This genre is one of the genres I have NEVER read. I know it’s crazy considering how popular the books and the movies of this genre are. I was trying to give this genre a try but, honestly, I didn’t know which ones I supposedly started so I gave up. The two genres that I normally read are romance (contemporary and paranormal but mostly contemporary) and mystery but I am eager to try new ones–the ones that are out of my comfort zone or what I am used to.
I always said that I loved to push boundaries when it comes to reading; however, when I thought of it, there are many genres that I actually haven’t touched yet and it frustrated me since my curiosity was high but I had no idea which one to start. Moreover, there was a fear that I wouldn’t enjoy them. I’ve been afraid that this genre would be too highly imaginative for me.
In short, I’m curious about this genre and desperately NEED YOUR HELP. Please recommend me your favorites.
Check out the other posts if you haven’t yet. There are A LOT OF AWESOME recommendations!!! Thank you so much to all the bloggers and readers who have participated. 😀
Please recommend me your favorites of high/epic fantasy books. 😀
Lexxie at (Un)Conventional Bookviews: Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about, Geybie! I love Fantasy, Epic Fantasy and High Fantasy. 🙂 Here are some of my recommendations :
- Illuminae series by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann
- Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown
- Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufmann and Meagan Spooner
- Starflight series by Melissa Landers
- Peri Reed Chronicles by Kim Harrison
- Menagerie series by Rachel Vincent
- Devil’s Isle series by Chloe Neill
- I Am Just Junco series by JA Huss
- Soulprint by Megan Miranda
- The Time Weaver Chronicles by Thomas A. Knight
- Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
- Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher
- Sianim / Aralorn series by Patricia Briggs
- and one I haven’t started yet, but am excited about: The Cinder Spires series by Jim Butcher
- There is also The Age of X series by Richelle Mead, but I don’t know if it’s going to be completed, there are two books out, with news of a third, but nothing has happened in a few years…
Amy at A Magical World of Words: Hmmmm…….high fantasy… Definitely the Throne of Glass series or any of Sarah J. Maas’ books. Or Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, and maybe Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy.
Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: I agree with many of Lexxie’s recs. Illuminae and the Starbound Trilogy are great places to start if you’re not quite sure you’re ready for “serious” fantasy (though they both lean more toward sci-fi than epic fantasy).
One of my favorite fantasy series of ever is the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. There are actually LOTS of books set in this same world, and she even just published a follow-up trilogy, but you can just start with the original trilogy and see how you like it. If you LOVE those books as much as I did, and you want to know what to read next, just let me know!
Another fantastic fantasy author to check out is Brandon Sanderson’s the Stormlight Archive is amazing, but the books are a little more intimidating than the others I mentioned so you might not want to try it for your first epic fantasy.
Stephanie at Bookfever: The Grisha books by Leigh Bardugo are my favorite high fantasy books. I also enjoyed Uprooted by Naomi Novik, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. 🙂
Sophia at Delighted Reader: Fantasy is not a genre I reach for that often, but I do like it. Of course JRR Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle series, Michelle Franklin’s Haanta series. My first dip into fantasy was mashing up fantasy and romance. Here are some I liked: Terri Brisbin’s Stone Circle series, Captive Prince trilogy by CS Pascat (M/M), Amanda Bouchet’s The Kingmaker Chronicles, Kristen Ashley’s Fantasyland series, and Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell (M/M).
Karen at Kissin Blue Karen: This is my go-to genre. I got tons of recs here for you…
- Ink and Bone (The Great Library series) by Rachel Caine
- (once again) Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
- Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
- Shattered Realms series and the Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
- Ruined series by Amy Tintera
- The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
- The Young Elites series by Marie Lu
- A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
- The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
- Red Rising series by Pierce Brown
I could throw in a few more but they don’t seem to have sequels (and it has been too long waiting for them). Thanks for putting this series together, I am looking for recs in every post. My TBR is growing by leaps and bounds!
