Searching for authors who specialize in sprawling epic fantasy, great worldbuilding, or simply entertaining fantastical books?
Here are the 25 best authors similar to Brandon Sanderson.
Brandon Sanderson, the popular epic fantasy and science fiction author of books like Mistborn and The Way of Kings.
(From the book series A Stormlight Archive.)
Who Writes Like Brandon Sanderson?
1 Robert JordanCheck Price On Amazon
A famous author of epic fantasy and the The Wheel of Time series. After Robert died, Brandon Sanderson continued writing the series.
Recommended: The Eye of the World
A spellbinding, sprawling fantasy world with a detailed magic system, a worthy successor to Tolkien.
2 George R. R. MartinCheck Price On Amazon
This author needs no introduction, the writer of the famous series A Game Of Thrones inspired the award-winning tv series.
Recommended: A Game of Thrones
Violent, bloody, but brilliantly written. One of the best adult fantasy books.
3 J. R. R. TolkienCheck Price On Amazon
The grandfather of modern fantasy fiction. Brandon was inspired by Tolkien’s works like many authors across the genre.
Recommended: The Lord of the Rings
The book that started the fantasy genre.
4 Brent WeeksCheck Price On Amazon
Another praised author of epic fantasy, each of the books in his Lightbringer series was on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Recommended: The Black Prism
Intriguing world and magic system, full of action and adventure.
5 Brian McClellanCheck Price On Amazon
A writer of epic fantasy, known for his trilogies, The Powder Mage and Gods of Blood and Powder.
Recommended: Sins of Empire
Perfect for any fan of Mistborn or similar series.
6 Terry PratchettCheck Price On Amazon
Terry Pratchett’s charm, writing style, and satirical, fantastical worldbuilding have made his Discworld series treasured.
Recommended: The Color of Magic
An entertaining and thoughtful take on fantasy.
7 Ken LiuCheck Price On Amazon
Ken is a science fiction and fantasy writer. The Dandelion Dynasty, is an epic fantasy steampunk infused with Asian influences.
Recommended: The Grace of Kings
An mashup of steampunk and fantasy with engaging prose.
8 Terry GoodkindCheck Price On Amazon
Known for his bestselling fantasy series, the Sword of Truth. It sold over 25 million copies and was translated into over 20 languages.
Recommended: Death’s Mistress
Powerful prose and characters in a sprawling world.
9 Pat RothfussCheck Price On Amazon
Pat Rothfuss, the creator of the bestselling series Kingkiller Chronicle has books with detailed magic systems and worlds.
Recommended: The Name of the Wind
The storytelling in this first book of the series is in the vein of Mistborn, Lord Of The Rings, and Game Of Thrones.
10 Scott LynchCheck Price On Amazon
Scott Lynch is a writer specializing in adventurous fantasy and is married to fellow science fiction/fantasy writer, Elizabeth Bear.
Recommended: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Full of intrigue, danger, and rip-roaring fun.
11 Brian StaveleyCheck Price On Amazon
Another specializes in sprawling fantasy fiction. He also writes short stories.
Recommended: The Emperor’s Blades
A rich world of magic systems, political intrigue, ancient spirits, and enough action to keep you turning the pages.
12 Garth NixCheck Price On Amazon
An Australian writer of young adult fantasy fiction, his numerous series have won awards and topped bestseller lists worldwide.
A stunning dark fantasy debut in an alive world.
13 Robin HobbCheck Price On Amazon
This is the pen name of the writer Margaret Ogden, who writes various genres in her many book series.
Recommended Novel: Assassin’s Apprentice
The novels George R.R Martin called “Fantasy as it ought to be written,” with satisfying drama, adventure, and intrigue.
14 Daniel J. AbrahamCheck Price On Amazon
One half of the science fiction duo James S. A. Corey, writes fantasy. He’s a comic book writer, screenwriter, and television producer.
Recommend: The Dragon’s Path
Interesting worldbuilding elements, characters, twists, and magic systems. Perfect for Mistborn fans.
15 Naomi NovikCheck Price On Amazon
A writer of speculative fiction, she’s won the Nebula award for best novel, among others.
Recommended Novel: A Deadly Education
A gripping, dangerous take on the classic magic school.
16 Frank HerbertCheck Price On Amazon
The writer of the famous Dune story and five sequels. Frank Herbert also wrote essays, short stories, and book reviews.
A staple of the genre. Something a science fiction fan should read.
17 Michael J. SullivanCheck Price On Amazon
A bestselling fantasy and science fiction writer, his books have been translated into over 14 languages.
Recommended: The Crown Tower
Excellent character dynamics, flashy swordfights, and daring heists in this highly engaging fantasy work.
18 Jim ButcherCheck Price On Amazon
A writer of contemporary fantasy and steampunk, Jim Butcher has entertaining, gritty writing that’s won him fans worldwide.
Recommended: Storm Front
An intriguing mixture of urban fantasy and noir mystery with high-stakes action.
19 James S. A. CoreyCheck Price On Amazon
The nom de plume of two authors, they’re the writers of the space opera thriller series called the Expanse.
Recommended: Leviathan Wakes
The first in the popular sprawling space opera series, which is now a highly rated Amazon Prime tv series.
20 John CrowleyCheck Price On Amazon
Not to be confused with the Irish filmmaker, this John Crowley is an American writer of fantasy, science fiction and historical novels.
Recommended: Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr
A powerful, sweeping novel, mixing fantasy, real-world history, and the human condition.
21 Jonathan StroudCheck Price On Amazon
A UK writer of fantasy for young adults and children, his books are spellbinding, dark, and thrilling.
Recommended: The Amulet of Samarkand
Witty, gripping, and adventurous, not just for kids.
22 Susan CooperCheck Price On Amazon
A writer of children’s fantasy, she creates stories inspired by magic, Arthurian and British legends, and welsh folk heroes.
Recommended: Over Sea, Under Stone
Full of intrigue and adventure, this children’s book is magical.
23 Michelle SagaraCheck Price On Amazon
A Japanese-Canadian writer who’s written fantasy for decades, her fantastical books have many nominations for prestigious awards.
Recommended Book: Cast In Shadow
An engaging protagonist, dark, stunning, and mysterious world.
24 Diane DuaneCheck Price On Amazon
Hailing from the US but based in Ireland, Diane writes science fiction and fantasy for young readers.
Recommended: So You Want to Be a Wizard
Entertaining story with fun worldbuilding.
What Else Should I Read If I like Brandon Sanderson?
- Marie Brennan
- Nicholas Eames
- Guy Gavriel Kay
- N. K. Jemisin
- Luke Arnold
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