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8 Epic Fantasy Books That Will Keep You Up At Night

Because who needs sleep anyway?

Embark on a journey through otherworldy places when you start reading fantasy books. The depth and detail they deliver to one’s imagination are undeniably distinct than any other type of book. Be the hero you’ve always wanted to be, or be the teacher who guides others with his understanding and wisdom. There’s always a book for everybody. The genre of fantasy unlocks a new dimension inside our imagination so expressive and clear, you’ll find yourself saying “one last chapter” until next day’s sunrise.  So we give you our 8 best epic fantasy books to immediately immerse yourself in, just be sure to remember and exercise self-control every now and then.

#1 The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

It's a longtime favorite of mine and truly one of a kind. Unlike most fantasy where the characters face constant strife, the hero of The Name of the Wind actually succeeds at things, which feels (to the reader) amazing. I love it. 

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    #2 Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

    I've never read anything else like it. The writing is gorgeous, and the love story is 100% slow-burn goodness. It's a must. 

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    #3 NPCs by Drew Hayes

    The title stands for the role-playing game term non-player character and the series cleverly balances real world people playing a D&D-like game and characters within the game world on a parallel adventures that bridge both worlds. It also cleverly upends typical fantasy tropes of paladins, orcs, barbarians and thieves.

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    #4 The Lost Mage by Amy Difar

    What's a mage to do when accidentally summoned to a world of technology, no access to his magic and no way to get home? Team up with a cat named Mrowley, get a job as a bouncer in a pub for illegal aliens and find a way to stop a seemingly invincible demon.

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    #5 The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson

    They tell the story of Thomas Covenant, a man with leprosy, outcast in his own community, who finds himself plunged into a world where he is the reincarnation of the Land's greatest hero.  Traumatized by his former life, he remains an anti-hero throughout the novels, the source of pain and anguish to many of its characters. His gradual transformation is part of what makes the books so remarkable.

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    #6 Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

    This comic fantasy series combines myths, legends, folklore, and fairytales--while drawing inspiration from the greats, such as Tolkien, Lovecraft, Dickens, and Shakespeare. It's wide-ranging 41 books can be roughly divided into arcs which follow specific characters (Tiffany Aching, a teen witch; Wizards; the City Watch; Death; and Rincewind, among others). Terry Pratchett was a master at cloaking sharp, satirical commentary in humor, and this series is no exception.

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    #7 Tales from Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

    A classic series which has transcended its original YA audience, Tales of Earthsea courted controversy when the first books were published in the late 60s and early 70s, with its feminist themes and non-white main characters. Ursula K. LeGuin gave us inclusive fantasy for the modern age.

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    #8 Redwall by Brian Jacques

    Set in Redwall Abbey and its environs, this children's lit series covers a vast time period, featuring action, song, poetry, and rich descriptions of food. Like Lord of the Rings with anthropomorphic animals, Redwall is an equal opportunity saga, where female characters can be just as swashbuckling and clever as male ones.

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    Written by Taegan Lion