Top 50 Best Epic Fantasy

Epic fantasy is arguably the father of all fantasy subgenres. It's also the most popular fantasy genre, with hordes of new epic fantasy books being released each month. Unfortunately, the epic fantasy genre has become cluttered with cliches. It's hard to sort through all the "fat fantasy crap" to find the best in the genre.


I've done my best here to give my recommendations for the best epic fantasy series. These books aren't your usual hackneyed fat fantasy series -- they do something new, or tell a fantastic story, have realistic characters, or exhibit qualities that put them above the rest. Indeed, these are those epic fantasy books that actually deserve to be on the bookshelves or (since we are in 2012) the Kindlestore.

Please keep in mind that I've added EPIC FANTASY to this list -- so fantasy series that don't fit that mold, no matter how good they might actually be, are not included. Please don't email asking me to add The Dresden Files, Twilight, Vampire Diaries, The Hunger Games or any of those books to the list -- they're not epic fantasy! Epic Fantasy is a very specific kind of fantasy and a term that's often tossed on any fantasy book with a bit of magic, a hero, and maybe a villian. It's much more than that. I suggest you read exactly what epic fantasy really is before reading this list.

The rankings are a bit different from the Top 25 List and some of the other lists; this list covers only epic fantasy and I evaluate the books based on that alone.

Also note that these are what I consider "The Best Epic Fantasy", so I'm intentionally not including epic fantasy like The Sword of Truth, Shannara, Eragon, Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, RA. Salvatore or David Eddings. Sorry, I don't consider that stuff good enough to make this list by far. You can read my Worst Fantasy commentary for my exact reasonings.

You'll recognize some of the books from other lists, but there are some new picks as well. If you want recommendations that are broader (i.e. just not epic fantasy), check out the Best Fantasy Series list.

September 2012 Update: Added quite a few new books to the list, converted it from a Top 25 to a Top 50 list and re-arranged a number of the books to reflect my 2012 sensibilities on what's the best and what's not the best. I've updated my commentary about some of the more popular books.

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This epic 10-part series is finally completed as of 2011. It's one hell of a ride from start to finish.

 

Now, I personally rate Martin's A Game of Thrones (and the whole series as a whole) "better" than Erikson in broad terms. But when we are talking strictly epic fantasy, I believe Erikson's work is slightly stronger and far more epic than Martin's work.

 

For some people, Malazan is too "epic" to be understood or enjoyed. But we are talking about "epic" fantasy here and you can't get more epic than the Malazan books -- there's a huge cast of powerful characters that grow and mature over the series, there are super villains and super heroes, vast landscapes explored, and the series is on such a scale that it even jumps between past and present.

 

Basically, if you are looking for a big EPIC with a lot of stress on the EPIC part, Malazan Book of the Fallen is as epic as you'll find. It's also an adventure that you won't forget and features a large cast of gray characters with complex motivations. This book has helped change the face of fantasy. As such, it's a must read. Big points go to this series for actually being completed, unlike some of the others on this list.

 

Some will find it a big push to get into Erikson's work, as he doesn't make it easy for the reader; the landscape, the setting, the characters, the language, and pretty much everything is so different from what you are used to in a fantasy novel that there's a shock factor that requires some time and patience to overcome. To give this series a fair shake, you really need to invest time reading the first book and part of the second; by book three, the series really starts to pick up and you'll never ever be satisfied with regular fantasy again. So be patient, put the time in, and enjoy some of the best epic fantasy out there right now.






This book has appeared at number one on many of our lists. I make no apology for this, as the series is really the best fantasy out there. People will argue that Martin's quality has gone down in the fourth book or that he's taking too long to finish the series. Some will argue the series is too bloody, too brutal, etc.

It doesn't matter.

A Song of Ice and Fire is THE fantasy series of our age. It's influenced countless other books and has started an entire genre of subfantasy ("the gritty fantasy"), or if not started, than at least popularized.

 

If you want a fantasy series that follows all the standard cliches -- heroes who never die, villains who are two dimensional, wise cracking sidekicks, deus ex machina -- then read something else. If you want a fantasy series that's brutal, unforgiving, and totally unpredictable, A Song of Ice and Fire can't be beaten.

 

Yes, yes, the last two books have been dissapointing to some of the fans; Martin has not moved the plot threads along as fast as the fans would like. The next book looks to finally be the one we are waiting for -- I hope. Regardless of the disappointment, the series still stands at the pinnacle of the fantasy genre.



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This one is epic fantasy for the thinking man. It’s tightly plotted and superbly written, something we expect from the author of The Long Price Quartet, a fantasy series that tops many a person’s top ten fantasy list. Each character is deftly drawn and complex with real motivations and flaws that they must struggle to overcome as the story progresses; I would argue that each character is a broken human looking for a way to survive in an uncaring and brutal world. And in the background, there is an ancient threat that is again rising in the shadows, threatening the status quo of a now-free humanity, a humanity once enslaved to the Dragons who ruled the world in a previous age. Particularly entertaining among the characters is the young rising star of a noble house, Geder, the real-world equivalent of an artistic introverted high schooler who’s picked on by the entire class, suddenly finding himself a hero when given unexpected command of a military company, and makes the ruthlessly logical decision to murder an entire city. This fantasy is some compelling stuff,  and looks to be some of the best epic fantasy released in the past few years. Fans of Abercrombie, Martin, and Erikson will love this one.

The Dagger and the Coin


How can I not put this book on a best epic fantasy series list? This series needs no explaining. The series helped shape the concept of epic fantasy. The conceits used (dark lords, callow youths, elves, dwarves, goblins, magic swords, evil creatures lurking in the dark) are standard in the fantasy genre. Because of the influence this series has had on fantasy as a whole, it's without a doubt one of the best epic fantasy series ever written. So if you are the one person who hasn't read this series, do yourself a favor and just get it out of the way.










This is an epic fantasy series that plays by its own rules. The series incorporates some standard epic fantasy conventions only to turn them completely on their head. You might call this series a complete subversion of the genre.

 

But you can forget about all that stuff. Just looking at the series on its own without comparing it to the greater genre as a whole, it's a wildly entertaining fantasy series with some vicious action, completely grey characters who are somewhat of a paradox (a barbarian killer who hates killing, a torturer who's actually a kind man, etc). The writing is sharp as a knife, packed full of wit.

 

Joe Abercrombie has only been getting better with each new book released -- his newest standalone, The Heroes, set in the same world as First Law, is probably his best written. His newest book Red Country is set to be released shortly.

 

So if you are looking for an epic fantasy that does something different and breaks the standard conventions to pieces and with some of the sharpest prose around, one that's pretty damn funny to boot, First Law should be read.





The First Law trilogy

 

High kings, evil sorcerers, exiled princes, tricky fairies, and willful princesses – this highly influential series has it all. There is nothing derivative about this series, being one of the “founding” fantasy series in the genre, right up there with Lord of the Rings. The highly imaginative world of the Elder Isles is brought to indelible life through the superbly talented pen of Jack Vance, one of the grandmasters of the modern fantasy and science fiction genre. If you are tired with the various dry, plodding and wordy epic fantasy dreck where hack authors are surely are paid by the word, this highly original, atmospheric, and evocative series will be a huge breath of fresh air. Highly recommended for ANYONE who loves a good tale and beautiful prose.

Lyonesse Trilogy

 

If you like Martin or Erikson, you’ll enjoy Kearney’s fabulous Monarchies of God, an epic fantasy that’s not derivative of either's work, as Kearney published before both the others. Monarchies of God tells the gritty tale of five kingdoms in the midst of a potential war; there are numerous characters scattered around different parts of the world, with the main character being the captain of a ship seeking to find a lost continent across the sea. There’s a lot going on in these books but the plot and pacing moves along fast – you might think of this as a lighter version of Martin and Erikson where things actually happen and characters do important plot things without requiring a thousand pages to move things along. The series has everything you like about epic – complex characters that are mostly shades of gray (though not to the level of say Abercrombie or Martin’s characters), an epic world-ending threat looming on distant lands, kingdoms gearing up for war, and politicking.

Monarchies of God


No epic fantasy series evokes as much passion as does The Wheel of Time. It's got a legion of fanatical fans as well as a legion of critics. So why am I casting Robert Jordan's WOT so high on this list? Well for one, when you mention epic fantasy, it's simply impossible NOT to mention Robert Jordan in the same breath -- either as a template for what not to do or as an example of classic fantasy that does many things right and some things wrong.

 

Jordan is the guy who helped to pioneer the concept of the big fat fantasy series. With a story that spans over 13 books and even the death of the author (it's still being finished with the last book to come out this year by Brandon Sanderson), the Wheel of Time is truly an epic.

 

Yes, there are problems with the novels. As so many of you kindly love to point out in  comments, Jordan completely loses control of the plots around book 6 and the series spirals out of control for another 5-6 books. Yes, there are too many characters to keep track of. Yes, women are portrayed as two-dimensional characters. Yes, Jordan spends too much time detailing every single little detail, especially on filler stuff that becomes annoying after 10 pages, let alone 10 thousand pages.

 

Yes, it's currently in vogue to knock Jordan's work as trash, pulp and a variety of other less savory things. But the fact remains that the man has created a massive world with a huge plot and an unforgettable story. There are better writers writing fantasy these days, there are more clever epic fantasy series with realistically portrayed characters, there are series that do new things with the fantasy genre. But give Jordan's Wheel of Time series the credit it's due: it's changed the face of epic fantasy for good or for ill. So on that premise, the series should be read. And you know, despite all the naysayers out there slagging the work, you might find, hell, you actually enjoy it. I know I do.

The Wheel of Time saga

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Man, what's NOT to like about this series? It's got some great heroes, carefully constructed over the 1000+ pages of the novel. It's got some serious kick ass action (it takes a while to build up to the action, but when it happens...it happens!). It's got an end-of-the-world plot. It's got different lands, different races, and different cultures. It's got a unique and pretty fascinating magic system. hell it's even got a story (and characters) that spans, like, eons dude. And it's written by Brandon Sanderson, the man who's written another great epic fantasy series (Mistborn) and who's finishing off the Wheel of Time.

 

I know ONLY the first book of what's going to be a ten-book series has been released. But based on the strength of the first book and the premise of the series, The Stormlight Archive is looking to be one of the best classic epic fantasy series out there -- a verson of Jordan's Wheel of Time without the wheel falling off. Of course, time will tell as more books are released, but for now, it's a worthy epic to be read.




Yet another book that seems to be near the top of many a best fantasy list. The Kingkiller Chronicles is not yet complete, but the first two books deliver a great story. The Name of the Wind is not epic in the way that The Wheel of Time is -- there are only a handful of characters. It's not epic in the way of Malazan, where space and time itself is scaled. But rather, it's an epic tale about the hero of the story, Kvothe. Quite simply, it's one of the best tales I've yet read. The strength of this book is not so much the actual settings and plot, but in the telling of the story itself.


The Kingkiller Chronicle


Not exactly epic high fantasy in the traditional sense, but there's enough fantasy elements to land it on the list. Amber is, for many new fantasy readers, almost an unknown series. But it's a fantasy series that should be read. There's complex political scheming, a cast of warring noble siblings, and parallel worlds.

More than a few accolades name this as the greatest fantasy series ever written. And it's true that this is one of the most original and complex fantasy worlds you'll find outside of Tolkien.

 

The plot is pretty complex, but this is one series you should just pick it up and start reading without looking at the plot summary. One of the greatest joys I've ever had reading a book came from discovering how this book unfolds as I read it.






Another epic fantasy series that should be read. There's magic, adventure, romance, and some of the best characterization in the fantasy genre. This IS epic fantasy done right and you're missing out big if you've never read the series.















The Farseer trilogy

The Tawny Man trilogy

Liveship Traders trilogy

The Rainwild's Trilogy

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This epic fantasy series is quite a bit different from your standard fantasy fare. If you want an epic military fantasy series where good and bad are not so clearly delineated, The Black Company delivers this. There are some of the classic epic fantasy conventions, such as a band-of-heroes against a world-ending-evil, except things are twisted around a bit. Instead of good against evil, the struggle is more or less evil versus more evil, with the heroes themselves of questionable morality. If you like the gritty military fantasy style of A Song of Ice and Fire and Malazan Book of the Fallen, you'll love Black Company.






The Black Company(Chronological Order)

Books of the North Black Companythe silver spikebooks of the south black companythe return of the black companythe many deaths of the black company glen cook

Instrumentalities of the Night

the tyranny of the night glen cooklord of the silent kingdomsurrender to the will of the night


If dark fantasy married epic fantasy and had a child, The Coldfire Trilogy would be that child. This series is pretty damn dark with more than a few aspects from the horror genre tossed into the mix as well. Characters are well drawn and complex -- there are no paper deep characters here, no generic fantasy landscape borrowed from Tolkien. Cold Fire sets itself apart from any other fantasy series out there, both with the novel's unique setting and the cast of characters. The protagonist is also an anti-hero character, which makes the story and plot even more interesting.








The Coldfire Trilogy


Another fantasy series that crops up near the top of many best fantasy lists. Earthsea is a classic fantasy tale well done. While it doesn't rack up a sizable page count like some of the newer fantasy series (cough, Wheel of Time), what it lacks in size it makes up with quality. Good doesn't always mean big, folks.

 

So for a very well written classic fantasy tale about a boy's journey to become the greatest wizard alive, Earthsea is one of the best. And the writing is just so damn beautiful to read.








Earthsea Cycle

 

This one is a lot of fun; I’d even go as far as to say it’s one of the most entertaining standard fantasy tales in the genre. Duncan takes the standard fantasy clichés and makes them his own with some deft plotting, a cast of well-developed characters with complex relationships, one of the more interesting magic systems out there, and a lovable underdog hero you just love rooting for when the odds are stacked against him. This series is written with such earnestness and passion that you can’t help but love it. If you want some sort of existential tale that celebrates a good man’s ability to do bad things rather than a feel good novel about heroes who actually make you feel good about yourself, than don’t read this. But if you want a standard fantasy tale where heroes are actually, well, good and one that rises far above the standard fantasy derivatives out there, read. Highly recommended.

Man of His Word Series

A Handful of Men


Epic fantasy with a different face. All the standard conventions are there, but they are reshaped, twisted and painted with shadows. This is dark fantasy folks, strong on sex, violence, and gritty atmosphere. If you are expecting hero soldier finds magic sword and kills all the bad guys, you are NOT going to get that sort of novel here. Morgan has a knack for taking something that's been done already many times, and spraypainting a fresh coat on it -- you can see the shape but the color's different. And in this case, he starts with the hero. The hero, you see, is gay. The villains are good...and bad. This is complex, epic fantasy from a master storyteller. If you can get over the author playing around with gender (gay hero), this atmospheric fantasy series is a great read.

Saga of Ringil Eskiath


A fantasy tale that people love to love or love to hate -- there is very rarely any middle ground when it comes to Thomas Covenant. My recommendation is that you should read the first series, if only to see what all the damn arguing going on in the comment section is.

 

The series takes a unique view of the classic epic fantasy. Instead of a hero, there's an anti-hero -- one who's pretty damn selfish. The series, if it was left to that, would be too depressing for most people to finish. But the series is also one about transformation and redemption. Through the Chronicles, you slowly start to see Thomas Covenant move from anti-hero to hero, from selfish bastard to altruistic hero.






This doesn't do anything smart, new, or fancy. But what it does, it does pretty damn well: the story of one man's struggle against a world dominated by demons who terrorize humankind at night.

 

This is a dark epic fantasy with a lot of zing to it. If you are looking for some GREAT heroic epic fantasy with a lot of action and character building (with a pretty cool magic system), The Warded Man delivers this in full force. It's also one of the more exciting fantasy reads out there -- I promise. The sequel, The Desert Spear, does not deliver on the promise of the first book due to the author's handling of the plot threads and characters. The first part of the second book still makes for an enticing read, however. Looking forward to seeing where things go in book three; let's hope the author brings the story back on track.


There are writers who like to write pulp and there are some writers who like to write fiction. Williams is the latter. Memory, Sorrow, Thorn.

 

This series has made pretty much all the other fantasy lists. It's a good series that many people don't have the patience to read. And that's a right shame. If you stick with the story, a rich fantastical tale will unfold. It just takes TIME.

 

Tad Williams has recently completed another epic fantasy, Shadowmarch. My feeling is that while Shadowmarch has a lot more action and fantastical elements (fairies, gods, half gods, strange magic), Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is a deeper fantasy tale with a lot more under the hood than Shadowmarch. That's not to say that Shadowmarch is not a great epic fantasy series -- it is -- but I like Memory Sorrow, Thorn better. Still, if you find Memory, Sorrow, Thorn too slow, then look at Shadowmarch -- you'll like it better.


An epic fantasy by a really talented writer. This is not your standard epic fantasy. Or rather, it's epic fantasy with a lot of emphasis on characterization. Yes, there is the good guys versus dark lord plot in the series, but the series is not so much about slaying bad guys as it is the story of how normal people react in bad situations -- both the good and the bad. Don't take this to mean this series is boring -- it's not. But rather, this series is a far more intelligent epic fantasy than many of you may be used to. Oh whatever, just read it.




This is a newer fantasy series -- a sort of naval epic fantasy. And it's a very well done series, two books into it with the third coming out shortly.

 

There's a lot going on in this series -- a cast of well realized characters that include mad god kings, miniature warriors, sentient animals, assassins, sorcerers, princesses, and ship boys, all locked in a life and death struggle for an evil artifact aboard a giant ship. It's a complex fantasy series that's different from a lot of the standard high epic fantasy. An exciting read and one of the better fantasy debuts I've read in a long time.


Chathrand Voyage


Classic fantasy done right. Good story, good plot, terrific action, and fantasy set in a Roman milieu (something unusual in fantasy). As a big bonus, the entire series has been completed -- and unlike some other fantasy epics, this one maintains its quality.

You'll really like the novel fantasy setting -- it's not too often that you read a fantasy tale that's not set in some world parallel to Tolkien's own. The author's magic system is quite unique too and interesting.

Codex Alera also has quite a bit of a military aspect to it as well -- so if you are the type who likes outnumbered armies duking it out with superior forces (ala Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Black Company, The Instrumentalities of Night, etc), this series has plenty of that sort of thing.






Codex Alera


Another classic epic fantasy series. I'm not a huge fan of Feist's later works, but his first two books, Magician and Magician's Apprentice are a great intro into the world of epic fantasy. There's really everything you love about epic fantasy found in these two books: the rise of a nothing boy to a powerful magician, magical worlds, different cultures, romance, and of course, a lot of magical action.

Feist is lambasted in some circles for his "simplistic" fantasy. And I agree, most of his fantasy is pretty simplistic. But if you want some of that non-thinking classic fantasy where it's possible for boys to become wizard heros who save damsels in distress, then this series is for you.

Raymond Feist's Series in Chronological Order

I've listed his Midkemia books in chronological order by series. Each series is set in the same world that Magician is and are sequels, sort of. Feist has even more books, but I've only listed the series that I feel are actually worth reading. His best by far are the two Magician books and his Empire Trilogy as I've stated about 10 times now.

Riftwar Saga

Empire Trilogy

Serpentwar Saga

shadows of a dark queenrise of a merchant prince

Conclave of Shadows

The Darkwar Saga

Demonwar Saga

rides a dread legionat the gates of darkness

The Chaoswar Saga

a kingdom besieged


Another epic fantasy that doesn't necessary fit the classical definition of an epic fantasy. Anyone who's tired of the generic Tolkien-derived fantasy and paper-thin characters won't have anything to complain about with this series. This is a more "literary" fantasy series and the author is quite the wordsmith. Those of you who want a slower paced, more complexly plotted book with non-standard fantasy characters leading the story, The Long Price Quartet is a series you'll want to sink your teeth into. I suspect lovers of fiction written by China Mieville, Guy Gavriel Kay, Sean Williams, and Tad Williams will enjoy this series immensely. If you are the sort of fantasy reader weaned on action fantasy like The Wheel of Time, David Gemmell, or Raymond E. Feist, this series won't be for you.





Epic fantasy for the thinking man, that's what R Scott Bakker's fantasy series is. Full of characters who are not what they seem and featuring some wicked action and a grim story, The Prince of Nothing is a different type of fantasy series. It's not a series that everyone is comfortable with, but it's a series that doesn't follow the standard fantasy mold. I find the Prince of nothing series a refreshing breeze in an otherwise stagnant fantasy genre.

 

 

 

 



The Prince of Nothing trilogy

Aspect Emperor Trilogy

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Not so much your classic epic fantasy but more of an epic tale of revenge. It’s basically the story of a young boy who leads a brutal crusade to regain his throne – a throne he abandoned when he fled from his home after watching his mother and brother being brutally murdered. This is one hot fantasy series, a dark, gripping fantasy that has some similarities to K.J. Parker’s works, though set in a more typical fantasy landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Broken Empire


I wouldn't really classify this as epic fantasy so much as dark fantasy; however, the scope of this novel is certainly epic with the characters crossing space and time as they progress through the series. A thoroughly dark series (understandably since it's born from the mind of Steven King), but one that's incredibly addicting. If you have not yet read this book, read it even if you are not a fan of Stephen King or the horror genre.


A delightfully atmospheric fantasy tale that's got a lot going for it, including a cast of well-realized characters, a dark and bitter landscape, and an interesting hero. Unlike some of the modern fantasy tales out there, characters are more black and white than gray, but some of the villains, as much as you love to hate them, are complex characters too. A good amount of action present in the story with a gripping plot. This is one of my own favorite epic fantasy tales.




You might frown on the inclusion of this novel on a list about epic fantasy, but the tale, while ostensibly about rabbits, reaches much further than a mere animal story. It’s an allegory, it’s an epic fantasy, it’s a children’s tale for adults and an adults' tale for children, it’s anything you want it to be and everything you imagine it to be. Banish all thoughts or pre-conceived notions about what this novel is or what it should be. Just read it. You will never, ever forget this startling tale.



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Acacia is written in the epic Fantasy tradition that Tolkien pioneered. Epic Fantasy is probably the most popular type of Fantasy and the real "poster boy" for the Fantasy genre (something that I personally believe should not be the case). If you like Acacia, then it's a sure bet that you will love these other series. You should definitely read George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, which is the best epic fantasy series currently out there (and my top pick). Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time is also another excellent epic Fantasy in the tradition. The Greg Keyes' Kingdom of Thorn and Bone is also another spectacular epic fantasy series that's several notches above most other series. And of course the daddy of epic Fantasy, The Lord of the Rings. For a more anti-hero protagonist, Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is another great series to read. You want epic Fantasy that brings new meaning to the word "epic," then read Steven Erikson's The Malazan Book of the Fallen . And if you want some epic Fantasy that really breaks or twists in some way most of the standard conventions of epic Fantasy, read Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself .


This is an epic fantasy in the tradition of George Martin -- the characters are gray, good and evil are not so clearly defined, and there are four royal children who are forced to flee their kingdom because of treachery.

I'm a big fan of this series. Despite the comparisons with A Song of Ice and Fire, this series is NOT George Martin. I like the political intrigue present in the novel and the gray characters. Book two carries on the plotline, though it's harder to connect with the characters who survive from the first book. This may turn off some readers who want to connect with the protagonists in the way that you might connect with Kvothe from A Name of the Wind or Fitz from The Farseer. I was disappointed with the series, however and I didn't feel the author did as good of a job with the characters or their relationships. Still a good epic fantasy.




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Acacia is written in the epic Fantasy tradition that Tolkien pioneered. Epic Fantasy is probably the most popular type of Fantasy and the real "poster boy" for the Fantasy genre (something that I personally believe should not be the case). If you like Acacia, then it's a sure bet that you will love these other series. You should definitely read George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, which is the best epic fantasy series currently out there (and my top pick). Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time is also another excellent epic Fantasy in the tradition. The Greg Keyes Kingdom of Thorn and Bone is also another spectacular epic fantasy series that's several notches above most other series. And of course the daddy of epic Fantasy, The Lord of the Rings. For a more anti-hero protagonist, Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is another great series to read. If you want epic Fantasy that brings new meaning to the word "epic," then read Steven Erikson's The Malazan Book of the Fallen. And if you want some epic Fantasy that really breaks or twists in some way most of the standard conventions of epic Fantasy, read Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself .


A beautiful and deftly woven fantasy tale that rings strong with a lot of the elements that make Lord of the Rings so captivating.

 

Why might you want to read this? Let's look at a little checklist: A mysterious landscape that’s almost poetic. Check. A strong mythos of the world underlying the conversations, references, and history. Check. Magic is mysterious and rare. Check. The world is under threat by some unknown force. Check. Beautiful, lyrical prose. Check.

 

This three-book series proves you don’t need to have ten-thousand page books to tell a proper high fantasy tale.

 

If you love reading epic fantasy with rich history and myth built into the story, complemented by beautiful language, pick this series up. You certainly won't go wrong reading it. Magic is very much a mystery in this series; part of the pleasure of reading this series is the sense of mystery and wonder. If you want to get lost in mysterious lands on a quest to save the land from an ancient evil, this should be your next series. It’s epic fantasy that’s got a lot of the familiar themes, but it’s damn well written epic fantasy.



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J.R.R. Tolkien's A Lord of the Rings. The Swan's War trilogy seems both similar to yet different from Lord of the Rings. The mysterious and rare nature of magic is a trait shared by both books, as is the beautiful prose that seems half poetry, half fiction (though Russell's work is more "modern"and novelistic). Also give Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea a try: the book has that sense of mystery and wonder that permeates The Swan's War.

You might also call this one The Lord of the Rings of horror books – a somewhat apt description that describes what this is. It’s not a book that will appeal to everyone (fans of easy-to-read epic fantasy where all the cards are laid out on the table by page 10 probably won’t), but what I will guarantee is that Imajiica is a feast of the senses and the imagination. Not all “epic fantasy” is derivative of Tolkien or Jordan. Imajiica is an epic fantasy with a new face – rather than an all-consuming struggle against an implacable and unstoppable outside force of evil, it’s a struggle to save mankind from itself. This is a monster of a book at almost 1200 pages, but it’s a book that will have you captivated the whole way through; there is no useful filler, only laser-sharp plotting and even sharper prose. The setting is quite unique – a mystical fantasy universe, Imajiica, made up of 5 worlds/dimensions (called Dominions). The 4th Dominion, our world, has been separated from the other 5 worlds. The last great attempt to reconcile our world with the other 5 backfired, and nearly all the metaphysically talented people died (Shamans, Magicians, etc.). But now, things are again ripe for another attempt, and this time if the worlds are not reconciled, mankind will certainly destroy itself in the future. Barker is famous for writing his stories where there is another world underpinning the reality of our own, just a pin prick away, if one knows exactly where to prick. This makes for a creepy, atmospheric setting, much in the way of a Lovecraftian novel. The quality of the writing is high too with beautiful atmospheric prose.


