Fantasy Trilogies

Top 5 fantasy trilogies

I wrote this months ago, before the world went to chaos, and it keeps getting pushed back. So decided it was time to post – here’s my top 5 fantasy trilogies!

One of the things I love most about fantasy is being swept away into a new world. World-building takes time though, and it can make some books lengthy and/or slow-paced.

I was thinking about some of my favourite fantasy books. I’ve come to the realisation that my favourites series (at the moment) are all trilogies. It gives the reader time to immerse themselves without it being too lengthy you forget who’s who and where they came from.

Top Five Fantasy Trilogies

Naturally, this got me thinking further and before I realised it, I was compiling my top five fantasy trilogies:

Empire of Salt by C.F Iggulden

Darien by C.F Iggulden

This was my introduction to the author – I didn’t know he was a historical writer. The world he creates here – the heroes, the villains, the magic – had everything I love in a fantasy world.

While his characters really made this one for me, I loved the time difference between the books. Events weren’t sequential and the years that passed in-between allowed characters to grow and develop, ready for their next challenge.

Godblind by Anna Stephens

Godblind by Anna Stephens

I came to this series as book two was released and raced my way through them. I then re-read for the release of book three and had my breath stolen all over again. There are some dark events taking place here, with evil magic, betrayals, death and murder scattered throughout.

Again, the characters steal your heart within pages and knowing none of them were safe made this one of the most gripping reads I’ve come across for a while – couldn’t put it down.

The Red Queen’s War by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

In fairness, I could have chosen any of the three complete trilogies here. I adored the Book of the Ancestorsand will be a definite re-read.

But I chose this one because the characters have stuck with me. Jalan had me in fits of laughter from beginning to end and his development across the plot is fantastic. When he turned up in a related story, I actually squealed out loud; hence why this was the winner.

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Again, I wasn’t going to get through this list without mentioning Robin Hobb. I’ve now read three of her trilogies and fully intend reading more. The Farseer trilogy is the one, though; it got me into her writing and captivated me in the way she creates the world, the magic-system and the people.

I’ve enjoyed her other works, but this one holds a special place in my heart.

The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

First of all, a confession: I haven’t finished this trilogy. I started my re-read when the world went crazy and then my reading time was massively reduced so it had to be put on hold.*

That being said… I’m more than happy to re-read the first two books and I’ve got that mixture of nerves/excitement and anxiety for the third book. Anything that can make me feel like that has to be worth a mention, right?

*I’m finally reading Darkdawn right now.

Are you a fantasy reader? What are your favourite series?

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23 thoughts on “Top 5 fantasy trilogies

  1. As you know I’m not really a fantasy person. In fact the only fantasy trilogy (which isn’t even a trilogy) that comes to mind is Twilight! And I’m not ashamed to admit I freaking love Twilight haha. I remember reading a good trilogy called The Star Child a few years back when I did blog tours (gosh remember those days?) I’m not sure if you read it too?


  2. My Partner loves fantasy and has been enjoying reading a series of books at a time rather than flitting from one book to another. His Birthday is in January so i might have to try one of these trilogies out. Thanks for the recommendations Lindsey x


    • Ooh hopefully some of these might be of interest to him then. They are all complete trilogies as well – nothing worse than having to wait around for the next book.


  3. I love a crime thriller style book but I can also get into anything – and when I know there’s more than one book, I am usually sold. This sounds like pure esacpsim, exactly what I need right now!



    • They are definitely escapism for sure. Some are on the darker side, but Robin Hobb offers the perfect escapism if you just want to run away to another world for a while.


  4. I’m not a fan of the genre, but I appreciate the way they capture some readers. Lord of the Rings is probably the only fantasy trilogy I have read.


  5. I’ve been meaning to try Conn Iggulden’s books for ages now – maybe I’ll start with this series! The best fantasy novels do appear to be mostly trilogies or longer of late 😄 I don’t think my list would have a single standalone at the moment!


    • I really enjoyed them! I’ve since started some of his historical books which I think he is better known for, but I was introduced to him through fantasy and have kept reading since! I’m loving trilogies at the moment!


  6. I love a good fantasy series and like you adored the Farseer trilogy, especially Kettricken and Nighteyes. I don’t know if it’s your thing but I can highly recommend the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor – it’s absolutely enthralling. I reread it at least once or twice a year, her imagination is just mind-blowing! x


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