Our top fantasy book series recommendations

*** We now include both trilogies and series of 3+ books in this list ***

From the Taoist beliefs of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea books to the complexity of Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen. From the ambition of Stephen Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant books to the beautifully written Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb. These are the top fantasy book series that you simply must read. We have listed our recommendations below and we have also listened to the many suggestions made – hence the larger selection!

The criteria? For the purpose of this list we have decided that a series must consist of at least four books. So no trilogies, that is deserving of a page all of its own. So without any further ado, here are our recommendations, beginning with Ursula Le Guin.

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy series) illustration
Image © J.K. Drummond

Arguably the best fantasy series ever written. This is of course subject to personal opinion and fans of Wheel of Time, A Song of Ice and Fire and Robin Hobb’s trilogy of trilogies (Farseer, Liveship and Tawny) are quite able to put a very strong case forward for their favoured works but few can deny that the quality and ambition of the ten books that make up A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen are unmatched within the genre.

Read our review of Gardens of the Moon, book one in the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

“Erikson is an extraordinary writer… my advice to anyone who might listen to me is: treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon.” Stephen R. Donaldson

“I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of the imagination may be the high watermark of epic fantasy.” Glen Cook

A Malazan Book of the Fallen

  • Gardens of the Moon
  • Deadhouse Gates
  • Memories of Ice
  • House of Chains
  • Midnight Tides
  • The Bonehunters
  • Reaper’s Gale
  • Toll the Hounds
  • Dust of Dreams
  • The Crippled God

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A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

Ned Stark’s execution
Image © Magali Villeneuve

George R. R. Martin is a wonderful writer and his fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, is so popular because it is so good. This not a finished series, only five of the seven books have seen the light of day so far (but those who have watched the HBO series will have a good idea of what is coming next). I have read that these books are heavily inspired by The War of the Roses, the English civil war of the fifteenth century. What can you expect from this series? Wonderful storytelling, that is excellent throughout; a massive cast of characters that demands your attention; a narrative that shows that all humans of capable of being both cruel and kind, intelligent yet foolish, brave yet cowardly. Yes, you’re able to read a lot of criticism of Martin, but in the main this comes from readers who actually love the series and either a) want it finished or b) want him to treat characters they care about more kindly. The Game of the Thrones HBO series has become so big that it’s easy to forget the source material it sprung from is the best the genre has to offer. My advice to someone who has yet to read this series is this: Forget the hype, try to forget the HBO series – read A Game of Thrones on its own merit and I hope you revel in the experience. It’s rather good you know.

“The sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads …  Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias” The Guardian

Read our review of A Game of Thrones, the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • A Game of Thrones
  • A Clash of Kings
  • A Storm of Swords
  • A Feast for Crows
  • A Dance with Dragons
  • The Winds of Winter
  • A Dream of Spring

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Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

The Dragon Reborn artwork (Wheel of Time)
Image © Darrell K. Sweet

A saga filled with unforgettable characters and a world steeped in rich history and legend. If you truly love the fantasy genre, passing up a chance to read The Eye of the World would be an unbelievable mistake.

“With the Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal” New York Times

Read our review of The Eye of the World, book one of the Wheel of Time series.

  • The Eye of the World (1990)
  • The Great Hunt (1990)
  • The Dragon Reborn (1991)
  • The Shadow Rising (1992)
  • The Fires of Heaven (1993)
  • Lord of Chaos (1994)
  • A Crown of Swords (1996)
  • The Path of Daggers (1998)
  • Winter’s Heart (2000)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (2003)
  • Knife of Dreams (2005)
  • The Gathering Storm (2009)
  • Towers of Midnight (2010)
  • A Memory of Light (2013)

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The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Harry Potter, from the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Image © Jim Kay

Is all the hype about the Harry Potter books justified? In a word, yes, the books are a joy to read and possibly the most rewarding young adult’s book since The Hobbit. Hogwarts is a truly magical place, not only in the most obvious way but also in all the detail that the author has gone to describe it so vibrantly. It is the place that everybody wishes they could of gone to when they where eleven. This book is highly recommended to anybody between the ages of 8 and 80.

“One of the greatest literary adventures of modern times” Sunday Telegraph

Read our review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, book one of the Harry Potter series.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Saga fantasy series) illustration by David Lupton
Image © David Lupton

Ursula Le Guin has a reputation for exploring psychological and sociological themes within her books and this collection is no different. These novels can be read by children and enjoyed from the perspective of magic, wizards, adventure and the beautifully imagined world of Earthsea. They can also be appreciated by adults for the thought-provoking elements that the book conjures. This is a collection that makes you think and leaves you thinking. Ursula Le Guin’s creation, Earthsea – an ancient world of wizards, magic, darkness and light, and an ever-shifting balance of power – is an acknowledged masterpiece.

“One of the major works of fantasy in this century.” Observer

Read our review of The Earthsea Quartet, which contains books one to four in the Earthsea Saga.

  • The Earthsea Quartet
    (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore and Tehanu)
  • The Other Wind
  • Tales from Earthsea

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The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

Image from Royal Assassin, book two of the Real of the Elderlings fantasy series
Image © John Howe

Robin Hobb is an author of rare skill and imagination and the books (13 and counting) that make up her Elderlings series are among the best the genre has to offer. She writes beautifully and her characters are so real you can almost touch them.

“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers! what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.” The Times

Read our review of Assassin’s Apprentice, book one of the Farseer Trilogy.

The Farseer Trilogy

  • Assassin’s Apprentice
  • Royal Assassin
  • Assassin’s Quest

The Liveship Traders

  • Ship of Magic
  • The Mad Ship
  • Ship of Destiny

The Tawny Man

  • Fool’s Errand
  • The Golden Fool
  • Fool’s Fate

The Rainwild Chronicles

  • Dragon Keeper
  • Dragon Haven
  • City of Dragons
  • Blood of Dragons

Fitz and the Fool

  • Fool’s Assassin
  • Fool’s Quest
  • Assassin’s Fate

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The Duncton Chronicles by William Horwood

Duncton Wood cover art
Image © John Barber

Duncton Wood is a truly breathtaking and enchanting read that reminds us how savage yet full of love the animal kingdom truly is. It is unfortunate that these works must be compared to Watership Down but that is the only book with which I can really compare it to in terms of story line and excellence. This is a book for adults and is at times as dark as it is uplifting, first published in 1980 and has since become a best-selling novel. A story of courage, loyalty and the power of love… inspired by the shadows and light of England’s most beautiful countryside.

Read our review of Duncton Wood, the first book in the Duncton Chronicles.

  • Duncton Wood
  • Duncton Quest
  • Duncton Found
  • Duncton Tales
  • Duncton Rising
  • Duncton Stone

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The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R Donaldson

An illustration of The Land from The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Image © Michael Whelan

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever are a series of fantasy novels with tremendous scope and a psychological depth that had never before been attempted. They are very complex pieces of work but at heart you’ll find a good old-fashioned tale of epic fantasy. The series can not be read without the reader’s constant concentration, it is adult fantasy fiction and the casual fantasy reader may need a period of time in which to become accustomed to this – there are no lovable hobbits to ease you into the story, here you have a man that has lost everything, a man who is angry, bitter, an outcast from the life and the world he knew. But the effort spent in reading this series is rewarded ten-times over and I recommend that every fantasy fan read this seminal work.

Read our review of Lord Foul’s Bane, book one in the First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

  • Lord Foul’s Bane
  • The Illearth War
  • The Power That Preserves

Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

  • The Wounded Land
  • The One Tree
  • White Gold Wielder

Third Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

  • The Runes of the Earth
  • Fatal Revenant
  • Against All Things Ending
  • The Last Dark

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The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney

An interior illustration of The Wardstone Chronices by David Wayt
Image © David Wyatt

You could say that if Ursula Le Guin and The Sixth Sense merged then the outcome may be as good as The Spook’s Apprentice. I would heavily recommend The Spook’s Apprentice to young adults looking for a fantastic series. Chilling, memorable, full of wonderful characters and written in a fluid style that makes the narrative accessible to all ages.

Read our review of The Spook’s Apprentice, book one of The Wardstone Chronicles.

  • The Spook’s Apprentice
  • The Spook’s Curse
  • The Spook’s Secret
  • The Spook’s Battle
  • The Spook’s Mistake
  • The Spook’s Sacrifice
  • The Spook’s Nightmare
  • The Spook’s Destiny
  • Spook’s: I Am Grimalkin
  • The Spook’s Blood
  • Spook’s: Slither’s Tale
  • Spook’s: Alice
  • The Spook’s Revenge

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The Mythago Cycle by Robert Holdstock

Mythago Wood illustration (John Howe)
Image © John Howe

For all its savagery, you are hoping that there is, somewhere in this world, a wood like this in existence. Mythago Wood is a fantasy masterpiece.

Read our review of Mythago Wood, book one of the Mythago Cycle.

  • Mythago Wood
  • Lavondyss
  • The Bone Forest
  • The Hollowing
  • Merlin’s Wood
  • Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn
  • Avilion

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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Dresden Files illustration by Javier Charro
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Great characters, a mystery that twists and turns like a corkscrew and above all, Harry, a wizard with a world weary sense of humour, who takes life on the chin.

Read our review of Storm Front, book one in the Dresden Files series.

  • Storm Front (2000)
  • Fool Moon (2001)
  • Grave Peril (2001)
  • Summer Knight (2002)
  • Death Masks (2003)
  • Blood Rites (2004)
  • Dead Beat (2005)
  • Proven Guilty (2006)
  • White Night (2007)
  • Small Favor (2008)
  • Turn Coat (2009)
  • Changes (2010)
  • Ghost Story (2011)
  • Cold Days (2012)
  • Skin Game (2014)

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Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde

Thursday Next illustration by Dylan Meconis and Bill Mudron
Image © Dylan Meconis and Bill Mudron

A great combination of humour thriller, science-fiction, detective and fantasy,. In my opinion this book really takes the fantasy fiction genre further. I know I am going to repeat myself but this series is how Thursday would have said it: “mad as pants”. It combines some great elements that truly make this book comes to life in more than one dimension. Combining funny and witty dialogues but also numerous literary ideas with the bookworms and names of several of the characters make this a terrific read and should be compulsory for everyone.

Read our review of The Eyre Affair, book one of the Thursday Next series.

  • The Eyre Affair
  • Lost in a Good Book
  • The Well of Lost Plots
  • Something Rotten
  • First Among Sequels
  • One of our Thursdays is Missing
  • The Woman Who Died a Lot

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The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Illustration featuring Roland Deschain and The Dark Tower by Michael Whelan
Image © Michael Whelan

The Dark Tower boasts some of the best characters in fantasy and the first instalment introduces to us the obsessive and lonely gunslinger, Roland of Gilead, and the innocent yet world-weary Jake of New York. And as we read they form a tender and loving relationship that is pivotal to all that follows. From the beginnings in the desert and through events and flashbacks we then visit the doomed town of Tull, visit Gilead, see the New York of Jake’s when and finally travel through the mountains to the moment when Roland faces the most difficult decision of his life.

Read our review of The Gunslinger, book one in the Dark Tower series.

  • The Gunslinger
  • The Drawing of the Three
  • The Waste Lands
  • Wizard and Glass
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole
  • Wolves of the Calla
  • Song of Susannah
  • The Dark Tower

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The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

An illustration of The Banderbear from The Edge Chronicles
Image © Chris Riddell

Stylishly creepy; at turns gorgeous, humorous, horrifying and awe-inspiring.

Read our review of Curse of the Gloamglozer, book one of the Edge Chronicles.

The Quint Sequence

  • Curse of the Gloamglozer
  • The Winter Knights
  • Clash of the Sky Galleons

The Twig Sequence

  • Beyond the Deepwoods
  • Stormchaser
  • Midnight Over Sanctaphrax

The Rook Sequence

  • Last of the Sky Pirates
  • Vox
  • Freeglader

The Immortals

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Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook

The Black Company cover art
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There are no larger than life characters to be found in The Black Company, all contain frailties and failings that are found in all humans. This book is beautifully amoral and contains no two-dimensional characters. As I’ve already mentioned, The Black Company is a wonderfully amoral book, often dark and containing violent battles and fantastic characters. Glen Cook changed the face of the fantasy genre forever – and for the better.

Read out review of The Black Company, book one of the Chronicles of The Black Company.

  • The Black Company – Books of the North
  • Shadows Linger – Books of the North
  • The White Rose – Books of the North
  • Shadow Games – Books of the South
  • Dreams of Steel – Books of the South
  • Bleak Seasons – Books of the Glittering Stone
  • She Is The Darkness – Books of the Glittering Stone
  • Water Sleeps – Books of the Glittering Stone
  • Soldiers Live – Books of the Glittering Stone

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Riftwar Saga by Raymond E Feist

Artwork for Magician Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist
Image © Don Maitz

If you gain any enjoyment whatsoever from reading fantasy then this is a series that you simply cannot afford not to read. Understandably, this is one of the highest regarded fantasy series of all time.

Read our review of Magician, book one of the Riftwar Saga.

  • Magician
  • Silverthorn
  • A Darkness at Sethanon
  • Prince of the Blood
  • The Kings Buccaneer

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The Rigante Novels by David Gemmell

John Howe's artwork for Sword In The Storm by David Gemmell
Image © John Howe

A book by David Gemmell is about morally grey heroes, who fight for what they believe in, and regularly get kicked in the nuts by fate. A Tavern brawler who selflessly stands up when faced with injustice. A Drunkard that, without a moment of hesitation, sacrifices his life in favour of an innocent family. A Burly woodcutter that travels to all corners of the world to rescue his captured crush. A pacifistic priest forced to slay numerous enemies. These tales tell of honour and glory, duty and loyalty, courage and resolve, all coated in a wonderful blend of action, black humour and suspense.

Read our review of Sword In The Storm, book one of The Rigante novels.

  • Sword In The Storm
  • Midnight Falcon
  • Ravenheart
  • Stormrider

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Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Artwork from The Colour of Magic
Image © Josh Kirby

Be careful! Once you have read and enjoyed one Discworld novel you may find yourself making your way through the whole series.

