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.

The Way of Kings

1. 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.

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Gardens Of The Moon

2. 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.

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The Crippled God

3. 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

Words of Radiance

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

Deadhouse Gates

5. 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

Midnight Tides

6. 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

7. 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

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 Bonehunters

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

Reaper\'s Gale

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

The Judging Eye

11. 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

12. 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

Once Walked With Gods

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

Corvus

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

Shadow Ops: Control Point

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

Ravenheart

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

A Little Hatred

17. 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

18. 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

Nightchild

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

Cry of the Newborn

20. 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

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

Hawkwood\'s Voyage

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

Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier

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

Breach Zone

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

The Divine Cities Trilogy

25. The Divine Cities Trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Divine Cities trilogy #1 - #3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The White Rose

26. 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

27. 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

28. 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

The Poppy War

29. The Poppy War by R F Kuang
The Poppy War #1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dawnthief

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

The Winter Road

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

The Healer\'s War

32. The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Dragon Republic

33. The Dragon Republic by R F Kuang
The Poppy War #2
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Silver Spike

34. 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 Sum of All Men

35. The Sum of All Men by David Farland
Runelords: Book 1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

Sword In The Storm

36. Sword In The Storm by David Gemmell
The Rigante Novels: Book 1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The People of the Black Circle

37. 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

Kings of Morning

38. Kings of Morning by Paul Kearney
The Macht: Book 3
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

Rise of the TaiGethen

39. Rise of the TaiGethen by James Barclay
Elves Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Sword of Kaigen

40. The Sword of Kaigen by M L Wang
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

Priest of Lies

41. Priest of Lies by Peter McLean
War for the Rose Throne #2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

Waylander

42. Waylander by David Gemmell
The Drenai Novels: Book 3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Noonshade

43. Noonshade by James Barclay
Chronicles of the Raven: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Elfsorrow

44. Elfsorrow by James Barclay
Legends of the Raven: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shadowheart

45. Shadowheart by James Barclay
Legends of the Raven: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Demonstorm

46. Demonstorm by James Barclay
Legends of the Raven: Book 3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shout for the Dead

47. Shout for the Dead by James Barclay
The Ascendants of Estorea: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shadows Linger

48. 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

Mortals & Deities

49. Mortals & Deities by Maxwell Alexander Drake
Genesis of Oblivion: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Assail

50. Assail by Ian C Esslemont
A Novel of the Malazan Empire: Book 6
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Shadow Throne

51. The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
The Shadow Campaigns #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Price of Valour

52. The Price of Valour by Django Wexler
The Shadow Campaigns #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Guns of Empire

53. The Guns of Empire by Django Wexler
The Shadow Campaigns #4
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Ravensoul

54. Ravensoul by James Barclay
Legends of the Raven: Book 4
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

Midnight Falcon

55. Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell
The Rigante Novels: Book 2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.7 | 2 positive reader reviews

Embers of an Age

56. Embers of an Age by Tim Marquitz
Blood War Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Foundryside

57. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
Founders #1
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

Farmers & Mercenaries

58. Farmers & Mercenaries by Maxwell Alexander Drake
Genesis of Oblivion: Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Men of the Sea

59. The Men of the Sea by Seymour Hamilton
The Astreya Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shadow

60. Shadow by KJ Parker
The Scavenger Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Blood and Bone

61. 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

Godblind

62. Godblind by Anna Stephens
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Priest of Bones

63. Priest of Bones by Peter McLean
War for the Rose Throne #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.7 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Mirror\'s Truth

64. The Mirror's Truth by Michael R Fletcher
Manifest Delusions #2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Glass Dagger

65. The Glass Dagger by M D Presley
Sol's Harvest #3
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Wolf\'s Call

66. The Wolf's Call by Anthony Ryan
Raven's Blade #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Shining Ones

67. The Shining Ones by David Eddings
The Tamuli: Book 2
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Hidden City

68. The Hidden City by David Eddings
The Tamuli: Book 3
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Red Country

69. Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Thousand Names

70. The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
The Shadow Campaigns #1
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

City of Kings

71. City of Kings by Rob J Hayes
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Diamond Throne

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

The Last Guardian

73. The Last Guardian by David Gemmell
Jon Shannow Novels: Book 2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Warrior Prophet

74. The Warrior Prophet by R Scott Bakker
Prince of Nothing: Book 2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

75. 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

Deadhouse Landing

76. Deadhouse Landing by Ian C Esslemont
Path to Ascendancy #2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Lore of Prometheus

77. The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin King
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Wolf In Shadow

78. Wolf In Shadow by David Gemmell
Jon Shannow Novels: Book 1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.3 | 2 positive reader reviews

Waylander II

79. Waylander II by David Gemmell
The Drenai Novels: Book 5
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Ruby Knight

80. The Ruby Knight by David Eddings
The Elenium: Book 2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The First Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach

81. 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

The White Luck Warrior

82. The White Luck Warrior by R Scott Bakker
The Aspect Emperor: Book 2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Bleak Seasons

83. Bleak Seasons by Glen Cook
Books of the Glittering Stone
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

She is the Darkness

84. She is the Darkness by Glen Cook
Books of the Glittering Stone
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Requiem

85. Requiem by Tim Marquitz
Blood War Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

American Craftsmen

86. American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

87. The Twilight Herald by Tom Lloyd
The Twilight Reign #2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

88. Water Sleeps by Glen Cook
Books of the Glittering Stone
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Darkmage

89. Darkmage by ML Spencer
The Rhenwars Saga #1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Knights of Dark Renown

90. Knights of Dark Renown by David Gemmell
The Drenai Novels
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.1 | 2 positive reader reviews

Domes of Fire

91. Domes of Fire by David Eddings
The Tamuli: Book 1
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Temptress of the Flame

92. Temptress of the Flame by Wade Kakoschke
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Light of Burning Shadows

93. The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans
The Iron Elves: Book 2
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Forge of Darkness

94. Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson
The Kharkanas Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Age of Ra

95. The Age of Ra by James Lovegrove
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Beyond the Mists of Katura

96. Beyond the Mists of Katura by James Barclay
Elves Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

97. The Voyage South by Seymour Hamilton
The Astreya Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 82
Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

SEAL Team 666

98. SEAL Team 666 by Weston Ochse
Score: 82
Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

Many Are The Dead

99. Many Are The Dead by Anthony Ryan
Raven's Shadow
Score: 82
Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

Brotherhood Of The Wolf

100. Brotherhood Of The Wolf by David Farland
Runelords: Book 2
Score: 81
Our rating: 8.0 | 1 positive reader reviews