The 40 Must Read Fantasy Books of All time

I am always searching for the next Fantasy book to read. There are many great books to choose from which makes it a bit difficult. That is why we have decided to create a list of the 40 must read fantasy books of all time. Keep reading to find out which books made the list!      

The 40 Must Read Fantasy Books of All Time

There are tons of great fantasy books to choose from. You won’t be able to read many of them which is why you have to be thorough. This list highlights some of the best works in the genre. Some of these books will end up being your favorite. And others you might not enjoy as much. You can see the full list below!  

The 40 Must Read Fantasy Books of All Time

Fantasy Novels That You Need to Read

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.  


That ends this list of the 40 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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10 thoughts on “The 40 Must Read Fantasy Books of All time

  1. Christopher Langston says:

    Since the list duplicates both American Gods and Chronicles of Narnia, I would think you would have space for Fafferd and the Grey Mouser by Fritz Lieber, something by Rodger Zelazny, and L Sprague de Camp, Lest Darkness Fall.

  2. Tad says:

    Chronicles of Amber should definitely be on this list. Foundation Trilogy. Pawn if Prophesy.

      1. Clayton says:

        Malazan Book of the Fallen is most assuredly not a trilogy. Much, much bigger. I don’t have the time to point out the glaring errors in this article. Both the author and the editor should be embarrassed.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi, love the suggestions! Just thought I should point out that Good Omens was coauthored by both Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

  4. Anonymous says:

    There are so many wonderful fantasy series written by women, yet 73% of the authors on this list are men. It’s really unfortunate to constantly see this kind of gender bias on these lists.

  5. Jason Chapman says:

    I loved the Dragonlance Saga myself. Great characters, heavy D & D influence and dragons by the bucket load. One of my all time favorite trilogies


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