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49 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Fantasy books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best fantasy books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 1
    American Gods
  2. 3
    Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
  3. 4
    A Game of Thrones
  4. 6
    The Lord of the Rings
  5. 9
    Watership Down
  6. 10
    The Night Circus

    The Night Circus

    Erin Morgenstern

  7. 12
    The Fifth Season
  8. 13
    The Lies of Locke Lamora
  9. 14
    Perdido Street Station
  10. 16
    The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    William Goldman

  11. 17
    The Dark Tower I
  12. 20
    The Magicians
  13. 21
    The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn

    Peter S. Beagle

  14. 22
    Who Fears Death

    Who Fears Death

    Nnedi Okorafor

    The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    Mikhail Bulgakov

  16. 25


    Madeline Miller

  17. 26
    The Way of Kings
  18. 27
    A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle

  19. 28
    Howl's Moving Castle
  20. 29
    The Buried Giant
  21. 30
    The Once and Future King
  22. 32
    The Dark is Rising

    The Dark is Rising

    Susan Cooper

  23. 33


    Guy Gavriel Kay

  24. 34
    The Gormenghast Trilogy
  25. 35
    The Final Empire
  26. 36


    Octavia E. Butler

  27. 37
    The Color of Magic
  28. 38
    The Golem and the Jinni
  29. 42
    The Bone Clocks
  30. 45
    All the Birds in the Sky

    All the Birds in the Sky

    Charlie Jane Anders

  31. 47
    Under Heaven
  32. 48
    A Stranger in Olondria
  33. 49


  • How was this Fantasy books list created?

    We searched for 'best Fantasy books', found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Fantasy books are in this list?

    There are 49 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Fantasy books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Fantasy books on the internet.

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