When I was in junior high school, I read The Hobbit, and I was absolutely fascinated by the map. The map aided in the journey that Bilbo went through, and it made it quite exciting. I kept thinking about all the places I would be able to see through the eyes of the characters. That is when epic journeys became one of the biggest reasons I fell in love with fantasy.
Since then, I’ve read many fantasy novels with maps, such as Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, and the rest of J. R. R. Tolkien’s books, The Lord of the Rings. Some others, such as Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels didn’t really do much in the way of travel, opting to stay put in many of them.
What are some great epic journey fantasy novels you’ve read and would recommend? Maps are essential! Let me know in the comments.