Adult Fantasy Books To Read If You Are Afraid of Adult Fantasy


If there is one thing I never get enough of, it’s fantasy books. Specifically fantasy that is in the “adult” section of the bookstore.

But there was also a time when I was afraid of them.

Let’s face it: fantasy books can be dense in their world-building and writing-style. I always had a fear that I wouldn’t be able to process the information that was given to me in the text.

It wasn’t until maybe a year ago that I got the courage to try. But I haven’t looked back since!

Without further ado, here are some Adult Fantasy Recommendations to read if you are afraid of the Adult Fantasy genre!


I’m sure most of your have at least heard of The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. It is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy. This was the book that personally got me into reading more adult fantasy.

The great thing about Sanderson’s writing is that it is very simple. It is very to-the-point and he doesn’t waste time on dense descriptions. It allows the reader to really understand and immerse themselves in his very complex world.

His characters are also very distinguishable and memorable. The confusion factor in this series is very minimal!


Recommending this book seems almost silly to me since everyone and their mother has read it, but I know this has been a lot of people’s gateway into the adult fantasy genre. So, if you haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic yet, I really recommend it!

The great thing about this book is that, simply put: it reads very YA. The only major difference is that the main character, Kell, is an adult (21).

The characters and the world are very engaging, though. So, really, this is probably the perfect gateway into more books in the genre.


This book is for all you Six of Crows fans out there.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is a lot denser than the previous two mentioned and does feel a lot more “adult.” However, if you love criminals and heists and amazing friendships, this book is a must.

This book honestly had me laughing out loud. And I think about it all the time.

The one thing I will say is that this book is slow to start. Most people I talk to will say that it doesn’t pick up for about 200 pages in (I agree). The only reason I’m mentioning it is because it’s my favorite book. But I did read it shortly after reading The Final Empire and had no trouble with it.



The Poppy War is a recent read of mine, but one that I hold very dear!

This book is an adult military fantasy following a young war orphan training to be a soldier!

The beginning of the book reads a lot like a YA boarding school, full of a bunch of character types you will be familiar with. It’s after you get into Part Two that the themes become a lot more mature and these archetypes fall on their head.

The writing in this is very easy to read and the world, while interesting, is not overly complex. This is also a great book to pick up if you are looking for an adult fantasy with an all-Asian cast written by a Chinese-American author, as I know the genre as a whole can be very



I would, however, urge you to read this list of triggers before going into the book, as it can be unsettling if you don’t know what you’re going into.


And that’s it! A few books I’d recommend reading if you’re thinking about getting to more Adult Fantasy!

Do you have any to add to the list! Let me know!



6 thoughts on “Adult Fantasy Books To Read If You Are Afraid of Adult Fantasy”

  1. I love this post! I’ve been trying to get in to adult fantasy lately, but I’m honestly so intimidated😅 I just recently finished Shades of Magic and enjoyed it a lot, so I think that was a good intro to the genre since it did feel like YA. I’ll definitely be checking out the other books you mentioned 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love adult fantasy with all my heart although I still haven’t gotten into anything on your list besides Mistborn. I have ADSOM although The Lies of Locke Lamora and The Poppy War are on my buy list. From the reviews I see of those books, they are probably the best places to start with adult fantasy. Now, I’m seriously reminded that I still have to pick them up!


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