The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (Wheel Of Time). The Wheel of Times turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, and Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn Trilogy). Experiencing an epiphany within the most daunting prison of the monstrous Lord Ruler, half-Skaa Kelsier finds himself taking on the powers of a Mistborn, and teams up with ragged orphan Vin in a desperate plot to save their world.
Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One by Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicles). The tale of Kvothe, from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages, you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin.
The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan (Land Fit for Heroes). A man named Ringil, hero from a great war, living nearly forgotten and obsolete in a backcountry village, is asked to find a lost cousin, drawing him back into a world that he'd thought he left behind long ago.
Lamentation by Ken Scholes (Psalms of Isaak Saga). An ancient weapon has completely destroyed the city of Windwir and war is coming. Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others' throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered. On an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes, human nature hasn't changed: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.
The Immortal Prince by Jennifer Fallon (Tide Lords). When a routine hanging goes wrong, the survivor announces he is The Tide Lord Cayal, Immortal Prince, hero of legend. Arkady Desean is an expert on the legends of the Tide Lords sent to interrogate Cayal, hoping to prove he is a spy or madman. Arkady finds herself believing him, against her own good sense. And as she begins to truly believe in the Tide Lords, her own web of lies begins to unravel...
The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham. (Dagger and the Coin). Marcus knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody's death; staying out of battle requires unorthodox steps. Cithrin is an orphan whose job is to smuggle a nation's wealth across a war zone. Geder, scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. 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.
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (Farseer Trilogy). Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman and secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. In Fitz's blood runs the magic Skill--and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.
A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham (Long Price Quartet). The powerful city-state of Saraykeht is a bastion of peace and culture, a major center of commerce and trade. Its economy depends on the power of the captive spirit, Seedless, an andat bound to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for life. Enter the Galts, a juggernaut of an empire committed to laying waste to all lands. If they can dispose of Heshai, Seedless will perish and the entire city will fall. In the middle is Otah, a simple laborer with a complex past and the sole hope of Saraykeht.
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (First Law). Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.
The Drowning City by Amanda Downum (Necromancer Chronicles). The Drowning City: home to exiles and expatriates, pirates and smugglers. And violent revolutionaries who will stop at nothing to overthrow the corrupt Imperial government. For Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and spy, the brewing revolution is a chance to prove herself to her crown.
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (Lightbringer). When Gavin Guile--high priest and emperor, the most powerful man in the world known to all as the Prism--discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
Dune by Frank Herbert (Dune Chronicles).Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin (Earthsea). Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings). Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power -- the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care.
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