What are the best classic fantasy books?

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    #1A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.
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    Emily Duan
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I have not yet read the book, but the movie version for this book has fairly mixed reviews, but mostly bad reviews. Although, I am not one of those people that seriously compare both the book and the movie directly, I would say all the good reviews of this book is simply worth trusting for and I would love to read this one soon."
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    #2The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

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    Samantha Fields
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This novel provides the perfect prelude to the epic Lord of the Rings. It may seem like a slow read at first but it picks up and captures the reader's attention. If you are a fan, this will definitely be a good read. "
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    #3The Once and Future King

    The Once and Future King

    The Once and Future King is a book by T.H. White, most of which takes place in "Gramarye", the name White gives to Britain, that tells the story of King Arthur's reign - his journey and his battles with his kingdom. 

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    Ben Lee
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Grandma recommended this book. I love it. Not a big fantasy guy, but this was great."
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    #4The Odyssey

    The Odyssey

    After enduring the Trojan War, Odysseus begins the treacherous journey home to Ithaca. Homer's The Odyssey was composed around 700 BC and is one of the earliest epics in existence, remaining as one of the most influential works of literature today.

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    Kelly Diaz
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "A timeless fantasy classic. So many modern fantasy titles are modeled after this book. I could read this over and over again. "
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    #5The NeverEnding Story

    The NeverEnding Story
    An ’80s movie classic, The NeverEnding Story tells the tale of a young boy named Bastian Bux. Constantly tormented by bullies at school and forever lectured by his father for daydreaming, Bastian seeks refuge one day in an old bookstore. There, he is shown an ancient volume decorated with mysterious symbols. Despite a warning that the book could be dangerous, Bastian decides to 'borrow' it. As he begins to read through the book, the boy not only loses himself in the pages but comes to realize he’s actually part of the story.
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    Edward Ray
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "among the best and most well known"
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    #6Watership Down

    Watership Down

    Watership Down is a book by Richard Adams about a band of rabbits who leaves their home to create a new and better one in a different place. This allegorical tale also tells the adventure and challenging journey of rabbits.

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    Melissa Tran
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Watership Down is a classic book that takes place in the downs of England. A poor group of rabbits gets displaced from their home by humans and you follow their tale as they deal with predators and other dangers as they try and make a new world for themselves. You will be drawn quickly into the story as the animals seem very real."
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    #7The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Aaron Alexander
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is such a classic book! Such a wonderful story and the first great book in an even longer great series! Loved the movies too!"
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    #8The Silmarillion

    The Silmarillion
    The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien is a mythopoeia, fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1977. This book follows the story of the lands of Valinor, Beleriand, Numenor, and Middle-Earth along with its inhabitants.
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    Maribel Piña
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Love this book! If you like high fantasy or Lord of the Rings, definitely give this a read."
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    #9The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel written by Peter S. Beagle. First published in 1968 by Viking Press in the U.S. and The Bodley Head in the U.K., it centers on the tale of a unicorn.

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    Carl Carpenter
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Last Unicorn is near the top of any list of best classic fantasy books. The tale though a well-worn trope of journeying is told extremely well by Beagle. "
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    #10A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)

    A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)
    A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book in the Earthsea Cycle series, written by Ursula K. Le Guin.  The story is about Ged, he was the greatest sorcerer of Earthsea but he was once a reckless child.
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    Sharon Martin
    Written on March 18, 2018
    " Starting from the premise of "what were Gandalf and Merlin like as young men?", Le Guin traces out the early career of Ged/Sparrowhawk, a powerful mage in a deeply historied archipelago where knowing the true names of things gives you power over them. A prideful boast unleashes a terrible shadow into the world, and Ged has to go on a journey of self-discovery and mastery to restore the equilibrium. "
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    #11Smoke and Mirrors

