Top 10 | 5-Stars Worthy High-Fantasy Books ⚔️

⚔️ Hi, bookish family! how are you? hope you’re well, having a wonderful day and an even better week surrounded by the best reading.❤️ I’m SO excited and happy to bring you a new Top after quite a while, but this time also an extended Top with 10 books that besides blindly recommending, I think are worth the 5 stars. 😍 This would be practically the second part of a post I did earlier this year, which you can check out RIGHT HERE, where I share with you my Top 10: 5 Stars-Worthy Contemporary Books; post that I know you liked a lot and that makes me very happy 🥺, so I knew I needed to bring you the second part this time obviously, as I already mentioned, focusing on High-Fantasy books as such. The books I’ll mention below are books I obviously love with all my heart, they’re full of action and adventure, where these unique characters will have to take challenging paths and make difficult decisions to grow and achieve all their goals. All of this obviously takes place in 100% fantasy worlds where anything is possible from magic to monstrous beings, and from fantastical creatures to impossible and dark realms 🏰. Each one of them is unique and different, each one of them stands out in something for me and that’s why I decided to include them here, but I also wanted to include my reviews in case you want to check them out to know a little more in-depth my thoughts about each one of them. 🌟
Later on, I’m excited to maybe do a third part with books that I couldn’t include this time 😄, mostly because I feel they don’t really fit into the high-fantasy genre, but rather are contemporary stories with touches of fantasy, magic-realism, and paranormal, so soon I’ll be doing something similar with those books because it pained me to have to choose only 10 for this opportunity, so we’ll be doing more of these fun posts.
I hope you like the idea, you know
I LOVE to know what you think, so don’t be shy, let me know in the comments, what you think about these books, and if you have read them, I’m very interested to know! 😘
Now without further ado, super excited to share this post with you, I hope you like it as much as I do and of course, I hope you find new titles to add to your, I’m sure, infinite TBR. 👏🏻 
Now, without further ado, make yourself comfortable, grab your favorite drink (coffee for me, please) & LET’S GET STARTED!
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‼️ PS: Many of these books are part of a series, but I’ve decided to include here my favorite book within that series, you can always find my review on the firsts books on my blog, plus, I’m leaving the link to the whole series under the book covers.

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love… It did not end well.”


Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

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“You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others.”


There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
 

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“I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.”


The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for

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“I am proud of you, Allison Sekemoto,” he whispered as he drew back. “Whatever you decide, whatever path you choose to take, I hope that you will remain the same girl I met that night in the rain. The one decision for which I have no regrets.”


Vengeance will be hers.

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

Monster.

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions – her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost – the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

THE FINAL HUNT IS ON. 

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“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”


Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
  

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“if we were judged by the things we most regret, no human being would be worthy to sweep the floor.”


Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline? 

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“Then perhaps we should carve a world one day where the strength lies in who you are, rather than in what they expect you to be.”


A story of scorned witches, sinister curses, and resurrection, The Bone Witch is the start of a dark fantasy trilogy, perfect for fans of Serpent & Dove and The Cruel Prince.

Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother, Fox, from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha—one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”


Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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“Then may Death send his worst. Cold to freeze the love in my heart. Fire to burn my memories to ash. Wind to force me through the gates. Time to wear my loyalty away. I’ll wait for you at Death’s gate.”


In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her. 

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“Curse this world for what it does to the mothers, for what it does to the daughters. Curse it for making us strong through loss and pain, our hearts torn from our chests again and again. Curse it for forcing us to endure.”


Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. Yet danger lurks on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power—regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows that the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. During the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. However, in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender—even if that means abandoning the woman he loves. 

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43 thoughts on “Top 10 | 5-Stars Worthy High-Fantasy Books ⚔️

  1. This is such a stunning post 🤩🤩 I have read and loved The Cruel Prince and the entire series, I think The Wicked King was my favourite.
    I’m very excited to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Bone Witch and many others on this list

    I am so excited for the third part of this post! It sounds amazing 🤩🤩

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    • I’m glad you liked it! 🥺✨
      Really, all The Cruel Prince books are amazing, aren’t they? I remember being in shock every time I finished one of them. 😍
      Oh, I couldn’t recommend all of these books enough, I know you would enjoy them and I would love to know your thoughts. ❤️
      Have a wonderful month & thanks so much for the support, I’m excited to do part 3 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  2. Hey Sofi, great list. I have heard of all the books except Midnight Star and I need to check that out. This post basically reminded me thag I have a lot of unfinished series on my tbr which I should get to super soon 😅 so tha k you for that.

