Classic Fantasy Novels for Adults Too

A Listmania! list by Aubrine (California)
The list author says: "Don't be scared away from titles in the "teen" fiction genre, some of these books have the best stories about heroes and heroines. These books typically involve the hero developing or discovering some sort of power, whether it be magic or knowledge-based, and overcoming the odds.

Although some titles may not be appropriate for children, young adults and up should enjoy these."
The Song of the Lioness Quartet: Alanna: The First Adventure / In the Hand of the Goddess / The Woman Who Rides Like a Man / Lioness Rampant
1.  The Song of the Lioness Quartet: Alanna: The First Adventure / In the Hand of the Goddess / The Woman Who Rides Like a Man / Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "Yes, I am recommending all four books in the Song of the Lioness quartet, BUT, if you're unsure, at least read the first one.

Why? Because they flow together wonderfully and each one is pretty short. It's a story about a girl training to be a knight in a man's world. She's a headstrong character but also an inspiring one."
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The Blue Sword
2.  The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The list author says:
  "The story is beautiful, filled with a kidnapper's guilt, and Harry's uncertainty about her past/future and newly-found happiness. A book with an empowered female and a wondrous magical land, I recommend this book to anyone and of any age.

The story makes me crave the Damarian desert and the lands Harry and Corlath traverse. I want to live there and experience all the "flavors" of the land."
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Uglies (Boxed Set): Uglies, Pretties, Specials (The Uglies)
3.  Uglies (Boxed Set): Uglies, Pretties, Specials (The Uglies) by Scott Westerfeld
The list author says:
  "Perhaps more scifi in this case, and maybe not considered "classic" yet, but it is an interesting story about a dystopian society and one girl's betrayals, weaknesses, and strengths as she attempts to overcome the system.

Again, I recommend the series, as no one book is complete without the other two."
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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
4.  Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "OK, so it's not fantasy, it's scifi, but who cares about labels anyways, it's still a great story.

The future of the human race depends on one boy and his ability to command and employ battle strategy. He trains at the Battle School and must face much more challenges and is expected rise above all the other military genius children there."
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The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
5.  The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1) by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "Maximum Ride, that's the girl's name, but it also describes this action-adventure children's book. Fun, witty, easy read.

Warning: may be addictive, and unfortunately, after the first few books, the story get's a little repetitive and frustrating. BUT I would still recommend it"
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Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
6.  Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
The list author says:
  "Don't think you know all there is to know about Beauty and the Beast, this is not a Disney book. Instead, it's Robin McKinley's interpretation and full development of this classic story--without losing the magic of the movie."
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Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
7.  Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) by J. K. Rowling
The list author says:
  "What fantasy list would be complete without Harry Potter?

If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, I promise you, it's worth it--especially in the last few books."
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Protector of the Small: First Test / Page / Squire / Lady Knight
8.  Protector of the Small: First Test / Page / Squire / Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "Yes, Tamora Pierce is my favorite author, and that's why I'm recommending another great series by Pierce.

Kel is the first female in a century to openly (and legally) attempt to become a lady knight. Another great story of overcoming the odds and obstacles"
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Dragonflight (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern)
9.  Dragonflight (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern) by Anne McCaffrey
The list author says:
  "Interesting concept for those who love in dragons. If you like this one, you're in luck, McCaffrey written dozens of Pern novels. Some are hit and miss, but this one's the original, and a good story."
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Artemis Fowl
10.  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The list author says:
  "Unique concept about a young boy who is also a criminal mastermind."
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The Chronicles of Narnia
11.  The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
The list author says:
  "Classic, includes a few different short novels about a land called Narnia. Many references to Christianity, but definitely a must-read pop culture novel."
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Stardust
12.  Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "Magical fantasy novel by Gaiman. Short book, but good characters."
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The Golden Compass / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials)
13.  The Golden Compass / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman
The list author says:
  "A series that I am continually surprise to learn that it is written for "children." The books offer many questions about religion, morality and innocence. Each of the books take place in a different parallel universe but holds many characters constant.

Don't be surprised if you have to read them again to fully understand the story."
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