Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Epic Fantasy. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem. Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for.... When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.  A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

  • Author: Frank Herbert
  • Publisher: Ace; 0040-Anniversary edition (August 2, 2005)
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy
  • ISBN: 978-0441013593
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches

                 

2. A Court of Honey and Ash (The Honey and Ice Series Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

Orphaned. Trained to fight. Raised to fear the power of Underhill. Secretly in love with a man who doesn’t want me. I’m still just Alli, aka the half-human orphan fae, but my life is looking up for the first time. It only took me my whole 24 years. But when Underhill—the ancestral home of the fae—shatters, making it impossible for any fae to enter, I’m the only one who knows who did it. A secret that will be the death of me if I do nothing. A brutal madness spreads through the fae as they lose their connection to Underhill, and to save my people, my only choice is to leave all I have fought for and go on the run. Unless I figure out how the hell magic that has existed since the dawn of time was destroyed with a single touch, well, an entire life spent fighting to prove myself isn’t going to mean anything at all.I must find the answer to the riddle of Underhill’s shattering. Hunted by the very man I loved once upon a time. If you love Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sarah J. Mass, Holly Black or Elise Kova, you will love this dive into a world of the fae, forbidden love, and a story that will leave you breathless for more.

  • Author: Shannon Mayer
  • Publisher: Hijinks Ink Publishing (July 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

3. Trial of Magic (The Fairy Tale Enchantress Book 4)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

Lord Enchanter Evariste has been missing for years. Everyone has given up all hope of finding him—except for Angelique. Because he dared to befriend her when all other mages scorned her due to her dangerous magic, Angelique is determined to find him—no matter the cost. But as years have passed and she has failed to locate Evariste, she’s forced to realize that he was more than a friend. Battle weary and sick of politics, Angelique is close to breaking…until she hears a rumor that Evariste was taken north. To confirm the information, she’ll have to break into a den of black mages, hide her identity, and master her magic—which she fears above all else. But when she finally finds Evariste, she learns she is woefully unprepared for the enemies that hold him captive. Trial of Magic is an epic fantasy fairy tale that follows a reluctant heroine who wants nothing to do with romance, magical battles, and curse breaking, but finds herself mucking with all three. Like its companion series, Timeless Fairy Tales, this series has clean romance.

  • Author: K. M. Shea
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

4. The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

Soon to be an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine! The first novel in Robert Jordan's #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®. The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs--a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts--five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light. Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read. The Wheel of Time ® New Spring: The Novel #1 The Eye of the World #2 The Great Hunt #3 The Dragon Reborn #4 The Shadow Rising #5 The Fires of Heaven #6 Lord of Chaos #7 A Crown of Swords #8 The Path of Daggers #9 Winter's Heart #10 Crossroads of Twilight #11 Knife of Dreams By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson #12 The Gathering Storm #13 Towers of Midnight #14 A Memory of Light By Robert Jordan Warrior of the Altaii By Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time By Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons The Wheel of Time Companion By Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

  • Author: Robert Jordan
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (October 24, 2009)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

5. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

Inspired by The Hobbit and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that J.R.R. Tolkien created to provide "the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues". From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature. The Fellowship of the Ring , the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien's great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe – hobbits, elves, and wizards – step colorfully into life. Rob Inglis' narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

  • Author: Rob Inglis
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Epic

                 



6. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

2020 NYPL Best Books of the Year  2020 Oprah.com Best Books of the Year  2020 NPR Best Book of the Year  2020 Amazon.com Best Books of the Year  2020 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2021 Locus Awards - Nominee 2020 Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year   "Narrator Julia Whelan's performance is unforgettable in this darkly romantic fantasy about one young woman cursed always to be forgotten.... Her depiction of the darkness is smooth with a low cadence, capturing listeners' attention and their heart strings." ( Booklist ) In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life , The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.  A life no one will remember. A story you will never forget. France, 1714: In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever - and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER USA TODAY BEST SELLER NATIONAL INDIE BEST SELLER THE WASHINGTON POST BEST SELLER A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books  "This epic story, spanning three centuries and two continents, is expertly narrated by Julia Whelan.... This is a transporting listen, and these characters will stick with you for a long time." ( Bookpage , starred review)

  • Author: V. E. Schwab
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Epic

                 

7. The Great Council: (Path of the Ranger Book 10)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

The Dark Rangers threaten the survival of Rangers and the kingdom. Will our friends be able to unmask their leader and stop them before the conspiracy is completed? An appeal has been made to convene The Great Council. The Ranger leaders will meet to study the threat of the dark secret faction and find a way to end the threat. The Snow Panthers will be immersed in the conspiracy and will play a critical role in its resolution. They will also continue their investigations to discover who is trying to end the lives of Lasgol and Egil, and the relationship between the attempts. Will they manage to catch the leader of the Dark Rangers? Will they stop the conspiracy that threatens them and the throne? Will they find out who is behind the attempts on their lives? Find out while you live fascinating adventures with a group of unique characters that will make you fall in love with them. Enjoy adventures full of action, adventure, magic and romance! Epic fantasy for the whole family! The adventure begins right now! _____________________________________________________________________ About this series: Genre: Epic fantasy, sword & sorcery, action & adventure, coming of age, fantasy & magic. Audience: Middle-grade, teen, young adult, adult. Setting: Continent in quasi-medieval times and with magic users. Reader age: 8+ Explicit language: None. Completeness: It is an ongoing series. Similar/influenced by: The Ranger's Apprentice, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Dragonlance... _____________________________________________________________________ Path of the Ranger Series:   1. The Traitor's Son   2. The King's Secret   3. Mystery in the Tundra   4. Treason in the North   5. The Secret Refuge   6. Path of the Specialist   7. The King of the West   8. The Turquoise Queen   9. Power Conspiracy 10. The Great Council    _____________________________________________________________________ A saga that will keep you gripped! *This series has been written for children and teens. It can also be enjoyed by adults young at heart *

  • Author: Pedro Urvi
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

8. A Court of Thorns and Roses


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

The sexy, action-packed first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series from Sarah J. Maas. When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world. At least, he's not a beast all the time. As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever. From bestselling author Sarah J. Maas comes a seductive, breathtaking book that blends romance, adventure, and faerie lore into an unforgettable read.

  • Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (May 5, 2015)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

9. From Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash Series)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa. A Maiden… Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers. A Duty… The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden. A Kingdom… Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel. Reviews for From Blood and Ash: "Dreamy, twisty, steamy escapism. Take me back!" -New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins “Jennifer Armentrout has the power to control my emotions with every word she writes. From swooning to crying to racing through the pages to find out what happens next, I couldn't stop reading about Hawke and Poppy, and you won't be able to either.” - Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely “Action, adventure, sexiness, and angst! From Blood and Ash has it all and double that. So many feels and so many moments it made me cheer for the character. Read. This. Book! You'll be obsessed!” - Tijan NYT bestselling author “From Blood and Ash is a phenomenal fantasy novel that is filled to the brim with danger, mystery and heart melting romance. I loved every single second of it and I couldn’t get enough of this new fantastical world. A heart stopping start to what is clearly going to be a stunning series, perfect for both those who love fantasy and those who are new to the genre. A must read.” Kayleigh, K-Books "If you think you are ready for From Blood and Ash, think again. Jennifer L. Armentrout has woven a new fantasy universe that will leave you reeling. Filled with action, heart wrenching twists and the most delicious romance, this unputdownable novel comes with a warning: keep a fan close by, because the temperatures are about to rise." Elena, The Bibliotheque Blo “In this exciting new novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout, she introduces a fantastical world filled with immense detail, and characters who are poignant and fierce, Jennifer truly has out done herself!” – BookBesties “From Blood and Ash is a fantastic fantasy that will hook you immediately from the very first page! I loved every single moment and all of the characters are ones you will fall in love with! Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again with her amazing writing skills and lots of detail! Get this book immediately!!!” - Amanda @Stuck In YA Books “Jennifer has stepped into the fantasy genre with this absolutely amazing novel. With characters you will love and more than a few twists and turns, get ready for one amazing adventure.”-Perpetual Fangirl

  • Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Publisher: Blue Box Press (March 30, 2020)
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy
  • ISBN: 978-1952457005
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 1.57 x 8 inches

                 

10. The Chronicles of Narnia Adult Box Set


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Epic Fantasy - August 2021

For over 60 years, readers of all ages have been enchanted by the magical realms, the epic battles between good and evil, and the unforgettable creatures of Narnia. This box set includes all seven titles in The Chronicles of Narnia - The Magician's Nephew ; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe ; The Horse and His Boy ; Prince Caspian ; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ; The Silver Chair ; and The Last Battle .

  • Author: C. S. Lewis
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Anthologies