The 26 Must Read Fantasy Books of All time

My favorite types of books are easily fantasy novels by a landslide. That is why I am always looking for new fantasy books to read. That is why I made this list of the 26 must read fantasy books of all time for other readers like me. Keep reading to find out which books made the list!

There are tons of amazing fantasy books to read. This list should help you get started with the bets of the best. These books are some of the most popular works of fiction and have millions of followers.

But beyond this list, there are thousands of fantasy novels that are also worth reading. If you love the fantasy genre as much as I do, then you’ll always be looking for new fantasy novels to read and new worlds to travel to. You can see the full list below!

The 26 Must Read Fantasy Books of All time

Fantasy Novels 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.  

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings Book cover
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings Book Review

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 fantasy series that every fantasy lover must read is Dune by Frank Herbert. It has great world building, a lot of attention to detail and is unlike any other fantasy series. The biggest fantasy author, Tolkien, wasn’t a fan of Dune. But out of respect for another fellow author, he wouldn’t review the novel.

Dune sci-fi science fiction novel review summary
Dune book review

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 is all for this list of the 26 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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9 thoughts on “The 26 Must Read Fantasy Books of All time

  1. Jerry Jackson says:

    Unless the series is complete it should not be allowed on the list…

  2. O. DeMille says:

    American Gods is on there twice

    Why only Way of Kings instead of the Stormlight Archive series?

    Dune and Hunger Games don’t really seem like fantasy. There’s a case for Dune being Sci-fantasy, but Hunger Games doesn’t fit at all.

  3. Rudy says:

    The Black Prism/Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks is incredible. If you loved the type of characters in Game of Thrones and wrote them in a series with a unique magic system you will love it. A five book series with fantastic characters. First four books all 5/5 stars. Final book a bit of a letdown for me but I’ve read over 100 fantasy books and this series might be my favourite. (It would also be nice if Pat Rothfuss got off his ass and finished the final book of his trilogy).

  4. Samir Mokdad says:

    This book column is more an advertisement for the book mentioned, rather of their fame,

  5. Anonymous says:

    All very good, but very few female authors in that list…

    1. O. DeMille says:

      It’s not surprising for an all-time list. For most of the time that fantasy has been around there have been many more male authors than female in the genre.

      On the other hand, in recent years there have been a lot more female fantasy & sci-fi writers, and many of them have gotten a lot of recognition. Most of the Hugo winners for best novel in the last decade have been women for example.

      I don’t think the lack of female authors for an all-time list is a sign of prejudice, so much as a reflection of the disproportionately lower number of female authors working specifically in sci-fi/fantasy until the last several decades.

      1. karinarn says:

        I’ve read nearly every book listed here, and I agree with your choices overall. The Dark Tower definitely belongs. So does something by Clive Barker, imo 😊

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