The Buried Giant
By Kazuo Ishiguro
After reading a great “conversation” between authors Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman (you can find it here), I just had to read this book. I loved it. Not exactly a fantasy adventure, Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant is a work of literary fiction told with elements of fantasy and allegory. This is the story of Axl and Beatrice, an elderly couple living in old Briton. They set out on a journey to find their son, a son they only hazily remember, and on the way they have a variety of strange adventures and encounter several interesting characters including a Saxon warrior, an orphaned boy, and a knight each seeking his own path through the mists that cover the land. Memories are uncovered and secrets are revealed as the paths of these five individuals converge. This leisurely-paced, detailed book is a fascinating story of love, loss, and the tricks memory and time can play, all blended into a tale of dragons and ogres in the age of King Arthur.
For more great stories with fantasy elements try:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
The Mermaid's Child by Jo Baker