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.

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

Simply put, the fantasy genre is fortunate to have an author who writes as beautifully as Robin Hobb. Her novels are a masterclass in characterisation imbued into the richest of narratives. Assassin's Apprentice begins The Realm of the Elderlings series, one of the very finest written.

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
Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world. This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson&# [...]

The Final Empire

4. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 1
Score: 108
Our rating: 9.0 | 18 positive reader reviews
For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader. Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the [...]

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
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky - a palace above the clouds where gods' and mortals' lives are intertwined. There, to her shock, Yeine is named one of the potential heir [...]

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
Blood runs truer than oaths. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud as winter approaches like an angry beast. In the northern wastes a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears hi [...]

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
The Starks are scattered. Robb Stark may be King in the North, but he must bend to the will of the old tyrant Walder Frey if he is to hold his crown. And while his youngest sister, Arya, has escaped the clutches of the depraved Cersei Lannister and her son, the capricious boy-king Joffrey, Sansa [...]

Half a King

8. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Shattered Sea #1
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.7 | 5 positive reader reviews
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a [...]

The Raven Tower

9. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
Score: 102
Our rating: 10.0 | 2 positive reader reviews
For centuries the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by a god known as the Raven. But in their hour of need, the Raven speaks nothing to its people. It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo - aide to the true heir to the throne - arrives. In seeking to help his master reclaim his city, Eolo [...]

A Clash Of Kings

10. 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
Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising. From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the s [...]

The Alloy of Law

11. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 4
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.8 | 2 positive reader reviews
The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic storylines and dramatic action, his ability to create vivid characters made him a natural choice to complete Robert Jordan' [...]

Shadowheart

12. Shadowheart by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 4
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies, the ancient, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. Meanwhile, its two young defenders, Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are both trapped far away from home and fighting for their lives. And now, somethi [...]

Age of War

13. Age of War by Michael J Sullivan
Legends of the First Empire #3
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. Persephone keeps the human clans from turning on one another through her iron will and a compassionate heart. The arrogant Fhrey are barely held in check by their leader, Nyphron, who seeks to advance h [...]

Nevernight

14. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.Da [...]

Touch of Iron

15. Touch of Iron by Timandra Whitecastle
The Living Blade: Book 1
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Is the Living Blade real or just a legend? With it... Prince Bashan could win back his kingdom. Master Telen Diaz can free himself of the burden from his past. Owen Smith sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain untold knowledge... but for Noraya Smith, the Living Blade will bring nothing but suf [...]

The Priory of the Orange Tree

16. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.8 | 1 positive reader reviews
A world divided.A queendom without an heir.An ancient enemy awakens.The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her [...]

Legend

17. Legend by David Gemmell
The Drenai Novels: Book 1
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.0 | 8 positive reader reviews
Druss, Captain of the Axe, whose fame was legendary, had chosen to wait for death in a mountain hideaway. But mighty Dros Delnoch, the last stronghold of the Drenai Empire, was under threat from Nadir hordes who had destroyed everything else in their path. All hope rests on the skills of one man. [...]

The Broken Kingdoms

18. The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.7 | 1 positive reader reviews
In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a strange homeless man on an impulse. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, [...]

Shadowplay

19. Shadowplay by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 2
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Darkness has fallen on the lands of the sun as an army of misshapen fey spill out from beyond the Shadowline. At their head is Yasammez, dark creature of nightmare. A furtive bargain was struck at the gates of Southmarch and the castle was spared, but centuries of enmity will not be so easily app [...]

Shadowrise

20. Shadowrise by Tad Williams
Shadowmarch Quartet: Book 3
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
As shadows threaten to consume the kingdom of Southmarch, Barrick Eddon, heir to March throne, battles his way across the sinister Shadowlands. He must journey through this dangerous, inhuman realm to fulfil a pact - as this may be all that can prevent the atrocities of a full-scale war with the [...]

Wrath

21. Wrath by John Gwynne
The Faithful and The Fallen #4
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands, as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasures are in his possession. And together with Calidus and his ally Queen Rhin, Nathair will do anything to obtain the remainin [...]

Prince of Thorns

22. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Broken Empire: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.0 | 7 positive reader reviews
Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broke [...]

