Whether you are already a fantasy reader or a new one who is just about to dive into this genre, you might be thinking about which one you should go first. Well, picking up a popular book in this niche is the best way to start your journey. But the hardest thing is that there are a lot of bestselling fantasy books and it becomes hard to select a few in the pool of hundreds of incredible books. To help you out we have handpicked some top books in this genre you can count on. Meaning, from epic fantasy to classic, young adult to urban, humorous to sci-fi, you are going to get a list of the best fantasy books of all time in different sub-genres. You just have to go through this post and pick the one that grabs your attention.
Written by Robin Hobb
Assassin Apprentice is the story of a young boy who was born into the royal family but he was into the Wit, which is an old art where he has magical links with animals. The Wit is dangerous magic if used pretty often. Fitz has to leave this practice in order to enter the royal household. He has to welcome the life of weaponry, and courtly manners and become a royal assassin. The journey is full of adventures that keep the reader engaged. Read on this book if you can withstand joy along with pain as it shows an underdog achieving things with a few heartbreaks on the path. The book is the first one in the Farseer triology and is an adult fantasy series. Explore it right away!
The Blade Itself
Written by Joe Abercrombie
The book has different characters starting from Logen Ninefingers who has nothing behind him apart from his bad songs. His friends are no more and he is also on the verge of dying. Then comes Captain Jezal dan Luthar, who is plotting to fleece his friends at cards. Another character is Glokta who wishes to see Jezal in a box. He is a crippled turned torturer and he hates all. Bayaz is another character who is a bald old man. He is utterly short-tempered and is followed by a pathetic assistant. He is going to make the lives of all the above characters extremely difficult. The story showcases violence that is mixed with interesting characters. The intricate illustrations in this one of the ultimate are sure to make every moment vivid to the eyes of readers. It is an epic supernatural fantasy adventure as it has a myriad of twists and turns. Without any doubt, this book is a great choice for fantasy books lovers.
Sorcerer to the Crown
Written by Zen Cho
The book features rich fantasy where the characters are drawn deeply. It begins with Zacharias Wythe and Prunella a woman that has much power. Zacharias found this woman at a school and his sole aim is to suppress magic in young women. The dominant character is the witch Mak Genggang. The book has enough humour and wit that will surely mesmerize the readers. It even throws some light on racial politics in a way that is still relevant. This book is perfect for those who like diverse characters, historical fiction, fun and fantasy of manners. It is an engaging book that will make you explore more.
Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1)
Written by Fonda Lee
Magic, politics, kungfu, and intergenerational bloody quarrel are the main components of the story. In this, the Kaul family controls the island of Kekon, which is the site that produces rare magical jade. So one gets the superhuman abilities while going through the right training. The Green Bone tribe protected this place from foreign invaders. But now with the advancements, the place runs with cars and foreign money where the Green Bone families take care of the districts and are involved in construction, commerce, etc. The tension between the Kauls and their rivals increases, and as a result violence increases. The further outcome decides the fate of this place. It is a mafia family story where it is more about political maneuvering. Sounds interesting, right? Without any doubt, this is one of the best fantasy books to read.
The Wrath and the Dawn
Written by Renée Ahdieh
The story revolves around the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid who is known to be a monster. This boy-king brings in a new bride every night and the next morning the bride used to come out dead with a silk cord wrapped around her throat. The story takes the twist when the comrade of sixteen-year-old Shahrzad falls victim to the monster king. The girl becomes fiery and vows vengeance. She decides to be the next bride, and she is determined to stay alive and end Khalid’s life. A few nights pass where the girl beguiles the boy-king. She used to weave stories but she knew that any dawn can be her last. Here something unexpected happens as the girl gets to know that this king is the boy with a tormented heart. Unfortunately, she falls in love with him but she understands that things are not like as it seems in the palace. She tries to uncover it and is ready to kill Khalid. What comes next, we leave it to you to explore. Grab your book to uncover the story.
Written by Marina J. Lostetter
It is one of the compelling adventure stories, which is full of surprises. Not only this, it is the ultimate amalgamation of science fiction and fantasy world. The story is about a biological soft robot, Unit Four, that was built and stored over the Jovian atmosphere. It was activated for the very first time where it appears that it is in crisis mode. At the same time, Aliens are attacking the Helium-3 mine whose motive was to protect the largest energy resource on the earth from the invaders. In the midst, it was found that there is something wrong with the robot Unit Four. It has some files that are unknown and some weird chemical combination is flooding through its pipes. The handler of the robot says that all it knows is to destroy. Unit Four goes out of track and creates turmoil. It’s one of the best fantasy books which should be on your list book collection.
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)
Written by Stephen King
This one is an absolutely epic saga you will surely love to read and that is why it made its place in this rundown of must-read fantasy books! The series of books starts with Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. This character is on a journey that has both good and evil. He follows the man in black across the desert where he meets a woman named Alice. Further, Roland becomes friends with the Kid called Jake. The story has some links to this world and the parallel universe. There’s some gunfighting in the beginning but the main characters are the Gunslinger and Jake. Explore this fascinating book right away!
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
Written by Rick Riordan
One of the top fantasy books for the young is The Lost Hero. The story has three main characters–Jason, Piper (his girlfriend) and Leo (his best friend). These three are the students at the boarding school. Jason is on a bus on a field trip and he does not remember anything before waking up on the bus. Talking about Piper, she had a nightmare and since then her father has been missing. On the other hand, her boyfriend does not recognize her. A freak storm hits during the trip and these three are left at a place known as Camp Half-blood. Things go weird from here. Embark on the journey by reading this epic and one of the top-selling fantasy books.
SuperMutant Magic Academy
Written by Jillian Tamaki
This one has won two Ignatz Awards and has been serialized online. The book features the never before seen strips and readers will surely jump with joy by reading it. The book is a unique mixture of uncertainty and humour. It talks about the prep school for witches and mutants. In this, science experiments go wrong and in another strip, an immortal boy tries to escape this world. There’s a lot going on in different strips. If you want a dose of humour and irreverence then pick on this book. Read and explore the jokes that are precise as well as devastating. Not to mention, this book is an ultimate piece that you will love to read again and again.
Graceling (Graceling Realm #1)
Written by Kristin Cashore
If you are seeking a fantasy novel with a touch of romance then this book is for you. The key player is the female character, Katsa whose grace is killing. She killed a man with her bare hands and the skill she has is extreme and rare people have. Because of her grace, she is used as a knife by her uncle. She meets a handsome prince Po. There’s a secret behind her grace and further, there are things to uncover which would destroy all seven kingdoms. Well, she has been working against the tyranny of the seven kings. It has a gripping story and for sure it will make the readers hang on to every page.
The House in the Cerulean Sea
Written by TJ Klune
The book gives the message of kindness and love where the story revolves around Linus Baker, a forty-year-old man. He lives with a cat in a tiny house. He is a caseworker at the department in charge of magical youth. He got an assignment from upper management where he goes to a magical island to investigate a home that has magical children and there are six dangerous kids on this Marsyas Island Orphanage. Not only this, there’s a secret that this island keeps. Further, these children have a caretaker, Arthur Parnassus. It is whimsy and has a hint of romance as well. The book will make you feel as if you are reading something new but still familiar at the same time. Isn’t it unbelievable? This one is another of the ultimate fantasy books which is hard to put down.
Bridge of Birds (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox #1)
Written by Barry Hughart
This is one of the best fantasy books that offer humour, mystery, adventure and a little bit of action as well. It talks about the children aged between 8 to 13 in a remote village that faces mysterious illnesses leaving the villagers in complete shock. Number Ten Ox seeks help from the master Li Kao to get the cure. They set off on the journey of incredible adventures, which made them involved in an ancient crime. The story contains fights, science, ghosts, monsters, and a lot of puzzles as well as travel. It’s a brilliant and crazy whirlwind that is worth tracking down. Get this book today!
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
Written by Richelle Mead
It is funny as well as thrilling and you will surely enjoy the roller coaster of this book. This young adult book with the characters like Lissa Dragomir, Christian, Dimitri and Rose. Lissa is a Moroi princess and she makes her best friend Lissa, a dhampir. The book states that she should stay away and be protected from the Strigoi. The focus of Rose is to protect her best friend from the fiercest vampires. But both of these friends are dragged back to the St. Vladimir’s Academy in the forests of Montana. The school is for vampires and their guardians. This duo navigates through the drama of school and at the same time they are vigilant in order to protect themselves from Strigoi. Both of these girls are strong characters and the plot of course will suit young adult readers. Make sure to count on it as it is entertaining at the same time.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1)
Written by N.K. Jemisin
It all starts with Yeine Darr who is a nineteen-year-old girl who is invited to her grandfather Dekarta Arameri’s place after the girl’s mother dies under mysterious circumstances. The city of the sky where her grandfather lives is majestic and there she came to know that she is named an heiress to the kind. The girl is dragged into a cycle of struggle as the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won. The book is demonstrated from the perspective of the first person. The plot focuses on the happenings after the girl arrives in Sky where she not only tries to make new buddies but is also willing to unveil the murder mystery of her mother. This one is among the enchanting fantasy books that you must read.
The Brides of Maracoor (Another Day #1)
Written by Gregory Maguire
Another amazing book we have counted on the list of best fantasy books is The Brides of Maracoor. The key character of this story is Rain who is Elphaba’s granddaughter. She is a green-skinned adolescent girl and she is welcomed into the group of single women who do obscure devotional practices. Apart from this, there are seven brides that came to the same place but they do not have much knowledge of the ritual and devotion. The story is that if these girls are not able to do their tasks, then the nation will come undone. Now the other part starts where Rain seems to be the unheard eighth bride. Things happen and there’s an unexpected death of an older bride. The civil servant of this place sees the struggles and understands that foreign invaders can lead to turbulence and the entire nation will have to face the consequences. Explore this volume and get ready to set yourself on a unique journey.
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)
Written by Steven Erikson
Looking for an epic fantasy? This one is for you! It has ultimate characters named Paran, Shadowthrone, Tattersail and Sergeant Whiskeyjack. The story is set in a fictional world that has many continents but the Gardens of the Moon takes place in the Genabackis. It talks about the Malazan Empire, a single nation that invades Genabackis and in this place, there are just two cities that are not conquered. The first one is Pale and the second one is Darujhistan. Further, when the Pale city falls, Sergeant and his Bridgeburner group are sent to Darujhistan. While reading this book, you will notice that the Empire is not alone in this game. They discover that the Gods are playing their hands in this journey. The characters are extremely interesting. Just grab on this one of the premium fantasy books and start reading it right away.
Heroes Die (The Acts of Caine #1)
Written by Matthew Woodring Stover
This one is the absolute masterpiece of one of the finest fantasy books as its characters are pretty complex and charismatic. The main character of this book is Caine, who is unstoppable. He is known throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle. He is Hari Michaekson at home on earth but he is bound by a caste society. He has killed heroes, villains, commoners and monarchs. Finally, he has crossed the line and at the same time his wife Palls Rill gets disappeared mysteriously. He has to save her but he has to face a challenge which is the game of cat and mouse with the duplicitous monarchs of two worlds. The book is full of humour as well as philosophy. You are going to like it for sure.
Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon #1)
Written by China Miéville
Perdido Street Station is an exceptional book you will ever read! It features a weird urban fantasy and the main character is the city called New Crobuzon. The city is dark and packed with monsters. Apart from humans, the city has many bizarre creatures such as garuda, khepri, cactus people and ancient beasts. Further, the story talks about a scientist named Issac, who is working on research into crisis theory. He faces challenges when garuda (a half-bird, half-human creature) meets him. Moreover, there’s the inter-dimensional spider, giant sloth, and more make the story incredible. The imagination of the author seems to reach the next level and that is why this book is one of the best fantasy books you should surely read at least once.
Written by Octavia E. Butler
This one is the first sci-fi fantasy books that was written by a black woman and the author has wonderfully included time travel, love, slavery, loss and complex emotion in the story. It was written in 1979 but the story is so incredible that even today people like to read this unique book. In the story, a young African American writer Dana recently gets married to an older white man. The twist comes when she gets transported in time to a pre-civil war plantation. One of her oldest relatives Rufus owned it and the modern lady Dana is called to save the life of Rufus from drowning. Rufus is the young son of the plantation and slave owner. The story showcases that whenever this guy is in trouble, Dana is summoned at that very moment. In the process, she preserves her own life. The plot is that the things that happened with her in the past stay in her present. The lady returns home but she finds that she was gone for a few seconds. The story showcases a great work of science fiction. Just grab the book to uncover the plot.
Written by Lucy Holland
It is a blend of historical fiction with fantasy elements. The story exhibits themes like love, loyalty, family, gender identity and religion. It is set in ancient Britain and it is told from three points of view, Keyne, Riva and Sinne, and they are the children of King Cador. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, there’s old magic and the king knew this. Talking about these siblings, they struggle to find their place and hang onto the world and culture along with religion against the onslaught of Christianity. In short, they fear a life of confinement. Keyne tries hard to be accepted as the king’s son. When it comes to Riva, she can help others by curing them but can’t heal her own scars. Sinne is busy dreaming of finding adventure. These siblings are in a constant fight to pave their own way. This book is sure to move you emotionally.
Written by Naomi Novik
Featuring here is an enthralling piece of fantasy! Miryem is the daughter of a Jewish moneylender and her family is facing poverty due to the inability of his father to collect the debts. She is known to turn silver into gold and Staryk King hears this news and summons her to do the same for him. Further, this woman takes over her father’s moneylending business. Wanda, a daughter of a drunk farmer, comes and works for Miryem in regard to pay offer her father’s debt. There’s a character Irena who is a daughter of a Duke, marries a dashing Tsar. It comes out that this guy is demon-possessed. The story highlights power, sacrifice, love and exhibits the importance of paying your debts. This book is ideal for those who like to read something in-depth with plenty of unexpected twists.
The Famished Road (The Famished Road Trilogy #1)
Written by Ben Okri
The book features Azaro, a spirit child and lies in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria. The child’s parents work long hours and it showcases poverty, even if they are working hard. Further, the book exhibits a sense of inequality. The life of Yoruba is packed with sadness along with tragedy. The land of the living is coiled with political struggles and violence. Just near the dingy home of Azaro, is a bar and a lady named Madame Koto runs it. She switches from palm win to her own car and chauffeur. She sometimes feeds Azaro and other times she uses him as a charm. In nutshell, the place becomes corrupted. On the other side, Azaro sees supernatural events that take place at that site including his own home. The book showcases the harsh reality that exists in this world. Give it a try and you will never regret it.
Written by Neil Gaiman
Shadow was released after serving the punishment for assault and robbery and just two days before, his wife Laura dies in a car crash. It was a mysterious accident though. The story begins with inexplicable events. He meets Mr. Wednesday while travelling back home on the plane. This man proclaims himself to be a former god, the kind of America and refugee. Both these men begin the journey across the USA. In the midst, they face preternatural and epic issues. The idea of the book is that gods are in direct contact with people and they are travelling from one continent to another. In the process, devotees forget their roots and move on. It talks about old gods and the emergence of new gods. Featuring dark fiction, this one is an abstract piece. So, are you curious to set off and walk among the gods?
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1)
Written by Patricia Briggs
This is a great addition to the urban fantasy genre! The book talks about the Mercedes Thompson or Mercy, an automobile mechanic who owns a shop in the tri-cities area of Washington. She is a walker and turns into a coyote at will. The story is more interesting as her former boss is a gremlin and neighbor is a werewolf. Mercy is a tough character and she has a wicked sense of humour. Well, where there are werewolves, there are vampires too and Mercy fixes the bus for a vampire. The world appears like ours but their world takes a twist at night and things get serious in the supernatural world. Wouldn’t you like to add one of the best fantasy books to your collection?
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
Written by George R.R. Martin
The book features many characters where you will like a few and hate some. It’s a colossal piece of literature with the multi-layered story. The book covers the tale of assassins, soldiers, bastards, ladies, lords and sorcerers where they gather in the event of grim omens. The seasons mentioned in the book are out of balance as both winters as well as summers last parallel. That said, winters continue for forever and summers last for decades. Pretty interesting, isn’t it? So the winters are there in the north of Winterfell where supernatural forces surpass the protective wall of the kingdom. In the midst, there lies Starks of Winterfell which is a brutal family just like the land. The books feature a malicious dragon prince who barters his sister to win back his throne. The plots and counterplots are incredible and sprinkled with terror, victory and betrayal. The Starks and their foes are striving to win in between the deadliest conflicts, which is known as the game of thrones. Boasting a magnificent start and epic as well as best fantasy series, this book is a must-read for all fantasy book enthusiasts.
