My Top Ten Favorite Fantasy Series

Today is the release date of the next book in one of my favorite fantasy series: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, book three of the Stormlight Archive. Jeff is bringing home our new copy as I type this. So I thought today would be a great day to write a list of my top 10 favorite fantasy series. Note: I’m sticking with adult here, not YA, because I have a whole other list for that.

  1. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

    Average Rating: 5
    Number of Books: 3
    Favorite Character: Delilah Bard
    Best Book: A Conjuring of Light (book 3) – the series really stuck the landing.
    Why I Love It: The characters are a delight. I feel like I know them and love them. The story is intriguing and it stays away from too many annoying cliches.

  2. The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin

    Average Rating: 5
    Number of Books: 3
    Favorite Character: Essun
    Best Book: The Fifth Season
    Why I Love It: Unique and intriguing world. Geologic magicians are basically kept as slaves. Not the most uplifting of series, but so well written.

  3. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

    Average Rating: 5
    Number of Books: 3 (planned 10)
    Favorite Character: Shallan
    Best Book: TBD, Words of Radiance so far
    Why I Love It: The characters are well developed. The action is fast paced but there’s still a lot of human interest. Fantastic, just like much of Brandon Sanderson’s stuff.

  4. The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron

    Average Rating: 5
    Number of Books: 5
    Favorite Character: Miranda Lyonette
    Best Book: Not sure, read it in two collected volumes, and liked the first one a smidge better.
    Why I Love It: Fun characters, great heist narratives, but with a lot of heart.

  5. Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris

    Average Rating: 4.25
    Number of Books: 13
    Favorite Character: Sookie Stackhouse
    Best Book: Dead to the World, maybe
    Why I Love It: Fun mystery series with a hefty dose of romance. The books are better than the show (True Blood) in my opinion, and Sookie is much more lovable (and smart!) in the series.

  6. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

    Average Rating: 4.2
    Number of Books: 5 (planned 8?)
    Favorite Character: Tyrion Lannister
    Best Book: A Storm of Swords
    Why I Love It: Drama! Intrigue! Shocking developments! The same reason you watch Game of Thrones, but maybe done in a less concise manner.

  7. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (original trilogy)

    Average Rating: 4
    Number of Books: 3
    Favorite Character: Vin
    Best Book: The Final Empire
    Why I Love It: Good epic fantasy with a great female lead.

  8. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Wax and Wayne books)

    Average Rating: 4
    Number of Books: 3 (planned 4)
    Favorite Character: Probably Waxillium Ladrian
    Best Book: The Bands of Mourning
    Why I Love It: Set far in the future from the original trilogy. Alludes to it, in the same world, but very different series. I’m counting them as separate because I can. This one is more wild west.

  9. Discworld by Terry Pratchett

    Average Rating: 3.8
    Number of Books: 41
    Favorite Character: I like the Luggage, Death, and Vimes
    Best Book: I’m partial to the Death ones, possibly Hogfather?
    Why I Love It: A lot of fun! Great satire. Some of the later books were a little angrier and less whimsical. There are a lot of different sub-series, and there’s no need to read in order.

  10. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

    Average Rating: 3.9
    Number of Books: 9 (planned at least 10)
    Favorite Character: Kate Daniels
    Best Book: Maybe Magic Slays or Magic Rises?
    Why I Love It: Really solid urban fantasy plus romance, with a great relationship progression.

 

What are your favorite fantasy series?

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