Best Fantasy Book Series

Must Read Fantasy Books

If you're a true fantasy fan, this is the list of books you must read. These books typify various fantasy sub-genres or broaden fantasy as a whole. They contain the principal tropes a fantasy reader expects to experience within each sub-genre or gift us with an unusual take on a traditional fantasy trope. Other books we favor contain something special in the way they build magic systems, worlds, and characters. Books with well woven words that paint magnificent pictures or expand our point of view also make the list.

Please note; this list contains individual books that stand out as something special in a series. In addition, the list is sorted by individual rating. As a result, you'll want to read the first books in each series before enjoying the must read books.

Book Series Series Book Number Author Rating Must Read Number of Pages Year Published
The Eye of the World The Wheel of Time 1 Robert Jordan Yes 832 1990
Gardens of the Moon Malazan Book of the Fallen 1 Steven Erikson Yes 666 1999
A Game of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire 1 George R. R. Martin Yes 819 1996
Death's Merchant Common Among Gods 1 Justan Henner Yes 1278 2017
Wizard's First Rule The Sword of Truth 1 Terry Goodkind Yes 848 1995
The Bagman Abigail Cobble Trilogy 1 Rachael McKay Yes 82 2013
The Path of Flames Chronicles of the Black Gate 1 Phil Tucker Yes 387 2016
The Way of Kings The Stormlight Archive 1 Brandon Sanderson Yes 607 2010
Assassinís Apprentice The Farseer Trilogy 1 Robin Hobb Yes 464 1995
Wrong Side of Hell The DeathSpeaker Codex 1 Sonya Bateman Yes 288 2016
The Lies of Locke Lamora The Gentleman Bastard Sequence 1 Scott Lynch Yes 736 2006