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Top Ten Fantasy Books of all Time

The Lord of ​the Rings​
The Lord of ​the Rings​

First Book in the Series: Lord Foul’s Bane (1977) Description: Though Stephen R. Donaldson’s trilogy is undeniably derivative of Tolkien (an immensely powerful ring, staff-wielding magic users, an unseen foe of supreme malevolence, etc.), the writer pulls one of the greatest switcheroos of reader loyalty seen in fantasy: its protagonist is one of the most grating main characters to ever anchor a series.

The Name of ​the Wind​
The Name of ​the Wind​

Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind (The KingKiller Chronicle #1) is a work I should have read a long time ago. This is a magnificent and wonderfully-written epic fantasy novel! I actually started it a little over a year ago, but didn’t get very far.

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The Hobbit​
The Hobbit​

Fantasy introduces readers to adventures starring world-conquering villains and selfless heroes (or, sometimes, tender-hearted villains and amoral heroes). In short, fantasy is a genre of epic strength and incandescent beauty. To celebrate the heritage of the genre, we’ve assembled a list of what we believe are the best fantasy series of all time.

A Game of ​Thrones​
A Game of ​Thrones​

Conceivably, the show would focus on the core group of heroes, but like Game of Thrones, Dragonlance could also explore the world of Krynn’s past, present, and future, and cover some of the better work from all the authors that have visited Krynn during the series’ long run.

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American ​Gods​
American ​Gods​

These Fantastic Worlds Top 100 SF & Fantasy Books. American Gods. Neil Gaiman. ... Easily in the top 10, probably top 5 of the 100 SF and Fantasy Books of all time ...

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The Way of ​Kings​
The Way of ​Kings​

Fantasy introduces readers to adventures starring world-conquering villains and selfless heroes (or, sometimes, tender-hearted villains and amoral heroes). In short, fantasy is a genre of epic strength and incandescent beauty. To celebrate the heritage of the genre, we’ve assembled a list of what we believe are the best fantasy series of all time.

Dragonflight​
Dragonflight​

First Book in the Series: Dragonflight (1968) Description: Great fantasy writing teases the imagination, and I still remember the feeling of reading those first Pern books as a child—the wonder of dragons who bonded with their riders through telepathic communication was almost too much to bear.

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Dune​
Dune​

While the first and most famous book in this classic series, Interview with the Vampire, doesn’t rank on the list of best-selling single volumes, the overall series of 13 books has sold an estimated 80 million copies total, making it one of the best-selling horror/gothic fantasy series of all time.

A Wizard of ​Earthsea​
A Wizard of ​Earthsea​

A Wizard of Earthsea is a fantasy novel written by American author Ursula K. Le Guin and first published by the small press Parnassus in 1968. It is regarded as a classic of fantasy and children's literature and has been widely influential within the genre.

The Lies of ​Locke Lamora​
The Lies of ​Locke Lamora​

Basically they are hardboiled detective novels set in a fantasy world; the titular detective is a lazy slacker who consorts with all kinds of rougish sorts. It's got a generally wry tone to it. Don't be scared by the fact that there are fourteen books now; they're all pretty standalone.

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Jonathan ​Strange & Mr Norrell​
Jonathan ​Strange & Mr Norrell​

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is the debut novel by British writer Susanna Clarke. Published in 2004, it is an alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Its premise is that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange.

The Sword of ​Shannara​
The Sword of ​Shannara​

Genesis of Shannara Legends of Shannara Paladins of Shannara The Original Shannara Trilogy Heritage of Shannara Voyage of the Jerle Shannara High Druid of Shannara The Dark Legacy of Shannara The Defenders of Shannara For the series in publication order, go here. Terry's suggested reading order for new readers and for revisiting readers.

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Assassin's ​Apprentice​
Assassin's ​Apprentice​

I read on the average of about 125-150 books a year. Most of them in the fantasy genre. I'm a 48 - year-old woman, so I've put away tons of books in my time. This fantasy series is in my top 3 most enjoyable and engaging epic fantasy reads of all time.

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The Dark ​Tower: The Gunslinger​
The Dark ​Tower: The Gunslinger​

(series) The Dark Tower is a series of eight books written by American author Stephen King that incorporates themes from multiple genres, including dark fantasy, science fantasy, horror, and Western. It describes a "gunslinger" and his quest toward a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical.

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The Winds of ​Winter​
The Winds of ​Winter​

Sword of Truth could've been 4 books max and tell the same story. There's no good reason for Toll the Hounds, Dust of Dreams and Crippled God to exist separately. You get my point. Vote with your dollars. Hopefully Martin's endless delays break the fantasy industry and we get something better in the end.

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The Blade ​Itself​
The Blade ​Itself​

One of my favorite authors for writing less typical fantasy novels than the "Tolkienesque" (high fantasy w/elves) books that seem to be what is mostly available. His book, Red Country, is a great example of mixing two genres (Westerns & Fantasy) and a semi-sequel to the First Law Trilogy.

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Alice's ​Adventures in Wonderland​
Alice's ​Adventures in Wonderland​

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.

The Eye of the ​World​
The Eye of the ​World​

The Eye of the World, the first epic fantasy book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, provided me with exactly the kind of experience I expected from it. 1. An old school fantasy feel. 2. Lots of intense descriptions on every small detail that normally my brain just tries to ignore and piece together itself. 3. Tons and tons of traveling.

