The best elf books 📚

Browse the best books on elves as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion

By J.R.R. Tolkien

Why this book?

If you thought Smaug was cool, the dragons in The Silmarillion are even cooler! Glaurung, the Father of Dragons; Ancalagon the Black, the first winged dragon; and Scatha, among others. This book is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful I have ever read, though it does take some effort on the part of the reader. I took the time to look up every name and placename that I didn’t understand, and that led me to fully understand everything and love it that much more. It’s totally worth the effort.
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Book cover of The Spirit of Things: A Gripping Young Adult Coming of Age Fantasy (Beyond Horizon)

The Spirit of Things: A Gripping Young Adult Coming of Age Fantasy (Beyond Horizon)

By Ben McQueeney

Why this book?

I won’t lie, I am an audiobook fan because I can listen to them as I work. The story in The Spirit of Things, combined with the excellence of Nigel Peever as a narrator, is seriously fantastic! A Human boy raised among elves wants to find his way to finally being accepted. After having a vision, Fulco realizes what just might be his answer – he needs to find a way to possess magic.

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Book cover of Dawnthief: Chronicles of the Raven 1

Dawnthief: Chronicles of the Raven 1

By James Barclay

Why this book?

The Raven is your classic band of mercs, a found-family of warriors caught up in world-ending levels of chaos. This is much more 90s style fantasy and unashamedly so – serious, sword-swinging, spell-casting stuff. As a result, you have to buy into that a bit given how the genre has changed, but at the same time, the series is all about the consequences of actions rather than any pretence about happily ever after so there’s real meat to it.

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Book cover of The Sword of Shannara

The Sword of Shannara

By Terry Brooks

Why this book?

I’m going to be honest with you... I am a cover junkie, and that is how I came to purchase The Sword of Shannara. I found the book in a used bin of a bookstore, and I remember looking at the worn and cracked cover of a human, elf, and dwarf staring at the mystical blade thinking; what I story this must be. The story is about a half-elfin lad named, Shea Ohmsford. Shea is the last of the Shannara bloodline and the only one capable of wielding the sword of Shannara against the Power of Darkness known as…

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The best fantasy novels filled with action and mayhem

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Book cover of Elfland

Elfland

By Freda Warrington

Why this book?

The elves in this small English town have to blend in with their human neighbors. And a good job of it they do, too. I like the tenacity of Rosie Foxx. Her brother insists that she marry a human, and going along to get along seems the best course of action. But her elven heritage will not be denied. In a way, she is like the positrons in queen of the Quantum Realm—outcasts as they are, they think it better to be transformed into something they are not. this is very human.   

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Book cover of Sanyare: The Last Descendant

Sanyare: The Last Descendant

By Megan Haskell

Why this book?

Rie is a kickass heroine who must survive in a world where humans like her don’t fit in and are not respected. The story mixes creatures of different types, high elves, dark elves, pixies, goblins, imps, and more. Handles the problem of an inferior trying to deal with more powerful friends and enemies. Great story.

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