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: 230
Our rating: 10.0 | 130 positive reader reviews

The Hobbit

2. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Score: 220
Our rating: 9.7 | 123 positive reader reviews

Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
Harry Potter: Book 1
Score: 197
Our rating: 9.4 | 103 positive reader reviews

A Game Of Thrones

4. 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

The Way of Kings

5. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive: Book 1
Score: 146
Our rating: 9.8 | 48 positive reader reviews

The Name of the Wind

6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 1
Score: 139
Our rating: 9.6 | 43 positive reader reviews

Magician

7. Magician by Raymond E Feist
Riftwar Saga: Book 1
Score: 131
Our rating: 9.0 | 41 positive reader reviews

Gardens Of The Moon

8. 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

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 Lightning Thief

10. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson: Book 1
Score: 121
Our rating: 8.7 | 34 positive reader reviews

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Score: 121
Our rating: 9.0 | 31 positive reader reviews

Northern Lights

12. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials: Book 1
Score: 118
Our rating: 9.0 | 28 positive reader reviews

Lord Foul\'s Bane

13. 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

The Earthsea Quartet

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

Eragon

15. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
The Inheritance Cycle: Book 1
Score: 114
Our rating: 6.6 | 48 positive reader reviews

The Way of Shadows

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

Assassin\'s Apprentice

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

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

18. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Score: 110
Our rating: 9.7 | 13 positive reader reviews

The Hero of Ages

19. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 3
Score: 109
Our rating: 10.0 | 9 positive reader reviews

The Crippled God

20. 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 Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe

21. The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 2
Score: 107
Our rating: 9.8 | 9 positive reader reviews

Tigana

22. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Score: 106
Our rating: 9.7 | 9 positive reader reviews

Alice\'s Adventures in Wonderland

23. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Score: 106
Our rating: 9.2 | 14 positive reader reviews

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

24. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 106
Our rating: 10.0 | 6 positive reader reviews

Assassin\'s Quest

25. Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 105
Our rating: 9.8 | 7 positive reader reviews

The Final Empire

26. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 1
Score: 105
Our rating: 9.0 | 15 positive reader reviews

Words of Radiance

27. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive: Book 2
Score: 105
Our rating: 9.5 | 10 positive reader reviews

Deadhouse Gates

28. 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

A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow

29. 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

Midnight Tides

30. 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

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

31. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle
Score: 104
Our rating: 10.0 | 4 positive reader reviews

Toll the Hounds

32. 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

Homeland

33. Homeland by RA Salvatore
The Dark Elf Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 103
Our rating: 9.5 | 8 positive reader reviews

Memories of Ice

34. 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 Magician\'s Nephew

35. The Magician's Nephew by CS Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 1
Score: 102
Our rating: 8.5 | 17 positive reader reviews

The Mad Ship

36. The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Book 2
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.9 | 3 positive reader reviews

The Immortals

37. The Immortals by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
The Edge Chronicles: Book 10
Score: 102
Our rating: 10.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Bonehunters

38. 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

Reaper\'s Gale

39. 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

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold

40. 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

Half a King

41. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Shattered Sea #1
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.7 | 5 positive reader reviews

The Black Company

42. 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

The Judging Eye

43. The Judging Eye by R Scott Bakker
The Aspect Emperor: Book 1
Score: 101
Our rating: 10.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Wise Man\'s Fear

44. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 2
Score: 101
Our rating: 9.6 | 5 positive reader reviews

The Sorcerer\'s Glen

45. The Sorcerer's Glen by Lucinda Hare
The Dragonsdome Chronicles: Book 5
Score: 101
Our rating: 10.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

A Clash Of Kings

46. A Clash Of Kings by George RR Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 2
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.0 | 10 positive reader reviews

Circe

47. Circe by Madeline Miller
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dust of Dreams

48. 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

The Book of Transformations

49. 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

The Alloy of Law

50. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 4
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.8 | 2 positive reader reviews

