7 Box Set Book Series for the Fantasy Fan in Your Life

It’s the time of year for buying gifts, and while we all know that books make fabulous presents it can be hard to know what to buy. If you have a friend who loves fantasy then today we can help by recommending 7 box set book series, all from the broad fantasy genre.

All the series we’ve chosen are complete so there’s no waiting for the next book in the series, and they’re all available as complete box sets, with lovely cover art, making the perfect complete gift.

The Wildwood Chronicles – Colin Meloy

To have these on the bookshelf would be a wonderful thing. The art doesn’t stop at the stunning covers, this box set contains over eighty illustrations, maps and full colour playes, bringing all the magic of the epic fantasy world of Wildwood to life.

The Wildwood Chronicles US
The Wildwood Chronicles UK

The Witcher Box Set – Andrzej Sapkowski

The Witcher Epic Fantasy Saga inspired an entire world including video games and is considered to be one of the most detailed and best explored fantasy lands in modern fantasy. Any fantasy fan will be thrilled to be introduced to the assassin known as The Witcher.

The Witcher US
The Witcher UK

The Dark Tower Series – Stephen King

King is the master of the epic and many of his series come in boxed set versions. This 8 book set of the Dark Tower series was released in time for Christmas last year, the cover art is stunning and with the current movie adaptation, it makes the perfect gift for those who love epic fantasy! (covers vary, US/UK)

The Dark Tower US
The Dark Tower UK

Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set – Katsuhiro Otomo

We said fantasy was a broad genre, and we’d include dystopian anima and manga in that. This beautifully present six hardcover box set is the complete story of Akira, a dystopian saga set in Neo-Tokyo, a city recovering from thermonuclear attack where the streets have been ceded to motorcycle gangs and the rich and powerful run dangerous experiments on destructive, supernatural powers that they cannot control.

Akira US
Akira UK

Inheritance Cycle Box Set – Christopher Paolini

It’s been a few years since this was released, but if you know someone who missed it the first time around this trade paperback box set is great value and the covers are really beautiful! Perfect fantasy, complete with dragon.

Inheritance Cycle US
Inheritance Cycle UK

The 100 Complete Box Set – Kass Morgan

It’s nuclear post-apocalyptic hell, wrapped up in a pretty four book box set! This exciting series, made into a series last year was released as a box set for the first time this year, but sadly it’s only available in the US (though it does ship to the UK).

The 100

Maze Runner Box Set – James Dashner

Imagine waking up in a lift, and all you can remember is your name… Maze Runner is a hugely successful YA sci-fi fantasy series that has been thrilling book readers for years. More recently the series has been adapted for movie and if you know a fan, they can catch up with the books before The Death Cure movie hits cinemas in 2018 with this stunning box set. Covers vary US/UK

The Maze Runner US
The Maze Runner UK

I wouldn’t mind a couple of these under the Christmas tree this year, what about you?

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: October

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Another month has flown by and it’s time for a new Top 20. Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month we see the same book in the number 1 spot for a second month, it’s proven to be a massive bestseller and is now the top of our top 20 for two months running! Have you read any of the books below? We hope you enjoy the recommendations. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: September

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Another month has passed as the year races by and now we’re into September and if you’re looking for some reading suggestions then we have the FRA Top 20, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

Every month we ask the group members to let us know what their favourite read was from the previous month. Those results are then collated, giving us a top 20 recommended reads for the following month. Here’s September!  Read More

Obama Shares What He’s Been Reading This Summer

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It’s always interesting to know what any public figure has been reading lately, but even more so when that public figure also happens to have been the 44th President of the United States. Every so often, Barack Obama takes to his official Facebook page to let us know what he’s been reading and what he’d recommend.

Obama published a post on Sunday evening detailing five books, both fiction and non-fiction, that he’s been reading over the Summer. “One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon,” he wrote. “This summer I’ve been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth. Here’s what I’ve been reading: Read More

4 Brilliant Leon Uris Books

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Leon Uris (3rd August, 1924 – June 21, 2003) was an American author of historical fiction who wrote many bestselling books. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Uris was the son of Jewish American parents Wolf William and Anna Uris. His father was a Polish born immigrant, his mother a first generation Russian American.

Uris was six years old when he was first recognised for his literary skills when he wrote an operetta inspired by the death of his dog. He would go on to write many bestselling works, based around major political and historic events. Today we’re going to recommend four books you may like to try. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: August

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Those who have been around a while will remember our Hit of the Lits feature, a top 20 of the books you’ve loved in the previous month. Well on popular request we’re giving this feature a reboot with a new name and a new layout.

Last month we created a poll in our reading group The Cwts, and that poll has run all month giving you the chance to add your favourite read from the last thirty days. With July now over we have our top 20 for August and here it is, the readers’ choice top 20 for August.

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Obama Reveals What He’s Been Reading Prior to Visiting Africa

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For the first time since he left office, the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has returned to Africa where he spent time in both Kenya (his ancestral home) and South Africa. There he met 200 young leaders from all over the continent and made a speech to commemorate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Prior to his visit, Obama published a post on his official Facebook page where he wrote about his love for his ancestral home, and revealed what books he’s been reading in the build up to his trip. As you would expect, the books are from and about the continent of Africa and show what a diverse, historic, sometimes troubled, but also extraordinary continent it is. Not only has Obama recommended the books, but also provided a quick insight as to why he found them interesting. Read More

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