The world of fantasy fiction has never been more popular, and since Harry Potter took fantasy mainstream, there are many writers who have enjoyed success. Every year we see the release of new offerings in the fantasy genre, and many of these are considered to be great works. While it’s true that most of the fantasy novels considered classics would be the older ones, some modern offerings make the cut too.
As avid readers, it is important to know some of the best fantasy novels on the market and try to sample as many of these as possible. Since 2015, there have been a great deal of fantasy novels released, and some of these are definitely novels that all fantasy enthusiasts need to read. Here are five of the best fantasy novels to have been released since 2015.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2015), George R.R. Martin
For those still lamenting the end of Game of Thrones, and the seemingly endless wait for Martin to release the next book in the ASOIAF series, this will be a welcome filler. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is set around 100 years before the events of ASOIAF and follows a young knight named Dunk. This isn’t quite the same as reading the official series, but it is definitely going to help tide you over!
Uprooted (2015), Naomi Novik
One of the freshest and most compelling novels to come out of 2015, Uprooted combines the great fantasy tropes with courtroom politics. This Nebula Award-winning novel is one of the finest modern fantasies you’ll read, and could even be dubbed a modern classic. There was a bidding war to secure the big screen rights, so look out for the adaptation in the future.
The City of Brass (2017), S. A. Chakraborty
The first installment in the Daevabad trilogy, City of Brass is an intriguing and inviting look at a world we will be finding out a whole lot more about. The book follows Nahri, a magically skilled con woman making her way through the 18th Century one swindle at a time. Discovering a world of magic she never knew existed, the book sees her exploring her skills, fixing her mistakes, and learning about herself in the process.
Foundryside (2018), Robert Jackson Bennett
The most interesting fantasy novels are those that try to do things differently, and Foundryside is a shining example of this. The most interesting thing here, apart from a strong protagonist and some delightful world building, is the intriguing magic system. Bennet builds a world of industrialized magic, with magical technology known as scriving; fans of the Mistborn novels will love this.
The Invisible Library (2015), Genevieve Cogman
An intriguing concept, this is one of the most fun and imaginative fantasy novels we’ve had the pleasure of reading. It follows the tale of Irene, a young woman working for a mysterious organization called The Library, an organization responsible for stealing works of fiction from other realities, in this unique page-turner.
If you want to lose yourself in a world of magic, adventure, and fantasy, it is important to sample as many different fantasy novels as you can. And this includes reading as many different fantasy novels as possible. There are a lot that have been released since 2015, and the more you can sample, the greater your understanding of the genre will be.