You might think you're a real fantasy novel buff, but there are certain ways to discern your level of nerd commitment. You may have read a few of the Harry Potter novels. Heck, you may have read all seven, but do you know anything about N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy? Have you read anything by Tamora Pierce? Did you read A Song of Ice and Fire before George RR Martin's work became Game of Thrones? If you answer no to these questions, you have a lot of reading to do. Stay updated with the latest books with these popular book review channels on YouTube.
You can't consider yourself learned in the lore of magic and wizardry if you're unfamiliar with certain fantasy literary behemoths. Even if you don't prefer Arthurian legend classics, there's a plethora of great books that can school you on all things related to Merlin, the undeniable father of all wizards. You can dedicate a few weekends to broadening your horizons and reading all of the greatest fantasy series.
If you've already read all of these series, well, you may be a little too invested.
By J. R. R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed ...more
By J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling's debut novel. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical ...more
By C.S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950. It was the first published of seven novels in The Chronicles of ...more
By George RR MartinA Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. The first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996. ...more
By Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and Chuck Dixon
By David EddingsThe Belgariad is a five-book fantasy epic written by David Eddings, following the picaresque journey of protagonist 'Belgarion' and his companions, first to recover a sacred stone, and later to ...more
By Patrick RothfussThe Name of the Wind is a fantasy novel by Patrick Rothfuss, the first book in a series called The Kingkiller Chronicle. It was published in 2007 by DAW Books with two possible hardcovers: one ...more
By Brandon SandersonMistborn: The Final Empire is the first novel in the Mistborn trilogy written by American author Brandon Sanderson. It was followed by The Well of Ascension in 2007 and The Hero of Ages in
By Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Mists of Avalon is a 1983 novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, in which she relates the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the female characters. The book follows the trajectory of ...more
By Philip PullmanHis Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights (1995) (published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife (1997), and ...more
By Ursula K. Le Guin'A Wizard of Earthsea is a young-adult fantasy novel written by the American author Ursula K. Le Guin, first published by the small press Parnassus in 1968. Set in the fictional archipelago of ...more
By Robin Hobb
By Brandon SandersonThe Way of Kings is the first book of The Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series written by American author Brandon Sanderson. It was published by Tor Books and released on August 31, 2010. In ...more
By Joe Abercrombie
By Scott LynchThe Lies of Locke Lamora is a 2006 fantasy novel by Scott Lynch, the first book of the Gentleman Bastard series. Elite con artists calling themselves the "Gentleman Bastards" rob the ...more
By Steven Erikson
By David GemmellLegend, published in 1984, is the first and most famous novel of British fantasy writer David Gemmell. It established him as a major fantasy novelist and created the character of Druss, who ...more
By Tamora PierceAlanna: The First Adventure is a fantasy novel by Tamora Pierce, the first in a series of four books, The Song of the Lioness. It details the start and early days of Alanna of Trebond's training ...more
By Guy Gavriel KayTigana is a fantasy novel by Guy Gavriel Kay, set in a fictional country, the Peninsula of the Palm, that somewhat resembles medieval Italy as well as the Peloponnese in shape.
By N.K. Jemisin