High/epic fantasy works are set in a secondary world and have a complex and sweeping plot. Narrative usually involves detailed world building, warfare, the rise and fall of kingdoms, as well as a much larger cast of characters than traditional fantasy books. Setting is often redolent of medieval Europe.
Well-known writers include J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and Robert Jordan. For tips on writing in this genre, see our Book Country blog interview with David Anthony Durham, author of the extraordinary Acacia series.
Because of George R.R. Martin's series A Song of Fire and Ice, the genre has gained in popularity in the last few years, with a tendency toward the dark and gritty. A celebrated recent title in that vein is Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.
If you write high/epic fantasy, explore this genre to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.