Best Indie Fantasy Books

Best Indie Fantays Books

If you’ve found your way here, you’re likely a member of the Indie Fantasy Addicts Facebook group. One of biggest questions we get is “How do I know if a book is self-published?” Well, the answer isn’t easy, and rather than try to explain it, I’d like to show you instead.

This is a complete list of all the first books in a series by authors within our group, plus a few extra top notch indies I think everyone should read.

Epic Fantasy

Soul Render by T.L. Branson

What if you could steal the body of the man that killed you?

The best assassin in the world doesn’t come cheap. Betraying him will cost your soul.

Half-Bloods Rising by JT Williams, Indie Fantasy Books

The elves have been called to war. Kealin has never questioned his mother’s true lineage but she has been in hiding and he will soon discover why.

A Threat of Shadows by JA Andrews, Indie Fantasy Books

There was a time when Alaric was a Keeper, but in a desperate attempt to save his dying wife, he has sacrificed it all.

Wrecker's Gate by Eric T Knight, Indie Fantasy Books

A forgotten prison. A powerful artifact. An epic tale begins.

Only an orphan half-elf and a conman can prevent an ancient evil from returning to the world.

The fate of a kingdom rests on three young wizards who couldn’t be more different.

A disabled teen, an empathetic dragon, and a bond that will save the world.

Duel of Fire by Jordan Rivet, Indie Fantasy Books

Throne of Glass meets A Knight’s Tale in this swashbuckling fantasy adventure.

With the rise of the Flame comes the hunt of the Shadowlords. Titaia is a fire spirit awakening in a realm unhinged by war.

A Warden's Purpose by Jeffrey L. Kohanek Indie Fantasy Books

An academy of magic and science, another focused on military excellence and deadly secrets resonate within both.

Tori Kagari has already lost one family member to the fatal phoenix fever. Who must she become in order to survive?

On Borrowed Luck by TJ Muir, Indie Fantasy Books

Ancient Prophecies.  Shadow Dancers. And a side of assassination.

A deep evil awakened. An ancient power stolen. The fate of the world at stake.

Rise of the Seer by Brandon Barr, Indie Fantasy Books

Two women. Two worlds. One epic destiny.

Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellision, Indie Fantasy Books

The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: no men on board.

The Woven Ring by MD Presley, Indie Fantasy Books

Spy. Traitor. Soldier. Savior.

Downfall and Rise by Nathan A. Thompson, Indie Fantasy Books

They said he was broken, hopeless, and useless. They lied.

Dragon Choir by Benjamin Desovich

When the son of a fallen hero meets a rebel assassin with a prophecy… all hell breaks loose.

Valley of Embers by Steve Kelliher, Indie Fantasy Books

An ancient evil rises. Only the Embers can hold it back.

Shattering Dreams by Chatherine M. Walker, Indie Fantasy Books

They’re cursed to become heroes… or monsters.

A royal fire elemental must learn to control her power before the darkness lurking outside the palace consumes the realm.

Balam, Spring by Travis M. Riddle, Indie Fantasy Books

Balam is a sleepy town where nothing ever happens and everybody knows each other. But now, people are dying.

Shadow's Hand by Noelle Nichols, Indie Fantasy Books

I used to believe our morals were absolute. I’m no longer certain.

The Crimson Queen by Alec Hutson, Indie Fantasy Starter TBR

In a world once riven by magical cataclysms, the return of sorcery brings an ambitious queen into conflict with ancient power.

Foundling Wizard by James Eggebeen, Indie Fantasy Books

What if you woke with new magical powers? What if that made you a target?

Gray Wolf by J.W. Webb, Indie Fantasy Books

Raiders stole his childhood. It’s time he made them pay.

An ancient evil stirs. A young warrior cursed with heretical talents may be the world’s only hope for salvation. But using them may imperil his soul. An Asian Indian epic fantasy.

The Ashen Levels by C.F. Welburn, Indie Fantasy Books

The flute or the flame; the flame or the flute. Which came first? A question for the ages.

Spell Fade by J. Daniel Layfield, Indie Fantasy Starter TBR

A would be wizard, the girl next door, and an unemployed dragonslayer unite to stop the return of an ancient enemy from a forgotten war.

It takes a gang of thieves to catch a gang of thieves.

What if you prepared for the wrong destiny? The truth forces Amelia to question everything from her beliefs to her very character. 

Rare magic. Legendary treasure. Forbidden love. Dive into this internationally bestselling fantasy adventure today!

Dreg by Bethany Hoeflich, Indie Fantasy Starter TBR

The Order has a secret; one they’d kill to protect.

Fire Eyes Awakened by R.J. Batla, Indie Fantasy Starter TBR

Fantasy, Superhero, and Avatar-mashup. Smalltown hero gets his new powers, they try to kill him, then ask him to save them all. Figures.

Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe, Indie Fantasy Starter TBR

Five years ago, Corin’s brother entered the Serpent Spire — a tower with shifting rooms, traps, and monsters.

He never returned.

Rex Draconis by Richard Knaak, Indie Fantasy Starter TBR

A world of minotaurs, knights, wizards, dwarves, elves, dragons, and more. A world familiar, yet a world new. A world where gods intrude at their whim.

A nation’s elite warriors vanished. A throne in jeopardy on the heels of murder. War flamed by a shadowy cabal. And the five friends who can stop it, banished as traitors.

The Magestaff by Cordelia Castel, Indie Fantasy Starter TBR

Armed with her magic staff, Cendrilla must navigate her way through a world of fairytale villains to escape her murderous betrothed.

Come set sail with ghosts, gods and sea monsters.

Darkmage by ML Spencer, Indie Fantasy Book List

Darien Lauchlin has already lost everything. Now the only thing he has left to lose is his soul.

Magic awakens. Darkness stirs. The Wraith Lord hunts.

The Promised One by Morgan G Farris, Indie Fantasy Book List

An epic færytale with the magic of Stardust, the romance of The Princess Bride, and the wonder of The Chronicles of Narnia.

A realm torn asunder by civil war will give rise to a hero.

The Thousand Scars by Michael Baker, Indie Fantasy Book List

A scholar stranded by war joins forces with a deranged necromancer for survival.

Omens of Fury by Sean Hinn, Indie Fantasy Book List

Four young citizens of Tahr find their lives uprooted as omens of horrors emerge throughout their world. The mighty volcano Fang awakens.

Banished, returned, and hunted, all for magic Kael Symes cannot use.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova, Indie Fantasy Book List

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

Unbound by Tanya Harris, Indie Fantasy Book List

Raised as a human, she must traverse the realms to learn magic and discover who she truly is. If she fails, all will be lost to the evil rising out of the darkness.

Raven's Dawn by Georgina Makalani, Indie Fantasy Book List

Three sisters. One Crown. What would you do to be the Raven Queen?

Blade of Memories by Tina Hunter, Indie Fantasy Book List

Can a thief complete an impossible heist before she loses the last connection to her past?

Fans of Anne McCaffrey and Christopher Paolini’s Eragon will love Windsworn!

Sanyare by Megan Haskell, Best Indie Fantasy Books

An action-packed adventure with a kick-ass heroine, carnivorous pixies, and an epic quest across nine faerie realms.

Arcane by Sever Bronny

A coming of age young adult saga readers are comparing to Wheel of Time and Eragon. A tale of magic, ambition, betrayal, and compassion.

Air and Ash by Alex Lidell, Best Indie Fantasy Books

Master and Commander meets Sarah J Maas in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess’s quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms.

Game of Thrones meets Spartacus.

In an ancient world of sand and splendor, an empire awakens.

Elemental Rising by Toni Cox

Maia; Elf princess of Grildor and Life Elemental; has her powers tested as her people are attacked. The arrival of Death could mean the end… until the arrival of her dragon.

Slave Warrior Queen by Morgan Rice, Best Indie Fantasy Books

“Morgan Rice has come up with what promises to be another brilliant series, immersing us in a fantasy of valor, honor, courage, magic and faith in your destiny.”

Dragon Tamer by Ava Richardson, Best Indie Fantasy Books

A kingdom divided cannot stand. For those caught in the middle, it means death.

Oathbreaker by Aaron Hodges, Best Indie Fantasy Books

Do you love epic fantasy? Do you dream of dragons and magic? You’ll love this original new series, because it has shades of David Eddings and Paolini!

Unsouled by Will Wight, Indie Fantasy Starter TBR

Lindon is Unsouled, forbidden to learn the sacred arts. When faced with a fate he can’t ignore, he must defy his family’s rules…and forge his own Path.

Eye of Truth by Lindsay Buroker, Indie Fantasy Starter TBR

After ten years at war, Jev looks forward to hanging up his sword and relaxing with a mug of ale. But when his ship sails into port, a beautiful woman waits to arrest him.

Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler, Best selling fantasy books

Cettie is a waif doomed to the world below. Sera is a princess born into power. Neither girl feels that she belongs. But both girls will be needed for the coming storm.

The return of the Faie, a dark prophecy, and a long-buried secret.

Dark Fantasy

They Mostly Come Out at Night by Benedict Patrick, Indie Fantasy Book List

Prepare for nightmares. Set in the mysterious forest of the Magpie King, readers can’t get this delightfully weird, dark fairytale out of their heads – start your adventure today!

Urban Fantasy

Truth Seer by Kay L Moody, Indie Fantasy Books

A world of lies. A cell of terrorists. When her sister is taken, only the power to see the truth can set them free.

The Midnight Society by Rhonda Sermon, Indie Fantasy Books

Back to the Future meets The Mortal Instruments in this action packed mix of magic, time travel and teenage drama.

Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen