The list author says: "This is a list of some my favorite fantasy books. Each book you'll find here is what I consider to be an example of exceptional fantasy . . . some by masters of the genera, others by outstanding authors that tend to be overlooked."
"This is my all-time favorite fantasy book. Marillier's writing is phenomenal, with a plot, characters, and setting that are intricately and masterfully woven together to create something that is simply stunning. I love this book!"
"Magic, deception, secret identities, intrigue . . . this book has it all! Flewelling's 1st book in the Tamir Trilogy is fantastic, with an intriguing, well-thought out plot that is both new and original. Highly recommended."
"The 1st in Flewelling's Nightrunner series. The characters are what make this book, since they grab you from the get go and don't let go until the final page. Plus, it's refreshing to see an author break from the "norms" and go with something new and different. Loved it!"
"A true fantasy classic and one of my all-time favorites. Beagle has crafted a nearly perfect novel, filled with a timeless story and characters that get better with each successive reading. A must read for all fantasy enthusiasts."
"In my opinion one of the best series ever. Rowling is truly a master of plot, and did a fantastic job of creating characters and situations that resonated with millions. Not to mention, anything that gets kids reading is a huge plus in my book."
"I chose The Troy Game Series over Douglass' Wayfarer Redemption Series because I felt like this is when she really hit her stride as an author. Regardless, Douglass is an amazing writer, and a true master of the epic fantasy genera."
"Terry Brooks, in my opinion, is one of the masters of the genera. He has written scores of books, yet each is refreshing and original. He has a way with words that is almost hypnotic, making each of his books a joy to read."
"Jordan is another master of the genera . . . possibly even the quintessential fantasy author. He's truly a master of his craft, and has considerable skill when it comes to weaving together a complex story with multiple characters and plot lines. The Wheel of Time is a must read for any true fantasy fan."
"This is the first book in the Sword of Truth series. Goodkind is another excellent author in the epic fantasy genera. I love the first five books in the series. The last few . . . eh, brought me closure, but I felt like they were missing something important the first few had."
"Rothfuss is an amazing storyteller. I literally could not put this book down when I first read it. Stories within stories and a plot as intricate as anything Douglass, Brooks, Jordan, or Goodkind could write. I can't wait for the next in the series!"
"Sanderson burst onto the scene a few years ago and has since taken the genera by storm. A fantastic storyteller, Sanderson creates worlds and magic systems that are both original and amazing. He has breathed new life into the genera and proves that there are still original ideas out there."
"The first in Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy. Proves that he is quickly becoming a master of his craft and easily shows why he was a worthy choice to help write and finish Jordan's Wheel of Time Series after Jordan's untimely death."
"Clemens Wit'ch Fire is an action packed adventure! Filled with magic, demons, and cool pyrotechnics as well as an intriguing cast of characters, a fantastic setting, and a plot that keeps you guessing."
"If you haven't read Briggs Raven Duology, you're missing out! The best part about this series is that the main character isn't a teenager! It's refreshing to see a book about someone older. Not to mention that the magic system is intriguing and the plot is filled with twists."
"While not the most original story/plot ever, Britain's Green Rider is still an excellent read. While you can definitely tell this is a first book (both in a series and written by the author) the likable characters and a few plot twists more than make up for any shortcomings."
"Canavan is a master at world building! The level of detail she puts into every aspect of her worlds is amazing. Unfortunately, she tends to get overlooked in favor of other more widely-known authors. Give her a chance, and you won't be disappointed!"
"Another great book by Canavan! Canavan's characterization is great in Priestess, and the plot keeps you guessing. I also really liked the magic system in this book. It was different from others and has surprising depths."
"Another of my all-time favorite books. I can't say enough good things about Sabriel. The world is completely original, the magic system astounding, the plot amazing . . . but it's the characters that make this book stand apart. Definitely worth reading!"
"Bradley is simply amazing. The Mists of Avalon was one of the first "hardcore" fantasy books I read, and it made me fall in love with the genre. The way Bradley combines an intricate plot with intensely realistic characters makes the whole novel seem almost effortless."
"If you love political intrigue, the Sun Sword Series is for you! A really good read, but be warned, this is not a fluffy, light book. A lot happens in the book and it can be a little overwhelming at times, but if you stick with it, you'll be glad you did!"