Shadowheart

51. Shadowheart by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 4
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Fool\'s Assassin

52. Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
Fitz and the Fool #1
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.8 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Wheel of Osheim

53. The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
Red Queen's War #3
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.9 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Fall of Arthur

54. The Fall of Arthur by JRR Tolkien
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Age of War

55. Age of War by Michael J Sullivan
Legends of the First Empire #3
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

A Brightness Long Ago

56. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Raven Tower

57. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Nevernight

58. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Touch of Iron

59. Touch of Iron by Timandra Whitecastle
The Living Blade: Book 1
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Ship of Magic

60. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Book 1
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.5 | 4 positive reader reviews

The Silmarillion

61. The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
Score: 99
Our rating: 8.8 | 11 positive reader reviews

Heroes of the Valley

62. Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.4 | 5 positive reader reviews

The Fifth Elephant

63. The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
The Discworld Series: Book 24
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

You Are The Hero

64. You Are The Hero by Jonathan Green
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Half the World

65. Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
Shattered Sea #2
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Wounded Land

66. The Wounded Land by Stephen Donaldson
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever: Book 4
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.6 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Princess Bride

67. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.5 | 3 positive reader reviews

The Broken Kingdoms

68. The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.7 | 1 positive reader reviews

Shadowplay

69. Shadowplay by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 2
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shadowrise

70. Shadowrise by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 3
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

City of Dragons

71. City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
The Rain Wild Chronicles: Book 3
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.7 | 1 positive reader reviews

King of Thorns

72. King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Broken Empire: Book 2
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.7 | 1 positive reader reviews

Emperor of Thorns

73. Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Broken Empire: Book 3
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Six of Crows

74. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.5 | 3 positive reader reviews

The Silent Army

75. The Silent Army by James A Moore
Seven Forges series #4
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Wrath

76. Wrath by John Gwynne
The Faithful and The Fallen #4
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Red Sister

77. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Book of the Ancestor #1
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.5 | 3 positive reader reviews

The Priory of the Orange Tree

78. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Blade Itself

79. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
The First Law: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 8.5 | 12 positive reader reviews

Ship of Destiny

80. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Book 3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.5 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Last Unicorn

81. The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.4 | 3 positive reader reviews

Unseen Academicals

82. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
The Discworld Series: Book 37
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Gathering of the Gods

83. Gathering of the Gods by JR Mitchell
The Immortals Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 97
Our rating: 8.5 | 12 positive reader reviews

Once Walked With Gods

84. Once Walked With Gods by James Barclay
Elves Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Towers of Midnight

85. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan
Wheel of Time: Book 13
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Corvus

86. Corvus by Paul Kearney
The Macht: Book 2
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Prince of Thorns

87. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Broken Empire: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.0 | 7 positive reader reviews

Tymon\'s Flight

88. Tymon's Flight by Mary Victoria
Chronicles of the Tree: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews

Shadow Ops: Control Point

89. Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole
Shadow Ops series: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.4 | 3 positive reader reviews

Ruin

90. Ruin by John Gwynne
The Faithful and The Fallen #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews

A Veil of Spears

91. A Veil of Spears by Bradley Beaulieu
The Song of the Shattered Sands #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

King of Assassins

92. King of Assassins by RJ Barker
The Wounded Kingdom #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Godsgrave

93. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #2
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Darkdawn

94. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Amber Spyglass

95. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials: Book 3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

Abhorsen

96. Abhorsen by Garth Nix
The Abhorsen Chronicles: Book 3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Wee Free Men

97. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
The Discworld Series: Book 30
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

Wintersmith

98. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
The Discworld Series: Book 35
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

Sojourn

99. Sojourn by RA Salvatore
The Dark Elf Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

Awakening of the Gods

100. Awakening of the Gods by JR Mitchell
The Immortals Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 96
Our rating: 8.5 | 11 positive reader reviews