10 Best Adventure Novels of All Time

What is better then an adventure novel?.. well an adventure novel.

There are thousands of adventure novels out there in the market and from many reputed authors. I have included the best among the best. So here is the 10 best adventure novels of all time.

Lord of The rings

1. Lord of The Rings

  • Author: J.R.R Tolkein

The Lord of the Rings is an epic adventure novel written by author J. R. R. Tolkien.

The novel follows as the name suggests Dark Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power as a ultimate weapon to conquer the middle earth. The following the course of the War the journey of hobbits Frodo Baggins, Sam, Merry and Pippin started.

best adventure novels of all time

2. Moby Dick

  • Author: Herman Melville

Moby Dick is a adventure novel written by author Herman Melville whose writing draws on his own experience at sea as a sailor.

This novel is about the travel experience of Ishmael along with Ahab, in the hunt of a gaint whale called Moby dick, which has ripped one leg of  Ahab. Moby dick is considered as one of the greatest sea adventure novels of all time.

Gulliver's Travels

3. Gulliver's Travels

  • Author: Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels is a four-part satirical work by Irish author Jonathan Swift, released in 1726 as Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.

The novel is written as a first person from the point of view of Lemuel Gulliver, a surgeon and sea captain who visits unknown regions of the world, and it describes the adventures. Gulliver’s Travels literally gave birth to the novel form of books, that combines adventure with savage satire, and the politics of that era.

The Martian

4. The Martian

  • Author: Andy Weir

The Martian is a science fiction novel written by author Andy Weir, published in 2011.

The story follows an astronaut, Mark Watney, after a sand storm,.left alone in mars, following that his journey to rescue himself from the red planet.

A film adaptation of the same name was also released in October 2015 starring Matt Damon.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • Author: Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a adventure novel by Mark Twain, published in 1884 in UK and in US in 1885.

The book’s narrator is Huckleberry Finn, a young boy who ran away from his abusive father and voyage across the Mississippi river .

Northern Lights

6. Northern Lights

  • Author: Philip Pullman

Northern Lights also known as the golden compass is a young-adult adventure fantasy novel novel by Philip Pullman,released in 1995.

Under the title The Golden Compass it has been adapted as a 2007 Hollywood movie and as a feature video game.

Robinson Crusoe

7. Robinson Crusoe

  • Author: Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe is a novel by author Daniel Defoe, published on 25 April 1719.

The novel is presented as an autobiography of the title character Robinson Crusoe a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers, before being rescued.

Inkheart

8. Inkheart

  • Author: Cornelia Funke

Inkheart is a young adult fantasy novel by Cornelia Funke, and the first novel of the Inkheart trilogy, released in 2003. 

There is also a Hollywood film adaptation in the same name..

9. Around the World in Eighty Days

  • Author: Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days is an adventure novel by the author Jules Verne, released in 1873.

In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet tries to circumnavigate the world in 80 days.

Treasure Island

10. Treasure Island

  • Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island is an adventure novel by author Robert Louis Stevenson, released in 1883.

The novel narrates a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold."

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