High fantasy or epic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy, defined either by the epic nature of its setting or by the epic stature of its characters, themes, or plot. The term "high fantasy" was coined by Lloyd Alexander in a 1971 essay, "High Fantasy and Heroic Romance" (originally given at the New England Round Table of Children's Librarians in October 1969). Heroic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy in which events occur in a world where magic is prevalent and modern technology is non-existent. The setting may be entirely fictitious in nature or based upon earth with some additions. Unlike dark fiction, it provides a setting in which all men are strong, all women beautiful, all life adventurous, and all problems simple. This means that adventures based in heroic fantasy are unlikely to mention any wider problems that cannot be fixed by a quest. Characters within heroic fantasy are likely to be underdogs of humble origin who are placed in situations forcing them to act in a heroic manner, past what is expected of them.

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Merlin #2 The Pendragon Cycle [used book]

By: Stephen Lawhead

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Lion: 2004

Seller ID: 0745913105

ISBN: 0745913105

Condition: Good


Having brought the two worlds of Atlantis and Celtic Britain together in Book I, the author now focuses on Merlin. In this second book, Merlin tells his own story - and his vision - the vision of the Kingdom of Summer, ruled by the Summer Lord. It is a story of love and passion, triumph and tragedy, with its own special and powerful 'magic'. The saving of the infant Arthur, and the setting of the sword in the stone form both the climax to this book and the entry to the story of Arthur himself. View more info

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Pendragon #4 The Pendragon Cycle [used book]

By: Stephen Lawhead

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Lion: 1994

Seller ID: 0745927637

ISBN: 0745927637

Condition: Good


Stephen Lawhead's magnificent and gripping epic. In Taliesin, A Druid prince and bard fathers a great kingdom through his marriage to Charis, Lady of the Lake, daughter of the drowned king of Atlantis, one of the Fair Folk. His son, the legendary warrior bard, takes on the mission of laying the foundations of a new order - the Kingdom of Summer in Merlin. It is Merlin who guides the young king who is to fulfil the dreams of his people in Arthur. Pendragon and Grail fill out Arthur's story, recounting the adventures which lead to Arthur's eventual crowning as Pendragon, and the gripping tale of... View more info

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Arthur #3 The Pendragon Cycle [used book]

By: Stephen Lawhead

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Lion: 1989

Seller ID: 0745913113

ISBN: 0745913113

Condition: Good


Arthur is the third book of The Pendragon Cycle: a magnificent epic set against the baackcloth of Roman Britain and the legends of Arthur and lost Atlantis. "It is the eve of Christ Mass, and the noblemen have come to Londinium to hold council - to essay who among them might become High King. Fifteen years have come and gone since the sword was first placed there. A young man stands grim-faced, gazing at the sword thrust deep into the stone...hesitant, uncertain. 'Take it, Arthur,' Merlin tells him..." So the story begins - a tale of high hope and bitter endeavour, of loyalty and treachery, of... View more info

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Taliesin #1 The Pendragon Cycle [used book]

By: Stephen Lawhead

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Lion: 1998

Seller ID: 0745913091

ISBN: 0745913091

Condition: Good


A magnificent tale which begins with the tragedy of Atlantis and the arrival in Britain of King Avallach. In this world, Celtic chieftains struggle for survival in the twilight of Rome's power, and one heroic figure towers over all, the Prince Taliesin, in whom is the sum of human greatness. This is a tale of a love that spawns the miracle of Merlin and Arthur and a destiny that is more than a kingdom. About the Author: Stephen Lawhead is the author of some 14 outstanding fantasy and science fiction novels, including The Dragon King Trilogy (Lion), The Song of Albion Trilogy (Lion), and Byzan... View more info

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Truthwitch #1 Witchlands [used book]

By: Susan Dennard

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Tor: 2016

Seller ID: 1509825029

ISBN: 1509825029

Condition: Good


The first in the Witchlands series, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is a brilliantly imagined coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Robin Hobb, Sarah J. Maas and Trudi Canavan. In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it... View more info

