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.
The publicly ranked version of the
The publicly ranked version of the
The publicly ranked version of the Best Fantasy Series list. The best fantasy series ever as ranked by the public. You can vote on the entries and/or add a new entry to the list.
The publicly ranked version of the BestFantasyBooks.com's Good Fantasy Books list (http://bestfantasybooks.com/good-fantasy-books.html)
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
The publicly ranked version of BestFantasyBooks.com's
The publicly ranked version of BestFantasyBooks.com's Most Influential Fantasy list. ADMIN: I've gone ahead and deleted the couple bogus entries people publically submitted
The publicly ranked version of http://test.bestfantasybooks.com/best-epic-fantasy.html
The crowd ranked version of BestFantasyBooks.com's official Best Military Fantasy Books (http://bestfantasybooks.com/best-military-fantasy-books.html)This list (of books and series) gives the best military fantasy books in the genre. Military fantasy is fantasy subgenre that follows the trials and tribulations of an army or soldiers in an army. The key component is that book heavily features army life as part of the story rather than just a side bit. Examples of military fantasy would be Glen Cook's The Black Company.
The crowd-ranked version of BestFantasyBook.com's official list (http://test.bestfantasybooks.com/best-urban-fantasy-books.html) This list gives the best urban fantasy novels that touch on a number of different sub-genres including paranormal fantasy, detective-noir fantasy, vampire books, and others.
The crowed-ranked version of the official bestfantasybooks.com's Best of the Tolkien Clones list. The list recommends the best works that draw heavily from Tolkien's influences. The stories often incorporate similar elements to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings -- a dark lord that threatens the world at large, a callow hero with a destiny to save the world from said dark lord moving from the obscurity of the wilderness into prominence, sophistication, and importance to the greater world, many kingdoms and cultures and peoples populating the world, etc.
The crowd-ranked version of BestFantasyBooks.com's Best Asian Fantasy Books (http://bestfantasybooks.com/best-asian-fantasy-books.html) This list gives a list of great fantasy books which are set in an oriental landscape or feature characters and mythology influenced from oriental mythology or history.
The crowd-ranked version of the Best Steampunk Fantasy List.This list contains the best fantasy reads that contain clockwork, steampower, or other elements of steampunk fantasy to them.
The Crowd Ranked version of the Best Fantasy Books for Women list.
The Crowd Ranked version of the Best Young Adult Fantasy Books list This list gives an overview of the best reads for Young Adults/ Young Teenagers. Note that Young Adult is classified as ages 12 to 18 with the books usually containing more grown-up ideas, themes, and content than books for children. Also see our Best Fantasy Books for Children list for recommendations that cater to 12 and under.
The crowd-ranked version of BestFantasyBooks.com's Best Anti-Hero Fantasy Books list.This list gives some of the top fantasy reads that feature strong anti-hero types as the protagonist.Vote on the books and/or submit your own suggestions to the list and have other people rank them!
The Crowd Ranked version of BestFantasyBooks.com's "Best Fantasy Books for Children" list. This list gives the best reads for children under 12. Many of these books are timeless classics and will appeal to all ages with something for age level. Vote on the books to influence and/or submit your own best children's fantasy book recommendations to the list to share them with the public.
The crowd-ranked version of the Best Literary Fantasy Books list. This list contains fantasy books that an English English professor would be proud to read. Literary fantasy might feature superb prose, intelligent ideas, deep thematic frameworks, and other literary devices. Vote on the items and/or submit your own literary fantasy suggestions to share with the public
The crowd-ranked version of the Best Fantasy Books with Dragons list.Vote on the entries and/or submit your own fantasy books with dragon suggestions. Remember, this is a BEST list, so only consider fantasy books with dragons that you consider great reads.
The crowd-ranked version of BestFantasyBooks.com's Best Romantic Fantasy Books list. This list gives a reading list of the best romantic fantasy novels that are a big cut above the rest -- that is, novels that contain strong, believable, and well-developed romance. Criteria is also complex characters and realistic relationships. And of course, good world building and plot.
The crowd-ranked version of BestFantasyBooks.com's Beginner Fantasy Book list. This list gives books that are easy for first timers to the fantasy genre. The main criteria is that they be simple to read. Quite a few of these books might appeal to children, though adults can still appreciate them too. Note that these are not necessary the "best" in the genre, just the "easiest to read" in the genre with simple sentences, simple often cliched characters, and simple plots.
One man's opinion (that counts for a heck of a lot!)
The most touching, exciting, "intelligent" and story driven fantasy series I've ever read. With a focus on "coming-to-age" books containing (a) clear protagonists that can easily be sympathized with
This is a public list aimed to vote the best made characters in fantasy litterature. Please add missing main characters! Focus on: - Depth of the character - Character development - Character emotions - Character expression - Does the character feel "realistic" (not real world realistic) - Character creativity - The feeling of "I love to read about this one!" - Personality somehow affected you strongly!
My personal top ten fantasy series.
Voila! Check out this list of fantasy lit AKA my own personal sugar-dusted mind candy. Most are available as Kindle books (Hooray digital format). These books are childish girly YA sci-fi fantasy cross-over reads that sparkle, glitter and are just a bit sugar-coated and sweet (love candy lit). Happy reading ~*
This list will be updated before you know it.
Vote (and add to the list) on your most anticipated fantasy books released in 2013.This list ties in with our blog post: http://bestfantasybooks.com/blog/most-anticipated-fantasy-books-of-2013/
The most touching, exciting, "intelligent" and story driven fantasy books I've ever read. With a focus on "coming-to-age" books containing (a) clear protagonists that can easily be sympathized with. I will only put one book / series.
A publicly ranked list of the HIGH/EPIC fantasy books. High Fantasy (also called EPIC FANTASY) is a sub-genre of fantasy that most fantasy readers call "home." Typically there is magic, heroes, lords, and villains and often an epic quest to defeat some world-ending evil. There are of course variations on the theme, but a quest (to defeat some power, find a hero, discover some magical artifact) plays an important role. A very close subgenre would be QUEST FANTASY, which is more of a descriptive subgenre than actual genre, but ties in with High Fantasy.
This is a difficult sub-genre to pin down as there are a number of parallel definitions for it. One type of "Low Fantasy" is set in the real world that's both rational and familiar to us but with the extra inclusion of magical elements. The other type of "Low Fantasy" would be a story that doesn't focus on the high trappings of power (knights, kings, heroes, castles, and medieval romances) but rather on the "low" side of society -- the lowborn, the gritty and the down-in-the-muck tales. For example a story about a man working a trade for instance (KJ Parker's Engineer Trilogy for example). These competing definitions make it hard to pin down exactly what this sub-genre is.
A classic literature staple, the coming of age is a powerfully poignant tale that appeals to us all; we've all been there, coming into a new world as we transition from youth to adulthood. These are stories that take us into the lives of a young man (or woman) as they venture out into the wider world; sometimes that world is full of promise and adventure; other times that world is dark and devastating. Coming of Age is highly used in Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and a number of other fantasy subgenres.
Fantasy books with a heroic aspect to the protagonist. See our link below for more information
Crowd ranked list of assassin fantasy books. Books on this list are about assassins or feature the protagonist as an assassin or thief-like character
Crowd ranked version of the military fantasy books list
The crowd-ranked list of gritty fantasy books
Fantasy books about the afterlife - specifically about life after death. They basically try and answer the questions
A pretty simple definition here: fantasy books written by Christians for Christians. There is always a good vs evil message in Christian fantasy with characters and themes strong metaphors for the Christian faith (some type of messiah figure, a one god, heroes who undergo some sort of born-again transformation, a satan like figure to battle against, etc).Christian fantasy absolutely does not feature any form of dancing, drinking, gambling, or sex scenes.
Fantasy that focuses specifically on courtroom politics and political maneuvering. For books to make this list, courtroom politics must feature heavily in the book, not just a side show for the main plot.
Dying Earth belongs to both science fiction and fantasy and features a world that is dying. Most of the books have a strong science fiction theme over fantasy though in some cases you might have a dying world so far in the future that there is a strong fantasy element (strange creatures, magical abilities, etc).
