Best Fantasy Books of 1998

Below you will find a list of the fantasy books published in 1998 that we enjoyed most.

The Mad Ship

by Robin Hobb

The Liveship Traders series continues with the second book, The Mad Ship. Althea Vestrit continues her quest to reclaim her rightful inheritance, the liveship Vivacia. The Vivacia has been seized by pirates led by the enigmatic Kennit, a man who believes that destiny leads him to become King of the Pirate Isles. The Vestrit family are nearing financial ruin which leads them closer to the mysterious Rain Wild Traders who own the ship. Amidst these events the mad ship, Paragon is once again launched despite the history of death and despair that surrounds him.

Series: The Liveship Traders: Book 2
Published: 1998

Score: 102

Our rating: 9.9 | 3 positive reader reviews

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10/10

Ship of Magic

by Robin Hobb

No other than Orson Scott Card described the Liveship Traders trilogy as a 'masterclass in writing'. The story is unique, the character development excellent. In just a few chapters the characters are well drawn and take on a life of their own. Highly recommended.

Series: The Liveship Traders: Book 1
Published: 1998

Score: 100

Our rating: 9.7 | 4 positive reader reviews

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10/10

Dracula Cha Cha Cha

by Kim Newman

What more could you ask for? Dracula meets the Giallo murder mystery and Bond! There is even a 1968 set novella Aquarius as an added bonus. This will chill and amuse the reader, transporting you to a bygone era of cinema and culture. Unmissable.

Series: Anno Dracula series: Book 3
Published: 1998

Score: 92

Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

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9/10

A Clash Of Kings

by George RR Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire. Again. We love it. As an ongoing series it is one of the very best. It didn't become a worldwide phenomenon by chance. Read it.

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 2
Published: 1998

Score: 101

Our rating: 9.0 | 11 positive reader reviews

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9/10

The Sum of All Men

by David Farland

Goodness me, how I enjoyed this book. The rest of the series did fade away in my opinion and I stopped reading it but as an opening to a fantasy series this is magnificent. This novel is different to anything I had read before. The main feature that stood out for me was the use of runes to give Runelords and also ordinary people greater power. A really fascinating concept explored very well within a really fun story.

Series: Runelords: Book 1
Published: 1998

Score: 91

Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

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9/10

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by JK Rowling

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

"J.K. Rowling’s series began with the Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets continues the adventures of the young wizard Harry and his friends at Hogwarts."

Series: Harry Potter: Book 2
Published: 1998

Score: 99

Our rating: 9.0 | 9 positive reader reviews

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9/10

Sword In The Storm

by David Gemmell

Koen: 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 favor 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 honor and glory, duty and loyalty, courage and resolve, all coated in a wonderful blend of action, black humor and suspense.

Series: The Rigante Novels: Book 1
Published: 1998

Score: 91

Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

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9/10

Prince of Dogs

by Kate Elliott

Prince of Dogs is the perfect second book. It draws you on from the first outstanding introduction to this new universe and drops you off ready and willing for the third. Kate Elliott is a master of her craft, able to leave you breathless and emotionally wrung out with the simple flip of a page.

Series: Crown of Stars: Book 2
Published: 1998

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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9/10