • confusing riddles
  • a dangerous quest
  • terrifying obstacles

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Types of Fantasy Books


Tricksters, by Tamora Pierce [Daughter of the Lioness series]

Sixteen is a rebellious age for most young people, and Aly is no exception. With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. Her father is second-in-command of the country's spies - if only he would let her be one!

But everything changes when Aly, sailing alone down the coast of Tortall, is captured by pirates and winds up a slave to the Balitangs...

[from Good Reads]


Moonshadow: Rise of the Ninja by Simon Higgins  [Moonshadow series]

In the moonlight, the explosive fast draw became a horizontal streak of silver, flashing momentarily from the cover of the shadow. The tip of Moonshadow's sword ambushed the lurking foe, who stood, still drawing his own weapon. It's the dawn of an age of peace in medieval Japan, and a power hungry warlord is plotting to plunge the nation into a deadly civil war using a secret weapon from the West. Enter Moonshadow, the newest and youngest agent for the Grey Light Order, a covert brotherhood of shinobi (ninja spy warriors) who work for the shogun.

[from Good Reads]

The Angel Experiment by James Patterson   [Maximum Ride series]


From the bestselling author James Patterson comes the stunning, breathtaking start to the blockbuster series! Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that's just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don't know where they come from, who's hunting them, why they are different from all other humans... and if they're meant to save mankind — or destroy it.


[from Good Reads]

The Fall,  by Garth Nix  [Seventh Tower series]

Tal has lived his whole life in darkness. He has never left his home, a mysterious castle of seven towers. He does not see the threat that will tear apart his family and his world.
But Tal cannot stay safe forever. When danger strikes, he must desperately climb the Red Tower to steal a Sunstone. He reaches the top...
...and then he falls into a strange and unknown world of warriors, ice ships, and hidden magic. There Tal makes an enemy who will save his life and holds the key to his future…

[from Good Reads]


The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks [Shannara Trilogy]

Long ago, wars of ancient Evil ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races - gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles until giant, forbidding Allanon, with strange Druidic powers, reveals a supposedly-dead Warlock Lord plots to destroy the world.

[from Good Reads]

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published…

[from Good Reads]

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R.Tolkien  [Lord of the Ring series]

Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him - and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be detroyed - in the very center of Sauron's dark kingdom.

[from Good Reads]

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEP recon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

[from Good Reads]



Eragon  by Christopher Paolini  [The Inheritance Cycle]

One dragon . . .A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
[from Good Reads]

Dragonlinks by Paul Collins [The Jelindel Chronicles]

This book is the start of a fabulous series involving magic, fighting and betrayal of all kinds. A girl of the age of 14 escapes the assassination of her entire family by pure luck and is forced to go from being part of a noble, rich family to attempting to survive on the streets of the city. To stop anyone who might mean her harm she dresses up as a boy in hopes this will also help her find a way to earn some money as well.


[from Good Reads]

The Pinhoe Egg, by Diana Wynne Jones [Crestomanci Series]

Cat Chant and Marianne Pinhoe have discovered something exciting--something truly precious, very strange, and valuable. An egg.

An egg that has been hidden away in an attic for who-knows-how-many years. An egg protected by some strong "Don't Notice" spells. An egg that Marianne gives to Cat, even though he lives at nearby Chrestomanci Castle. Chrestomanci himself, the strongest enchanter in the world, is sure to be interested in the egg--and interference from the Big Man is the last thing Marianne's family of secret rogue witches wants.

[from Good Reads]


The Hunting of the Last Dragon, by Sherryl Jordan

The last of the great fire-breathing dragons has awakened. . . .

Everyone thought all the dragons had been wiped out -- until a fierce flying beast appears, and leaves the village of Doran in flames. There is only one survivor: Jude, an ordinary man who never intended to be a hero. He'd rather avoid any danger, but a strange, strong-willed girl from a distant land has her own plans for hunting the last dragon. Can her courage and cunning help him conquer his fear in time to save their world from devastation?

[from Good Reads]




Hit or Myth, by Robert Asprin  

When the king decides to go on vacation, he orders Skeeve, a bumbling apprentice sorcerer, to take his place, marry his homicidal fiance, and deal with the Mob's fairy godfather.

Magic Kingdom for Sale by Terry Brooks

Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, complete with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement had promised. But after he purchased it for a million dollars, Ben Holiday discovered that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention... Such as the fact that the kingdom is falling into ruin. The barons refuse to recognize a king and taxes haven't been collected for years. The dragon, Strabo, is laying waste to the countryside, while the evil witch, Nightshade, is plotting to destroy no less than everything. And if that weren't enough for a prospective king to deal with, Ben soon..

[from Google Books]

The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett

Discworld moves through the universe poised on the backs of four giant elephants that in turn stand on the shell of a giant turtle. Rincewind, a sort-of-wizard who had been thrown out of wizard school but left with, lodged in his brain, one of the great eight spells, becomes the unwilling travel guide to a naïve tourist from the Agatean empire.

Paint Your Dragon, by Tom Holt

The cosmic battle between Good and Evil ...But suppose Evil threw the fight? And suppose Good cheated? When sculptress Bianca's recreation of St. George and his scaly chum gets ...


Mr Monday, by Garth Nix

[The keys to the Kingdom series]

Arthur Penhaligon's first days at his new school don't go too well, particularly when a fiendish Mister Monday appears, gives Arthur a magical clock hand, and then orders his gang of dog-faced goons to chase Arthur around and get it back. But when the confused and curious boy discovers that a mysterious virus is spreading through town, he decides to enter an otherworldly house to stop it. 

[from Good Reads]

Rifts through Quentaris, by Karen R Books

Adyren is an apprentice in the League of Bibliophiles but dreams of the romance and adventure she finds in books. When she is accused of stealing a precious pen by Thorilla Nibhelline, closely followed by Clunis Duelph's accusation of theft of a pair of spectacles she gets a great deal of both.

Dragonsight, by Paul Collins

Jelindel has become a powerful archmage and, together with her brawling companions Daretor and Zimak (who are temporarily inhabiting each other's body) is embarking on yet another quest.

Angel Fever, by Isobelle Carmody

Eely, sister of a Quentaris city guard, is so unregarded that she is pleased whenever anyone acknowledges her mere presence. She has been told her birth was difficult, hence her slow wits, nevertheless it is she who bravely enters a rift cave and rescues a giant winged man from a harpy.


Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan   [Rangers Apprentice series]

Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has longed to be a warrior
and to follow in the footsteps of the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is
rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont's Battleschool. He's no happier when he's
assigned instead to the Ranger Corps, the Kingdom's secret service, as the Rangers are a
mysterious group whose uncanny ability to move about unseen is thought by many to be
the result of black magic….

[from Good Reads]

The Poison Throne, by Celine Kiernan   [Moorehawke trilogy]

Wynter returns from a five-year exile in the bleak Northlands to find her beloved homeland in turmoil. King Jonathan's civilised, multicultural realm is no more; the gibbets and cages have returned. Days of laughter, friendly ghosts and gossipy cats remain only in Wynter's memory - the present confronts her with power play, dark torture chambers, violent ghosts, and cats (those still alive) too scared to talk to humans. The Inquisition is a real and present danger...

[from Good Reads]

The Merlin Conspiracy, by Diana Wynne Jones [Magids series]

When the Merlin of Blest dies, everyone thinks it's a natural death. But Roddy and Grundo, two children traveling with the Royal Court, soon discover the truth. The Merlin's replacement and other courtiers are scheming to steal the magic of Blest for their own purposes.

Roddy enlists the help of Nick, a boy from another world, and the three turn to their own impressive powers. The dangers are great, and if Roddy, Grundo, and Nick cannot stop the conspirators, the results will be more dreadful than they could possibly imagine.

[From Good Reads]

The Seeing Stone, by Kevin Crossley-Holland  [Arthur trilogy]

The year is 1199, the place the Welsh Marches. Young Arthur de Caldicot practises his tilting and archery, learns to be a dutiful page to his father, and waits impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his father's friend Merlin gives him a shining black stone. When Arthur starts to see stories in the stone, his life quickly becomes entwined with that of his name.

[from Good Reads]


Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

The gods of Olympus are alive in the 21st Century. They still fall in love with mortals and have children who might become great heroes, but most of these children meet horrible fates at the hands of monsters by the age of twelve. Only a few learn the truth of their identity and make it to Half Blood Hill, a Long Island summer camp dedicated to training young demigods.

[from Good Books]

The Gaze of the Gorgon, by Karen Brooks [Cassandra Klein series]

It is the last day of school before the Christmas Holidays and Caz Klein has incurred the wrath of the nasty Deputy Principal, Miss Snodgrass, and been given detention. Annoyed with Caz for being so stupid, Simon argues with her and a fight ensues. Miss Snodgrass arrives to break it up, but not before Caz inadvertently activates her necklace and drags Simon with her into the fantastical world of Morphea.

[from Good Reads]

Corydon and the Island of Monsters, by Tobia Druitt

A young shepherd, Corydon, is driven out of his village because of his unusual appearance and then captured and put on display as a monster. Alongside him in the traveling freak show are Medusa, the Minotaur, the Sphinx, and other classical beasts. When Corydon helps these monsters to escape their cages, they scatter to seek peace and solitude away from prying eyes. But th...

