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High Fantasy April 2024

High fantasy is defined by its epic nature, taking place in a world totally unlike ours with fantastical creatures, magic, or unearthly technology. Stories in the high fantasy genre have the power to transport you to an unknown place and envelop you completely in its history, culture, and conflict. If that isn’t the epitome of getting lost in a book, we don’t know what is.

Realm Breaker

by: Victoria Aveyard

Corayne an-Amarat has just been told she’s the last of a powerful ancient lineage. Now that Taristan has set out to open the Spindles, portals to other realms that could release a powerful evil and destroy the world, it’s up to Corayne to stop him.

    

Children of Blood and Bone

by: Tomi Adeyemi

Orïsha used to be alive with magic until the king had all magi killed, including Zélie’s mother. Zélie has a chance to restore magic to Orïsha, as long as she doesn’t fall victim to the crown prince who’s after her.

The Goblin Emperor

by: Katherine Addison

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he must take his place as the only surviving heir, despite knowing he may be next.             

Kindling

by: Traci Chee

In a war-ravaged world where kindling warfare — the use of elite, magic-wielding teenage soldiers — has been outlawed, seven kindlings have a chance to fight one last time when a village comes under threat of siege.
                                                    

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

by: N.K. Jemisin

Yeine is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies mysteriously, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky where she is named an heiress to the king— and thrust into a vicious power struggle.

Shadowmarch

by: Tad Williams

The maze-like castle of Southmarch stands between the human kingdoms and the land of the immortal Qua. Now, darkness has travelled beyond that border and the royal family must face their human enemies, supposed friends, and the family curse.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

by: Samantha Shannon

While forces of chaos are rising, three women’s stories unfold: Queen Sabran must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court, protecting Sabran with forbidden magic. Tané is a dragonrider who makes a pivotal choice.

A Fate Inked in Blood

by: Danielle Jenson

Freya, a shield maiden blessed by the gods, battles to unite a nation under a power-hungry king — while also fighting her growing desire for his fiery son.

The Fellowship of the Ring

by: JRR Tolkien

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task: Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, destroy the One Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

The Name of the Wind

by: Patrick Rothfuss

Kvothe, the most notorious wizard of his world, became a fugitive after the murder of a king. But first he had to grow up: from a child in traveling troupe, to an orphan in a crime-ridden city, to a young man who made a brazen bid to enter a legendary school of magic.

The Way of Kings

by: Brandon Sanderson

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors.
               

The Dragon’s Path

by: Daniel Abraham

A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon’s Path: the path to war.