Top Ten Fantasy Books of All Time

The Top Ten
1 The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings, in my opinion, is the number one book everyone should read at some point in their life. The entire thing is beautifully written, masterfully complex and epic. But that doesn't mean it's a normal, grim fantasy series at all. It's at times, funny, scary, badass, and character-driven as well.

You have to read this.

The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece. Rarely do I use that term. As others have said, this wasn't the first high fantasy book ever written, but its impact on popular culture was such that it's often regarded as such.

Few books have left a lasting impression on me. The story, the characters, and the underlying sadness - it's simply one of the greatest stories ever written, in my opinion.

2 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Probably my #1, because it's such a classic fairy tale.

3 The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien

Although The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book of all time, I voted for The Hobbit for the memories it gave me as a child (and nostalgia upon multiple re-reads!). Simply, no book has ever matched the feeling of adventure in this (mostly) light-hearted, standalone masterpiece.

This book is timeless.

This book is my favorite. I can read it over and over again. It gave me so many memories, and the movies are the best.

Amazing plot that brings you into the story.

4 The King of Elfland's Daughter - Lord Dunsany
5 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis

One of many classics. Still deserves a high spot on the list.

6 The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian - Robert E. Howard
7 The Sword in the Stone - T.H. White

An absolute classic. Everyone knows this story.

8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling

Deathly Hallows was my favorite Harry Potter book. I hated the epilogue, but other than that, this was a great conclusion to the series. Harry Potter is not comparable to Lord of the Rings, but it is the most popular fantasy series ever, and you will love it if you read it.

I think everyone should give it a try.

Top 5 Fantasy Series
5. Harry Potter
4. Game of Thrones
3. The Dark Tower (I love Stephen King, and TDT is awesome)
2. The Stormlight Archive (Brandon Sanderson is a genius writer)
1. The Lord of the Rings (the greatest book ever written)

9 The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
10 The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
The Contenders
11 A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
12 A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

This should be way higher, along with A Storm of Swords, which is the best of the series.

Seeing as it inspired the greatest fantasy TV show of all time, it should be higher.

13 Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

It's just too good. It needs to be higher on the list.

How the hell is this not higher on the list?

A great start to an underrated series.

14 Legend - David Gemmell
15 Magician - Raymond E. Feist
16 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling

Started what's arguably the most famous book series of all time.

An amazing start to an amazing series.

17 Daughter of the Empire - Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
18 The Princess Bride - William Goldman
19 Watership Down - Richard Adams

I love it. I also love His Dark Materials.

20 The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
21 Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

Created an incredible anime movie.

22 American Gods - Neil Gaiman

American Gods is Neil Gaiman's best book. It's honestly a total masterpiece and should be way higher on this list.

23 The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
24 The Black Company - Glen Cook
25 The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks

Not quite The Lord of the Rings, but well-written and full of action. I liked most of the characters and found it to be a fun book.

Well worth reading.

After The Lord of the Rings, likely the best.

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