Read our review of The Colour of Magic, book one of the Discworld series.

  • The Colour of Magic
  • The Light Fantastic
  • Mort
  • Sourcery
  • Wyrd Sisters
  • Pyramids
  • Guards! Guards!
  • Faust Eric
  • Moving Pictures
  • Reaper Man

The above are just the first ten books in the Discworld series, click here for the complete list.

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Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody

Cover illustration for The Stone Key (Obernewtyn Chronicles)
Image © Cathy Larsen

When you put your mind to considering some of the greatest writers of the English language, it is a source of continuing pity that Isobelle Carmody’s name is not up there along with some of the greats like Tolkien, Lewis and Hemingway. Though some of her work has been criticized, writing science fiction, fantasy, children’s and young adult literature, Carmody is probably most well known and praised for her work on the Obernewtyn Chronicles.

Read our review of Obernewtyn, the first book in the series.

  • Obernewtyn
  • The Farseekers
  • Ashling
  • The Keeping Place
  • Wavesong
  • The Stone Key
  • The Sending
  • The Red Queen

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A Tale of Einarinn by Juliet E McKenna

In Einarinn, the secret of magic is known only by an elite few. They live in deliberate isolation, under the watchful eye of the Archmage. But nothing last for ever. Livak is a part-time thief and a full-time gambler, long accustomed to living by her wits and narrowly avoiding serious trouble. When she attempts to sell a stolen antique to a passing merchant, she finds herself pulled into a new and dangerous world of political intrigue in which the stakes are higher than anyone involved can imagine. For the antique she has acquired dates from a particular period in the history of Einarrin about which little is known, but much has been speculated. And when the truth begins to emerge, Livak decides to take the greatest gamble of her life.

  • The Thief’s Gamble
  • The Swordsman’s Oath
  • The Gambler’s Fortune
  • The Warrior’s Bond
  • The Assassin’s Edge

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The Drenai Novels by David Gemmell

The Legend. Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy death. The Fortress. Mighty Dros Delnoch, protected by six outer walls, the only route by which an army could pass through the mountains. It was the stronghold of the Drenai empire. And now it was the last battleground, for all else had fallen before the Nadir hordes. And hope rested on the skills of that one old man…

  • Legend (1984)
  • The King Beyond the Gate (1985)
  • Waylander (1986)
  • Quest for Lost Heroes (1990)
  • Waylander II – In the Realm of the Wolf (1993)
  • The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (1993)
  • The Legend of Death Walker (1996)
  • Winter Warriors (1996)
  • Hero in the Shadows (2000)

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The Ravens series by James Barclay

The Raven are an elite. Formed of six men and an elf, they’re swords for hire in the wars that have torn their land apart. For years their only loyalty has been to themselves, and to their code. But that time is coming to an end. The Wytch Lords have escaped and The Raven find themselves fighting for the Dark College of magic, on a mission which soon becomes a race for the secret location of Dawnthief. It’s a spell – one created to end the world – and there’s a danger that someone is going to use it…

  • Dawnthief
  • Noonshade
  • Nightchild
  • Elfsorrow
  • Shadowheart
  • Demonstorm
  • Ravensoul

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Green Rider series by Kristen Britain

Karigan G’ladheon always seemed to be getting into a fight, and today was no exception. But as she trudged through the forest, using her long walk home to contemplate her depressing future – and the expulsion it was bound to hold – a horse burst through the woodland and charged straight for her. The rider was slumped over his mount’s neck with two arrows embedded in his back. Wherever his horse was taking him, he would be dead before they got there. There’s nothing Karigan can do, as the young man lies dying on the road. He had sworn to carry out his mission as a Green Rider – one of the legendary messengers of the king – and he has a life or death message that must reach King Zachary. Karigan may be unable to save him, but she can deliver his message. He makes her swear to it, to keep it secret and, with his last breath, he warns her to ‘beware the shadow man…’ Pursued by an unknown assassin, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, Karigan is going to become a legendary Green Rider herself. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, her simple promise to deliver a letter is about to become a race against time… and a race for her life…

  • Green Rider
  • First Rider’s Call
  • The High King’s Tomb
  • Blackveil
  • Mirror Sight

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The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind

Stone of Tears artwork by Keith Parkinson
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One man, Richard Cypher, holds the key to the fate of three nations, of humanity. But until he learns the Wizard’s First Rule his chances of succeeding in his task are slim. And his biggest problem is admitting that magic exists at all…A novel of incomparable scope and brimming with atmospheric detail: in a world where heart hounds stalk the boundaries for unwary human prey, blood-sucking flies hunt on behalf of their underworld masters, and where artists can draw more than your likeness, there is no place to hide, nowhere safe. Here magic makes love twice as sweet, betrayal and loss twice as bitter.

