If you’re an ardent player of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), chances are you’re no stranger to expansive world-building, intricate plots, and fascinating characters.
To keep your adventure cravings satisfied, we’ve compiled a list of ten fantasy books that will make you feel like you’re right back at the gaming table.
So, dust off your reading glasses and prepare for a literary journey that reflects the essence of D&D.
1. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
For fans of D&D who love the classic quest format, Kings of the Wyld is a must-read.
The story follows a group of washed-up mercenaries on a high-stakes rescue mission.
The tale is rich in humour and camaraderie and calls back to the classic idea of adventuring parties in D&D.
The author’s affectionate and amusing nods to D&D tropes make it a book that’s not just an entertaining read but a nostalgic one for veteran D&D players.
2. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
This novel brings you into the lives of the Greatcoats – a group of wandering duellists tasked with upholding justice, reminiscent of D&D’s Fighters or Paladins.
With a mix of swashbuckling action, an intriguing justice system, and characters that are charmingly flawed yet noble, Traitor’s Blade showcases a camaraderie between characters that you might recognize from your D&D party.
Its engaging storyline and tactical combat will resonate with those who love detailed combat in their D&D sessions.
3. Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike
A satirical and clever take on classic fantasy tropes, Orconomics is a perfect blend of comedy, economics, and high fantasy.
Pike crafts a world where adventuring is an industry and monsters are hunted for their loot, akin to a D&D campaign but through a cleverly corporate lens.
The economic system’s intricacy, diverse cast of characters, and the detailed world-building provide elements D&D enthusiasts will appreciate.
4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Bardugo’s novel, set in the gritty underworld of Ketterdam, echoes D&D’s rogue-infested urban settings.
The narrative follows a band of six unlikely companions on an impossible heist, each with their unique skills and backstory, much like a D&D party.
The intricate heist plot will attract D&D players who love planning and strategizing their missions, and the immersive world-building makes it a compelling read for those who enjoy the depth of lore in their D&D campaigns.
5. The Final Empire (Mistborn Series) by Brandon Sanderson
The Final Empire offers a unique magic system that fans of D&D’s magic mechanics will enjoy.
The concept of Allomancy (using various metals to fuel magic) provides a fresh perspective on magical systems that D&D wizards or sorcerers might appreciate.
The book also explores themes of rebellion and revolution, set against a dystopian backdrop, offering intricate political manoeuvrings that may resonate with D&D campaigns full of intrigue and societal unrest.
6. Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
In the grim city of Cenaria, the path of the assassin offers a potential, albeit brutal, escape.
Brent Weeks’ debut novel, Way of Shadows, focuses on Azoth, a guild rat who becomes an apprentice to Durzo Blint, the city’s most accomplished killer.
The extensive focus on the details of an assassin’s life and combat may particularly entice D&D players who favour the rogue or assassin archetype.
Its darker, grittier tone also makes it a great pick for fans of more intense, grimdark D&D campaigns.
7. Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
This series is an excellent fit for fans of strong female characters and the Paladin class in D&D.
It follows Alanna of Trebond, who disguises herself as a boy to train as a knight.
Throughout her journey, she grapples with her identity, her magical abilities, and her duty to her kingdom.
The books are a fantastic exploration of courage, perseverance, and embracing one’s destiny, making them a great read for anyone who enjoys stories of heroic quests and overcoming great odds.
8. The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan
This novel introduces us to Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his sword-wielding companion, Hadrian Blackwater. Together, they form the notorious duo known as Riyria.
When the pair are falsely accused of killing the king, they must use their skills to prove their innocence and uncover a conspiracy.
Sullivan’s novel, full of witty banter, dynamic combat, and thrilling intrigue, makes it a joy to read for those D&D players who love the excitement of unexpected twists and plots within their campaigns.
9. Eye of Obscurance by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
Kohanek’s world is one where fate is mutable, and prophecies are a significant part of the narrative.
Eye of Obscurance presents an epic quest filled with magic, gods, and fate, sure to please D&D players who enjoy rich lore and divine intervention in their games.
Fans of the Sorcerer class might find a kindred spirit in the protagonist, an untrained sorcerer named Fate. His journey from novice to master is both engaging and inspiring, reflecting the growth D&D characters experience throughout their adventures.
10. Homeland by R.A. Salvatore
No D&D-themed book list would be complete without mentioning R.A. Salvatore, particularly his book, Homeland.
This novel is the start of the legend of Drizzt Do’Urden, one of the most iconic characters from the Forgotten Realms setting in D&D.
This tale of resilience, integrity, and self-discovery in a dark and unforgiving world will resonate with fans who’ve braved the Underdark and faced drow societies in their D&D campaigns.
The immersive descriptions and the unique combat style of Drizzt will also provide valuable inspiration for both players and DMs.
These novels each offer a unique perspective, with heroes and villains that could easily have stepped out of a D&D campaign.
If you’re looking for your next fantasy read or seeking inspiration for your upcoming D&D session, these books are a great place to start.
Now, grab your preferred beverage, find a comfy chair, and prepare to be transported to realms of high fantasy, thrilling adventure, and gripping intrigue.
Let me know in the comments what books you would recommend.