I’ve talked about stand-alone fantasy books and trilogies to read. But today we are going to look at big fantasy series to read. I’m talking fantasy series that have at least 5 books in it. These are the ones that you pick up when you don’t want to think about what you are going to read for awhile.
Six big fantasy series to read
I’ve linked to the first book in the series to make it easy for you to add to your to-read list 🙂
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (finished by Brandon Sanderson): Wheel of Time is a beast at 14 books long. It is the ultimate coming of age/small town kid changing the world and good vs. evil. As you can guess with a series this long, there are some lulls mid-series. Read this one if you want the big epic fantasy story.
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin: You have likely heard of this series, you know, because it is a major TV show. But the books are a great read as well. This is one of the few books to TV/movie that I don’t mind. They are certainly different, but not in a bad way. Also, if you think the show is dark, wait until you read the books.
(5 books released, who knows how many more or when)
The Dark Tower by Stephen King: You might of heard about this series recently due to the movie coming out soon. This is a powerful series that I really want to re-read. With more of a mystery feel, this series is a good one if you like that. There are flashbacks and a big part of the plot is the journey itself and the decisions Roland makes along the way.
The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.
Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott: This is a classic epic fantasy. Two characters are thrown together that have bigger destinies than expected. It is set in a medieval Europe like world with magic thrown in. Read this one if you are looking for female fantasy authors and want the classic fantasy story.
The Crown of Stars series, set in an alternate medieval Europe, is a fantasy epic that follows Liath and Alain, two young heros drawn into a battle for the fate of the world.
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher: I read these books years ago and I still remember how good it was. Funny story – this series started on a dare for the author to combine the Lost Roman Legion and Pokémon. How awesome is that? This is another series that has the little guy changing the world, so if that is your thing, pick this one up.
The series chronicles the coming-of-age of a young man named Tavi in the realm of Alera, on the world of Carna. Every Aleran has some degree of command over elemental forces or spirits called furies, save for Tavi, who is considered unusual for his lack of one. As the aging First Lord struggles to maintain his hold on a realm on the brink of civil war, Tavi must use all of his intelligence to save Alera.
Safehold by David Weber: I haven’t read this one yet, but I have the first 3 books sitting on my bookshelf just waiting. I don’t know how you can go wrong with a deadly alien race, humans living in a medieval setting to go undetected and a long line plan that involves an android to introduce technology back into society. This one obviously leans more toward science fiction, so if that is your jam, pick this series up.
The series is mostly set around the 31st century, on a distant world dubbed “Safehold” where a group of humans has hidden themselves from an alien race known as the Gbaba. When first contact was made between the humans and the Gbaba, the Gbaba began an extermination campaign which nearly succeeded in destroying all known humans in the galaxy, including the entire population of Earth. The humans on Safehold managed to avoid detection by reverting to a pre-electrical and pre-electronics technology base and incorporating that into a religious belief system which forbade any higher technology on penalty of death.
Do you have a favorite big fantasy series?