Mystery, magical realms opening into the world, complex political plotting, evil villains, the world descending into a dark and chaotic place, strange creatures haunting the world. This series has it all. It also officially passes the "fat fantasy test" with seven books in the series (which is complete). On the whole, Crown of Stars is an enjoyable series with a cast of strong characters. Elliot is a talented writer. The way Elliot is able to bring some of her characters to life reminds me of Robin Hobb's style of writing -- which is a pretty big compliment for any writer.

 

My only complaint with this series is that it's too long. It should be a 4- or 5-book series and not 7 books. The series kind of loses focus in the last couple of books, but as a whole, it's a creative epic fantasy that's well worth reading.

Similar recommendations:

Tad William's Memory, Sorrow, Thorn saga. William has beautifully reinterpreted Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (and no it is not in the least bit a clone, and no, there is no One Ring), creating a vast world of mystery and magic. Characterization is top notch.


I'm a very big fan of this epic fantasy / dark fantasy series. The series follows the story of Sabriel (and her children) as they venture from the New Kingdom (the modern world) into the mysterious Old Kingdom, a magical world behind a wall bordering the two realities where strange things happen -- the dead haunt that land, magic exists, and evil lurks around every corner. The series is exciting and chilling at the same time. If you want to feel scared while reading epic fantasy, this series will do it! Especially good is the first book which will just blow your socks off. Read it with the lights turned down when you are by yourself and expect to be scared.


I am no big fan of D&D-type literature, and Weis and Hickman expend a lot of energy writing those types of books. However, this massive epic fantasy saga is wholly original. It's massive, ambitious, and well worth the read. I gleefully lost myself for a few weeks in this very addicting saga. If you like the hero-driven, magic-riddled worlds of Robert Jordan, and Raymond E. Feist, then you will probably love the Deathgate Cycle saga.






Similar recommendations:

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. Farland? Runelords. Raymond E Fiest's Magician books.

Deathgate Cycle


A timeless classic that's been around for a while and will stay around. It's an epic fanasy that many have never read, which is a shame because it delivers a wonderful tale that mixes heroic fantasy and Welsh folklore. While it's not on the same level as, say, Lord of the Rings, it's still a worthy epic to read. Yes, it doesn't do some of the new and fancy existentialist things that modern fantasy in the vein of Martin, Erikson, Bakker, Lawrence, and Abercrombie have been doing, but that's ok -- sometimes you want to read about a good hero who does good things simply because they are the right thing to do. What makes Alexander's series stand out above many of his newer, more modern epic fantasy contemporaries is that his prose is absolutely sublime; each word belongs and sentences as a whole are works of beauty. Alexander is perfectly able to combine the right element of sorrow and humor at exactly the right times. Wonderful. This may be categorized as a children's classic, but it can be and should be read by every adult too.


This is some epic fantasy done right. While it doesn't do anything new for the genre, Keyes uses the good old fantasy conventions to tell a really damn good tale. The quality of the writing, the great characterization, the great plot, and rolling end-of-the-world adventure makes this a magnificent tale. I haven't ranked this series as high as others, mainly because the series doesn't do anything new for the genre, but don't let that stop you from reading it. Kingdom of Thorn and Bone is one of the best classic epic fantasy tales to be released in the past few years. It's all finished, something that's much appreciated by eager readers everywhere (yes, this is a jab at George Martin).


Another classic fantasy tale that's just pure joy to read. Follow along with Morgan as he seeks to solve the mystery of his birth. Maybe along the way he's save the world and find true love. Classic epic fantasy that's beautifully written. Fans of Earthsea and Swan's War and Middle Earth will like this one for sure.

 

 

 


A fascinating premise with this one: the world is still yet unfinished, with the mysterious outer edges of the lands unformed and pliable. Two great forces of the world battle it out using humanity as sword, the Gun – demons of chaos who empower select humans with superhuman abilities and special weapons – and the Line – giant steam-engine demons who employ human armies with biological and steam technology. This epic merges the western genre with epic fantasy.


Cold gritty fantasy in the same style as Martin's A Game of Thrones. There are strange lands, monsters, ancient magic, and non-human races. I thoroughly enjoyed the dark gritty feel present in the entire trilogy. While there were some flaws with the books, on the whole it's a series well worth reading, especially if you are a fan of dark, gritty fantasy.

A farm girl rises above her station to become a legend. A reversal on the usual male epic fantasy tropes and the best example in the genre of how to take standard fantasy tropes and weave them into something completely new that stands out above the rest. This series should be a case study for upcoming fantasy writers on how to have some individuality when you write epics.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the best YA epic fantasy series. Well-developed characters that are stereotypical but still exhibit a surprising amount of depth. A standard save-the-world plot, but one that still evokes a good deal of pleasure as you watch the characters struggle to save the world.

Epic fantasy with an Asian twist; instead of farm boy heroes you have a young monk with supernatural martial arts prowess; and instead of a clichéd medieval landscape you have a fantastical ancient China. Sean Williams is a master wordsmith – for some well-written epic fantasy with a completely different taste to it, I highly recommend this one. Sort of like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets Lord of the Rings.

Points for a completely new setting and a vivid imagination. I can safely say this series is unique. The author re-imagines humanity divided up by insect traits they exhibit, with each trait providing a different set of strengths and weaknesses. It’s an empire of politics and war with a lot of the former and even more of the latter. On paper, the whole idea comes off as a badly designed video game made book, but once you actually start reading, the implausible setting actually comes off as quite convincing. So if you want an epic fantasy founded on a unique premise, read this one.

Epic fantasy has become so cheap it’s now at the dime-a-dozen price range. Every author and wannabe-author is trying to pour out epics faster than beer at a Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day. It makes for some seriously substandard, watered-down reading. Tad Williams has his own style of epic fantasy; he doesn’t copy Jordan, Martin, or even Tolkien. Some of the greater Tolkien elements are there, as are some of the fantasy archetypal characters. But Williams is best when he’s writing an epic.

 

Everything is so finely detailed that it can take a while to get the story rolling – this is something that some love or hate about a Williams novel. But if you give his works a fair shake and invest some time plowing through the slow pacing of the first few hundred pages, you’re treated to something majestic. Shadow March combines some of the elements from A Game of Thrones with the mythos and world building of Tolkien. There’s a vast wall of mist in the very northernmost part of the lands that separates a race of mysterious fairies from humans. There’s an emperor in the southern desert lands dreaming of conquering the entire world and mortality itself. There’s a kingship dispute, treachery, and invasion. And there is a firm mythos woven into the story threads, giving insight into the world as it used to be eons ago, stories that do connect with the current plot.

 

I really enjoyed how Williams incorporates faeries into the story. The series are full of ancient mythology, lost realms, strange magic, and just a whole lot of adventure. And of course, as a Tad Williams novel, there's great characterization and beautiful writing present too. Well worth reading!  

 

This is an epic fantasy for those who like to read good fantasy. Williams doesn’t always give everything to you right away and you are required to dig into the books a bit before things get moving. Williams spends more time than you like detailing the daily routine of the settings around the characters, but on the whole, it’s a great series and one that you should read.

Shadowmarch

Complex political weaving, powerful magic, and a cast of well-developed characters. A cut above the normal fantasy epics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This is epic fantasy with a face you've never seen before. The series centers on an alternative Rome where magic works. And like the real Rome, this Rome is a bloody world. Take all those juicy battles and toss in the addition of magic, demons, monsters, and mages. If you like your fantasy rife with magic, fighting, and action with super powerful heros and terrible villains, Oath of Empires is a great read. It's never reached critical mass, which is a shame -- it's better than a lot of the other fantasy series out there.


For many readers, this is a fast-paced assassin-epic fantasy in which a sort of gutter rat becomes a super assassin. The writing, while not deep or particularly sharp is fast paced and there's plenty of action. There's an end-of-the-world plot in the background somewhere, there's romance (though I must say, it's handled in such a two-dimensional way), there are kings and princes, wars and civil wars, and there's lot and lots of powerful magic and heroes practically on every page. There's a gritty feel to the books, especially the first book when the story details the protagonist's survive-by-any-means escapades on the street. This early part of the first book is by far the strongest part of the series and there's a lot of potential hinted at here during the first book.

 

But that potential is not held throughout the first book, nor the sequels. My major complaint with this series is that it seems pretty much like power rangers set in a fantasy landscape. There's an overabundance of super-powerful characters who powerup with even more power just when it's needed most. I felt like I was reading a fantasy version of Dragon Ball Z for part of the novel. For some though, that's exactly what they want in an epic fantasy; as they say, different strokes for different folks. If you are looking for a deeper, more complex sort of fantasy, this is not it. Fans of Gemmell or R.A. Salvatore or Feist or Jordan will find a lot to love with this series.