Tymon\'s Flight

23. Tymon's Flight by Mary Victoria
Chronicles of the Tree: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews
The World Tree rises up out of the seething clouds like a green mountain, lifting its children up to the light. All creation nestles in its gigantic branches: all take shelter beneath its canopy. There is no world besides this one - or so the priests in Argos city would have everyone believe. Wha [...]

Hope and Red

24. Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
Empire of Storms #1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews
In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two people find a common cause. Hope, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly trained as a warrior and instrument of vengeance. Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, l [...]

Ruin

25. Ruin by John Gwynne
The Faithful and The Fallen #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews
The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures. At his back stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to bring A [...]

A Veil of Spears

26. A Veil of Spears by Bradley Beaulieu
The Song of the Shattered Sands #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Night of Endless Swords nearly saw the destruction of Sharakhai, and since then the Kings have come down hard on the rebelloious Moonless Host. Hundreds have been murdered or given to the Confessor King for questioning. Hundreds more have fled. Including Çeda, who has discovered that O [...]

Haven

27. Haven by Joel Shepherd
A Trial of Blood and Steel: Book 4
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
Rich with political intrigue and wrangling between the lords of Vethrene faith and the rural folk who follow the tradition of the Goeren-yai, this is the story of Sasha. Raised as a princess in the Vethrene royal court, she instead elects to train with a foreign warrior and is chosen by the commo [...]

The Ember Blade

28. The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding
The Darkwater Legacy #1
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
A land under occupation. A legendary sword. A young man’s journey to find his destiny.Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He’s never questioned it; that’s just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend Cade are [...]

Holy Sister

29. Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
Book of the Ancestor #3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
Nona Grey’s story reaches its shattering conclusion in the third instalment of Book of the Ancestor.THEY CAME AGAINST HER AS A CHILD. NOW THEY FACE THE WOMAN.The ice is advancing, the Corridor narrowing, and the empire is under siege from the Scithrowl in the east and the Durn [...]

Fire and Blood

30. 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
From the masterly imagination behind A Game of Thrones - one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time and an unmissable HBO hit series - comes a definitive history of Westeros’s past as told by Archmaester Gyldayn.Unravelling events that led to A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and [...]

Royal Assassin

31. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.2 | 3 positive reader reviews
Honesty is the bedrock for any relationship. But how can Fitz – royal bastard, trainee assassin, holder of secrets crucial to the security of the kingdom – bare his soul to his beloved Molly? Danger lies all around him – from the raiders savaging the coastal towns, and from with [...]

Falling Kingdoms

32. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.0 | 5 positive reader reviews
In a land where magic has been forgotten and peace has reigned for centuries, unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms battle for power… A princess must journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long-thought extinct. A rebel becomes the leader of a bloody revolution. A Sorceress discove [...]

Harshini

33. Harshini by Jennifer Fallon
The Demon Child Trilogy #3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
Medalon has surrendered to foreign invaders and Tarja is once more an outlaw. The Defenders have scattered and their only hope is Damin Wolfblade and his Hythrun army. But Damin has his own problems. The High Prince is dead and he must lift the siege on the Hythrun capital and defeat an usurper b [...]

Twelve Kings

34. Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu
The Song of the Shattered Sands #1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she's never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she [...]

Grey Sister

35. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
Book of the Ancestor #2
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
In Mystic Class Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a [...]

The Poison Song

36. The Poison Song by Jen Williams
The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
From British Fantasy Award-winning author, Jen Williams, comes the electrifying conclusion to the Winnowing Flame trilogy. Exhilarating epic fantasy for fans of Robin Hobb.'Williams excels at eldritch world-building' Guardian on The Ninth Rain All is [...]

Fortune\'s Fool

37. Fortune's Fool by Angela Boord
Eterean Empire: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
A secret affair. A disfiguring punishment. A burning need for revenge.Kyrra d’Aliente has a bad reputation and an arm made of metal.Cast out of the safe and luxurious world of silk to which she was born, played as a pawn in a game of feuding Houses, Kyrra navigates a dangerous [...]

A Time of Courage

38. A Time of Courage by John Gwynne
Of Blood and Bone #3
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
Heroes shall rise and fall, the earth shall be stained red, and the fate of the Banished Lands will be decided once and for all in A Time of Courage, the final book in acclaimed fantasy author John Gwynne's Of Blood and Bone trilogy.The demon king Asroth has been freed from his ir [...]

