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The publicly ranked version of BestFantasyBooks.com's Best Fantasy Books You've Never Read (http://bestfantasybooks.com/best-fantasy-books-you've-never-read.html). This is a list of awesome fantasy books that for some reason are not as well known as they should be; that is, fantasy books that are under appreciated. Vote on the entries or submit your own suggestions for under-appreciated fantasy books
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The Black Company

by Glen Cook

2 avg rating
Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead.

Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more.

There must be a way for the Black Company to find her...

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Prince Of Thorns

by Mark Lawrence

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elantris by brandon sanderson

by Brandon Sanderson

In 2005, Brandon Sanderson debuted with Elantris, an epic fantasy unlike any other then on the market. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chance to introduce it to the myriad readers who have since become Sanderson fans.

This new edition begins with a preface by author Dan Wells, the first person to read the completed novel, and a new afterword by Sanderson explaining how he came to write the book and its place in the Cosmere, the unified universe of all his Tor novels.

Also included is an expanded version of the "Ars Arcanum" appendix, with more of the technical details of the book's magic that fans can never get enough of.

Elantris was truly a milestone both for Sanderson and for the genre of epic fantasy. It deserves this special treatment, something Tor has done only once before, with Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. Sanderson fans old and new will be excited to discover it.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

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Daughter Of The Empire

by Raymond E. Feist

5 avg rating
Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan.  Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni.  While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir.  Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival.  But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy.  Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all--in his own impregnable stronghold.  An epic tale of adventure and intrigue.  Daughter of the Empire is fantasy of the highest order by two of the most talented writers in the field today.

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The Amulet Of Samarkand

by Jonathan Stroud

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Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace's greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion.
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American Gods

by Neil Gaiman

5 avg rating

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

A storm is coming . . .

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.

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Hatch The Dragons Of Laton

by James Stevens

5 avg rating
Ammon's job was simple, to care for the dragon eggs in the nest. It should have been easy, but it wasn't. Something went terribly wrong and when the sun rose after the hatch, he had made an enemy of the most powerful man in the kingdom. And he would soon learn that was the least of his worries, for there was a far more dangerous evil waiting in the shadows...
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Dune

by Frank Herbert

5 avg rating
Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides—who would become known as Muad’Dib—and of a great family’s ambition to bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
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Memory Sorrow And Thorn

by Tad Williams

2 avg rating

In the peaceful land of Osten Ard, the good king is dying-and a long-dreaded evil is about to be unleashed. Only Simon, a lowly castle scullion apprenticed to a secret order dedicated to halting the coming darkness, can solve the dangerous riddle that offers salvation to the land.

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The Kingkiller Chronicles

by Patrick Rothfuss

2.5 avg rating
Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
 
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks
 
DAY TWO: THE WISE MAN’S FEAR
 
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
 
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.
 
So begins a tale told from his own point of view—a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
 
 
Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle:
 
“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”
George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
 
“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.”
Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
 
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea
 
"The characters are real and the magic is true.”
Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
 
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn

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the black prism

by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

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codex alera series

by Jim Butcher

5 avg rating
In this extraordinary fantasy epic, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files leads readers into a world where the fate of the realm rests on the shoulders of a boy with no power to call his own...
 
For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies—elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal. But in the remote Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans’ most savage enemy—the Marat horde—return to the Valley, Tavi’s courage and resourcefulness will be a power greater than any fury, one that could turn the tides of war...
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Stormlight Archive Words Of Radiance

by Brandon Sanderson

3 avg rating

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance, Book Two of the Stormlight Archive, continues the immersive fantasy epic that The Way of Kings began.

Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status "darkeyes." Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.

The Assassin, Szeth, is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin's master has much deeper motives.

Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

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the dark materials trilogy

by Philip Pullman

The only hardcover omnibus of the best-selling and award-winning fantasy trilogy, in a Contemporary Classics edition.
 