 

If you like this fast-paced, magic and action heavy sort of fantasy that doesn't really take itself too seriously or try too hard to hard to maintain internal consistency of both the magic systems and plots, it's a great, fun read. You'll also get a big kick out of Week's newest fantasy series (which follows along the lines of a more traditional fantasy epic, though with a pretty interesting magic system based on colors) The Light Bringer (two books out now). Also check out The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan and Legend by David Gemell for other authors that write in a similar style.


A High fantasy series that's never gotten the love it deserves. I read this series a few years ago and was thoroughly addicted. Lots of politics, fighting, strange magic, and some pretty compelling characters. Recommended.

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Malazan Book of the Fallen (Steven Erikson)

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A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)

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A Dagger and the Coin (Daniel Abraham)

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Lord of the Rings (J.R.R Tolkien)

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The First Law (Joe Abercrombie)

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Lyonesse Trilogy(Jack Vance))

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Monarchies of God (Paul Kearney)

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The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)

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The Stormlight Archive (Brandon Sanderson)

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The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)

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Chronicles of Amber (Roger Zelazny)

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The Farseer (Robin Hobb)

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Black Company (Glen Cook)

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Cold Fire (C.S. Friedman)

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Earthsea (Ursula K. Le Guin)

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A Man of His Word (Dave Duncan)

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The Steel Remains (Richard Morgan)

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Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (Stephen R. Donaldson)

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The Warded Man (Peter V. Brett)

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Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn(Tad Williams)

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The Fionavar Tapestry (Guy Gaverial Kay)

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The Red Wolf Conspiracy (Robert V.S. Redick)

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Codex Alera (Jim Butcher)

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Magician (Raymond E. Feist)

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The Long Price Quartet (Daniel Abraham)

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The Prince of Nothing (R. Scott Bakker)

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Prince of Thorns (Mark Lawrence)

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The Dark Tower (Stephen King)

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A Sword of Shadows (J.V. Jones)

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Watership Down (Richard Adams)

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Acacia (David Anthony Durham)

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The Swan's War (Sean Russell)

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Imajiica (Clive Barker)

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Crown of Stars (Kate Elliot)

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Abhorsen Trilogy (Garth Nix)

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Deathgate Cycle (Weis and Hickman)

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The Chronicles of Prydain (Lloyd Alexander)

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A Kingdom of Thorn and Bone (Greg Keyes)

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Riddle of Stars (Patricia A. McKilliip)

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The Half-Made World (Felix Gilman)

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Godless World Trilogy (Brian Ruckley)

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The Deed of Paksenarrion (Elizabeth Moon)

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The Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper)

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Initiate Brother (Sean Williams)

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Empire in Black and Gold (Adrian Tchaikovsky)

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Shadowmarch (Tad Williams)

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Winds of the Forelands (David B. Coe)

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Oath of Empires (Thomas Harlan)

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The Night Angel Trilogy (Brent Weeks)

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Boreal Moon (Julia May)

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Prince Of Thorns (Mark Lawrence)

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Codex Alera (Jim Butcher)

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shannara series (Terry Brooks)

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dragonlance (Margaret Weis)

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A Sword Of Shadows (J. V. Jones)

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Lyonesse (Jack Vance)

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1068661495:
FantasyReader

The best fantasy trilogy to come along in twenty years isn't even up there. The Wardstone Trilogy by M. R. Mathias is better than most of that stuff. I suppose that since it is indie it doesn't get to be included, but if you search the reader voted lists at Goodreads, you'll find The Sword and the Dragon, book one of the trilogy, in the best independent novels listopia list, and a list called Fantasy Cookie.
Seriously guys, read Wardstone. The author supposedly wrote it while serving prison time for drugs in Texas.

1095336278:
Ray Graziano

Donaldson's Thomas Covenant books don't belong on this list, the books are tedious, boring, unoriginal. He has no business having himself being compared to Tolkien. It is like comparing a Yugo to a Rolls Royce.

1107976806:
torkfan

I've read and agree with most of the books on these lists. The recommendations are great but I have not seen one book by Richard S. Tuttle on this site or any site for that matter. No one seems to know who he is. I didn't either till a month ago. Since then I have read 17 or so of his 27 books and they're not short. They are very addictive. The Targa Trilogy, The Sword of Heavens series, and The Demonstone Chronicles , in that order are some of the most exciting books I've ever read. Well written and original in their own way. The funny thing is if no one recommended them to me i would have never have read them. The book covers are atrocious and reading the plot makes you think "oh no, every other fantasy novel already done compiled into one epic".Wow was i wrong. They are an absdolute gem and a rare find i will always be thankful for. He has another 7 book series unrelated to those mentioned above and a few ather series he has started but i have not made it to those yet. Someone please read these. You will not regret it. Start with those mentioned above in that order. They are utterly unique and all their own. I try to stay away fom elf, drawf, unicorn, and fairy fantasy when i can as it has been done so many times but he takes it and makes it his own. There is never a dull moment and on a epic comprised of 17 books i feared to even touch it because most series like that there are so many characters and so many plot points to keep track it just fizzles out and dies or turns into an utter catastrophe, but not this one. It has finesse and is deftly done. It doesn't ramble on into incoherent nonsense that makes you want to rip out your eyes and lament the death of fantasy as you know it. Well done Tuttle. I commend you. There's my two cents. Someone read this damn epic please.

1107980711:
torkfan

I read every goodkind book because after wizards first rule i thought its not great but it has to go somewhere(when i started reading it all the books were out) because i said with 11 books out the plot has to get better. Then i kept reading it just to see how bad it would get. Honestly only goodkind can make a character spew self-rightious drivel for 30 straight pages. Then make the character a facist and kill those who don't agree with him. Oh and don't forget the sprinkling of pornography every few pages. Shame on you goodkind you pasty bastard.

1130834678:
Prof Tubs

How about David Eddings the belgariad and the malorean? An amazing read!!

1137974218:
Jamie

you have got your head on straight do you recommend any good fantasy that isn't on the list or low down

1137975367:
Jamie

Yeah man david eddings is great read those when i first started getting into big fantasy series i dont see any problem with them RR martin is up there with his drawn out 1 book a decade bullcrap

1137976013:
Jamie

Get out just get out twilight is garbage written by an illiterate goat

1143449557:
Esus

This is very wrong. Donaldson is a master of the psychological.
The books allow you to really become part of the world and understand the characters. While the first book is hard going, successive books become more and more exciting as you understand and invest in the characters and the world. I have read many on the list, and have yet to come across another author who adds these qualities to his books. While I suspect that many people will not show delight in this style, the books are certainly original in this, and Donaldson deserves his place in the hall of fame, personally I would rank them much higher, and would recommend every fantasy reader to read the whole first series at least because if you are the sort of person who delights in the discoveries, truly deep characters (not just Abercrombie grey, Martins short lived awesome people, or Tolkien's black and white), and beauty of the setting you will be rewarded.

1157245370:
adnihil

I'm going to post this just to see if I get any responses. I have yet to see this series listed anywhere and while I read them quite awhile ago while I was growing up I often think about rereading them since some of the ideas and themes left a lasting impression on me.
Has anyone even read Sunset Warrior trilogy and Beneath and Opal Moon by Eric Van Lustbader?
(I'm not planning on reading the fourth.)
I see at least the first few books are scarcely reviewed but highly rated on Amazon.

1160760546:
Zorak

The Belgariad was great and I did really enjoy all the characters in that series and the Malorean and stand alone books. But every book, including the Elenium and the Tamuli, were all written in the same exact template. You read one, you read them all.

1185676410:
kempster

just so you know.... check the worst books link...

1186215458:
jakes

How in the HELL is watership down on here, but not the sword of truth? I swear whoever compiled this list is a hipster.

1189107433:
Sir James of the Southlands

Sword od Truth devolves into this whiny story where Richard just happens to do everything right, even though all he does is struggle and suck. He doesnt earn nor deserve his station, yet takes it upon himself to preach to anyone and everyone. If it werent for Zedd I dont think i wouldve pushed past the second book. I just started Runelords, and my buddy started Wheel of Time, and we are both pleased that abandoned Richard with a temper for more fullfilling fantasy. Keep your sword, because at the end of the fourth book i was wishing Darken Rall had won and ended that swries long ago.

1210796756:
JimTuggley

Donaldson is a pretentious full of shit author who makes his books as hard to read as possible

1226708692:
Leo

I'm so glad to see David B. Coe's Winds of the Forelands on this list. I stumbled upon this series by accident and I almost didn't read them because of the covers but once I started reading the first book I couldn't stop until I had finished reading all 5 books.

I think if you're the kind of person who likes having lots of political intrigue in epic fantasy books you'll find this series deeply enjoyable. Coe is definitely a great world and character builder and he knows very well how to keep readers glued to the pages of their books by throwing twists and turns when and where you least expect them.