    Smoke and Mirrors
    Smoke and Mirrors is Neil Gaiman's first book of short stories published in 1998. The book includes a story about the Holy Grail purchased at a thrift store, a tale about assassins advertising in the Yellow Pages, and a creative retelling of Beowulf.
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    Harry Price
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I have read fantasy book since I was a young boy. As an adult, it is rather hard to find great fantasy books for me to read. The best one I have read so far in the past 2 years is Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman which is a wonderful book of short stories. "
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    #12The Chronicles of Narnia

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    This set contains all seven tales of C. S. Lewis' classic The Chronicles of Narnia. The series brings you to Narnia, the magical world filled with talking animals and powerful beasts that is connected to the real world through an unlikely portal.

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    Ralph Gilbert
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I think this is a fantastic solution. The books are a classic so the fact that you get all 7 highly rated books is great. "
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    #13M Is for Magic

    M Is for Magic

    M is for Magic is Neil Gaiman's collection of short stories for children published in 2007. All but one story (The Witch's Headstone) in this collection are from previously published works. This work includes Troll Bridge and Sunbird.


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    Philip Palmer
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Neil Gaiman's M is for Magic is a wonderful series of short stories. I've read it several times and will probably read it again sometime in the future. A great read!"
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    #14Ozma of Oz

    Ozma of Oz

    Ozma of Oz is the third book in the Oz series written by L. Frank Baum which follows Dorothy as she goes on an adventure with her friends to rescue the Queen of Ev and her ten children, who were imprisoned by the Nome King. 

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    Ayaan Rathore
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The Oz series are some of the most well known fantasy stories of all time. This is one of the lesser known entries, but it's still a good read, and fun to see how the series evolved from the original. The worldbuilding in the series is interesting, and it's nice to take a look at how the characters change and adapt to new situations."
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    #15The Marvelous Land of Oz

    The Marvelous Land of Oz

    The Marvelous Land of Oz is the second book in the Oz series written by L. Frank Baum which centers on the adventures of young boy Tip as he travels across the land of Oz where he meets his old friends such as Scarecrow and Tin Woodman. 

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    Arjun Yadav
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The entire Oz series by Baum is a critically acclaimed classic Fairytale Series. This also fits the query very well. "
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    #16The Emerald City of Oz

    The Emerald City of Oz

    The Emerald City of Oz is the sixth book in the Oz series written by L. Frank Baum which centers on Dorothy as she wants to bring her aunt and uncle to the Land of Oz. It also follows the Nome King who wants to shame Dorothy. 

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    Carl Ortega
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I bought the entire Oz series for my children, and they really love it! The movie is a bit of a family tradition for me, and knowing there were more stories out there in the same "world" really helped my kids get into reading. The Emerald City of Oz is the sixth book in the Oz series, in which Dorothy brings her aunt and uncle along for the ride. This is an interesting change of pace from the more familiar films, and your family will love it!"
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    #17The Lost Years of Merlin

    The Lost Years of Merlin

    The Lost Years of Merlin is T. A. Barron's novel about Merlin and the time the wizard lost his memories. Merlin remembers he had magical powers and tried to regain his memories by going on an adventure in Fincayra.

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    Laura Walsh
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "I loved this book. The story really drew me in. It is a great classic fantasy novel."
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    #18The Patchwork Girl of Oz

    The Patchwork Girl of Oz

    The Patchwork Girl of Oz is written by L. Frank Baum which centers on munchkin boy named Ojo and his followers on an adventure across the land of Oz in search of items that will create a magic capable of saving his Uncle Nunkie. 

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    Nathan Gomez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "L. Frank Baum has a dedicated section in my local library just for his books. I think that speaks words to his selected style of whim and whit that really makes the reader want more and more. I can relate, I have read and reviewed three of his books! His tagline and art choices have always stood out to me."
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    #19Tree and Leaf

    Tree and Leaf

    Tree and Leaf is a collection of writings by the renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien, originally published in 1964. It includes essays and poems deeply rooted in the history of England and the English language.

