First and Foremost, this isn’t THE definitive list of Fantasy Fiction. It’s more like a personal recommendation list.
I’m currently an editor and Ghostwriter but I plan to write my own books someday and they will most definitely be in the SFF genre (Science Fiction and Fantasy).
I’ve read a lot of Science Fiction but my mileage in Fantasy is very low. So, I’m calling on you to help me out. Tell me the books that are absolutely must reads in the genre. These books have to be books that you personally feel that if i haven’t read, something in my life isn’t complete. Or you know, you just really love the book(s).
Please, don’t recommend the books that have a reputation of being good, for example The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I have tried twice to read that book but couldn’t make it past page 25. I’d prefer personal recommendations. This means that along with book title, please leave behind a sentence or two about what the story is about and why you liked it.
Here is a list of books I have already read, Or I’m still reading that made me fall in love with the genre.
- Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson
- Allow of Law – Brandon Sanderson
- Steel Heart – Brandon Sanderson
- Seventh Son – Orson Scott Card
- The Circle Trilogy – Ted Dekker
- Zoo City – Lauren Beukes
- I am Number Four – Pittacus Lore
- The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
- Dead Beat – Jim Butcher
As you can see, it’s really small. So, please drop your recommendations in the comments. Anything that qualifies as fantasy is okay. But it must have impressed you in a personal way and be really, really good.