Of all the different genres there I read fantasy is definitely the one genre that brings out all the fangirling and all the excitement in me. Fantasy is my favorite genre and I read a lot of fantasy books some young adults, adults and middle-grade fantasy, but I would say my favorite of them is definitely. Let’s get into my top 10 best fantasy books + adult epic fantasy.
Okay starting off with number 10 this is a little weird because the series I’m going to talk about some of you might be surprised that it’s so low on my list but even with that said I’m not entirely sure which one is my favorite I’ll just tell you that the series I’m talking about is, of course, the Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.
This is the first part the Fellowship of the Ring as some of you may know Tolkien actually intended for these books to be one book but then the publisher decided to split them up into three so that’s why we have Fellowship of the Ring two towers and The Return of the King, but actually it’s supposed to be one big book and there are editions that present it like that.
My favorite part in Lord of the Rings is definitely the Fellowship of the Ring. I am a sucker for good beginnings and adventures! lord the Rings is the mother / father of the fantasy genre I know it’s not the first epic fantasy to ever have been written, Beowulf is supposed to be one of the first ones I’ve never actually read that but I obviously have read this and I’ve seen the movies countless times and it is definitely one of my favorite universes.
It is probably the most complex fantasy world you will ever read. Know it can be a little bit difficult to get through at times because it’s so dense and complex.
Tolkien was a genius he created his own languages for this series he created a whole mythology the lore the Rings is fantastic however I also really love The Hobbit so the Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings even though it was written way in advance of Lord of the Rings and this is why this is a little weird because some people consider this book a part of the series and others don’t but this is obviously the story of Bilbo Baggins finding the ring from Lord of the rings.
This story is geared more towards a younger audience so in modern terms this would be a middle-grade fantasy. I love this just as much as I love the Fellowship of the Ring so I’m not entirely sure which one of these but I’m just going to say a big both count in my heart and number 10 because they are a part of the same series.
So moving on to the number 9 spot of my best fantasy books.
This is Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan now this is actually a bind up of the first two books this is a series that was initially self-published but then orbit picked it up and that’s why they bound two books into one. It is so much fun to read. This is one of the most enjoyable fantasy books I think I’ve ever read
The two main characters Royce and Hadrian are the best duo I think I’ve ever read about. Their banter is incredible. I still have vivid vivid memories of some of the scenes in this book even though I’ve read it three years ago. If you want an epic fun adventure kind of think of it like like an RPG quest like a big quest in an RPG game. I would highly highly recommend that’s the swords by Michael J Sullivan
Number eight on my list is fantasy series is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.I am currently reading the second one but the first one six of crows is definitely the best young adult fantasy I have ever read.
This was so incredibly done so fun to read so vivid. So this series or this first book is about a group of six misfits who don’t all know each other in the beginning but they come together to go on this epic mission, a mission that many say is absolutely impossible. They have to break into this high security court and steal a hostage. all the six characters in this series are fantastically written. the writing in general is so so good for this type of story. there’s a lot of dialogue in this I think it’s mostly dialogue which I love because I love seeing the characters interact with each other that is the best part of this series.
Highly recommended coming in at number 7 this is the first series you will see by this author on my list but it won’t be the last. this is one of my favorites fantasy authors I have read all of this series, but this comes in at number 7 and I won’t keep you guessing any longer this is the final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
This is the first book in the Mistborn series Brandon Sanderson is in my opinion that most prolific fantasy author you will find right now in modern fantasy.
He puts out so much work so many books in so many different series, he has at least like three books coming out each year which especially for thick fantasy book novels that is a lot and it’s all good! But this is definitely my second favorite series of his. so you follow this kind of sewage gremlin called vin a 16 year old girl who has very powerful magic but she doesn’t know it. the magic system in this series and honestly in any Oh Brandon Sanderson series but especially in this series is fantastic. it’s all about wielding metals every version of this worlds kind of wizard can control one of the ten eleven metals, but some can control all of them. I’m sure you’ve heard of this I’m traded for the Sanderson before if you haven’t read this book, I’m sure you will fall in love with sunny Sun just as much as I did. there are three books in the original series so there’s the final Empire, the well of Ascension and the hero of Ages. the second one starting with ally of law follows the same world but hundreds of years into the future so you see this is a really interesting evolution of this magical world the kind of evolves very similarly to our own world.
In this one they have guns for example which they’ve been in the first series so it’s very interestingly done and I’m really curious to see how it evolves even more into the future.
Coming in at number 6 we have Lev Grossman’s; The Magicians. This series the trilogy and the consists of the magician’s, the magician’s land and the Magician King.
So this is pitched as what if Harry Potter went to college the main character Quentin is on his way to take an exam for getting into one of the big American universities. Instead, he finds himself taking an exam to get into brakebills, a magic University.
Don’t expect this to be a sort of whimsical Harry Potter story. the point is that this kind of mirrors what would happen if someone obsessed would get the chance to live in that magical universe and to be a wizard and it’s not always as fantastical and as magical as you might initially believe.
Can you guess what this is? Coming in at number five is the epic of epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R Mart.
