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Top Ten Fantasy Novels of all Time

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

The Lord of the Rings is the most famous modern work of fantasy literature, but it’s far from the only one. There are plenty of dark, literate, sexy, diverse, and thought-provoking fantasy novels out there.

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

The latest season of Game of Thrones is coming to an end this weekend, which means that you’re going to need to get your epic fantasy fix somewhere else, possibly until 2019. You could go back and re-read the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series, but you could also take the time to discover an entirely new fantasy world.

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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​

In honor of this hobbit-versary, EW writers Devan Coggan and Christian Holub debate which protagonist is actually the best lord of the ring. The case for Bilbo. Picking the best hobbit of all time is hard, if only because there are so many eligible choices.

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American ​Gods​
American ​Gods​

American Gods creator Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery) are adapting the sprawling fantasy novel series Gormenghast for TV. Deadline reports Gaiman and Goldsman will executive produce the series for FremantleMedia alongside Barry Spikings (The Deer Hunter) and David Stern (Howards End).

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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 Way of ​Kings​
The Way of ​Kings​

First Book in the Series: The Way of Kings (2010) Description: Brandon Sanderson is a masterfully technical worldbuilder, and the magic in his books follows a precise logic that gives it natural boundaries. But his greater gift is with character.

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 Belgariad​
The Belgariad​

The Belgariad and its ancillaries are some of my all-time favorite fantasy novels. Ever since getting my first Kindle (way back in '09), I've wanted them in eBook form, but it seems like Del Rey can't pull them together.

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Dune​
Dune​

Description: What began as a children’s series about an orphaned boy whisked away to a magical school developed into one of the most beloved book franchises of all time, turning its then-unknown author into a billionaire. But forget the movies, the theme parks, the college Quidditch teams and the ubiquitous halloween costumes. None of that would exist if this coming-of-age story, told over seven novels, wasn’t so completely enchanting.

The Painted ​Man​
The Painted ​Man​

So when the publishers of Peter V. Brett’s debut novel sent me The Painted Man a month ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself reading a fresh idea. Set in a world where the night is plagued by demons from the Core – beastly animals representing fire, stone, wood, water, sand and wind – we are introduced slowly to our three main characters.

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

Worth every fantasy reader's time ... I would have a hard time choosing between the Waylander or Druss novels in a ... There's Assassin's Apprentice by ...

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

I've read a decent amount of fantasy, but nothing amazed me like The Lies of Locke Lamora. Is there anything fantasy out there with funny, gritty...

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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 fantasy novel written by English mathematician 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 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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Uprooted​
Uprooted​

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written Whether ... A classic of the genre from one of its all-time masters, ... Another set of fantasy novels retelling the ...

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

Shannara (Chronological Order) Series (28 books) There are 28 primary works and 41 total works in the Shannara (Chronological Order) Series This list shows the chronological order of the entire Shannara series.

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

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

The first novel adapted was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe released in December 2005.

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

Gardens of the Moon is the first of ten novels in Canadian author Steven Erikson's high fantasy series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen. It was first published in 1999 and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

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

Which is nice because too often in fantasy novels the world seems empty aside from the main characters ... The Eye of World is Book 1 of the Wheel of Time series, ...

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.

Prince of ​Thorns​
Prince of ​Thorns​

Prince of Fools is an equally good book. But it's a different kind of read than Mr. Lawrence's first 3 books. Not quite as heavy, more cheeky, but still has it's violence and young (not quite as young as Jorg) protagonist.

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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.

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

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice.

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Lord Foul's ​Bane​
Lord Foul's ​Bane​

Lord Foul's Bane is a fantasy novel by American writer Stephen R. Donaldson, the first book of the first trilogy of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series. It is followed by The Illearth War.

Dragonflight​
Dragonflight​

Description: What began as a children’s series about an orphaned boy whisked away to a magical school developed into one of the most beloved book franchises of all time, turning its then-unknown author into a billionaire.

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Words of ​Radiance​
Words of ​Radiance​

Description: What began as a children’s series about an orphaned boy whisked away to a magical school developed into one of the most beloved book franchises of all time, turning its then-unknown author into a billionaire.

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.

Watership ​Down​
Watership ​Down​

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very sp...

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

A Dance with Dragons is the fifth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. In some areas the paperback edition was published in two parts titled Dreams and Dust and After the Feast.

Northern ​Lights​
Northern ​Lights​

The 30 Best Fantasy Book Series of All Time. By Frannie Jackson | February ... The Golden Compass—or Northern Lights as it’s known in Pullman’s native England—set off a trilogy following a young girl named Lyra as she adventured through multiple universes with a device that could answer any question. Pullman’s world(s) building is intoxicating, concocting a reality where children ...

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.

Drenai Series​
Drenai Series​

The Drenai series or Drenai Saga is a series of eleven heroic fantasy novels written by David Gemmell. The books are set in the fictional Drenai world first introduced in Gemmell's debut novel, Legend.

The Fionavar ​Tapestry​
The Fionavar ​Tapestry​

In the three novels that make up the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy collected in this omnibus edition (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road), five University of Toronto students find themselves transported to a magical land to do battle with the forces of evil.

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The Book of ​Three​
The Book of ​Three​

First Book in the Series: The Black Company (1984) 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.

Good Omens​
Good Omens​

Good Omens didn’t fit the mold I knew—it wasn’t totally plot-driven with stock characters, nor was it “serious literature” with all character development and no action. In retrospect, this was my first foray into the modern fantasy genre, with the exception of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Hobbit.

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Neverwhere​
Neverwhere​

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

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

It's the first in a long series about a dark elf named Drizzt. They are good books for people new to fantasy. If you want an epic tale of gigantic proportions check out The Wheel of Time. It's awesome. If you want a little scifi in your fantasy check out the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey.

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The Last ​Unicorn​
The Last ​Unicorn​

In 1987, Locus ranked The Last Unicorn as number five among the 33 “All-Time Best Fantasy Novels”, based on a poll of subscribers. Showtimes and appearances by Mr. Beagle are: Friday, March 13 at 6:00 PM; Saturday March 14 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Perdido Street ​Station​
Perdido Street ​Station​

Perdido Street Station is the first book in China Mieville's New Crobuzon series, published by Macmillian in 2000. The book is set in the world of Bas-Lag, a fantasy world full of weird and wonderful creatures and environments unlike anything I have ever read about before.

The Princess ​Bride​
The Princess ​Bride​

The Princess Bride is a 1973 fantasy romance novel written by William Goldman. The book combines elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romantic love, romance, and fairy tale. It is presented as an abridgment (or "the good parts version") of a longer work by S. Morgenstern, and Goldman's "commentary" asides are constant throughout.

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

DEL REY AND BANTAM BOOKS 2014 SAMPLER George R.R. Martin, Diana Gabaldon, Robin Hobb, Terry Brooks & Kevin Hearne

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The ​Magician's Nephew​
The ​Magician's Nephew​

Description: What began as a children’s series about an orphaned boy whisked away to a magical school developed into one of the most beloved book franchises of all time, turning its then-unknown author into a billionaire.

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