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    Sharon Vasquez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you are a LOTR fan, then stop what you are doing and get this book. J.R.R. Tolkien does it again with Tree and Leaf. It's not exactly a novel, more like a book of poetry. But I am willing to bet you will enjoy every last word especially if you like his writing style."
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    #20The Merlin Trilogy

    The Merlin Trilogy

    The Merlin Trilogy is Mary Stewart's book containing three stories about the life of Merlin, from his dangerous childhood, to his meeting with a young Arthur, and finally, to his battle to keep Camelot safe from a witch's grasp.

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    Juan Greene
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "Mary Stewart has taken one of the oldest and most popular tales in the English canon and updated it for modern sensibilities. The books fall short in a number of ways so I wouldn't call them perfect or even great. They certainly are entertaining though."
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    #21The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    The Green Knight is written by Iris Murdoch which centers on Lucas Graffe attempting to murder his half-brother Clement but was intervened by a stranger whom he then killed. However, the identified man mysteriously reappears. 

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    Ivy Wang
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book tells a very unique story to tell, the characters are described very vividly and the style of writing is amazing. I recommend reading this book during vacations, i am sure you will have a very qualitative time like me. "
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    #22Meet the Austins

    Meet the Austins

     Madeleine L'Engle's Meet the Austins is the first book from her Austin Family Chronicles. The book is about Vicky Austin's repulsion towards Maggy, a new member of the family. 

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    Juan Cruz
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Meet the Austins is the best classic fantasy books,the book is about Vicky Austin's repulsion towards Maggy, a new member of the family. "
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    #23The Iliad and the Odyssey

    The Iliad and the Odyssey
    Appealing to children's sense of adventure and sense of humor, the author uses her popular, highly detailed comic strip style and a rollicking text to adapt the ancient Grecian tales of gods, monsters, and warriors. Reprint.
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    Xiang Qiao
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "my Nephew is very interested in Greek myth and this was right up his alley. even if you have already read the regular paperback version i would recommend this for the novelty of The Iliad and the Odyssey in a comic strip style."
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    #24A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

    A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

    A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel is a breathtaking compilation of illustrations of an equally breathtaking fiction novel, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. This graphic novel was published by Margaret Ferguson Books on October 2nd, 2012. 

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    Cheryl Willis
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I really did not like this book. I thought it was boring. The price of it was costly. "
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    #25The Moon by Night (Austin Family Chronicles)

    The Moon by Night (Austin Family Chronicles)

    Madeleine L'Engle's The Moon by Night is the second book from her series Austin Family Chronicles. This book about 14-year-old Vicky and her "difficult year" was published on March 15th, 1981 by Laurel Leaf.

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    Jose Simmons
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is my favorite genre of books and games as well."
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    #26Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)

    Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)
    The Marvell Illustrated version of the Jane Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility is another masterpiece by the award-winning writer, Nancy Butler. The graphic novel was published by Marvel on November 17th, 2010.
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    Tammy Schultz
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I wouldn't call this story a fantasy. It is more a realistic story of struggle and overcoming hardships. Fantasy needs to have ogres and fairies or space aliens or something. "
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    #27Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera)

    Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera)

    Cursor's Fury is a fantasy book written by Jim Butcher. Cursor's Fury was published on December 5, 2006 by Ace Hardcover. It is the third book in the Codex Alera Series.

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    Sherry Zhu
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a well-written fantasy book. Highly recommend."
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    #28Lady Of Sherwood

    Lady Of Sherwood
    Lady Of Sherwood is the second book in the historical fiction series Sherwood written by Jennifer Roberson which is the retelling of the adventures and love story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian. 
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    Jacqueline Woods
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Very nice book. Lady of Sherwood is the love story of Maid Marian. I couldn't wait to read this."
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    #29The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm

    The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm

    The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm is a classic fantasy fiction written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. It is first published in 1973. 