Philip Pullman's trilogy is a masterpiece that transcends genre and appeals to readers of all ages. His heroine, Lyra, is an orphan living in a parallel universe in which science, theology, and magic are entwined. The epic story that takes us through the three novels is not only a spellbinding adventure featuring armored polar bears, magical devices, witches, and daemons, it is also an audacious and profound reimagining of Milton's Paradise Lost that has already inspired a number of serious books of literary criticism. Like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis before him, Pullman has invented a richly detailed and marvelously imagined world, complex and thought-provoking enough to enthrall adults as well as younger readers. An utterly entrancing blend of metaphysical speculation and bravura storytelling, His Dark Materials is a monumental and enduring achievement.
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the belgariad series by david eddings

by David Eddings

4.63 avg rating
Millions of readers have discovered the magic of David Eddings’ New York Times bestselling series The Belgariad. Now the first three books in this monumental epic appear in a single volume. Here, long-time fans can rediscover the wonder—and the uninitiated can embark upon a thrilling new journey of fantasy and adventure.

It all begins with the theft of the Orb that for so long protected the West from an evil god. As long as the Orb was at Riva, the prophecy went, its people would be safe from this corrupting power. Garion, a simple farm boy, is familiar with the legend of the Orb, but skeptical in matters of magic. Until, through a twist of fate, he learns not only that the story of the Orb is true, but that he must set out on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger to help recover it. For Garion is a child of destiny, and fate itself is leading him far from his home, sweeping him irrevocably toward a distant tower—and a cataclysmic confrontation with a master of the darkest magic.
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The Witcher

by Andrzej Sapkowski

5 avg rating
The New York Times bestselling introduction to the Witcher series that inspired the Witcher video games.

*Look out for Season of Storms in May 2018*

Geralt is a witcher.

Yet he is no ordinary killer-for-hire.

His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.




Witcher collections
The Last Wish
Sword of Destiny

Witcher novels
Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire
The Tower of Swallows
Lady of the Lake

The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)


Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok
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The dark tower series

by Stephen King

Set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace, The Dark Tower features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations—The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier Western legend. As Roland crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own, he moves ever closer to the Dark Tower of his dreams—and nightmares.
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The Elfstones of Shannara

by Terry Brooks

5 avg rating
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR FANTASY TALES OF ALL TIME. NOW AN EPIC TV SERIES.
 
Thousands of years after the destruction of the age of man an d science, new races and magic now rule the world, but an imminent danger threatens. A horde of evil Demons is beginning to escape and bring death upon the land. Only Wil Ohmsford, the last of the Shannara bloodline, has the power to guard the Elven Princess Amberle on a perilous quest to the save the world, while the leader of the Demon force aims to stop their mission at any cost.
 
Praise for Terry Brooks
 
“Shannara was one of my favorite fictional worlds growing up, and I look forward to many return trips.”—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
 
“If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.”—Peter V. Brett, author of The Skull Throne
 
