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Are you looking for a great fantasy book to immerse yourself in? This is a list of the 100 most popular fantasy books. Some of the best fantasy books written are on this list.

The list was created by parsing comments on the r/books subreddit, and takes into account both number of mentions and the comment scores. Since the list was created by parsing user comments, it represents the most popular fantasy books according to users on reddit, and does not necessarily reflect our personal opinions. All books are ranked by analyzing comment data.

The fantasy genre is the most popular genre in the data we have.

The data used in this list is from 2018 and 2019. As we get more data the list may change and will hopefully become a list of the best fantasy books of all time.

    1. CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller)
    Madeline Miller
    In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to t

    2. Good Omens
    Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    From two delightful imaginations comes a comic masterpiece in which the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, the hound of the devil chases sticks, and the end of the world is subject to M

    3. American Gods
    Neil Gaiman
    Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident.Fl

    4. The Name of the Wind
    Patrick Rothfuss
    Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of

    5. The Final Empire
    Brandon Sanderson
    In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young app

    6. The Lies of Locke Lamora
    Scott Lynch
    They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wr

    7. The Song of Achilles
    Madeline Miller
    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed princ

    8. The Way of Kings
    Brandon Sanderson
    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.Rosh

    9. A Game of Thrones
    George R. R. Martin
    HBO’s hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin’s internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A GAME OF THRONES is the firs

    10. The Fifth Season
    N. K. Jemisin
    Original cover edition here THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.Three te

    11. Oathbringer
    Brandon Sanderson
    Alternate Cover Edition can be found here. The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New

    12. The Hobbit
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his

    13. Neverwhere
    Neil Gaiman
    Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the ci

    14. Norse Mythology
    Neil Gaiman
    Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantas

    15. Children of Blood and Bone
    Tomi Adeyemi
    Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir. They killed my

    16. The Well of Ascension
    Brandon Sanderson
    Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an em

    17. The Obelisk Gate
    N. K. Jemisin
    THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, sav

    18. The Fellowship of the Ring
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGSOne Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them<br

    19. The Last Wish
    Andrzej Sapkowski
    Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking

    20. The Stone Sky
    N. K. Jemisin
    THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.Ess

    21. The Wise Man's Fear
    Patrick Rothfuss
    DAY TWO: THE WISE MAN’S FEAR“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.” My name is Kvothe. You may have h

    22. Gardens Of The Moon
    Steven Erikson
    Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial

    23. Night Circus
    Erin Morgenstern
    "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLERThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an u

    24. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    J.K. Rowling
    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt

    25. A Clash of Kings
    George R. R. Martin
    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now

    26. Elantris
    Brandon Sanderson
    In 2005, Brandon Sanderson debuted with Elantris, an epic fantasy unlike any other then on the market. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chanc

    27. Words of Radiance
    Brandon Sanderson
    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance, Book Two of the Stormlight Archive, continues the immersive fantasy epic that The Way of Kings began.

    28. 1Q84
    Haruki Murakami
    “Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream

    29. Six of Crows
    Leigh Bardugo
    Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist

    30. The Color of Magic with Bonus Material
    Terry Pratchett
    This special e-book edition of The Color of Magic includes an excerpt of Terry Pratchett’s latest novel, Snuff!Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novel

    31. The Blade Itself
    Joe Abercrombie
    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to

    32. The Library at Mount Char
    Scott Hawkins
    A missing God.A library with the secrets to the universe. A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.  Carolyn's not so different from the o

    33. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    J.K. Rowling
    In response to his reappearance, Dumbledore reactivates the Order of the Phoenix, a secret society which works to defeat the Dark Lord's minions and protect his targets—especially Harry Potter. But Ha

    34. Assassin's Apprentice
    Robin Hobb
    Alternate Cover Edition can be found here. Young Fitz is a bastard son of the noble P

    35. The Bear and the Nightingale
    Katherine Arden
    At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind--she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a

    36. The Lord of the Rings
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron,

    37. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    J.K. Rowling
    In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the summer after Harry's first year at Hogwarts has been his worst summer ever... the Dursleys more distant and horrible than ever before. But just as he's

    38. Mort
    Terry Pratchett
    It is known as the Discworld. It is a flat planet, supported on the backs of four elephants, who in turn stand on the back of the great turtle A'Tuin as it swims majestically through space. And it is

    39. Iron Gold
    Pierce Brown
    They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thir

    40. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a

    41. The Eye of the World
    Robert Jordan
    The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age

    42. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    Neil Gaiman
    Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was se

    43. Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Ray Bradbury
    One of Ray Bradbury’s best-known and most popular novels, Something Wicked This Way Comes, now featuring a new introduction and material about its longstanding influence on culture and genre.<b

    44. The Golden Compass
    Philip Pullman
    Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a

    45. Warbreaker
    Brandon Sanderson
    This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city. A world tra

    46. The Return of the King
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them<b

    47. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
    Susanna Clarke, Portia Rosenberg
    The year is 1806, England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's past. But scholars of this glorious history discover

    48. The Gunslinger
    Stephen King
    In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbindi

    49. The Traitor Baru Cormorant
    Seth Dickinson
    The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms meets Guns, Germs, and Steel in Seth Dickinson's highly anticipated debut novel The Traitor Baru Cormorant.Baru Cormorant believes any pr

    50. The Girl in the Tower
    Katherine Arden
    The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—

    51. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated, Collector's Edition
    J. K. Rowling
    Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he's after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by th

