Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

Those who know me well know that I’m a bit of a book reader and a huge fan of the Fantasy genre as a whole, which is often referred to as “Sword and Sorcery” books.  In my youth I grew up with the core Dragonlance books and moved to the RA Salvatore’s “Drizzt” books within the Forgotten Realms setting.

I remember these books very fondly, however as I transitioned into adulthood I was left with a strong desire for a more epic tale and have spent the past decade trying out other Fantasy novels. Here are some of my favorite sword and sorcery series:

  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin (7 book series) – Probably my favorite series of all time, although it is hard to say as the series hasn’t yet been completed yet.
  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erickson (10 book series) – This series starts slow but really picks up in Book 2 and is believed by many to be one of the greatest series of all time. 
  • Farseer Trilogy and Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb (both 3 book series)
  • Prince of Nothing by R Scott Bakker (3 book series)
  • Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (multiple books in this setting but not technically a series)
  • Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks (3 book series)
  • The First Law by Joe Abercrombie (3 book series)
  • Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (3 book series)

I’ve read other stuff as well but those are probably my favorites off the top of my head.  I know several of you also enjoy this genre so I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below!

Update: Great post by NPR covering the best Fantasy/Science Fiction books of all time!