The 50 Must Read Fantasy Books of All time  

As someone who enjoys reading fantasy novels, I am always eager to find new fantasy books to read. But that is not always easy. That is why we have created a list of the 50 must read fantasy books of all time. Keep reading to find out which books made the list!    

The fantasy genre is filled with tons of great novels. There is something for everyone. It is no wonder that many readers gravitate towards fantasy books. This list will try to capture some of that magic.  

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The 50 Must Read Fantasy Books of All time    

But even 50 books doesn’t feel like enough. But you can be sure that this list will take years to get through. Some of the books on this list have tons of books in their respective series. Trying to read The Wheel of Time series alone can take up to a year or more. You can see the full list below!        

The 50 Must Read Fantasy Books of All time    

The 50 Best Fantasy Books      

I If you love fantasy novels, then you have to read The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Not only is it an amazing series but it is the formula that many fantasy authors have used to write their novels. If you have read a bunch of fantasy novels, then you have most likely come across troupes that were popularized by Tolkien.  

One of my favorite series on the list is The First Law by Joe Abercrombie. It is a gritty and bloody series that feels like it belongs on HBO. The characters are interesting and the protagonist has his moments. The world building is what makes this novel special and one of a kind.  

My favorite fantasy writer has to be Brandon Sanderson without a question. He has many great fantasy series and all of them have made me a fan. His characters are likable and his world-building is great. The Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn series have made him a star in the fantasy world.  

Not every fantasy novel has to be as popular as The Lord of the Rings or A Song of ice and Fire. Novels such as The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco and Temeraire by Naomi Novik. You should try various new fantasy novels and see which ones end up being your favorite!  


That ends this list of the 50 must read fantasy books of all time. How many of these fantasy books have you read? What books should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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34 thoughts on “The 50 Must Read Fantasy Books of All time  

  1. Kelly McKinney says:

    Dune is not a Fantasy. It is Science Fiction.

    1. Pixie says:

      Science Fiction and Fantasy are grouped together all the time in lists like this. Think movie streaming apps like Netflix have made it even more popular to group them as a way to get a wider range of people watching movies. As I’ve noticed they will list a Sci-Fi movie with absolutely no comedy in it under comedy and same movie also listed under fantasy. They are great at mislabeling genres. My favorite misleading recommendation by them was searching for Stephen King movies and Disney’s Frozen was recommended lol

      In the end Dune is considered as a hybrid Science Fantasy by some, but yeah it’s definitely Sci-Fi.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Malazan is not a trilogy. It’s about the most intense 10 book high fantasy series you can imagine. Between that and calling Dune fantasy, this list is hard to put stock into.

  3. Oliver James DeMille says:

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, and The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb are all on the list twice. I didn’t notice any others, but there may be some.

    Good Omens is credited to Terry Pratchett alone, instead of him and Neil Gaiman

    1. Steve says:

      I noticed this too, very lazy list making.

  4. Anonymous says:

    never have I seen the sword of truth listed in any fantasy grouping why is that I wonder

    1. Naudran says:

      Because it’s actually a horrible series. Terry Goodkind stole a lot from other fantasy books published at the same time, while making it’s protagonist a Gary Stu.

  5. Jon Hendry says:

    Farseer trilogy not at number 1, heresy

    But I’ll let you off as you included it twice 🤣

  6. Sherman Whitney says:

    Aside from having 5 or 6 series listed twice, you neglected to mention David Eddings, The Belgariad.

    1. Anonymous says:

      He is honestly one of my favorites. And I do live the Belgariad though the Malorean is better imo.

  7. Alex Hartman says:

    Should have included multiple Roger Zelazny books.

    Amber series
    This Immortal
    Lord of Light

    Also would’ve included Jim Butcher’s

    Codex Alera series


    Alex Hartman

    1. Oliver James DeMille says:

      Codex Alera is better than Dresden Files in my opinion, though to be fair I haven’t read far enough for Dresden to “get good” from what people tell me. For what it’s worth, Codex Alera was good from the first book.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Dune is hard sci fi, but as much as I like it, it does not belong on a fantasy list. Other books that do are Brooks Shannara series, Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant books, and I forgot who’s Duncton Wood

  9. Gary Odom says:

    Good heavens! Have you not read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams??

  10. Fergus Breck says:

    Uhmmm…somebody forgot anything from Anne McCaffrey (The Mists of Avalon, and The Dragonriders of Pern), Michael Moorcook (The Elric series in particular), more Ursula K. Le Guin, anything from Andre Norton(Witchworld), Barbara Hambly (Dragonsbane), Guy Gavariel Kay(Everything. The Lion’s of Al-Rassan and Tigana deserve mention). I can go on and on with books and series the author of this piece has chosen to ignore or has obviously never read.

    1. Anonymous says:

      It’s obvious there are not a lot of pre 1980s works represented from the greats of fantasy Anne McCaffrey, Terry brooks, Andre Norton…

      1. Anonymous says:

        The Avalon series was written by Marion Zimmer Bradley not Anne McCaffrey. If one is to list Ms. Bradley it should be for her Darkover series. It is more obscure and was not technically finished before she died but it is being continued by Deborah J. Ross.

  11. Swerve says:

    It’s easy to create a list of 50 when you repeat several. What a terrible article. Was this AI written click bait?

  12. Szczepan says:

    Sooo…. apparently there was nearly no fantasy books before the 80s?

    “The Hunger Games” is just teen action drama. And missing some obvious classics like “The Wizard of Oz” is just ignorance.

  13. Anonymous says:

    damn where’s 6 of crows and crooked kingdom?? Those r the best fantasy books ever!!!

  14. Nicholas Olver says:

    Also missing any work by Kathrine Kerr, so lost any creditability here.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Terry goodkind, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman, I could name a few others but you have blinders on if you didn’t even think to mention them they’re far better than half the books on your list

    Science fiction and fantasy are not the same they’re not the same at all they don’t belong on the same list if there is no magic in that universe it is not fantasy PERIOD

  16. Anonymous says:

    That’s a lot of Sanderson books! Not that they are bad, but t I would of added something from Weis&Hickman like the Dragonlance chronicle or the deathgate cycle, also missing for me is the spectacular Red rising saga by pierce brown with his excellent style of putting you into the protagonist viewpoint and staying there, leaving you guessing at the machinations of others.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I would include at least two LE Modesitt series.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Missed in the list is the book : The Prophet, by the author Gibran Khalil Gibran. It is the most read book worldwide and translated into 22 languages.
    Stockholm – Sweden.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Book 1 of The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini was the worst fantasy book I have ever read. I’ve read most of this list and would have no problem if you’d added more or had different books on it… but book 1 was so awful I had no interest in reading the rest.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Is this list from chatgpt???

      No Deeds of Paksenarrion???

      Not a real listing at all…

      1. Anonymous says:

        Should’ve included Black Jewels by Anne Bishop

  20. Anonymous says:

    Sad David Eddings isn’t in the list.

  21. Anonymous says:

    How can you list the greatest fantasy books and not include Conan the barbarian?


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