A kind of fantasy book that focuses on the conflict not between armies and wizards but rather neighbors and peers, often set in an elaborate urban court setting. The characters are often Lords, Ladies, Dukes, and Kings.
High/epic fantasy in a historical setting. The difference between High fantasy and High Epic fantasy is that the setting is something real and historical or at least based on something from history. The difference between Historical and Historical High Fantasy is that there is strong world building and the inclusion of epic heroism and the like.
This list crosses into science fiction territory as many of the books would be considered science fantasy (which can be science fiction as well as fantasy). Sword and Planet stories take place on alien worlds. These worlds all have differences, but there is almost always a contradiction. For example, in Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic A Princess of Mars, the Martians have flying ships, but use beasts for transportation, they have advanced weaponry, but generally engage in hand to hand combat with melee weapons. The alien cultures are simultaneously more advanced and more primitive than Earth cultures.
Young Adult Fantasy -- that is fantasy geared towards Young Adults (but still fully enjoyable by adults!)
Atmospheric fantasy that may or may not have Gothic elements. Dark Fantasy can include some creepy, crawly and spine tingling things -- the influence of the "horror" genre. Generally the settings is macabre and the characters may be grotesque or strange.
Urban Fantasy Books -- books that take place in the modern world but have some underlying hidden "magical" world superimposed upon the normal world.
Paranormal fantasy includes paranormal romance books and is often part of the wider urban fantasy sungenre. Paranormal fantasy often includes a host of supernatural creatures -- vampires, witches, wizards, druids, werewolves and the like, all sharing an urban space with a (usually) unknowing and magic-ignorant populace.
Fantastic Romance could be umbrellaed under the pure Romance Category, but features elements of the supernatural. Quite often, Fantastic Romance takes place in a compemporary urban setting, incorporating quite a few elements of the Paranormal Fantasy genre with creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and other such myths. The events that happen are often exaggerated in such a way to allow the heroine (or hero) to meet the hero/heroine. The quest involved is often more of a personal journey than world changing.
Fantasy books with a heavy emphasis on the romantic plot. This are (usually) more than purely a bodice-ripper romance and contain a detailed setting, deep plot, and so on. Think of them as fantasy books with a strong romantic element, stronger than the run-of-the-mill fantasy. There is a difference between romantic fantasy and fantastic romance; the difference being that fantastic romance tend to usually feature a paranormal plot setting (vampires, werewolves, etc) and the primary motivation of a fantastic romance is to facilitate the romantic entanglement between the hero and heroine. Romantic fantasy may include fantastic romance elements but usually there are other trappings beside only the romantic element (world building, plausible plot, fantasy setting, detailed magic system, etc).
Fantasy works with strong sexual elements. Often the entire focus of the story is the sexual escapades of the hero/heroine with the plot and storyline playing second fiddle to the sex. The sexual content is often graphic. Now to be clear not every "erotic" fantasy are written porn. There are a number of works with strong sexual elements but strong story-lines, characters, and world building.
Speculative fiction books that include both elements of science fiction and fantasy. These are usually those hard-to-categorize books that could be either fantasy or science fiction or some combination of both. The usual setting is a world that features both technology AND magic elements (or supernatural elements). Or it may be a novel that doesn't easily fit into either straight science fiction or straight fantasy.
The classic steam-punk stories features an alternate history set in a period with Victorian-era tech. There are variations on this general theme, however. Classic steam-punk tech is usually gear and steam-based. There may be airship technology as well (blimps).
Fantasy books with a heavy dose of politics and intrigue. Often, the entire focus of the story might take place in a royal court setting and feature politicking and maneuvering by the various parties. Other stories may incorporate politics and social struggles between various parties (it doesn't always have to be in a court setting).
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Books that are considered epic fantasy ONLY.
Fantasy Books that fall into the 'Mundane' subgenre. That is, fantasy books where all or some of the usual fantasy elements are missing from the story. This means the typical settings and typical magical elements and fantastical creatures are not readily visible in the story. This is not always the case, but sometimes it might be.
A list of publicly ranked (aka the Best) Hard Fantasy Books. Hard Fantasy is a subgenre where detailed, almost scientific, explanations are offered up for the fantasy aspects.
