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Epic Fantasy

Updated February 11, 2020.

Codex Alera by Jim Butcher

Complete with 6 novels.
Other Genres: high fantasy
Review Status: Complete

Tavi is a boy with no fury, desperate to find a way to live in a world where everyone has one. He makes a mistake, and is attacked by something no one has ever seen. When caught out, he is forced to look for some magic mushrooms when he and Kitai make another mistake. They released something they shouldn’t have. Something that can devour the entire planet.

Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere

Ongoing with five series, 2 novellas, and more planned.
Other Genres: high fantasy
Containing series: Elantris, Mistborn, Mistborn: The Alloy Era, The Stormlight Archive, Warbreaker, White Sand
Review Status: Scattered

Elantris

Standalone with a novella and short story, with more books planned.
Review Status: Complete, Continuing

Elantris was once a beautiful city ruled by beautiful people who were basically their own gods, capable of doing anything they wanted. Now they have fallen, becoming what appears to be mindless things, and Raoden has become one of them. As Raoden fights to make the Elantrians into more than they have become, his now widowed wife he never got to see, Sarene, is having to find her way in this new elite society. Meanwhile, Hrathen has come from a distant land to convert the people of Arelon to his religion, or else.

Mistborn, era one

Complete series with 3 novels, a novella, and a short story.
AKA: Mistborn trilogy. Other genres: high fantasy
Review Status: Complete

Scadriel is a world in peril. Ash rains from the sky, the plants sound dead, and the sun is red. The aristocracy controls the non aristocrats with an iron fist, being able to do with them as they will. The God King has ruled for millennia and he cannot be killed, no matter how much he needs to be killed. Kelsier and Vin, as well as the rest of their band of miscreants, set out to do just that – kill the God King. However, what would be the price for this deed?

Mistborn, era two: The Alloy Era

Ongoing series with 3 novels and a short story.
AKA: Mistborn: The Alloy Era, Mistborn Wax and Wayne
Other genres: high fantasy, steampunk
Review Status: Continuing

Set 300 years after the events of Mistborn, Scadrial has changed. It is a better world, but a more fractured one. The magic is more developed, too, and changed in weird ways than we recognize. There are huge cities with skyscrapers that seek to reach the heavens and airships and trains now. There are even guns. Wax can use Allomancy and Feruchemy, and was a Sheriff before having to return to the city after a relative dies. Now he finds he can’t quite give up that life. Oh, and there’s Wayne. Damnit Wayne.

Kushiel’s Universe by Jacqueline Carey

Complete with three trilogies
Other Genres: adult erotic fantasy, fantasy romance, alternative history
Containing series: Phèdre’s Trilogy, Imriel’s Trilogy, Naamah Trilogy
Review Status: Complete

Kushiel’s Universe takes place in an alternate history where the gods fathered a race, the D’Angeline. Now that the gods are gone, their marks still persist. With one clear rule, Love as thou wilt, the D’Angeline live as to stay true to themselves. The series takes place all along the Mediterranean and further.

Phèdre’s Trilogy:

Complete trilogy with 3 novels.
Other Genres: adult erotic fantasy, fantasy romance, alternative history
Review Status: Complete

Phèdre nó Delaunay was born flawed, with a spot of red in her eye. Little did that know that spot, Kushiel’s Dart, would shape the rest of her life. Born to experience pleasure in pain, Phèdre is unique, the first born in three generations. Sold and sold again to Anafiel Delaunay, Phèdre learns to be true to herself, her gods, and to play the game of political intrigue. When her life gets turned upside down, she knows just what to do – survive and protect her homeland.

Imriel’s Trilogy:

Complete trilogy with 3 novels.
Other Genres: adult erotic fantasy, fantasy romance, alternative history
Review Status: Complete

Imriel de la Courcel nó Montréve. Born from two of Terre D’Ange’s most infamous traitors. Raised by two of the nation’s greatest heroes. Hated by most, loved by few. He survived hell when he was a child, he’ll survive the D’Angeline. Then he falls in love with the one person in the world he should not fall in love with. Nothing will keep them apart, not even common sense and the desire to stay apart.

Naamah Trilogy:

Complete trilogy with 3 novels.
Other Genres: adult erotic fantasy, fantasy romance, alternative history
LGBT themes
Review Status: Complete

Set several generations after Phèdre and Imriel, Moirin mac Fainche of the Maghuinn Dhonn, the folk of the Brown Bear, is born to her mother in Alba, but is half D’Angeline. She also has a destiny to follow. Her diadh-anam tells her if she is on the correct path or not. With Moirin, we’ll go on high adventures and across the world, doing what her gods have in store for her.

The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff

Complete series with 3 novels
Other Genres: fantasy, high fantasy, young adult, school setting
LGBT themes
Review Status: Complete

Mia Covere’s family was killed, and she barely escaped with her life. Now she wishes to join a group of assassins, on a mission of revenge. That isn’t all. In addition to being a rater decent killer, she is capable of talking with shadows. Which is quite something on a world with 3 suns that rarely fully set. 

Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings:

Complete with four trilogies and one quadrilogy
Other Genres: high fantasy, sea-faring
Containing series: The Farseer TrilogyLiveship Traders, Tawny Man, Rain Wild Chronicles, The Fitz and the Fool
Review Status: Ongoing

The Farseer Trilogy:

Complete series with 3 novels.
Other Genres: high fantasy
Sequel series: Liveship Traders, Tawny Man, Rainy Wild Chronicles, The Fitz and the Fool
Review Status: Complete

FitzChivalry Farseer is a royal bastard. Abandoned by his mother’s family into the care of his father’s, Prince Chivalry Farseer, who abdicated as soon as Fitz came on the scene. At the request of his grandfather, King Shrewd, Fitz became an assassin. An assassin who not only has the use of the family Skill, but also the Wit, meaning he can talk and bond to animals. And then the war with the Red Ship Raiders start, and all of the Six Duchies is in danger of becoming Forged.

The Liveship Traders:

Complete series with 3 novels
Other Genres: fantasy, high fantasy, sea-faring
Prequel series: The Farseer Trilogy
Sequel series: Tawny Man, Rainy Wild Chronicles, The Fitz and the Fool
Review Status: Complete

Bingtown sits on the edge of the Rain Wilds, at the mouth of the Rain River, a caustic and unwelcoming river if ever there was one. And only Bingtown Traders are allowed to trade with the Rain Wilds, which is a source of magical items. This is because they have Liveships, ships that awaken when three generations have died aboard their vessel and are the only thing to survive the waters of the Rain River. The Vestrit family is one of these Trader families, and their ship Vivacia is just awakened. Only everything is going wrong. Because it is Hobb.

Tawny Man:

Complete series with 3 novels.
Genres: fantasy, epic fantasy, high fantasy
Prequel Series: The Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders
Sequel Series: Rain Wild Chronicles, The Fitz and the Fool
Review Status: Complete

Fifteen years have passed since the end of the Red Ship War with the terrifying Outislanders. Now, the Witted are being persecuted. And young Prince Dutiful is witted, and also the son of FitzChivalry Farseer, the most hated person in the Six Duchies. Fitz is called out of his “retirement” by duty, and the Fool, who has come back to tell him his time as the Catalyst.

 

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