Have you ever learned anything useful from the promotional summary blurb on the back cover of a Fantasy book?
To help our readers get a feel for what some of our favorite fantasy series are REALLY about, we’ve created the following list of one-sentence book summaries, with each designed to accurately describe the series using Twitter-grade communicative efficiency!
After reading these synopses you’ll have no trouble finding your next favorite Fantasy Series!
One-Sentence Fantasy Series Summaries:
Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch: Stealing from the rich just like Robin Hood, without that nonsense part about giving the money to the poor.
Lightbringer by Brent Weeks: A world in which harnessing rainbow power is A LOT cooler than in sounds.
Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss: Discover the true story of why the world’s most notorious individual has been in hiding for years as a rural innkeeper.
Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence: It’s amazing how much havoc can be wrought by a highly focused psychopath with his very own mercenary band.
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson: 2200 total characters divided by 14 primary books equals an average of 157 new characters PER BOOK, so have a notepad handy.
The Acts of Caine by Matthew Woodring Stover: Lesson #1 – Do NOT make Caine angry with you under any circumstances.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: Nothing ruins the fun of newfound magical powers more than realizing the (immortal) Lord-Ruler now wants you dead.
The First Law by Joe Abercrombie: Unfortunately for all involved, a sadistic torturer, a narcissistic Royal, and a schizophrenic barbarian are the realm’s best hope for survival.
Discworld by Terry Pratchett: A flat world balanced on the backs of 4 elephants, floating through space on a giant turtle…and the best piece of luggage of all time.
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb: Would you rather be an anonymous peasant or a dead prince’s bastard who many people would rather see just as dead as his father?
The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett: Oh sure, everybody has their own personal demons to battle in life, but these people take it to a whole new level.
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher: Watch Chicago’s most unlucky wizard get beaten nearly to death by every type of creature you can imagine (plus some others you’ve never dreamed of).
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin: Feudal lords plot against each other….in a land that’s about to be completely overrun by armies of frozen dead.
Raven’s Shadow by Anthony Ryan: Young boys are volunteered for service into the world’s most deadly fighting force, and some of them even survive the training.
The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson: History was lost eons ago when humanity was nearly brought to extinction during its final epic fight for survival……..wait, the enemy was destroyed, right? Right?
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