“We read to know that we are not alone.”
I still remember hearing this line spoken for the first time as a child—it’s part of the screenplay for Shadowlands, the film adaptation of a part of CS Lewis’s life story, and I knew, from the moment I heard it, that it was a true statement.
There have been times in my life when I’ve fallen into depression, and, in order to cope, would keep an iron grip on my emotions and cut myself off from the world. The one place I could be assured of finding comfort was between the pages of books. We read to learn that others have walked the paths we’ve walked, felt the pain we feel, feared the things we fear, and borne the weights we carry. There is reassurance and camaraderie in the written word, if you only look for it.
Here are five fantasy novels that were my companions when I needed a little light along the way.