  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus
  • Debt of Bones
  • Wizard’s First Rule
  • Stone of Tears
  • Blood of the Fold
  • Temple of the Winds
  • Soul of the Fire
  • Faith of the Fallen
  • The Pillars of Creation
  • Naked Empire
  • Chainfire
  • Phantom
  • Confessor
  • The Omen Machine
  • The Third Kingdom
  • Severed Souls
  • The Law of Nines

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The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix

Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues – and seven sins. The moment Arthur meets sinister Mister Monday, the world turns inside out. The next seven days will bring seven fearful challenges – and a billion grisly ways to die. As his world is attacked by a plague of hellish creatures, Arthur retreats into a mysterious house , a house that only he can see. Inside, unlikely hero Arthur must unravel the secrets of the Seven Keys, battling monsters and treacherous Denizens in a bid to save his world…

  • Mister Monday
  • Grim Tuesday
  • Drowned Wednesday
  • Sir Thursday
  • Lady Friday
  • Superior Saturday
  • Lord Sunday

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Fallen Blade Novels by Kelly McCullough

Once a fabled Blade of Namara, Aral Kingslayer fought for justice and his goddess alongside his familiar, a living shadow called Triss. Now with their goddess murdered and her temple destroyed, they are among the last of their kind. Surviving on the fringes of society, Aral becomes a drunken, broken and wanted man, working whatever shadowy deal comes his way. Until a mysterious woman hires him to deliver a secret message – one than can either redeem or doom him.

  • Broken Blade
  • Bared Blade
  • Crossed Blades
  • Blade Reforged

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The Belgariad by David Eddings

A battle is coming… And in that battle shall be decided the fate of the world. Myths tell of the ancient wars of Gods and men, and a powerful object – the Orb – that ended the bloodshed. As long as it was held by the line of Riva, it would assure the peace. But a dark force has stolen the Orb, and the prophecies tell of war. Young farm boy Garion knows nothing of myth or fate. But then the mysterious Old Storyteller visits his aunt, and they embark on a sudden journey. Pursued by evil forces, with only a small band of companions they can trust, Garion begins to doubt all he thought he knew…

  • Pawn of Prophecy
  • Queen of Sorcery
  • Magician’s Gambit
  • Castle of Wizardry
  • Enchanters’ End Game

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Hyddenworld by William Horwood

It has lain lost and forgotten for fifteen hundred years in the ancient heartland of England – a scrap of glass and metal melded by fierce fire. It is the lost core of a flawless Sphere made by the greatest of the Anglo-Saxon CraeftLords in memory of the one he loved. Her name was Spring and contained in the very heart of this work is a spark from the Fires of Creation. But while humans have lost their belief in such things, the Hydden – little people existing on the borders of our world – have not. Breaking the silence of centuries they send one of their own, a young boy, Jack, to live among humans in the hope that he may one day find what has been lost for so long. His journey leads him to Katherine, a girl he rescues from a tragic accident – it’s a meeting that will change everything. It is only through their voyage into the dangerous Hyddenworld that they will realize their destiny, find love and complete the great quest that will save both their worlds from destruction.

  • Spring
  • Awakening
  • Harvest
  • Winter

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The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis’s immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns.

Purchase the first book in the series, The Magician’s Nephew, from Amazon now.

  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • Prince Caspian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Last Battle

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The Demon Cycle by Peter V Brett

Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark… Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day’s ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet’s Brook. As dusk falls upon Arlen’s world, a strange mist rises from the ground; a mist that promises a violent death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness, for hungry corelings – demons that cannot be harmed by mortal weapons – materialize from the vapours to feed on the living. As the sun sets, people have no choice but to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the creatures dissolve with the first signs of dawn. When Arlen’s life is shattered by the demon plague, he is forced to see that it is fear, rather than the demons, which truly cripples humanity. Believing that there is more to his world than to live in constant fear, he must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path. In the small town of Cutter’s Hollow, Leesha’s perfect future is destroyed by betrayal and a simple lie. Publicly shamed, she is reduced to gathering herbs and tending an old woman more fearsome than the corelings. Yet in her disgrace, she becomes the guardian of dangerous ancient knowledge. Orphaned and crippled in a demon attack, young Rojer takes solace in mastering the musical arts of a Jongleur, only to learn that his unique talent gives him unexpected power over the night. Together, these three young people will offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.