1246604711:
Mum of two

Try The Axis Trilogy by Sara Douglass.

1348208472:
ColtNoir

Thanks for the list. but, No Bob Salvatore??

1352862732:
Rob

DRUSS!! are you serious you left out Druss the legend? No stupid ploy to make "interesting" characters just EPIC fantasy and a world that Gemmell weaves with historical references to other sagas he wrote. I have been reading fantasy for over a decade (closet nerd) and i have never found a book that kept me interested more than Chronicles of Druss. Clean, simple, epic and at has a quality that most fantasy writers cant touch. The story is convincing.

648162279:
Liam

Although no comments have pointed it out, I must disagree with the critical view that Jordan loses focus on the plots of tWOT series. I've re-read the series nearly 8 times and feel that if you re-read then move on to the next Jordan stays firmly on track. In my opinion he is the greatest author I've come across though I'm yet to read Sanderson's own novels and R.R. Martin. I love books books that describe every little detail and feel Jordan pulls this off and it fits his style and in no way should it be seen in a negative light, Tolkien is renowned and he described near enough every little detail in rich detail. To each their own, looking at your other pages overall I agree with your decisions, however, would score Jordan more highly.

648162281:
Bishop

Really, nothing from David Gemmell? So the Drenai series wasn't epic enough?

648162285:
Richard

While Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy is indeed very good, and certainly among the very best fantasy series, I really wouldn't call it epic fantasy. The scope and scale are too small, and I don't think anything written in first person can truly be considered epic. That isn't a criticism of the series - like I said, it's one of the best - but to put it in an epic fantasy list seems like a miscategorisation to me.

648162289:
Sarah

I find it strangely grating to see J.R.R. Tolkien so flippantly lauded, as he is in this list and others I have seen on this website. It is as if the compiler is simply trying to get him out of view and move the sightseers' attention along. I cannot not speak for said compiler, but if I was an author of one of the most utterly and unchallengeably great fantasy novels of all time, I would find this treatment rudely patronizing. Do you actually love Tolkien's books, Mr. Compiler? Do you honestly wish to encourage us to read them? Then I suggest you sell it to us! Treat it like a book hot off the printing press: make no excuses, make no exceptions. Tell us why to read it - tell us of the witty hobbit humor - tell us of the words of wizards that drip true wisdom - tell us of the world that makes you feel like the legends you are following are only shadows of the greater legends of a yet greater world.

Lastly, would you mind either retracting that odious last sentence "...do yourself and just get it out of the way" or at least correcting its grammar?

648162293:
Mark

I can only assume you've somehow managed to miss Michael Moorcock's Elric Saga and Corum Chronicles, both of which unquestionably belong on this list. Elric is the classic anti-hero, and Stormbringer the ultimate evil sword. I would personally place the Elric Saga (the six core books) in the top ten Epic Fantasy series of all time.


I also believe you give Game of Thrones undue weight over Lord of the Rings. As great as Thrones is, it does not match the epic storytelling of LOTR. Thrones is merely a more modern voice and more "unpredictable" in light of the stereotypes that followed LOTR. Taken in context, LOTR was by no means predictable, and it speaks to more primal concepts - the essence of the spirit of good over evil, rather than the randomness of fate and ability of dark to also triumph over good.


Lastly, I believe the Dragonlance Chronicles deserve a place on this list, certainly over unproven (yet current) series such as the Killer Chronicles and Stormlight Archives, the latter of which which seems more like a commercial nod to Sanderson than anything else. Let a series finish before you dub it among the top series of all time. The ending might stink. Although Dragonlance is based on the AD&D style, which is not a crime, it is no less classic or epic than other tales appearing on this list, and it has proven to be immensely popular and enduring, with memorable characters and an exciting story.


Your list lacks credibility without these series.


Edmund Wells

648162296:
Sarah

I've really enjoyed this site but one series I haven't seen mentioned on any list (unless I missed it) is the Pellinor Series by Alison Croggon. It borrows quite heavily from Tolkein in some aspects but it's a well-written classic fantasy with multi-dimensional characters, a slow-burning romance and harrowing depictions of war (including child soldiers). Worth a look.

648162308:
Alex

Why isnt Frank Herbert's Dune series not listed. If an epic fantasy that spawned two movies and miniseries doesn't qualify its popularity I dont know what will.

648162311:
Marcel

Ive read 4 of the series mentioned in the top 10 epic fantasy series. Martin, Jordan, Tolkien, Hobb etc. ive read them. But wtf is Goodkind. His Sword of Truth series kicks ass. Its got everything. Drama, romance, magic... where is it? It isnt even mentioned in the "recommendation" section....

648162313:
BLR

I've read most of these and this list is very similar to what I would have compiled. I like that Jordan/Rothfuss/Sanderson/and Martin are on there for the newer generation. I'm VERY happy to see the older works on here like Chronicles of Amber (Zelazny) Earthsea (leGuin) Memory Sorrow and Thorn (Williams) and Magician (Feist) and DeathGate Cycle(Weis) If people haven't read those yet-I recommend them-even though they aren't as gritty and the newer novels seem to be and plots are more straightforward. I was pleasantly surprised to see Riddle of the Stars (McKillip) -my oldest sister read that to me before I could read on my own. The only series I was surprised not to see was David Eddings Belgariad/Mallorean series and Brooks Shannara (original) series. I know you stated you didn't' consider them good enough but I would disagree (maybe based on nostalgia for Shannara) but Eddings' Belgariad would have been up there for me. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

648162319:
Frank Mc Gowan

What about David Gemmell's works, any book from the Drenai series?

648162322:
Matej Sakoman

Where is m. Wooding stover


ACTS OF CAINE

- even better then erikson and martin


I think some new series should be up there

1)stepehen hunt

2)alan campbell

3)Charan newton (best of three)

648162337:
Mark Falco

I see this kind of skimming over Tolkien a lot on any reading list or article talking about the fantasy genre. I think it's less a case of disrespect and more a case of those authors feeling there is almost nothing left to say and no reason to try to coax their readers into checking out these books when it feels so obvious that they should. If anyone is reading a fantasy book list and thinking "Tolkien? Who??" then they're more than likely in the wrong place.

648162341:
Robert

Okay, I didn't see it here, but for those who are ANY dedicated epic fantasy readers should know about THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA! It is quite literally the one of the best of the best.

Just so you guys know

648162343:
cas

I know not all of his work was spectacular, actually the elder gods etc I couldn't even finish reading but that's because I was spoiled by the Belgariad. It's forever my number one, I read it about once a year, and Belgarath and Polgara. I love the sequel series as well- the Malloreon. Then there's his two Sparhawk trilogies. His rich style, plots and characters bring the world to life! Garion is my pick for hero of heros, king of kings and epic fantasy's cherry on top! The landscapes, the history, the politics, the romance and the magic- I vote Belgariad for number #1

648162346:
Peter

no R.A. Salvitore? Drizzt?

648162350:
Reigis

I find the inclusion of Chronicle of Thomas Covenant and The Riddle of the Stars in this list, utterly perplexing.


Thomas Covenant I feel, leans more toward Literary Fantasy than Epic Fantasy, because the Fantasy Segment of the books is just a tad too simple for the genre. Stephen Donaldson imo, has great characterization but his world-building skills leaves a lot to be desired.


For those who haven't read it yet, Donaldson's Covenant books along with Daniel Abraham's and KJ Parker's are a chore to read. Not helping it is the character of Thomas Covenant. There are Anti-Heroes and there are Anti-Heroes. I'm not going to mince words but Thomas Covenant is truly a Dick! So first-time readers you are forewarned.


The Riddle of the Stars will always be a riddle to me (pun intended). Why? You always find it in a list of Great Fantasy Books and yet I find the series simply a bore. To me, this series is the very definition of overrated.


To those who haven't read the books yet, the closest thing to it is probably The Sword of Shannara. Take away all the action scenes in Sword of Shannara, add better prose, and then stretch it into 3 books. That's Riddle of the Stars in a nutshell. This is the kind of book, that after you've flipped the last page, you scratch your head and then ask yourself "That's it?", while balefully looking at the book. So if your idea of "Epic Fantasy" is alot of running and hiding with few or no fight scenes, then this is the very series for you.


Just to give you an idea, if someone asks me which would I prefer to do given a chance: Re-read Riddle of the Stars again or finish the Sword of Truth series (I gave up after Naked Empire). I'd answer the latter without any hesitation anytime.

648162354:
Ali

Agreed! That book is a classic. Absolutely love it. The sequel is fantastic too. Can't wait for more. Brilliant book.

648162358:
Ali

Agreed! That book is a classic. Absolutely love it. The sequel is fantastic too (Red Seas Under Red Skies). Can't wait for more. Brilliant book.

648162361:
John S.

