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10 Books Like The Lord of The Rings

When it comes to epic fantasy novels, few can rival the grandeur and depth of J. R. R. Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. This timeless tale of good versus evil, set against the backdrop of Middle-earth, has captivated readers for generations.

If you’re a fan of Tolkien’s work and crave more epic adventures in fantastical worlds, you’re in luck. Here are 10 book series that are sure to transport you to new realms filled with magic, mythical creatures, and epic quests.

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

If you’re looking for a sprawling, epic fantasy series that rivals the scale and complexity of The Lord of the Rings, look no further than the Malazan Book of The Fallen series by Steven Erikson. This ten-book series takes readers on a journey through a vast and intricate world filled with gods, magic, and ancient civilizations.

Be warned though, the Malazan series is not for the faint of heart, as it can sometimes be dense and challenging. However, the rewards are immense for those willing to invest the time and effort. This series is a must-read for any fan of epic fantasy.

Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin

Ursula K Le Guin’s Earthsea series is a classic of the fantasy genre and a worthy addition to any list of books like The Lord of the Rings. Set in the archipelago of Earthsea, this series follows the adventures of Ged, a young wizard with a destiny that spans the entire world.

The magic system in Earthsea is unique and intricately woven into the fabric of the story. As Ged grows and learns, so too does the reader, exploring the limits and consequences of magic. With its richly realized world and deep philosophical underpinnings, this series is a must-read for fans of high fantasy.

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is often hailed as one of the best fantasy series ever written, and for good reason. Spanning 15 books, this epic saga follows a large cast of characters as they navigate a world on the brink of destruction.

One of the standout features of the Wheel of Time series is its rich mythology, drawing inspiration from various cultures and mythologies from our own world. This adds depth and complexity to the story, making it feel both familiar and entirely unique.

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara is often compared to The Lord of the Rings, and for good reason. This classic fantasy novel follows a young hero named Shea Ohmsford as he embarks on a quest to defeat the evil Warlock Lord and save the Four Lands.

While The Sword of Shannara may share some similarities with The Lord of the Rings, it also stands on its own as a unique and engaging fantasy tale. If you’re a fan of epic quests and high-stakes adventures, this book is a must-read.

The Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings and are looking for something a little different, The Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs might be just what you’re looking for. This classic science fiction novel takes readers on a thrilling adventure to the Red Planet.

Written in 1912, The Princess of Mars follows the story of John Carter, a soldier who is transported to Mars and finds himself embroiled in a conflict between warring Martian civilizations.

The Princess of Mars is not a traditional fantasy novel, but it shares many of the same elements that make The Lord of the Rings so beloved: epic battles, exotic locations, and a larger-than-life hero. If you’re looking for a unique twist on the fantasy genre, give this book a try.

Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings and enjoy a healthy dose of adventure and intrigue, the Riyria Revelations series by Michael J Sullivan is a must-read. This six-book series follows the exploits of Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, a pair of skilled thieves and mercenaries.

The chemistry between Royce and Hadrian is a highlight of the series, and their banter and camaraderie will keep you entertained from start to finish. With its fast-paced action, engaging characters, and intricate plot, the Riyria Revelations series is a perfect choice for fans of The Lord of the Rings who are looking for a new adventure to sink their teeth into.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is known for his epic fantasy novels, and The Stormlight Archive is no exception. This ongoing series is set in the world of Roshar, a land plagued by storms and ruled by warring factions.

Sanderson’s world-building is second to none, with a detailed magic system, unique flora and fauna, and a rich history that spans millennia. If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings and enjoy immersive, character-driven stories, The Stormlight Archive is a must-read. Just be warned, once you enter Roshar, you may never want to leave.

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss is a fantasy series that has captured the hearts of readers around the world. This series follows the story of Kvothe, a legendary musician and magician, as he recounts his life and adventures.

Rothfuss paints a vivid picture of the world of Temerant. The magic in The Kingkiller Chronicle is subtle and mysterious, weaving its way through the story and adding depth and intrigue.

The Riddle Master Trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip

If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings and enjoy a touch of mystery and riddles, The Riddle Master trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip is a must-read. This series follows the story of Morgon, a prince with a unique ability to solve riddles. McKillip’s world-building is enchanting, and the land of Hed is filled with ancient riddles, magical artifacts, and mysterious beings.

The characters in The Riddle Master trilogy are complex and well-drawn, and their journeys are filled with intrigue and suspense.

Boreal Moon Series by Julian May

The Boreal Moon series by Julian May is a hidden gem of the fantasy genre. This trilogy follows the story of a group of misfit characters, each with their own unique abilities and secrets, as they navigate a world filled with magic and political intrigue.

May’s world-building is immersive and detailed, with a rich history and mythology that adds depth and complexity to the story. The characters in the Boreal Moon series are well-drawn and relatable, and their struggles and triumphs will keep you engaged from beginning to end.

If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings and enjoy a character-driven story with a touch of mystery and magic, the Boreal Moon series is worth a try.

So, whether you’re a die-hard fan of The Lord of the Rings or simply looking for a new epic fantasy series to sink your teeth into, these 10 books are sure to satisfy your craving for adventure, magic, and mythical creatures.

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5 thoughts on “10 Books Like ‘The Lord of The Rings’ | TheReviewGeek Recommends”

  1. I love the Wheel of Time, but it is not like The Lord of the Rings (which I also love). Why do we need to compare everything to the Lord of the Rings?

  2. The only series I know that are really like The Lord of the Rings series would be Dennis L. McKiernan’s Mithgar series The Dark Tower series then the Silver Call series. And all the rest of his Mithgar books.

  3. Sorry. I wouldn’t put Rothfuss in there. I grew so frustrated over his inability (?) to finish the series. I don’t even want to try to figure out how many years since book 2. And feeding us short stories like that helps. Look at John Gwynn’s Hunger of the God’s. Just fantastic.

  4. The Thomas Covenant books really need to be mentioned here. Simply superb fantasy by Stephen Donaldson.

  5. Lol meh, no forgotten realms by r. A? 38 books of non stop adventure. Its always the same old preachy books and movies when it comes to these… Shannara was awesome though, I’ll give u that

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