A few weeks ago, we spoke about some of the best books to pick up right after finishing the critically acclaimed film. Harry potter novels. Today’s bundle of recommendations has just rolled out of the high-fancy brand of baking ovens. While our previous recommendations included many books for children and tweens, this list is more appropriate for older readers.
High fantasy works usually take place in a universe radically different from ours, often built from scratch. You can dip your toes into deep lore, multiple intricate characters, supernatural elements, detailed storylines, and epic quests. This sub-genre has produced some of the most distinct and beautifully written literature that exists. If you’re looking to make an entrance, here are some of the top picks to get you started.
Sauron, the Dark Lord, has assembled all the Rings of Power for himself – the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for domination is the One Ring – the ring that rules them all – that has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, the young Frodo Baggins is faced with an immense task, while the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and embark on a perilous journey through the realms of Middle-earth to the Fissure of Fate, deep within the Dark Lord’s territories. There he must destroy the Ring forever and outsmart the Dark Lord in his evil design.
It is impossible to start a list of such caliber without the legendary series which is The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was a master of his craft, and there’s no better way to get into the high fantasy subcategory. Take the full set of eBooks for $ 16.68 on the Amazon Kindle store and $ 18.29 on the Kobo store.
Long ago, in a forgotten time, a supernatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a country where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, problems are brewing. The cold returns and in the frozen wastes north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces mass beyond the protective wall of the realm. At the center of the conflict are the Starks of Winterfell, a family as tough and unyielding as the land where they were born. Sweeping a land of brutal cold to a distant summer realm of Epicurean bounty, here’s a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and wizards, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of sinister omens.
Here, an enigmatic band of warriors carry swords without human metal; a tribe of ferocious savages carries men into madness; a cruel young dragon prince trades in his sister to regain her throne; and a determined woman sets out on the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counter-intrigues, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies and enemies hangs in the balance, as each strives to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
The popular HBO TV show may be over, but the books aren’t. Even if you haven’t watched the hit TV series George RR Martin’s A song of ice and fire the series is a must for fantasy lovers. The first five installments are available in an omnibus edition for $ 26.83 on the Amazon Kindle store and $ 19.69 on the Kobo store.
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, it is the story of the magically gifted young man who becomes the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate tale of his childhood in a traveling troupe of gamers, his years as a near-savage orphan in a crime-ravaged city, his daring but successful attempt to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a compelling coming-of-age story unparalleled in recent literature.
Rothfuss favors a unique and compelling writing style that appeals to the reader even more than the succulent story. You will thoroughly enjoy the first two parts of this trilogy, leaving you waiting for an unprecedented finale. Immerse yourself in the rich and dangerous world of Kvothe during $ 5.61 on the Amazon Kindle store and $ 8.79 on the Kobo store.
Once a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming immoral boy at the head of a sinister gang of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence reigns, nightmares everywhere. Jorg’s dark past has put him beyond the fear of any man, living or dead, but there is always one thing that turns him off. Back at his father’s castle, Jorg must face the horrors of his childhood and carve out a future for himself with all hands turned against him.
This one is a dark tale that follows an antihero through a dark, wicked story. You won’t be able to stop until you reach the end of the gripping series. The first novel by The Shattered Empire Series can be found for $ 7.58 on the Amazon Kindle Store and $ 6.09 on the Kobo Store.
From New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks …
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art and he is the most accomplished artist in town.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he grew up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like learning from Durzo Blint.
Enter Durzo Blint, an assassin without equal in his profession. This three-part Brent Weeks saga follows our master slayer and his apprentice Azoth as they engage in the daunting task of taking lives. You can purchase the first book in the series for $ 5.61 on the Amazon Kindle store and $ 11.49 on the Kobo store.
The Kingdom of the Six Duchies is on the brink of civil war when news is announced that the Crown Prince has fathered a bastard son and must abdicate. The child’s name is Fitz, and he is looked down upon.
Raised in the stables of the castle, only the company of the king’s madman, the children in rags of the lower town and his unusual affinity with animals provide Fitz with all the comfort.
To be useful to the crown, Fitz is trained as an assassin; and use the traditional magic of the Farseer family. But his guardian, allied with another political faction, is determined to discredit him, even to kill him. Fitz must survive: for he may be destined to save the kingdom.
Enter the extraordinary world of Robin Hobb’s magnificent Farseer trilogy.
What do you get when you mix Royalty, Assassins, Bastards, and Magic? This fantastic chronicle of Robin Hobb’s brilliant mind. Take the whole trilogy for $ 15.20 on the Amazon Kindle Store or start slowly with the first payment to $ 6.49 on the Kobo Store.
Sabriel: Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, far from the power of Free Magic and far from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now his father, the Abhorsen, is gone and Sabriel must travel through this world to find him. There, she faces an evil that threatens more than her life and finds herself facing her own hidden fate. . . .
Lirael: Lirael never felt like a real Clayr girl. She doesn’t even have Sight – the ability to see into possible futures – which is the Clayr’s very birthright. Nonetheless, she must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil, which threatens to break the very line between life and death itself. With only her loyal companion, the ill-reputed dog, to help her, Lirael must find the courage to seek her own hidden fate.
Take a bite of this enticing fable that plays with the very idea of ââlife and death. Necromancers, spooky undead creatures, and legends of old await you in The Old Kingdom series. Take an electronic copy of the complete collection to $ 37.40 on the Amazon Kindle store Where $ 41.09 on the Kobo store.
Soldier. Summoner. Holy. Follow Alina Starkov through Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising as she discovers her sleeping powers and is drawn into a world of luxury and illusion. As Alina struggles to adjust to her new life, a threat grows to Ravka’s realm, a threat that will test old alliances and challenge the very limits of magic, a threat that will forge a leader to from a scared girl.
Also known as The Grisha Trilogy, this trio of novels follows a strong female trail as she struggles to survive in a war-torn nation, uncovering her own hidden past along the way. The Shadow and the Bones Trilogy is collectively available in one e-book version for $ 24.60 on the Amazon Kindle Store. You can also get the first part alone for $ 8.99 at the Kobo Store.
So here are our top recommendations for readers looking to get into the high fantasy genre. If your thirst for magic and adventure isn’t quenched by these books, don’t worry. We have many more selections coming in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to add your favorites to the list and share with the community in the comments below!
Namerah is a technology journalist with experience in major online publications like Android Central and XDA Developers. She is passionate about all things tech and games and has been Goodreads Honorary Librarian since 2011. When not writing, she can be found hunting stray cats and dogs on the streets of Dhaka or to kill dragons in the land of Skyrim.