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List of famous high fantasy books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular high fantasy books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best high fantasy novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

A list made up of books like The Lord of the Rings and The Diary of a Young Girl.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best high fantasy books?" and "What are the most famous high fantasy books?"

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Academ's Fury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Jim Butcher
Academ's Fury is a 2005 high fantasy novel by Jim Butcher. It is book two of the Codex Alera novel series.

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Bleak Seasons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook
Bleak Seasons is the sixth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black ...more

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Blood of the Fold is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Terry Goodkind
Blood of the Fold is the third book in Terry Goodkind's epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth.

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Bones of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
Bones of the Dragon is the first book in the new series Dragonships written by the fantasy duo of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. It was released in hardcover on January 6, 2009.

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Brisingr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Christopher Paolini
Brisingr is a book written by Christopher Paolini.

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Brotherhood of the Wolf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Dave Wolverton
Brotherhood of the Wolf is the second novel in David Farland's epic fantasy series The Runelords.

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Captain's Fury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Jim Butcher
Captain's Fury is a 2007 high fantasy novel by Jim Butcher. It is book four of the Codex Alera. It takes place approximately two years after the events in book three, Cursor's Fury.

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Chainfire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Terry Goodkind
Chainfire is the ninth book in Terry Goodkind's epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth, and the first in a trilogy. It was nominated for the Prometheus Award.

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Chaosbound is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Dave Wolverton
Chaosbound is the eighth installment in the Runelords series written by David Farland and was published October 13, 2009.

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Confessor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Terry Goodkind
Confessor is the eleventh novel in Terry Goodkind's epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth, and the last in the Chainfire trilogy bringing an end to the current story arc involving the Imperial ...more

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Curse of the Mistwraith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Janny Wurts
Curse of the Mistwraith is volume one of the Wars of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts.

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Cursor's Fury is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Jim Butcher
Cursor's Fury is a 2006 high fantasy novel by Jim Butcher. It is book three of the Codex Alera novel series. It takes place approximately two years after the events in book two, Academ's Fury.

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Dark Lord of Derkholm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Diana Wynne Jones
The Dark Lord of Derkholm, simply Dark Lord of Derkholm in the United States, is a fantasy novel by the British author Diana Wynne Jones, published autumn 1998 in both the U.K. and the U.S. It ...more

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Dark Wraith of Shannara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Terry Brooks
The Dark Wraith of Shannara is a graphic novel produced by Terry Brooks in his Shannara series. The story is set several years after the events of The Wishsong of Shannara and Indomitable.

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Darkwalker on Moonshae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Douglas Niles
Darkwalker on Moonshae is a fantasy novel by Douglas Niles and the first novel written for the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. ...more

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Debt of Bones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Terry Goodkind
Debt of Bones is a short novel by Terry Goodkind. It was first published in the October 1998 anthology Legends then later published as a stand alone book in hardcover in 2001 and in paperback in

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Destiny's Conflict is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Janny Wurts

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Dragon Rider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Cornelia Funke
Dragon Rider is a 1997 German children's novel by Cornelia Funke. Originally translated by Oliver Latsch, Dragon Rider was published in 2004 by The Chicken House in the UK and Scholastic Inc. in ...more

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Dreams of Steel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook
Dreams of Steel is the fifth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The ...more

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Drowned Ammet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Diana Wynne Jones
Drowned Ammet is a fantasy novel for young adults by British author Diana Wynne Jones. It is the second book in the series Dalemark Quartet.

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Eldest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Christopher Paolini
Eldest is the second novel in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini and the sequel to Eragon. Eldest was first published in hardcover on August 23, 2005, and was released in paperback in ...more

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Eragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Christopher Paolini
Eragon is the first novel in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, who began writing at the age of 15. After writing the first draft for a year, he spent a second year rewriting it and ...more

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Faith of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Terry Goodkind
Faith of the Fallen is the sixth book in Terry Goodkind's epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth.

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First King of Shannara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Terry Brooks
The First King of Shannara is a 1996 epic fantasy novel by Terry Brooks.

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First Lord's Fury is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels
Jim Butcher
First Lord's Fury is a 2009 high fantasy novel by Jim Butcher. It is the sixth and final book of the Codex Alera novel series. For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man ...more