Favorite Five Epic Fantasy Series
This felt like a tough one because I don’t actually read a ton of epic fantasy but I managed to get together a great list. Oh, and look at that, it’s all women authors–totally not on purpose, nope. 😀
The Shattered Sigil trilogy by Courtney Schafer
I absolutely love everything about this entire series. It’s such a great story overall, but the best part about it for me was the characters and the pacing of the books. I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS. The first book is a flight across mountains with danger hot on their heels. The second book is like a murder mystery–a really intense murder mystery with super high stakes. And the last book explores the world even more as our characters once again go on a journey fraught with peril.
The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
I finally finished The Broken Earth earlier this year, and let me tell you, it totally lives up to the hype. The writing is amazing, the characters and their voices are fantastic and the worldbuilding is original and creative. N.K. Jemisin is an author with a lot to say and these books explore a lot of interesting themes. Besides that–they’ve got some weird things going on and I LOVE weird.
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
It really took me a while to get into this series, I’ll be honest. The first book has one of the best endings ever though. The second book had me so angry at the characters that I chucked the book across the room and then took a loooooong hiatus between books two and three. Book three totally won me over to the ‘I love Hobb’ camp though. It was so magical and wondrous and the characters! *heart eyes*
Rai-Kirah trilogy by Carol Berg
The Rai-Kirah trilogy has to be one of my favorite series of books I’ve read in the last ten years. It’s epic fantasy with an interesting world of magic and politics. But what really makes it stand above the rest is the characters and their story arcs. If you want to go on a journey with some characters, have them tortured, dragged through the worst, and come out the other side, well, Carol Berg is the author for you. What she is able to do with characters is truly amazing and something to be admired.
Phedre’s Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
I think, because this is one of my all time favorites, Kushiel will always end up on one of my lists somewhere. These books are epic in the best way. There are journeys–both through character and actual journeys. There’s tons of intrigue. Characters go through hell and back. Lots of politics and war and all kinds of fun world building. And, you know, there’s the romance aspect too which is of course my favorite.
That’s my list for this week! What are some of your favorite epic fantasy series? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!