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My Top 10 Of Favorite Fantasy Series!

Hello there!
Since I'm a great fan of reading, I want to put my top 10 of best fantasy series here!
- 10: The Books of the Beginning - John Stephens

A snowy winter's night. Three children are chased from their home by the forces of a merciless darkness. Ten years later, Kate, Michael and Emma are no closer to the truth about what separated their family, but little did they know that the answer lies with an enchanted atlas. The power of the atlas is unleashed and the children are sent to a land called Cambridge Falls, ruled by the golden-haired Countess and her army of soulless Screechers. Kate and her siblings soon find themselves on an incredible adventure - on that involves captive children; unexpected allies; bloodthirsty wolves; underground battles; a glittering ghostly ball; sword-wielding giants; and a quest for the tree books of unspeakable power.
Books at the moment:
- The Emerald Atlas



- 9: Stravaganza Series - Mary Hoffman
Summary book 1:
Lucien Mulholland, a teenager recovering from chemotherapy, is given a red and purple marbled notebook by his father so that Lucien can write in it since Lucien's throat hurts. When he falls asleep holding the book, he wakes up in the enchanting Bellezza, a Renaissance Venice-like city in the country of Talia (which resembles Renaissance Italy), ruled by a beautiful and imperious Duchessa. Here he meets the adventurous Arianna Gasparini and the mysterious Rodolfo Rossi. Rodolfo is a Stravagante, a traveler of a secret order who can move between Lucien's world and Rodolfo's by use of a talisman (an object from the other's world). However, Bellezza for all its beauty also has many dangers, especially for those who become close to the Duchessa. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stravaganza_(series)

Books at the moment:
1. Stravaganza - City of Masks
2. Stravaganza - City of Stars
3. Stravaganza - City of Flowers
4. Stravaganza - City of Secrets
5. Stravaganza - City of Ships

- 8: His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

Summary book 1:
Lyra lives in a society where experimental theology is regarded as the true science, and this seems quite natural in a world where everyone's soul is separate and visible. For every individual shares the journey of his life with a daemon, an animal form which stays close and shares all intimate thoughts and which by its very appearance can reflect the most subtle state of mind. Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon enjoy a carefree existence as an orphan under the haphazard care of Jordan College in Oxford. There she plays with her friend Roger the kitchen boy, running wild in the College grounds, up on the roofs and down in the crypt.

But a morbid fear lurks in Lyra's skewed society. Children are disappearing, seduced somehow from the slums, vulnerable children who are unlikely to be missed. No one knows what happens to them for they are never heard of again, taken by the Gobblers. When the Gobblers strike in Oxford their appearance coincides with that of the strangely compelling Mrs Coulter who distracts Lyra from the alarming loss of Roger. Lyra begins to fear that Mrs Coulter is responsible for the abduction of the children and she determines to uncover the truth behind the Gobblers and what goes on at the Experimental Station in the remote north. There may also be a chance to rescue Roger.
In the ensuing quest Lyra discovers that she is perfectly poised in this battle of Good against Evil, being especially significant to both sides by reason of her birth. And the Witches of the North hint at her fulfillment of a prophecy.

Books at the moment:
- Northern Lights / The Golden Compass
- The Subtle Knife
- The Amber Spyglass



