Epic Fantasy

Epic Fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that is set in invented or parallel world. It is most commonly considered to be the same genre as High Fantasy, since they share many of the same elements, but Epic Fantasy takes the story even farther, in a bigger and more epic way (e.g. the stakes are greater; the land/world is in peril; a great evil threatens the world; the conflict shakes all who dwell in the world of the story).

Epic Fantasy became more famous through the works of such as: Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Robert Jordan, Robin Hobb, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie, Terry B

Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire, #1)
Dark Rise (Dark Rise, #1)
Among Thieves
The Wisdom of Crowds (The Age of Madness, #3)
A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix (Remixed Classics, #1)
Into the Dying Light (The Age of Darkness, #3)
She Who Rides the Storm
The Bone Ship's Wake (The Tide Child, #3)
Redemptor (Raybearer #2)
Nolyn (The Rise and Fall, #1)
The Desert Prince (Nightfall Saga #1)
The Pariah (Covenant of Steel, #1)
Forestborn (Forestborn, #1)
The Hand of the Sun King (Pact and Pattern, #1)
The Maleficent Seven
The Gilded Cage (The Prison Healer, #2)
He Who Fights with Monsters 3 (He Who Fights with Monsters, #3)
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Bloodline (Cradle, #9)
Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3)
He Who Fights with Monsters 2 (He Who Fights with Monsters, #2)
Knight's Ransom (The First Argentines, #1)
The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy, #3)
The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, #2)
The King's Ranger (The King's Ranger #1)
Water's Wrath (Air Awakens, #4)
Wintersteel (Cradle, #8)
Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens, #5)
Uncrowned (Cradle, #7)
Curse of the Wolf King (Entangled with Fae, #1)
The Way of Kings by Brandon SandersonThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussA Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinThe Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. TolkienThe Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Real Epic Fantasy
146 books — 366 voters
Senlin Ascends by Josiah BancroftBlood Song by Anthony RyanIsle of Winds by James FahyTheft of Swords by Michael J. SullivanDrowned Tomb by James Fahy
Best Indie Fantasy Books Worth a Read
1,502 books — 1,631 voters

Bridge of Birds by Barry HughartWar for the Oaks by Emma BullThe Scourge by Roberto CalasHere Lies Death by Harlan VaughnIn the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
Best Fantasy Books Under the Radar
1,880 books — 2,179 voters

The Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Way of Kings by Brandon SandersonThe Land by Aleron KongWords of Radiance by Brandon SandersonThe Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Best New Fantasy Novel
301 books — 777 voters
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Way of Kings by Brandon SandersonJ.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set by J.R.R. TolkienMistborn Trilogy Boxed Set by Brandon Sanderson
Great Fantasy Reads
316 books — 531 voters

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
A Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)

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