Publicly ranked Juvenile fantasy book list These are fantasy books that are aimed at children and usually feature younger characters.
A publicly ranked list of Quest Fantasy Books Quest Fantasy books feature a quest of some sort as the major story element. Quests are often a big element of epic fantasy.
A publicly ranked list of swashbuckling fantasy books
A publicaly ranked list of Wuxia Fantasy. Wuxia fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy with an asian influence -- usually Chinese-based. Wuxia is a popular Chinese film genre.
A list of publicly ranked vampire fantasy books.The vampire genre is one of the most popular in Fantasy. From old school classics like Dracula to modern paranormal romance books like Twilight, Vampires are here to stay. Vampire fiction can occupy a number of different fantasy sub-genres, from mysteries, to romance, to thrillers -- even science fiction!
A publicly ranked list of Medieval fantasy, which makes up a significant amount of the current fantasy out there.
A publicly ranked list of Futuristic Fantasy -- fantasy novels set in a future period. This sub-genre of fantasy is often a blend of science fiction and fantasy.
A publicly ranked list of arcanepunk fantasy books. Arcanpunk is derived from the steampunk aesthetic. In essence, arcanepunk incorporates both magic and technology with the steampunk aesthetic.
A publicly ranked list of Gaslamp fantasy books. This subgenre takes tropes, themes, and even characters from Gothic fiction, Historical fiction, and Steampunk. Quite often, Gaslamp features the Victorian period of British history. It may feature gaslamp technology, but not always.
A literary genre which intersects with Fantasy (often Urban Fantasy, the New Weird/Slipstream sub-genres). Magic is often understated and assumed to be a natural part of the world. The mundane and the magical can co-exist, time may function strangely, strange unexplained things may happen that don't necessary make sense.
The publicly ranked list of Weird West Fantasy Books The wild west combined with the supernatural. Sometimes the books might features all the trappings of the western (untamed frontier landscapes, cowboys, wild Indians, gunslingers, pioneers) with fantasy elements (magic, zombies, the supernatural,etc.).
A publicly ranked list of literary fantasy books
A publicly ranked list of New Weird Fantasy Books.
A list of publicly ranked comic / humorous fantasy books
A publicly ranked list of series fantasy books. Series fantasy is different than a series taht's a simple trilogy or saga. Rather, Series Fantasy is often a shared world story where multiple authors contribute to the greater story as a whole over many years. Or the story may be authored by a single author but may continue for decades in a long multi-book saga
Fantasy containing or about comic-style superheros
A publicly ranked list of Media Tie-in Fantasy Books
A publicly ranked list of historical fantasy booksA subgenre where the setting takes place on Earth and perhaps set in a real or re-imagined historical time period (from ancient to modern) but with fantastical elements added.Historical Fantasy is highly related to Alternate History, but the difference is that Historical Fantasy is usually set in a real time period BUT with the addition of fantastical elements. In some cases, the distinction between the two sub genres can be pretty thin with a lot of overlap.
A subgenre of fantasy where the protaganist from 'the real world' finds some means either intentionally or accidentally to cross into another world, one that usually has fantastical elements (magic, magical creatures, etc..Crossworlds Fantasy is very similar (often the same) as Portal Fantasy. The difference is that Portal Fantasy usually involves a specific portal of some sort or doorway while Crossworlds may not involve this conceit for transporting between worlds. Also, Crossworlds Fantasy usually feature a protagonist taken from the REAL world to a fantastical world (i.e. Chronicles of Narnia) while Portal fantasy may not always have this.
A publicly ranked list of the best portal fantasy books. Also see our Crossworld Fantasy List for more similar recommendations: http://bestfantasybooks.com/crossworlds-fantasy.html
A list of publicly ranked celtic fantasy books
A list of the best Arthurian Fantasy Books as ranked by the public
A list of publicly ranked Mythic Fantasy Books
A publicly ranked list of allegorical fantasy books
A publicly ranked list of fable fantasy books
A publicly ranked list of Anthropomorphic fantasy books
A publicly ranked list of legend retelling fantasy books Books that retell a well-known legend
The Bestselling fantasy series ever written
This is the crowd-ranked version of The Top 25 Best Fantasy Books Since 2010 that's on the main site. The idea behind this list is to give readers a list of the best of the best of recently published fantasy. There are no old classics on this list, just fantasy (and ONLY fantasy, not science fiction) that's been published in BOOK form since January 2010. RULES Vote on these entries or if you have VALID entries, add them to the list at the bottom to be considered. *Clearly Promoted Self-Published works will be removed *Books published before 2010 will be removed
These are our picks for the best fantasy books published in 2014. Books published before and after 2014 won't be included and will be removed if added. *Books Published in 2014 only
This is the crowd powered version of the Top 100 Fantasy Books list found over on the main site. These books start at 26 and end at 100, with the first 25 books found on the top 25 list. I'm going to keep it at 26 so the rankings match the same as the source list.
If are tired for all that gritty, grimdark fantasy that seems to be the normal state of fantasy today, then this list is your list. We've listed the best fantasy books, both classic and moderns, that make you feel good by the end of the last page. These are books about good heros doing good deeds, not antihero's double part time as a villain, part time as a hero. The worlds described in these books are bright and hopeful, not dirty and downtrodden. Basically, these are fantasy books that will brighten your mood and make you feel good, not depressed. Heroes you can really get behind and villains that are really bad.
Jim Butcher's The Dresden's Files has spawned an category of fantasy. The usual set up goes like this: broke ass talented but under-appreciated wizard type eking out a living in the modern world, a world full of magic that's hidden from the normal world.There's a lot of these sorts of books now, but only a handful stand out as the best. Here are our picks for those books most similar to The Dresden Files but also doing something new and well worth reading.
There's a new type of fantasy book that's all the rage now: grimdark. Depressing worlds, gritty settings, troubled morally ambiguous heroes. These elements have thoroughly pervaded the fantasy genre to the point where most new fantasy heavily borrow grimdark conceits. The classic grimdark is best typified by Joe Abercrombie's works (start with The Blade Itself). This is a list of the best of the best grimdark fantasy in the genre, from the more classics that help spawn the grimdark movement, to recent grimdark releases as of 2015.
The crowd-ranked version of our Top 25 Best Indie Fantasy Books list. We've included the best of the best of indie / self published works. This is a vast marketplace with thousands of books. There's a lot of hidden jewels waiting to be found, but you are going to have to dig through a lot of muck to get at them. Some of the most popular fantasy books started off as self published: Michael J Sullivan's Riyria Revelations series; Blood Song by Anthony Ryian, Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves, Andy Weir's The Martian, and more. What counts as Indie Fantasy? Well this is broad term that includes Self Published fantasy (usually as a Kindle Boon via the Amazon Kindle marketplace) and Small Press Publishers (publishers that are not part of the Big Six and that specialize in publishing new authors who have self published or who have never published). Our main criteria for this list are books that are self published or published via very small publishers (who consider themselves indie publishers). Some of the books on this list may end up as traditionally published. But at TIME of this list creation, were either self published or indie published.
Audiobooks are a big thing now. Most books are released into two formats: kindle and audiobook. In the hands (or shall we say, voice) of a talented narrator, a good book can become an outstanding book and a great book, a masterpiece. An audiobook transforms the reading experience, breathing additional dimension to the work. Characters come alive through the talented voice acting of the narrator. Additional meaning can be wrung from the narration. However, a bad narrator can also ruin the reading experience just as a good narrator can transform a book. Here are our picks for the Top 25 Best Fantasy Audiobooks. Audiobooks is pretty much how I (author of the list) consume my fantasy reading these days. Each year, I probably listen to 50 or 100 audiobooks. And without a doubt, some audiobooks (and narrators) are vastly better than others. Here is my list of the best.
The crowd version our Best Non English Fantasy Book list. This list gives our best picks for the top foreign fantasy novels translated into English. That is, fantasy written in another (non-English) language, then translated into English. We are NOT listing foreign fantasy that has NOT yet been translated
The public version of our Best Fantasy Books of 2016 SO FAR list. This list covers the stand out picks for the best books that have been released in 2016 up to the current date. Basically, it's a way to monitor what newly released fantasy this year (2016) is worth reading.