50 Best Fantasy Books of All Time: The Ultimate List () | Nerd Much?How do we determine what makes a top fantasy book? Some bestselling books may not that be good. We can use ratings but as Rioter Tasha discovered when she looked at the highest rated books on Goodreads , reader-generated rankings and lists lead to other problems. The actual number of ratings might be too low. A book with more ratings may garner more lower ratings simply because of the increased reader pool. Many excellent series populate the fantasy genre , and the longer the series, the more readers the first book is likely to have. And if those authors happen to be prolific, their books are going to be highly rated due to their exuberant fanbase.
The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time
This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. You Call That a Throne? Fantasy first hit its stride in popular culture with old, pulp sword-and-sorcery stories like Conan the Barbarian and sword-and-planet fare like The Princess Of Mars. Later, J. The following novels and series are not an exhaustive look at the best fantasy novels of all time, but rather a sampling taken from various eras from the past to the present.
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But the 21st century has been a particularly fruitful time of fantasy literature, with J. Many readers have worked their way back from movies like the Lord of the Rings franchise or TV series like Game of Thrones to their fantasy novel origins, seeking out new authors after devouring J.
Looking to discover new worlds and new characters to fall in love with? Check out our list of the best fantasy books of all-time below. Good fantasy books have been transporting people to other places and times for hundreds of years. Today, fantasy has truly broken into the mainstream with the success of A Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Did you get to the end of this list only to be told to read the most influential modern fantasy series?
Take a stroll through any mega bookstore, and you will be inundated with countless fantasy fiction books. A few will be great fantasy books, some will be good fantasy books, and most will be bad fantasy books. Finding a good fantasy novel is difficult, like sifting for gold among sand. But occasionally, just occasionally, you'll find that rare nugget, that grain of gold to forever treasure. Some have a negative perception towards fantasy literature especially those who read only "mainstream" literature as being cheesy, badly written, and cliche. Yet, rest assured there are some very well written fantasy books out there -- books that can compete arm to arm with "literature".