Best high / epic fantasy books

What is high / epic fantasy? Well, high fantasy is set in an alternative, fictional, secondary world and the word epic is defined as an exceptionally long and arduous task or activity. In The Lord of the Rings, set in Middle-earth we have Frodo's journey to Mordor, in The Farseer Trilogy, set in the Six Duchies, we have Fitz and the Fool's destiny to bring dragons back to the world. But it is not just about the journey, the quest or the task, it can also be the theme - The Malazan Book of the Fallen is epic both in scope and events. There is no correct way to define high and epic fantasy but in our opinion, the fantastic books below belong to it. Read and enjoy.

The Lord of the Rings

1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Score: 233
Our rating: 10.0 | 133 positive reader reviews

The Lord of the Rings is, to quote the Daily Telegraph, amongst the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century. Every fantasy fan must read Tolkien’s epic as they will find within a beautifully descriptive narrative telling a tale of friendship, love and heroism. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
Harry Potter: Book 1
Score: 203
Our rating: 9.4 | 109 positive reader reviews

The Harry Potter books are both very well-written and laugh-out-loud funny, an intoxicating combination. The Philosopher’s Stone is where, for young Harry Potter, it all begins. A book infused with charm and wit it is adored by readers of all ages. The series is popular because it is very, very good and the wizarding world a wonderful place to escape to.

A Game Of Thrones

3. A Game Of Thrones by George RR Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 1
Score: 181
Our rating: 9.5 | 86 positive reader reviews

Described by Robin Hobb as a 'rare and effortless read', A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of magnificent scope and imagination. George R. R. Martin is unquestionably one of the finest writers in the genre. Excellently paced, always fascinating, endlessly brutal, it features some of the best villians in literature. A Game of Thrones is the entry into an unforgettable world.

The Way of Kings

4. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive: Book 1
Score: 147
Our rating: 9.8 | 49 positive reader reviews

The story itself begins to challenge Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen for depth and scope. The technology, armour, weapons and magic of this world bear the standard Sanderson touch, intricately detailed to the nth degree and utterly believable, a combination that many fail to achieve. This book is one that simply must be on your shelf.

The Name of the Wind

5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 1
Score: 145
Our rating: 9.6 | 49 positive reader reviews

The Name of the Wind, which is essentially an autobiography of a once famous now reclusive musician, arcanist and adventurer named Kvothe, is revolutionary in its storytelling method. Patrick Rothfuss is nothing short of a genius.

Magician

6. Magician by Raymond E Feist
Riftwar Saga: Book 1
Score: 132
Our rating: 9.0 | 42 positive reader reviews

Magician is a powerful and memorable book that any reader who derives pleasure from reading epic fantasy should read. It is classic fantasy but with many elements of originality, the character development is excellent and the reading experience effortless. In 2003 Magician was voted the 89th most popular book of all time in the BBC's Big Read Top 100.

Gardens Of The Moon

7. Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 1
Score: 128
Our rating: 9.2 | 36 positive reader reviews

Gardens of the Moon, and the overarching A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, are works of great skill and beauty. Not for the faint-of-heart, Erikson throws you in at the deep end and you must decide whether, as a fantasy fan, you want to sink or swim (swimming is highly recommended). This series is one of the greatest fantasy literature achievements of the past 100 years.

The Lightning Thief

8. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson: Book 1
Score: 124
Our rating: 8.7 | 37 positive reader reviews

The Lightning Thief is a fantastic book that will have thanking the gods you bought the entire series. An absolutely fantastic tale marvelously woven by the author Rick Riordan. Move over Harry Potter because Percy Jackson could kick your butt.

The Eye of the World

9. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Wheel of Time: Book 1
Score: 121
Our rating: 8.7 | 34 positive reader reviews

The Eye of the World begins Jordan’s epic and thrilling Wheel of Time, a saga filled with unforgettable characters and a world steeped in rich history and legend. Jordan’s skillful writing truly brings the characters and their journey to life. If you truly love the fantasy genre, passing up a chance to read The Eye of the World would be an unbelievable mistake.

Lord Foul\'s Bane

10. Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever: Book 1
Score: 116
Our rating: 9.5 | 21 positive reader reviews

Thomas Covenant. Arguably one of the most famous names in fantasy, but not all who know it love it. Whether it is due to the Covenant character himself, or simply as a response to the series as a whole, readers find themselves often divided in their opinions: Some love it, some hate it. But few dismiss it. A very complex piece of work but at heart a good old-fashioned tale of epic fantasy.

Eragon

11. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
The Inheritance Cycle: Book 1
Score: 116
Our rating: 6.6 | 50 positive reader reviews

Readers' opinions of Christopher Paolini’s debut fantasy novel Eragon, written while he was still a teenager, tend to be polar opposites. The marmite of the fantasy novel world you might say. Those who dislike it find it boring, repetitive, derivative (some claim plagiarism) and poorly written, but those who love the novel, really love the novel, and they find immense enjoyment within its pages and feel great happiness while reading it.

The Earthsea Quartet

12. The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin
Earthsea Saga: Book 1 - 4
Score: 114
Our rating: 10.0 | 14 positive reader reviews

Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea Saga is beautifully written, a reader will be left charmed by the spellbinding narrative. Like the very best books this can be read and enjoyed by any age, simply for the tale itself or also the psychological and sociological themes it explores. The beautifully imagined world of Earthsea is a place any fantasy fan should visit.

The Way of Shadows

13. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
The Night Angel Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 113
Our rating: 8.7 | 26 positive reader reviews

One of the most entertaining fantasy books available, The Way of Shadows is a rich, engrossing and creative novel. The action sequences are awesome and the plot and characterisation vert good. If you're looking for all of the above within the framework of a great story, look no further.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

14. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Score: 112
Our rating: 9.7 | 15 positive reader reviews

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a genuinely original story, beatifully told. The Telegraph succinctly opines that it is 'an elegant and witty historial fantasy which deserves to be judged on its own (considerable) merit' and it is unquestionalbly one of the finest historical fantasy books ever written.

Assassin\'s Apprentice

15. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 111
Our rating: 9.2 | 19 positive reader reviews

Simply put, the fantasy genre is fortunate to have an author who writes as beautifully as Robin Hobb. Her novels are a masterclass in characterisation imbued into the richest of narratives. Assassin's Apprentice begins The Realm of the Elderlings series, one of the very finest written.

The Hero of Ages

16. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 3
Score: 109
Our rating: 10.0 | 9 positive reader reviews
Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world. This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson&# [...]

The Crippled God

17. The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 10
Score: 109
Our rating: 10.0 | 9 positive reader reviews
The Bonehunters march for Kolanse, led by Adjunct Tavore. This woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, will challenge the gods - if her own mutinous troops don't kill her first. Her enemy, the Forkrul Assail, seek to cl [...]

The Final Empire

18. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 1
Score: 108
Our rating: 9.0 | 18 positive reader reviews
For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader. Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the [...]

Tigana

19. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Score: 106
Our rating: 9.7 | 9 positive reader reviews
Set in a beleaguered land caught in a web of tyranny, Tigana is the deeply moving story of a people struggling to be free. A people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant King Brandin that even the very name of their once beautiful land cannot be spoken or remembered. But not everyone [...]

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

20. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 106
Our rating: 10.0 | 6 positive reader reviews
Yeine 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 heir [...]

Assassin\'s Quest

21. Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 105
Our rating: 9.8 | 7 positive reader reviews
With the king no longer living and the heir, Verity, missing and declared dead, Prince Regal has treacherously seized the throne. Regal’s torture has left Fitz more dead than alive, and more closely than ever bonded with his wolf. All who once loved him believe him dead: even Molly, now pre [...]

Words of Radiance

22. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive: Book 2
Score: 105
Our rating: 9.5 | 10 positive reader reviews
Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars. As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from [...]

Deadhouse Gates

23. Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 2
Score: 104
Our rating: 9.2 | 12 positive reader reviews
In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bl [...]

The Silmarillion

24. The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
Score: 104
Our rating: 8.8 | 16 positive reader reviews
The Silmarillion provides the background to Middle-earth, the setting of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. It is an account of the Elder Days; the First Age when Morgoth, the First Dark Lord dwelt in Middle-earth and the war waged upon him by the High Elves to recover the Silmarils, jewels co [...]

A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow

25. A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow by George RR Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 3
Score: 104
Our rating: 9.9 | 5 positive reader reviews
Blood runs truer than oaths. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud as winter approaches like an angry beast. In the northern wastes a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears hi [...]

Midnight Tides

26. Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 5
Score: 104
Our rating: 10.0 | 4 positive reader reviews
After decades of warfare, the five tribes of the Tiste Edur are united under the implacable rule of the Warlock King of the Hiroth. But the price of peace is a pact with a hidden power whose motives may be deadly. To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether has devoured all lesser neighbors [...]

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

27. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle
Score: 104
Our rating: 10.0 | 4 positive reader reviews
The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex and cavernous maze of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways - and in the heart of it all l [...]

Toll the Hounds

28. Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 8
Score: 103
Our rating: 10.0 | 3 positive reader reviews
In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing. It is summer and the heat is oppressive, but for the small round man in the faded red waistcoat, discomfiture is not just because of the sun. All is not well. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the [...]

Homeland

29. Homeland by RA Salvatore
The Dark Elf Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 103
Our rating: 9.5 | 8 positive reader reviews
Drow ranger Drizzt Do’Urden, first introduced in The Icewind Dale Trilogy, quickly became one of the fantasy genre’s standout characters. But Homeland first reveals the startling tale of how this one lone drow walked out of the shadowy depths of the Underdark, leaving behind a society [...]

Memories of Ice

30. Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 3
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.8 | 4 positive reader reviews
The ravaged continent of Genabackis is a terrifying new empire, the Pannion Domin, that devours all. An uneasy allliance resists: Onearm's army, Whiskeyjack's Bridgeburners and former enemies - forces of Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people [...]

The Mad Ship

31. The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Book 2
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.9 | 3 positive reader reviews
Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate, ‘King’ Kennit, and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political uph [...]

The Bonehunters

32. The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 6
Score: 102
Our rating: 10.0 | 2 positive reader reviews
The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha'ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y'Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it [...]

Reaper\'s Gale

33. Reaper's Gale by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 7
Score: 102
Our rating: 10.0 | 2 positive reader reviews
All is not well in the Letherii Empire. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, surrounded by sycophants and agents of his Machiavellian chancellor, while the Letherii secret police conduct a campaign of terror against its own people. The Errant, once a farseeing go [...]

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold

34. A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold by George RR Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 3
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.9 | 3 positive reader reviews
The Starks are scattered. Robb Stark may be King in the North, but he must bend to the will of the old tyrant Walder Frey if he is to hold his crown. And while his youngest sister, Arya, has escaped the clutches of the depraved Cersei Lannister and her son, the capricious boy-king Joffrey, Sansa [...]

The Wise Man\'s Fear

35. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 2
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.6 | 6 positive reader reviews
Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic ... and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. [...]

Half a King

36. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Shattered Sea #1
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.7 | 5 positive reader reviews
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a [...]

A Brightness Long Ago

37. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
Score: 102
Our rating: 10.0 | 2 positive reader reviews
International bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay's latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a [...]

The Raven Tower

38. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
Score: 102
Our rating: 10.0 | 2 positive reader reviews
For centuries the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by a god known as the Raven. But in their hour of need, the Raven speaks nothing to its people. It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo - aide to the true heir to the throne - arrives. In seeking to help his master reclaim his city, Eolo [...]

A Clash Of Kings

39. A Clash Of Kings by George RR Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 2
Score: 101
Our rating: 9.0 | 11 positive reader reviews
Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising. From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the s [...]

The Black Company

40. The Black Company by Glen Cook
Chronicles of the Black Company: Books of the North, Book 1
Score: 101
Our rating: 9.0 | 11 positive reader reviews
Darkness wars with darkness as the hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must. They bury their doubts with their dead. Then comes the prophecy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more... [...]

The Judging Eye

41. The Judging Eye by R Scott Bakker
The Aspect Emperor: Book 1
Score: 101
Our rating: 10.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
The Three Seas are on the march under the leadership of Anasûrimbor Khellus. Khellus has spent these last twenty years conquering the various nations and forming the largest force he can to assault Golgotterath, the home of the No-god and his Consult, before they can gain full strength and [...]

The 10,000 Doors of January

42. The 10,000 Doors of January by Alix E Harrow
Score: 101
Our rating: 10.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the weal [...]

The Unspoken Name

43. The Unspoken Name by A K Larkwood
The Serpent Gates #1
Score: 101
Our rating: 10.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
A. K. Larkwood's The Unspoken Name is a stunning debut fantasy about an orc priestess turned wizard's assassin.What if you knew how and when you will die?Csorwe does—she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored titl [...]

Circe

44. Circe by Madeline Miller
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New [...]

Dust of Dreams

45. Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 9
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
In war everyone loses. This brutal truth can be seen in the eyes of every soldier in every world… In Letherii, the exiled Malazan army commanded by Adjunct Tavore begins its march into the eastern Wastelands, to fight for an unknown cause against an enemy it has never seen. And in these sa [...]

The Book of Transformations

46. The Book of Transformations by Mark Charan Newton
Legends of the Red Sun: Book 3
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.8 | 2 positive reader reviews
A new and corrupt Emperor seeks to rebuild the ancient structures of Villjamur to give the people of the city hope in the face of great upheaval and an oppressing ice age. But when a stranger called Shalev arrives, empowering a militant underground movement, crime and terror becomes rampant. The [...]

The Alloy of Law

47. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 4
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.8 | 2 positive reader reviews
The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic storylines and dramatic action, his ability to create vivid characters made him a natural choice to complete Robert Jordan' [...]

Shadowheart

48. Shadowheart by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 4
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies, the ancient, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. Meanwhile, its two young defenders, Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are both trapped far away from home and fighting for their lives. And now, somethi [...]

Six of Crows

49. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.5 | 5 positive reader reviews
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone. A con [...]

Fool\'s Assassin

50. Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
Fitz and the Fool #1
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.8 | 2 positive reader reviews
Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown. But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actual [...]

The Wheel of Osheim

51. The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
Red Queen's War #3
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.9 | 1 positive reader reviews
All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued. For Jalan Kendeth getting back out alive and with Loki's Key is all that matters. Loki's creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jal's [...]

The Fall of Arthur

52. The Fall of Arthur by JRR Tolkien
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The world first publication of a previously unknown work by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the extraordinary story of the final days of England’s legendary hero, King Arthur.The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain, may well be re [...]

Age of War

53. Age of War by Michael J Sullivan
Legends of the First Empire #3
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. Persephone keeps the human clans from turning on one another through her iron will and a compassionate heart. The arrogant Fhrey are barely held in check by their leader, Nyphron, who seeks to advance h [...]

Nevernight

54. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.Da [...]

Touch of Iron

55. Touch of Iron by Timandra Whitecastle
The Living Blade: Book 1
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Is the Living Blade real or just a legend? With it... Prince Bashan could win back his kingdom. Master Telen Diaz can free himself of the burden from his past. Owen Smith sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain untold knowledge... but for Noraya Smith, the Living Blade will bring nothing but suf [...]

Ship of Magic

56. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Book 1
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.5 | 4 positive reader reviews
On the northernmost point of the Cursed Shores lies Bingtown, a bustling hub of exotic trade and home to a proud merchant nobility famed for its extraordinary vessels. Only Bingtown liveships can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain Wild River and plunder the riches found upstream, but such [...]

The Fifth Elephant

57. The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
The Discworld Series: Book 24
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.8 | 1 positive reader reviews
They say that diplomacy is a gentle art. That its finest practitioners are subtle, sophisticated individuals for whom nuance and subtext are meat and drink. And that mastering it is a lifetime's work. But you do need a certain inclination in that direction. It's not something you can just [...]

You Are The Hero

58. You Are The Hero by Jonathan Green
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.9 | 0 positive reader reviews
Fighting Fantasy gamebooks have sold over 17 million books worldwide, in over 30 languages. But when Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone sat down to write The Warlock of Firetop Mountain they had no idea this one book would go on to spawn another eighty or more titles, and have an immeasurable impa [...]

Half the World

59. Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
Shattered Sea #2
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.8 | 1 positive reader reviews
Sometimes a girl is touched by mother war. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. Fate traps her in the schemes - and on the ship - of the deep-cun [...]

The Priory of the Orange Tree

60. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.8 | 1 positive reader reviews
A world divided.A queendom without an heir.An ancient enemy awakens.The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her [...]

Legend

61. Legend by David Gemmell
The Drenai Novels: Book 1
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.0 | 8 positive reader reviews
Druss, Captain of the Axe, whose fame was legendary, had chosen to wait for death in a mountain hideaway. But mighty Dros Delnoch, the last stronghold of the Drenai Empire, was under threat from Nadir hordes who had destroyed everything else in their path. All hope rests on the skills of one man. [...]

The Wounded Land

62. The Wounded Land by Stephen Donaldson
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever: Book 4
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.6 | 2 positive reader reviews
Four thousand years have passed since Covenant first freed the Land from the devastating grip of Lord Foul and his minions. But he is back, and Covenant, armed with his stunning white gold magic, must battle the evil forces and his own despair... [...]

The Princess Bride

63. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.5 | 3 positive reader reviews
Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - who never leaves survivors - her heart is broken. But her charms draw t [...]

The Broken Kingdoms

64. The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.7 | 1 positive reader reviews
In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a strange homeless man on an impulse. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, [...]

Shadowplay

65. Shadowplay by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 2
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Darkness has fallen on the lands of the sun as an army of misshapen fey spill out from beyond the Shadowline. At their head is Yasammez, dark creature of nightmare. A furtive bargain was struck at the gates of Southmarch and the castle was spared, but centuries of enmity will not be so easily app [...]

Shadowrise

66. Shadowrise by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 3
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
As shadows threaten to consume the kingdom of Southmarch, Barrick Eddon, heir to March throne, battles his way across the sinister Shadowlands. He must journey through this dangerous, inhuman realm to fulfil a pact - as this may be all that can prevent the atrocities of a full-scale war with the [...]

City of Dragons

67. City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
The Rain Wild Chronicles: Book 3
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.7 | 1 positive reader reviews
The dragon keepers and fledgling dragons have discovered a route to the lost city of Kelsingra but there is one problem: they need to be able to fly to cross the treacherous waters and enter the fabled city. At first, only a few dragons are willing to try – the others are either too ashamed [...]

King of Thorns

68. King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Broken Empire: Book 2
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.7 | 1 positive reader reviews
To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood... The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight [...]

Emperor of Thorns

69. Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Broken Empire: Book 3
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
The path to the throne is broken – only the broken can walk it. The world is cracked and time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take [...]

The Silent Army

70. The Silent Army by James A Moore
Seven Forges series #4
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
The City of Wonders has been saved by nearly miraculous forces and the Silent Army is risen, ready to defend the Fellein Empire and Empress Nachia at any cost. The power that was hidden in the Mounds is on the move, seeking a final confrontation with the very entities that kept it locked away sin [...]

Wrath

71. Wrath by John Gwynne
The Faithful and The Fallen #4
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands, as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasures are in his possession. And together with Calidus and his ally Queen Rhin, Nathair will do anything to obtain the remainin [...]

Red Sister

72. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Book of the Ancestor #1
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.5 | 3 positive reader reviews
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blad [...]

The Blade Itself

73. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
The First Law: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 8.5 | 12 positive reader reviews
Inquisitor 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-b [...]

Ship of Destiny

74. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Book 3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.5 | 2 positive reader reviews
The dragon, Tintaglia, has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory. Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki [...]

Unseen Academicals

75. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
The Discworld Series: Book 37
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. This is not going to be a gentleman’s game.The prospect of the Big Match draws in a [...]

Gathering of the Gods

76. Gathering of the Gods by JR Mitchell
The Immortals Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 97
Our rating: 8.5 | 12 positive reader reviews
The depravity and debauchery of the Demon Lord Zadus, is pitted against the cunning sexuality of Ore'arn, gifted enchantress of the gods, as she and Sirus orchestrate the final battle on the world of Sansinus. Those weilding ancient and powerful magic are drawn together to aid Ore'arn and [...]

Once Walked With Gods

77. Once Walked With Gods by James Barclay
Elves Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
The elves have fled to Calius, seeking to escape the overwhelming power of the demonic Garonin. A desperate last stand in their own dimension saved the race, at the cost of 100,000 elves lost to the Garonin. The elf who led that fight, Takaar, is blamed for the losses and has gone into hiding. No [...]

Towers of Midnight

78. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan
Wheel of Time: Book 13
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One's prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unravelling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to spill out of the Blight. Perrin Aybara is haunted by spectres from his past. To prevail, he must find a way to master the wolf within hi [...]

Corvus

79. Corvus by Paul Kearney
The Macht: Book 2
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
It is twenty-three years since a Macht army fought its way home from the heart of the Asurian Empire. The man who came to lead that army, Rictus, is now a hard-bitten mercenary captain, middle-aged and tired. He wants nothing more than to lay down his spear and become the farmer that his father w [...]

Prince of Thorns

80. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Broken Empire: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.0 | 7 positive reader reviews
Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broke [...]

Tymon\'s Flight

81. Tymon's Flight by Mary Victoria
Chronicles of the Tree: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews
The World Tree rises up out of the seething clouds like a green mountain, lifting its children up to the light. All creation nestles in its gigantic branches: all take shelter beneath its canopy. There is no world besides this one - or so the priests in Argos city would have everyone believe. Wha [...]

Shadow Ops: Control Point

82. Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole
Shadow Ops series: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.4 | 3 positive reader reviews
Army Officer. Fugitive. Sorcerer. Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with magical talents. Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set everything they touch ablaze. Army officer Oscar Britton sees the worst of it. A lieutenant attached to the mili [...]

The Silvered

83. The Silvered by Tanya Huff
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.5 | 2 positive reader reviews
The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen - she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leade [...]

Hope and Red

84. Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
Empire of Storms #1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews
In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two people find a common cause. Hope, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly trained as a warrior and instrument of vengeance. Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, l [...]

Ruin

85. Ruin by John Gwynne
The Faithful and The Fallen #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews
The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures. At his back stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to bring A [...]

A Veil of Spears

86. A Veil of Spears by Bradley Beaulieu
The Song of the Shattered Sands #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Night of Endless Swords nearly saw the destruction of Sharakhai, and since then the Kings have come down hard on the rebelloious Moonless Host. Hundreds have been murdered or given to the Confessor King for questioning. Hundreds more have fled. Including Çeda, who has discovered that O [...]

King of Assassins

87. King of Assassins by RJ Barker
The Wounded Kingdom #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KING . . .Many years of peace have passed in Maniyadoc, years of relative calm for the assassin Girton Club-Foot. Even the Forgetting Plague, which ravaged the rest of the kingdoms, seemed to pass them by. But now Rufra ap Vthyr eyes the vacant High-Kin [...]

The Hod King

88. The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft
The Books of Babel #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews
Thomas Senlin and his crew of outcasts have been separated, and now they must face the dangers of the labyrinthine tower on their own in this third book in the word-of-mouth phenomenon fantasy series."One of my favorite books of all time." - Mark Lawrence on  [...]

Godsgrave

89. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #2
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
The second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.Mia [...]

Abhorsen

90. Abhorsen by Garth Nix
The Abhorsen Chronicles: Book 3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
Lirael and Sameth have reached the safety of the Abhorsens House after fleeing from Necromancer Hedge and his dead minions. Now trapped by his agent Chlorr and many Dead Hands, Lirael and Sam must find a way to warn the King and Abhorsen of the mounting danger their subjects face in the Old Kingd [...]

The Wee Free Men

91. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
The Discworld Series: Book 30
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny Aching – a wise shepherd – might have been a witch, but now Granny Aching is dead and it’s up to Tiffany to work it all out when strange things begin happening: a fairy-tale monster in the stream, a headless horseman and, strangest [...]

Wintersmith

92. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
The Discworld Series: Book 35
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch — now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance — the crossover from summer to winter — she does what no one has ever done before and leaps into the dance. Into the oldest story there ever is. And dr [...]

Sojourn

93. Sojourn by RA Salvatore
The Dark Elf Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
After abandoning the perils of the underdark, Drizzt Do-Urden, the renegade dark elf, battles to survive in the harsh surface world and to gain acceptance from the surface-dwellers. [...]

Awakening of the Gods

94. Awakening of the Gods by JR Mitchell
The Immortals Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 96
Our rating: 8.5 | 11 positive reader reviews
Betrayal, intrigue, lies and death stalk those who guard young Sirus and Ore'arn as they seek to discove the truth.. As the battle for supremacy begins in earnest, and Asserian begins to crumble under the evil infiltrating the land, the master of the Dark Forces rises...There is no place to h [...]

The Ring of Solomon

95. The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Book 0
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
The year is 950 BC and the self-proclaimed master djinni Bartimaeus is to be found causing chaos whilst serving at the court of King Solomon in Jerusalem. But with the arrival of Asmira, an assassin girl sent by the Queen of Sheba, things begin to get even more interesting and Bartimaeus must use [...]

Ravenheart

96. Ravenheart by David Gemmell
The Rigante Novels: Book 3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
The proud Rigante are an oppressed people. Their days of glory hundreds of years in the past, they know are forced to bow their heads to the Varlish, who do everything to make the Rigante feel inferior. The Varlish profess they’re a noble and pure race, but traces of these virtues are almos [...]

City of Ruin

97. City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton
Legends of the Red Sun: Book 2
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
In the frozen north of a far-flung world lies Villiren, a city plagued by violent gangs and monstrous human/animal hybrids, stalked by a serial killer, and targeted by an otherworldly army. Brynd Lathraea has brought his elite Night Guard to help Villiren build a fighting force against the invade [...]

Haven

98. Haven by Joel Shepherd
A Trial of Blood and Steel: Book 4
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
Rich with political intrigue and wrangling between the lords of Vethrene faith and the rural folk who follow the tradition of the Goeren-yai, this is the story of Sasha. Raised as a princess in the Vethrene royal court, she instead elects to train with a foreign warrior and is chosen by the commo [...]

The Compleat Ankh-Morpork City Guide

99. The Compleat Ankh-Morpork City Guide by Terry Pratchett
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
Greetings, adventurer! We lay before you this most comprehensive gazetteer encompassing all the streets of Ankh-Morpork, as well as information on its principal businesses, hotels, taverns, inns, and places of entertainment and refreshment, enhanced by the all-new and compleat map of our great ci [...]

The Oversight

100. The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
Oversight Trilogy #1
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
Only five still guard the borders between the worlds. Only five hold back what waits on the other side. Once the Oversight, the secret society that polices the lines between the mundane and the magic, counted hundreds of brave souls among its members. Now their number can be tallied on a single h [...]