Looking for something to read? Try a Faraway read!

The month of June reading theme is Faraway…

What does this theme conjure up for you?  This is the month to read fantasy books and tales of epic quests, where adventure, travel and strange encounters in foreign lands fill the pages.  Swords and sorcery, dystopian worlds, whimsical characters and mystic creatures- not forgetting dragons, of course.  Maybe you have a more realistic take on this theme, preferring  to read stories set in far flung and exotic locations across the globe. You may also enjoy reading science fiction or about outer space.
To get you started, here are three stand alone fantasy novels you may like to read.

Stardust by  Neil Gaiman

In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist
A contemporary fantasy novel about the Hastings family who move from California to upstate New York into a ramshackle, old house in a deep wood and become involved in ancient, Celtic magic and occult horror when they are lured into the world of some luminous elfin beings.

Centuries ago, when magic still existed in England, the greatest magician of them all was the Raven King. A human child brought up by fairies, the Raven King blended fairy wisdom and human reason to create English magic. Now, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, he is barely more than a legend, and England, with its mad King and its dashing poets, no longer believes in practical magic." "Then the reclusive Mr Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey appears and causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. News spreads of the return of magic to England and, persuaded that he must help the government in the war against Napoleon, Mr Norrell goes to London. There he meets a brilliant young magician and takes him as a pupil. Jonathan Strange is charming, rich and arrogant. Together, they dazzle the country with their feats.". "But the partnership soon turns to rivalry...