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.
- 1The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
- 2The Way of Kings, Mistborn: The Final Empire
- 3The Wheel of Time, The Eye of the World
- 4Good Omens, Small Gods
- 5The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear
- 6Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451
- 7The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed
- 8Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass
- 9The Belgariad, Polgara the Sorceress
- 10The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged
- 11The Farseer, Royal Assassin
- 12Odyssey, Iliad
- 13The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, At the Mountains of Madness
- 14Pet Sematary, Creepshow
- 15Beowulf, Marvel 1602
- 16Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- 17The Raven, Annabel Lee
- 18Dragonflight, Dragonsong
- 19The Sword of Shannara, Magic Kingdom for Sale -- Sold!
- 20The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- 21I, Robot
- 22Magician, Shadow of a Dark Queen
- 23Ceaseless Light, Blood of Elves
- 24Furies of Calderon, Small Favor
- 25The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters