Fantasy books for adults

What do we mean by fantasy books for adults? If this list represented movies rather than books they would all be 15 or 18 certificated as they contain mature themes and scenes of a sexual or violent nature. Think the Game of Thrones series - which contains all of the above ... and more! We would recommend the following books to ages 15 and over.

A Game Of Thrones

1. 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 Name of the Wind

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

Gardens Of The Moon

3. 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

Lord Foul\'s Bane

4. 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

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

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

The Crippled God

6. 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

Legend

7. Legend by David Gemmell
The Drenai Novels: Book 1
Score: 107
Our rating: 9.8 | 9 positive reader reviews

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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

Deadhouse Gates

9. 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

The Silmarillion

10. The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
Score: 104
Our rating: 8.8 | 16 positive reader reviews

A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow

11. 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

12. 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

Toll the Hounds

13. 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

Memories of Ice

14. 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 Bonehunters

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

A Brightness Long Ago

18. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
Score: 102
Our rating: 10.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Raven Tower

19. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
Score: 102
Our rating: 10.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

A Clash Of Kings

20. 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

The Black Company

21. 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

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

Dust of Dreams

23. 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

24. 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

Shadowheart

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

The Wheel of Osheim

26. 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

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

Age of War

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

Nevernight

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

Touch of Iron

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

The Wounded Land

31. 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 Broken Kingdoms

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

Shadowplay

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

King of Thorns

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

Emperor of Thorns

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

Red Sister

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

The Blade Itself

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

Gathering of the Gods

38. 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

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

Corvus

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

Prince of Thorns

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

Shadow Ops: Control Point

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

King of Assassins

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

Godsgrave

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

Awakening of the Gods

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

Ravenheart

46. Ravenheart by David Gemmell
The Rigante Novels: Book 3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

City of Ruin

47. City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton
Legends of the Red Sun: Book 2
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Oversight

48. The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
Oversight Trilogy #1
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

Queen of Fire

49. Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan
Raven's Shadow #3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

Tarnished City

50. Tarnished City by Vic James
The Dark Gifts Trilogy #2
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Holy Sister

51. Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
Book of the Ancestor #3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Fire and Blood

52. Fire and Blood by George RR Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Seven Blades in Black

53. Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes
The Grave of Empires: Book 1
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

A Little Hatred

54. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
The Age of Madness: Book 1
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

House Of Chains

55. House Of Chains by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 4
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.2 | 3 positive reader reviews

Titus Groan

56. Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
The Gormenghast Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.0 | 5 positive reader reviews

Nightchild

57. Nightchild by James Barclay
Chronicles of the Raven: Book 3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Cry of the Newborn

58. Cry of the Newborn by James Barclay
The Ascendants of Estorea: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Ten Thousand

59. The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney
The Macht: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Hawkwood\'s Voyage

60. Hawkwood's Voyage by Paul Kearney
Monarchies of God: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Spirit Eater

61. The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron
The Legend of Eli Monpress: Book 3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier

62. Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole
Shadow Ops series: Book 2
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Breach Zone

63. Breach Zone by Myke Cole
Shadow Ops series: Book 3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Liar\'s Key

64. The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence
Red Queen's War #2
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Obelisk Gate

65. The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
The Broken Earth #2
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Beren and Luthien

66. Beren and Luthien by JRR Tolkien
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Grey Sister

67. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
Book of the Ancestor #2
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Baptism of Fire

68. Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Witcher #5
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Fortune\'s Fool

69. Fortune's Fool by Angela Boord
Eterean Empire: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

A Time of Courage

70. A Time of Courage by John Gwynne
Of Blood and Bone #3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Along the Razor\'s Edge

71. Along the Razor's Edge by Rob J Hayes
The War Eternal #1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Before They Are Hanged

72. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
The First Law: Book 2
Score: 94
Our rating: 8.9 | 5 positive reader reviews

Battleaxe

73. Battleaxe by Sara Douglass
Axis Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.1 | 3 positive reader reviews

The Last Wish

74. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Witcher #1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.0 | 4 positive reader reviews

Acacia

75. Acacia by David Anthony Durham
War with the Mein: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.3 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Other Lands

76. The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham
War with the Mein: Book 2
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

The White Rose

77. The White Rose by Glen Cook
Chronicles of the Black Company: Books of the North, Book 3
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.3 | 1 positive reader reviews

Shadow Games

78. Shadow Games by Glen Cook
Chronicles of the Black Company: Books of the South, Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dreams of Steel

79. Dreams of Steel by Glen Cook
Chronicles of the Black Company: Books of the South, Book 2
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Prince of Fools

80. Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
Red Queen's War #1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Kings of Ash

81. Kings of Ash by Richard Nell
Ash and Sand #2
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dawnthief

82. Dawnthief by James Barclay
Chronicles of the Raven: Book 1
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.0 | 3 positive reader reviews

Silver Mage

83. Silver Mage by CM Debell
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.1 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Scar

84. The Scar by China Mieville
New Crobuzon: Book 2
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.2 | 1 positive reader reviews

85. The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron
The Legend of Eli Monpress: Book 1
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.0 | 3 positive reader reviews

The Spirit Rebellion

86. The Spirit Rebellion by Rachel Aaron
The Legend of Eli Monpress: Book 2
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.2 | 1 positive reader reviews

Bloody Rose

87. Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames
The Band #2
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Knights of the Dead God

88. Knights of the Dead God by James Jakins
Mikaia Goretusk #1
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.2 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Winter Road

89. The Winter Road by Adrian Selby
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The House of Sacrifice

90. The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
Empires of Dust #3
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Children Of Hurin

91. The Children Of Hurin by JRR Tolkien
Score: 92
Our rating: 8.3 | 9 positive reader reviews

The Power That Preserves

92. The Power That Preserves by Stephen Donaldson
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever: Book 3
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

Beckwood Brae

93. Beckwood Brae by David H Webb
The Chronicles of the Corriian Wars: Book 1
Score: 92
Our rating: 8.8 | 4 positive reader reviews

The Riven Kingdom

94. The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
Godspeaker: Book 2
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Silver Spike

95. The Silver Spike by Glen Cook
Chronicles of the Black Company: Barrowlands, Book 1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The King\'s Bastard

96. The King's Bastard by Rowena Cory Daniells
King Rolen's Kin Series: Book 1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Sacred Band

97. The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham
War with the Mein: Book 3
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

City of Stairs

98. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

Blackwing

99. Blackwing by Ed McDonald
The Raven’s Mark #1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.1 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Fifth Empire of Man

100. The Fifth Empire of Man by Rob J Hayes
The Best Laid Plans #2
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews