What are the best new adult fantasy books since 2005?

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    #1Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass)

    Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass)

    After serving at the salt mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien has found a way of recovering her freedom: she will have to act has the champion of Prince Dorian in the competition to find a new royal assassin. 

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    Gabriela Garza
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I was looking to add more books to my adult fantasy collection. I came across 'Throne of Glass' and read decided to purchase it after reading the great reviews. It had great characters. I especially loved the female characters that appear to be strong that can kick-butt. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series."
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    #2A Court of Thorns and Roses

    A Court of Thorns and Roses

    A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in a trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. The story revolves around Feyre as she is captured by the powerful Tamlin and brought to the magical land of Prythian. As time passes, her feelings for Tamlin grow into something more. 

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    Shirley Garza
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I think that this solutin does not provide the person doing the search with many options. Had I typed in this search, i would hope to be taken to a website that allows me to put more input into my search results so that I can narrow down my options a bit better."
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    #3Graceling (Graceling Realm)

    Graceling (Graceling Realm)
    Graceling is a book by Kristin Cashore that tells a story about Katsa. She is smart and beautiful who lives in the Seven Kingdoms where people are born with Grace. She was blessed with killing grace but thing changed when she met Po.
     
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    Gary Kelley
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The book has it's share of ups and downs. The plot and decriptive nature of the book keeps it interesting, the author has a great knack for describing things such as nature and battle scenes. The major downfall is that the main character Katsa is too predictable and hard to like and sympathize with. This ends up taking away from what could have been a classic book."
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    #4The Blade Itself (The First Law)

    The Blade Itself (The First Law)

    The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is an epic fantasy novel published in 2006. This book follows the story of four men and how their lives will intertwine with each other. The Blade Itself is the first book in the First Law series.

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    Cristina Jaramillo
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is definitely a fantasy book but best since 2005? Will leave that to you to decide."
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    #5Shadow's Edge (Night Angel)

    Shadow's Edge (Night Angel)
    Shadow's Edge is the second book in the Night Angel trilogy written by Brent Weeks published in 2008 by Orbit. It is about Kylar's search for the truth about his best friend's death. 
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    Shreyas Singhal
    Written on April 9, 2018
    ""Best new adult fantasy book since 2005?" Yeah, right. Look, is this a decent book? Sure, it's not bad. But 2005 was 13 years ago. There's literally no chance it's the best."
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    #6A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

    A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

    A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas that tells the story of Feyre. She saved the Fae kingdom from the evil queen and she is now facing the new chapter of her life. 

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    Pamela Smith
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A Court of Mist and Fury is a perfect book for those who like fantasy but sometimes find entries in the genre a bit...adolescent. Written more expressly for adults, these books are set against an exciting, adventurous background. The main character is a strong heroine with lots of humanity and seeing the world through her eyes is really enthralling. The author love bringing detail to every element of tale, which truly brings the whole novel alive."
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    #7The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time)

    The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time)

    The Eye of the World is the first book in The Wheel of Time series written by Robert Jordan. It is a science fiction and fantasy novel first published in 1990 by Tor Books.

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    Kathryn Herrera
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I was hoping to read some current adult fantasy novels, and while this one if excellent, it was written and published back in 1990. "
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    #8The 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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    Lawrence Newman
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Brent Weeks is a pretty hot author now and this is the first in a popular series. Let me just get this out of the way: if you are attracted to this because of Assassin's Creed, it's probably because you like that atmosphere and you will probably like this too. But! It's a totally different story."
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    #9The 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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    Albert Hansen
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Is it evil or not? The life of being a wizard is a precarious one which decisions have a profound impact on others. I really liked this book and the twists that it takes in the plot through the life of Kvothe, a wizard. How to harness and use your powers - for good or evil. His choices kept me involved throughout the book."
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    #10Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass)

    Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass)

    Crown of Midnight is the second book in the series Throne of Glass written by Saraj Maas that tells the story of an eighteen-year-old assassin named Celaena. Her loyalty to the crown is not real and it will be teste

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    Joe Morris
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Everyone loves Game of Thrones, but those books are coming out too slow. Searching through the book store I came across this book and decided to give it a read. Action and suspense abound in this book as you follow the young assassin on their adventure. You really get a feel for the gritty living conditions during the time as the author describes the setting in great detail. A great book."
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    #11Poseidon's Children (Legacy of the Gods)

    Poseidon's Children (Legacy of the Gods)

    Poseidon's Children is book 1 of the Legacy of the Gods series by Michael West. After witnessing a young couple get torn apart, Larry Neuhaus becomes determined to unravel a mystery as old as time together with his new-found friends.

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    Xie Yin
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Poseidon's Children is a hack book. It barely works as a story, it has awful plot holes, and the writing is overly dramatic."
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    #12The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard)

    The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard)

    The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first book in the fantasy adventure series Gentleman Bastard written by Scott Lynch which centers on criminal named Chains who teaches his skills on a selected family of orphans known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

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    Matthew Patterson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Lies of Locke Lamora is a great fantasy novel that is something of a fantasy Goodfellas. The city is controlled by Capa Barsavi, who has been challenged by a set of emerging but ruthless criminals whose methods are unknown. He tasks The Thorn, Locke Lamora, to investigate with his cunning and wit. This is well written, dark, and funny."
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    #13The Croning

    The Croning

    The Croning by Laird Barron is a paranormal fiction and occult novel originally published in May 2012. This book was nominated for Goodreads Chouce Awards in Best Horror.

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    Ethan Ryan
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I would say this is a good choice as a horror book for young adults during this period but probably not for those looking for fantasy. While there's sure to be some fantasy elements I wouldn't think this is what someone seeking specifically fantasy has in mind."
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    #14Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons Of Winter Night is a graphic novel written by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and Andrew Dabb. This comic book was illustrated by Steve Kurth and it was published in 2015.

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    Jesse James
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This looks like a great, fun book for anyone looking for a more recent fantasy adventure. This is based in the popular Forgotten Realms franchise and world, so it is familiar for anyone following fantasy novels for a long time. This is also a graphic novel, so it should appeal to anyone wanting something more visual and descriptive."
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