Today, I present my Top Ten list featuring EPIC FANTASY. The list itself is in no particular order but includes favorite series/books/authors that I can’t live without or that affected my life personally. That being said, this list is NOT extensive or all-encompassing.
My definition of epic fantasy is a long arc with plenty of adventure. It is also possible that the books on this list could fit into another sub-genre better, but these are the series that embody epic fantasy for me 🙂
Although I have not read everything by Elise Kova, I am confident that she belongs on this list. I loved her Loom books and the Air Awakens world is fascinating even though I haven’t finished all of those books yet. This is a self-published author to watch!
This series does such a great job portraying bullies and found family support that I immediately related with the protagonist as a teen reader. I fell in love with this author early in my life, but this trilogy really stuck with me through the years.
I really wish I had been able to keep track of this series better as it was being released because now it is out of print and finding reasonably priced mass market paperbacks has been ridiculous, but I love Farideh and Lorcan and really wish more people were reading these books. They are part of the Forgotten Realms D&D mythos, and what’s more epic than that?
Another series that I found in high school as a teen, this series quickly became a favorite and influenced my love for magical animal stories and court intrigue tales. The author has recently started releasing more books featuring these characters, and I could not be happier about it!
While this author takes 4-5 years to write each book, the stories are so intricate that it is well worth the wait. Besides, at least she’s still releasing books on a regular schedule!
The Queen of Blood
This is the first book of a series, which I have not finished yet. Although I did read book two and didn’t love it quite as much as the first book. This book is amazing, and if you grew up reading Tamora Pierce like I did, you will likely love this story!
Steel Crow Saga
I cannot wait for more of this story as I loved this when it released last year. This picture is from the author’s Twitter showcasing both the US and UK covers. If you haven’t read this one yet, you are missing out.
The Stepsister’s Scheme
This is another series I need to finish, but I loved the author’s take on some classic fairytale princess tropes. Plus this author is just amazing in general, so expect his work to show up on another list this month!
The Outstretched Shadow
I found this series because of my obsession with Mercedes Lackey, and I’m glad that I did. It has such an interesting set of magic systems and worldbuilding. Someday, I’ll make time to read the sequel and prequel series as well.
OK, so this series probably counts as dark fantasy instead of epic, but I couldn’t not include it in one of my lists and this one makes the most sense. One of the best female protagonists written by a male author, and it doesn’t suffer from second book in a trilogy syndrome in the least!
That’s my list for today. Feel free to share your favorite epic fantasy reads in the comments. I’m always looking for new suggestions!