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14 Best Standalone Fantasy Books & Novels of All Time

Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Standalone Fantasy books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best standalone fantasy books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2023)

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    The Night Circus

    Erin Morgenstern

  2. 3
  3. 4

    The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

    Patricia A. McKillip

  4. 5

    The Goblin Emperor

    Katherine Addison

  5. 6

    Little, Big

    John Crowley

  6. 7

    The Last Unicorn

    Peter S. Beagle

  7. 8


    Robin McKinley

  8. 9
  9. 10

    Fevre Dream

    A Novel

    George R. R. Martin

  10. 11
  11. 12


    Elantris, Book 1

    Brandon Sanderson

  12. 13

    The Folding Knife

    K. J. Parker

  13. 14


  • How was this book list created?

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

  • How many fantasy novels/ books are in this list?

    There are 14 great books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Standalone Fantasy books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of great Standalone Fantasy books on the internet (and the world!) for you and your family to get, read, and also enjoy.

  • Why can't I read reviews or see how many stars any of these books have?

    Here's one of our little secrets, a long time ago we decided our top rule is "don't try to out-Amazon Amazon". Which is why we don't (and also won't anytime soon) have everything they already do a great job with (no avg rating, no goodreads reviews, no to read list, no one click buy, no save to cart, no advanced share options, etc...). Also in the end, we only focus on doing what we're best at, which is to get for you the best list possible! That's the magic of our beloved little site :)

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