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    • Thank you SO much! The Midnight Star is the third book in The Young Elite trilogy and is one of my favorite trilogies, I highly recommend it 😍✨ & Same!!!! OMG, I should make a list of all the series I’ve started and will start 😂❤️

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    • Oh, I’m sorry to hear that! but I understand in a way, I’ve had bad times where I picked up fantasy books that didn’t resonate with me and then I was disappointed, so I know it can happen. I hope you find some that you can enjoy, though. I love all the books on this list 👏🏻✨❤️

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    • I’m SO excited to know your thoughts on The Cruel Prince!!!! 😍 I really adore the trilogy, but the first and second book have that strength and those shocking endings that I adore in fantasy, it also has a dark undertone of a lot of betrayal, so anything can happen, I hope you’ll love it! ❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  3. Oh my so many good books on this list! The Arc of a Scythe trilogy has got to my favourite trilogy right now. Like, it just wowed me in so many ways! Amazing list, Sofii! 💕 I can’t wait for your next top 10 list!!

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    • I’m SO glad you liked the list! ❤️
      YES!!! The Arc of the Scythe is one of the best trilogy I’ve read too, I re-read the first books to read the ending and OMG, I loved it as much as the first time, even more, Masterpiece. 😍✨
      So excited to do my final top of this type, I need to recommend so many other books still 😅👏🏻

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    • OMG, you don’t know how happy it makes me that you like the trilogy too, I feel it deserves more love and appreciation!!!! 😭❤️ & SAME! The Midnight Star is one of the best endings I’ve read, it’s unexpected and heartbreaking, I loved it. 😍

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    • It makes me happy to find another fan of The Forever Song and The Midnight Star, both trilogies in general deserve more love and recognition, they’re so AWESOME 😍 & I hear you! As I was writing the post I was so excited to re-read the series, which at some point I plan to do without a doubt. 🥺👏🏻

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    • YAY!!! I’m SO glad you also love The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, it deserves even more love, it’s wonderful 😍✨ & YES, I also adore A Conjuring of Light, the whole trilogy really, although the second book has to be my fave and Queen of Nothing, it’s amazing!!!! 🥰

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    • I’m SO glad you like it, love! ❤️ Always a pleasure to find someone else who enjoyed The Young Elite, I feel it’s a trilogy that deserves so much more love 🥺 and An Ember in the Ashes is EVERYTHING, I’m going to re-read the first two books this month and I’m excited, can’t wait! 👏🏻😭✨
      Cherelle!!! You need to read The Scythe Trilogy, I know you won’t regret it!!!! 😍😍

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    • I have no doubt you would LOVE The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, plus I would love to know your thoughts, it’s such an awesome trilogy!!!! 🥺✨❤️ & it makes me happy that you also like The Midnight Star, I need more people to read the trilogy it’s SO GOOD!!!! 😍😍😍

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  4. Great list! Some of these I have read and loved (like The Cruel Prince series, Shadow and Bone series and Daughter of Smoke and Bone series) and others are high up on my list of books I want to read (like the Arc of a Scythe series and The Last Namsara series)

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    • YAY! I’m so glad you loved a few of these books too, especially glad you liked Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because I feel like it’s a trilogy that deserves more love 😍 & I couldn’t recommend the Scythe trilogy enough, it’s SO GOOD!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. Ahh! Ruin and Rising & Midnight Star are among my favourites too! Well, most of the books on your list are, but I love those two especially 🙂 ❤ other 5-star high fantasy reads for me are Priory of the Orange Tree and Sorcery of Thorns 🙂

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    • YAY!!! So happy that someone else appreciates The Midnight Star, the whole trilogy deserves more love! 😍 & I NEED to read The Priory of the Orange Tree!!!! I’ve heard the best things, it looks kind of intimidating because it’s huge, but I feel like it’ll be worth giving it a chance. ☺️✨

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