Best military fantasy books

Featuring Steven Erikson, James Barclay, Glen Cook, David Gemmell, Joe Abercrombie and others. All the best military fantasy books read and reviewed. So what is military fantasy? In our opinion it is any work of fantasy in which soldiers, and the armies they come together to form, play a significant role.

1. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive: Book 1
Score: 159
Our rating: 9.8 | 51 positive reader reviews
Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought [...]

2. Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 1
Score: 144
Our rating: 9.2 | 39 positive reader reviews
Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sol [...]

3. Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 8
Score: 116
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 [...]

4. 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 [...]

5. 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 [...]

6. 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 [...]

7. 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 [...]

8. 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 [...]

9. 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 [...]

10. 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 [...]

11. 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... [...]

12. 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 [...]

13. 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 [...]

14. 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 [...]

15. 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 [...]

16. 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 [...]

17. 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 [...]

18. 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 [...]

19. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
The Age of Madness: Book 1
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
War. Politics. Revolution. The Age of Madness has arrived... The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever. On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the maraud [...]

20. 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
In Northern Genabackis, tribal mountain warriors raid southern flatlands. Years later, Tavore, Adjunct to the Empress, enters the last Malazan stronghold. New to command, she must hone 12,000 recruits to resist the Whirlwind of her sister Sha in the Holy Desert. The power struggle of the seer' [...]

21. Nightchild by James Barclay
Chronicles of the Raven: Book 3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
The power of the land has manifested itself in Lyanna, a five year old girl. She has the power to sweep the four colleges of magic aside, or - unknowingly - to destroy Balaia. And the colleges will do anything to control her. If she cannot be controlled, she'll be killed ... but first they ha [...]

22. Cry of the Newborn by James Barclay
The Ascendants of Estorea: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Estorean Conquord has stood for 850 years. Its Advocate, Herine Del Aglios, knows that she presides over the greatest civilisation in history. But she wants more. And in Estorea's recently conquered territories dissent is brewing. Forced to fight old friends and neighbours in the cause of [...]

23. The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney
The Macht: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
10,000 elite mercenaries of a legendary race known as the Macht are hired by an Empire exile to take the throne by force. But when their employer is killed, and they are surrounded by Empire armies, the 10,000 find themselves abandoned. This is the story of their fight for freedom. [...]

24. Hawkwood's Voyage by Paul Kearney
Monarchies of God: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
As the once great Fimbrian nations of the West begin to fall to heathen Murduk hordes, bloody religious fanaticism threatens to consume the land from within, and rogue mariner Richard Hawkwood embarks on an expedition across the Great Western Ocean to find a legendary lost continent and a safe sa [...]

25. Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole
Shadow Ops series: Book 2
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers - summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed… but not for everyone. Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an arm [...]

26. Breach Zone by Myke Cole
Shadow Ops series: Book 3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Great Reawakening has left Latent people with a stark choice: either use their newfound magical powers in the service of the government, or choose the path of the Selfer, and be hunted down and killed by the Supernatural Operations Corps. For Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson ' call sign Ha [...]

27. The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen
Score: 95
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Tyranny comes in many guises, and tyrants thrive in palaces and one-room hovels, in back alleys and playgrounds. Tyrants abound on the verges of civilization, where disorder frays the rule of civil conduct and propriety surrenders to brutal imposition. Millions are made to kneel and yet more mill [...]

28. The Divine Cities Trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Divine Cities trilogy #1 - #3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
A special omnibus edition, collecting all three books of Robert Jackson Bennett’s acclaimed Divine Cities trilogy in a single volume.  In a world where terrifying, capricious gods once walked the earth, enslaving and brutalizing millions, three unforge [...]

29. 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
She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady. From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Black Company, once in service to the Lady, now fights to bring victory to the White Rose. But now an even greater evil threaten [...]

30. 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
After the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south, in search of the lost Annals. The Annals will be returned to Khatovar, eight thousand miles away, a city that may exists only in legend...the origin of the first Free Companies.Eve [...]