The Night Circus
Written by Erin Morgenstern
Featuring a dark, a bit romantic, mysterious and extremely interesting story, this book will amaze you with its plot. It talks about the circus that knocks in without any notification. The tents feature black and white stripes and the night circus is called Le Cirque des Rêves which features an enchanting, breathtaking experience. The book further talks about the two young magicians, Marco and Celia. Both of them have undergone training since childhood. Celia gets training from her father Prospero on the other hand Marco is a student that gets the training from a man in grey suit. These two are in the quest and fierce competition is going on between them off stage. The twist comes when Celia and Marco fall in love but is it true love? The crux is the game must play out and they have to choose one between the love or the circus. This magical story of intrigue and whimsy of one of the top fantasy books is sure to bind you till the end.
The Imperial Radch Trilogy (Imperial Radch #1-3, Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy)
Written by Ann Leckie
This book talks about the time when humanity had colonized planets. Breq, a soldier is on an icy planet where she is getting closer to finishing her mission. Talking about the past, she was the Justice of Toren, which was a starship featuring artificial intelligence that links plenty of corpse soldiers for Radch. The story is fun too and it even focuses on building trust, getting revenge and featuring heirlooms. Boasting engrossing as well as captivating characters, this book is perfect for sci-fi fans. Now you got to know why this book has its place in the list of the best fantasy novels?
Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s Trilogy #1)
Written by Jacqueline Carey
Another among the list of fabulous fantasy books is this one. It talks about the land of Terre d’Ange which is magnificent. Angels discovered this place and there they seed with men. Their motto is to love as thou wilt. Further the story features a young woman, Phèdre nó Delaunay and she had a scarlet mote in one of her eyes since birth. She was sold into service as a courtesan. While she was growing, her keeper gives her training to be the best spy. At that time, a political game war also set forth. You will notice love, hatred and assassin jumping in the plot. Not only this, it showcases terrible courtiers, Machiavellian villainess, traitors, and poets. The novel is full of luxuriance and sacrifices at the same time. All in all, you will find Phedre to be a fascinating character. Want to unfold this story to see what drives it beneath? Not to mention, you will certainly enjoy compelling drama boasting complex characters.
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1)
Written by Robert Jordan
It is one of the best fantasy books that showcase an incredible plot. It features how time turns and how new ages come. The things that are left are the memories that fade over time. So when the third age comes, an age of prophecy, the time along with the world seems to hang in the balance. The book actually starts in two rivers, which is a forgotten village nobody cares about. Right at the time, strange things are happening. That said, wolves are kind of ruling and people have also got the sight of a man in black clothing on a horse. Then this one of the great fantasy books talks about Rand, who with his father goes back to that long-forgotten village. Prior to this, this duo had the worst winters. When they stepped into the village, Rand also sees a man on a horse who is staring at him. Wonder why he is looking at Rand? Well, apart from this, the book mentions most villagers and their quirks. The story is pretty detailed which will keep you hooked.
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
Written by Patrick Rothfuss
In this book, you will see laughs, darkness and magic. Also, you will find it a little poetic and for that you will love to read it again and again. This tale mentions a young man who is considered to be a magically gifted one. Turns out, he is a notorious personality in this world but in the city full of crimes, his childhood life was spent as a wild orphan. He enters in the legendary school of magic and he flees after the murder of the king. This leads to the popping in of an incredible story in the literature. It covers the education of wizards and lots of mysteries, which will make you keep reading. If you are someone who is fond of suspense, then this book is for you as it is extremely engaging. Clearly, it is the best fantasy book series you should make sure not to miss.
A Midsummer Tempest (Operation Otherworld #3)
Written by Poul Anderson
Another sci-fi book that should be in your collection! Featuring an alternative version of the 17th century, the time in which things actually happen which Shakespeare wrote. You read that right. Meaning, fairies were pretty real. The book has a structure and the scenes are introduced before each. It features a prince named Hamlet who lived in Denmark. Further the tale features Oberons, Titanias and Pucks. There is a lot more to uncover. If you are a fan of Shakespeare’s work, you will surely enjoy reading this one of the greatest fantasy books again and again.
The Master and Margarita
Written by Mikhail Bulgakov
This book is known as one of the classics of modern Russian literature. It features the ultimate revision of the tales of Pontius Pilate and Faust. Also, what’s written in this book is so lively that it is now a part of Russian speech. So the devil pops in Moscow in summer. He does not come alone but he brings together a beautiful naked witch and a black cat who talks. The people do not believe that God or Satan exists. On the other hand, they bring peace to two Russians, the Master and Margarita. The former one is a writer attacked for writing a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate. The woman is in love with the man and she is ready to get into hell for him. Funny, right? This book features reality and fantasy that are intertwined. That is why it made it to this list of top fantasy books you must consider reading.
