Heroic Fantasy

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

Characteristics:

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.

Cold Iron (Masters & Mages, #1)
Fatemarked (The Fatemarked Epic, #1)
The Crimson Queen (The Raveling, #1)
The Wolf of the North (Wolf of the North, #1)
Son of the Black Sword (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, #1)
City of Light (Traveler's Gate, #3)
The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands, #1)
Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #2)
Severed Souls (Sword of Truth, #14; Richard and Kahlan, #3)
Arcane (The Arinthian Line #1)
The Path of Flames (Chronicles of the Black Gate #1)
Age of Iron (Iron Age, #1)
Warheart (Sword of Truth, #15; Richard and Kahlan, #4)
Clash of Iron (Iron Age, #2)
Darien (Empire of Salt #1)
Legend (The Drenai Saga, #1)
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
The Hobbit or There and Back Again
Waylander (The Drenai Saga #3)
The King Beyond the Gate (The Drenai Saga, #2)
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
Sword in the Storm (The Rigante, #1)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (The Drenai Saga, #6)
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
Quest for Lost Heroes (The Drenai Saga, #4)
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)

Priya Ardis
The last declaration he'd made to me hung between us. The L word. The one that had nothing to do with like.
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