31. 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
After the Company's defeat at Dejagore, Lady, one of the few survivors, sets out to avenge herself and the Company against the Shadowmasters, and she joins forces with an ancient and mysterious murder cult. [...]

32. The Poppy War by R F Kuang
The Poppy War #1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews
When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed th [...]

33. Dawnthief by James Barclay
Chronicles of the Raven: Book 1
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.0 | 3 positive reader reviews
The Raven are six men and an elf. They have fought together for years. When they agree to escort a Xesteskian mage on a sinister mission, they find themselves fighting for one of the most evil Colleges of magic known to man or elf. [...]

34. The Winter Road by Adrian Selby
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
The greatest empire of them all began with a road.The Circle – a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans. No one has ever tamed such treacherous territory before, but ex-soldier Teyr Amondsen, veteran of a hundred battles, is determined to try.With a mer [...]

35. The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
Lt. Kitty McCulley, a young and inexperienced nurse tossed into a stressful and chaotic situation, is having a difficult time reconciling her duty to help and heal with the indifference and overt racism of some of her colleagues, and with the horrendously damaged soldiers and Vietnamese civilians [...]

36. The Dragon Republic by R F Kuang
The Poppy War #2
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
Rin’s story continues in this acclaimed sequel to The Poppy War—an epic fantasy combining the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters.The war is over.The war has just begun.Three times throughout its history, Nikan h [...]

37. The Silver Spike by Glen Cook
Chronicles of the Black Company: Barrowlands, Book 1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews
...embedded in the trunk of the scion of the godtree, it contains the essence of the maddest of the Ten Who Were Taken...The Dominator. Defeated by the Lady and cast from this world, all that was left of him was a foul trace of lingering evil. But the graveyard that was once the Barrowland contai [...]

38. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
Raven's Shadow #1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews
Vaelin 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 [...]

39. The Sum of All Men by David Farland
Runelords: Book 1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
In the first book of The Runelords, Raj Ahten, the Wolf Lord of Indhopal, uses magic to transform himself into the ultimate warrior: The Sum of All Men. He seeks to bring all of humanity under his rule - destroying anything and anyone in his path. Standing in his way is Prince Gaborn Val Orden, w [...]

40. Sword In The Storm by David Gemmell
The Rigante Novels: Book 1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
Born in the storm that doomed his father, Connavar grows to manhood among the mist-covered mountains of Caer Druagh, where the Rigante tribe dwell in harmony with the land and its gods.But beyond the border, across the water, an evil force is gathering strength, an unstoppable force that w [...]

41. The People of the Black Circle by Robert E Howard
The Conan Chronicles: Book 1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
Conan the Cimmerian: he rose from boy-thief and mercenary to become kingof Aquilonia. Neither supernatural fiends nor demonic sorcery could oppose the barbarian warrior as he wielded his mighty sword and dispatched his enemies to a bloody doom on the battlefields of the legendary Hyborian Age. [...]

42. Kings of Morning by Paul Kearney
The Macht: Book 3
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews
For the first time in recorded history, the ferocious city-states of the Macht now acknowledge a single man as their overlord. Corvus, the strange, brilliant boy-general, is now High King, having united his people in a fearsome, bloody campaign. He is not yet thirty years old. A generation ago, t [...]

43. Rise of the TaiGethen by James Barclay
Elves Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
Calaius is occupied by an implacable, relentless enemy. The great elven cities are little more than prison camps. Elven slaves are forced to destroy their beloved rainforest to harvest timber for their masters. The enemy has no mercy, no honour and little skill in battle. The enemy is Man. Those [...]

44. The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
The Lot Lands #1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
LIVE IN THE SADDLE. DIE ON THE HOG. Such is the creed of the half-orcs dwelling in the Lot Lands. Sworn to hardened brotherhoods known as hoofs, these former slaves patrol their unforgiving country astride massive swine bred for war. They are all that stand between the decadent h [...]

