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Famous High Fantasy Books and Novels

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?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable high fantasy titles on Amazon with just one click.
  • The Way of Kings
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    Brandon Sanderson
    • Genres (Book): High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Lord of the Rings
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    J. R. R. Tolkien
    • First Published: 1954-07-29
    • Subjects: Literary, Epic film, Literature, Classics, Drama
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Chivalric romance, Fiction, Adventure fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Eye of the World
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    • First Published: 1990-01-15
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Sword of Shannara
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    • First Published: 1977
    • Subjects: Epic film, Adventure
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • First King of Shannara
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    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Eldest
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    Christopher Paolini
    • First Published: 2005-08-23
    • Subjects: Young adult, Adventure
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    • First Published: 2008
    • Subjects: Comics
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Brisingr
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    Christopher Paolini
    • First Published: 2008-09-20
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Young adult literature, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Wizard's First Rule
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    Terry Goodkind
    • First Published: 1994-08-15
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • J. R. R. Tolkien's influences
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    • First Published: 1937-09-21
    • Genres (Book): Fantasy, Alternate history, Adventure novel, Chivalric romance, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    • First Published: 1980
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    • First Published: 1981
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Science Fiction, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Children of Húrin
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    J. R. R. Tolkien
    • First Published: 2007-04-16
    • Genres (Book): Fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
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    Terry Goodkind
    • First Published: 2000-08-22
    • Subjects: Epic film
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Eragon
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    Christopher Paolini
    • First Published: 2002
    • Subjects: Young adult, Adventure, Folklore
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature, Science Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Darkwalker on Moonshae
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    • First Published: 1987-05
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
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    Kristen Britain
    • First Published: 2003-08-05
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Novel, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Worldbinder
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    Dave Wolverton
    • First Published: 2007-09
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    • Genres (Book): High fantasy
    • Genres (Book): High fantasy
  • Drowned Ammet
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    Diana Wynne Jones
    • First Published: 1977
    • Subjects: Young adult
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Dreams of Steel
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    • First Published: 1990-04
    • Subjects: Epic film
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Dark fantasy, Fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
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    Cornelia Funke
    • First Published: 1997
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: German Language
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    Terry Goodkind
    • First Published: 2001-12
    • Subjects: Epic film
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, High fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language