This is epic fantasy this is everything you can ever want from an epic fantasy series, it has so many characters and so many amazing characters and obviously the twists and turns and the unexpected everything, so masterfully done.
I know some people have issues with George RR Martin’s writing and of course it’s not perfect no one is perfect and he does tend to write weird sexy and describe pages and pages of what people were eating and what they’re wearing.
I’m sure you’ve seen the show first season very much mirrors the first book then it starts to go on tangents and it starts to change things so at this point I think the stories are quite different especially obviously since the shell surpassed the books that are out I as well as the entire fantasy community are afraid that we might never know how the books end goddamn it.
My favorite character from Game of Thrones is Jon Snow I think his arc is amazing and then Aria and Tyrion of course everyone looks Arya and they’re here but yeah I really don’t know what else to say everyone knows Game of Thrones and if you don’t you really really should.
Number four is a series by one of my absolute favorite authors, actually she’s one of the few women at the fantasy authors on this list unfortunately I wish there were more tears I’m talking about is called the Farseer trilogy by Robin hull.
The first book assassin’s apprentice leading to the second book royal assassin and the third book assassins quest which I have in a different edition from the three I think actually the last one is my favorite and this is her first series and actually the one that continues on the most for the two main characters from this is the one character and then another side character in this series becomes a more important character in a later series.
I think there are another three separate trilogies following the same characters.
I’ve only read this first truly although I do have the first book to her second trilogy we just call the live ship traders and this first book is ship of magic but this series does not follow the characters from the first trilogy, although a lot of people say that this is her best trilogy so I’m very very excited to read this. So the first book assassin’s apprentice follows our main character called Fitz who is the bastard boy of a prince and he has brought into the court and taught the art of assassination. he finds out that there’s more to him than people really believe and again he has some special abilities than make him very unique in this world. it’s just so beautifully written and the characters are incredible so I would highly recommend this first series than anything in my Robin hobb I think she is fantastic.
Okay, so number three again. I’m not sure about this order because all of these can be my number one.
I mentioned you will see this author again in my list and I am talking about Brandon Sanderson and the series I want to talk about is a Stormlight archive, his 10 book ethic mother of the series that he’s writing.
It’s so massive in scope and it’s so well executed as well. this is the mother of epic fantasy right here I mean these books are a thousand two hundred pages each and I enjoyed every word of them. the two main characters are a guy called Caledon and a girl called Shalon I think is how you pronounce it the blurb doesn’t even say anything because I don’t really know how you can explain the series so you like epic fantasy if you like magic, if you like huge expensive battles, if you like politics if you like intrigue if you like fantastic creatures and fantastic world building, this is all you’ll ever want and need from a fantasy series. normally archived but Brandon Sanderson is my number three oh boy okay now on in second place.
My favorite fantasy series or fantasy book is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I have the entire series here in this lovely little box these are the adult English editions which I love.
I also have the gorgeous Illustrated editions of the first three books those are the only ones that have come out yet and they come out once a year. I don’t really feel like I need to explain why this is my number two and on my list it could be number one obviously there’s dust ology involved because I read these growing up but I keep rereading them every single year. I’m rereading the third one right now in the illustrated edition. they’re the reason why I read they’re the reason why I write they’re the reason why I am the person that I am today.
The fourth book is my favorite of the entire series it’s the one I enjoy reviewing most I love the Triwizard Tournament, I love all the things that the characters are facing and it’s also because this is the time when they start growing up and you see them start having those teenager specific moments. I don’t think it’s worth explaining more than that okay so we’re finally here, this is my favorite fantasy book of all time my favorite series of all time. I never really expected to find something that I enjoy as much as the Harry Potter series. I always thought because of the nostalgia aspect because I’ve read them so much because of so many other things I always thought nothing could ever top Harry Potter for me. It’s my number one because of that reason but I think this series is a beautiful beautiful thing and I want everyone to read it.
My favorite fantasy book of all time really my favorite book of all time is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
So this is the King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss and the first one is The name of the Wind, the second one Wise Man’s Fear.
we begin the story in the present where a world famous chronicler who writes down famous people’s lives comes in to the inn where our main character both works even though he’s under a false identity at the time chronicler knows who he is and he convinces him to tell his story and both agrees that he will tell his entire story in three days. the idea is that book one is the first day that the chronicler writes down the story in a second his second day and so on and then we follow the past through what the chronicler is writing and in the story we begin when he is a child and following a tragedy he is lost and he eventually makes his way to a University where he learns magic.
I think the reason this resonated with me the most is that this is epic fantasy but it’s very close to the character like game of thrones or other epic fantasies, you don’t follow a cast of characters you only follow Kvothes perspective so of course if you don’t like this character then you are not going to enjoy the story but I love his character and I love what Rothfuss is doing with the writing and this is gorgeous it’s the most gorgeous writing I’ve seen in fantasy and they it really inspires. It’s the kind of storytelling where every single time you go back and read you find more things that you didn’t notice the first time it’s so intricately written, the magic system is really cool.
I hope you enjoyed my best fantasy books list and will pick some of these books up or otherwise just tell me what you think about them. Thank you so much 😉