The fantasy genre is rich with amazing novels. Choosing which ones to read can be difficult as a result. That is why we decided to list the ten must read fantasy novels of all time. Keep reading to see which novels made the list!
Choosing only ten means that lesser-known fantasy novels that deserve this honor will be left out. But that is a price we were willing to pay to make this list. When someone mentions the best fantasy novels that you should read, these are the ones that come to mind!
The Ten Must Read Fantasy Novels of All Time
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
- The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
- His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
- The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie
- The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
- Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Must Read Fantasy Novels
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.
A big part of fantasy novels is the world build and Tolkien’s world in The Lord of the Rings is one of the most complex out there. But he isn’t the only one with an amazing fantasy world under his belt. Dune by Frank Herbert is a complex world that includes multiple planets and different species. But Herbert makes it all work in what is a sci-fi fantasy novel unlike anything else.
A surprise series on this list is Brandon Sanderson’s The Final Empire. It is a more recent series that pushes the genre forward. It has a multitude of characters and the novel has a time jump as well as in a change of protagonists. Those are stuff you don’t see in many fantasy novels because it is a lot to juggle and fans aren’t always receptive to such changes. But Sanderson makes this work with ease as well as making the newer books feel fresh.
That wraps up our list the ten must read fantasy novels of all time. How many of these novels have you read? What novels should have made our list? Let us know in the comments below!