The Fantasy genre is crowded with amazing novels. Knowing which ones to read first is not always easy. That is why we have created a list of the 5 must read fantasy books of all time. Keep reading to find out which books made our list!
There are tons of great fantasy books to to read. Choosing only 5 means that many will be left off the list. These five are the ones that stood out the most to me but a few can be substituted and I wouldn’t disagree. You can see the full list below.
The Five Must Read Fantasy Books of All Time
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie
- His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Fantasy Books to Read
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.
A sci-fi class that made our top five list is Dune by Frank Herbert. The world building and storytelling made this a fan favorite. And one of the later books in the series went on to be the first sci-fi book to become a New York Times bestseller. Ironically, Tolkien was not a fan of the novel but refused to review the novel because he didn’t think it would be fair to Herbert, a fellow author.
That ends this list of the five must read fantasy books of all time. How many of these books have you read? What other fantasy books should we have included? Let us know in the comments below!