10 Best Political Fantasy Books with Intriguing Complexity!
Alright, gang, let's dive into the swirling vortex of politics and fantasy. It's an intersection where diplomatic manipulation meets magical mayhem; where crowns and councils shadowplay with dragons and dark arts. It's a playground for authors to weave tales of palace intrigue against a backdrop of fantastical elements. Yet, it's not a genre for the faint of heart. It requires a good old skull-sweat, as the storylines often revel in multi-layered complexity, leaving you trying to decipher the labyrinth like you're unraveling the Da Vinci code! But hey, that's why we love it, right?!
These ten big cheeses of political fantasy books will keep you hooked with their intricate power play and imaginative narratives. They'll confront you with Machiavellian scheming, ideological disputes on steroids and, in the midst, the omnipresent ticking bomb of magical chaos. All these orbiting around multi-dimensional characters you can't help but get attached to (or vehemently dislike).
So, brace yourselves for a wild ride through tortuous terrains of treachery, tangled truths and tantalizing tales. Because political fantasy isn't just about enjoying a book, it's about surviving an exhilarating storm of intellectual engagement. Are you up for the challenge?
『A Song of Ice and Fire』
The complete box set of George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has set the benchmark for contemporary epic fantasy. Labelled by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Martin has conjured a world as complex and vibrant as that of J.R.R. Tolkien's, populated by a huge cast of fascinating, complex characters, and boasting a history that stretches back twelve thousand years. The box set includes: A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS, 1: STEEL AND SNOW A STORM OF SWORDS, 2: BLOOD AND GOLD A FEAST FOR CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS The dimension of the box set is 178mm x111mm.
|Author||George R. R. Martin|
|Release Date||Jun 28, 2012|
『The Priory of the Orange Tree』
Get ready for Samantha Shannon's new novel, A Day of Fallen Night, coming in February 2023! The New York Times bestselling "epic feminist fantasy perfect for fans of Game of Thrones" (Bustle). NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: AMAZON (Top 100 Editors Picks and Science Fiction and Fantasy) * CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY * BOOKPAGE * AUTOSTRADDLE A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens. The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction--but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing USA|
|Release Date||Feb 26, 2019|
『Daughter of the Empire』
An epic tale of adventure and intrigue, Daughter of the Empire is fantasy of the highest order by two of the most talented writers in the field today. Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir. Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy. Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all—in his own impregnable stronghold.
|Author||Raymond E. Feist/Janny Wurts|
|Release Date||Aug 22, 2017|
『Queen of Coin and Whispers』
'She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade'When Lia, an idealistic queen, falls for Xania, her new spymaster--who took the job to avenge her murdered father--they realise all isn't fair in love and treason. Lia won't mourn her uncle: he's left her a bankrupt kingdom considered easy pickings by its neighbours. She's sworn to be a better ruler, but if she wants to push through her reforms, she needs to beat the Court at its own games. For years, Xania's been determined to uncover her father's murderer. She finally gets a chance when Lia gives her a choice: become her new spymaster, or take a one way trip to the executioner's axe. It's an easy decision.When they fall for each other, their love complicates Lia's responsibilities and Xania's plans for vengeance. As they're drawn together amid royal suitors and new diplomats, they uncover treason that could not only end Lia's reign, but ruin their weakened country. They must decide not only what to sacrifice for duty, but also for each other.
|Release Date||Apr 23, 2020|
『The Traitor Baru Cormorant』
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms meets Guns, Germs, and Steel: A young woman from a conquered people tries to transform an empire in this richly imagined geopolitical fantasy
|Release Date||Sep 15, 2015|
『Descendant of the Crane』
In New York Times and Indie bestselling author Joan He's debut novel, Descendant of the Crane, a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggles to do right in a world brimming with deception. This gorgeous, Chinese-inspired fantasy is packed with dizzying twists, complex characters, and intricate politics. TREASON For princess Hesina of Yan, the palace is her home, but her father is her world. He taught her how to defend against the corruption and excesses of the old kings, before revolutionaries purged them and their seers and established the dynasty anew. Before he died, he was supposed to teach her how to rule. TRIAL The imperial doctors say the king died a natural death, but Hesina has reason to believe he was murdered. She is determined to uncover the truth and bring the assassin to justice. TRUTH But in a broken system, ideals can kill. As the investigation quickly spins out of Hesina’s control, she realizes that no one is innocent. Not the heroes in history, or the father she thought she knew. More blood will spill if she doesn’t rein in the trial soon—her people’s, her family’s, and even her own.
|Publisher||Roaring Brook Press|
|Release Date||Sep 27, 2022|
『The Queens of Innis Lear』
Dynasties battle for the crown in Tessa Gratton's debut adult epic fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear. Three Queens. One crown. All out war. Gaela. Ruthless Commander. I am the rightful heir of Innis Lear. No more will I wait in the shadows and watch my mother’s murderer bleed my island dry. The King’s hold on the crown must end—willingly or at the edge of my sword. Regan. Master Manipulator. To secure my place on the throne, I must produce an heir. Countless times I have fed the island’s forests my blood. Yet, my ambition is cursed. No matter what or whom I must destroy, I will wield the magic of Innis Lear. Elia. Star-blessed Priest. My sisters hide in the shadows like serpents, waiting to strike our ailing king. I must protect my father, even if it means marrying a stranger. We all have to make sacrifices. Love and freedom will be mine. "Amazing. Just Amazing."--Robin McKinley At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
|Release Date||Mar 27, 2018|
『The Way of Kings』
Introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery, and a woman who is desperate to save her impoverished house.
|Release Date||Mar 04, 2014|
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
|Author||Megan Whalen Turner|
|Release Date||Dec 27, 2005|
"A perfect military fantasy: brutal, complex, human and impossible to put down." - Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand In an epic fantasy unlike any other, two women clash in a world full of rebellion, espionage, and military might on the far outreaches of a crumbling desert empire. Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought. Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet's edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne. Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren't for sale.
|Author||C. L. Clark|
|Release Date||Mar 23, 2021|
In conclusion, if you're a fan of winding narratives, deep intricacies of power dynamics, fantastical elements and enjoy deciphering layers of political intrigue, these novels definitely deserve a spot on your bookshelf. This genre combines the thrill of plots and schemes with mystic worlds and strange powers gracing your average Joe's and nobility alike, with repercussions that could change the world as they know it. You'll often find yourself engrossed in the lives of rulers, rebels, magicians, and peasants. The unpredictability of their actions and choices will keep you hooked till the last page. Trust me, my fellow bookworms, these political fantasy powerhouses are not for the faint-hearted, but they are some of the most rewarding reads you'll ever come across. Lace up your boots, pack some snacks, relax and allow yourself to get lost in the labyrinth of these adventure-filled tales. And remember, it’s all fun and games until a dragon is involved! Cheers to immersive reading!
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