Epic Fantasy is a genre that has grown steadily over the years and is now saturated with thousands of titles coming from widely accredited authors. Choosing the top 5 was no mean task but after reading (and re-reading) some of the best series in the genre, here are our list of the Best 5 Epic Fantasy Books / Series that you can read!
5. The Belgariad – By David Eddings
This Fantastic 5-book series by David Eddings follows the journey of Garion, a young boy from a small village, his aunt, the greatest magician of the land disguised as an eccentric storyteller and the friends and foes they meet along their journey to recover a stolen artifact of great importance. What makes The Belgariad such a great story is the beautifully descriptive plots, the great characters, the simple humour and the wonderful storyline that binds it all together. An amazing series and one you will enjoy thoroughly if you love Epic Fantasy! We do recommend skipping the prequel series titled the Malloreon altogether though!
4. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
The Original Shannara Trilogy is definitely some of Terry Brooks best work. He has written many trilogies following the Sword of Shannara trilogy in the same setting as prequel series and while they are all good reads, the first trilogy is truly amazing. Book 1 is the Sword of Shannara which many people complain is just an adaptation of the Lord of The Rings, but it does have it’s differences and they are not bad at all, it’s actually book 2 onwards that the story really takes off. To put it simply, Book 1 is great, Book 2 is even better, and book 3, the Wishsong of Shannara is some of the best work in epic fantasy you will ever read.
3. A Song of Ice and Fire – by G. R. R. Martin
What started out as a slow paced book focused more on politics and life-like unexpectedness than any other epic fantasy book before it turned into the biggest show on HBO, Game of Thrones which is also the first book of the series. With it’s recently concluded Season 8 receiving heavy criticism this may come as some what of a surprise for the non-reading community, but the books are astonishingly well written and are the main reason why they were adapted into a series in the first place. The series is unfinished, and this is the only negative there is. Apart from that it has everything any Epic Fantasy Series should have with one key difference, you never know what will happen next in a Song of Ice and Fire.
2. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings are 3 books often clubbed together as one big book, and the Hobbit is the prequel book. Quite easily some of the greatest Epic Fantasy books ever written and the pioneers for everything Epic Fantasy we see today. J. R. R. Tolkien made Epic Fantasy famous and it should come as no shock that the books that started it all are featured very high up in this list.
1. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
A mammoth work of fiction, both in terms of Size and Quality, The Wheel of Time is the best Epic Fantasy Series you will ever read. This 14 book series was written by Robert Jordan and concluded by Brandon Sanderson using Jordan’s notes after his untimely death. The first 11 books were written completely by Robert Jordan and what was meant to be the 12th and final book was later split into 3 parts by Brandon Sanderson after he read the notes that had been left behind and realized the scope of work left unfinished. Numerous main characters with extremely well written stories, absolutely no-loop holes in an interconnected world spanning over 10000 pages, wonderfully descriptive landscapes, extremely detailed war tactics and much much more, this series truly has bits of everything you would find in life and this is what makes it so easy to relate to.
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