Fantasy Novels Ranked and Rated

Highly Recommended

Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien. Rating: 9.4

Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss. Rating: 9.1

The Deed of Paksenarrion, Elizabeth Moon. Rating: 8.9

Ysabel, Guy Gavriel Kay. Rating: 8.8

Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson. Rating: 8.7

Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson. Rating: 8.6

The Magicians, Lev Grossman. Rating: 8.6

Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling. Rating: 8.5



Black Company novels, Glen Cook. Rating: 8.3

The Magic of Recluce/The Death of Chaos, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.. Rating: 8.3

The Fionavar Tapestry, Guy Gavriel Kay. Rating: 8.2

The Coldfire Trilogy, C.S. Friedman. Rating: 8.2

Song of Fire and Ice, George R.R. Martin. Rating: 8.0

Songs of Earth and Power, Greg Bear. Rating: 8.0

Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan. Rating: 8.0

The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher. Rating: 7.9

The War of Flowers, Tad Williams. Rating: 7.9

Song for Arbonne, Guy Gavriel Kay. Rating: 7.8

Moonheart, Charles de Lint. Rating: 7.8

Elantris, Brandon Sanderson. Rating: 7.8

The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart. Rating: 7.8

The Free Bards, Mercedes Lackey. Rating: 7.8

The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay. Rating: 7.7

The Enchantment Emporium, Tanya Huff. Rating: 7.7

Small Gods, Terry Pratchett. Rating: 7.7

Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson. Rating: 7.6

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, Tad Williams. Rating: 7.6

Night of Knives, Ian Esslemont. Rating: 7.6

The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien. Rating: 7.6

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson. Rating: 7.6

The hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse, Robert Rankin. Rating: 7.5

The Obsidian Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory. Rating: 7.5

Magician: Apprentice/Magician: Master, Raymond Feist. Rating: 7.4

The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobb. Rating: 7.4

Shaman's Crossing, Robin Hobb. Rating: 7.3

The Sleeping God, Violette Malan. Rating: 7.3

The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe. Rating: 7.2

The Hidden Stars, Madeline Howard. Rating: 7.1

The Wizard Knight, Gene Wolfe. Rating: 7.0


Enjoyable, but I would not rush to buy

Wizard's First Rule, Terry Goodkind. Rating: 6.6

The Prince of Nothing, R. Scott Bakker. Rating: 6.5

The Sword in the Storm, David Gemmell. Rating: 6.4


Mediocre, would not buy again

The Baker's Boy, J.V. Jones. Rating: 5.5

Lamentation, Ken Scholes. Rating: 5.3



Paul's Top Ten

  1. Lord of the Rings
    J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Name of the Wind
    Patrick Rothfuss
  3. The Deed of Paksenarrion
    Elizabeth Moon
  4. Ysabel
    Guy Gavriel Kay
  5. Malazan Book of the Fallen
    Steven Erikson
  6. Mistborn Trilogy
    Brandon Sanderson
  7. The Magicians
    Lev Grossman
  8. Harry Potter series
    J.K. Rowling
  9. Black Company novels
    Glen Cook
  10. The Magic of Recluce/The Death of Chaos
    L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

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