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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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Delectable or downright disgusting, we can’t help but be curious.

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[CLOSED] Enter for Your Chance to Win Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon by Wole Talabi

Fifteen winners will receive a copy of Wole Talabi's Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon.

How to Read Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker for Free Online

Yes, this is completely legal. In fact, it's encouraged by the author himself.

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From metals to tarot cards and lines drawn in chalk, almost anything can inspire a unique magic system.