Best Fantasy Books

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The publicly ranked version of's Best Fantasy Books You've Never Read ('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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bes in the world

by Rosalind Wiseman

When Rosalind Wiseman first published Queen Bees & Wannabes, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls’ friendships and conflicts–from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influenced by their interactions with one another.

Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her groundbreaking book for a new generation of girls and explores:

•How girls’ experiences before adolescence impact their teen years, future relationships, and overall success
•The different roles girls play in and outside of cliques as Queen Bees, Targets, and Bystanders, and how this defines how they and others are treated
•Girls’ power plays–from fake apologies to fights over IM and text messages
•Where boys fit into the equation of girl conflicts and how you can help your daughter better hold her own with the opposite sex
•Checking your baggage–recognizing how your experiences impact the way you parent, and how to be sanely involved in your daughter’s difficult, yet common social conflicts

Packed with insights about technology’s impact on Girl World and enlivened with the experiences of girls, boys, and parents, the book that inspired the hit movie Mean Girls offers concrete strategies to help you empower your daughter to be socially competent and treat herself with dignity.

neil flambe

by Kevin Sylvester

The sudden disappearance of Neil’s skills in the kitchen is the real mystery in this culinary caper. Is a curse to blame?

World-class chef—and royal pain in the neck—Neil Flambé is used to serving his dishes to resounding applause and overwhelming approval. And Neil’s super-sensitive nose does more than enable him to cook sophisticated meals and run his own restaurant; it also allows him to help local police solve mysteries in his spare time.
     Then things start going wrong. His plates are returned. A group of critics visit the restaurant and leave completely dissatisfied. Worse yet, Chez Flambé is closed by an order of the Department of Health!
     Suddenly, Neil finds himself amid the cook-off of his life—and his entire reputation is at stake. Then he discovers the root of all his problems: a dark curse that has plagued Flambé chefs for centuries. Has Neil finally met a mess he can’t smell his way out of?

sword of truth series book 11

by Terry Goodkind

4 avg rating

An Epic of Two Worlds

In a world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World-- forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

War and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.

In Blood of the Fold, Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant bestsellers Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears, has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.


three little pigs

by Patricia Seibert

5 avg rating
In this beloved tale, the three pigs find out whose house really is the strongest when they each stand up to the big, bad wolf. Children will eagerly continue reading to see what will happen when the wolf shows up and tries to blow the pigs' houses over! --Between the pages of the Brighter Child(R) Keepsake Stories books are the classic tales of magic, imagination, and inspiration that will delight children again and again. From the hard-working Red Hen to the foolish Gingerbread Man, these stories will capture children's interest and spark their imagination page after page, inspiring a lifelong love of literature and reading. Each book includes 32 pages of fresh, captivating illustrations, and measures 8" x 8".

diary of a wimpy kid

by Jeff Kinney

1.5 avg rating
Greg Heffley is not willing to be the odd man out.

A dance at Greg's middle school has everyone scrambling to find a partner, and Greg is determined not to be left by the wayside. So he concocts a desperate plan to find someone—anyone!—to go with on the big night.

But Greg's schemes go hilariously awry, and his only option is to attend the dance with his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, and a female classmate as a "group of friends." But the night is long, and anything can happen along the way. Who will arrive at the dance triumphantly, and who will end up being the third wheel?


by Stephenie Meyer

1 avg rating
The #1 New York Times bestseller is available for the first time in a mass market paperback edition, featuring a striking movie tie-in cover.

Bella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear.

Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.
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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 are a wanker
Anonymous | 2012-10-06 06:38:13
three little pigs should be number one

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