  • The Painted Man
  • The Desert Spear
  • The Daylight War
  • The Skull Throne

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Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Here is the tragic tale of the rise and fall of Camelot – but seen through the eyes of Camelot’s women: The devout Gwenhwyfar, Arthur’s Queen; Vivane, High priestess of Avalon and the Lady of the Lake; above all, Morgaine, possessor of the sight, the wise, the wise-woman fated to bring ruin on them all…

  • The Mists of Avalon
  • The Forests of Avalon
  • Lady of Avalon
  • Priestess of Avalon
  • Ancestors of Avalon
  • Ravens of Avalon
  • Sword of Avalon

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The Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler

In the desert colony of Khandar, a dark and mysterious magic, hidden for centuries, is about to emerge from darkness. Marcus d’Ivoire, senior captain of the Vordanai Colonials, is resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost, when a rebellion leaves him in charge of a demoralised force in a broken down fortress. Winter Ihernglass, fleeing her past and masquerading as a man, just wants to go unnoticed. Finding herself promoted to a command, she must rise to the challenge and fight impossible odds to survive. Their fates rest in the hands of an enigmatic new Colonel, sent to restore order while following his own mysterious agenda into the realm of the supernatural.

  • The Thousand Names
  • The Shadow Throne
  • The Price of Valour
  • The Penitent Damned
  • The Shadow of Elysium

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The Ryria Chronicles by Michael J. Sullivan

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

  • The Crown Tower
  • The Viscount and the Witch
  • The Rose and the Thorn
  • The Death of Dulgath
  • Theft of Swords
  • Rise of Empire
  • Heir of Novron

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Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in… For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.

  • The Screaming Staircase
  • The Whispering Skull
  • The Hollow Boy
  • The Creeping Shadow
  • The Empty Grave

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The Faithful and The Fallen by John Gwynne

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars. High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.

  • Malice
  • Valour
  • Ruin
  • Wrath

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Dragonlance novels by Margaret Weis and Laura and Tracy Hickman

Every generation can point to a fantasy book or series that defines their teenage years. Currently, that would likely be Harry Potter; for those now edging towards or into their 40s it would be Dragonlance. Weis & Hickman’s core six books took the 70s and early 80s concept of Dungeons & Dragons and pulled it firmly into the big-haired, techno-pop world of the late 80s and early 90s in a manner that enthralled a generation as much then as Potter does now.

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Recommended fantasy trilogies

Anyone who reads in the genre will know that fantasy is not adverse to the odd trilogy. Indeed the three volume approach may well be more common than the stand-alone novel (although I have absolutely no proof to back this up). I love trilogies, reading a great book in the knowledge that there is still more excellence to come is a warming feeling. We hope that you, dear reader, will make many more suggestions to cover those trilogies we have not – as of yet – been lucky enough to read. So please leave a comment below – it makes the recommendations so much more useful.

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The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff

Darkdawn cover image

You feel with Mia. You hurt with Mia. And you certainly lose with Mia. The Nevernight Chronicles are one of fantasy’s all-time greats.

  1. Nevernight
  2. Godsgrave
  3. Darkdawn

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A Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy by VE Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic book cover imageMost people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There’s Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There’s Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London…

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic
  2. A Gathering of Shadows
  3. A Conjuring of Light

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The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings book coverAccording to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed . . . They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won. Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne. On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight. What happened deep in mankind’s past? Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

  1. The Way of Kings
  2. Words of Radiance
  3. Oathbringer

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The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

The Magicians by Lev Grossman book coverQuentin Coldwater’s life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead – but a strange envelope bearing Quentin’s name leads him down a very different path to any he’d ever imagined.

  1. The Magicians
  2. The Magician King
  3. The Magician’s Land

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The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams

The Ninth Rain by Jen WilliamsThe great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine. When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind. But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…

  1. The Ninth Rain
  2. The Bitter Twins
  3. The Poison Song

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The Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings cover image.In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. From his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron’s power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but ever he searched far and wide for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. The Two Towers
  3. The Return of the King

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The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb

The Ship of Magic book cover imageWizardwood, a sentient wood. The most precious commodity in the world. Like many other legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds. But how can one trade with the Rain River Traders when only a liveship, fashioned from wizardwood, can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River? A liveship is a difficult ship to come by. Rare and valuable, it will quicken only when three family members, from successive generations, have died on board. The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening, as Althea Vestrit’s father is carried to her deck in his death-throes. Althea waits with awe and anticipation for the ship that she loves more than anything in the world to awaken. Only to find that her family has other plans for her… And dark, charming Kennit, aspiring pirate king, also lusts after such a ship: he well knows the power of wizardwood, and has plans of his own…

  1. Ship of Magic
  2. The Mad Ship
  3. Ship of Destiny

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire book cover imageA thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals.

  1. The Final Empire
  2. The Well of Ascension
  3. The Hero of Ages

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The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand book cover imageWhen the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician’s apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion.

  1. The Amulet of Samarkand
  2. The Golem’s Eye
  3. Ptolemy’s Gate

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The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice book cover imageThe kingdom of the Six Duchies is on the brink of civil war when news breaks that the crown prince has fathered a bastard son and is shamed into abdication. The child’s name is Fitz, and his is despised. Raised in the castle stables, only the company of the king’s fool, the ragged children of the lower city and his unusual affinity with animals provide Fitz with any comfort. To be useful to the crown, Fitz is trained as an assassin; and to use the traditional magic of the Farseer family. But his tutor, allied to another political faction, is determined to discredit, even kill him. Fitz must survive: for he may be destined to save the kingdom.