- 7: Ranger's Apprentice Series - John Flanagan
Book 1 summary:
Morgarath, the exiled lord of the bleak, barren Mountains of Rain and Night, has been waiting for fifteen years in his dark realm, carefully planning his revenge against the Kingdom of Araluen. His former fief, known as Gorlan, was long ago brought to ruin as a result of his unsuccessful rebellion against King Duncan. Now he silently plots to rebel again, rallying creatures known as Wargals to his side. Wargals have little will of their own, and are easy to control, therefore being suitable as soldiers in Morgarath’s army. Now, after the fifteen years, Morgarath prepares to unleash his power and attempt to take the Kingdom once more.
In Araluen, in the fief Redmont, a special day has come for Will, called Choosing Day, where he becomes an apprentice to a craftmaster. Although Will's first choice was Battleschool, he becomes apprenticed to Halt of the Rangers. Rangers are the intelligence group of the country and specialize in long range weapons and the art of staying unseen. Will is trained in these skills as he prepares for the annual Ranger meeting called the Gathering where his skills will be tested. At the Gathering the Rangers receive a report that the Kalkara, vicious creatures under the control of Morgarath, have killed important Araluen figures.
Halt leaves to track down the Kalkara while Will rides for help. The Baron, Sir Rodney, and several others head out to slay the Kalkara and to save Halt. Finding where Halt is battling the Kalkara, Sir Rodney and the Baron manage to slay one, but are badly injured. Suddenly, the last Kalkara appears and is killed by Will with a flaming arrow that kills it. Back at his fief, Will is considered a hero and receives his bronze oakleaf medal which identifies him as an apprentice Ranger. On the other hand, Castle Redmont is preparing for a battle with Lord Morgarath.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranger's_Apprentice
Books at the Moment:
- The Ruins of Gorlan
- The Burning Bridge
- The Icebound Land
- Oakleaf Bearers
- The Sorcerer in the North
- The Siege of Macindaw
- Erak’s Ransom
- The Kings of Clonmel
- Halt’s Peril
- The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
- The Lost Stories

-6: The Twilight Saga – Stephanie Meyer

Summary book 1:
Bella Swan moves from Phoenix, Arizona to live with her father in Forks, Washington to allow her mother to travel with her new husband, a minor league baseball player. After moving to Forks, Bella finds herself involuntarily drawn to a mysterious, handsome boy, Edward Cullen. She eventually learns that he is a member of a vampire family who drinks animal blood rather than human blood. Edward and Bella fall in love, while James, a sadistic vampire from another coven, is drawn to hunt down Bella. Edward and the other Cullens defend Bella. She escapes to Phoenix, Arizona, where she is tricked into confronting James, who tries to kill her. She is seriously wounded, but Edward rescues her and they return to Forks, having killed James.






Books at the moment:
- Twilight
- New Moon
- Eclipse
- (The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – a part playing with Eclipse)
- Breaking Dawn

-5: Warrior Cats Series – Erin Hunter

Series 1 summary:
The series follows a pet kitten, or "kittypet", named Rusty who has had dreams about the forest that lies beyond the neighborhood he lives in. He discovers the dreams are from StarClan, the spirits of the ancestors of the wild cats in the forest. One day, he ventures into the forest and is invited to join ThunderClan, one of the four groups of wild cats living in the forest. He accepts the invitation, and receives the name Firepaw. Later, Firepaw receives his warrior name, Fireheart, and discovers that Tigerclaw, the deputy of ThunderClan, wishes to kill Bluestar in order to succeed her and become leader himself.
In the third book, Forest of Secrets, Fireheart becomes deputy of the Clan after Tigerclaw tries to kill Bluestar and fails: he is banished from the Clan. Bluestar eventually dies in A Dangerous Path, sacrificing her life to protect the Clan from dogs sent by Tigerstar, who is now the leader of ShadowClan. Fireheart then becomes the leader, receiving his nine lives and new name, Firestar.
Tigerstar then, in The Darkest Hour, attempts to take over all four Clans, telling them that the leaders will rule together. Leopardstar, leader of RiverClan, agrees, but Firestar and Tallstar, the leader of WindClan, refuse. Tigerstar then tries to use BloodClan to take over the Clans, but Scourge kills Tigerstar and decides to take over the forest for himself. The four Clans unite, and fight against BloodClan. Firestar kills Scourge during battle, thus defeating BloodClan and saving the forest.
Books at the moment:
- Warriors: Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour
- The New Prophecy: Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, Sunset
- The Power of Three: The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise
- Omen of the Stars: The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, Forgotten Warrior
Then you have many other versions and guides, and super editions.

- 4: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness – Michelle Paver

Book 1 summary:
Torak is twelve years old when his father is killed by a bear which has been possessed by a demon. As he is dying, he tells Torak to swear to find the Mountain of the World Spirit and ask for the Spirit's help in destroying the bear. On his journey he encounters Wolf, a lone wolf cub whose family has been killed by a flash flood. Wolf becomes Torak's guide. Torak and Wolf are captured by the Raven Clan; they are befriended by Renn, the prickly and outspoken niece of the clan's leader Fin-Kedinn. Torak appears to be the fulfilment of a prophecy about a "listener" who will give his heart's blood to the Mountain of the World Spirit, kill the bear and defy the Soul-Eaters, a group of erstwhile shamans who were once healers but became power-hungry and now use their magic for selfish ends. Torak, Wolf and Renn journey to the Mountain, collecting the three parts of the precious stone that Torak needs to offer to the World Spirit. Renn's brother Hord follows Torak. On the Mountain, as the bear gets closer, Torak and Hord fight. Wolf runs off, taking the stone to the mountain, as Hord and the bear are killed in an avalanche. Wolf leaves to join a pack of wolves and Torak returns to the Raven Clan.
Books at the moment:
- Wolf Brother
- Spirit Walker
- Soul Eater
- Outcast
- Oath Breaker
- Ghost Hunter

-3: How to Train your Dragon Series – Cressida Cowell
Book 1 summary:
To become members of the Hairy Hooligan tribe, Hiccup and the other Viking warriors-in-training have to pass a grueling three-part initiation test. Their first mission: to capture a dragon from a deep, dark cave where thousands of the vicious young creatures are hibernating. But a badly timed sneeze wakes the sleeping monsters and the boys barely escape being roasted by dragon flames! At the last minute, Hiccup manages to snag a dragon - the tiniest, scrawniest, most common type that has no teeth and a bad attitude. Luckily Hiccup has one special ability that no other Viking has - he can talk to the beasts. In fact, speaking Dragonese comes in handy when the entire population of Vikings is threatened to be devoured by a Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus, the most ferocious creature on Earth. Only one Viking is brave (or stupid) enough to face this ginormous monster – Hiccup the Useless and his dragon, Toothless!

Books at the moment:
- How to Train your Dragon
- How to Be a Pirate
- How to Speak Dragonese
- How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse
- How to Twist a Dragon’t Tale
- A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons
- How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm
- How to Break a Dragon’s Heart
- How to Steel a Dragon’s Sword

-2: The Last Dragon Chronicles – Chris d’Lacey

Summary book 1:
The Fire Within is about a man named David Rain, who goes to college and needs a place to stay. He finds a house on Wayward Crescent and moves in as a tenant, but little does he know that one step into the house would change his life forever.
The owner of the house, Elizabeth Penykettle (Liz for short), gladly lets David stay with her and Lucy, her daughter. Liz earns her living by making clay dragons. The dragons are revealed to be more than meets the eye when Liz crafts David his own dragon, Gadzooks. David immediately takes a liking to his story-writing dragon, but is surprised when he begins to receive visions, almost telepathic, in his head, depicting the dragon writing words on his notebook. One day, David overhears Liz telling Lucy the story of Gawain's Fire Tear (the story of the last dragon on Earth) which gives David and the reader a greater understanding of the dragons. After hearing this story, David ties many clues together and comes up with a theory that Liz and Lucy are descendants of Guinevere, a woman in the story who comforted Gawain as he died. As time passes, David finds his relationship with his dragon slowly declining. David must give his dragon love in order to save Zookie(Gadzooks) and prevent his fire within from diminishing forever.
Lucy, an eleven year-old girl, loves squirrels. For Lucy's birthday, David writes a book about the squirrels that Lucy has named, and creates a made-up story about them. Some parts of the story that David writes have a funny coincidence with what happens in real life. Lucy brings it on David to help her catch a half-blind grey squirrel she named Conker. The two eventually catch Conker along with another squirrel named Snigger, and bring them to an animal shelter for help. Conker's eye eventually heals, but it is revealed that Conker has kidney failure and could very well die soon. David and Lucy, along with a girl from the animal shelter named Sophie, let Conker free in the library gardens. Later, Conker dies a happy death, and David finishes the story, earning him Sophie's heart.
Books at the moment:
- The Fire Within
- Icefire
- Fire Star
- The Fire Eternal
- Dark Fire
- Rain and Fire

