The list of best Fantasy books is counting down a fiction set in an alternative universe. The best fantasy movies are often based on the authors like Tolkien, Robert Jordan, George Martin.

10. Beowulf

best fantasy books

Beowulf is an Old English fantasy poem. Produced between 975 and 1025. In 2007 Robert Zemeckis directed Beowulf, a 3D computer-animated fantasy action film written by Neil Gaiman, based on the fantasy book by the same title.


The story takes place in pagan Scandinavia in the 6th century. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes for the help of the king of the Danes, whose kingdom has been attacked by the monster Grendel.

         

  • Author(s): Unknown
  • First printed: Thorkelin (1815)

9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

best fantasy books

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) is a fantasy novel for kids by C. S. Lewis. It is best known for seven fantasy books in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe film series.

The story takes place in Narnia, a land of mystical, talking animals that are taken over by the evil White Witch. The story follows Lucy, the youngest out of four children who are relocated old country house following a wartime evacuation. When they visit Narnia the siblings of Lucy seem to fit a prophecy and find themselves adventuring to save Narnia and their own lives.

           
  • Originally published: October 16, 1950
  • Author: C. S. Lewis

8. Twilight Novel series

best fantasy books

The Twilight Saga is a series of four vampires, romance-fantasy books, written by Stephenie Meyer. Best known for The Twilight Saga (film series).

         


  • Author: Stephenie Meyer
  • Number of books: 5 (with 3 companions)
  • Series: Twilight (2005), New Moon (2006)
  • Eclipse (2007), Breaking Dawn (2008)
  • Midnight Sun (2020)

 

7. Harry Potter Novel series

best fantasy movies

Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by J. K. Rowling. Best known for the Harry Potter film series.


The story follows young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, studying at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is against Lord Voldemort, a wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic and subjugate all wizards and Muggles (non-magical people).

         
  • Author: J. K. Rowling
  • Genres: Fantasy Fiction, Drama, Young adult fiction,
  • Mystery, Thriller, Bildungsroman

6. The Dark Tower Book series

best fantasy movies

The Dark Tower is a series of eight books and two short stories written by Stephen King. It is a mix of multiple genres, including dark fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Western. In 2017, Nikolaj Arcel directed the film The Dark Tower, featuring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey as the main characters.


The story follows a “gunslinger” and his adventure toward a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical. The series and its use of the Dark Tower. The story takes place in Stephen King’s multiverse and in doing so, links many of his other novels.

         
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Book series: The Gunslinger (1982)
  • The Drawing of the Three (1987)
  • The Waste Lands (1991)
  • Wizard and Glass (1997)
  • The Little Sisters of Eluria (1998)
  • Wolves of the Calla (2003)
  • Song of Susannah (2004)
  • The Dark Tower (2004)
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)

5. A Song of Ice and Fire

best fantasy movies

A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Best known for TV show Game of Thrones based on Martin’s books.


best fantasy books

The story takes place on the fictional continents Westeros and Essos. Dynastic war among nine families for control of Westeros, the rising threat of the supernatural Others in northernmost Westeros, and the ambition of the deposed king’s exiled daughter to assume the Iron Throne.

           
  • Originally published: October 28, 2014
  • Authors: George R. R. Martin
  • A Clash of KingsA Storm of Swords; A Feast for Crows; 
  • A Dance With Dragons; The Winds of Winter; and A Dream of Spring

4. The Hobbit

best fantasy books

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children’s fantasy novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature. Best known for The Hobbit film series.


         

  1. Series The Hobbit (1937)
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
  3. The Two Towers (1954)
  4. The Return of the King (1955)
  5. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962)
  6. The Silmarillion (1977)
  7. The Children of Húrin (2007) by J. R. R. Tolkien

 

3. American Gods

best fantasy books

American Gods is a fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. The tv show American Gods was directed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green based on this book.


best fantasy movies
         

The novel is a blend of fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on the mysterious and taciturn Shadow.

2. The Cloud Atlas

best fantasy books

Cloud Atlas is a fantasy novel by David Mitchell. In 2012 came out the film The Cloud Atlas as an adaptation directed by The Wachowskis and featuring an ensemble cast.


best fantasy movies

The book combines six stories; each is read or observed by a main character of the next, thus they progress in time through the central sixth story. The protagonist of each section reads or observes the chronologically earlier work in the chain.

  • Originally published: March 2004
  • Author: David Mitchell

1. The Lord of the Rings Literary series

best fantasy movies

The Lord Of the Rings is the best fantasy book series of all time simply because, it has inspired many derivatives including The Lord of the Rings film series by Peter Jackson, not to mention artwork, music, films and television, video games, board games, and subsequent literature.


best fantasy movies

The story takes place in Middle-earth, following the quest mainly through the eyes of the hobbits Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin, struggling against the Dark Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth.

