Fantasy – Epic Fantasy

The Mirror Empire
by Kameron Hurley

Epic Fantasy. When raiders overrun her village and slaughter her blood-witch mother, young Lilia escapes through a rift into another dimension, a mirror universe in which the stars directly control one’s destiny. Now a “drudge,” a temple scullery maid with neither kin nor prospects, Lilia soon finds herself (or, more accurately, her rare magical abilities) in demand when the dark star Oma, absent for 2,000 years, returns. Boasting a large cast of characters and extensive world-building, The Mirror Empire kicks off the Worldbreaker Saga, which continues with Empire Ascendant.

The Falcon Throne
by Karen Miller

Epic Fantasy. Although the duchies of Clemen and Harcia have been embroiled in a power struggle for years, it’s unclear that either realm will have anything left to offer by the time the conflict ends — if, indeed, it ever ends. In Clemen, Duke Harold has been deposed by Roric, while Harcia’s heir, Balfre, hopes to wrest control of Clemen by pitting the inhabitants of the borderlands against Roric. However,unbeknownst to both parties, Harold’s son plots his own return to power. With bloody battles, political intrigue, and supernatural overtones, this opening volume of the Tarnished Throne series should interest fans of Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King.

The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

Epic Fantasy. As proprietor of the remote Waystone Inn, Kote leads a quiet life until the itinerant Chronicler recognizes him as the legendary hero Kvothe and urges him to recount his life story, beginning with his birth as one of the Edema Ruh, a nomadic troop of performers. After being orphaned by demons at a young age, Kvothe becomes in turn a wizard, a bard, a thief, an assassin, and a hero who seeks to avenge his family’s murder. The Name of the Wind is the 1st installment of the Kingkiller Chronicles, which continues with The Wise Man’s Fear; there’s also a companion novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, which focuses on popular supporting character Auri.

Blood Song: A Raven’s Shadow Novel
by Anthony Ryan

Epic Fantasy. Following the death of his mother, ten-year-old Vaelin Al Sorna is delivered by his father, the king’s Battle Lord, to the House of the Sixth Order to train as a warrior. Informed that he’ll have “no family now save the Order,” Vaelin bonds with his fellow novices as they endure years of training in preparation for their sacred task of defending the Unified Realm and its ruler, King Janus, against the Deniers, heretics purported to be servants of the Dark. But the more Vaelin learns about his sovereign, his Order, and his own family history, the more he begins to question everything he’s been taught. This trilogy opener continues with Tower Lord and Queen of Fire.

The Black Prism
by Brent Weeks

Epic Fantasy. In the Seven Satrapies, colored light (luxin) is magic and magic is power. Fifteen years ago, twin mages Gavin and Daven Guile fought against each other in the Great Prism Wars before Gavin triumphed over his brother to become the High Lord Prism and the leader of the Chromerium, which governs the realm’s use of magic. Now Gavin learns that he has a son, or so he’s told. Gavin is certain that teenage orphan Kip is not his child; Kip doesn’t know what to believe, but it hardly matters: both of their lives (not to mention the fate of the Seven Satrapies) are about to change forever in this opening volume of the Lightbringer Saga. Fascinated by this novel’s political intrigue and complex chromatic magic system? Try Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker.

List created 7/18/16 – James Hartmann

Adapted from Nextreads.

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