Military Fantasy

Fantasy that deals with battles, military life etc. The Fantasy equivalent of Military Sci-Fi.
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310 books · 582 voters · list created September 5th, 2009 by Isaac (votes) .
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message 1: by Isaac (new)

Isaac Vote away! A new genre has emerged.


message 2: by Phoenixfalls (new)

Phoenixfalls Any chance the Ender novels can be removed, seeing as they're actually MilSF, not MilFantasy? (There needs to be a better way to shorten that. . .)


message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael T Isn't Starship Troopers military fantasy? and if it is, why isn't number one?


message 4: by Isaac (new)

Isaac No, Starship troopers is Military SF. As is Ender's Game really but I can't remove it from the list.


message 5: by Michael (new)

Michael T Ahhhhh


message 6: by Dawn (new)

Dawn I can remove the Ender books from the list if you would like?? Let me know exactly which ones you want removed.


message 7: by Isaac (last edited Jul 01, 2012 01:26PM) (new)

Isaac That would be great Dawn. I can update the list description to make it a bit clearer. The ones to remove are: "Ender's Game" "Speaker for the Dead" "Ender's Shadow"...basically every Orson Scott Card book on the list right now. Anything from the "Shadow Saga" or "Ender's Saga" should not really be on there.


message 8: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Sorry I took so long, GR's didn't notify me that you had replied. :)

I took off all the Ender's and Shadow Saga books, which left no Orson Scott Card books on the list. Let me know if you need anything else removed.


message 9: by Joshua (new)

Joshua Simon Is it possible to add the Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney to the list...as well as the rest of the Matcht Trilogy (I only see The Ten Thousand). Paul Kearney is one of the best at this sub-genre.

Also, I think the Dread Empire Series as well as the Instrumentality of the Night Series (both by Glen Cook) also fall into this category.


message 10: by Isaac (new)

Isaac ^Joshua. I have now added the first in the series you mentioned (the omnibuses anyway). Anyone on goodreads can add books to the list, so feel free to add anything else.


message 11: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Why the hell is "The Iliad" listed as military fantasy?


message 12: by Artemas (new)

Artemas Sequere me in Tenebras wrote: "Why the hell is "The Iliad" listed as military fantasy?"

I assume you are looking for an answer more polished than: because people are stupid.


message 13: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Artemas wrote: "Sequere me in Tenebras wrote: "Why the hell is "The Iliad" listed as military fantasy?"

I assume you are looking for an answer more polished than: because people are stupid."


No, I was expecting the less polished version Artemas.


message 14: by Artemas (new)

Artemas :D


message 15: by Aildiin (new)

Aildiin I think a criteria for a Military fantasy should be that the majority of the cast of the book ( or at least a part) is actually in the Military.
This is definitely not the case for A Song of Ice and Fire which in my view does not belong to this list...


message 16: by Andrew (last edited Jan 18, 2014 09:19PM) (new)

Andrew Obrigewitsch Yeah, ASpI does not fit to me either. I'm sure there are more people like to just add random stuff to lists. I would also take off any Lord of the Rings Books.

I'm actually surprised Hunger Games is not on the list and voted # 1.


message 17: by Andrew (last edited Feb 19, 2014 11:49AM) (new)

Andrew Obrigewitsch What is Erogon doing on this list? I would say to take of Sword of Truth books, Lord of the Rings and a bunch of other stuff too. There are actually not that many military fantasy books out there, so this book needs serious pruning.


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

I will try to remove a few of these that don't belong here.


message 19: by MJ (new)

MJ Mmm, Game of thrones is more of a political book, not military..


message 20: by Joey (new)

Joey Hello yes. This is a subgenre I do like.


message 21: by Greg (new)

Greg Strandberg For fantasy, I really think you have to have multi-chapter battle sequences. Unfortunately, I can't remember which books in the series had those. WoT Book 6-9...all starts to fade together.


message 22: by Avaminn (new)

Avaminn F'nett I wouldn't consider a lot of these "military fantasy." For example: Graceling, Mistborn, The Dragon Reborn, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Thomas Covenant, and ESPECIALLY not Elantris. Military fantasy has to be centered around military life in my opinion.


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