If you’re a fan of Robert Jordan’s sprawling masterpiece, ‘The Wheel of Time,’ finding the next big series to sink your teeth into can be quite the task.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve compiled a list of epic fantasy series that share a similar scope, rich world-building, and complex character development.
Here’s your guide to finding the perfect series to embark on next.
1. ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin
Martin’s epic series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ is an intricate, multi-faceted world with a vast cast of characters. The series, which inspired the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV show, is known for its realistic portrayal of political intrigue and unpredictable plot twists. If you enjoyed the complex character relationships and political manoeuvring in ‘The Wheel of Time,’ this series is a must-read.
2. ‘The Stormlight Archive’ by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson, the author who completed ‘The Wheel of Time’ series after Jordan’s untimely passing, has his own epic series: ‘The Stormlight Archive.’ Known for his intricate magic systems and world-building, Sanderson’s series is a treat for any fan of ‘The Wheel of Time.’ It also features strong female characters, echoing the powerful women in Jordan’s series.
3. ‘The Broken Empire’ by Mark Lawrence
Mark Lawrence’s ‘The Broken Empire’ series is a dark, gritty epic fantasy with a morally ambiguous protagonist. It’s a stark contrast to the traditional hero’s journey and provides an intriguing exploration of the darker side of power and ambition.
4. ‘The Malazan Book of The Fallen’ by Steven Erikson
‘The Malazan Book of The Fallen’ by Steven Erikson is notorious for its complex plot and expansive world-building. With a vast array of characters and cultures, it’s a series that requires some dedication but is rewarding for those who appreciate intricate, epic narratives.
5. ‘The Inheritance Trilogy’ by N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin, the first black author to win the Hugo Award for best novel, has a number of epic fantasy series under her belt. ‘The Inheritance Trilogy’ is a blend of political intrigue, personal growth, and divinity, all set in a richly diverse world. Her work is known for its representation of various races and cultures, and it provides fresh perspectives in the epic fantasy genre.
6. ‘The Poppy War’ by R.F. Kuang
‘The Poppy War’ trilogy by R.F. Kuang is an epic fantasy series grounded in the history and culture of 20th-century China. The series’ protagonist, Rin, is a dark-skinned war orphan who battles systemic racism and gender discrimination. Kuang’s exploration of war, religion, and power dynamics, paired with her complex characters, makes this a must-read series.
7. ‘The Books of Pellinor’ by Alison Croggon
‘The Books of Pellinor’ by Alison Croggon is a four-book series that follows the journey of a slave girl who discovers she is the key to overthrowing an evil regime. The series’ complex magic system and rich world-building make it a compelling read for any fan of ‘The Wheel of Time.’
8. ‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ by Samantha Shannon
‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ by Samantha Shannon is a standalone epic fantasy novel, a rarity in the genre. With a matriarchal society, dragons, and a richly built world, it’s a fresh take on epic fantasy. Shannon’s story is a page-turner that’s as intricate as any series, and it’s perfect for those who want a complete story in a single volume.
9. Chronicles of the Black Gate’ by Phil Tucker
Phil Tucker’s ‘Chronicles of the Black Gate’ is an ambitious and riveting series filled with magic, warriors, and gods. It combines high stakes, multidimensional characters, and intense battles that will captivate any fan of ‘The Wheel of Time.’
10. ‘The Riyria Revelations’ by Michael J. Sullivan
Michael J. Sullivan’s ‘The Riyria Revelations’ series is a tale of adventure, friendship, and overcoming odds. With an endearing pair of thieves as its main characters and a world brimming with magic and political intrigue, it’s a series that’s both heartwarming and exciting.
These series all offer something unique for fans of ‘The Wheel of Time.’
Whether it’s the intricate world-building, diverse characters, or complex plots, these books will keep you engaged and entertained.
So, grab a cup of tea, find a comfy chair, and lose yourself in these great titles!