Pawn of Prophecy

39. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
The Belgariad: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 8.8 | 6 positive reader reviews
A battle is coming... ...And in that battle shall be decided the fate of the world. Myths tell of the ancient wars of Gods and men, and a powerful object – the Orb – that ended the bloodshed. As long as it was held by the line of Riva, it would assure the peace. But a dark force has s [...]

Battleaxe

40. Battleaxe by Sara Douglass
Axis Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.1 | 3 positive reader reviews
A thousand years ago, the people of Achar drove the Forbidden from their lands. But now the northern tribes of the Ravensbund are fleeing south again, with nightmarish tales of creatures who feed upon the terror of their prey. Winter has come early, and with it the promise of war. Axis, bastard s [...]

The Ice Crown

41. The Ice Crown by Sean Beech
The Lords of the Moon: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 8.6 | 8 positive reader reviews
For nearly three hundred years now the Moon lands have known peace. But the Ice Crown of Man been stolen and also the Ancient Howl of the Fennigan Wolves. Their theft robs both races of the power to unite their peoples! But who is responsible; the mysterious Fey; the magical Mages or the lands&rs [...]

42. The Black God's War by Moses Siregar III
Splendor and Ruin: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews
Against the backdrop of epic warfare and the powers of ten mysterious gods, Lucia struggles to understand The Black One. Her father-king wants war. Her messianic brother wants peace. The black god wants his due. She suffers all the consequences. King Vieri is losing his war against the lands of P [...]

Tracato

43. Tracato by Joel Shepherd
A Trial of Blood and Steel: Book 3
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews
The net is really closing in now, with the whole of Rhodia at war and the serrin - the beautiful and dangerous people from beyond the Bacosh - fighting for survival. [...]

Kings of Ash

44. Kings of Ash by Richard Nell
Ash and Sand #2
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews
Follow the long, bloody journey of Ruka, son of Beyla through the islands of Pyu and the frozen wastes of the Ascom; see the return home of Ratama Kale Alaku, the 'Sorcerer-Prince', and the terrifying rise of his 'miracles'. Before the end, a shocking history will unravel, ancient [...]

Wrath of Storms

45. Wrath of Storms by Steven McKinnon
The Raincatcher's Ballad #2
Score: 94
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews
A girl with terrifying powers. An assassin battling his bloodlust. And an ancient evil stirring…Serena’s fearsome power is growing stronger. After conning her way aboard a luxury airship in search of clues about her past, she walks straight into a sky pirate&r [...]

Shaman\'s Crossing

46. Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb
The Soldier Son Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.0 | 3 positive reader reviews
Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King's Cavalla Academy--and survive the hatred, cruelty, and derision of his aristocratic classmates--before joining the King of Ge [...]

Dragonfly Falling

47. Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Shadows of the Apt: Book 2
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.2 | 1 positive reader reviews
The armies of the Wasp Empire are on the march, and first to feel their might will be the city of Tark, which is even now preparing for siege. [...]

The Crown of Stars

48. The Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott
Crown of Stars: Book 7
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
King Henry's kingdom has been ravaged by internecine warfare, in a conflict that has been both long and bloody. Furthermore, the spell holding the exiled Ashioi from the world has failed, and the land, ravaged by the fury of their return, is only now showing signs of recovery. Sanglant is str [...]

Treason Keep

49. Treason Keep by Jennifer Fallon
The Demon Child Trilogy #2
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
R'shiel is on the brink of death, her destiny unfulfilled. To save her, the renegade Harshini Brak reluctantly makes a terrible bargain, as survival of the hidden Harshini race hangs in the balance. Political turmoil spreads across Medalon and its neighbouring countries as the gods vie for po [...]

The House of Sacrifice

50. The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
Empires of Dust #3
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
A powerhouse grimdark fantasy of bloodshed, ambition, and fate, The House of Sacrifice is the thunderous conclusion to Anna Smith Spark's Empires of Dust trilogy, which began with The Court of Broken Knives.Hail Him. Behold Him.Man-killer, life-stealer, death-bringer, life’ [...]

Elantris

51. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Score: 92
Our rating: 8.8 | 4 positive reader reviews
Elantris was built on magic and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade and Elantris began to rot. And now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium motivated by dogged religious views. Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris, rediscover the lost magic and lead [...]

The King\'s Bastard

52. 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
Only seven minutes younger than Rolencia’s heir, Byren has never hungered for the throne. He laughs when a seer predicts that he will kill his twin. But the royal heir resents Byren’s growing popularity. Across the land the untamed magic of the gods wells up out of the earth’s h [...]