45. The Sword of Kaigen by M L Wang
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews
On a mountainside at the edge of the Kaigenese Empire live the most powerful warriors in the world, superhumans capable of raising the sea and wielding blades of ice. For hundreds of years, the fighters of the Kusanagi Peninsula have held the Empire's enemies at bay, earning their frozen spit [...]

46. Priest of Lies by Peter McLean
War for the Rose Throne #2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews
Tomas Piety has been many things: soldier, priest, gangster...and spy. As Tomas's power grows, the nobility better watch their backs, in this dark and gritty epic fantasy series.People are weak, and the poorer and more oppressed they are, the weaker they become--until they can' [...]

47. Waylander by David Gemmell
The Drenai Novels: Book 3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The King of the Drenai is dead and troops are invading the Drenai lands killing men, women and children. The hopes of the Drenai are with one man - Waylander - the traitor who killed the King. Waylander must travel deep into Nadir lands to recover the legendary Armour of Bronze with which he can [...]

48. Noonshade by James Barclay
Chronicles of the Raven: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The spell Dawnthief has been cast and the Wytch lords have been banished. In the skies above where Denser cast the spell a rift has formed, a dirty brown gap in the blue that throws a shadow at noon - it is a door into another dimension. [...]

49. Elfsorrow by James Barclay
Legends of the Raven: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Raven travel to a new continent in search of mages to help the ruined college of Julatsa rebuild and find themselves in the midst of ancient curse - a curse that has unleashed a plague that threatens to wipe out the elven race. [...]

50. Shadowheart by James Barclay
Legends of the Raven: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Raven are tested to the point of destruction when a savage war is unleashed across their world and the magical colleges of Balaia tear the land apart in their struggle for supremacy. Can The Raven even survive, let alone triumph? [...]

51. Demonstorm by James Barclay
Legends of the Raven: Book 3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The dragons have gone home, the elves are safe. The Raven have kept their promises. But fate has not finished with them. As the war between the colleges rages on, an old enemy senses that his chance to revenge a bitter defeat has come. [...]

52. Shout for the Dead by James Barclay
The Ascendants of Estorea: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Ascendants left in the Estorea Conquord are slowly – ever so slowly – being integrated into everyday society. They are still viewed with a great dose of fear, though they are also slowly gaining a measure of awe, if not respect as well. They work to heal people, to heal the land, [...]

53. Shadows Linger by Glen Cook
Chronicles of the Black Company: Books of the North, Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady, the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose. They are tough men, proud of honoring their contracts. The Lady is evil, but so, too, are those who falsely profess to follow the White Rose, reincarnation of a centuries-dead heroine. Ye [...]

54. Mortals & Deities by Maxwell Alexander Drake
Genesis of Oblivion: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Thrust into an Essence Node by what he thought were his benevolent teachers, Alant Cor has transcended the bonds of reality to become the first Mah'Sukai to walk the Plane of Talic'Nauth in thousands of years. Now, he must not only learn to deal with his new powers before they overwhelm a [...]

55. Assail by Ian C Esslemont
A Novel of the Malazan Empire: Book 6
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region’s north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor’s tavern and now adventurers and fortune-se [...]

56. The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
The Shadow Campaigns #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The King of Vordan is dying, and his daughter, Raesinia, is destined to become the first Queen in centuries. But politics knows no loyalties, especially for Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and spymaster of the empire. The most feared man in the Vordan will bow his knee to no Queen, unless s [...]

57. The Price of Valour by Django Wexler
The Shadow Campaigns #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
In the wake of the King's death, war has come to Vordan. The new queen, Raesinia, is nearly powerless as the government tightens its grip and assassins threaten her life. Together with Marcus D'Ivoire, she sets out to turn the tide of history. But as all the powers of the continent rise a [...]

58. The Guns of Empire by Django Wexler
The Shadow Campaigns #4
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
As the roar of the guns subsides and the smoke of battle clears, the country of Vordan is offered a fragile peace... After their shattering defeats at the hands of brilliant General Janus bet Vhalnich, the opposing powers have called all sides to the negotiating table in hopes of securing an end [...]