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The Dragonbone Chair #1 Memory, Sorrow and Thorn [used book]

By: Tad Williams

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Legend: 1989

Seller ID: 002803

ISBN: 0099704900

Condition: Good


The Dragonbone Chair is the story of Simon, a young kitchen boy and magician's apprentice whose dreams of great deeds and heroic wars come all too shockingly true when his world is torn apart by a terrifying civil war--a war fueled by ancient hatreds, immortal enemies, and the dark powers of sorcery. From the bestselling author of Tailchaser's Song. View more info

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Ilse Witch #1 Voyage of the Jerle Shannara [used book]

By: Terry Brooks

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Simon & Schuster: 2000

Seller ID: 001254

ISBN: 0743209524

Condition: Good


Ilse Witch by Terry Brooks. When a half-drowned elf is found floating in the seas of the Blue Divide, an old mystery resurfaces. Thirty years ago, an elven prince led an expedition in search of a legendary magic said to be more powerful than any in the world. Of all those who set out on that ill-fated voyage, not one has ever returned. "Until now." The rescued elf carries a map covered with mysterious symbols-and Walker Boh, the last of the Druids, has the skill to decipher them. But someone else understands the map's significance: the Ilse Witch, a ruthless young woman who wields a magic as ... View more info

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The Scions of Shannara #1 Heritage of Shannara [used book]

By: Terry Brooks

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Orbit: 1995

Seller ID: 1857230752

ISBN: 1857230752

Condition: Good


Three hundred years have passed in the Four Lands. The Federation now controls all of the Southland. In the West, the Elves have vanished. In the East, the dwarves are enslaved. Par Ohmsford has retained some of the magical powers of his ancestors, although he does not fully understand the way they work. He is troubled by dreams of Allanon, the Druid whose fate has always seemed linked with that of the Ohmsfords. But when he is told of the Shadowen, the greatest danger ever to threaten the Four Lands, he embarks in a perilous quest - to meet the shade of Allanon and to carry his message to the... View more info

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Talismans Of Shannara #4 The Heritage of Shannara [used book]

By: Terry Brooks

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Legend: 1994

Seller ID: 0099255413

ISBN: 0099255413

Condition: Good


The descendants of the Elven house of Shannara had all completed their quests: Paranor, the Druid's keep, had been restored; the Elves had been returned to the Four Lands; and Par Ohmsford had found what he believed to be the legendary Sword of Shannara. But their work was not yet done. View more info

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Druid of Shannara #2 The Heritage of Shannara [used book]

By: Terry Brooks

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Orbit: 1992

Seller ID: 0708853285

ISBN: 0708853285

Condition: Good


The second volume of The Heritage of Shannara, which continues one of the most popular fantasy series of all time Ancient evil forces remain in control of the Four Lands. To restore the Kepp of the Druid Allanon, Walker Boh sets out on a journey to find the black Elfstone. After narrowly escaping death, he learns that the Elfstone lies in the hands of the Stone King. Now Walker Boh must venture into perilous, unknown lands with a strange band of fellow travelers that includes Morgan Leah, whose once-magic sword has been broken; Quickening, the daughter of the ancient King; and Pe Ell, an assas... View more info

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The First Confessor - The Legend of Magda Searus: A Sword of Truth Prequel

By: Terry Goodkind

Price: $32.95  $27.95

Publisher: UK, Head of Zeus: 2015

Seller ID: 002846

ISBN: 1784972002

Condition: New


In 1994 WIZARD'S FIRST RULE introduced Richard Cypher, a young forester struggling with the aftermath of his father's murder. His search for answers will embroil him in an ancient war, three-millennia past, that is about to re-ignite with world-shattering violence. The Sword of Truth series has since been translated into 20 languages and sold 26 million copies. Now, two decades after its launch, it concludes with two volumes: THE FIRST CONFESSOR takes readers back in time to events that led to the forging of the Sword of Truth, while WARHEART completes Richard Cypher's story. The First Confess... View more info

