The Best Fantasy Authors

Voting Rules
Authors who have published works in the fantasy genre

The best fantasy authors of all time, ranked by readers and fans. This list include some highly recognizable names, like J.R.R. Tolkein and George R.R. Martin, along with some contemporary fantasy writers who are just beginning to make their mark on the genre. This list of the best fantasy authors includes some science fiction writers, horror writers and young adult fiction authors. Fans of fantasy know that there is always some overlap. All of the authors on this list have one thing in common: They've written fantastic, magical, mystical works of fantasy for fans to enjoy for years to come. Vote for your favorite fantasy authors here and add your own personal faves if you don't see them listed!

I've listed what I believe are some of the most well-known, popular fantasy authors ever, and I've added a few that may not always show up on a 'best of' list. Disagree with a choice? Vote it down. I'll be interested to see who wins the Tolkein vs. Martin battle for votes, too! The aforementioned (brilliant) writers are responsible for some of the best fantasy novel series' of all time - but I'd be remiss if I didn't also include authors like Robert Jordan ('The Wheel of Time' series), Ursula K. Le Guin ('Earthsea'), Tad Williams ('Memory, Sorrow and Thorn') and yes, J.K. Rowling ('Harry Potter') as well. All of these authors, in my opinion, deserve a place of honor on this list.

Hopefully, this list will grow and become totally comprehensive. Readers who are new to fantasy can use it as a great guide to find new favorite fantasy authors and books.

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Ranked by
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
    10,013 votes
    The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion
  • Brandon Sanderson
    7,661 votes
    The Way of Kings, Mistborn: The Final Empire, Mistborn: The Hero of Ages
  • Terry Pratchett
    4,454 votes
    Good Omens, Small Gods, The Colour of Magic
  • C. S. Lewis
    5,706 votes
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Screwtape Letters
  • Robert Jordan
    4,435 votes
    The Wheel of Time, The Eye of the World, The Fires of Heaven
  • Lewis Carroll
    2,276 votes
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass