First, remember that it’s all subjective — I’ve included Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind because I truly loved reading the book (and book 2 in the series). However, there are plenty of people who have negative things to say about the book, and the complaints make sense, even if I totally disagree and think Mr. Rothfuss is a genius.
Second, some of these books are indie, so even the loyal fantasy nerds may not have read them.
Here are the Best Epic Fantasy Books
A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin
Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson
The Republic of Theives, Scott Lynch
The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
House of Blades, Will Wight
Zane Halloway, PT Hylton
The Destroyer, Michael-Scott Earle
Prince of Thorns, Mark Lawrence
Land of Gods, Justin Sloan [me]
So there you have it. There are other amazing titles, and some notables from before 2010 of course, but I wanted to look at recent books here.
Do you agree with my assessment of the best fantasy books of 2010-2016? What would you include or not include? Is it lame of me to include my own book in this list? (I only did it because Outernerd.com said it was “The Best Fantasy Series in a Long Time.”) Let me know, but more importantly, get to reading!