Fantastic Heists

By Kristi S. 

It all started with Mistborn: The Final Empire, recommended to me by a coworker (thank you, Grant). I was pulled in by page one and my love for the fantasy heist genre was born. There’s nothing like the thrill of following characters as they pull off a major theft, but it becomes even more exciting when there is an element of magic involved.

If you are a fan of the fantasy genre or love a good heist story, try one of these titles which meld the two into one enjoyable narrative.

Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

A diverse group of outcasts, each with their own unique skills, plot to infiltrate a high-society party and steal an artifact that will change their lives. This book transports you to a magical world brimming with fully realized characters, clever riddles, and shocking twists.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennet

In a city controlled by industrialized magic, a thief, a magical key, and a police captain team up to stop an evil figure from complete domination. This is a highly inventive story that blends sci-fi technology, magic, and adventure into a compelling and dramatic narrative.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The best heists are plotted by a band of misfits, and that’s exactly what we get with this action-packed story of a daring jail break. Double-crosses and dangerous secrets abound. The characters are so engaging and the story moves at a whirlwind pace that will have you desperate for the sequel.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

This middle grade series is one of my absolute favorites on audio. The Thief follows sarcastic and witty Gen as he journeys to a remote temple to steal an artifact that will buy his freedom. It’s fast-paced, funny, and told with rich world building that offers pure escapism. Perfect for long days at home.


If you are intrigued by fantasy heists, check out my list for even more suggestions. And, as always, let me know your favorites in the comments!

Fantastic Heists

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