Epic Fantasy Series

Epic Fantasy Series

The above linked article talks about fantasy series that are worth starting.  I have several of the books in many of these series.  Some are on my TBR list, some have been started.  One of these days I’ll get to them.

ACACIA BY DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM

Where to Start? Acacia: The War with the Mein

Finished? Yes

AEGIS OF THE GODS BY TERRY C. SIMPSON

Where to Start? Etchings of Power

Finished? Yes

ARTHURIAN SAGA BY MARY STEWART

Where to Start? The Crystal Cave

Finished? Yes

AVALON BY MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY

Where to Start? Mists of Avalon

Finished? Yes

THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN BY GENE WOLFE

Where to Start? The Shadow of the Torturer

Finished? Yes

THE BROKEN EARTH TRILOGY BY N.K. JEMISIN

Where to Start? The Fifth Season

Finished? Yes

THE BROKEN EMPIRE BY MARK LAWRENCE

Where to Start? Prince of Thorns

Finished? Yes

THE CASTES AND THE OUTCASTES BY DAVIS ASHURA

Where to Start? A Warrior’s Path

Finished? Yes

CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA BY MICHELLE SAGARA

Where to Start? Cast in Shadow (there are several prequels, but this is book 1)

Finished? No, but 12 are published, so plenty to read!

CROWN OF STARS BY KATE ELLIOTT

Where to Start? King’s Dragon

Finished? Yes.

THE DANDELION DYNASTY BY KEN LIU

Where to Start? The Grace of Kings

Finished? No. First 2 published.

THE DARK TOWER BY STEPHEN KING

Where to Start? The Gunslinger

Finished? Yes

DEVERRY BY KATHARINE KERR

Where to Start? Daggerspell

Finished? Yes

DISCWORLD BY TERRY PRATCHETT

Where to Start? Chronological: The Color of Magic. My pick? Either Guards! Guards! or Equal Rites. But this series has so many starting points; you really can’t go wrong.

Finished? Yes

DRAGONLANCE BY MARGARET WEIS AND TRACY HICKMAN

Where to Start? Lots of places to begin. I started with Dragons of Autumn Twilight, which is also the first the pair wrote.

Finished? Yes and no. Weis and Hickman still publish books in this universe, but there are PLENTY of completed trilogies within the universe.

EARTHSEA CYCLE BY URSULA K. LE GUIN

Where to Start? A Wizard of Earthsea

Finished? Yes

EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES BY L. PENELOPE

Where to start? Song of Blood & Stone

Finished? No. First 2 complete.

ELRIC BY MICHAEL MOORCOCK

Where to Start? Elric of Melnibone

Finished? Yes

ETERNAL SKY BY ELIZABETH BEAR

Where to Start? Range of Ghosts

Finished? Yes

FARSEER TRILOGY BY ROBIN HOBB

Where to Start? Assassin’s Apprentice

Finished? Yes

THE FIRST LAW BY JOE ABERCROMBIE

Where to Start? The Blade Itself

Finished? Yes

GENTLEMAN BASTARDS BY SCOTT LYNCH

Where to Start? The Lies of Locke Lamora

Finished? No. First 3 published.

GORMENGHAST BY MERVYN PEAKE

Where to Start? Titus Groan, or The Gormenghast Novels, the complete trilogy

Finished? Yes

HERALDS OF VALDEMAR BY MERCEDES LACKEY

Where to Start? Lots of entry points. Chronological: Arrows of the Queen. My favorite trilogy in this universe begins with Magic’s Pawn. If you want a stand-alone in this series to see if you want to continue, read By the Sword.

Finished? Yes.

KINGDOMS OF THORN AND BONE BY GREG KEYES

Where to Start? The Briar King

Finished? Yes

THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS

Where to Start? The Name of the Wind

Finished? No. First 2 published.

KUSHIEL’S LEGACY BY JACQUELINE CAREY

Where to Start? Kushiel’s Dart

Finished? Yes

LONG PRICE QUARTET BY DANIEL ABRAHAM

Where to Start? A Shadow in Summer

Finished? Yes

THE LORD OF THE RINGS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Where to Start? I say The Hobbit, but you can start with The Fellowship of the Ring.

Finished? Yes

LYONESSE BY JACK VANCE

Where to Start? Suldrun’s Garden

Finished? Yes

MILLENNIUM’S RULE BY TRUDI CANAVAN

Where to Start? Thief’s Magic

Finished? No. First 3 complete.

NEW CROBUZON BY CHINA MIÉVILLE

Where to Start? Perdido Street Station (though I actually read these completely out of order the first time and had no problem).

Finished? Yes

OBSIDIAN AND BLOOD BY ALIETTE DE BODARD

Where to start? Servant of the Underworld (there are several prequels, but this is book 1)

Finished? Yes

OLONDRIA BY SOFIA SAMATAR

Where to Start? A Stranger in Olondria

Finished? Probably (only 2 books in the series, and both are stand-alone)

PAKSENARRION BY ELIZABETH MOON

Where to Start? Sheepfarmer’s Daughter

Finished? Yes, though she continues to write in this world on a regular basis.

RETURN TO NEVÈRŸON BY SAMUEL R. DELANY

Where to Start? Tales of Nevèrÿon

Finished? Yes

RIDDLE-MASTER BY PATRICIA MCKILLIP

Where to Start? The Riddle-Master of Hed

Finished? Yes

SEVENWATERS BY JULIET MARILLIER

Where to Start? Daughter of the Forest

Finished? Yes

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Where to Start? A Game of Thrones

Finished? Notoriously no, but the first 5 are completed.

THE SORCERER OF WILDEEPS BY KAI ASHANTE WILSON

Where to Start? The Sorcerer of Wildeeps 

Finished? Maybe. Two so far, both stand-alone novellas in the same universe. Will there be more? We can only hope.

THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE BY BRANDON SANDERSON

Where to Start? The Way of Kings

Finished? No. First 2 published, 3rd coming in November (it’s currently listed as a 10 book series on Goodreads).

THE SUNBOLT CHRONICLES BY INTISAR KHANANI

Where to Start? Sunbolt

Finished? No. 2 published so far.

SWORD OF TRUTH BY TERRY GOODKIND

Where to Start? Wizard’s First Rule

Finished? I think he plans to continuously add books to this series forever. For. Ever.

TAMÍR TRIAD BY LYNN FLEWELLING

Where to Start? The Bone Doll’s Twin

Finished? Yes

TENSORATE BY J.Y. YANG

Where to Start? With either The Black Tides of Heaven or The Red Threads of Fortune, though Tides is listed as Book 1.

Finished? No. First 2 novellas published.

TEMERAIRE BY NAOMI NOVIK

Where to Start? His Majesty’s Dragon

Finished? Yes

THE WHEEL OF TIME BY ROBERT JORDAN AND BRANDON SANDERSON

Where to Start? The Eye of the World

Finished? Yes. Finished posthumously by Brandon Sanderson

WORLDBREAKER SAGA BY KAMERON HURLEY

Where to Start? The Mirror Empire

Finished? No. Final book in the trilogy comes out next year.

THE WORLD OF RIVERSIDE/TREMONTAINE BY ELLEN KUSHNER AND MANY OTHER AUTHORS

Where to Start? Swordspoint or Tremontaine (Tremontaine is being co-written by multiple authors as a serial prequel. Can be read first, or you can start with Book 1, Swordspoint)

Finished? Kind of. The original The World of Riverside series is complete, but Tremontaine is still going!

WORLD OF THE FIVE GODS BY LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD

Where to Start? The Curse of Chalion

Finished? Kind of. The first 3 can work together as a trilogy, and are completed. She’s been adding novellas to the series with Penric’s story.

 

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