I couldn’t think of a nicer way to say “overthrow.” Seeing as what we Americans are celebrating tomorrow, I wanted to share some of my favorite fantasy books about revolution.
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
This entire four-book epic follows a young farm boy turned dragon rider on his mission to slay King Galbatorix and liberate the continent.
I actually got to meet the author in 2008 where I lied to his face, saying “I liked the ending” of book #4. But books #2-3 were AMAZING.
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
This comes from a lesser known author I’ve been following for a while.
A young thief with eerie talents is recruited by a crime lord for questionable reasons. These reasons prove to include some hardcore rebellion. (Said crime lord is also one of my adoptive sons.)
While the first book is technically a novella, this series explores a peaceful revolution within a rich fantasy world. Come for the diversity and highly moral themes, stay for the same reasons.
Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
The thing I love about this series is that it not only takes us through the revolution, but also what happens when the good guys win. Once you free a country, you have to restructure and run it! We see the dark side of of a coup d’etat and I loved that!
It takes a while to get the whole “overthrow” thing going, but once it does…Ms. Maas doesn’t do things in halves, let’s just say that.
Plus, Cinderella is an assassin. How can you top that?
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Okay, so “overthrowing government” is basically the two-word summary for this series. Anyone who has heard of it probably knows.
You want overthrowing? Good King George has got you covered.
Couples that slay together stay together, but couples who slay together and are reincarnated can keep overthrowing tyrants generation after generation. #RelationshipGoals.
This military fantasy begins with a king losing a war for his emperor. Through a tangle of events involving love at first sight and an illegitimate child, he ends up fighting for the people who defeated him the first time.
A strongly anti-war fantasy, it follows the story of multiple factions fighting for power. Most of these factions are led by basically good people. What I love about this series is it explores how conflicting interests can lead these good people to doing terrible things to one another. It’s something we see all the time in the real world.
Think the PG-13 version of Game of Thrones. You want your “overthrowing” fix? Say no more…
(It bears noting that Magnus Damora is also one of my adoptive sons.)
A vaguely Arthurian tale, this is the story of a king reclaiming his rightful throne. The first book has a slow start, but once you break the 30% mark, it’s flying by and next thing you know, you’ve read all three books in one weekend and are supine on the floor because it’s OVER.
Do you have any to add to this list? What’s your favorite book about revolution?