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The Greatest Fantasy Novels Ever Written

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

Do you feel better in different worlds? One way to stand out from the real world is to read fantasy books! We have listed the books in which you have traveled to lands that you cannot see in the world. 22 Fantasy Books You Must Read Before You Die.

The Greatest Fantasy Novels Ever Written
The Greatest Fantasy Novels Ever Written

1. The Lord Of The Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Middle Earth! Lord of the Rings, which has gained a great reputation in both literature and cinema, is of course at the top of our fantasy books list. It is the second best-selling novel of all time, with sales of over 150 million copies.

Let's summarize briefly: The story that begins calmly in the Shire, a hobbit land not unlike the English countryside, extends to the northwest of Middle-earth as the hobbits Frodo Baggins, Samwise “Sam” Gamgee, Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck and Peregrin “Pippin” Took, as well as the hobbits’ allies and his companions Aragorn the Ranger of the North, Boromir the Commander of Gondor, the warrior dwarf Gimli, the Elven prince Legolas, and the wizard Gandalf follow the course of the War of the Ring.

You must read further to discover this universe! The universe isn't just about the Lord of the Rings trio. Tolkien has many books about this universe. For more information on this universe, we recommend reading The Silmarillion.

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2. Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

In a land where summers can last for decades and winters for a lifetime, dreadful and cold times are approaching. If you can't get enough of the series, we definitely recommend you to read the books that will make you look from a different door.

From the merciless cold north to the warm realm of pleasure in the far south, the story of ladies, lords, warriors, sorcerers, and murderers begins in an age marked by terrible prophecies. But the book series is not yet complete. We hold our breath, we're all waiting for Martin to release the last book in the series.

Book 1 - Game of Thrones

Book 2 - A Clash of Kings

Book 3 - A Storm of Swords

Book 4 - A Feast for Crows

Book 5 - A Dance with Dragons

Book 6 - Winds of Winter (To be Published)

Book 7 - Spring Dream (To be published)

3. Harry Potter – J.K Rowling

A must on our list! We're all still waiting for Hogwarts' letter, right? J.K Rowling's magnificent work broke world records and has been adapted into beautiful fiction films.

Harry Potter lost his parents at a young age and lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. But Harry is treated very badly here, the unhappy boy Harry's life will change on his 11th birthday and nothing will be the same anymore.

We think you've watched this movie series, but if you haven't read the book series, you should explore the episodes that are not in the movies!

4. Dune - Frank Herbert

Voted the best science fiction book of the 20th century by readers!

Considered one of the most epic messianic narratives in modern literature, Dune tells the story of the young Paul Atreides. Atreides' family has accepted control of the planet Arrakis, known as the sole source of melange 'spice', the most important and valuable substance in the universe. A unique story will emerge from the multi-layered, complex interplay of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotions as the forces of the empire strangle each other for control of Arrakis.

5. The Chronicles Of Narnia - C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia is a seven-book series of fantasy novels for children by C. S. Lewis. There are many Christian elements in the series. The characters and ideas are inspired by Greek and Roman mythology, as well as classical English and Irish fairy tales. Also, did you know that C. S. Lewis was friends with Tolkien?

Most of us may know Narnia from the movie. The story begins with the Pevensie sibling's Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy (Lucy), who were sent by their mother to an old Professor's country estate in the 1940s so that they would not be harmed in the war, accidentally discovering that there is a door to another world (Narnia) other than the wardrobe in a room in the house. But it is actually the second book in this series.

6. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

The Kingkiller Chronicle is an epic fantasy novel by American author Patrick Rothfuss, which is the autobiography of the fictional character Kvothe. The book narration is divided into two; some are at the time when the bar owner Kvothe tells Devan Looches about his life as three separate days, and some are at the time in his life story.

'Maybe you've heard of me.'

This is how a unique tale of fantasy fiction begins, the story of a hero told with his own mouth. It's a sad story.

7. The Dark Tower - Stephen King

The Black Tower is a series of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and western books written by the American author Stephen King. The series follows Roland Deschain, the last surviving gunslinger, in search of the mysterious Dark Tower. King drew the story directly from Robert Browning's long poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came".