Recommended royalty / monarchy / empire fantasy books

Please find below a list of recommended fantasy books where royalty, monarchy or empire are integral to the story. Fantasy books, especially those with a strong medieval influence, often feature the ruling classes in prominent roles - characters whose actions heavily influence the story. Good examples of royalty / monarchy / empire fantasy would be Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy, Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy and N. K. Jemisin's Inheritence trilogy (did I just write trilogy three times?).

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

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.

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Assassin\'s Apprentice

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

The Hero of Ages

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

The Final Empire

4. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 1
Score: 108
Our rating: 9.0 | 18 positive reader reviews

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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

A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow

6. 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

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold

7. 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 Clash Of Kings

8. 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 Raven Tower

9. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
Score: 101
Our rating: 10.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Alloy of Law

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

Shadowheart

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

Age of War

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

Nevernight

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

Touch of Iron

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

The Broken Kingdoms

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

Shadowplay

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

Shadowrise

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

Wrath

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

The Priory of the Orange Tree

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

Tymon\'s Flight

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

Hope and Red

21. Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
Empire of Storms #1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews

Ruin

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

A Veil of Spears

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

Haven

24. Haven by Joel Shepherd
A Trial of Blood and Steel: Book 4
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Ember Blade

25. The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding
The Darkwater Legacy #1
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Holy Sister

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

Fire and Blood

27. 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

Royal Assassin

28. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.2 | 3 positive reader reviews

Falling Kingdoms

29. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.0 | 5 positive reader reviews

Harshini

30. Harshini by Jennifer Fallon
The Demon Child Trilogy #3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Twelve Kings

31. Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu
The Song of the Shattered Sands #1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Grey Sister

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

The Poison Song

33. The Poison Song by Jen Williams
The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Fortune\'s Fool

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

Pawn of Prophecy

35. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
The Belgariad: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 8.8 | 6 positive reader reviews

Battleaxe

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

The Ice Crown

37. The Ice Crown by Sean Beech
The Lords of the Moon: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 8.6 | 8 positive reader reviews

38. The Black God's War by Moses Siregar III
Splendor and Ruin: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Tracato

39. Tracato by Joel Shepherd
A Trial of Blood and Steel: Book 3
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Kings of Ash

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

Wrath of Storms

41. Wrath of Storms by Steven McKinnon
The Raincatcher's Ballad #2
Score: 94
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shaman\'s Crossing

42. Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb
The Soldier Son Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.0 | 3 positive reader reviews

Dragonfly Falling

43. Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Shadows of the Apt: Book 2
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.2 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Crown of Stars

44. The Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott
Crown of Stars: Book 7
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Treason Keep

45. Treason Keep by Jennifer Fallon
The Demon Child Trilogy #2
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Elantris

46. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Score: 92
Our rating: 8.8 | 4 positive reader reviews

The King\'s Bastard

47. 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

Kings of Paradise

48. Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell
Ash and Sand #1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Cost of Betrayal

49. The Cost of Betrayal by David Dalglish
Half-Orcs #2
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Light of All that Falls

50. The Light of All that Falls by James Islington
The Licanius Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

Brood of Bones

51. Brood of Bones by AE Marling
Score: 91
Our rating: 8.9 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Emperor\'s Soul

52. The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

Hunt for Valamon

53. Hunt for Valamon by DK Mok
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Tower of Living and Dying

54. The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark
Empires of Dust #2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

Empire in Black and Gold

55. Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Shadows of the Apt: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 8.6 | 4 positive reader reviews

Tallow

56. Tallow by Karen Brooks
The Curse of the Bond Riders: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Curse of Chalion

57. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
Chalion Series: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Warbreaker

58. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Score: 90
Our rating: 8.8 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Walkers of Legend

59. The Walkers of Legend by Miles Allen
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Petrodor

60. Petrodor by Joel Shepherd
A Trial of Blood and Steel: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Uncrowned King

61. The Uncrowned King by Rowena Cory Daniells
King Rolen's Kin Series: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Drakenfeld

62. Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Crossed Blades

63. Crossed Blades by Kelly McCullough
A Fallen Blade Novel #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shadows of Self

64. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 5
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Goblin Emperor

65. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Daughter of Blood

66. Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe
Wall of Night: Book 3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Valour

67. Valour by John Gwynne
The Faithful and The Fallen #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

With Blood Upon the Sand

68. With Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley Beaulieu
The Song of the Shattered Sands #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Ninth Rain

69. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

A Time of Dread

70. A Time of Dread by John Gwynne
Of Blood and Bone #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Assassin\'s Fate

71. Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb
Fitz and the Fool #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Bitter Twins

72. The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams
The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Symphony of the Wind

73. Symphony of the Wind by Steven McKinnon
The Raincatcher's Ballad #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Candide

74. Candide by Voltaire
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Shadow King

75. The Shadow King by Alec Hutson
The Raveling #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Besieged

76. Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells
Outcast Chronicles: Book 1
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Stone of Farewell

77. The Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams
Memory Sorrow and Thorn: Book 2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

Darkborn

78. Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
Darkborn Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Lightborn

79. Lightborn by Alison Sinclair
Darkborn Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Well of Ascension

80. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.5 | 3 positive reader reviews

Talion: Revenant

81. Talion: Revenant by Michael A Stackpole
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.5 | 3 positive reader reviews

The Third God

82. The Third God by Ricardo Pinto
The Stone Dance of the Chameleon: Book 3
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Blackveil

83. Blackveil by Kristen Britain
Green Rider series: Book 4
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Seasons of War

84. Seasons of War by Daniel Abraham
The Long Price Quartet: Books 3 and 4
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign

85. The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign by Tom Lloyd
The Twilight Reign
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Star Touched Queen

86. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Star Touched Queen #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Deathless

87. The Deathless by Peter Newman
Deathless #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Blood of Whisperers

88. The Blood of Whisperers by Devin Madson
The Vengeance Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Of Shadow and Sea

89. Of Shadow and Sea by Will Wight
The Elder Empire: Shadow Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Blood Knight

90. The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes
Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone: Book 3
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The High King\'s Tomb

91. The High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain
Green Rider series: Book 3
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shadowmarch

92. Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 1
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Emperor\'s Knife

93. The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Wolf Age

94. The Wolf Age by James Enge
Morlock the Maker #3
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Faithless

95. Faithless by Graham Austin King
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Never Die

96. Never Die by Rob J Hayes
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Trial of Stone

97. Trial of Stone by Andy Peloquin
Heirs of Destiny #1
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Legacy of Ghosts

98. Legacy of Ghosts by Alicia Wanstall Burke
The Coraidic Sagas #2
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Red Wolf Conspiracy

99. The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert von Stein Redick
The Chathrand Voyage: Book One
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

Hinterland

100. Hinterland by James Clemens
Godslayer: Book 2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews