Worst Fantasy Books Ever

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The publicly ranked version of the "Worst Fantasy Books Ever" list (http://bestfantasybooks.com/worst-fantasy-books.html). Vote on the entries and submit any books you feel that deserve to be on this list. The will of the public will affect the ranking! This list compiles some of the worst fantasy books in the genre. We're talking about some real stinkers here -- from over-hyped garbage, badly-written hack work to pretentiously dreck that should be sacrificed to the fireplace. Now, tastes change from person to person so one's man's garbage might be another man's gold, as the saying goes. However, the aim of this list is to reflect the broader public views on what books are considered drivel.
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Sword Of Truth

by Terry Goodkind

3.07 avg rating
If Chuck Norris went to fantasy land, this series would contain his exploits. These books are famous for atrocious writing, ridiculous plots, and a cast of paper-thin characters that makes stupid look smart. Mix into this mess plenty of badly written S
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Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

4.25 avg rating
Take Lord of the Rings, rip out parts of Harry Potter, then stir in a sprinkle of Dragon Riders of Pern and a tablespoon of Dragonlance. Now add a healthy handful of atrocious prose, a few gallon or two of terrible plotting, and a cup of insipid characterization. Finally, add in a generous amount of cliche. Heat the mixture until it burns. Eragon is born.
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Ruin Mist Chronicles

by Robert Stanek

1 avg rating
Terrible writing that will make you want to pluck your eyes out, a plot that's lost in space, and characters that are thinner than air. This books gets MY personal vote as the worst fantasy book every written. However, it is self-published -- no major publisher would touch it. Bonus bad points here: The author makes a point of writing fake glowing 5 star reviews on amazon.
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Battlefield Earth

by L. Ron Hubbard

5 avg rating
A plot that's so ridiculous that even M. Night Shyamalan would reject making a movie of it.
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Sword Of Shannara

by Terry Brooks

3 avg rating
This is the story of a hack writer who becomes a best selling author and a best selling author who becomes a hack. My summary: A botched hack job done on the Lord of the Rings that happened to be the first LOTR-like clone. First Mover advantage has resulted in over 20 books. Agree or Not? Vote!
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Xanth

by Piers Anthony

The author comes off as a rancid old pervert obsessed with pubescent girls' underpants. With titles published with names like "The Color of Her Panties" and "Pornicopia" I surely could not be imaging it?
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blue moon rising

by Simon R. Green

3 avg rating
Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself-a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch-and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood.  
Rupert did find a fiery dragon-and a beautiful princess to rescue. But the dragon turned out to be a better friend than anyone back at the castle, and with the evil of Darkwood spreading, Rupert was going to need all the friends he could get.
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Gor

by John Norman

1 avg rating
After 20 books of reading about enslaved women thrown into pits of rapists, beaten with sticks, and forced to lick the feet of their masters it occurred to me the author really hates women
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The Redemption Of Althalus

by David Eddings

5 avg rating
Reading this book was like being trapped in the Hurtlocker. After five or so hours, I was praying a bomb would go off and kill me.
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The Sum Of All Men

by David Farland

4 avg rating
Awesome magic system that almost makes up for the bad characters, horrible writing and run-of-the-mill plot.
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The Fifth Sorceress

by Robert Newcomb

1 avg rating
Rob brings a new level of bad to the fantasy genre with this stinker. What's shocking is that bad example of Terry Goodkind inspired fanfic was picked up and published by a major publisher.
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Magic's Pawn

by Mercedes Lackey

Groundbreaking epic fantasy series in Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar universe • Lambda-Award winning novels with heartfelt high adventure and magic  
 
Though Vanyel has been born with near-legendary abilities to work both Herald and Mage magic, he wasn’t no part in such things. Nor does he seek a warrior’s path, wishing instead to become a Bard.
 
Yet such talent as his, if left untrained, may prove a menace not only to Vanyel but to others as well. So he is sent to be fostered with his aunt, Savil, one of the fame Herald-Mages of Valdemar.
 
But, strong-willed and self-centered, Vanyel is a challenge which even Savil cannot master alone. For soon he will become the focus of frightening forces, lending his raw magic to a spell that unleashes terrifying wyr-hunters on the land.
 
And by the time Savil seeks the assistance of a Shin’a’in Adept, Vanyel’s wild talent may have already grown beyond anyone’s ability to contain, placing Vanyel, Savil, and Valdemar itself in desperate peril.


From the Paperback edition.
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The Iron Tower Trilogy

by Dennis L. McKiernan

3 avg rating
The closest thing you'll find to Lord of the Rings out there. The only problem with this is that it's the vastly inferior fanfic version of it that was somehow published. McKiernan, who possesses not a fraction of the literary prowess that Tolkien had, pretty much only changes the name of the characters and landscape.
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Monster Hunter International

by Larry Correia

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.

            It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

            It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves.

            Business is good . . .

            Welcome to Monster Hunter International.
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Alvin Maker

by Orson Scott Card

5 avg rating
Also called The Book of Mormon Made Into a Fantasy Production. No Thanks.
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The Ill Made Mute

by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

The Ill Made Book Starts off pretty interesting with some real potential but things fall apart after a couple chapters when the author decides to make love to her thesaurus
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The Wayfarer Redemption

by Sara Douglass

I want a refund on the time sunk into this series. Eating paint would be more fun.
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The Guardians Of The Flame

by Joel Rosenberg

2.5 avg rating
When seven students participate in a role-playing game with their college professor, they find themselves in a dangerous magical world from which their only escape is the elusive Gate Between Worlds, in an omnibus volume containing the novels The Sleeping Dragon, The Sword and the Chain, and The Sil
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Lord Of The Isles

by Debbie Mazzuca

There is nothing royal about this series. Plot lines that unravel and make no sense, characters that do nonsensical things and act like idiots, and a hero that just might win the Darwin Award for stupidity.
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I disagree on many levels here, but it is still a great help in finding new authors to read.
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