Blackwing

53. Blackwing by Ed McDonald
The Raven’s Mark #1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.1 | 1 positive reader reviews
The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow's Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer's legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel [...]

Kings of Paradise

54. Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell
Ash and Sand #1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews
An island prince searches for meaning; a deformed genius struggles to survive. In a changing world where ash meets paradise, only one man can be king…Ruka, son of Beyla, is a monster. Single-born, twisted, and ugly, Ruka has the bright, golden eyes of a wolf. But his mind is as [...]

The Cost of Betrayal

55. The Cost of Betrayal by David Dalglish
Half-Orcs #2
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews
Their prophet dead and their home lost, the half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun form a strained alliance with a band of mercenaries outside the city of Veldaren.As the brothers and their allies wage a private war against powerful thief guilds, divine forces threaten to tear them apart a [...]

The Light of All that Falls

56. The Light of All that Falls by James Islington
The Licanius Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews
After a savage battle, the Boundary is whole again - but it may be too late. Banes now stalk the lands of Andarra, and the Venerate have gathered their armies for a final, crushing blow. In Ilin Illan, Wirr fights to maintain a precarious alliance between Andarra's factions of pow [...]

Brood of Bones

57. Brood of Bones by AE Marling
Score: 91
Our rating: 8.9 | 2 positive reader reviews
Cursed with endless drowsiness, Enchantress Hiresha sleeps more than she lives. Since she never has had a chance to raise a family, she sometimes feels like every woman is pregnant except for her. This time, she is right. From virgin to grandmother, all the women in her city have conceived. One u [...]

The Emperor\'s Soul

58. The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews
Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skilful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor's sceptre, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Though her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by [...]

Hunt for Valamon

59. Hunt for Valamon by DK Mok
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews
When Crown Prince Valamon is impossibly taken from the heart of Algaris Castle, the only clue as to motive or culprit is the use of unknown sorcery. Reclusive cleric Seris is happily tending to his book-infested temple until he finds himself drafted--for political reasons--to the rescue mission. [...]

The Tower of Living and Dying

60. The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark
Empires of Dust #2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews
A powerhouse story of bloodshed, ambition, and fate, The Tower of Living and Dying is a continuation of Anna Smith Spark's brilliant Empires of Dust trilogy, which began with The Court of Broken Knives.Marith has been a sellsword, a prince, a murderer, a demon, and [...]

Shattered Dreams

61. Shattered Dreams by Ulff Lehmann
Light in the Dark #1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews
If one looks too long into the abyss, the abyss looks back. Drangar Ralgon has been avoiding the abyss's gaze for far too long and now he turns to face it. For a hundred years the young kingdom of Danastaer has thrived in peace. Now their northern neighbor, mighty Chanastardh [...]

Empire in Black and Gold

62. Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Shadows of the Apt: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 8.6 | 4 positive reader reviews
Seventeen years ago Stenwold witnessed the Wasp Empire storming the city of Myna in a brutal war of conquest. Since then he has preached vainly against this threat in his home city of Collegium, but now the Empire is on the march, with its spies and its armies everywhere, and the Lowlands lie dir [...]

Tallow

63. Tallow by Karen Brooks
The Curse of the Bond Riders: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
When Pillar, a simple tradesman from Serenissima, catches the bundle thrown to him by a mysterious, dying rider, he has no idea that he is holding the child who will one day decide the fate of the world. Identity carefully hidden, the child is taught the art of candlemaking. But as Tallow comes o [...]

The Curse of Chalion

64. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
Chalion Series: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Battered ex-soldier Lupe dy Cazaril returns home only to be swept up in court and theological intrigue as tutor to the Royesse Iselle of Chalion. Cazaril's honor and courage in the face of not only his former adversaries but the demands of Chalion's five gods shine through in this spellbi [...]

Warbreaker

65. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Score: 90
Our rating: 8.8 | 2 positive reader reviews
Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, a lesser god, and an immortal trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in H [...]

The Walkers of Legend

66. The Walkers of Legend by Miles Allen
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Two young men are thrown to opposite sides of a war where both will fight to prevent their homeland, the world’s last pocket of free people, from being consumed by a formidable Empire. If they fail, mankind is destined to an existence of slavery and habitual torture. Naïve and inexperi [...]

Petrodor

67. Petrodor by Joel Shepherd
A Trial of Blood and Steel: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Sasha, the wilful but talented heroine, returns to battle in Joel Shepherd s stunning second volume of A Trial of Blood & Steel quartet.Away from the hills of her Lenayin homeland, Sasha is making a new life in the dark alleys and wealthy houses of Petrodor. An influential trading centre, Pet [...]

The Uncrowned King

68. The Uncrowned King by Rowena Cory Daniells
King Rolen's Kin Series: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Thirteen year old Pro watches powerless as her father’s enemies march on his castle. A traitor whispers poison in the King’s ear, undermining his trust in her brother, Byren. Determined to prove his loyalty, Byren races across the path of the advancing army, towards the Abbey. Somehow [...]

Drakenfeld

69. Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years by laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. As a result, nations have flourished but corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way to thrive... Receiving news of his father&rsqu [...]

Crossed Blades

70. Crossed Blades by Kelly McCullough
A Fallen Blade Novel #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Aral was an assassin and sorcerer in the service of Namara, one of her Blades of Justice. Then his goddess was murdered, her temple destroyed and her followers slain or driven into hiding. For six years Aral's been living as a jack of the shadow trades, picking up odd jobs on the wrong side o [...]

Shadows of Self

71. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 5
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Waxillium Ladrian has returned to the capital city of Elendel from the far flung roughs. Elendel is crisscrossed by canals and railways and towers reach for the sky but this is still a city of dangers and of magic; Allomancy and Feruchemy can still change the world. Wax faces many more adventures [...]

The Goblin Emperor

72. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the [...]

Daughter of Blood

73. Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe
Wall of Night: Book 3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Malian and Kalan are coming home, but already it may be too late. The Wall of Night, dangerously weakened by civil war among the Derai families that garrison it, is on the verge of failing. Everywhere their ancient enemy, the Darksworn, is on the move as the threads of an old pattern begin to tig [...]

Valour

74. Valour by John Gwynne
The Faithful and The Fallen #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Banished Lands are torn by war as the army of High King Nathair sweeps the realm challenging all who oppose his holy crusade. Allied with the manipulative Queen Rhin of Cambren, there are few who can stand against him. But Rhin is playing her own games and has her eyes on a far greater prize. [...]

With Blood Upon the Sand

75. 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
Ceda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim--that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their [...]

The Ninth Rain

76. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces - talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are tavern [...]

A Time of Dread

77. A Time of Dread by John Gwynne
Of Blood and Bone #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought. In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests - [...]

Assassin\'s Fate

78. Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb
Fitz and the Fool #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter Bee was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and the [...]

Beyond Redemption

79. Beyond Redemption by Michael R Fletcher
Manifest Delusions #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
When belief defines reality, those with the strongest convictions—the crazy, the obsessive, the delusional—have the power to shape the world.And someone is just mad enough to believe he can create a god . . .Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geisteskranken&m [...]

The Bitter Twins

80. The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams
The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Ninth Rain has fallen. The Jure'lia are awake. Nothing can be the same again. Tormalin the Oathless and the fell-witch Noon have their work cut out rallying the first war-beasts to be born in Ebora for three centuries. But these are not the great winged warriors of old. Hatched too soon a [...]

Symphony of the Wind

81. Symphony of the Wind by Steven McKinnon
The Raincatcher's Ballad #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
A bounty hunter with a death wish. An orphan with her head in the clouds. A conspiracy with the power to bring down a kingdom.Serena dreams of leaving her harsh desert home behind in her very own airship. But when an assassin's knife meant for Serena kills her friend instead, the rebel [...]

Candide

82. Candide by Voltaire
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satir [...]

The Shadow King

83. The Shadow King by Alec Hutson
The Raveling #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Scarred by what transpired on the island of the sorceress Niara, Keilan and his companions journey north, bearing a weapon forged to end the unnatural existence of the Chosen. But the sand is trickling through the hourglass, as the demon-children are laboring to bring about a second Raveling and [...]

Besieged

84. Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells
Outcast Chronicles: Book 1
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews
Sorne, the estranged son of a King on the verge of madness, is being raised as a weapon to wield against the mystical Wyrds. Half a continent away, his father is planning to lay siege to the Celestial City, the home of the T’En, whose wyrd blood the mundane population have come to despise. [...]

