I was never a fan of epic fantasy. The only fantasy reading I had ever done was The Hobbit. Impressed, I tried reading Ursula Leguin’s Earthsea Cycles. It turned out to be a rather confusing experience. I just couldn’t wrap my head around all the characters; there were so many characters and so many worlds and so so many…well, everything. It was like trying to make sense of a whole new world full of a new history from a new perspective.
That was around a year ago. Then I read the A Song of ice and Fire series. And there was no looking back from there.
I’m currently reading Book 4 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson and loving it. So here is a list of some of the best epic fantasy books. I know the list isn’t complete or by any means exhaustive, and i will be adding more as and when I get time.
Vote for your favorites and suggest more to add to the list.
Best Epic Fantasy Books
The Lord of the Rings. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths
The book that started it all.
The George R.R. Martin Song Of Ice and Fire.
George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin--dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine--has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction
The Chronicles of Narnia [C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes].
Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures and epic battles between good and evilthe book that has it all is the lion
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) [Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett].
Philip Pullman's trilogy is a masterpiece that transcends genre and appeals to readers of all ages. His heroine
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1) [Ursula K. Le Guin].
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth
Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry, grass, and sardine.
Starred Review. Reviewed by Megan Whalen Turner If there really are only seven original plots in the world, it's odd that boy meets girl is always mentioned, and society goes bad and attacks the good guy never is. Yet we have Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, The House of the Scorpion-and now, following a long tradition of Brave New Worlds, The Hunger Games.
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen) [Steven Erikson]The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions
The Silmarillion [J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Ted Nasmith]
The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1) [Stephen King]. Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead
The Children of Húrin [J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Alan Lee]
Long before the One Ring was forged in the fires of Mount Doom, one man—Húrin—dared to defy Morgoth
The veil between the worlds is narrow here. Twists and turns on almost every page right from the gory beginning to the intriguing finale.
If Bryony cannot save Sheean in time, the Human and Faerie realms will be destroyed and her dreams of becoming a queen along with them.
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1) [Jim Butcher]. For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world