Young Adult Books – 3 Fantasy Epics For Everyone

Young Adult Books – 3 Fantasy Epics For Everyone

“Young Adult” is not a genre, but simply a marketing niche. Young adult books tend to be fast paced, frequently first person and feature teen protagonists (although the villain is likely to be adult).Young adult novels cover all genres, from space opera to serial killers, high school romance to epic fantasy. One popular genre in young adult fiction is of course dystopia. This genre has given us great books and movies such as Hunger Games and Divergent.  Another popular young adult genre is fantasy and science fiction.

Research is showing that over half young adult books are being read by those over 18.  So put away any hang ups at reading ‘children’s books’ as we review some young adult novels that we believe should reach fantasy epic status.  And who knows, maybe even a movie or tv series.

1. The Name of the WindPatrick Rothfuss

The first book of the Kingkiller Chronicle tells the story of the Kvothe, from his childhood and his rise to notoriety as a wizard. Fans of fantasy looking for an epic that could restore their faith in the genre can look no further than Name of the Wind. The storytelling is magical with solid character development from the start. Masterfully handled, the story is told from the protagonist’s first person point of view, with interludes in third person omniscient to give readers a clearer impression of other characters. Name of the Wind could easily be described as Harry Potter for slightly older readers. Rothfuss creates a detailed, believable world of academic magic; youthful exploits; love; humor; and revenge.

The Wise Man’s Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two is already released and we eagerly await the book 3 in what will surely be an epic series.

(Patrick has just announced  that he is in discussions for a possible  movie, TV series and video game.  We can hardly wait!)

2. Mistborn: The Final Empire Brandon Sanderson

Fantasy readers looking for something that goes a little bit beyond the genre’s familiar archetypes will enjoy the Mistborn trilogy.  Not only is its mist and ash-laden apocalyptic world intriguing, The Final Empire introduces an original magic system unlike any sorcery centric novel. The premise is also rather unique; it explores the question of what if the prophesied hero fails and the world fall into the rule of a Dark Lord? Despite its dark setting, the novel is face-paced and filled with likable characters that will leave readers engrossed in the adventure and looking forward to the two sequels.

For more in the Mistborn world, recently released is the The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel set a long time after the events of the original trilogy.

3. The Way of Shadows: The Night Angel Trilogy: Book 1 Brent Weeks

If you ever wish the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise was an action-packed novel series, The Way of Shadows will be the closest you could ever come to that wish. Follow the tale of Azoth who – in order to escape the treacherous life in the slums – apprenticed to the legendary assassin, Durzo Blint. Under his apprenticeship as a Night Angel, Azoth is given a new identity, forced to turn his back on loved ones, and develop an appetite for taking lives. Readers are set for a fast-paced and fun to read, although brutal at times, adventure filled with fantasy archetypes. Despite the archetypal character types – assassins, masters and disciples, unconquerable enemies – there are some brilliant and surprisingly believable characterizations that will endear readers to them.   An intriguing beginning to this young adult trilogy.

For other Young Adult recommendations, see our earlier list  6 Young Adult Books That Are Worth Reading

Best Fantasy Books: 10 Greatest Fantasy Books

Best Fantasy Books: 10 Greatest Fantasy Books

The Best Fantasy Books

This list includes fantasy book favorites. If you’re a fan of  science fiction & fantasy books, the best epic fantasy, urban fantasy, or fantasy series books, this list is for you.

If there are any fantasy books you think should be on the list, share them in the comments below. The best fantasy books were recommended by readers from Reddit, Goodreads and Amazon as the best fantasy books ever written.

10 Best Fantasy Books Ever Written

1. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

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This series by George R.R. Martin is one of the best fantasy series out there. He has a compelling writing style, and his decision to write about dynasties instead of a certain group of heroes makes this much more interesting than the standard fantasy book plot.

2. The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again –  J. R. R. Tolkien

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Not only is this a great piece of fantasy literature, its one of the best books ever written. J. R. R. Tolkien has created an entire world, along with maps, a variety of races and languages. The Hobbit is truly an epic.

3. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

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The Name of the Wind is very well written. The characters are real, the action is convincing and it has a compelling story to tell.

One of the best things about this book is that the magic is absolutely rooted in the book’s world. Nothing seems contrived; the consistency is excellent and the world is believable.

4. The Belgariad – David Eddings

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The Belgariad by David Eddings is one of the best classic coming of age and epic quest fantasy books ever written. It has everything, from prophecy, wise cracking allies, a lofty princess, a dash of politics, the old wizard, great battles, and an awakening ancient evil.

5. Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson

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Mistborn has the best, most well-thought-out, most original magic system ever written. Nothing comes anywhere close to its intricacy and intelligence. Despite its complexity, Sanderson has such a firm grasp on his magic system and is so clearly enjoying himself when he writes it that it comes off the page so beautifully, so fluidly. A great fantasy book.

6. The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan

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The Wheel of Time is probably the best-known and most widely read fantasy book series other than The Lord of the Rings. Robert Jordan has created a landscape of magnificent proportions. Accents, legends, superstitions, politics…His amazing attention to detail allows you to become fully immersed in the story. Even more surprising is that the quality of his writing is consistent throughout the entire book.

7. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson

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This massive tome is the first of a 10-part epic fantasy series. The book tells three separate stories. There’s Dalinar and his son Adolin, two nobles embroiled in a six-year old war. There’s Shallan, a young woman who’s doing her best to save her family from ruin. There’s Kaladin, the one-time war hero and current slave, battling inner demons.

These are roles we’ve seen before in fantasy, yes, but Sanderson breathes new life into them. A fantasy books series which isn’t due to end until 2020.

8. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

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There is absolutely no way to produce a fantasy books list without J.R.R. Tolkiens fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings.

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”.

This book will be the only fantasy book you’ll ever need to read, if you only read one.

9. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

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The Antichrist is coming. The world’s about to end. The only problem is the “rank and file” angels and demons (who’ve begun to enjoy each other’s company and understand each other over the eons) aren’t so sure they want Armageddon to come. This is a hysterically funny book, full of satire and parody.

10. The Once and Future King – Terence Hanbury White

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The Once and Future King” is children’s fantasy book which is a delightful read for both kids and adults. Author T. H. White manages to mingle the humorous and the sad portions of the King Arthur story successfully, and he never talks down to his audience or tries to oversimplify the events. The result is a wonderfully entertaining fantasy book that never slows down.