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Harry Potter ​and the Philosopher's Stone​
Harry Potter ​and the Philosopher's Stone​

The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known as the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States) begins on a seemingly ordinary night on a quiet street in Surrey, England.

The Once and ​Future King​
The Once and ​Future King​

The Once and Future King is a work by T. H. White based upon Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. It was first published in 1958. It collects and revises shorter novels published from 1938 to 1941, with much new material.

Gardens of ​the Moon​
Gardens of ​the Moon​

Fantasy introduces readers to adventures starring world-conquering villains and selfless heroes (or, sometimes, tender-hearted villains and amoral heroes). In short, fantasy is a genre of epic strength and incandescent beauty. To celebrate the heritage of the genre, we’ve assembled a list of what we believe are the best fantasy series of all time.

The ​Silmarillion​
The ​Silmarillion​

If you’re reading a list of the best fantasy books, there’s like a 0% chance you haven’t read The Lord of the Rings books already, but just in case you somehow haven’t, you should. Required reading. Prerequisite for all fantasy.

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The Lion, the ​Witch and the Wardrobe​
The Lion, the ​Witch and the Wardrobe​

Drew Trotter, president of the Center for Christian Study, noted that the producers of the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe felt that the books' plots adhere to the archetypal "monomyth" pattern as detailed in Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Mistborn: The ​Final Empire​
Mistborn: The ​Final Empire​

Mistborn is a series of epic fantasy novels written by American author Brandon Sanderson and published by Tor Books. The first series, published between 2006 and 2008, consists of The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages.

The Mists of ​Avalon​
The Mists of ​Avalon​

The Mists of Avalon is a 1983 fantasy novel by American writer Marion Zimmer Bradley, in which she relates the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the female characters.

Prince of ​Thorns​
Prince of ​Thorns​

r/Fantasy Book Database: All lists in one ... Prince of Thorns - Question about the setting/time period?? ... it's never presented as a twist in the Thorns books.

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Watership ​Down​
Watership ​Down​

I've been getting hyped up for the Watership Down miniseries coming out ... Books Like Watership Down and ... For more adult books, try The Wolves of Time by ...

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The Last ​Unicorn​
The Last ​Unicorn​

The Last Unicorn. The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel by American author Peter S. Beagle and published in 1968, by Viking Press in the U.S. and The Bodley Head in the U.K. It follows the tale of a unicorn, who believes she is the last of her kind in the world and undertakes a quest to discover what has happened to the others.

Good Omens​
Good Omens​

Description: Good fantasy tales rely on world building, and Glen Cook’s Black Company series has this in spades. The tales cover more than 400 years of rich history across the 10 novels, three sub-series and plenty of short stories that followed.

Lord Foul's ​Bane​
Lord Foul's ​Bane​

Lord Foul's Bane is a very complex piece of work but at heart a good old-fashioned tale of epic fantasy.

The Princess ​Bride​
The Princess ​Bride​

Why The Princess Bride Is a Perfect Fantasy Movie. ... a modern immortal fantasy. The Princess Bride ... insistence that he began reading the Goldman’s books, ...

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The Wise ​Man's Fear​
The Wise ​Man's Fear​

What do i read after the wise man's fear!? ... are good books for people new to fantasy. If you want an epic tale of gigantic proportions check out The Wheel of Time.

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A Dance With ​Dragons​
A Dance With ​Dragons​

A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume out of a planned seven, and in many ways it's the best. Martin was marking time a little bit in Feast for Crows, pushing his pawns up the board but leaving his big pieces alone.

Northern ​Lights​
Northern ​Lights​

The 30 Best Fantasy Book Series of All Time. ... The Golden Compass—or Northern Lights as it’s known in Pullman’s native ... The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the ...

Words of ​Radiance​
Words of ​Radiance​

Fantasy introduces readers to adventures starring world-conquering villains and selfless heroes (or, sometimes, tender-hearted villains and amoral heroes). In short, fantasy is a genre of epic strength and incandescent beauty. To celebrate the heritage of the genre, we’ve assembled a list of what we believe are the best fantasy series of all time.

The Fionavar ​Tapestry​
The Fionavar ​Tapestry​

brightweavings.com /ggk /books /books /the-fionavar-tapestry / The Fionavar Tapestry is a trilogy of fantasy novels by Canadian ... but at the time of the story there ...

Ender's Game​
Ender's Game​

Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set at an unspecified date in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the "buggers", an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender's tactical genius is revealed.

Wizard's First ​Rule​
Wizard's First ​Rule​

Wizard's First Rule, written by Terry Goodkind, is the first book in the epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth. Published by Tor Books, it was released on August 15, 1994 in hardcover, and in paperback on July 15, 1997.

A Feast for ​Crows​
A Feast for ​Crows​

Re: Feast of Crows: what should be in it? What I would like to see is a summary! It's been too long and I haven't got the time (or energy) to read the series from the beginning again.

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Harry Potter ​and the Deathly Hallows​
Harry Potter ​and the Deathly Hallows​

To get this last book in the series, Get Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Epub and know where this all ended. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Epub Plot And Review: The evil wizard Voldemort, who killed Harry Potter’s parent and now he wants all-in-all control over this whole world so that no one gets to challenge his monarchy.

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