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The Year of the Flood

by Margaret Atwood

The sun brightens in the east, reddening the blue-grey haze that marks the distant ocean. The vultures roosting on the hydro poles fan out their wings to dry them. the air [...]

Series: The Maddaddam Trilogy: Book 2
Published: 2009

Score: 92

Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

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A Ritual of Bone

by Lee C Conley

'Only valour and steel can stand against the rising dead'Arnar is a land of warriors, its people as stalwart as the stones themselves. In a land of dark fore [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2019

Score: 77

Our rating: 7.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The House of Sacrifice

by Anna Smith Spark

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 [...]

Series: Empires of Dust #3
Published: 2019

Score: 93

Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Empire of Grass

by Tad Williams

Set in Williams' New York Times bestselling fantasy world, the second book of The Last King of Osten Ard returns to the trials of King Simon and Queen [...]

Series: Last King of Osten Ard #2
Published: 2019

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Wolf's Call

by Anthony Ryan

VAELIN AL SORNA RETURNSAnthony Ryan's debut novel Blood Song—the first book of the Raven's Shadow series—took the fantasy world by stor [...]

Series: Raven\'s Blade #1
Published: 2019

Score: 88

Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Marik's Way

by Nick Brown

Stay out of trouble. Though this is Marik’s mantra, he rarely seems able to follow it. Having escaped a brutal civil war in his native South, the former s [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2018

Score: 85

Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Circe

by Madeline Miller

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scop [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2018

Score: 100

Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Ruthless

by Peter Newman

Return to a world of crystal armour, savage wilderness, and corrupt dynasties in book two of The Deathless series from Gemmell award-winning author Peter Newman.THE [...]

Series: Deathless #2
Published: 2019

Score: 88

Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Darkdawn

by Jay Kristoff

The epic conclusion of the internationally bestselling Nevernight Chronicle from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.The greate [...]

Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #3
Published: 2019

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Left Hand of Darkness

by Ursula Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking work of science fiction—winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.A lone human ambassador is sent to [...]

Series: NA
Published: 1969

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Rage of Dragons

by Evan Winter

Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people's [...]

Series: The Burning #1
Published: 2019

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Godsgrave

by Jay Kristoff

The second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.In a land where three suns a [...]

Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #2
Published: 2017

Score: 97

Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Nevernight

by Jay Kristoff

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 [...]

Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Published: 2016

Score: 100

Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Fall of Gondolin

by JRR Tolkien

In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast militar [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2018

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Seven

by Peter Newman

‘An exciting new writer – sharp, compelling and original’ Mark LawrenceYears have passed since the Vagrant journeyed to the Shining City, Vesper in [...]

Series: The Vagrant Trilogy #3
Published: 2017

Score: 94

Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Malice

by Peter Newman

Following Peter Newman’s brilliant debut, THE VAGRANT. This is the much-anticipated sequel, THE MALICE.In the south, the Breach stirs.Gamma’s swor [...]

Series: The Vagrant Trilogy #2
Published: 2017

Score: 91

Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City

by KJ Parker

A siege is approaching, and the City has little time left to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them all.Thei [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2019

Score: 77

Our rating: 7.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Crowfall

by Ed McDonald

A sorceress cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the Republic and the immortal Deep Kings.Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new mons [...]

Series: The Raven’s Mark #3
Published: 2019

Score: 83

Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

by Samantha Shannon

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 S [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2019

Score: 99

Our rating: 9.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The Illustrated Man

by Ray Bradbury

That The Illustrated Man has remained in print since being published in 1951 is fair testimony to the universal appeal of Ray Bradbury's work. Only his second [...]

Series: NA
Published: 1951

Score: 87

Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Master of Sorrows

by Justin Call

You have heard the story before - of a young boy, orphaned through tragic circumstances, raised by a wise old man, who comes to a fuller knowledge of his magic and uses it [...]

Series: The Silent Gods #1
Published: 2019

Score: 91

Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The Witchwood Crown

by Tad Williams

New York Times-bestselling Tad Williams’ ground-breaking epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle! • Volume One of The Last K [...]

Series: Last King of Osten Ard #1
Published: 2017

Score: 95

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Shadow Rising

by Robert Jordan

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Wi [...]

Series: Wheel of Time: Book 4
Published: 1992

Score: 82

Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to dest [...]

Series: NA
Published: 1953

Score: 92

Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Fire and Blood

by George RR Martin

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 West [...]

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones
Published: 2018

Score: 96

Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Martian Chronicles

by Ray Bradbury

The strange and wonderful tale of man’s experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions. Now part of the Voyager Classics collection. [...]

Series: NA
Published: 1984

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Winter Road

by Adrian Selby

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 treacher [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2018

Score: 93

Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified [...]

Series: NA
Published: 1932

Score: 95

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Skyward

by Brandon Sanderson

Spensa's world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to de [...]

Series: Skyward #1
Published: 2018

Score: 96

Our rating: 9.6 | 2 positive reader reviews

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The Tower of Living and Dying

by Anna Smith Spark

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, [...]

Series: Empires of Dust #2
Published: 2018

Score: 91

Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Deathless

by Peter Newman

From one of fantasy’s biggest recent breakthrough authors comes an exciting, brand new series.The demonsIn the endless forests of the Wild, hu [...]

Series: Deathless #1
Published: 2018

Score: 88

Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Foundation

by Isaac Asimov

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into [...]

Series: Foundation Series #1
Published: 1942

Score: 92

Our rating: 9.1 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Beren and Luthien

by JRR Tolkien

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien wil [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2017

Score: 95

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Court of Broken Knives

by Anna Smith Spark

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 pi [...]

Series: Empires of Dust #1
Published: 2017

Score: 89

Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Black Elfstone

by Terry Brooks

The age of peace that has reigned across the Four Lands is now at an end. An army of invaders, wielding a terrible new magic, is cutting a bloody swathe across the far nort [...]

Series: The Fall of Shannara #1
Published: 2017

Score: 70

Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Dead Men Naked

by Dario Cannizzaro

After the sudden death of his best friend Neil, involving a 6-foot giant crow and quite some Tequila, Lou’s life takes an unexpected turn towards the impossible. As L [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2017

Score: 87

Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Promise of the Child

by Tom Toner

In the far future man has spread out into the galaxy. And diversified. Some have evolved physically into strange new forms, some have become immortal. Some hark back to the [...]

Series: Amaranthine Spectrum #1
Published: 2015

Score: 80

Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

Huginn and Muninn, the Eyes of Thought and Mind; Freyr the Blade that stands alone; Mjolnir, Thunder, strength and devastator. Gods bloodied and wounded, that live and die. [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2016

Score: 88

Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Oryx and Crake

by Margaret Atwood

Snowman may be the last man on earth, the only survivor of an unnamed apocalypse. Once he was Jimmy, a member of a scientific elite; now he lives in bitter isolation and lo [...]

Series: The Maddaddam Trilogy: Book 1
Published: 2003

Score: 96

Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The Black Prism

by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. His strength, wit and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exac [...]

Series: Lightbringer: Book 1
Published: 2010

Score: 93

Our rating: 9.0 | 4 positive reader reviews

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