List of high fantasy fiction
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This list contains a variety of examples of high fantasy fiction. The list is ordered alphabetically by author or originator's last name.
- Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy
- Daniel Abraham's The Long Prince Quartet series and The Dagger and the Coin series
- Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain
- Hans Joachim Alpers's Die Piraten des Südmeers
- Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions
- Piers Anthony's Xanth
- Sarah Ash's The Tears of Artamon trilogy
- Robert Asprin's MythAdventures
- R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series
- L. Frank Baum's Oz series and Gregory Maguire's The Wicked Years, a revisionist version of the same setting
- Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn
- Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars
- John Bellairs's The Face in the Frost
- Andrei Belyanin's Sword with No Name
- Hans Bemmann's The Enchanted trilogy
- K. J. Bishop's The Etched City
- Elizabeth H. Boyer's World of the Alfar, Wizard's War, and Skyla series
- Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon
- Gillian Bradshaw's Arthurian trilogy (Hawk of May, Kingdom of Summer, In Winter's Shadow)
- Patricia Bray's The Sword of Change trilogy (Devlin's Luck, Devlin's Honor, Devlin's Justice
- Marie Brennan's Doppelganger
- Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle series
- Terry Brooks's Shannara series
- N. M. Browne's The Spellgrinder's Apprentice
- Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion series
- Emma Bull's War for the Oaks
- Aleksandr Bushkov's Svarog series
- Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series
- Trudi Canavan's The Black Magician series and Age of the Five trilogy
- Patrick Carman's Land of Elyon series
- Joy Chant's Red Moon and Black Mountain
- C. J. Cherryh's Ealdwood Stories and The Fortress Series
- Kate Constable's Chanters of Tremaris series
- Glen Cook's The Black Company series, Sung in Blood The Dread Empire series
- Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising
- Alison Croggon's Pellinor series
- Charles de Lint's Moonheart
- Susan Dennard's Truthwitch
- Peter Dickinson's Angel Isle
- Stephen R. Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series
- Sara Douglass's The Wayfarer Redemption series
- Lord Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter
- David Anthony Durham's Acacia trilogy
- Maryna and Serhiy Dyachenko's Wanderers tetralogy, The Key of the Kingdom trilogy and Varan/The Copper King duology
- David and Leigh Eddings' Belgariad/Malloreon series, Elenium/Tamuli series,The Redemption of Althalus, and The Dreamers series
- Eric Rücker Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros and Zimiamvian Trilogy
- Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series
- Michael Ende's The Neverending Story
- Steven Erikson's Malazan world (Book of the Fallen and related series)
- Also Ian C. Esslemont's books set in the Malazan world
- Kirill Eskov's The Last Ringbearer
- Jennifer Fallon's The Demon Child Trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles and Second Sons Trilogy
- David Farland's The Runelords series
- Raymond E. Feist's The Riftwar Cycle
- Jude Fisher's Fool's Gold series
- John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series
- Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series
- Jeffrey Ford's The Well-Built City series
- Neil Gaiman's Stardust
- Alan Garner's The Owl Service
- David Gemmell's Legend series
- Mary Gentle's Grunts!
- Felix Gilman's Ararat novels
- Parke Godwin
- Julia Golding's Dragonfly
- Lisa Goldstein
- Vasili Golovachov's The Saviors of the Fan series
- Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series
- Ed Greenwood" "Forgotten Realms"
- Jim Grimsley's Kirith Kirin
- Alexander Grin's Scarlet Sails
- Barbara Hambly's Dragonsbane
- Victoria Hanley's Healer and Seer series
- Niel Hancock's Circle of Light, Wilderness of Four, and Windameir Circle series
- M. John Harrison's Viriconium cycle
- Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages series
- Markus Heitz's The Dwarves
- Bernhard Hennen's Die Elfen series and Elfenritter trilogy
- Carolyn Hennesys Pandora series
- Stuart Hill's "The Icemark Chronicles"
- Robin Hobb's Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies
- P. C. Hodgell's Jame of the Kencyrath series
- Wolfgang Hohlbein's Magic Moon series
- Nabila Jamshed's Wish Upon A Time - The Legendary Scimitar 
- N. K. Jemisin's The Inheritance trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods) 
- Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series
- Guy Gavriel Kay's The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy
- Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's The Keltiad series
- Katharine Kerr's Deverry Cycle series
- Ulrich Kiesow's The Dark Eye novels
- Stephen King's The Dark Tower series
- Leena Krohn's Tainaron
- Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series
- Mercedes Lackey's and James Mallory's Obsidian Trilogy
- Mercedes Lackey's and Andre Norton's The Halfblood Chronicles
- Jay Lake's City Imperishable and Dark Town series
- Yulia Latynina's Empire of Veya series
- Stephen R. Lawhead's Song of Albion Trilogy
- Louise Lawrence's The Earth Witch
- Tanith Lee's Birthgrave series
- Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series, Annals of the Western Shore
- Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series
- C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series
- Svyatoslav Loginov's Terrestrial Ways
- Sergei Lukyanenko's and Nick Perumov's Not the time for dragons
- Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series, ‘’A Court of Thorns and Roses’’ series
- R. A. MacAvoy's Tea with the Black Dragon
- George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series
- Svetlana Martynchik's Labyrinths of Echo series (under the pseudonym Max Frei)
