Heroic Fantasy

Heroic fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy which chronicles the tales of heroes in imaginary lands.


Frequently, the protagonist is reluctant to be a champion, and/or is of low or humble origin, may have royal ancestors or parents but does not know it. Though events are usually beyond their control, they are thrust into positions of great responsibility where their mettle is tested in a number of spiritual and physical challenges. Although it shares many of the basic themes of Sword and Sorcery the term 'Heroic fantasy' is often used to avoid the garish overtones of the former.

The Expansion (Legend of the Arch Magus, #1)
The Choice of Magic (Art of the Adept, #1)
Secrets and Spellcraft (Art of the Adept, #2)
Fatemarked (The Fatemarked Epic, #1)
Scholar of Magic (Art of the Adept Book 3)
The Wolf's Call (Raven's Blade #1)
Son of the Black Sword (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, #1)
The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands, #1)
The Crimson Queen (The Raveling, #1)
A Time of Blood (Of Blood and Bone, #2)
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The Wind and the Void (Nightblade #3)
The Wolf of the North (Wolf of the North #1)
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Legend (The Drenai Saga, #1)
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
Waylander (The Drenai Saga #3)
The King Beyond the Gate (The Drenai Saga, #2)
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
Sword in the Storm (The Rigante, #1)
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
Quest for Lost Heroes (The Drenai Saga, #4)
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (The Drenai Saga, #6)

Kaoru Kurimoto
It was as if he had two faces, one of utmost calm, one of furious action; and he wore both with ease. He was like the animal whose face he wore, able to sit in silence for hours, without moving a muscle, then flying like a raging storm into battle, returning again to perfect calm when the fight was over.
Kaoru Kurimoto, The Leopard Mask

Priya Ardis
Soft sun shone down on a misty cathedral at the opposite end of a football-field length courtyard. The cathedral had a long pointed tower with beautiful rose and ivory stained glass windows. Pink-petal flowers and deep green ivy climbed the stones from the ground to it’s roof. A large fountain stood in the middle of the courtyard with water falling from several lion’s heads. Between the misty air and rolling slope of the earth, the grounds reminded me of a long lost fairy tale.
Priya Ardis, My Boyfriend Merlin

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