    52. Spinning Silver
    Naomi Novik
    With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless an

    53. Skyward
    Brandon Sanderson
    Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living a

    54. Outlander
    Diana Gabaldon
    The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient cir

    55. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
    Claire North
    Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life

    56. The Light Fantastic
    Terry Pratchett
    'What shall we do?' said Twoflower.'Panic?' said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival.As it moves to

    57. The Two Towers
    J. R. R. Tolkien, Alan Lee
    The second part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure The Lord of the Rings, illustrated in colour by Alan LeeThe Company of the Ring is sundered. Frodo and Sam continue their journey

    58. Vicious
    V. E. Schwab
    Victor and Eli started out as college roommates?brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adren

    59. The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials 3
    Philip Pullman
    An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here.‘We’re going to the land of the de

    60. The Graveyard Book
    Neil Gaiman
    After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.Nobody Owens, know

    61. The Hero of Ages
    Brandon Sanderson
    Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.

    62. Senlin Ascends
    Josiah Bancroft
    The first book in the word-of-mouth phenomenon debut fantasy series about one man's dangerous journey through a labyrinthine world. "One of my favorite books of all time" - M

    63. A Storm of Swords
    George R. R. Martin
    Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne

    64. Kings of the Wyld
    Nicholas Eames
    Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have gro

    65. Sleeping Beauties
    Stephen King, Owen King
    In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, and the gauze wrapping their bodi

    66. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    J. K. Rowling
    When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens, the war against Voldemort has begun. The Wizarding world has split down the middle, and as the casualties mount, the effects even spill over onto the

    67. Every Heart a Doorway
    Seanan McGuire
    Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward ChildrenNo SolicitationsNo VisitorsNo QuestsChildren have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shado

    68. The Dark Tower III
    Stephen King
    Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris ElbaThe third volume in the #1 nationally bestselling Dark Tower Series, involving the enigmatic Roland (the

    69. Black Leopard, Red Wolf
    Marlon James
    Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always

    70. Trail of Lightning
    Rebecca Roanhorse
    “Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick.” —The New York Times“A

    71. Sword of Destiny
    Andrzej Sapkowski
    The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious

    72. The Gray House
    Mariam Petrosyan
    The Gray House is an astounding tale of how what others understand as liabilities can be leveraged into strengths.Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physica

    73. Royal Assassin
    Robin Hobb
    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely sur

    74. Red Seas Under Red Skies
    Scott Lynch
    In his highly acclaimed debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch took us on an adrenaline-fueled adventure with a band of daring thieves led by con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. Now L

    75. Uprooted
    Naomi Novik
    Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.<br /

    76. The City of Brass
    S. A. Chakraborty
    Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to

    77. The Great Hunt
    Robert Jordan
    The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. For centuries, gleemen have told of The Great Hunt of the Horn. Now the Horn itself

    78. Fevre Dream
    George R. R. Martin
    A THRILLING REINVENTION OF THE VAMPIRE NOVEL BY THE MASTER OF MODERN FANTASY, GEORGE R. R. MARTIN  Abner Marsh, a struggling riverboat captain, suspects that something’s amis

    79. Anansi Boys
    Neil Gaiman
    One of fiction's most audaciously original talents, Neil Gaiman now gives us a mythology for a modern age -- complete with dark prophecy, family dysfunction, mystical deceptions, and

    80. Perdido Street Station
    China Miéville
    British author China Miéville's highly praised first novel, King Rat, was a lively debut and one of the most adv

    81. Reaper Man
    Terry Pratchett
    DEATH IS MISSING - PRESUMED . . . ER . . . GONE.Which leads to the kind of chaos you always get when an important public service is withdrawn.Meanwhile, on a little farm far, f

    82. Blood of Elves
    Andrzej Sapkowski
    For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and t

    83. A Wrinkle in Time
    Madeleine L'Engle
    It was a dark and stormy night.Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe on a

    84. Dread Nation
    Justina Ireland
    New York Times bestseller * Six starred reviewsAt once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning

    85. A Gathering of Shadows
    V.E. Schwab
    It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nef

    86. Interview with the Vampire
    Anne Rice
    Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspens

    87. Before They Are Hanged
    Joe Abercrombie
    The second novel in the wildly popular First Law Trilogy from New York Times bestseller Joe Abercrombie. Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enem

    88. The Poppy War
    R. F. Kuang
    When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooste

    89. A Darker Shade of Magic
    V. E. Schwab
    From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.<

    90. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    J.K. Rowling
    In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the epic tale of Harry Potter, Harry and Lord Voldemort each prepare for their ultimate encounter. Voldemort takes control of the

    91. The Priory of the Orange Tree
    Samantha Shannon
    A world divided.A queendom without an heir.An ancient enemy awakens.The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must

    92. Equal Rites
    Terry Pratchett
    The third Discworld novel. "They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance." There are some situations where the correct respons

    93. Into the Drowning Deep
    Mira Grant
    Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend.It was lost at sea with all hands. S

    94. Coraline
    Neil Gaiman
    There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours,

    95. Howl's Moving Castle
    Diana Wynne Jones
    An alternative cover for this ISBN can be found hereSophie has the great misfortune of

    96. A Court of Thorns and Roses
    Sarah J. Maas
    Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf,

    97. Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    A New York Times bestseller for twenty-one weeks upon publication, UNFINISHED TALES is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring,

    98. Saga Vol. 1
    Brian K. Vaughan
    When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From bestselling writer B

    99. Stardust
    Neil Gaiman
    Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall—named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beaut

    100. The Silmarillion
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before T