9 Must-Read Epic Fantasy Series of Recent Years

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By Black Widow

Epic fantasy enthusiasts, prepare to be transported to worlds of wonder and magic!

Delve into these gripping series that have emerged in recent years, offering readers captivating tales of heroes, mythical realms, and epic struggles.

But before we journey into these fantastical lands, let’s briefly revisit the essence of epic fantasy.

Unveiling Epic Fantasy

Epic fantasy, also known as high fantasy, immerses readers in grand narratives of monumental scale. Characterized by its mythical essence, expansive settings, and profound plots, this sub-genre unfolds within fictional alternate worlds.

The epic fantasy universe is often intricate and politically layered, demanding maps, family trees, and diagrams to navigate its complexities.

The Hero’s Odyssey

Central to epic fantasy is the hero’s journey, mirroring mythic epics. Young and often unassuming heroes embark on transformative quests against the forces of evil.

Through trials and challenges, they discover their true potential, evolving into stronger and wiser figures.

A New Wave of Epic Fantasy

Embracing both classic and modern elements, recent epic fantasy series have reinvigorated the genre. Morally ambiguous characters, unexpected twists, and internal conflicts enrich these narratives.

Here are nine exceptional series that invite readers to embark on immersive adventures:

1. The Empyrean Series by Rebecca Yarros

Dragons, academia, and war converge in this captivating fantasy. As Violet navigates a treacherous world of dragon-riding, her journey of survival amidst conflict is set to continue in “Iron Flame.”

2. The Ending Fire Trilogy by Saara El-Arifi

Set in a society divided by blood color, this trilogy follows three women united by destiny, skills, and a shared goal to challenge the empire’s order.

3. The Roots of Chaos Cycle by Samantha Shannon

“Day of Fallen Night,” a prequel to “The Priory of the Orange Tree,” unveils a land where dragons reign. Political intrigue and captivating storytelling await.

4. The Singing Hills Cycle by Nghi Vo

Immerse yourself in a novella series inspired by imperial China, as Empress In-Yo’s rise unfolds against a backdrop of mythology and history.

5. The Savage Rebellion Trilogy by Matt Wallace

Evie’s journey across the hidden truths of Crache unveils a web of darkness. Spread across multiple perspectives, this trilogy promises a gripping narrative.

6. The Poppy War Series by R.F. Kuang

Follow Rin’s journey as she harnesses shamanic powers, battles gods, and navigates a whirlwind of history, mythology, and devastation.

7. The Bound and Broken Series by Ryan Cahill

Epheria’s battle for freedom weaves a rich tapestry of magic, complex plots, and interconnected journeys, offering an immersive experience.

8. Artifacts of Ouranos Series by Nisha J. Tuli

Engage in a fantasy-romance saga featuring deadly trials, intricate world-building, and a captivating slow-burn romance.

9. The Halfling Saga by Melissa Blair

Embark on a thrilling adventure with Keera, a determined spy, as she confronts mysterious figures and journeys into the enchanting lands of the Fae.

Unveil the Magic

As these series transport you into realms of wonder, epic fantasy’s allure awaits exploration.

From quests of self-discovery to battles against darkness, these narratives promise enthralling experiences in the realm of magic and adventure.