59. Ravensoul by James Barclay
Legends of the Raven: Book 4
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.8 | 1 positive reader reviews
The Unknown Warrior has spent last ten years mourning his dead - those of the legendary mercenary band, The Raven, who fell in battle. As the reluctant ruler of Balaia, he has also presided over the gradual recovery of his land after the devastation wreaked by the Demonstorm. The other survivor f [...]

60. Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell
The Rigante Novels: Book 2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.7 | 2 positive reader reviews
Bane the Bastard is the illegitimate son of the Rigante king who men called Demonblade. Born of treachery, Bane grew up an outcast in his own land, feared by his fellow highlanders, and denied by the father whose unmistakable mark he bore–the eyes of Connavar, one tawny brown, the other eme [...]

61. Embers of an Age by Tim Marquitz
Blood War Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews
Lathah has fallen. Arrin leads a weary group of survivors from the ruins. He presses on in search of O'hra to take the fight to the Grol, but as he nears the Sha'ree homeland, an unexpected adversary bars the way. With enemies massing on all sides, Arrin is forced to take his search deep [...]

62. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
Founders #1
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.8 | 1 positive reader reviews
In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself--the first in a dazzling new fantasy series from City of Stairs author Robert Jackson Bennett. Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a hea [...]

63. Farmers & Mercenaries by Maxwell Alexander Drake
Genesis of Oblivion: Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
In a sleepy farming stead, a young man, Alant Cor, is found to be one of the few Humans who can manipulate the Essence. And, not simply manipulate it. Alant has more power over this magical force than any Human in known history. Does his younger brother, Arderi Cor, possess the same ability, or s [...]

64. The Men of the Sea by Seymour Hamilton
The Astreya Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Trying to purge a nagging guilt, Roaring Jack sails the Mollie south again, and this time Astreya’s friend Cam is a stowaway. Adramin does everything he can to make Astreya fail. At the City of the Sea, the lawful meeting place of the great ships, family politics turn violent, with tragic c [...]

65. Shadow by KJ Parker
The Scavenger Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
A man wakes in the wilderness, amid scattered corpses and inquisitive crows. He has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. The only clues to his former existence lie in his apparent skill with a sword and the fragmented dreams that permeate his sleep. Alone in a hostile world he moves [...]

66. Blood and Bone by Ian C Esslemont
A Novel of the Malazan Empire: Book 5
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted another expedition in a bid to tame the neighbouring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said [...]

67. Godblind by Anna Stephens
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
There was a time when the Red Gods ruled the land. The Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death and blood and fire. That time has long since passed and the neighbouring kingdoms of Mireces and Rilpor hold an uneasy truce. The only blood spilled is confined to the border where vigilantes known as Wo [...]

68. Priest of Bones by Peter McLean
War for the Rose Throne #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.7 | 1 positive reader reviews
'Sixty-five thousand battle-shocked, trained killers came home to no jobs, no food and the plague. What did Her Majesty think was going to happen?'Tomas Piety takes his duties seriously: as a soldier, as a priest of Our Lady of Eternal Sorrows and as a leader of men. He has co [...]

69. The Mirror's Truth by Michael R Fletcher
Manifest Delusions #2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Where belief defines reality, delusions are both strength and curse: The deeper you sink into madness the more powerful you become. But that power comes with a price. Your darkest nightmares hunt you at night. The face in the mirror hates you and wants to be free. Your fears manifest and plot you [...]

70. The Glass Dagger by M D Presley
Sol's Harvest #3
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Some Monsters Secure Our Safety.Everyone fears a Render, those chosen by Sol to sever the bonds of life with their glass blades. And no Render is more feared than Graff, who single-handedly held the line at Stone Cleaver. Hundreds died by his hand during the Grand War, and hundreds mo [...]

71. The Wolf's Call by Anthony Ryan
Raven's Blade #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews
VAELIN AL SORNA RETURNSAnthony Ryan's debut novel Blood Song—the first book of the Raven's Shadow series—took the fantasy world by storm. Now, he continues that saga with The Wolf's Call, which begins a thrilling new story of razor-sharp action and ep [...]