You must be George R.R. Martins agent or something. Game of Thrones is the best epic fantasy ever? Really? Frankly I find that a little bit ridiculous. I do admit that it is a very good series but not the best. Another odd thing about this list is that David Gemmell is nowhere on it. Gemmell may well be the author who made epic fantasy what it is today. The Drenai Series is not epic enough........gtfo

648162363:
Lee

I have to say that, Yes, Jordan does add too much detail on some things and Yes, he has a tendency of carrying parts on when not needed but I also have to say, once you get past those bits and onto most of the last books, I'll say its worth it. I have read 14 of the books in his series, some books between 7-9, maybe even 10, are too slow and a teeny weeny bit boring ;D, but once you hit 11 it gets back on track.

But that's all just my opinion, the opinion of a 15 year old.

648162367:
Shadeslayer

Needs more inheritance cycle

648162369:
Lee

I have been reading through these comments. Everyone seems to have their opinions and tastes in reading, and allot to say, whether against or with.

I think what this site left out was that these are, "MY" Best epic fantasy stories written out in a list. Or "MY" Worst fantasy books ever.

Their is some of us against and with his decisions in the sorting out of this list but we and he who did this site, (Or she), has to remember that not everyone agrees on the same books and opinions.

But it is also good to share so others have a good idea on what they maybe in for if wanting a new story too read.

So, What I mean is some of you's might not agree with his/her list but you also shouldn't take it into heart. some. For these are just the opinion of one. (or two) ,


I know I might sound a hypocrite, and a now-it-all, but I just wanted to say. And yes this is another Opinion to add to the many list of others.

648162373:
Lee

I have been reading through these comments. Everyone seems to have their opinions and tastes in reading, and allot to say, whether against or with.

I think what this site left out was that these are, "MY" Best epic fantasy stories written out in a list. Or "MY" Worst fantasy books ever.

Their is some of us against and with his decisions in the sorting out of this list but we and he who did this site, (Or she), has to remember that not everyone agrees on the same books and opinions.

But it is also good to share so others have a good idea on what they maybe in for if wanting a new story too read.

So, What I mean is some of you's might not agree with his/her list but you also shouldn't take it into heart. some. For these are just the opinion of one. (or two) ,


I know I might sound a hypocrite, and a now-it-all, but I just wanted to say. And yes this is another Opinion to add to the many list of others.

648162375:
Austin

SO TRUE.

648162387:
Marcus Andersson

Firstly, I would just like to thank you for this list. I live in a kind of remote area of the world (haha) and finding good fantasy is not the easiest thing for me.


Secondly, have you read the 'Keeper of the swords' series? (Also known as 'Chronicles of The Rift' or 'Series of Mage') It is in my opinion one of the most epic dark fantasy series there is and really something out of the ordinary.

Couldn't recommend it enough, there is a reason for the author (Nick Perumov) being named the greatest fantasy writer in Europe (2004)

Also, I think the 'Dranei' series by David Gammell is worth mentioning. Maybe not as epic as 'Wheel of Time' or as well written as 'Name of the Wind' but still great fantasy.


Lastly, I've heard great things about the 'Dragonriders of Pern', do you have any experience with these books and are they books you would recommend?

648162392:
Chase

I agree 100%.That is by far my favorite fantasy series.The cast is very unique and extremely exciting.

648162398:
harry

just wanted to ask, as it is not included here and is one of my all time favorite gothic fantasy style books, if you`ve read the black jewels trilogy by anne bishop? - the most original magic system i`ve ever known and seems to almost combine anne rice with epic fantasy and in a kind of paralelle world heaven/hell duality!!!!!

648162402:
T K


Whoever compiled the lists shows a relatively wide knowledge of the subjects. That I see.

The list of fantasy according to how well written they are and how valuable to the general literature they are/would be is an entirely different matter. Not to say, a different list.


So, my trash-can first: Martin, Jordan, Feist, and their clones

A few diamonds in the desert: LeGuin/EarthSea (the beauty of storytelling, the world you never encountered before), Tolkien/LOTR (what to say), Zelazny/Amber (for powerful narration and a protagonist of whom Hemingway would not be ashamed of), Rothfuss/Wind stuff (a fresh breath in world full of zombies)

648162404:
Booky

Awesome series, but definately SF. Honestly though, since you did mention SF books........ Some awesome books in that genre that people who read Epic Fantasy would like are Dune obviously (Stop when his son starts writing the books.....). David Webers Dahak series, A Mote in Gods Eye (can't remember who it's by sorry), as well as the Catspaw series by Joan D'Vinge

648162408:
david

the lies of locke lamora is not an epic fantasy book


Epic fantasy is the marketing term for long, world building series with grandiose intrigues of great wars and high magic. These tend to be a bit derivative of lord of the rings, it has become a 'form', the the point where you can instantly recognise one. e.g., the way of kings by brandon sanderon.


Lies of LL on the other hand is of a style becoming increasingly popular in recent publications, books which subvert the traditional fantasy tropes by either satirising (the first law - joe abercrombie) or as in the this case, incorporating different styles. Here we have crime caper / thriller combined and infact, i would say the lies of locke lamora is an especially weird fantasy novel, although definitely a fantasy one.

648162413:
Mikkan

Okey, you've listed a whole lot of my favourite fantasy series in the "worst ever" list. But instead of arguing about I'll give you're top 5 a go.


But on one thing we agree. Patrick Rothfuss! His way of writing makes me wanna take up the pen to (probably shouln't though..) I'm facinated by the way he writes!


Keep on reading - this site was just what I needed to find some new, good, books.

648162419:
Chapper

I would actually agree on this, I think ASOIAF wins out on the best fantasy series'.

648162425:
krissy

im not seeing brent weeks on any lists here! i cant imagine why, the night angel trilogy was gross but fascinating. and the first book of his new series the black prism was excellent as well. no stupid magic wands there. i would like to know why. finishing the way of kings was the worst thing ever....because it ended =( that and the king killer chronicles are 2 of my favs rite now. ice and fire is hard to put down also.

648162430:
Savvy hater

You stink! how did you come up with this asking ur mommy 4 help! A two year old could do better then this!

648162432:
Gabrielle

The Black Jewels is at times categorised as romance before fantasy. It's mostly read by women (or so it seems, as far as I know), and is very female-centrific. I think that might be why.

648162436:
Gabrielle

The Black Jewels is at times categorised as romance before fantasy. It's mostly read by women (or so it seems, as far as I know), and is very female-centrific. I think that might be why.

648162443:
Gabrielle

Black Jewels has been categorised as romance in more than one occasion. The main readers of the series seem to be women; not exactly the target audience for general fantasy (I don't know any female within my circle of acquaintance who's read Dragonlance, for instance). Perhaps that's why.

648162448:
Hmm

F of Feist should b top of the list, his storlyine is absolutly awsome, his charecters are 3dimentional and his writing style is above par.

648162452:
bobette

I think the books by Brian Jacques are fantasy. Thyey're fatastic!! They should be on the list. Or even the series by Rick Riordan are really good mythical fantasy! Why not them???

648162455:
Tally

R.A. Salvatore deserves to be on the list. Great author.

648162467:
bellacullen

These books look like oldies. C'mon! Where is TWILIGHT!!!???? I am really young but that is my favorite series of all time(besides the hunger games). My friends are reading Vampire Diarys. Arent those good as well??!!

(iv never read them).

648162472:
Pandar

If by Oldies, you mean literature, then yes. I have only read 5 or 6 of these, however each of those was filled with a richness of literary techniques that is not present in Twilight. Also, while Twilight is"fantasy," this is Epic or High Fantasy. In general a major requirement of this genre is that the author creates their own world, not just adding fantasy elements to our current world. That's why, for example, Jim Butcher's Codex Alera, which takes place in a completely invented world bearing some similarities to Ancient Rome, is on this list, while his more popular series, the Dresden Files, isn't, since it takes place in Chicago.

648162475:
Pandar

If by Oldies, you mean literature, then yes. I have only read 5 or 6 of these, however each of those was filled with a richness of literary techniques that is not present in Twilight. Also, while Twilight is"fantasy," this is Epic or High Fantasy. In general a major requirement of this genre is that the author creates their own world, not just adding fantasy elements to our current world. That's why, for example, Jim Butcher's Codex Alera, which takes place in a completely invented world bearing some similarities to Ancient Rome, is on this list, while his more popular series, the Dresden Files, isn't, since it takes place in Chicago.

648162480:
Pandar

For some reason I can't reply on the site, however:


If by Oldies, you mean literature, then yes. I have only read 5 or 6 of these, however each of those was filled with a richness of literary techniques that is not present in Twilight. Also, while Twilight is"fantasy," this is Epic or High Fantasy. In general a major requirement of this genre is that the author creates their own world, not just adding fantasy elements to our current world. That's why, for example, Jim Butcher's Codex Alera, which takes place in a completely invented world bearing some similarities to Ancient Rome, is on this list, while his more popular series, the Dresden Files, isn't, since it takes place in Chicago.

648162483:
Matt Blattner

Okay so i have checked out many of these top 25 lists and have not seen The Sword of Truth anywhere...?? honestly that should be in the top 5 of any of these lists. Especially compared to some of these other books that are making the list, Wheel of Time is slow drawn out and never even finishes; one book spans the whole length of one day!! Sword of Truth contains such immense character depth that you fall in love with them; its packed with action, adventure, moral judgement. Basically anything you could want out of a series is here, ill admit there is a few books that were not as good (Soul of the Fire, and Pillars of Creation) but other than that i couldnt even think of a negative about the series....so one needs to go back and update this list. LoTR is a classic yeah, but its slow and dragged out at so many parts its hard to keep reading. these lists are based on "originality" and props for that, but just because its a completely knew idea that has never been touched before does not at all mean its a good idea. Just Saying, "Master Rahl guide us. Master Rahl teach us. Master Rahl protect us. In your light we thrive. In your mercy we are sheltered. In your wisdom we are humbled. We live only to serve. Our lives are yours."

648162488:
Matt Blattner

Okay so i have checked out many of these top 25 lists and have not seen The Sword of Truth anywhere...?? honestly that should be in the top 5 of any of these lists. Especially compared to some of these other books that are making the list, Wheel of Time is slow drawn out and never even finishes; one book spans the whole length of one day!! Sword of Truth contains such immense character depth that you fall in love with them; its packed with action, adventure, moral judgement. Basically anything you could want out of a series is here, ill admit there is a few books that were not as good (Soul of the Fire, and Pillars of Creation) but other than that i couldnt even think of a negative about the series....so one needs to go back and update this list. LoTR is a classic yeah, but its slow and dragged out at so many parts its hard to keep reading. these lists are based on "originality" and props for that, but just because its a completely knew idea that has never been touched before does not at all mean its a good idea. Just Saying, "Master Rahl guide us. Master Rahl teach us. Master Rahl protect us. In your light we thrive. In your mercy we are sheltered. In your wisdom we are humbled. We live only to serve. Our lives are yours."

648162492:
Matt Blattner

Okay so i have checked out many of these top 25 lists and have not seen The Sword of Truth anywhere...?? honestly that should be in the top 5 of any of these lists. Especially compared to some of these other books that are making the list, Wheel of Time is slow drawn out and never even finishes; one book spans the whole length of one day!! Sword of Truth contains such immense character depth that you fall in love with them; its packed with action, adventure, moral judgement. Basically anything you could want out of a series is here, ill admit there is a few books that were not as good (Soul of the Fire, and Pillars of Creation) but other than that i couldnt even think of a negative about the series....so one needs to go back and update this list. LoTR is a classic yeah, but its slow and dragged out at so many parts its hard to keep reading. these lists are based on "originality" and props for that, but just because its a completely knew idea that has never been touched before does not at all mean its a good idea. Just Saying, "Master Rahl guide us. Master Rahl teach us. Master Rahl protect us. In your light we thrive. In your mercy we are sheltered. In your wisdom we are humbled. We live only to serve. Our lives are yours."

648162493:
Kat

Why wasn't Katarine Kerr's Deverry Cycle mentioned. It is an excellent serries with reincarnation allowing her to go back and forth in time showing how one character's actions in life results in his/her actions and beliefs in the next life.

648162495:
Dave

No David Eddings? Really? The Belgariad and The Mallorean have got to be on the top five of any comprehensive list. Also, The Lord of the Rings is second to NO ONE.

648162498:
CRUSHADUCK

I AGREE WITH LORD OF THE RINGS BUT DAVID EDDINGS REALY DUDE

648162502:
LOTRLover

Good list though I disagree with you on Martin. I think he should be more around the 10-15 range. But I am glad you included Jim Butcher and the Codex Alera in here as I feel it (and Butcher) is over looked often. If the other posters here haven't read them, pick them up, and the Dresden Files. They are amazing and a lot of fun!

648162505:
Skylar

You are missing David Eddings and Jacqueline Carey at least, not to mention plenty of others I'm sure. If you're going to insist people read the really boring and poorly written overly-epic and therefore incomplete series, you should probably recommend some of the more original, interesting and well written works of epic fantasy out there.

648162506:
Greg Griese

Can anyone help me refresh my memory? I started a trilogy a year or so ago. I didn't make a notation in my book log, and now I can't recall the name or author. The story revolves around a young man raised in a very radical religious order. After witnessing a heinous crime by one of the order's leading brothers, he engineers an escape, rescuing a young woman in the process. The order badly wants him back because he has a special gift for mayhem . . . they consider him their secret weapon for the future struggle against the secular world the order considers to be weak and corrupt.

648162507:
Ryan

The book is Left Hand of God. There is a sequel now called The Last Four Things.

649782969:
Tom K

because it's science fiction?

666919620:
LamiaKnight

so in the first list at the top with just the names of the books and the author, no description. it says A Game of Thrones was written by J.R.R Tolkien. probably a simple mistake, just pointing it out.

674074203:
Hel

Absolutely agree with you.

680439422:
Wayne Black

Very Good list I have used often to pick out my next read. I however think there are a few missing that are also great epic Fantasy. Terry Goodkind Sword of truth is long and wondering but excellent.

680441775:
Wayne Black

The Gentleman Bastard Sequence is also an excellent series

683998244:
Joris van Aken

Heheh heard the name sword of truth more then once. I love it as well and also suprised it is not there. But everyone enjoyes a writer. But i expected Sword of Truth would atleast be some where in the list. Many of the other seriers i read are all in the top 10 but i really miss Sword of Truth.
I liked Thomas Covenant as well since it is totally different.
I am suprised more to find Malazan Book of the Fallen that hi. Not that it not deserves it (I love it!)
But many i know know some series but almost no one knows the malazan book of the fallen which is a shame. For the rest it is a very nice list.

770032350:
Leon Stauffer

Doesn't really belong on the epic fantasy list. Good books, just not the subject of this particular list.

779355158:
Nate Stewart

No Mythago Wood - Robert Holdstock? I beginning to think you don't read at all.

786789375:
Keith

I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to compile this comprehensive and enlightening list!! I've found several new fantasy series to enjoy by using this accurate guide.

802872910:
Vocalperson

The Long Price Quartet is one of the most dragged out books I've read. It took me 4 days to complete the first chapter of A Shadow of Summer, as the setting itself wasn't very interesting. It was that dragged out and the whole andat idea is very stale without magic. The whole series is dragged out without inspiration.

As for LOTR series, it's a classic. The whole settings, the world are excellently written, but the pace of the books isn't something to rave about. It'll not compel a person to read it. The biggest thing about this series is the world, the setting. But the pace of how the books are drawn out doesn't make for a compelling read.

The Song of Ice and Fire is an excellent read for the first 3 books, but the 4th an 5th are very drawn out without any major plot movements. Very disappointing read after 3 books.

841174938:
ihateu

you fag

841175332:
ihateu

no goodkind?

898268643:
Galadriel007

I felt the same about the Long Price.
LOTR's is classic but slow but the slowness makes the story, i think. it's beautifully written and I woudln't give up any of that for a faster pace.

I would have agreed with you for ASOIAF, however, after re-reading (for the 3rd or 4th time) FFC, there's actually a LOT that's going on in that book. the fifth one..not so much.

901530129:
dontuno

terry is bad

901531136:
dontuno

sword of trash sword of isnt this wheel of time sword of i call the hero Dick

901535499:
dontuno

Tale of the Malazan book of the fallen is definatly in the correct spot at #1
Terry Goodkinds sword of truth was horrbile and not just the fact that is felt like a WoT clone.
the fact that SoT wasnt on this list makes it have.... whats the word... credability.

901662975:
Vincent

fuck you SoT is the most overrated book ever. Goodkind sucks

913023399:
Stephen Kimble

I agree The sword of truth series was the best fantacy series i have read to date!!! It should have been on the list.

913027088:
Stephen Kimble

I completely agree it should have been top 5, i'm utterly surprised it is not on the list at all WTF!!!

925545650:
architectsilenced

The Sword of Randyism? (pun intended)

925547407:
architectsilenced

This is an epic fantasy list look under the urban fantasy list.

925549178:
architectsilenced

Not it's the Sword of Randyism (pun intended).

925555016:
architectsilenced

Not a bad list but Weeks should not be on here, even Salvatore writes a better assassin than Weeks does. I'm not sure why other people can't see how utter bad the Night Angel is.

954538366:
Anonymous

Absolutely despised Codex Alera, highly overrated and definitely not my kind of book. Try The Broken Empire series if you want books that are actually good with refreshing, perhaps somewhat twisted, characters.

966695053:
bails

read his latest series, he has evolved a lot as a writer. that was his first ever book he wrote, so you have to cut him some slack. the next series is much better written

970398395:
Baphomet

Often overlooked is The Wars of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts. The prose style is a case of love or hate I guess and I'm happy to say I love it.

970954462:
seeinry

why isnt the shword of shannara on this list...it makes me think this entire list is bogus




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