Fantasy Worlds GHPLD

Created on October 3, 2023, 3:20 pm

Last Updated May 16, 2024, 11:58 am

Sometimes, you want to escape to another world. When this wanderlust strikes, travel to these fantasy worlds. You may experience action and adeventure, deep character journeys, and interesting magic systems. All of the books on this list are the beginnings each respective series.
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The first book in the series "Between Earth and Sky" will take you to a world based in Pre-Columbian America with influence from the native cultures of the Americas.
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This book, the first in the Green Bone Saga, will take you to city loosely like Hong Kong, where magical clans fight over control of the city. The "Saga" in the title is no joke. You will spend many years following the central family as it changes over time. A mix between martial arts and mafia narratives.
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The first book in the Drowning Empire trilogy will bring you to a world of islands, ruled over by an emperor who practices bone shard magic. His magic allows him control over physical constructs as well as demands a possibly fatal tithe from all citizens. His daughter Lin is on a journey of discovery, all while rebellion moves from far to near. You will meet magical creatures and unlock the secrets that have been hidden for ages.
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First law volume 1
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If you like your worlds grim and your heroes gray, travel to the world of the First Law trilogy. You will meet a complex set of characters with death never far from any of them. A more grounded and realistic world than Lord of the Rings, complete with a Gandalf analogue who may not have everyone's best interests in mind. The magic is minimal. Violent and not for the feint of heart.
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If you want to travel to an EPIC-sized world, look no further than Brandon Sanderson's "Stormlight Archive." These books and the world itself are massive. Hundreds of characters. High concept magic. The world doesn't end here either. All Sanderson's novels are linked together in the Cosmere, with a story that continues to spread across the universe. Fanastic characters with much development.
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Journey to the world of the Daevabad trilogy, a Middle Eastern inpired world set in 18th Century Cairo. You will meet powerful Djinn warriors and engage in court politics.
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The Broken Earth series begins with this book, which is set in a richly detailed, fully realized world inhabited by numerous well-drawn and complex cultures. You will visit a physically unstable world whose ruling society oppresses its most magically powerful inhabitants.The continent ironically known as the Stillness is riddled with fault lines and volcanoes and periodically suffers from Seasons, civilization-destroying tectonic catastrophes.
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Wheel of time volume 1
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This is the OG Epic Fantasy, itself inspired by the OGOG The Lord of the Rings. This is the first book in a 14 book series where Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, is destined to battle the Dark One. The world is high magic, where the magic is controlled by women, as men are driven mad through its use. Fantastic large-scale action scenes and variety of cultures and landscape.
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Dresden files volume 1
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This book, it won't take you too far. In fact, it will only bring you to Chicago, but the Chicago you will visit is filled with monsters and magic. Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire, anything from locating a missing child to finding out who is stealing bodies. Dresden has a fanstastic group of characters on his side, and over the course of this many book series, they all develop in deep and suprising ways.
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This book is the first in a series, the Dark Star Trilogy. The world is based on African culture, complete with shapechangers and all sorts of human-monster hybrids. It has a complex narrative style and structure, where each book presents a first person subjective perspective on the story. Jumps around in time and place and while complex builds an narrative and a world completely unlike any other.
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This book begins a series that follows the title "Black Company," a mercenary group that finds itself trapped and increasingly enmeshed in a larger war. A dark world of war and magic, where the good guys are not good. In fact, there might not be any good people left.