The Best Fantasy Books of All Time

The fantasy genre is one of the most diverse and creative genres there is. It has led to many amazing fantasy worlds and has created some of the most iconic characters to exist. That is why we have decided to list the best fantasy books of all time!

Depending on your preference, you may enjoy some light-hearted fantasy books or maybe a dark and grim one. There are a lot of options to choose from which makes creating this list a bit difficult. That didn’t stop us but we did have to consider some books that while they weren’t our cup of tea, they are still beloved by many. You can see the full list below!

The Best Fantasy Books of All Time
The Best Fantasy Books of All Time

The Best Fantasy Books of All Time

Old and New Fantasy Books

Some of our picks are obvious and to be honest, this list was easier to make than the other ones. That is partly because I love fantasy novels and avidly have scoured dozens of lists over the years. It is no surprise to see The Lord of the Rings, A Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter on the list.

I would rather talk about less mainstream books like The Blade Itself, Mistborn, Gideon the Ninth, and Six of Crows. Those are some of my favorite books of all time and each of them has its own spin on the fantasy genre. Gideon the Ninth is a witty sci-fi fantasy novel and it pushes the genre is a direction unlike any other book.

Lastly, what I noticed when making this list is that unlike other lists, the fantasy list includes a lot more recent books. The 2000’s seems to be a great decade for fantasy books and a lot of authors made a name for themselves. And there are still amazing books being released in this genre and that is a great sign for fans of fantasy.


That wraps up our best fantasy books of all time list. What books should have made the list didn’t? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!

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25 thoughts on “The Best Fantasy Books of All Time

  1. robin van der horst says:

    It’s always nice to find a list that coincides with your own. Only three books that I haven’t already read and those go on my wishlist immediately.
    I would like to add that some unconventional writers who publish online might catch your interest if you’d give them a try.
    Worm by John C. “Wildbow” McCrae (finished)
    The wandering Inn by Pirateaba (ongoing)
    A practical guide to Evil by Erraticerrata (finished)

    There are a lot of other great ones but these spring to mind. Some start of slow or you’ll notice the writer is a little “immature” in it’s writing, (e.g. the Wandering Inn) but this will improve during the series.

  2. Danny Kennemore says:

    Can’t believe Stephen R Donaldson isn’t on there. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant was masterfully written

  3. Weeble says:

    Maybe this should be books or series. Storm fronts are good novel, as it goes, but it’s not the best Dresden Files novel. It’s just the first Dresden Files novel.

    1. Richard L Kennedy says:

      Was going to say this. Dresden Files is an awesome series, but “Changes” is far superior to “Stormfront” and there are many others in the 17 book series that are also better.

  4. James Morin says:

    The Thomas Covenant Chronicles by Stephen R. Donaldson belong on this list. Ten novels with the anti- hero Covenant and totally different Lands and Times

  5. Mxplrq says:

    Good list! Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

  6. Jeremy says:

    I’ve had a great re-reading more than once any of the Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony

  7. Ward says:

    Magician by Raymond Feist and Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings should be in there. Both in my top 10

    1. Anonymous says:

      How about Wheel of Time. Gotta have that one on there.

      1. Ahaqir says:

        I gave it a read and did not feel like it belongs on the list. My main reason being that it is very redundant at times and the plot is very slow. Yes, I’ve heard it gets much better around book 6 but that’s a lot of patience to have.

      2. Anonymous says:

        At least it is complete, unlike Game of Thrones or Name of the Wind.

  8. Greg Hall says:

    R.A. Salvatore’s “The Dark Elf Trilogy” and the next 30+ Drizzt series books that follow

  9. Kristian Hartmann says:

    Terry Pratchett with his Discworld Series should be on the List.

    Likewise Glen Cook and his Black Company Series.

    Tad Williams and his Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series.

    Ursal K. LeGuin A wizard of Earthsea

  10. Tim Dunn says:

    How about the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy…

  11. Sylvia says:

    Her Majesty’s Wizard is the first book in the Wizard in Rhyme series and it is awesome. Plus the Adept series and the Mancer series are really good too. Not to mention the Xanth series. I really wonder about the judges when not one of these series have made the list..

  12. Dumont69 says:

    Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    Naomi Novik
    Jeff Wheeler


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