What are the best fantasy books set in medieval times?

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    #1A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)
    A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. The HBO cable network turned this series in one of he most successful TV shows ever.
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    Raymond Weaver
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Simply the best. Thrones books remain the best books around along with also being the best series around. If you haven't read the books, do it. If you haven't watched the show, do it. Cannot reccomend any higher. "
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    #2The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

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    #3The Way of Shadows (Night Angel)

    The Way of Shadows (Night Angel)

    The Way of Shadows is the first book in the Night Angel trilogy written by New York Times best-selling author Brent Weeks. It is about Azoth who became an assassin under the name of Kylar Stern. 

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    Jane Austin
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I love this book set! It kept me interested and i didnt want to put it down! "
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    #4The Lions of al-Rassan

    The Lions of al-Rassan

    The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay is a historical fiction novel originally published in May 1995 by the HarperPrism. This book was also written in the same universe of The Last Light of the Sun and The Sarantine Mosaic.

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    Janet Carlson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This author has a flair for adding character details that make everyone feels like they have a great deal of depth--you can easily empathize with anyone, which is something I love about reading novels. The main female character in particular is not the thinly drawn archetypes you often see in medieval books. The prose is stunning; I found myself reading some sentences over and over again as they were just so beautiful. Overall, the book has a lot of sadness but it all rings true to the human experience."
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    #5A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)

    A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)
    A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book in the Earthsea Cycle series, written by Ursula K. Le Guin.  The story is about Ged, he was the greatest sorcerer of Earthsea but he was once a reckless child.
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    Ronald Griffin
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I was looking for a book about the medieval times. A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle) is a great fantasy novel about a sorcerer who once was a reckless child. Great book."
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    #6Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy)

    Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy)

    Sold into servitude as a child, Phédre nó Delaunay was trained for a nobleman to excel in everything. One day, she gets kidnapped by some barbarians from the North, and with a young warrior-priest, they will have to get back to their home to warn their people about the imminent invasion that is to come. 

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    Edward Larson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is tough to put down. The imagery is so vivid that i can see it clearly! I cant wait for a sequel!"
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    #7Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest is the first book in the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. This book was originally published in 1999. This book is a good mix of fantasy, romance, and history that every young adult may enjoy to read.

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    Austin Wilson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A beautiful work, combining folklore, history, magic, romance, and deep characters. Daughter of the Forest has a good plot and is well-written, but it is the characters that shine forth. The characters are much more than ink and paper. They touch you on a personal level and feel as if they should be real."
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    #8A Queen's Spy

    A Queen's Spy
    Set in 1553, this book combines murder, mystery and family feuds in the England right after the death of  King Edward VI. Richard Flitzwarren is a childhood friend of Princes Elizabeth, but to protect her he will have to get rid of his own bastard brother. 
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    Joe Gardner
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This book is incredible, it really captures a lot of historical details that I never would have thought about. Plus the story is very compelling. "
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    #9Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)

    Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)
    Alanna: The First Adventure, the first book in Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series, is about Alanna, her twin brother Thom, and their pursuit of the life fated to the other. Alanna wants to be a knight, while Thom wants to be a mage.
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    Rachel Little
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is amazing. It had me from cover to cover. Its a great book to read all the way through or just when you want to read."
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    #10The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Kathryn Taylor
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Chronicles of narnia is a classic fantasy book series that keeps readers loving it from their high school aged English classes all the way up to adulthood. The second book in the series "THe lion, the witch, and the wardrobe" is by far my favorite in the series! Even though I had already read this book ages ago picking it up again recently felt like the first time and I could not put it down!"
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    #11The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon is a fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a retelling of the Arthurian legends as told from the perspective of Morgraine, and features mainly the other women in the stories: Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, and Igraine.

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    Gloria Gallegos
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I love science fiction and this superb book about the Pagans does not disappoint. It has some truths but also a lot of non truths concerning women. Very compelling and hard to put down. There is some graphic violence and sex scenes that small children shouldn't read, but everyone should read this at least once for how it tells the importance of women during medieval times. Marion Zimmer Bradley is a wonderful author. "
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    #12The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic series, The Lord of the Rings. It was originally published in Great Britain in 1954 and has been adapted into a world-famous film.
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    Roger Johnston
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The Fellowship of the Ring is a fantasy classic for good reason. I don't consider anyone a true fan of medieval fantasy if they have not read Tolkien's work. Even if you have seen the films dozens of times I think reading Tolkien's words will still have a profound effect on any person."
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    #13The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

    The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

    The Name of the Wind, the first book in Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle series, is about Kvothe, who is in search of the meaning of life while going on many adventures, including kidnapping princesses and a burning down of a whole town.

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    Austin Hill
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Name of the Wind will go down as one of the all-time greats in fantasy literature. It's a Lord of the Rings-meets-Harry Potter epic about an especially talented, but down-on-his-luck individual who attends a university to learn about magic and trade while pursuing the dark forces who killed his parents. It's incredibly well written."
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    #14A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Storm of Swords is a medieval fantasy novel by George R.R. Martin. It tells the story of feuding families in the continent of Westeros, all fighting for the Iron Throne. It is the third book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire.

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    Jacqueline Cooper
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This book is perfect for this genre. It takes place in medieval times and is set in a fantasy setting."
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    #15The Squire's Tale

    The Squire's Tale

    The Squire's Tale is a Gerald Morris book about the orphan Terence, who met King Arthur's nephew Gawain and was quickly appointed as his squire, leading him to a life filled with magical adventures.

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    Hannah Anderson
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I'm not familiar with The Squire's Tale series, but they look like they're geared toward the young adult set. They aren't super popular, but seem to have a strong, small following. This genre isn't at all familiar to me so I cannot recommend an alternative."
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    #16Queen of Camelot

    Queen of Camelot
    Queen of Camelot is a book by Nancy McKenzie depicting Guinevere, King Arthur, and Mordred, Arthur's son by the witch Morgause and potentially the man prophesied to bring down Guinevere and Arthur.
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    Humberto Madrigal
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "My little sister always loved the Queen of Camelot books. I've been reading them to her since she was about four years old, and now we've almost completed the series. She can't wait for the next one."
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    #17The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood retains the heroic depiction of Robin Hood by Sir Walter Scott. Focusing on how he became an outlaw driven by altruism, this book changed the traditional crook characterization of Robin Hood.

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    Doris Zheng
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Who doesn't love Robin Hood? This is a great classic book! It's got everything you could want. Great characters and stories and pictures to go with it. I read it when I was young and when I read it again as an adult I loved it just as much."
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    #18Hood (King Raven)

    Hood (King Raven)

    Hood is the first book in the King Raven trilogy, which reimagined the famous legend. Author Stephen R. Lawhead depicted Robin Hood and his merry men as war-hardened warriors, steeped in political intrigue during the late 11th century.

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    Christina Collins
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "There really are a good deal of fantasy books set in medieval times, it seems to be a favorite period for writers in the genre. So Hood in the King Raven trilogy has a lot of competition in the category, and comes up a bit short. Not a bad read, just not the best."
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    #19Tuck (King Raven)

    Tuck (King Raven)

    Tuck focuses on Friar Tuck, the stalwart aide of Rhi Bran, the Robin Hood of the King Raven series. As King Raven, Bran starts a rebellion together with Tuck and his band of outlaws, against the oppressive overlords of Wales.

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    Christopher Dunn
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "A really good fantasy book for all people that like that genre. It is set in medieval times and it loosely follows the story of Robin Hood."
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    #20Scarlet

    Scarlet
    Scarlet is one of Robin Hood's band of merry men, and one of his best. This brilliant boy thief, however, has one secret that only Robin and his men know: Will Scarlet is actually a girl!
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    Jessica Day
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "A great book. I really love the women heroin aspect. The author did a great job with creating the medieval time period with the setting and characters. "
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    #21Lady Thief (Scarlet)

    Lady Thief (Scarlet)

    Scarlet has been discovered as a girl and was forced to marry Lord Gisbourne, threatening the love between her and Robin. She bides her time and acts as a noblewoman to continue helping her beloved Robin's cause to save Nottinghamshire.

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    John Romero
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Lady Thief (Scarlet) is a book about a girl forced to marry a lord, who threatens to upset the love of her life. Biding her time, she acts as a noblewomen and further's her real love's cause to help save the town. An interesting read overall."
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    #22Lion Heart (Scarlet)

    Lion Heart (Scarlet)

    Scarlet is imprisoned by Prince John, far away from Nottinghamshire. With King Richard's life in danger, however, she escapes and aids Eleanor of Aquitaine to save the monarch, and stop Prince John with Robin by her side.

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    Juan Ortiz
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This is a great story."
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    #23Wolf's Head (The Forest Lord)

    Wolf's Head (The Forest Lord)

    Wolf's Head follows Robin Hood as he flees away after assaulting a corrupt clergyman. He joins a band of violent outlaws, trying to survive in the great forests. With an oncoming rebellion, however, he teams up with a Hospitaller Knight.

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    Jonathan Nguyen
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This is a great re-telling of the story of Robin Hood with a surprising takes on the characters that we are all familiar with. You'll be shocked at the differences between the book and the popular movies. All of the characters are really well developed and there are no slow parts in the story. "
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    #24The Outlaws of Sherwood

    The Outlaws of Sherwood

    The Outlaws of Sherwood retells the classic Robin Hood story, with Marian as one of Robin's best archers. Written by New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley, it follows Robin as he builds a community of outlaws in Sherwood Forest.

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    Antonio Zamudio
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I read this book growing up. It is one of the best for its time and in the field. I learned a lot from this book in high school and the many lesson it has."
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    #25Princess Ben

    Princess Ben
    Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a fantasy fiction fairy tale novel originally published in 2008. This book tells the story of Princess Benevolence or Prince Ben and her private adventures.
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    Cheryl Crawford
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Quirky and fun, this book shares the idea of growing up during medieval times with an exciting dash of magic and enchantment. Indeed, this would be a great choice to learn of what life could be like if magic existed, especially during such a rough era."
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    #26Montezuma's Daughter

    Montezuma's Daughter

    Montezuma's Daughter is a historical and adventure fiction for young adults written by H. Rider Haggard. It was originally released on February 28, 2007. It is set in 16th-century England and South America.

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    Nicholas Hall
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Medieval times a great adventure and fantasy, what more can you need? There is a spiritual philosophy woven into the story that greatly enhances the story line. I took my time reading this as not to miss anything and to absorb it all. It might be worth a second read. "
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    #27Brothers in Arms (The Raistlin Chronicles)

    Brothers in Arms (The Raistlin Chronicles)
    Brothers in Arms by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1999. This is the second book in the authors' The Raistlin Chronicles. It is preceded by The Soulforge which was released in 1998.
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    Amalia Franco
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I love these old medieval fantasy books! The dragonlance series is super awesome!"
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    #28Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1985. This is the third book in the authors' Dragonlance Chronicles series. It is followed by Night of the Dragons.

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    Christine Vasquez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Engrossing book. If you love the medieval era like I do, then you'd love this!"
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    #29Eragon (Inheritance)

    Eragon (Inheritance)
    Eragon is the first book in the best selling tetralogy, Inheritance Cycle. The book tells the story of the 15-year-old farm boy Eragon, and how his discovery of a dragon's egg led to a world of action and adventure.  
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    Tejas Patil
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I saw these all the time in my schools library and finally decided to read it. Great book, now wonder its so popular. "

Summary

Best What are the best fantasy books set in medieval times
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)Books 60 Paid
2The HobbitBooks 59 Paid
3The Way of Shadows (Night Angel)Books 54 Paid
4The Lions of al-RassanBooks 53 Paid
5A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)Books 50 Paid
6Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy)Books 49 Paid
7Daughter of the ForestBooks 46 Paid
8A Queen's SpyBooks 41 Paid
9Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)Books 37 Paid
10The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 36 Paid
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