Doddery old wizards, wart-encrusted witches, pyromaniac
dragons, cryptic prophecies, over-ambitious Arthurian
knights, smug fairies and sickenly cute elves. Bring it on!!
















Over sea, under stone
by Susan Cooper (1965)
First book in the Dark is rising series








The Sea of Trolls
by Nancy Farmer (2004)
First book in The Sea of Trolls series







The ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan (2004)
First book in the Ranger's apprentice series







I, Coriander
by Sally Gardner (2005)








The weirdstone of Brisingamen
by Alan Garner (1960)
First book in the Alderley series







Charmed life
by Diana Wynne Jones (1977)
First book in the Chrestomanci series







A wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula Le Guin (1968)
First book in the Earthsea series







Beauty
by Robin McKinley (1978)
   
Midnight for Charlie Bone
by Jenny Nimmo (2002)
First book in the Children of the Red King series
   
Wolf brother
by Michelle Paver (2004)
First book in the Chronicles of ancient darkness series
   
Alanna the first adventure
by Tamora Pierce (1983)
First book in the Song of the lioness series







Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone
by J.K. Rowling (1997)
First book in the Harry Potter series
   

The amulet of Samarkand
by Jonathan Stroud (2003)
First book in the Bartimaeus series
   
The new policeman
by Kate Thompson (2005)
First book in the Liddy series
   
Dragonkeeper
by Carole Wilkinson (2003)
First book in the Dragonkeeper series
   

   
Ingo
by Helen Dunmore (2005)
First book in the Ingo chronicles series
   
Charlotte sometimes
by Penelope Farmer (1969)
Third book in the Aviary Hall series
Can be read & loved without having read any previous books in this series
   
City of masks
by Mary Hoffman (2002)
First book in the Stravaganza series







The ordinary princess
by M.M. Kaye (1980)







The apothecary
by Maile Meloy (2011)
First book in the Apothecary series
   
The wind singer
by William Nicholson (2000)
First book in the Wind on fire series
   

Eragon
by Christopher Paolini (2002)
First book in the Inheritance series
   
The fellowship of the ring
by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)
First book in the Lord of the rings series


The hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
   
The thief
by Megan Whalen Turner (1996)
First book in the Attolia series
   




The lost years
by T.A. Barron (1996)
First book in the Merlin series
   

Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer (2001)
First book in the Artemis Fowl series

   
Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
by Rick Riordan (2005)
First book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
   
Tensy Farlow and the home for mislaid children
by Jen Storer (2009)