72. The Shining Ones by David Eddings
The Tamuli: Book 2
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
Years ago, the Child-Goddess Aphrael had hidden Bhelliom, the Stone of Power, at the bottom of the sea. Yet now it is needed again to stop a malign force from spreading evil and destruction across the lands. Sparhawk, Queen's champion, sets out to retrieve the Stone. But others seek the gem f [...]

73. The Hidden City by David Eddings
The Tamuli: Book 3
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
Battle had been joined and fought and won. The Pandion Knight Sparhawk had met the forces of the foul God Cyrgon upon the field of valor, and justice and might had carried the day. But even in Sparhawk's moment of triumph had come a crushing blow. For far away from the battlefield, Cyrgon' [...]

74. Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off i [...]

75. The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
The Shadow Campaigns #1
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
The King of Vordan is dying, and his daughter, Raesinia, is destined to become the first Queen in centuries – and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. But politics knows no loyalties, especially for Duke Orlanko. He will bow his knee to no Queen. Freshly returned fro [...]

76. City of Kings by Rob J Hayes
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
War makes monsters and corpses of us all. For generations the blooded have ruled the Wilds, cultivating a lawless frontier and bleeding the good folk dry. The Black Thorn, once the most wanted outlaw the world has ever seen, is set on stopping them, and bringing an end to the gre [...]

77. The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
The Elenium: Book 1
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
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. [...]

78. The Last Guardian by David Gemmell
Jon Shannow Novels: Book 2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
While the Earth quaked, a deadly power burst forth from ancient Atlantis. For the gate of time had been torn open, freeing a cataclysmic evil. Only the last guardian, Jon Shannow, the legendary pistoleer, could shut the deadly portal. But to accomplish this he would have to find the shining Sword [...]

79. The Darkness That Comes Before by R Scott Bakker
Prince of Nothing: Book 1
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
Welcome to Eärwa my friends. Where the sun is hot and the names are long. In reflection, these are the first things I always remember of this book. I recommend you spend a few minutes and read the character and faction glossary to familiarize yourself with the pronunciation of the major play [...]

80. The Warrior Prophet by R Scott Bakker
Prince of Nothing: Book 2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
"Book Two of The Prince of Nothing" finds the Holy War continuing its inexorable march southward. But the suspicion begins to dawn that the real threat comes not from the infidel but from within...Steering souls through the subtleties of word and expression, Kellhus strives to extend hi [...]

81. Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C Esslemont
A Novel of the Malazan Empire: Book 4
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
The tumult of great powers colliding has passed and the city of Darujhistan and its citizens can at last get on with what matters: trading, bickering, politicking and enjoying all the good things in life. However, not all are ready to leave the past behind. A treasure hunter, digging amongst the [...]

82. Deadhouse Landing by Ian C Esslemont
Path to Ascendancy #2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To do so they join forces with a small band of Napans who have fled a civil war on their own home island. The plan, however, soo [...]

83. The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin King
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
John Carver has three rules: Don't drink in the daytime, don't gamble when the luck has gone, and don't talk to the dead people who come to visit. It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Flee [...]

84. Wolf In Shadow by David Gemmell
Jon Shannow Novels: Book 1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.3 | 2 positive reader reviews
Armageddon had visited the world 300 years earlier and it is within this post-apocolyptic nightmare that we are introduced to the Jerusalem Man, Jon Shannow. [...]

85. Waylander II by David Gemmell
The Drenai Novels: Book 5
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
In the mountains of Skeln live Dakeyras and his daughter Miriel. Assassins hunt Dakeyras; there is a price of ten thousand in gold on his head. Why? Dakeyras is Waylander the Slayer, one of the deadliest killers of all time. [...]

86. The Ruby Knight by David Eddings
The Elenium: Book 2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
Ehlana, Queen of Elenia, has been poisoned. A deep enchantment sustains her life, but it will end soon. Then Sparhawk, Pandian Knight and the Queen's Champion, learns where to get to cure for the poison. He and his companions set forth on a dangerous quest to find the antidote before the quee [...]