The Stone of Farewell

85. The Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams
Memory Sorrow and Thorn: Book 2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.8 | 1 positive reader reviews
Following a brutal civil war, Osten Ard has been crushed under the rule of the two villainous High Kings. A single hope remains: if the rebels can find the three swords of legend - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - they might be able to bring the Storm King and evil King Elias down. Once but a humble ki [...]

The Court of Broken Knives

86. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
Empires of Dust #1
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews
They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust. In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, etern [...]

Darkborn

87. Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
Darkborn Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews
For the Darkborn, sunlight kills. For the Lightborn, darkness is fatal. Living under a centuries-old curse, the Darkborn and the Lightborn share the city of Minhorne, coexisting in an uneasy equilibrium but never interacting. When Darkborn physician Balthasar Hearne finds a pregnant fugitive on h [...]

Lightborn

88. Lightborn by Alison Sinclair
Darkborn Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Darkborn aristocracy has rejected magic in favour of science, leaving Lady Telmaine Hearne torn. She must hide her own powers - while calling upon them to protect the Archduke against a magical enemy. On the other side of sunrise, the Lightborn depend on magic for survival. In the courts of t [...]

The Well of Ascension

89. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Book 2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.5 | 3 positive reader reviews
The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her [...]

Talion: Revenant

90. Talion: Revenant by Michael A Stackpole
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.5 | 3 positive reader reviews
After Nolan ra Sinjaria's native land was conquered by a brutal king and his family murdered, he sought revenge by joining a breed of feared warrior-judges called the Talions. But when the usurping king and his troops are imperiled, Nolan, to his horror, is assigned to protect them. Now, he m [...]

The Third God

91. The Third God by Ricardo Pinto
The Stone Dance of the Chameleon: Book 3
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Amidst the massacre he himself helped bring about, Carnelian is now desperate to find a way to avoid more carnage. But it is too late for that. His spurned lover, Osidian, seeking revenge and determined to win back his stolen throne, has deliberately stoked the wrath of the Masters who rule the w [...]

Blackveil

92. Blackveil by Kristen Britain
Green Rider series: Book 4
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have c [...]

Seasons of War

93. 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 poets and their magical andat have protected the cities of the Khaiem against their rivals in Galt for generations. Otah, Khai of the Winter City of Machi, has tried for years to prepare his people for a future in which the andat can no longer be safely harnessed. But his warnings have been i [...]

The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign

94. 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 history of the Land may remember the slaughter at Moorview or the horror of Scree's fall, but there were other casualties of the secret war against Azaer - more tales surrounding those bloody years that went unrecorded. In the shadow of memorials to the glorious dead, these ghosts lie qui [...]

The Star Touched Queen

95. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Star Touched Queen #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience t [...]

The Deathless

96. The Deathless by Peter Newman
Deathless #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
From one of fantasy’s biggest recent breakthrough authors comes an exciting, brand new series.The demonsIn the endless forests of the Wild, humanity scratches a living by the side of the great Godroads, paths of crystal that provide safe passage and hold back the inf [...]

The Blood of Whisperers

97. The Blood of Whisperers by Devin Madson
The Vengeance Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
They call him the Usurper.A man of common blood sits on the throne. At his command the last emperor was executed, but now the empire is on the brink of war.Vengeance is coming.Endymion is an Empath. He was born with the ability to feel another’s emotions and reach insid [...]

Of Shadow and Sea

98. Of Shadow and Sea by Will Wight
The Elder Empire: Shadow Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Consultant’s Guild has served the Aurelian Empire for over a thousand years, working in the darkness to hunt dissension and eliminate traitors.Now the Emperor is dead.For Shera, an assassin in the employ of the Consultants, the Emperor’s death is the beginning of a n [...]

The Blood Knight

99. The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes
Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone: Book 3
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
The legendary Briar King has awakened, spreading madness and destruction. Half-remembered, poorly understood prophecies seem to point to the young princess Anne Dare, rightful heir to the throne of Crotheny, as the world's only hope. Yet Anne is hunted by the minions of the usurper Robert, wh [...]

The High King\'s Tomb

100. The High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain
Green Rider series: Book 3
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
For Karigan G'ladheon, the call of magic in her blood is too strong to resist. Karigan returns to the Green Riders, the magical messengers of the king, to find she's badly needed. Rider magic has become unstable, many Riders have been lost, and the Rider corps is seriously threatened. The [...]