Uma at Books Bags Burgers: HIGH FANTASY??? Move people, coming through!! I’ll list out some books that haven’t been recommended already 😀
- Witchlands series by Susan Dennard
- The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
- Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
- An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir
- The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff
- Study series by Maria Snyder
- Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
- The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Veronika B: My favorite fantasy books are Leigh Bardugo’s books! I’ve read and loved all of them! Her writing is so engaging and beautiful!
Alyssa Susanna at The Eater Of Books: Oh man. Fantasy is where I am AT. I love fantasy! YA or Adult. I’ll break it down in two lists. 😀
- The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
- A Promise of Fire, Breath of Fire, Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
- Destined for a King by Ashlyn Macnamara
- The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott
- Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
- Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
- Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
- Rebel of the Sands, Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
- The Wrath & The Dawn, The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
- Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
- The Orphan Queen, The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
- Lark Rising, Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh
- The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
- The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
- Forbidden, Banished, Returned by Kimberley Griffiths Little
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
- The Falconer, The Vanishing Throne, The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
- Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
- Sea of Shadows, Empire of Night, Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong
- Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
- Defiance, Deception, Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
I could probably keep going but I’ll stop there. 😀 I think most fit what you are looking for! Have a fabulous week, Geybie. =)
Anne at North Woman: I used to think I didn’t like this genre until I started reading some of them. I also adore Uprooted by Namoi Novik and suggest audio, if you like audio, for it. I can also suggest audio with Simon Vance narrating for her Temeraire series. I love all Robin Hobb (also like the audio) and Juliet Marillier the newer Grim & Blackthorn series and I’m trying to get to the older Daughters of the Forest series. The Mist Torn Witches series by Barb Hendee. I loved the new series with The Dead Seekers by Barb Hendee also. The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. I can go on and on but you have enough to try.
Carol at Carol’s Notebook: Looks like you’ve got some great recommendations. Has anyone mentioned the Divine Cities series by Robert Jackson Bennett?
Renee at Addicted To Romance: I have to admit that Fantasy romance, is probably one of my all time favorite genres to read in romance, and it’s not as common as I would like. Some of my all time favorite books are fantasy themed. It’s just completely different from any other sub genre. I blame it on all those Dragonlance books I read when I was a kid. hehe
Here are some of my favorites that I would recommend:
- Waking Eden by Rhenna Morgan
- Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
- Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland
- Bride Enchanted by Edith Layton
- Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
- Radiance by Grace Draven
- The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
- The Sea King by C.L. Wilson
- A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
- Warrior’s Woman by Johanna Lindsey
Kristen at Metaphors And Moonlight: It turns out all my high fantasy recs are M/M, so if that’s ok, I rec Black Snow by EAB, Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat, Tales from Verania series by TJ Klune, and Tales of the High Court series by Megan Derr. Also Scarlet & the White Wolf series by Kirby Crow if you like more slow-paced stories. 🙂 And all of these are pretty much focused on the romance!
Dragonfly at Our Familiarium: I see a few books I love here. E.g. Red Rising and An Ember in the Ashes. I’m surprised the Lord of the Rings and Games of Thrones are not here! I loved the Lunar Chronicles which you could say is Sci-fi but it’s like Red Rising!
Melissa at Melissa’s Book World: A lot of my favorites are already mentioned but let’s say them again.. hahaha. My favorites:
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor (EPIC)
- The Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet (one of my new favorites, already read the first two books twice this year)
- Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (EPIC)
- A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas
- An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- Only read the first book, but I really loved Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo (#1 Grisha)
- Penryn and the End of days trilogy by Susan Ee (THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE ANGEL STORIES SGHFBDHFBGDHJFBG)
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Sarah at Brainfluff: I’ll endorse a number of the above suggestions – especially the Red Rising trilogy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and Warprize. I’ll add The Falconer Trilogy by Elizabeth May, the Manifold Worlds duology by Foz Meadows, The Summer Goddess by Joanne Hall, The Steerswoman series by Rosemary Kirstein, and Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky.