Heroic Fantasy

Heroic fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy which chronicles the tales of heroes in imaginary lands.


Frequently, the protagonist is reluctant to be a champion, and/or is of low or humble origin, may have royal ancestors or parents but does not know it. Though events are usually beyond their control, they are thrust into positions of great responsibility where their mettle is tested in a number of spiritual and physical challenges. Although it shares many of the basic themes of Sword and Sorcery the term 'Heroic fantasy' is often used to avoid the garish overtones of the former.

The Wolf of the North (Wolf of the North, #1)
Son of the Black Sword (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, #1)
The Crimson Queen (The Raveling, #1)
Darien (Empire of Salt #1)
Knight's Shadow (Greatcoats, #2)
Arcane (The Arinthian Line #1)
Cold Iron (Masters & Mages, #1)
Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #2)
City of Light (Traveler's Gate, #3)
Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom, #1)
The Path of Flames (Chronicles of the Black Gate, #1)
Dead Man's Steel (The Grim Company, #3)
The Legion of Flame (The Draconis Memoria #2)
Fatemarked (The Fatemarked Epic, #1)
The Wind and the Void (Nightblade #3)
Legend (The Drenai Saga, #1)
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
The Hobbit or There and Back Again
The King Beyond the Gate (The Drenai Saga, #2)
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
Waylander (The Drenai Saga #3)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Sword in the Storm (The Rigante, #1)
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (The Drenai Saga, #6)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
Quest for Lost Heroes (The Drenai Saga, #4)
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
The Legend of Deathwalker (The Drenai Saga, #7)

D.E.M. Emrys
Handing me a pen is like handy a madman a knife...at the end of it you know you'll end up with a lot of broken bones, blood, and bodies - but it'll be one hell of a story to tell your friends.
D.E.M. Emrys

Priya Ardis
Plus, I happened to be a history nerd. Why else would I be interested in a guy born in the year 519?
Priya Ardis, My Merlin Awakening

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