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Soul of the Fire #5 Sword of Truth [used book]

By: Terry Goodkind

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Gollancz: 2000

Seller ID: 003284

ISBN: 185798854X

Condition: Good


In the previous volume of this bestselling series of fantasy novels, our hero Richard Rahl, wielder of the Sword of Truth, and his lover Kahlan unwittingly released upon the New World a terror from the malign and wild magic of the Old World. The Chimes now run free in the Midlands and Richard and Kahlan, powerful in their own right, begin to see their own magic undermined, leaving the people of the New World vulnerable to the encroaching evil that Darken Rahl first unleashed in WIZARD'S FIRST RULE. View more info

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Naked Empire #8 Sword of Truth [used book]

By: Terry Goodkind

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Harper: 2004

Seller ID: 004288

ISBN: 0007145594

Condition: Good


The Sword of Truth is Terry Goodkind?s wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring epic fantasy set in a fascinating world rich in detail, history and incredible violence. Nakled Empire provides a perfect jumping-in point for new readers. Reluctant hero turned magical warrior Richard Rahl has long since learned the wizard's first rule (People are stupid and will believe almost anything) and accepted his fate. With his beloved Kahlan Amnell, the last Mother Confessor, he has battled unearthly adversaries, military foes, the Underworld, the malign and wild magic of the Old World, even the eleme... View more info

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The Stormcaller #1 Twilight Reign

By: Tom Lloyd

Price: $19.95

Publisher: UK, Orion: 2007

Seller ID: 003006

ISBN: 0575079266

Condition: New


In a land ruled by prophecy and the whims of Gods, a young man finds himself at the heart of a war he barely understands, wielding powers he may never be able to control Isak is a white-eye, feared and despised in equal measure. Trapped in a life of poverty, hated and abused by his father, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, it isn't to a place in the army as he'd expected. Instead, the Gods have marked him out as heir-elect to the brooding Lord Bahl, the Lord of the Fahlan. Lord Bahl is also a white-eye, a genetic rarity that produces men stronger, more savage and more charismat... View more info

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The Dark Age #1 Ancient Future [used book]

By: Traci Harding

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Australia, Voyager: 1996

Seller ID: 0732256828

ISBN: 0732256828

Condition: Good


The extraordinary and bestselling journeys of one woman throughout time ... the white light surrounded her, exuding from the ground within the circle. the mist rose towards the sky to form a billowing cloud. From within the largest stone a ball of blue light steadily made its way towards her. Late one evening, a car accident leaves tory - daughter of a prominent history professor - stranded near a ring of stones in the English countryside. She resolves to spend the night at the sacred site; a black belt in tae-kwon-do, tory holds little fear for her safety. But across the vortex of time and sp... View more info

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An Echo in Time : Atlantis #2 Ancient Future [used book]

By: Traci Harding

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Australia, Voyager: 1997

Seller ID: 0732258898

ISBN: 0732258898

Condition: Good


For 20 years Tory Alexander has ruled as Queen with her beloved, King Maelgwen of Gwynnedd in 6th century Britain. But the dark forces are stirring and Tory must travel the realms of time to find a cure for the high king's strange sickness before it spreads throughout the kingdoms. View more info

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The High Lord #3 Black Magician [used book]

By: Trudi Canavan

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Australia, Voyager: 2002

Seller ID: 0732272300

ISBN: 0732272300

Condition: Good


The Black Magic trilogy Book three. Life should have been easier for Sonea, now that Regin ignored her and the rest of the novices treated her with wary respect, but she cannot forget what she witnessed in Akkarin's underground room, or his warning that Kyralia's ancient enemy is watching the Guild closely. the last few years have been good for Cery. He has a respected position among the thieves, and connections in high and low places. When an exotic stranger offers to help him with a secret task, Cery knows he should refuse, but life would be boring without the occasional risk... As Akkarin r... View more info