#25 The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

The Heroes This is a stand-alone novel set in the world of The First Law. They say Black Dow’s killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while… Read More

#24 The Magicians by Les Grossman

The Magicians A thrilling and original coming-of-age novel for adults about a young man practicing magic in the real world. Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise… Read More

#23 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke’s magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more. English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their… Read More

#22 American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a… Read More

#21 The Riyria Revelations by Michael J Sullivan

The Riyria Revelations They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly. There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of… Read More

#20 Raven’s Shadow by Anthony Ryan

Raven’s Shadow I loved the first book of the series – Blood Song. Vaelin Al Sorna is perhaps the most honorable bad ass character ever. An epic fantasy exploring themes of conflict, loyalty and religious faith. Vaelin Al Sorna, Brother of the Sixth Order, has been trained from childhood to fight and kill in service to… Read More

#19 The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Staples Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six… Read More

#18 The Belgariad by David Eddings

The Belgariad A magnificent epic set against a history of seven thousand years of the struggles of Gods and Kings and men – of strange lands and events – of fate and a prophecy that must be fulfilled! Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to… Read More

#17 Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren… Read More

#16 The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit An all time classic. The prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. J.R.R. Tolkien’s own description for the original edition: “If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed… Read More

#15 The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

The Farseer Trilogy The Farseer Trilogy is a series of fantasy books by Robin Hobb. It follows the life of FitzChivalry Farseer (Fitz), a trained assassin, in a kingdom called The Six Duchies while his uncle, Prince Verity, attempts to wage war on the Red-Ship Raiders from The OutIslands who are attacking the shores of the… Read More

#14 The Dark Tower by Stephen King

The Dark Tower Box set The Dark Tower is a series of eight books written by American author Stephen King that incorporates themes from multiple genres, including dark fantasy, science fantasy, horror, and Western. It describes a “gunslinger” and his quest toward a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical. The series, and… Read More

#13 The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

The Broken Empire The Broken Empire Trilogy is a trilogy of fantasy novels written by American-British author Mark Lawrence. The first volume, Prince of Thorns, was published on August 2, 2011. The second, King of Thorns, was published on August 7, 2012. The third and final volume, Emperor of Thorns, was published on August 6, 2013.… Read More

#12 The First Law by Joe Abercrombie

The First Law Trilogy The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut fantasy novel from New York Times bestseller, Joe Abercrombie. Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian — leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends,… Read More

#11 Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

The Mistborn Mistborn is a series of epic fantasy novels written by  #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. The Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action. The first series, published between 2006 and 2008, consists of The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages.… Read More

#10 Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Harry Potter Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s struggle against… Read More

#9 The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

The Dresden Files Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with… Read More

#8 Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Discworld Discworld is a comic fantasy book series written by the English author Terry Pratchett (1948–2015), set on the fictional Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle, Great A’Tuin. The books frequently parody or take inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien,… Read More

#7 The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time Series Set The Wheel of Time is a series of high fantasy novels written by American author James Oliver Rigney, Jr. under his pen name of Robert Jordan. Originally planned as a six-book series, The Wheel of Time spanned fourteen volumes, in addition to a prequel novel and a companion book. Jordan… Read More

#6 The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch

Gentleman Bastards Personally, this is one of my favorite series. It is witty, quotable and unpredictable. An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers… Read More

#5 The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

The Malazan 8 Book Volume Malazan Book of the Fallen is a high fantasy book series by the Canadian author Steven Erikson. The series, published by Bantam Books in the U.K. and Tor Books in the U.S., consists of ten volumes, beginning with Gardens of the Moon (1999) and concluding with The Crippled God (2011). Erikson’s… Read More

#4 The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

The Stormlight Archive Storms! I just finished the third book in the series (Oathbringer) and this series is already my all time favorite. The world-building and magic system is amazingly written by Brandon Sanderson. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series. Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy cycle tells the story of Roshar,… Read More

#3 The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings Complete Collection The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. Written in stages between 1937 and 1949,… Read More

#1 A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

A Song of Fire and Ice 5 Book Set George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin—dubbed the “American Tolkien” by Time magazine—has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in… Read More