96 Best Epic Fantasy Books (2024)

96 Best Epic Fantasy Books (1)

The Lord of the Rings

50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition

J. R. R. Tolkien - 2005-10-12 (first published in 1955)

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Embark on a perilous quest with hobbit Frodo and his companions as they journey across Middle-earth to destroy the powerful One Ring, which threatens to fall into the hands of the evil Dark Lord, Sauron. Follow the journey of the Fellowship of the Ring, made up of a wizard, hobbits, dwarves, elves, and soldiers, as they battle through forests, mountains, and dark towers to save their world. Discover the epic tale of good versus evil, courage, friendship, and sacrifice in this timeless classic.

Recommended by

Elon MuskPaul KrugmanPaul GrahamNaval RavikantReid HoffmanPeter Thiel

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Assassin's Apprentice

Robin Hobb - 1996-03-01 (first published in 1995)

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Follow the journey of young Fitz, a royal bastard cast out into the world. With a magical link to animals known as the Wit, Fitz finds solace in companionship. But he must give up his old ways when he is adopted into the royal household, and trade them for courtly manners and the art of assassination. Experience the perilous magic of the Wit and the dangers that come with being a royal assassin in this captivating tale.

Recommended by

Tom Critchlow

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A Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin - 2005-08-01 (first published in 1996)

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A world of magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure awaits in this modern fantasy masterpiece. The first volume of an epic series, this tale of lords, ladies, soldiers, and sorcerers features the harsh Starks of Winterfell at its center, surrounded by supernatural forces massing beyond the protective Wall. As winter looms and conflict brews, characters traverse a land of extremes and undertake dangerous journeys, all for the ultimate prize: the game of thrones.

Recommended by

Elon Musk

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The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss - 2007-04-01

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Follow Kvothe's journey from a young boy in a traveling troupe to one of the most renowned magicians in his world. This captivating first-person narrative takes readers through the highs and lows of Kvothe's life, including his time as a near-feral orphan and his daring entrance into a legendary school of magic. Immerse yourself in the mind and body of a wizard in this thrilling novel.

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Anna AkanaChris Albon

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The Eye of the World

Robert Jordan - 1990-11-15

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Mystery and magic are abound in this epic tale of tradition and legend. As the Wheel of Time turns, the lines between truth and myth are blurred, and mortals must rely on powerful beings to guide them through uncharted territory. What happens when the shadow threatens to consume everything? Find out in this captivating read.

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The Way of Kings

Book One of the Stormlight Archive

Brandon Sanderson - 2010-08-31

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This epic fantasy tale transports readers to a world torn apart by war and storms. Once living in Heaven, mankind was forced to take root on Roshar after the Voidbringers captured their previous home. The Almighty gifted humans with powerful Shardblades to defend themselves against the Voidbringers, and led by ten orders of knights known as Radiants, they appear to have won the war. But centuries later, the world is still at war with itself, each king vying for more Shardblades to unite all of mankind under one throne. Join a young spearman in his journey to fight a war against an unknown enemy and uncover the forgotten secrets of this mysterious world.

Recommended by

Sahil Lavingia

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Mistborn

The Final Empire (Mistborn (1))

Brandon Sanderson - 2006-07-17

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In a world where darkness reigns, criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches a young urchin the magic of metals. Their mission: to take down the tyrant Lord Ruler and restore life to their ash-filled land. But as their plan takes shape, the unlikely heroine is faced with a new distraction - a wealthy young man named Elend. Will their thieving crew succeed, or will evil continue to cloak the land?

Recommended by

Kent C. DoddsAndreas Klinger

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A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. le Guin - 2004-09-28 (first published in 1968)

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Embark on an epic journey of power and redemption with a young sorcerer named Ged, who unleashes a dark force upon the world in his pursuit of knowledge. Follow his quest to master the powerful words of magic, subdue a fierce dragon, and face death itself to restore balance to Earthsea.

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DanClara Jeffery

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Gardens of the Moon

Steven Erikson - 2005-01-10 (first published in 1999)

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This epic fantasy introduces readers to the war-torn Malazan Empire, ruled by the iron grip of Empress Laseen and plagued by ancient sorcerers and deadly assassins. The story follows Sergeant Whiskeyjack and Tattersail, as they navigate the aftermath of a bloody siege while facing the looming threat of sinister forces and meddling gods. Written on a grand scale, Gardens of the Moon is a thrilling adventure that showcases the talent of an outstanding new author.

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Indulge in a timeless classic fantasy series with this boxed set of seven tales. Follow along as you embark on journeys through magical realms, witness battles between good and evil, and encounter talking creatures. With cover art by acclaimed illustrator David Wiesner and full interior art by original illustrator Pauline Baynes, readers of all ages will be captivated by The Chronicles of Narnia. This beloved series includes titles such as The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Last Battle.

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The Shadow of What Was Lost

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The Fifth Season

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Kushiel's Dart

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Words of Radiance

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A Memory of Light

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Towers of Midnight

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The Gathering Storm

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Guards! Guards!

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

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Daughter of the Forest

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A Torch Against the Night

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The Inheritance Trilogy

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Poison Study

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The Rage of Dragons

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The Six of Crows Duology Boxed Set

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

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The Great Book of Amber

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Roger Zelazny

The Assassin's Blade

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Legend

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David Gemmell

Magician

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The Curse of Chalion

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Sheepfarmer's Daughter

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Elizabeth Moon

Untitled

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Dragonflight

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Anne McCaffrey

The Spider's War

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The Iron King

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The Silmarillion

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Perdido Street Station

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King's Dragon

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Daughter of the Empire

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Lord Foul's Bane

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A Shadow in Summer

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Sabriel

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His Dark Materials

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Cassiel's Servant

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Translation State

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Tress of the Emerald Sea

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Deerskin

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Robin McKinley

Song of Blood & Stone

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L. Penelope

Lyonesse

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Jack Vance

The Will of the Many

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James Islington

The Wise Man's Fear

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Patrick Rothfuss

The Dark Tower 8-Book Boxed Set

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Stephen King

Fourth Wing

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Rebecca Yarros

The Farseer Trilogy Set

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Robin Hobb

The Unbroken

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The Warded Man

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The Black Prism

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Abhorsen

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A Day of Fallen Night

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The Poppy War

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The Way of Shadows

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The Red Knight

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Aiduel's Sin

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The Dark Tower Series Complete 8 Books Collection Box Set by Stephen King

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Magic Casem*nt

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The Magicians' Guild

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The Tyranny of Faith

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Some Desperate Glory

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Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries

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Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set

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The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

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Victory City

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Salman Rushdie

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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N. K. Jemisin

96 Best Epic Fantasy Books (2024)

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