“A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters.”—Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon
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Anonymous | 2018-02-06 03:03:50
The Amazon Legacy series. It came out in December and I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous | 2017-11-11 07:59:46
Dungeon Born - (The Divine Dungeon Series) - A new read - brilliant and entertaining.
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Anonymous | 2017-09-18 07:11:30
Ningazia balance book series is good ! First two books are out now .
Anonymous | 2017-08-05 12:13:50
"It's like a cross between Jurassic Park and Game of Thrones"-George R. R. Martin on The Dinosaur Lords
Anonymous | 2016-12-05 07:32:12
HPMOR: Best fantasy, i've read so far, better than GRRM or PR. and just one book, no prequels, no sequels, no bundle-making
Anonymous | 2016-11-20 12:00:23
Seriously the Warded Man? That's one of the worst books in the history of Fantasy. And it's ranked higher than the Stormlight Archives.
Anonymous | 2016-09-02 06:45:34
Why the hell is If I Did It by OJ Simpson on the list? That book's not fantasy at all.
Anonymous | 2016-09-01 12:59:27
When will people understand that Doctor Who is not fantasy.
Anonymous | 2016-09-01 12:53:45
Why the heck is Diary of a Winpy Kid on here? It's not fantasy at all.
Anonymous | 2016-09-01 12:53:06
Twilight is one of the worst books of all time.
Anonymous | 2016-09-01 12:49:14
It's cool to think CD Projekt got Polish death metal band Vader to do a song for The Witcher game.
Anonymous | 2016-09-01 12:46:06
Master of the Five Magics is what inspired Megadeth's Five Magics.
Anonymous | 2015-08-06 09:00:25
Also - appreciate the existence of the list anyway. There are plenty of books on this list that I haven't read yet so it's nice to have this list to refer to.
Anonymous | 2015-08-06 08:58:39
Where are the highly acclaimed books "The Queen of the Tearling" and "Invasion of the Tearling"? Also - LOTR has to be number one - it is Literary Fiction of the highest order and not merely a story. The Mists of Avalon should be higher too.
Anonymous | 2015-03-23 01:45:22
Somehow Mary Stewart's books are being forgotten, yet they are some of the best literary fantasy books in print. A fantastic retelling of the Arthurian story from Merlin's point of view.
Anonymous | 2015-03-03 08:57:47
This interplanatary fantasy romance novel combines a gripping quest for true love with a planet's necessity to end the danger of extinction. The writing is engaging and intimately universal. It may change your mind, your heart, your life.
Anonymous | 2015-01-08 02:17:55
can we opt to have twilight removed, it's an embarrasment to fantasy
Anonymous | 2015-01-08 02:10:05
the silmarillion is on it twice
Anonymous | 2014-11-18 07:58:52
David Eddings, Kathrine Kurtz, how could these two be left out? Does anyone have a location of a ... better list?
Anonymous | 2014-08-22 02:51:10
Harry Potter?
Anonymous | 2013-11-04 03:06:15
R Scott Bakker brings new life to what would, at anyone else's hands, be old hat. You don't recognize anything that has been done before when reading his books. His characters drive the plot. His moral dilemma forces ambiguity into the reader's own moral compass. I have never seen a better writer in fantasy, though Martin is his equal.
Anonymous | 2013-08-06 04:07:18
Magic Kingdom For Sale, Another Fine Myth, A Gift for Chameleon, and The Book of Three are all great books that are rated low. Magic Kingdom is slightly cheesy but good pull on emotions and different than most fantasies. Another Fine Myth is built on puns and jokes, as is A Gift for Chameleon. The Book of Three is basic fantasy, with geography remarkably similar to Whales.
Anonymous | 2013-07-15 12:56:04
it is just a list of what people like/liked to read.
Anonymous | 2013-07-04 07:55:19
Came for guidance to a good read, left puzzled. This is a rather embarrassing list: superb work under-rated (Gaiman, Mieville); dreadful work praised (Jordan). Many of the works are wonderful for children but don't age well (McKillip, for example). The list has a curious tolerance for dreadful class and sexual politics: nostalgia for resentful white boys who don't read much?
Anonymous | 2013-05-21 01:56:52
Hyperion, Perdido Street Station, Brightness Reef, Fire Upon the Deep, and maybe others I missed are all SF and not fantasy. They're great reads btw; they just appear to be miscategorized. Philip Pullman's Dark Materials Trilogy is great for any male OR female 7th grader. It has strong female and male lead characters, plus "animal" companions that will be sure to draw any reader in. Has a few sad parts, but no graphic violence. Has romance and realistically complex parent/child relationships, which should be right up any blooming teenager's alley.
Anonymous | 2013-04-25 04:41:55
is good for seventh grader and is in a simple language
Anonymous | 2013-02-23 10:16:45
I guess I don't understand fantasy because I have enjoyed most of the Terry Brooks Shanara series and Wishsong novels but he isn't mentioned once here.
Anonymous | 2013-02-16 09:33:04
This list doesn't even make sense... in some cases there are single books while in others there are entire series. So which is it?
Anonymous | 2013-02-07 05:33:54
wow why is sword of truth rated so low
Anonymous | 2012-10-13 08:23:26
So which fucktard can't take a list seriously. Three little pigs.....you are a wanker
Anonymous | 2012-10-06 06:38:13
three little pigs should be number one

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