         
  1. The Hobbit (1937)
  2.  The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) 
  3. The Two Towers (1954) 
  4. The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

The list of best Fantasy books is counting down a fiction set in an alternative universe. The best fantasy movies are often based on the authors like R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, George Martin, etc…

10. Beowulf

best fantasy books

Beowulf is an Old English fantasy poem. Produced between 975 and 1025. In 2007 Robert Zemeckis directed Beowulf, a 3D computer-animated fantasy action film based on the fantasy book by the same title.


The story takes place in pagan Scandinavia in the 6th century. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes for the help of the king of the Danes, whose kingdom has been attacked by the monster Grendel.

         

  • Author(s): Unknown
  • First printed: Thorkelin (1815)

9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

best fantasy books

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) is a fantasy novel for kids by C. S. Lewis. It is best known for seven fantasy books in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe film series.

The story takes place in Narnia, a land of mystical, talking animals that are taken over by the evil White Witch. The story follows Lucy, the youngest out of four children who are relocated old country house following a wartime evacuation. When they visit Narnia the siblings of Lucy seem to fit a prophecy and find themselves adventuring to save Narnia and their own lives.

  • Originally published: October 16, 1950
  • Author: C. S. Lewis

8. Twilight Novel series

best fantasy books

The Twilight Saga is a series of four vampires, romance-fantasy books, written by Stephenie Meyer. Best known for The Twilight Saga (film series).


  • Author: Stephenie Meyer
  • Number of books: 5 (with 3 companions)
  • Series: Twilight (2005), New Moon (2006)
  • Eclipse (2007), Breaking Dawn (2008)
  • Midnight Sun (2020)

7. Harry Potter Novel series

best fantasy movies

Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by J. K. Rowling. Best known for the Harry Potter film series.


The story follows young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, studying at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is against Lord Voldemort, a wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic and subjugate all wizards and Muggles (non-magical people).

  • Author: J. K. Rowling
  • Genres: Fantasy Fiction, Drama, Young adult fiction,
  • Mystery, Thriller, Bildungsroman

6. The Dark Tower Book series

best fantasy movies

The Dark Tower is a series of eight books and two short stories written by Stephen King. It is a mix of multiple genres, including dark fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Western. In 2017, Nikolaj Arcel directed the film The Dark Tower, featuring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey as the main characters.


The story follows a “gunslinger” and his adventure toward a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical. The series and its use of the Dark Tower. The story takes place in Stephen King’s multiverse and in doing so, links many of his other novels.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Book series: The Gunslinger (1982)
  • The Drawing of the Three (1987)
  • The Waste Lands (1991)
  • Wizard and Glass (1997)
  • The Little Sisters of Eluria (1998)
  • Wolves of the Calla (2003)
  • Song of Susannah (2004)
  • The Dark Tower (2004)
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)

5. A Song of Ice and Fire

best fantasy movies

A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Best known for TV show Game of Thrones based on Martin’s books. 

 

Originally published: October 28, 2014

  • Authors: George R. R. Martin
  • A Clash of KingsA Storm of Swords; A Feast for Crows; 
  • A Dance With Dragons; The Winds of Winter; and A Dream of Spring

4. The Hobbit

best fantasy books

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children’s fantasy novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature. Best known for The Hobbit film series.


  1. Series The Hobbit (1937)
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
  3. The Two Towers (1954)
  4. The Return of the King (1955)
  5. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962)
  6. The Silmarillion (1977)
  7. The Children of Húrin (2007) by J. R. R. Tolkien

3. American Gods

best fantasy books

American Gods is a fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. The tv show American Gods was directed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green based on this book.


  • The novel is a blend of fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on the mysterious and taciturn Shadow.

2. The Cloud Atlas

best fantasy books

Cloud Atlas is a fantasy novel by David Mitchell. In 2012 came out the film The Cloud Atlas was released as a film adaptation directed by The Wachowskis and featuring an ensemble cast.


  • The book combines six stories; each is read or observed by a main character of the next, thus they progress in time through the central sixth story. The protagonist of each section reads or observes the chronologically earlier work in the chain.

  • Originally published: March 2004
  • Author: David Mitchell

1. The Lord of the Rings Literary series

best fantasy movies

The Lord Of the Rings is the best fantasy book series of all time simply because, it has inspired many derivatives including The Lord of the Rings film series by Peter Jackson, not to mention artwork, music, films and television, video games, board games, and subsequent literature.


  • The story takes place in Middle-earth, following the quest mainly through the eyes of the hobbits Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin, struggling against the Dark Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth.

  1. The Hobbit (1937)
  2.  The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) 
  3. The Two Towers (1954) 
  4. The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien

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