Vote for your favourite fantasy books / series!

We are – here at Fantasy Book Review – busily reworking our list of 100 must-read fantasy books / series. But we need your help! Listed below are all the nominations so far and we would love for you to add your weight to our selections by voting for up to 5 books / series that you would personally recommend to another reader. Thank you in advance for your help.

If you feel we are lacking any books / series, please let us know by leaving a comment.

What 5 fantasy books / series would you recommend?

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150 Replies to “Vote for your favourite fantasy books / series!”

  1. I recommend “The Accidental Turn Series” by J.M. Frey for this list, too! Check it out!

  2. You missed :
    Dragonlance by M. Weis and T. Hickman
    The kingdom of thorns and bone by Greg Keyes
    Merlin trilogy by Mary Stewart
    The bitterbynde trilogy by Cecile Dart-Thornton
    Kushiel’s Legacy by Jacquiline Carey
    Avalon and Darkover series by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    etc etc.

    Maybe the last two are more female relative, however, I think they are good books.

  3. The raven’s shadows by Anthony Ryan,
    The demon cycle by Peter V. Brett,
    A Land fit for heroes by Richard Morgan,
    The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

  4. Just a host of stuff left out. All of Piers Anthony’s stuff, Redwall, The Book of Swords, All Ann Bishop’s stuff

  5. Mine would have been:

    (on list)
    Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

    (not on list)
    Mistwraith series Janny Wurts
    Paksenarrion series by elizabeth moon
    Warded man series by peter brett
    merlin series by mary stewart

    Honorable mentions (not on list)
    Cold Fire series by CS Friedman
    Green Riders series by Kristen Britain
    Valdemar Series by Mercedes Lackey
    Chaos seed series or Viridian Online series (mmorpg type books)
    Khaavren Romance series by Steven Brust
    Night Angel series by brent weeks
    Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

  6. The Inheritance Cycle series (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance) by Cristopher Paolini is top of my list of favourite Fantasy books, but not on this list 🙁

  7. The Sword Of Truth series – Terry Goodkind
    Demon Wars saga – R A Salvatore
    Death Gate Cycle – Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

  8. No Piers Anthony (Through the Ice, Xanth), Stackpole (Talion:Revenant, Dragon Crown War Cycle) Saberhagen (Swords series) McCaffrey (Pern), Stasheff (Warlock series), Mel Odom (The Rover Series)?

  9. Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce

    Sabriel by Garth Nix

    Spider wick Chronicles by Holly Black

    Iron Throne by Holly Black

  10. The Greatcoats Series by Sebastian de Castel.

    The Furyck Saga by A.E Rayne.

    Both are amazing series.

  11. Cherryh’s Fortress series, unfinished though it is. McKillip’s Kingfisher. Bujold’s Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls. List seems mostly to be very recent stuff salted with a few classics, and nothing in between.

  12. Cant vote if the is no R.Scott Bakker. Prince of Nothing and Aspect Emperor is the series I have enjoyed most. Extremely dense, philosophical, dark and epic at the same time

  13. Please could you add

    Chronicles of Amber series, Roger zelazny,
    Elric series, Michael Moorcock
    The book of the new sun series, Gene Wolfe
    Dune series, Frank Herbert
    Fafhrd and grey mouser series, Fritz Leiber.
    Sorry about spelling, am on a bus using a mobile phone

  14. No K J Parker at all? How about The Company? Or Sharps? Or if you want a series, definitely The Fencer and/or The Engineer trilogies!

  15. The Prince of Nothing (Series)
    The Aspect Emperor (Series)
    The First Law (Series)
    The Black Company (Series)
    The Broken Empire (Series)

  16. Vird list… where’s mercedes lackey- valdemar, katherine kerr, katryn kurtz, elisabeth haydon, roger zelazny, tigana and lions of alrasan from g g kay, mishele sagara, patricia brigs- hurog, r
    a salvatore, sarah j maas… and many others- these are just from the top of my mind…

  17. Clearly Elric of Melnibone Michael Moorcock, Amber Series by Roger Zelazny, and the Xanth Series by Piers Anthony should be in the list. So many good books thanks everyone.

  18. Weird list that – astonishing something like Lions of Al Rassan is missed off. Off the top of my head I’d include Gods of the Caravan Road series as well, Shadows of the Apt, Small Gods and Night Watch, did I miss Mythago Wood? Surely that had to be there. Felix Castor series

  19. My top 5, in no particular order:
    “Broken Empire” – Mark Lawrence
    “Malazan” – Steven Erikson
    “Realm of the Elderlings” – Robin Hobb
    “Twilight Reign” – Tom Lloyd
    “long Price Quartet” – Daniel Abraham

  20. Seems like a very male-heavy list. And heavily weighted towards 21st Century books.
    No Margery Weis, Katherine Kerr, Kathryn Kurtz, Melanie Rawn Mercedes Lackey, or Marion Zimmer Bradley

  21. We need more than 5 votes! 🙂

    Other favorites are:
    The Dark is Rising Sequence – Cooper
    Song of Albion – Lawhead
    Dreams Underfoot – de Lint
    Auralia Thread – Overstreet
    Fablehaven series – Mull
    Books of the Raksura – Wells
    The Stand – King

  22. Traitor Son Cycle series, as mentioned already
    Dave Duncan’s A Man of His Word series
    Kane series from Karl Edward Wagner
    Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser from Fritz Leiber
    Sean Russell’s Initiate Brother duology
    Larry Correia’s Grimnoir trilogy
    More votes for Elizabeth Bear and Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (he’s got other great books, too, but I’ll stick with that one, as it seems to be best known).

  23. Thomas covenent 1 and 2, saga of the exiles, pern novels, a blackbird in sorrow. Traitor son by Miles cameron, war of light and shadow, janny wurts,

  24. Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb. Her characters are so human and real. The story lines are intricate and spellbinding. The descriptions detailed but not too much and I can see myself there. When a book is finished it’s like saying goodbye to friends after an exciting holiday together. Brilliant writing.

  25. Linda Ross
    Laini Taylor’s books – the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy, the STRANGE THE DREAMER series. Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE. Maggie Stiefvater RAVEN BOYS cycle. Patricia McKillip’s RIDDLEMASTER trilogy.

  26. Noah Cohen
    No Brent Weeks- Lightbringer or Night Angel? No R.A. Salvatore- Drizzt? No Dan Simmons- Hyperion? No Melissa Snograss/GRRM- Wild Cards? What kinda actual list is this………….. (James’ comment – read the information, if something isn’t on this list or our current top 100 let us know)

  27. Taheg Gloder

    It wouldn’t let me submit my picks, so I’ll just tell you here.
    Harry Potter.
    His Dark Materials.
    Malazan Book of the Fallen.
    Wheel of Time.
    The Dark Tower.

  28. Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade series (aka The _____ Baru Cormorant novels) needs to be an option!

  29. Chronicles of Amber… Roger Zelazny
    Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever…Stephen R Donaldson
    Coldfire Trilogy… CS Friedman

  30. I agree, this requires more than five votes!

    Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series (although Spinning Silver is listed. Perhaps no more than one mention per author?)
    Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files
    Sarah J. Maas’ Court of Thorns and Roses
    Kim Harrison’s Hollows series

  31. Robin Hobb’s series of interlockingbooks, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, LeGuinn Earthsea, Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Rothfuss, but he should finish the trilogy, Deb Harkness, All Souls Trilogy

  32. + A Memoir By Lady Trent (Series) by Marie Brennan
    + The Magical Kingdom of Landover (Series) by Terry Brooks

  33. Michael Moorcock, Julian May, Brian Staveley, Jack Vance & M John Harrison deserve places. Maybe Edgar Rice Burroughs too.

    Under Heaven may be one of Guy Gavriel Kay’s best books, but his best fantasy is probably Tigana.

  34. A few suggested additions!
    Daughter Smoke and Bone series by Lainie Taylor
    Air Awakens series by Elise Kova
    A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas

  35. I have read 95% of all of this list,
    Disappointed nothing from Elizabeth Moon. I have read The Deed of Paksenarrion once a year for over 20 years.
    Also Loyyd Alexander’s Black Caldron/ High King series for 40 years. I have a life love of Fantasy, “Taran Wanderer” is my absolute favorite.

  36. Hey Linda, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a good call, they are reviewed very favourably on the site.

    John Crowley Little, Big. I think I’m the only reviewer at Fantasy Book Review to read this one – and I couldn’t finish it, really struggled. I have read Crowley’s Engine Summer and really liked it, although not all made sense to me. I think he’s a very clever author – perhaps too clever for me at times?

    And yes, Neil Gaiman is brilliant, but we decided to just go with one title for this list, The Graveyard Book. Good Omens is being strongly supported for addition too. I loved American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane – so many great books.

  37. Where’s Laini Taylor – the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy. Or Maggie Stiefvater – THE RAVEN BOYS cycle? Also Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE. And John Crowley’s LITTLE, BIG.

  38. Dune is a tricky one. I’d class this as science fiction. Anyone agree / disagree?

    The Chronicles of Amber are definitely fantasy but the problem is that only 2 of our many reviewers have read it, and neither liked it a great deal. So that’s why it didn’t make the list.

    But that’s the thing about this list, it is so subjective. For example, Wheel of Time and the Shannara novels didn’t work for me but I know just how loved they are by so, so many readers. And that is why they are on the list.

  39. The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist has been added to the list. I gave it 10 votes to reflect how many have commented it should be on the there. Thanks for all this excellent feedback, it is greatly appreciated.

  40. What about the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch and the Checquay Files series by Daniel O’Malley?

  41. The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende
    UnLunDun by China Mieville
    The Keys to the Kingdom (series) by Garth Nix

  42. Drenai – Gemmell
    Song Ice and Fire – Martin
    Thomas Covenant – Donaldson
    Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Williams
    Stormlight – Sanderson

  43. Gemmells Rigante was a good read and I enjoyed his Drenei as well. Not in-depth books but always enjoyable light reads.
    JVJones sword of Shadow was also amazing but incomplete unfortunately so you might not count it.

  44. Series to be added:

    Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
    The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
    The Sixth World by Rebecca Roanhoarse
    The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

  45. Missing series that would have gotten my votes:

    Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
    Deryni series by Katherine Kurtz
    Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
    Warlock series by Christopher Stasheff
    Ryyria series by Michael J. Sullivan

  46. Zamonia books by Walter Moers:
    – The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear
    – A Wild Ride Through the Night
    – Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures
    – The City of Dreaming Books
    – The Alchemaster’s Apprentice
    – The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books

  47. Rohen Kher – Thanks. Shared my vote.
    Would be great to see Zamonia books by Walter Moers on the list some day. They are such under-appreciated pieces of sheer genius.

  48. A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic series), V E Schwab
    The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley

    Also, some personal faves which may or may not have less recognition:

    Curse of Chalion (series), Lois McMaster Bujold
    Fortress in the Eye of Time (series), C J Cherryh
    Morgaine series, C J Cherryh

    Sure I’m forgetting a ton of amazing stuff. Super honored to be on the list…Thank you!

  49. Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
    Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
    Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
    Empire Trilogy by Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist
    Assassins Apprentice by John Flanagan

  50. I would add ‘Ash: A Secret History’ by Mary Gentle, the ‘Farseer’ Trilogy by Robin Hobb and The ‘Elric Saga’ by Moorcock.

  51. My favorites are:
    The Faithful and the Fallen by John Gwynne
    The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent weeks
    The Fallen Book of the Malazan by Steven Erickson
    The First Law by Joe Ambercrombie

  52. The Elenium series by David Eddings should definitely be added (and I agree that it is better than The Belgariad).

    Drizzt Novels by R.A. Salvatore (seconded).

    Nightwatch series by Sergei Lukyanenko (seconded).

    The Cycle of Arawn by Edward W. Robertson.

  53. Great suggestions so far. The Riftwar Saga’s exclusion seems to be the most commented upon. I did love Magician when I first read it and it is obviously beloved by many. I just never read any further into the series. I think we should allow a few ‘reader’s choice’ entries into the top 100. Riftwar Saga, Traitor Son Cycle, Book of the New Sun and Good Omens have much support.

  54. Rift war series by Raymond E Feist
    Any of Anne Bishop’s sets
    Ancient Future series by Traci Harding
    Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
    Fiona McIntosh
    Maria V Snyder

  55. Only 5? I have to save this list somewhere! Some I haven’t got to yet, others I’ll add to my TBR list. A series to recommend: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  56. You’re missing the Elenium series by David Eddings (infinitely better than the Belgariad), and where is the Riftwar series by Raymond E Feist? Or Chris Bunch’s Seer King trilogy?

  57. Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

    A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar

    Bas-Lag by China Mieville

    Are a couple which I really think ought to be on the list

  58. Some you’ve missed:

    The Chronicles of Amber – RogerZelazny
    Тhe Dresden Files – Jim Butcher
    Night Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko
    Good Omens – Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman


  59. Xanth series by Piers Anthony
    Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony
    Ben Holiday series by Terry Brooks
    Word and Void series by Terry Brooks
    Dragon Lance series by Weiss and Hickman
    Old Kingdom by Garth Nix

  60. This is hard. I love many of those books. I think Tamora Pierce should be added to the list with her latest Tempest and Slaughter – Numair Chronicles.

  61. Either the Recluse or Imager series by L. E. Modesitt?

    Feist’s Riftwar Saga starting with Magician?

  62. Michael J. Sullivan’s
    Riyria Revelations series
    Riyria Chronicles series
    Legends of the First Empire series
    Sebastien de Castell’s
    Greatcoats series
    Spellslinger series
    Laini Taylor’s duology
    Strange the Dreamer
    Muse of Nightmares
    Daniel Abraham’s
    The Dagger and The Coin series

  63. From Nick T. Borrelli @NickRevws on Twitter:

    “There’s only a couple that weren’t on the list that I would consider adding:

    1. Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

    2. The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

    Both are absolute masterpieces in my opinion.”

    Actually I just thought of another one – The Traitor Son Cycle by @Phokion1. Definitely deserves to be on the list.

    Thanks Nick!

  64. Lots of really new books on this list (The Priory of the Orange Tree, The Raven Tower, etc).

    As long as those are up there, I’d include Master of Sorrows by Justin Call (it came out around the same time as Samantha Shannon and Ann Leckie’s novels).

  65. From Liam @ApertureReads on Twitter:

    May I suggest the following additions to the list, please?

    The Gutter Prayer
    Good Omens
    Shattered Dreams (part of a series but I’ve only read the first one)

    Thanks Liam.

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