- Aleksandr Mazin's Fargal, the World of Ashshur series and The Dragon of Kong series
- Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series
- Brian McClellan's Powder Mage series
- Dennis L. McKiernan's The Iron Tower trilogy and other Mithgar works
- Patricia A. McKillip's The Riddle-Master of Hed trilogy
- Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown
- China Miéville's Bas-Lag cycle
- Karen Miller's Godspeaker trilogy
- Hope Mirrlees's Lud-in-the-Mist
- L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s The Saga of Recluce and Spellsong Cycle
- Elizabeth Moon's The Deed of Paksenarrion series
- Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné series, Eternal Champion series
- William Morris' The Well at the World's End
- Vera Nazarian's Lords of Rainbow
- Stan Nicholls's Orcs: First Blood trilogy and Orcs: Bad Blood trilogy
- William Nicholson's Noble Warriors series
- Yuri Nikitin's The Three Kingdoms series
- Garth Nix's Old Kingdom Trilogy
- Andre Norton's Witch World series
- Naomi Novik's Uprooted (novel)
- Margaret Ogden's The Realm of the Elderlings series under the name Robin Hobb
- Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death, The Book of Phoenix, and the Binti series: Binti, Binti: Home, and Binti: The Night Masquerade
- H. L. Oldie (Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky)'s Fentezi series
- Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle series
- Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books
- Nick Perumov's Ring of Darkness, Hjorward chronicles, Keeper of the Swords series
- Meredith Ann Pierce's The Darkangel Trilogy
- Tamora Pierce's Tortall universe, Circle of Magic series
- Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
- Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy
- Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies and Exiles Trilogy
- Jennifer Roberson's Chronicles of the Cheysuli and The Sword-Dancer Saga
- Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle, an ongoing series.
- Vladislav Adolfovitch Rusanov's Hot Winds of North trilogy, Blades of Boundaries series and Dragons Slayer series
- Anthony Ryan's Raven's Shadow, an ongoing series.
- Fred Saberhagen's Earth End sequence
- Angie Sage's Septimus Heap
- R. A. Salvatore's Demon Wars series
- Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series and The Stormlight Archive
- Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher Saga
- Maria Semyonova's Wolfhound series
- Jeff Smith's Bone series
- Maria V. Snyder's Study Series and Glass Series
- Jonathan Stroud's The Bartimaeus Trilogy
- Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations, Riyria Chronicles and The First Empire
- Rosemary Sutcliff's Celtic and Iron Age novels
- Steph Swainston's The Year of Our War, Dangerous Offspring, and No Present Like Time
- Michael Swanwick's The Iron Dragon's Daughter, and the sequel The Dragons of Babel
- Paul Stewart and Chris Ridell's The Edge Chronicles
- Judith Tarr
- Eldon Thompson's The Legend of Asahiel series
- J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other books set in Middle-Earth
- Megan Whalen Turner's "The Thief (Turner novel)", "The Queen of Attolia", "The King of Attolia" and "A Conspiracy of Kings"
- Jack Vance's Lyonesse Trilogy
- Jeff VanderMeer's Ambergris novels
- Vladimir Vasilyev's Shandalar
- David Weber's Oath of Swords/War God series
- Brent Weeks' Night Angel trilogy, and Lightbringer series
- Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance series
- Janny Wurts's Wars of Light and Shadow series
- Tad Williams's Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy and Shadowmarch series
- Gene Wolfe's The Wizard Knight series and The Book of the New Sun
- Lee Yeongdo's Dragon Raja series and The Bird That Drinks Tears/The Bird That Drinks Blood
- Jane Yolen
- Roger Zelazny's Amber series
- Paul Edwin Zimmer's Dark Border series: A Gathering of Heroes and Ingulf the Mad
- Alexander Zorich's The Ways of Starborned trilogy and The Vault of Equilibrium tetralogy
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- Dozois, Gardner (1997). "Preface". Modern Classics of Fantasy. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. xvi–xvii. ISBN 031215173X.
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Brett's debut builds slowly and grimly on a classic high fantasy framework of black-and-white morality and bloodshed.
- "Fiction Book Review: Fortress of Owls by C. J. Cherryh, Author HarperPrism $24 (406p) ISBN 978-0-06-105054-1". Publishers Weekly. January 4, 1999. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
Tristen, a young man summoned and ""shaped"" into the world by the wizard Mauryl in Fortress in the Eye of Time (1995) takes up, in the third book of this high fantasy series,
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Stephen R. Donaldson's Lord Foul's Bane is a High Fantasy that is often compared with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings ... but Donaldson's approach to his Secondary World, the Land, differs in remarkable ways
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This romantic high fantasy starts slowly, bouncing between a confusing array of characters established in the first book of the series, The Wayfarer Redemption (2001)
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Later works by Dunsany, including the scintillating novel The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924), return to the tone of high fantasy of his earlier writing
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The works of Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin, and Terry Goodkind are typical high fantasy
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For Dungeons and Dragons, both TSR and WotC produced additional settings that can be used with the core rules, two of the most popular being the magic-punk Eberron ... and the high fantasy Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting.
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