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14 Best Standalone Fantasy Books of All Time

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

Our process:
1. Search for "best Standalone Fantasy books" and study the top 5 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

    The Night Circus

    Erin Morgenstern

    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 3
    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 4

    The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

    Patricia A. McKillip

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

    The Last Unicorn

    Peter S. Beagle

    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 7

    Little, Big

    John Crowley

    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 9

    The Goblin Emperor

    Katherine Addison

    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 11


    Elantris, Book 1

    Brandon Sanderson

    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 12

    Fevre Dream

    A Novel

    George R. R. Martin

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 13

    The Folding Knife

    K. J. Parker

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 14


    Robin McKinley

    Appears in 2 articles


  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Standalone 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 14 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

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

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