87. The First Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
Set in the awe-inspiring world of the Malazan Empire, three tales of the enigmatic and eccentric necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach collected in a single, readily available volume. [...]

88. The White Luck Warrior by R Scott Bakker
The Aspect Emperor: Book 2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
A score of years after he first walked into the histories of men, Anasûrimbor Kellhus rules all the three seas, the first true Aspect-Emperor in a thousand years.As Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the perilous wastes of the Ancient North, Esmenet finds herself at [...]

89. Bleak Seasons by Glen Cook
Books of the Glittering Stone
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
Having risked their lives and souls to capture the fortress of Stormgard, a band of weary soldiers known as the Company witnesses their commander's descent into madness and await the reemergence of their ancient gods. [...]

90. She is the Darkness by Glen Cook
Books of the Glittering Stone
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
The tale again comes to us from the pen of Murgen, Annalist and Standard Bearer of the Black Company, whose developing powers of travel through space and time give him a perspective like no other. Led by the wily commander, Croaker, and the Lady, the Company is working for the Taglian government, [...]

91. Requiem by Tim Marquitz
Blood War Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
The true enemy of Ahreele has been revealed. Caught in a storm of war, Arrin learns just how little hope remains as he's forced to make a choice between his family and the world that so desperately needs him. [...]

92. American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
In modern America, two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil—if they don’t kill each other first. US Army Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier—a “craftsman.” After a black-ops mission gone wron [...]

93. The Twilight Herald by Tom Lloyd
The Twilight Reign #2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
The eyes of the Land are on the minor city of Scree, which could soon be obliterated as the new Lord of the Farlan plots his revenge against Scree's rulers. Suffering under an unnatural summer drought and surrounded by volatile mercenary armies that may be its only salvation, the city is a st [...]

94. Water Sleeps by Glen Cook
Books of the Glittering Stone
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
Narrated by Sleepy, the book continues the ever-evolving nature of the Annalist by passing the role on to yet another young, inexperienced character. But this time, and unlike Murgen’s sometimes confusing narrative, Sleepy brings the story back to basics. The story is yet another in the lon [...]

95. Darkmage by ML Spencer
The Rhenwars Saga #1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
The hope of the world rests in the hands of a Darkmage.The Well of Tears is open and the terror of the night has been unleashed. Now, the last Sentinel left alive with the power to defend his world against the minions of the Netherworld is a man destined to be corrupted into the image [...]

96. Knights of Dark Renown by David Gemmell
The Drenai Novels
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.1 | 2 positive reader reviews
The Knights of the Gabala, legendary protectors of the Nine Duchies, have disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway between worlds. Only one held back - Manannan, whose every instinct told him to stay. Now he is the Coward Knight, and in torment. [...]

97. Domes of Fire by David Eddings
The Tamuli: Book 1
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
At the conclusion of The Elenium the company of Pandion Knights led by Sir Sparhawk, having freed Queen Ehlana of Elenia from the spell which threatened her life, had marched on Zemoch, routed their enemies and defeated or destroyed the evil god Azash. Sparhawk returned to Elenia, where he and Eh [...]

98. Temptress of the Flame by Wade Kakoschke
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
Halius is a Plainsward, a simple man tasked with a grave responsibility. Leaving his home behind in search of a cure to a disease that threatens to destroy his village, he soon learns that saving his people will be even harder than he feared. Zebala, a skilled Firemage, takes Halius under her win [...]

99. The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans
The Iron Elves: Book 2
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
Konowa Swift Dragon was once commander of the Iron Elves, the legendary Elven regiment of the human army of the Calahrian Empire. Now recalled from exile and disgrace, he is second-in-command of the reconstituted regiment -- a motley band of misfits who are elves in name alone. Konowa's desti [...]

100. Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson
The Kharkanas Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
It is the Age of Darkness and the realm called Kuruld Galain - home of the Tiste Andii and ruled over by Mother Dark from her citadel in Kharkanas - is in a perilous state. For the commoners' great warrior hero, Vatha Urusander, is being championed by his followers to take Mother Dark's h [...]