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49 Best Fantasy Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Fantasy books.

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Fantasy books" and study the top 22 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
    Appears in 5 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 5
    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 6

    The Night Circus

    Erin Morgenstern

    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 7
    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 8

    The Princess Bride

    William Goldman

    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 9
    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 10
    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 11
    Appears in 3 articles
  11. 12
    Appears in 3 articles
  12. 13

    Who Fears Death

    Nnedi Okorafor

    Appears in 3 articles
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    14
    Appears in 3 articles
  14. 15
    Appears in 3 articles
  15. 16
    Appears in 3 articles
  16. 18

    The Last Unicorn

    Peter S. Beagle

    Appears in 3 articles
  17. 20

    Circe

    Madeline Miller

    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 21

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle

    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 23

    Kindred

    Octavia E. Butler

    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 25
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 28
    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 29
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 30
    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 31
    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 33
    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 34
    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 35

    Under Heaven

    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 36
    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 37
    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 38
    Appears in 2 articles
  33. 39
    Appears in 2 articles
  34. 40

    Tigana

    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Appears in 2 articles
  35. 42

    All the Birds in the Sky

    Charlie Jane Anders

    Appears in 2 articles
  36. 44
    Appears in 2 articles
  37. 45
    Appears in 2 articles
  38. 46
    Appears in 2 articles
  39. 47
    Appears in 2 articles
  40. 48
    Appears in 2 articles
  41. 49
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Fantasy books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 49 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Fantasy books on the internet.

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