[from Good Books]

Halo, by Zizou Corder

Washed ashore as a baby in ancient Greece, Halo is discovered by a family of centaurs. Although her true identity remains a mystery, she is loved as one of their own. But when Halo is dragged away by fishermen, her wild adventure begins . .
Halo soon realizes that if she is to survive then she must live in disguise - as a boy. A violent war is threatening to erupt and Halo is at the mercy of the mighty Spartan warriors. And as she battles to hide her secret, Halo never forgets her quest to find out who she is - and where she really came from...

[from Good Books]


Watership Down by Richard  Adams

'A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.'

from Good Reads

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Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

'Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma.'

from Good Reads 

Sequel -  Racso and the Rats of Nimh


A Tale of Redwall, by Brian Jacques

"Mice are my heroes because, like children, mice are little and have to learn to be courageous and use their wits." --Brian Jacques 
Welcome to Redwall Abbey. Inside its enormous doors, mice live in peace, helping those in need and throwing epic feasts for the great and the good of Mossflower Woods. But outside a grave threat is gathering. An army of evil rats led by a vici…

[from Good Reads]


The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

This is the story of Desperaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

[from Good Reads]


Foxspell, by Gillian Rubinstein

After Tod's father abandoned the family, his mother moved them into their grandmother's crowded house. Overwhelmed at school, Tod finds himself lagging behind his classmates and becoming entangled in a destructive gang. After Tod compassionately buries a dead fox, a fox-spirit offers him the chance to become a fox himself. Will Tod choose his complex, human life or the simple, wild life of a fox?

[from Good Reads]

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S.Lewis [Chronicles of Narnia series]

When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.

[from Good Reads]


A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin  [Earthsea Cycle]


Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.

Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.


[from Good Reads]

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J R Rowling

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.


[from Good Reads]

The Wizard of Rondoby Emily Rodda

The fantastic world of Rondo can be perilous, but Leo and Mimi know they can't keep away. They have to play their part in the continuing battle to keep Rondo safe from their deadly enemy, the remorseless Blue Queen. Plunging once more into the magic world within the antique music box, they are determined to stay out of trouble. But Rondo's spell soon draws them in, and their quest to find a missing wizard becomes something far more dangerous as they try to track the Blue Queen's henchman, Spoiler, and confront an ancient terror lurking in the skies of the north. Filled with fun, excitement and startling twists, this outstanding sequel to the highly acclaimed The Key to Rondo is as rich, surprising and irresistible as Rondo itself


[from Good Reads]

Magyk, by Angie Sage   [Septimus Heap series]

The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?

The first book in this enthralling series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.


[from Good Reads]


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The Twelve Steps of the Hero's Journey

1. The Ordinary World

The reader first meets our potential hero in his natural place in the world up to now. Typically it is a happy and harmonious place like a village or town.

2. Call to Adventure

This is where everything begins to change. Something beckons our character into action or into adventure. Typically something terrible has happened or will happen if action isn't taken.

3. Refusal of Call/Reluctant Hero

This isn't a mandatory step but it often happens and for a variety of reasons. Our character may be immature, too young, frightened, insecure, or simply happy with his life exactly the way it is. Why am I the one being summoned here? is a common response. I am no hero, surely there is a real hero out there that can handle this.

4. Meeting Wise Mentor

After our hero has committed to doing the quest a mentor will appear and offer help. Sound like Gandalf?

5. The First Threshold

The adventure actually begins. Our potential hero takes the steps and leaves the comfort of his current life and moves out into the adventure.

6. Tests, Allies and Enemies

These are the challenges and trials that our hero faces along the way. Often time these trials come in threes.

7. Supreme Ordeal

This is the big test, often time it is the lowest point or darkest time that our hero faces. It is often needed to break through and become the hero or new self.

8. Revisiting the Mentor

The mentor or wise one returns and new lessons are taught that enable our hero to continue on with the journey.

9. Return with New Knowledge

Wisdom that has been gained is brought back and used to benefit.

10. Seizing the Sword (or Prize)

Here the hero confronts and defeats old enemies with the new power and knowledge gained. He is able to overthrow or defeat the opponent.

11. Resurrection

This can be a real resurrection or a metaphorical one where the hero is reborn into a new and more capable self, now a better and new person able to accomplish more.

12. Return with Elixir

This is the achievement of the goal of the quest. It can be an actual object like an elixir, potion or medicine which typically  grants immortality. Or  it can mean an achievement of balance between the spiritual and material worlds. The hero feels the freedom to live without the fear of death.      

from The Fantasy Guide

Image from HCA

Jabberwocky - a very famous fantasy poem!