  1. Assassin’s Apprentice
  2. Royal Assassin
  3. Assassin’s Quest

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The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms book coverYeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky – a palace above the clouds where gods’ and mortals’ lives are intertwined. There, to her shock, Yeine is named one of the potential heirs to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history. But it’s not just mortals who have secrets worth hiding and Yeine will learn how perilous the world can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably.

  1. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
  2. The Broken Kingdoms
  3. The Kingdom of Gods

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Age of Misrule by Mark Chadbourn

World's End book coverWhen Jack Churchill and Ruth Gallagher encounter a terrifying, misshapen giant beneath a London bridge they are plunged into a mystery which portends the end of the world as we know it. All over the country, the ancient gods of Celtic myth are returning to the land from which they were banished millennia ago. Following in their footsteps are creatures of folklore: fabulous bests, wonders and dark terrors. As technology starts to fail, Jack and Ruth are forced to embark on a desperate quest for four magical items – the last chance for humanity in the face of powers barely comprehended.

  1. World’s End
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Always Forever

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The Macht by Paul Kearney

The Ten Thousand book coverOn the world of Kuf, the Macht are a mystery, a seldom-seen people of extraordinary ferocity and discipline whose prowess on the battlefield is the stuff of legend. For centuries they have remained within the remote fastnesses of the Harukush Mountains. In the world beyond, the teeming races and peoples of Kuf have been united within the bounds of the Asurian Empire, which rules the known world, and is invincible. The Great King of Asuria can call up whole nations to the battlefield. His word is law. But now the Great King’s brother means to take the throne by force, and in order to do so he has sought out the legend. He hires ten thousand mercenary warriors of theMacht, and leads them into the heart of the Empire.

  1. The Ten Thousand
  2. Corvus
  3. Kings of Morning

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The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Summer Tree book coverFive men and women find themselves flung into the magical land of Fionavar, First of all Worlds. They have been called there by the mage Loren Silvercloak, and quickly find themselves drawn into the complex tapestry of events. For Kim, Paul, Kevin, Jennifer and Dave all have their own part to play in the coming battle against the forces of evil led by the fallen god Rakoth Maugrim and his dark hordes.

  1. The Summer Tree
  2. The Wandering Fire
  3. The Darkest Road

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The Powder Mage Trilogy by Brian McClellan

Promise of Blood cover imageIt’s a bloody business, overthrowing a king. Now, amid the chaos, a whispered rumour is spreading. A rumour about a broken promise, omens of death and the gods returning to walk the earth. No one really believes these whispers. Perhaps they should.

  1. Promise of Blood
  2. The Crimson Campaign
  3. The Autumn Republic

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The Lightbringer Trilogy by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism book coverGavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. His strength, wit and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live. When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

  1. The Black Prism
  2. The Blinding Knife
  3. The Broken Eye

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The Tawny Man by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand book coverFifteen years have passed and events are about to sweep Fitz out of his quiet backwater life and into the main political current again. Persecution of the Witted has become rampant throughout the Six Duchies despite Queen Kettricken’s effort to damp it. The Witted themselves have begun to strike back. So when 15 year old Prince Dutiful disappears, is it only because he is nervous about his betrothal ceremony to an Outislander princess, or has he been taken hostage by the Witted? Worse, is he perhaps another ‘Piebald Prince’, a Farseer tainted by Wit magic? As the desperate situation worsens, Kettricken has no choice but to summon Fitz to Buckkeep, for who better to track the young prince down than another gifted with the Wit, together with his bonded companion, the wolf Nighteyes?

  1. Fool’s Errand
  2. The Golden Fool
  3. Fool’s Fate

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His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Northern Lights book cover“Without this child, we shall all die.” Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…

  1. Northern Lights
  2. The Subtle Knife
  3. The Amber Spyglass

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Spiritwalker by Kate Elliott

Cold Magic book coverThe Wild Hunt is stirring and the dragons are finally waking from their long sleep… Cat Barahal was the only survivor of the flood that took her parents. Raised by her extended family, she and her cousin, Bee, are unaware of the dangers that threaten them both. And although they are poised on the brink of an Industrial Age – magic – and the power of the Cold Mages, still holds sway. Now, betrayed by her family and forced to marry a powerful Cold Mage, Cat will be drawn into a labyrinth of politics. There she will learn the full ruthlessness of the Cold Mage rule. What do they want from her? And who will help Cat in her struggle against their powerful magic?

