The Greatest Fantasy Novels Ever Written
Updated: Jun 30
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.
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.
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".
8. A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Earthsea series was originally written as a trilogy. With the new books that the author added later and the book in which only the stories were collected, it reached a total of six books. This series by Ursula K. Le Guin is seen as one of the building blocks of fantasy literature. It is also known to influence writers such as Neil Gaiman.
"I think the most childish thing about the Sorcerer of Earthsea is its subject: Growing up. Growing up has been a process that took me years; I completed it at the age of thirty-one—as much as it can be completed, so I care a lot. Most young people do, too. After all, that's their main job: Grow." - Ursula K. Le Guin
9. The Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive series, on the other hand, is an epic fantasy fiction series set in a one-continent world called Roshar, with a unique magic system like all other Sanderson books. The novel has more than one main character. Each book focuses on one. Their job is to prevent this destruction or at least to unite to stop this destruction.
10. The Golem and the Jinni
A golem made of clay for a lone man by a sorcerer with terrifying powers. And a Jinni awakening from thousand-year bondage. The paths of these two extraordinary beings cross in New York in 1899. Their destiny is to be different... Their stories are like everyone's, like every person who feels different and alone.
Feeding on the legends of two different cultures, the book Golem and the Jinni draws the reader in from the very first page thanks to its rich narration.
11. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
It has been a long time since the Romans left Britain. Huge country returning to ruin. Fortunately, the raging war is over. Britons Axl and Beatrice risk a difficult journey through dangerous lands to reunite with their son they have not seen for years. They also know that all kinds of trouble will come upon them, but they do not yet know about the fire that will illuminate their hidden secrets.
A timeless tale of forgetting and the power of memories by Kazuo Ishiguro; A well-preserved parable of love, revenge, and war. “The Buried Giant” is a sad, mysterious novel that will leave a mark on every line.
12. Circe - Madeline Miller
Best Book of the Year according to NPR, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, and Newsweek.
Best Fantasy Book of 2018, according to Goodreads readers.
The poets always spoke of me as a woman kneeling before the -male-hero and begging for mercy; I would add medicine to their sweet wines, I would enchant them and turn them into pigs. What to say, putting women in their place is the poets' favorite pastime; As if it wouldn't be a true story if we didn't crawl around and cry.
But they are wrong, you are wrong: Witchcraft is not necessarily born of hatred, jealousy, or any other kind of evil; I cast my first spell from my love.
I am Circe the Witch of Aiaie, daughter of Helios. All my life I've waited for tragedy to find me. I had no doubt that he would find it, because I had more desire, rebellion, and power than others thought I deserved, things that would draw lightning. And one day, I thought, I can't stand this world anymore.
Then an ancient god in the depths of the sea called out: Then, my child, make another world.
13. The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
The author of Circe, Madeline Miller, describes the demigod Achilles, his beloved friend Patroclus, and the Trojan War in the Song of Achilles; It tells the epic of kings, gods, and warriors through the eyes of two lovers.
Having a little bit of mythology before reading this book will at least double your enjoyment of the book.
14. The City of Brass - S. A. Chakraborty
Nahri never believed in magic. No doubt she was strong; She was one of the most skilled swindlers in eighteenth-century Cairo. She knew better than anyone that her services—palms, exorcisms, and healing talismans—was fraudulent, but still a great way to survive and defraud the Ottoman elite.
There are plenty of ghouls, jinn, witches, spirits, demons, fairies in the book. You can get on the flying carpet and travel to a different universe with extraordinary characters, breathe mystical air, and get lost in a different dimension accompanied by a pleasant breeze.
15. The Witcher Series - Andrzej Sapkowski
Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher. A monster hunter who was chosen, trained, enchanted, and mutated as a young boy. He lives in a cruel, uncanny, dark, and monster-filled world.
In his world, fairy tales are not pure at all. Snow White heads a bandit gang. The roles in Beauty and the Beast are very different. You don't even want to encounter genies who grant three wishes.
Defender of the innocent, Geralt encounters incestuous kings whose daughters have turned into monsters, demons burning with vengeance, vampires in love, and more. All very dangerous and none of them is what it seems.
The Witcher, whose series appeared on Netflix in 2019, will soon return with its second season! We recommend both watching the series and reading the books.
16. Jade City - Fonda Lee
Jade is the lifeblood of Kekon island. It is mined, traded, stolen. Murder is committed for it. For centuries, warriors of the Green Bone, such as the honorable Kaul family, have used jade to enhance their magical abilities and protect their island from alien invasion.
Jade City is the first novel in an epic trilogy about those who lived and died according to the ancient laws of family, honor, blood, and jade.
17. Ninth House - Leigh Bardugo
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is a young Yale University student who stands out with her weirdness. Growing up in Los Angeles and living a life of getting in all sorts of trouble, Alex is the only survivor of a brutal murder scene. Twenty years old, but in many ways still big on business… And one night she lost her friends, her lover, everything she knew. Her life completely changed after she woke up in her hospital bed. Alex became part of a group that oversees the activities of societies at the university, but why?
This book is the first book in a series. Let's repeat the words of Stephen King: "The best fantasy I've read in years."
18. Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone is another fantasy series that has recently appeared on Netflix.
An orphan girl who can change the fate of the kingdom but is unaware of her powers. Alina Starkov is unaware of the world she will step into when she is taken from the orphanage by the Army to join the powerful wizarding community, Grisha. When her childhood friend comes back from the brink of death during a raid, Alina faces her fears and her destiny. The world of Grisha is dangerous and contains many hidden traps. Alina, who soon finds herself in the face of the darkness that threatens the kingdom, is just at the beginning of her war.
19. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
American Gods, which hit the bestseller lists as soon as it was released, and won awards such as Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Bram Stoker, and SFX.
Shadow has spent the last three years in prison and two days before his release, he receives the news of his wife's death. He boards a plane to attend the funeral. Mr. Wednesday, who can be described as "mysterious" by the most innocent definition, sits next to him. After that, nothing will be the same as before.
20. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Opens at Nightfall and Closes at Dawn
The circus arrives without notice. No announcement is made before arrival, no one is informed. It appears out of nowhere, yesterday.
A captivating novel of magic and romance that pushes the boundaries of imagination and love, at the behest of the mysterious masters!
21. Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
An Order In Which People Are Classified By Blood… Silvers Dominating Others With Their Magical, Godly Abilities, Ordinary Reds Trying To Survive In Their Shadows… Power is a Dangerous Game. So, How Much Blood Do You Have to Lose to Win? A Struggle for Existence with an Uncertain Winner in a World Divided by Blood…
A flamboyant and betrayal book that pushes the limits of your imagination.
22. Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
A prisoner burning with a vengeance
A gambler sniper
A fugitive who left his privileged life in the past
A spy known as a ghost
An executioner who uses magic to survive
And an escape expert thief who puts it all together