50 of the Best Fantasy Books Ever

These books deserve a spot on the shelf of every fantasy fan.

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The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

By C.S. Lewis

1954

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The Fellowship of the Ring

By J.R.R. Tolkien

1958

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The Once and Future King

By T.H. White

1968

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Dragonflight

By Anne McCaffrey

1968

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Wizard of Earthsea

By Ursula K. Le Guin

1970

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Swords and Deviltry

By Fritz Leiber

1976

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Camber of Culdi

By Katherine Kurtz

1982

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Pawn of Prophecy

By David Eddings

1982

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The Gunslinger

By Stephen King

1982

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Magician

By Raymond E. Feist

1984

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Dragons of Autumn Twilight

By Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

1984

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The Ladies of Mandrigyn

By Barbara Hambly

1985

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Flight from Nevèrÿon

By Samuel R. Delany

1987

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Mort

By Terry Pratchett

1988

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Sister Light, Sister Dark

By Jane Yolen

1990

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Homeland

By R.A. Salvatore

1984

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The Black Company

By Glen Cook

1990

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The Eye of the World

By Robert Jordan

1990

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Tigana

By Guy Gavriel Kay

1991

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Boy's Life

By Robert R. McCammon

1993

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The Iron Dragon's Daughter

By Michael Swanwick

1994

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Wizard's First Rule

By Terry Goodkind

1995

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Assassin's Apprentice

By Robin Hobb

1995

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The Golden Compass

By Philip Pullman

1996

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Neverwhere

By Neil Gaiman

1996

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A Game of Thrones

By George R.R. Martin

1997

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

By J.K. Rowling

1999

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Gardens of the Moon

By Steven Erikson

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2000

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Storm Front

By Jim Butcher

2001

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American Gods

By Neil Gaiman

2001

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Thief of Time

By Terry Pratchett

2003

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Eragon

By Christopher Paolini

2003

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By Robin McKinley

2004

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The Salt Roads

By Nalo Hopkinson

2004

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

By Susanna Clarke

2006

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

By Scott Lynch

2006

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The Blade Itself

By Joe Abercrombie

2007

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The Name of the Wind

By Patrick Rothfuss

2009

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The Magicians

By Lev Grossman

2009

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Leviathan

By Scott Westerfield

2010

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The Warded Man

By Peter V. Brett

2010

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The Way of Kings

By Brandon Sanderson

2010

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Mistborn

By Brandon Sanderson

2011

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The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern

2012

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The Killing Moon

By N.K. Jemisin

2012

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Throne of the Crescent Moon

By Saladin Ahmed

2013

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Promise of Blood

By Brian McLellan

2014

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The Goblin Emperor

By Katherine Addison

2015

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Uprooted

By Naomi Novik

2017

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The Changeling

By Victor LaValle

2017

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The City of Brass

By S.A. Chakraborty