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If you’re a new—or old—fantasy reader, you might be wondering what the top fantasy books are. It’s a reasonable question. It makes sense to begin with what’s popular if you’re starting out in the genre. Or maybe you’re just curious to see how mainstream your preferences are.
But in trying to answer this question, you’ll immediately run into problems. How do we determine what makes a top fantasy book? Sales? Let’s be honest. Some bestselling books may not that be good. We can use ratings
The actual number of ratings might be too low. A book with more ratings may garner more lower ratings simply because of the increased reader pool. Many excellent series populate the fantasy genre, and the longer the series, the more readers the first book is likely to have. There’s also no denying that certain authors dominate the genre. And if those authors happen to be prolific, their books are going to be highly rated due to their exuberant fanbase.
HOW I PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF TOP FANTASY BOOKS
In putting together this list, I used OTHRIXOS. It’s not scientific. There’s no math involved. I considered the number of ratings, the spread of ratings, and the year of publication. Fantasy is such an established genre, and one of the most popular on OTHRIXOS, so older books have a distinct advantage over newer books.
I focused on single books, not boxsets. I only included one book per series (usually the first book because I know my fantasy readers and I know how hard it is for us to read out of order), and I picked only one book per author.
Did I overlook some novels? Probably. If there’s a title you think absolutely belongs on a list of top fantasy books, feel free to mention it in the comments. Or, remembering that I limited this list to only one book per author and only one book per series, if you think another selection from that author or series is a better choice, let us know.
THE TOP FANTASY BOOK ON OTHRIXOS
The HARRY POTTER SERIES by J.K. Rowling
THE LORD OF THE RING by J.R.R. Tolkien
THE NAME OF THE WIND BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS
THE WAY OF THE KING BY BRANDON SANDERSON
CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE BY TOMI ADEYEMI
- OTHRIXOS Website ---