What are the best Chinese and Japanese fantasy books?

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    #1Monkey: Folk Novel of China

    Monkey: Folk Novel of China
    Monkey: Folk Novel of China is a classic book about Chinese folklore by Wu Ch'êng-ên, translated from the original by Arthur Waley. It tells the story of the immortal Monkey-King as he goes on adventures to combat gods and other creatures.
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    Lawrence Martin
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Great for those looking to take a peak into the world of chinese fantasy novels"
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    #2Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is a children's fantasy book written by Nahoko Uehashi. Based on a Japanese myth, it tells the story of Balsa, who rescues a boy from drowning in the river and becomes his protector as he finishes a quest.
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    Patrick Hall
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "One of the best Japanese fantasy books out there. Jump head first into the Japanese myths and discover what they are all about."
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    #3The Ghost Bride

    The Ghost Bride
    The Ghost Bride is a historical fantasy novel by Yangsze Choo. Set in 19th-century China, it tells the story of Li Lian, who gets an offer to become the ghost bride of a rich family's dead son through a spirit marriage.

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    Billy Armstrong
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "The Ghost Bride is a story set in 19th-century China. It is a very interesting story involving a family offering a woman to be the ghost bride to the rich family's dead son."
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    #4Under Heaven

    Under Heaven

    Under Heaven is a fantasy novel by award-winning-author, Guy Gavriel Kay. Inspired by the Tang Dynasty in 8th-century China, it tells the story of army general Shen Tai as he deals with threats to his life.

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    Kathy Cole
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "I couldn't put this book down. It is well written and keeps you interested."
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    #5Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Tales of Magatama)

    Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Tales of Magatama)
    Dragon Sword and Wind Child is a fantasy novel by Noriko Ogiwara, translated from the original Japanese by Cathy Hirano. It tells the story of Saya, who is forced to choose sides in a war waged by the God of Light and the Goddess of Darkness.
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    Araceli Trejo
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Tales of Magatma created by Norki Ogiwara. The Japanese novel tells a story about a 15 year old, Saya who is pushed into conflict she inherited to fight against existing evil or good in a war battle."
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    #6Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a young adult fantasy novel by Grace Lin. It tells the story of Min Li, who embarks on a journey to find the Old Man on the Moon, who is known to know the answer to all of life's questions.

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    Bruce Guerrero
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Not my type of books but many older children and teens are fans of them. It follows a fantasy based adventure of a girl looking for the moon. Although a little bit silly to me at times they do a good job of applied common everyday life lessons to everyday scenarios."
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    #7Sea of Shadow (The Twelve Kingdoms)

    Sea of Shadow (The Twelve Kingdoms)

    Sea of Shadow is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Fuyumi Ono. It tells of high school girl Yoko Nakajima as she discovers another world full of danger. It is the first volume in the Twelve Kingdoms series.

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    Jose Kim
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Having a exchange student peaked my daughter's interest in Asian fantasy books. She said Sea of Shadow (The Twelve Kingdoms) was a great book and now wants to read all of the series."
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    #8Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia

    Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia

    Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia is a young adult fantasy novel by Cindy Pon. It tells the story of Ai Ling as she sets out on a journey to find and rescue her father from the clutches of evil.

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    Rocío Olvera
    Written on March 26, 2018
    " Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia is a fun and exciting book that satisfies all your fantasy desires. just like with anime, these fantasy books are some of the best to come from this region of the world. fantastic! "
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    #9The Fox Woman (Love/War/Death)

    The Fox Woman (Love/War/Death)

    The Fox Woman is a Japanese historical fiction and the first book in Love/War/Death series written by Kij Johnson. This fantasy book is first published in 2000 by Tor Books. 

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    Sarah Hamilton
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book was ok. It was a little difficult to follow."
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    #10The Sandman: The Dream Hunters

    The Sandman: The Dream Hunters

    The Sandman: The Dream Hunters is a fantasy fiction book written by Neil Gaiman. It is first published in 1999 by Titan Books Ltd and won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative. 

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    Lisa Hughes
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman was an interesting book to read but it is not one of the best Chinese and Japanese fantasy books out at the moment. This is an American Novel."
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    #11The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)

    The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)
    The Girl with Ghost Eyes is the first book in Xian Li-lin series written by M. H. Boroson. It is a historical paranormal fantasy novel published by Talos in 2015. 
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    #12The Eleventh Son

    The Eleventh Son

    The Eleventh Son is a Chinese wuxia (martial arts/sorcery/chivalry) novel written by Gu Long, 古龙. This book is published in 2004 by Homa & Sekey Books, after being first published in 1998.

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    Catherine Daniels
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "While searching for the best Chinese and Japanese fantasy books the suggestion of The Eleventh Son I feel is an okay suggestion. The price range is a bit high for a paperback and the reviews are only 19 with 4.5 stars. I would likely not purchase this paperback unless there were more reviews to support the ratings."
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    #13The Book and the Sword

    The Book and the Sword

    The Book and the Sword is a classic fantasy historical wuxia (martial arts/sorcery/chivalry) novel written by Jin Yong 金庸 and translated by Graham Earnshaw. Published in 2005 by Oxford University Press.

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    Denise Meyer
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Book and the Sword (The Martial Arts Novels of Louis Cha) is a Chinese and Japanese fantasy book. Louis Cha revives the legend about the great eighteenth-century Manchu Emperor Qianlong which claims that he was in fact not a Manchu but a Han Chinese as a result of a "baby swap. The book and the sword is well written and enjoyable."
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    #14Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils

    Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils

    Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils is a wuxia (martial arts/sorcery/chivalry) novel written by Jin Yong 金庸 as the fifth installment in the Tian Long Ba Bu series. This book is first published in 1969.

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    Rodrigo Salas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Oooo,, weeee, Juicy stuff."
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    #15The Water Margin

    The Water Margin

    The Water Margin is a classic Chinese wuxia (martial arts/sorcery/chivalry) novel written by Shi Nai'an and translated by J.H. Jackson. This book is also known as Outlaws of the Marsh. Published in 1963.

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    Shirley Wang
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I'm totally in to Chinese fantasy books, and The Water Margin is one of my favorites. Chinese wuxia is super interesting. Shi Nai'an really knows what he's doing with this one."
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    #16The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants

    The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants

    The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants is a mythical wuxia novel written by Shi Yukun and translated by Song Shouquan, with Esther Samson and Lance Samson as editors. Published in 1997 by Chinese Literature Press.

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    Alice Ray
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I discovered the book "The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants" when I was searching for best Chinese and Japanese fantasy books. While this looks like an interesting read, from the one review I don't see that it is fantasy book so it does not meet the topic."

Summary

Best What are the best Chinese and Japanese fantasy books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Monkey: Folk Novel of ChinaBooks 43 Paid
2Moribito: Guardian of the SpiritBooks 38 Paid
3The Ghost BrideBooks 37 Paid
4Under HeavenBooks 35 Paid
5Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Tales of Magatama)Books 33 Paid
6Where the Mountain Meets the MoonBooks 29 Paid
7Sea of Shadow (The Twelve Kingdoms)Books 29 Paid
8Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of XiaBooks 26 Paid
9The Fox Woman (Love/War/Death)Books 7 Paid
10The Sandman: The Dream HuntersBooks 6 Paid
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