Wayfarers Series 3-book set (Wayfarers #1-3)
Written by Becky Chambers
The series has three books–the first one is The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. The second is A closed and Common Orbit, third is a Record of a Spaceborn Few. The first book talks about the woman Rosemary Harper, who joins the crew of the Wayfarer. She experiences a good time on the ship but she gets more than what she bargained for. The squad is full of different personalities, from pilots to engineers, all are running the ship. Now let us talk about the second book, it focuses on Lovelace who was ship’s artificial intelligence but now she has to start all over again. One of the engineers, Pepper, helps her to adjust to the new world. Moving on to the third book, the Exodus Fleet is a place that is left on earth and there’s a galactic community, and those who have not left for alien sites fear that their life is in trouble. This fantasy books series has incredible plots that are sure to make you turn the pages.
Mythago Wood (The Mythago Cycle, 1)
Written by Robert Holdstock
Another book that is sure to get you hooked with its whimsy story. It starts with the tale of Britain’s forest that has finished the life of George Huxley. The sons of this man have taken up his task and the twist comes when these guys discover something unexpected. The Ryhope Wood, the primeval forest is a world where different things are happening and love and beauty haunt your dreams. The story revolves around a forest that has survived since the Ice age and the tale of a family that explore this enigmatic forest over two generations. In nutshell, the forest is much more than a simple forest and is full of mysteries. The book features classic characters, and creatures and is brilliantly written. The book was published in the nineties and is still relevant today. That said, it is a great piece of literature as well as a fantasy, which you should surely not miss to read.
The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales: A Collection of Magical Short Stories
Written by Yoon Ha Lee
The book is a collection of twenty-five magical stories along with the touch of myth. Love, nature, adventure and magic–are what you get in a poetic language. Also, it features LGBT+ romances and incredible creatures all set in the contemporary style. The tales are different than the usual fairy stories and each one is accompanied by mesmerizing illustrations. Let’s give you some hints of a few tales. In one story there are two witches who use divination to figure out how they can celebrate their birthday. Another story talks about the fox that loves science. Next talks about the bird’s queen who bargains with a witch that has a cat-eye. Don’t you think these tales of this one of the ultimate fantasy books are super interesting?
City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1)
Written by Robert Jackson Bennett
The book is packed with the intricacies where there are buried histories, dead gods, and mysterious cities. It begins with the killing of the divine protectors of the city of Bulikov which was once had the powers of gods. The history has been erased and all the miracles done by the guardians have also been altered. As a result, it now demonstrates a haunting reminder of the powerful history. It further talks about Shara Thivani, who was sent by the oppressors of Bulikov. She was a junior diplomat but she is on her way to solving a murder. She suspects that the people who ruled the place may not be as dead as they seem. What exactly is going on is now on you to discover.
All the Birds in the Sky
Written by Charlie Jane Anders
The book features an amazing story of a techno-geek, Laurence and a witch named Patricia. They are on the mission to save the world from disaster. They met in their childhood but parted ways during middle school because of their interests. Laurence is a member of a secret squad of scientists and Patricia is a part of the magical order. The tale weaves between magic and science. They work together in San Francisco to help the world with ever-growing issues. So these two people meet again, fall in love and accidentally push the world towards total destruction. There’s a blend of thrill, love, fun, frustration and imagination. Featuring the perfect amalgamation of sci-fi and magic, this book is a must for every book lover.
Starsight (Skyward #2)
Written by Brandon Sanderson
It is about the story of a girl named Spensa who wanted to become a pilot and be a superstar just like her father. She is passionate and has become a pilot in regard as a weapon against the alien Krell. When she made it to the sky, the girl understood more about her father. She learned that there is much more and she could face similar troubles that happened with her father. Spensa heard the stars when she was out of the protective shell of the planet. The experience was frightening and she got to know that whatever she was told about the world was just totally wrong, or can say, it was a lie. In the midst, she discovered more about herself. Finally, she is on the way to travelling to the galaxy’s end in order to help humans if and only if she wants to. This sequel of this one of the premium fantasy books is sure to make turn the pages to explore more.
