Whenever I need a good book to read, I always turn to a fantasy novel. There are a lot of fantasy books, making it difficult to choose what I want to read. That is why we have made a list of the six best fantasy books that you must read once in your life. Keep reading to find out which books made the list!
There are tons of old and modern fantasy classics to read. However, we recommend going through most of the early fantasy classics before diving into the recent ones. That way you can see which books shaped and influenced modern books.
You will have come across most of these books as they are always mentioned by fantasy lovers. But with only six books on this list, we know that many other great novels were left out. That is why we hope this list encourages you to seek out other fantasy novels after reading these books. You can see the full list below!
Six Best Fantasy Books That You Must Read
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
- The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Lord of the Rings
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.
The First Law
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.
A Song of Ice and Fire
Like many people, I got into HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series before I read the books. But when I finally read the A Song of Ice and Fire books, I was in awe. The attention to detail by George R.R. Martin is unparalleled, the plot is fun, and there are so many characters.
Martin’s novels highlight everything I love about the fantasy genre. It is one of those novels that transports you to another world. The series is violent and contains a lot of sex and murder. Everything is integral to the plot and shapes the characters in the novel and why they do what they do in the books.
A Wizard of Earthsea
Many people think of old men with beard when they picture a wizard. But Ursula K. Le Guin decided to try something different with a young wizard as a protagonist. Without A Wizard of Earthsea, there may not have been a Harry Potter book. A lot of the themes are similar including a wizard school for young wizards.
That is all for this list of the six best fantasy books that you must read once in your life. These are classics and some of the best books ever written. How many of these have you read or plan to read? Let us know in the comments below!