The Fantasy genre is full of hundreds of classics and the list is ever-growing. As someone who loves fantasy novels, I am always eager to discover new fantasy novels. For new readers, finding the right books to read is not easy. That is why we decided to list the 20 best fantasy books of all time!
There are a lot of classic fantasy novels and modern novels that are must reads. Making this list was not easy. It is hard to leave some books because there is no more room. Some novels I loved a lot and others are so popular that they deserve a spot regardless of what I think of the novels. You can see the full list below!
The 20 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
- Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson https://amzn.to/3Kz316N
- The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
- Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
- The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Classics and Modern Classics
It should be no surprise to see The Lord of the Rings on the list. I associate The Hobbit as part of the trilogy and think both are equally great. The classics that everyone should read include The Northen Lights series, The Blade Itself, and A Game of Thrones.
I did add some more recent novels such as Gideon the Ninth and Mistborn, and The Way of Kings. Brandon Sanderson has become a go-to for me and I haven’t come across a Sanderson novel that I haven’t enjoyed.
The fantasy genre is in great hands at the moment with authors like Sanderson, Neil Gaiman, Leigh Bardugo, and Tamsyn Muir to name a few. The blending of genres creates new stories that haven’t been created yet and pushes the genre even further.
That is all for our list of the 20 best fantasy books of all time. What books should we have included on our list? Let us know in the comments below!