The King of Elfland’s Daughter
Written by Lord Dunsany, Neil Gaiman
This is one of the most classic fantasy novels you will ever read. It features the poetic style that has made it boast and it is on the top list of the book readers of today’s time. It talks about the heartbreaking story of a marriage between Alveric, a mortal man and Lizarel, an elf princess. The book is a masterpiece of fantasies as it showcases the characters like a bride, her unhappy husband and their son, who is a merciless hunter. You will see that unicorns are for slaughter. Incredible story! Not only this, it talks about the twelve men of the Lord’s parliament who asked for magic. Get your book to unveil the fabulous story of this novel that comes under bestselling fantasy books.
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1)
Written by Ursula K. Le Guin
This is the first one in the fabulous series that features great characterization and a lovely drawn world. It does have a thrilling adventure which will keep you reading. The book focuses on the boy Ged who is in search of a mysterious entity. He is one of the best sorcerers in the Earthsea. In this youth, he was known as a Sparrowhawk. He is eager to get more knowledge to attain more power. This made him tamper with some secrets which resulted in diffusing a horrible cast on the world. The book talks about how he mastered the powers and ultimately restores the stuff. In his journey, a lot of incredible things happen. The author has demonstrated the story with many beautiful details about the characters which will certainly blow your mind. So, are you willing to read this one?
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
Written by Cassandra Clare
This is a YA fiction that features swoon-worthy characters, magnificent settings, and a lovely story. The story begins with Tessa Gray who pops into the dark supernatural world of London to find her brother. She learns that her only companions are Will and Jem who are the mysterious boys. So the woman with these demon-slaying shadowhunters confronts a Pandemonium club. This club is a secret organization of warlocks, demons, vampires, and even humans. These club members are armed with magical and unstoppable clockwork creatures. And it is only Tessa along with her squad can put a halt to this weird army. In this book, you will witness all–romance, drama, and adventure. Further the plot twists are just mind-blowing and unexpected.
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1)
Written by N.K. Jemisin
Essun was living in a small town and she got the terrible news that her husband has kidnapped their daughter and had slain their son. Further Sanze collapses because people have been murdered due to the revenge of a madman. Not only this, the terrible thing happens where a red rift is torn into the heart of the earth. There’s no clean water, no sunlight and no arable land. Essun has to move on through this dying land. There’s a battle going on for the essentials but Essun does not bother about it. She is only concerned and moving forth to save her daughter. The novel is layered with compelling characters and mysteries. It is a genre-busting apocalypse novel that is sure to hook you. Also, you would be looking forward to uncovering what happens in the next fantasy books in this series.
Children of Blood and Bone: 1 (Legacy of Orisha, 1)
Written by Tomi Adeyemi
Another one on the list of best fantasy books is the Children of Blood and Bone’s first series, Legacy of Orisha. The book begins with Zélie Adebola, who is fierce and the main character of the tale. She is a diviner who turned maji. Her dear mother was murdered by King Saran where he was on a mission to put a halt to the magic by killing the entire majis cult. Her mother’s murder left Zélie and her tribe hopeless. The twist comes in when one of the sons of this king run away to meet Zélie and his brother. King’s son Amari wanted to learn magic, whereas his sibling Inan, another crown prince was just like his father who wanted to eradicate the magic. The plot features the Zélie where she herself struggles to control her own magical powers and her growing high-tempered feelings for the enemy. There’s a lot of adventure in the story and you will also witness a myriad of magic along with magical objects. The characters are brilliant and super interesting. In nutshell, the unexpected events which you will witness one after another will keep you turning pages to read more.
So this was the list of the best fantasy novels of all time. By now you might have already decided which one to go for, right? Now why waste time, just grab your favourite fantasy book and dive into the world of imagination.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best novels in the fantasy genre are as follows:
All the Birds in the Sky
The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales: A Collection of Magical Short Stories
Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s Trilogy #1)
Mythago Wood (The Mythago Cycle, 1)
All the Birds in the Sky
These four books have the most popular fantasy stories you will ever read:
Sorcerer to the Crown
A Game of Thrones
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
You can read the book series of either A Game of Thrones or Jade City. Both are ultimate.
There are many fun fantast books but these three are the best: Sorcerer to the Crown, SuperMutant Magic Academy, and Bridge of Birds (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox #1)
It is hard to pick one as there are many top authors in the fantasy genre. Well, our vote goes to Robert Jordan.