I've carefully chosen the top 25 fantasy books from among hundreds of series and thousands of books. In my 20 or so years of devouring fantasy books, certain fantasy books have really stood out far above the rest. This is a list of those books.
The Top 25 Fantasy Books list selects from among a wide range of fantasy, from epic fantasy to detective fantasy, from well-known fantasy to obscure fantasy, and from old "classic" fantasy books to the best of later year's fantasy releases.
The goal of this list is to present as broad a selection of the best fantasy literature from different fantasy subgenres -- cult hits, best sellers, critically acclaimed, and classics. This is the web's number one fantasy list, visited by millions of readers over the seven years it's been kicking around.
To include is to exclude, and alas, this list is short, and the number of fantasy books out there is huge. For each fantasy book recommendation given, I try to give some compelling reasons why the book stands out as one of the best fantasy books Recommended fantasy books for adults the genre, rather than just saying "this is one of the best fantasy books ever. Some people may like a book, while others do not. A lot has changed in the two years since this list has been updated.
Fantasy has continued to grow up and gotten much more…complicated. Grim dark is vogue and antiheroes now the rage. And speaking of fantasy heroes, when they are not generally facking shit up and being all anti-heroish, then they better have a serious flaw or twelve.
And hey, who wants just an regular old evil villain when we can have a sympathetic baddie that can still tug on those old heart strings while also filling in part time as a malicious serial killer — you know, that mass murdering dark wizard who takes a breather between murders to feed soup to orphans then goes back to ravaging women and killing puppies.
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This still-brilliant series starts with A Game of Thrones. What can I say about this series other than read it!
It's well-regarded as the best fantasy series, by nearly everyone except the now legion of haters who including the list author are incensed that Martin has not released the next damn book yet. Martin's books have been Recommended fantasy books for adults the top of this list for years, and despite his delayed release of the 6th book The Winds of Winterhis works still stand out as some of the best in the genre.
If you haven't read Martin just yet I'm speaking to the three of you out there who have notyou owe it to yourself to read this series. Martin writes with flair, deftly weaving multiple storylines in a gritty, even brutal, world Recommended fantasy books for adults consists entirely of gray characters instead of the classic black and white. Martin's world is a vast chess game spanning continents, and the pieces are lords, bastards, knights, wizards, ladies, and children.
What really stands out in this series is Martin's penchant for axing the major characters. That's right -- no character is safe from the author's noose. Despite the demise of major characters, the plot lines continue stronger than ever.
Tired of protagonists walking through fire without a scratch, falling hundreds of feet without a bruise, and defeating superhuman creatures with the same amount of effort that one puts Recommended fantasy books for adults scratching an arm? Then this series is your fix. The sheer unpredictability of the series renders it a delectable experience. Dare you to predict the winners and losers? If you haven't read the series yet, read it!
Chances are, you're going to be calling in sick the next day so you can keep reading. There's been a lot of controversy about the quality of Martin's work as a whole, mainly due to the disappointing Feast for Crows and disappointing-yet-again Dance with Dragons. The complaints mainly have to do with the plot not moving along as quickly as everyone would like, Martin still introducing NEW major characters 5 books in and, of course, Recommended fantasy books for adults grinding length of time it's taking Martin to complete new books we now average 5 years between each book release.
Despite the past few hiccups I remain optimistic book 6 will right all wrongs done the past two booksMartin still remains a master storyteller with sharp prose and a fascinating world that's gripped millions of readers -- and continues to grip them both with the stellar HBO TV series and the books.
When the man can inspire such obsessive hate and also fanatical adoration in fans, you know there is something special about the series. Martin's work will still yet remain at the top of the list, because I feel that despite the letdown of the last two books, his story is so magnificently grand that it remains some of the best works out there to showcase what fantasy can truly be.
You can't argue how impact Martin has been on the Fantasy genre as a whole; if Tolkien helped shape of fantasy. Martin has left an equally indelible mark. I don't think you need me to tell you the HBO adaption of A Game of Thrones is like awesomely amazing and continues to break new boundaries and Recommended fantasy books for adults new records for high quality TV productions.
As of season 5, the TV show no longer follows the plot Recommended fantasy books for adults both TV series and novels are now independent stories.
But don't skimp out on the books just because you've seen the TV series -- there's a lot in the books missing from the TV series, even before the plots diverged in Season 5. If you haven't yet read Martin though, don't hesitate.
It's seriously compelling and you'll shortly find out why the world has gone mad for Martin. Wizard, Villain, Warrior, Slave. Hero and villain of a thousand tales. But behind a Recommended fantasy books for adults, there is the simple story of a boy, a woman, and a world that will never be the same In one of the most remarkable fantasy debuts ever, Patrick Rothfuss joins the celebrated ranks of Martin, Erikson, and Tolkien as one of the master tale-spinners of our generation.