After the past several months we’ve had, readers want more than ever to escape into a story of cunning heroes and swashbuckling adventures. We wish to be transported to distant lands and have thrilling experiences that change us for the better. Nothing can kindle the desire for a world of excitement and exploration like having to spend most of your life stuck inside.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has not left many of us with money to burn, so purchasing stacks of adventure books isn’t really in the budget. Never fear, though, because the internet is here to save the day! There are countless adventure books you can read online for free, enabling you to sail the seven seas and take on noble quests without ever leaving your house.
Here are some of the best adventure books online that you can read. You can read several of the books entirely for free, while others are very cheap with hefty free previews available.
1) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
This 1847 novel tells the story of a young boy who grows up along the Mississippi River. He gets into plenty of mischief, often with his friend Huckleberry Finn. His adventures include pulling pranks at school and in church, a thrilling escape from a cave, and a murder mystery.
With this book, Mark Twain showed he could write novels that appeal to young and old readers alike. The story celebrates childhood nostalgia and will take you back to a simpler time.
2) Assassin’s Choice by Al Nelson
The life of a ruthless killer is all Runa has ever known. She receives her orders and does as she is told without question. But when a traitor is uncovered in her guild of assassins, she is the one assigned to take care of him. The thing is, the traitor is her friend—her only friend. Can she really betray him, or will she try to make a break for it with him and leave everything behind?
This novel wastes no time in getting to the meat of the story, and tensions are high throughout. Runa’s world is a thrilling one of sneaking on rooftops and taking down enemies with skillful efficiency.
You can read the first 7 chapters of Assassin’s Choice for free on Fictionate.Me, or purchase the whole novel for just $0.99.
3) The Fires Beneath the Sea by Lydia Millet
After Cara’s mother disappears, no one—not her father, her big brother Max, or her genius little brother Jackson—is talking about it. Then a watery specter begins to haunt Cara’s home in Cape Cod, and she and her brothers realize that their scientist mom isn’t who they thought she was. They also find that the world has much older, stranger inhabitants than they ever could have imagined.
This adventure novel moves at a fast pace with riveting moments and thrilling escapes. Cara is a brave and likable character you will happily follow through her exciting journey.
You can read The Fires Beneath the Sea for free on Wattpad.
4) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Ishmael, an outcast, tells the story of the final voyage of a whaling vessel called the Pequod. The ship’s monomaniacal captain, Ahab, is fixated on hunting and killing Moby Dick—the albino sperm whale who destroyed his previous ship and severed his leg at the knee. Ishmael and a colorful cast of characters sail the sea with Ahab as he becomes more and more obsessed.
This seafaring adventure is Herman Melville’s most famous novel and is considered by many to be one of the greatest books ever written. Ahab’s psychology is so well-drawn that he’s become an archetype for single-minded revenge, just as his white whale represents any huge, seemingly unobtainable goal.
You can read Moby Dick for free on Project Gutenberg.
5) The Dagger of Darkness by Blake Stackman
A hundred years ago, an attempt to break a curse on an entire race unleashed terrible monsters and evil on the world. Now it is time for young farm boy Valan’s coming of age ceremony, which unlocks his mystical abilities and strengthens his bond with his Familiar, a giant moth. When he tries to acquire a cure for his sick mother, a pirate-turned-slave-trader captures him and takes him away from everything he’s ever known. With the threat of a dark primordial god and his disciples who plan to open a gateway to another dimension and destroy the world, Valan almost loses hope. But then he meets friends that show him there are still people that are pure of heart and willing to fight.
This fantasy adventure novel is deeply imaginative with a quick, exciting pace. It is also touching to watch Valan’s friendships grow.
You can read the first 4 (out of 8 total) chapters of The Dagger of Darkness on Fictionate.Me, or purchase the whole novel for $2.99.
6) The Mystery of Smugglers Cove (The Mystery Series 1) by Paul Moxham
Set in 1950’s Britain, this book tells the story of when twelve-year-old Joe and his two younger siblings visit Smugglers Cove over the summer. There they get caught up in a thrilling adventure where they flee down a river, get chased by fearsome dogs, end up locked in an abandoned manor, discover some secret tunnels, get lost at sea, uncover a spy’s true identity, and more.
The Mystery of Smugglers Cove is a great option if you have a child between the ages of 7 and 15 who loves a good adventure as much as you do. This book is jam-packed full of fun escapades and is sure to appeal to fans of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
You can read the Kindle edition of The Mystery of Smugglers Cove for free on Amazon.
Author’s Bio:-Jillian Karger was born in Ohio but has lived in and around New York City for over a decade. Since graduating from NYU in 2009, Jill has had a long string of jobs doing things like scouting books to be adapted for film and researching trivia questions for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.
She has done freelance writing as well for sites like Cracked.com, and had her Twitter jokes featured on BuzzFeed and funnyordie.com. Jill has also self-published two novels on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Jillian-Karger/e/B07B894DNW).
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