And at last, what you’ve all been waiting for:
*Drum-roll*

-1: The Edge Chronicles – Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Book 1 summary:
There's a brilliant new world to explore in The Edge Chronicles. Actually, this world is flat, so there is a real possibility of sailing right over the edge, one way or another. They also have floating rocks. I mean, floating in the air. They have built their finest city on a floating rock and anchored it to the mainland by a stupendous chain. This city is called Sanctaphrax, and it is a magnificent place. The buildings are palatial, the way of life sumptuous. It is peopled almost entirely by academics, but as you might expect, there is deep division between the branches of learning. If you are not really clear about the difference between earth studies and sky studies, you will be when you have read this book.
What kind of book is it? It is total fantasy. It is a story about an academic who gets totally carried away with his researches and unwittingly unleashes an evil entity onto an unsuspecting world. Well, not quite, because he comes to his sense in the nick of time and manages to entomb his evil creation in an underground chamber for all time. This is what Linius Pallitax says to his daughter about his wretched work:
'I dashed for the door, pressed the Seal into place and leapt through the gap. As the door slammed behind me, I heard the Gloamglozer's muffled screams of rage. It thrashed about inside the laboratory. It pounded at the door. It threatened and pleaded - but I was deaf to its entreaties.
'The Gloamglozer had been imprisoned. I could only hope that, in time, its stone jail would become its coffin, and that the threat from the terrible monster would disappear for ever. I, for one, would never return to the Ancient Laboratory, and - by destroying all those clues which had led me to it - I intended to make sure that no-one else could either ...' He clutched at Maris's hand. 'I didn't think that anyone would ever set foot in there again!'
Of course, someone does set foot there again. Even as he speaks, his apprentice is down in the Ancient Laboratory befriending the Gloamglozer. Quint, the apprentice, firmly believes that he is helping!
They're in a right mess, and if you want to know what happens you will have to read the book. Actually, it's quite nerve-wracking.
Books at the moment:
The Quint Trilogy
The Twig Trilogy
The Rook Trilogy
§  Vox
§  Freeglader 
Standalone books
§  The Lost Barkscrollsm "Cloud Wolf", "The Stone Pilot" and two additional stories from the series named "The Slaughterer's Quest" and "The Blooding of Rufus Filatine".
§  The Immortals (a conclusion to all three trilogies)
§  The Edge Chronicles Maps

The only thing I can say about The Edge Chronicles is that these are the best books you have, and will ever read. They are absolutely beautiful, and full of amazing illustrations.
I can only highly, highly recommend them to you. READ THEM.


And now: The Honorable Mentions:
- The Chronicles of Narnia -  C.S. Lewis: I have every book of them, but still don't have time to read them. I definitely will, in the future!
- Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling: because everybody knows them. I personally don't like them very much.
- The Keys to the Kingdom - Garth Nix: Have heard lots of good things about them, can't wait to start in part 1: Mister Monday!
- The Spiderwick Chronicles - Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black: I've seen the movie, and it was nice! If the movie's already nice, the books must be even better!
- The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins: My brother has the first part, and if he ever finishes it (he never reads) I'll start in right behind him!
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien: My father has them, and I've heard lots of good comments about them. When I have time, I'll start!

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