This year has been a fantasy reading year for me, though admittedly most of the fantasy books I’ve been reading fall into the middle grade or young adult genres. Recently, I began Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora, and it reminded me how amazing (albeit long) adult fantasy can be. There are a decent number of adult fantasy series I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while now, so I’m going to list them below and hope that motivates me to actually pick them up.
- The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan
I started The Eye of the World in college and wound up being distracted by schoolwork and A Song of Ice and Fire. I remember enjoying the first book though, and I’ve been meaning to give this series another shot ever since graduating. Unfortunately, there are about thirteen books, and they’re all huge – so the thought is a tad overwhelming.
- The First Law – Joe Abercrombie
After reading Joe Abercrombie’s Half A King a few years back, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed his writing. Since then, I’ve been meaning to pick up his more famous trilogy, The First Law. When I found the first and third books in my local thrift shop for about 4 bucks each, I snatched them up. I intend to read them ASAP, probably after the Gentleman Bastard books.
- The Kingkiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss
Okay, I’ve been dying to read these but don’t want to wait for the third book. By the time I get to them, maybe it will be out. A girl can dream, right?
- Shades of Magic – V.E. Schwab
These receive nothing but great reviews, and they’re already on my mental TBR for 2018. I’m pretty excited about it.
- The All Souls Trilogy – Deborah Harkness
This is an older series, but it remains well-known after all these years. There aren’t enough good stories about witches (at least not that I’ve come across) – but these supposedly fit the bill.
- The Farseer Trilogy – Robin Hobb
One of my biggest issues with the adult genre of fantasy is that there are so many more male authors than female ones, especially when it comes to the more acclaimed series. Robin Hobb breaks this stereotype, and seems to be pretty successful in spite of it. I’ve been meaning to pick up some of her books for years, and I’m a sucker for assassin stories, so this trilogy seems like a solid choice.
- Discworld – Terry Pratchett
Pratchett is praised as one of the “greats” in this genre, and he has so many books (most of them Discworld related) that it’s hard to keep up with. On the brightside, they’re all tiny. Perhaps I’ll eventually dedicate a few months solely to reading these. We’ll see.
- Wool – Hugh Howey
Howey is revered by e-book writers and constantly referenced as a success story for self-publishing. Wool rose from being a small self-published novel to being one of Simon & Schuster’s bestsellers, and I’m interested to see what all the hype is about. Also, the cover is badass. And I’m 100% guilty of judging books by their covers.
- The Stormlight Archive – Brandon Sanderson
Considering Mistborn is one of my favorite trilogies of all time, I think it’s time I delved into another Sanderson series. These books are huge, so it’s going to take some serious willpower to pick them up (and to finish them). From what I hear, it’s worth the effort.
- Red Rising – Pierce Brown
A fantasy series surrounding class warfare and corruption? Where do I sign up?
That’s it! Have you guys read any of these series? I’d love suggestions on which ones to start with.