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Best Fantasy books

Rob in DE "Fantasy nut"
The list author says: "Longtime fantasy fan here (over 26 yrs & counting). I mostly prefer epic/dark fantasy nowadays, but near the bottom of my list I've included some old favorites that might be good if you're just getting into fantasy but if you've already read Tolkien, Erikson, Martin etc...no need to bother!"
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1)
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1)
"This is hardcore epic fantasy at it's best...easily one of the greatest fantasy series ever written....each book gets better"
Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2)
Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2)
"...& keeps getting better..."
Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3)
Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3)
"...& better"
House of Chains (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 4)
House of Chains (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 4)
"...& so on."
Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 5)
Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 5)
The Bonehunters (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 6)
The Bonehunters (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 6)
Reaper's Gale: Book Seven of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Reaper's Gale: Book Seven of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Toll the Hounds: Book Eight of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Toll the Hounds: Book Eight of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Dust of Dreams: Book Nine of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Dust of Dreams: Book Nine of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
The Crippled God: Book Ten of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
The Crippled God: Book Ten of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
"Thus begins another one of the greatest fantasy series ever. "
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
"...& continues..."
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
"...& continues..."
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
"...& continues. Can't wait for book #5, A Dance with Dragons ! ! ! Hopefully it'll release before we all die of old age!"
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
"...will it EVER release?!"
The Art of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
The Art of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
"Great stuff here...a MUST for fans!"
Dreamsongs: Volume I
Dreamsongs: Volume I
Dreamsongs: Volume II
Dreamsongs: Volume II
The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
"THE beginning of another of the greatest series ever..."
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
"The classic continues & ends here."
The Children of Hurin
The Children of Hurin
Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle-earth
Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle-earth
The Darkness that Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One (The Prince of Nothing)
The Darkness that Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One (The Prince of Nothing)
The Warrior Prophet (The Prince of Nothing, Book 2)
The Warrior Prophet (The Prince of Nothing, Book 2)
The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing, Book 3)
The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing, Book 3)
The Judging Eye (The Aspect-Emperor Trilogy)
The Judging Eye (The Aspect-Emperor Trilogy)
Banewreaker: Volume I of The Sundering
Banewreaker: Volume I of The Sundering
"Good Vs Evil, from Evils POV~ Great stuff!"
Godslayer: Volume II of The Sundering
Godslayer: Volume II of The Sundering
"...this is also available in a single volume..."
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)
The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)
Before They Are Hanged (The First Law: Book Two)
Before They Are Hanged (The First Law: Book Two)
Last Argument of Kings (First Law: Book Three)
Last Argument of Kings (First Law: Book Three)
The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit
The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit
"An oldschool favorite. Not too deep, but still fun. 5 books in this part. Good starter series for new &/or younger fantasy readers."
The Belgariad, Vol. 2 (Books 4 & 5): Castle of Wizardry, Enchanters' End Game
The Belgariad, Vol. 2 (Books 4 & 5): Castle of Wizardry, Enchanters' End Game
"... the 2nd five books 'The Mallorean' are also good, but not listed here though?"
Grunts
Grunts
"Comedic fantasy. Fun & still enough story for 'serious' fantasy readers."
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever
"The Covenant books are cool & new ones are coming!"
The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: "Wounded Land", "One Tree" and "White Gold Wielder"
The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: "Wounded Land", "One Tree" and "White Gold Wielder"
The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold ,Stone of Tears
The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold ,Stone of Tears
"This series starts out good, but don't bother reading past book 7... also, you have to ignore the horrendous dialogue & Goodkinds preaching political views..."
The Sword of Truth, Box Set II, Books 4-6: Temple of the Winds; Soul of the Fire; Faith of the Fallen
The Sword of Truth, Box Set II, Books 4-6: Temple of the Winds; Soul of the Fire; Faith of the Fallen
"He really should have ended this in 7 books. Gets horrible after that~ ! Like dirty butthole horrible!"