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Fantasy Books Stories

Whether you prefer epic fantasy series or standalone fantasy, there’s nothing like getting lost in the pages of a fantasy book. But where to begin with all the treasures of the fantasy genre? Fantasy is a vast realm, and there can be distinct differences between low fantasy, urban fantasy, sword and sorcery, grimdark, and the myriad other subgenres

Thankfully, The Portalist offers a map to help you on your quest. We recommend classic fantasy, award-winning titles, underrated works, and the bibliography of icons like Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Pratchett, and other greats. And from exploring beloved characters to landmark quotes, we go deep on foundational series such as George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. 

If you’re interested in writing fantasy—in addition to reading it!—explore The Portalist’s writing advice on how to perfect the magic system in your work in progress, honing worldbuilding, and surprising yourself through your own fiction. 

Regardless of what you want from your fantasy quest, we’re excited to help you achieve your destiny. Grab your sword, your sidekick, and a bit of Chosen One panache, and embark on your fantasy quest today.

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Reviewing Ruth Ozeki’s The Book of Form and Emptiness

Ruth Ozeki's fantastic book is neither form-fitting nor empty.

12 Upcoming Romantasy Novels We Can't Wait to Read

Looking for new romantasy books in 2023 and beyond? Keep an eye out for these titles.

5 Spicy Fantasy Romance Books Like A Court of Thorns and Roses

If you're a fan of Sarah J. Maas's bestselling work, try these books with similar spicy themes.

5 Sprawling Fantasy Books That Zelda Fans Will Love

If you're playing your way through The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you might love these books. 

7 Must-Read Books of Stories by H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft wasn't known for his novels, but his works have been adapted to film, TV, manga, and more.

7 Must-Read Joe Abercrombie Books

Blood, betrayal, and brutal heroes await. 

Kat Howard on Fantasy Books With Unseen Worlds and A Sleight of Shadows

The author of An Unkindness of Magicians has returned with the conclusion to The Unseen Worlds Duology.

9 of the Best Henchmen in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sometimes, the bad guy's right-hand man can make a stronger impression than the actual villain.

9 Fantasy Adventures for Fans of Eragon by Christopher Paolini

If you fell in love with Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle, there's a good chance you'll enjoy these reads, too.

The Chronicles of Prydain and Other Fantastic Children's Books by Lloyd Alexander

Newbery Award-winning author Lloyd Alexander wrote more than 50 novels in his lifetime, the majority of which were meant for children and young adults.

Our Favorite Tokyopop Manga Works

Tokyopop helped manga go mainstream in America and reach the level of success it enjoys today. 

3 Simple Tips on Writing the First 5 Pages of Your Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novel

If you’re a first-time author, the first five pages of your novel can make or break your publishing chances.

The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books for Animal Lovers

From Animorphs to Redwall, these stories starring lovable critters are heartwarming and full of adventure.

13 Thrilling, Myth-Based Fantasy Books Like Percy Jackson

Can't get your head out of the clouds — or rather, Mount Olympus? We’ve got you covered.

[CLOSED] Enter for Your Chance to Win Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken!

Ten winners will receive a copy of Alexandra Bracken's Silver in the Bone.

Watch Patrick Rothfuss Read the Prologue of The Doors of Stone

The bestselling author read the prologue of the third Kingkiller Chronicle entry on his Twitch stream.