The best epic fantasy books about the hero’s journey

Who am I?

Why did I choose to write an epic fantasy novel? The same reason I choose to read them! Nothing captures the imagination more than a fantasy novel. And the epic fantasies are simply the most exquisite, magical, grand adventures one could ever hope to go onfrom the safety of your own bedroom (or car, or hammock, or wherever!). I read to escape and explore worlds that I can never see except in my dreams, to go where I simply cannot go, and to experience struggles and hopes and dreams of friends I otherwise couldn’t meet. Reading is a journey—and fantasy settings are simply the best of them. 


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David Bishop and the Legend of the Orb

By T.C. Crawford,

Book cover of David Bishop and the Legend of the Orb

What is my book about?

David Bishop and the Legend of the Orb is the first book in a young-adult epic fantasy two-part series written by T.C. Crawford. It tells the story of David Bishop as he grapples with the incredible power granted to him by a mysterious orb and the prophetic conflict that ensuesa conflict that began ages ago between the most powerful beings in existence, the mystics. As David and his allies fight to prevent the release of an ancient evil that will reign destruction on their world, time is running out.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Furies of Calderon

T.C. Crawford Why did I love this book?

This book is an excellent read for lovers of fantasy, especially coming-of-age fantasy focused on the hero’s journey. The novel is the first in a series, the Codex Alera, and is the author’s first fantasy series and one of his life-long passion projects. It was written after a bet was made by another writer that he couldn’t write a series based on a lame idea. He upped the ante and based it on two lame ideas: the Lost Roman Legion and Pokémon. This series has a fantastic magic system, believable characters who make mistakes, learn, and grow, and an unforgettable journey. This is one of my favorite fantasy series. 

By Jim Butcher,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Furies of Calderon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 14.

What is this book about?

In this extraordinary fantasy epic, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files leads readers into a world where the fate of the realm rests on the shoulders of a boy with no power to call his own...
 
For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies—elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal. But in the remote Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to help…


Book cover of Wizard's First Rule

T.C. Crawford Why did I love this book?

I recommend this book because of the incredible journey the main protagonist takes across the vast series (11 books in the main story). This is an underdog and hero’s journey epic fantasy book. The magic system, characters, and setting are all fantastic and unforgettable. I absolutely loved the main character and his two closest allies (one is his grandfather; the other is his love interest who is powerful and intelligent, not a damsel in distress). Again, the characters are humanthey make mistakes, sometimes catastrophic, but they learn and grow and are better because of it. I can’t recommend this series enough!

By Terry Goodkind,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Wizard's First Rule as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A beloved fantasy classic and the beginning of one of the most breathtaking adventure stories of all time

One man, Richard Cypher, holds the key to the fate of three nations and of humanity. But until he learns the Wizard's First Rule his chances of succeeding in his task are slim. And his biggest problem is admitting that magic exists at all ...

A novel of incomparable scope and brimming with atmospheric detail: in a world where heart hounds stalk the boundaries for unwary human prey, blood-sucking flies hunt on behalf of their underworld masters, and where artists can draw…


Book cover of Mistborn

T.C. Crawford Why did I love this book?

I started reading this book because of a recommendation on an online fantasy book community and I absolutely loved it! This series follows a female protagonist in a world so vastly different than anything I’ve ever read. The magic system is complex with strict rules and is the most unique magic system I’ve ever encountered in a series (hard system, not soft). This makes the read a bit challenging sometimes to follow at first during some fight scenes, but once you understand the mechanics, it’s extremely fun and mesmerizing how detailed the author writes and just simply amazing how he came up with it! The characters again are flawed, but grow with time and experience, making them believable. The story follows the underdog, hero’s journey archetypewith a major twist!

By Brandon Sanderson,

Why should I read it?

16 authors picked Mistborn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Brandon Sanderson - the international phenomenon who finished the Wheel of Time sequence - introduces a fantasy trilogy which overturns the expectations of readers and goes on to tell the epic story of evil overturned in a richly imagined world.

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash…


Book cover of The Hobbit

T.C. Crawford Why did I love this book?

I recommend this book because it was the first fantasy book that I ever read and really set me off on the journey that ultimately led to me writing my first fantasy book. It’s fun, lively, at times scary and suspenseful, and leaves the reader with a sense of awe and wonder because of the wonderful characters, magic, and setting. The protagonist is, of course, a Hobbit—someone so unthreatening it’s hard to believe he’s the hero of the story, which of course makes it all the better to read! And what an incredible journey this little fellow finds himself in—a journey that kick starts a series of events that lead into The Lord of the Rings by the same author.

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Why should I read it?

40 authors picked The Hobbit as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Special collector's film tie-in hardback of the best-selling classic, featuring the complete story with a sumptuous cover design inspired by THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and brand new reproductions of all the drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.

But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey 'there and back again'. They have a plot to raid…


Book cover of The Lord of the Rings

T.C. Crawford Why did I love this book?

I recommend this book because you can’t read The Hobbit and not read the follow-on series The Lord of the Rings. This book kick starts the journey of Frodo Baggins, the nephew of Bilbo Bagginsthe protagonist in The Hobbit. He’s forced into a journey because of a particular heirloom his uncle leaves him upon his departure to Rivendell. This gift ends up becoming, strangely, a character in and of itself throughout the series. The ensuing adventure is filled with friendship, bonding, fright, action, and suspense enough to keep you reading until the end. The writing is just simply beautiful, and the world is so magical it will stay with you for the rest of your life. 

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Why should I read it?

52 authors picked The Lord of the Rings as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 14, 15, 16, and 17.

What is this book about?

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of…


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The Warlock's Curse

By C.B. Oresky,

Book cover of The Warlock's Curse

C.B. Oresky Author Of The Warlock's Curse

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Who am I?

Since childhood, the library was a wondrous place filled with magical tales and epic stories about strange realms that I could take home…devour…and get lost in. I grew up dancing to enchanting classical music…as an adolescent I painted majestic unicorns…my best friends are my enchanting pets. I often retreat into the deep silent woods or walk along the crashing waves of the ocean to find solace in the magical beauty of nature. Now, as a writer I hope to bring the wonder I’ve found in this world into the strange places and unique characters I create. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite fantasies: worlds that I truly fell in love with.

C.B.'s book list on fantasy filled with so much magic and wonder

What is my book about?

Clara and Angelica Grace have never met ghosts. They’ve never sailed on a tall ship, ridden wild unicorns, or fought with magical weapons. Instead, the teenage twins have a wretched existence, ignored by their troubled parents in a rundown home and tormented by the town’s snobs.

Everything turns topsy-turvy all of a sudden when the discovery of an ancestor’s hidden journal with an odd key to an unknown door leads them into an entirely different realm.

The girls go on a thrilling oceanic voyage to search for mysterious whales, train with a seasoned warrior, and are befriended by a wise Master. But all is not a bouquet of lovely lilies…they are hunted by a cunning warlock and must rid themselves of The Warlock’s Curse.

The Warlock's Curse

By C.B. Oresky,

What is this book about?

Clara and Angelica Grace have never met ghosts. They’ve never sailed on a tall ship, ridden wild unicorns, or fought with magical weapons. Instead, the teenage twins have a wretched existence, ignored by their troubled parents in a rundown home and tormented by the town’s snobs.

Everything turns topsy-turvy all of a sudden when discovery of an ancestor’s hidden journal with an odd key to an unknown door leads them into an entirely different realm.

The girls go on a thrilling oceanic voyage to search for mysterious whales, train with a seasoned warrior, and are befriended by a wise Master.…


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