Tired of waiting years (or decades) to find out how the story ends? Even worse, have you ever been forced to wait so long between books in a series that you almost completely forgot the characters and plotlines? We certainly have.
For our readers who prefer fantasy series they can read from beginning to end with no breaks, we have compiled our list of the best COMPLETED Fantasy Series. Though some of these may have follow-on books with the same characters or in the same world, you have our promise that these are all excellent stand-alone works with very satisfying conclusions!
Best Completed Heroic Fantasy Series
Riyria Revelations Trilogy, Michael J. Sullivan
Royce and Hadrian are hands down the best odd-couple of fantasy fiction….except for the fact that they are both highly skilled and incredibly dangerous thieves for hire. Exciting adventures combined with excellent characters leaves you wanting more and more.
Back Blurb: They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.
There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.
Best Completed Series for Adults
The First Law Trilogy, Joe Abercrombie
The best and most accurate description of this series remains as follows: the characters include a narcissistic royal, a sadistic torturer, and a schizophrenic, murderous barbarian….and those are the good guys. So true! Never before has such an amazing pack of anti-heroes been assembled, and you will, without question, be cheering for them by the end.
First Law is graphic, brutal, and in an unexpected twist surprisingly thought provoking. There are so many pearls of wisdom and insight amidst the carnage that they shine through despite the intensity of their surroundings. Did I mention the dark humor? Some of the lines are so great you’ll try to remember them for later use, but ultimately find they are just too dark to actually say aloud. If you can handle the heat, these books (as well as the follow-ups) are amazing. Challenge yourself by trying to spot the psychopath (finding the torturer is too easy).
Best Completed Crossover Fantasy Series
The Magicians Trilogy, Lev Grossman
The Magicians is often called “Harry Potter and Narnia for adults,” and while it does have a school for magic and a crossover land if a comparison is to be made we’d call The Magicians “The Catcher in the Rye with magic.”
Have you ever been depressed because you weren’t sure what to do with your life, or knew the path you were on would never make you truly happy?
Let’s be clear: these books are not depressing. The Magicians Trilogy is exciting, inventive, and cynically humorous, but also full of characters who have an itch that they just can’t seem to scratch. Why? Because like many of us they are too close to their own problems to see them clearly, much less understand them. Watching these characters mature and find their paths to happiness was not only great reading, in many ways it also changed my own perspectives on life.
Best Completed Steampunk Fantasy Series
Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn was the breakthrough series for one of today’s hottest fantasy names, Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn is set in a unique, Steampunk world with compelling characters, an exciting plot, and THREE completely different magic systems utilizing diabolically complex methods for combined employment.
After reading these it will be clear why Brandon was entrusted with the completion of the Wheel of Time.
Back Blurb: For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Best Completed Military Fantasy Series
Powder Mage Trilogy, Brian McClellan
Often compared to Brandon Sanderson, if you enjoy the “flintlock fantasy” of Mistborn and highly detailed, original magic systems Powder Mage is the next series for you. One of our favorite things about this series is that every single POV character is unique and amazing.
Back Blurb: It’s a bloody business overthrowing a king…
Field Marshal Tamas’ coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas’s supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.
Best Completed Coming of Age Fantasy Series
Night Angel Trilogy, Brent Weeks
Night Angel brilliantly blends classic coming of age fantasy with the darker, grittier fantasy we see today. A destitute orphan boy finds his path to greatness? Seen it. The destitute boy finds his way to greatness by becoming a magical assassin? Now we’re talking!
Back Blurb: For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.
But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death.
Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobb
This trilogy may be the most emotionally powerful series on this list. The complex relationships amongst the main character, his royal family, his love interest, and his closest companion are compelling enough to justify reading the series. Add in a solid plot line with exciting adventure and it’s easy to see how this series spawned two additional best-selling trilogies.
Back Blurb: Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.
As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.
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