  1. Cold Magic
  2. Cold Fire
  3. Cold Steel

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The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade ItselfInquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body – not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers. Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain, shallow, selfish and self-obsessed, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men. And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up in a hole in the snow with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all – ideally by running away from it. But as he’s discovering, old habits die really, really hard indeed…

  1. The Blade Itself
  2. Before They Are Hanged
  3. Last Argument Of Kings

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The Prince of Nothing Trilogy by R Scott Bakker

The Darkness That Comes Before book coverA score of centuries has passed since the First Apocalypse and the thoughts of men have turned, inevitably, to more worldly concerns… A veteran sorcerer and spy seeks news of an ancient enemy. A military genius plots to conquer the known world for his Emperor but dreams of the throne for himself. The spiritual leader of the Thousand Temples seeks a Holy War to cleanse the land of the infidel. An exiled barbarian chieftain seeks vengeance against the man who disgraced him. And into this world steps a man like no other, seeking to bind all – man and woman, emperor and slave – to his own mysterious ends. But the fate of men – even great men – means little when the world itself may soon be torn asunder. Behind the politics, beneath the religious fervour, a dark and ancient evil is reawakening. After two thousand years, the No-God is returning. The Second Apocalypse is nigh. And one cannot raise walls against what has been forgotten…

  1. The Darkness That Comes Before
  2. The Warrior-Prophet
  3. The Thousandfold Thought

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The Dark Elf Trilogy by RA Salvatore

Homeland book coverIn exotic Menzoberranzan, the vast city of the drow is home to Icewind Dale prince Drizzt Do’Urden, who grows to maturity in the vile world of his dark elf kin. Possessing honor beyond the scope of his unprincipled society, can he live in world that rejects integrity?

  1. Homeland
  2. Exile
  3. Soujurn

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War with the Mein by David Anthony Durham

Acacia (War with the Mein) coverRuling from the island of Acacia, the emperor of the Known World has inherited an apparent peace and prosperity won by his ancestors generations ago. He’s an intelligent man, a widower who dotes on his four children and it is this devotion that obliges him to hide a terrible secret from them: that their prosperity rests on the dark realities of trafficking in drugs and human lives. A man of integrity, he hopes that he might bring an end to this vile trade, but powerful forces stand in his way. And then an assassin strikes, a lone killer sent by the Mein, an ancient foe long ago exiled to the frozen north. Now the Mein have returned to take revenge on their old enemy and begin a series of brutal surprise assaults on Acacia. Mortally wounded, the emperor puts into play a plan that will allow his children to escape, to fulfil their destinies. And so begins a quest to avenge a father’s death and restore an empire – this time on the basis of universal freedom…

  1. Acacia
  2. The Other Lands
  3. The Sacred Band

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Chronicles of the Raven by James Barclay

Dawnthief book coverThe Raven are an elite. Formed of six men and an elf, they’re swords for hire in the wars that have torn their land apart. For years their only loyalty has been to themselves, and to their code. But that time is coming to an end. The Wytch Lords have escaped and The Raven find themselves fighting for the Dark College of magic, on a mission which soon becomes a race for the secret location of Dawnthief. It’s a spell – one created to end the world – and there’s a danger that someone is going to use it…

  1. Dawnthief
  2. Noonshade
  3. Nightchild

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The Elenium by David Eddings

The Diamond Throne book coverAfter a long spell of exile, Sparhawk, Pandion Knight and the Queen’s champion, returns to his native land to find it overrun with evil and intrigue – and his young Queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year. But as Sparhawk and his allies – who include Sephrenia, the ageless sorceress, and Flute, the strange and powerful girl-child – seek to save Ehlana and the land, they discover that the evil is even greater and more pervasive than they feared…

  1. The Diamond Throne
  2. The Ruby Knight
  3. The Sapphire Rose

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The Abhorsen Chronicles by Garth Nix

Sabriel book coverWho will guard the living when the dead arise? Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead. After receiving a cryptic message from her father, 18-year-old Sabriel leaves her ordinary school and returns across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands – for her father is none other than The Abhorson. His task is to lay the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him – and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father’s title and duties – to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible challenges whilst discovering her own supernatural abilities – and her destiny.

  1. Sabriel
  2. Lirael
  3. Abhorsen

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Raven’s Shadow series by Anthony Ryan

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan book coverVaelin Al Sorna’s life changes for ever the day his father abandons him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a secretive military arm of the Faith. Together with his fellow initiates, Vaelin undertakes a brutal training regime – where the price of failure is often death. Under the tutelage of the Order’s masters, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly. Now his new skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin is the Sixth Order’s deadliest weapon and the Realm’s only hope. He must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

  1. Blood Song
  2. Tower Lord
  3. Queen of Fire

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The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library book coverIrene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book. Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own. Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

  1. The Invisible Library
  2. The Masked City
  3. The Burning Page

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