Top Ten Tuesday – My Favourite Fantasy Books

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

Hey everyone!

Here is another Top ten Tuesday – this time listing my favourite ten books from my favourite genre. This one was tricky to write. How do you even pick your favourite books! You always feel bad for leaving some out, but, well, I managed to do it. Round of applause, please!

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Anyway, if you want to know anymore about the books, click on their cover to get transported through to their Goodreads page. Hope you enjoy! And maybe even find a new book to read. 👍

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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A classic adventure story involving a band of dwarves, a wizard and the perfectly-respectable hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. They battle to overcome trolls, giant spiders, imprisonment and finally, the terrible dragon, Smaug!

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

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Fast-paced and gripping. Middle Eastern fantasy filled to the brim with Djinn, political intrigue and bloodshed – and, of course, a flying carpet.

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

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Fun, frantic and ferocious fantasy were the orcs are the good guys! A fantasy you wouldn’t want your children to read. It’s vulgar in the best way possible.

Trollslayer by William King

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A tragically-heroic dwarf, sworn to seek out his own doom to atone for an unspeakable crime in his past, meets a down-on-his-luck student and, in a night of reckless drinking, convinces him to record his quest for doom in a series of short stories stretched across Warhammer’s Old World.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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An evocative and ridiculously atmospheric tale of a young girl in the far northern wilderness of medieval Russia. Born with magic abilities she is shunned and mistrusted, despite being their only defence against an ancient evil that lurks in the woods.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

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Mughal Indian inspired epic fantasy of of gods and magic. Beautifully written, distinct characters that draw you in – plus, honestly the best romance I have ever read (disclaimer, I don’t usually like romances in books, so this is either exceptional or not a good endorsement).

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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A truly epic conclusion to the Mistborn triogy that wonderfully ties up all the plot lines of the previous two books. Perhaps I should have said the first book in the series, but this is the best one, in my opinion!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Kaz Brekker, teenage criminal mastermind, and his gang of thieves and miscreants have been betrayed and now they want revenge… and to get paid. Back alley battles and betrayals run through the gritty streets of Ketterdam as Kaz and his friends fight tooth-and-nail for each other and their friendship.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

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Quite honestly, grim fantasy at its finest filled with unique and distinct characters – and your favourite will be a man who tortures people for a living. I’d put money on it.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Epic fantasy that follows the life of Kvothe, an exceptionally talented and bright young magician, as he seeks revenge on the Chandrian – mysterious beings from a bygone age who murdered his parent.

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Hope you enjoyed reading my list of my favourite fantasy books. There are so many other honourable mentions that I feel terribly for leaving out, but I guess some books had to miss out, no matter how narrowly.

Have you read many of these? What do you think of my list? Let me know in the comments!

Have a good Tuesday!

Jack

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – My Favourite Fantasy Books

  1. I love how we both included “clapping” gif in our TTT posts! 😀

    Now! «The City of Brass» is very high on my To-Buy list. The cover is gorgeous and the story sounds very interesting.
    I haven’t started the Mistborn trilogy yet, but I do own all three books of the first series.
    And the same with the Six of Crows duology. I own both books and the Grisha trilogy, but I want to read the Grisha trilogy first, so… there’s that.
    The same with «The Name of the Wind»… There are just so many books I want / need to read.

    Fun fact: A friend of mine recently met an older lady (prob in her 70s) who read 400 books in the last 2 years :O #Goals

    P.S. «The Bear and the Nightingale» is the best book ever ❤

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    1. Yes to the Bear and the Nightingale being amazing! So atmospheric. And you’re right, there are waaay too many books out there to read and just not enough time. I haven’t actually read the Grisha books, but still loved the Six of Crows duology. I can’t recommend The City of Brass books highly enough, and am so excited for the third one – whenever it comes.

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