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Great Fantasy Books

Fantasy Books Well Worth Reading
This list is simply a list of great fantasy books. And by great, I mean books that nearly but didn't quite make the Top 100 Fantasy List. Likely, you'll some of these are your own favorite fantasy.

Note, I am currently REBUILDING this list from scratch since I reorganized a number of the lists here, so bear with me while this list comes together over the next couple weeks. 

That means there won't be finished descriptions and the list is missing most of the entries.

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Award Nominations:1999 LocusF

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With a Martin-esque plot and Jim Butcher pace, The Axe and the Throne is a definite "must read" for even the pickiest fantasy fans.

In his stunning debut, Ireman has built the type of world so vivid and engrossing that leaving it at the end is agony. In spite of leaning toward grimdark, where authors often enshroud every scene in depressing darkness, there is no lack of cheerful moments or brilliant scenery. Yet the pangs of near-instant nostalgia that come after you put down a book like this have less to do with the inspired setting, and far more to do with those who inhabit it. 

From savage, unremorseful heroes, to deep, introspective villains, the cast of this story is comprised of believable characters capable of unthinkable actions. And it is these characters -- the ones you wish you could share a drink with or end up wanting to kill -- that forge the connection between fantasy and reality. Keethro, Titon, Ethel, Annora. These are names you will never forget, and each belongs to a man or woman as unique as they are memorable. 


No book would be complete without a its fair share of intrigue, however, and there is no lack of it here. Each chapter leaves you wanting more, and Ireman's masterful use of misdirection leads to an abundance of "oh shit" moments. Do not be fooled (or do -- perhaps that's part of the fun) by storylines that may appear trope-ish at first. This is no fairytale. 

Available on Amazon & Audible, Barns & Noble, iTunes, Google, and Kobo.

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Award Nominations:1997 WFA

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Awards Won:1968 HUGO
Award Nominations:1967 NEBULA

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Award Nominations:1988 WFA

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Tarmun Vykers, the main character of Steel, Blood & Fire and the rest of the Immortal Treachery series, proves time and again that he belongs in the pantheon of anti-heroes, right alongside Conan, Elric, Karsa, and the Bloody Nine. If you like your villains terrible and your heroes worse, this series is for you.

Batchelder's series is a real favorite among the BestFantasyBooks.com forum community and we feel if you love gritty fantasy in the vein of Abercrombie, you'll love Batchelder's series.

On the march, around the campfire, and in the taverns, they tell incredible stories about Tarmun Vykers, the Reaper -- how he's never been cut in battle, how he once defeated hundreds of men by himself, how he exterminated an entire people over an insult.

These stories make Vykers seem like a god, but he is a man, an arrogant, ruthless and bloodthirsty man. For all that, he may be the only thing standing between the human race and utter annihilation at the hands of the mad wizard who calls himself the End-of-All-Things.

The Reaper's appetite for violence is exceeded only by his ability to create it; he's a force so arrogant and unpredictable that even the gods are hard-pressed to control him.

Against this backdrop, smaller, lesser folks struggle to fulfill their own destinies, folks like Aoife, burdened with a secret so dark she is driven to do the unimaginable and seek an alliance with fey powers no mortal has ever encountered.

Check out Steel, Blood & Fire on Amazon, the first in Allan's Batchelder's Immortal Treachery series. You can also visit his author page for more about his writing.

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Award Nominations:1999 WFA

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Award Nominations:1990 LocusF, 1990 WFA

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Award Nominations:2009 BFS, 2009 WFA

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