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    William Davidson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "It's hard to beat twenty-seven stories by masters of the genre. The translations don't seem crusty, and we're told that no parts have been cut. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak (who wrote the classic Where the Wild Things Are) make this a must-buy. "
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    #30The World of Apples

    The World of Apples
    John Cheever's The World of Apples is a novel about a poet whose story will challenge all we know about decency, common sense, nostalgia, even truth. The novel was published on December 1st, 1974 by Warner Books (NY).
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    Brandon Barnes
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This was a bit of a chore to get through; the characters are decently fleshed out well-enough, but their motivations are a little questionable, and way this is all written is just hard to read for more than a few pages at a time. I really did try, maybe I'll try again when I can find some more free time."
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    #31Orsinian Tales

    Orsinian Tales

    Orsinian Tales is a book by award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin containing stories about medieval forests, stonewalled cities, and mountain railways. The book won the Pushcart Prize, the Kafka, and the National Book awards.

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    Peter Bennett
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "There are a lot of great classic fantasy books out there. Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire come to mind first. But what if you've already read those? Orsinian Tales is a great fantasy compendium that includes captivating stories on a number of topics. While it isn't at the top of my personal list, it's certainly a strong contender for the topic."
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    #32Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations)

    Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations)
    Rise of Empire by Michael Sullivan is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 2010. This book is the second volume in Sullivan's Riyria Revelation series. It follows the story of the struggling kingdom of Melengar.
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    Christopher Kelley
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "I got this book as a birthday present and honestly, it just wasn't my type of book. The dialogue seems forced, the plot was contrived and seemed too close to already-existing fantasy worlds like those of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. The market is saturated with these types of books and it doesn't stand out in my opinion."
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    #33The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel Classics)

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel Classics)

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a republished version of L. Frank Baum's classic, The Wizard of Oz, with beautiful illustrations by Skottie Young. This graphic novel was published by Marvel on September 16th, 2009.

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    Gary Holland
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I have read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is a Classic. Best read regarding classic fantasy books!"
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    #34Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen's classic romance novel is given a new light in its freshly beautiful graphic novel adaptation by Manga Classics. The graphic novel was published by Udon on August 6th, 2014. 

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    Jack Murphy
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Even though this isn't for me it will likely appeal to a younger generation and generation the is only picking up things about fantasy without really understanding the real world. I feel this is a way to start and reach out to that generation "
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    #35A Wind in the Door (The Time Quintet)

    A Wind in the Door (The Time Quintet)

    Madeleine L'Engle's A Wind in the Door is the second book from her classic fantasy novel, A Wind in the Door. The novel won the 1963 Newbery Medal along with A Wrinkle in Time. 

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    Tyler Harper
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Honestly this is a great book overall. The main story is a lot better than the others though. They aren't BAD, they are ok. Overall it's worth it just for A Wrinkle in Time."
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    #36The Adventures of Pinocchio

    The Adventures of Pinocchio

    The Adventures of Pinocchio is a compilation of stories about Pinocchio's journeys written by Carlo Collodi. It comes with the ink illustrations of Carlo Chiostri. The stories were originally published in 1901.

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    Emma Baker
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "This translation of Pinocchio is lovely. Really! You'll be so surprised if you remember just the old movie version. My Aunt bought this for my daughter on a car trip to soothe her. I sat in the backseat and read the story and we were in awe of the pictures. The message is lovely (really!) and it was such a great gift that my daughter cherished. She studied the pictures and it was a bedtime favorite. "
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    #37An Acceptable Time (Time Quintet)

    An Acceptable Time (Time Quintet)

    An Acceptable Time is the fifth book from Madeleine L'Engle's classic fantasy series, Time. The book is about Polly and how she opened the time gate to a somewhere that existed 3000 years ago. 

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    Catherine Fox
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great solution to the topic. It has thousands of reviews giving it over 4 stars. It fits the criteria being a classic fantasy book. However with any book it is subjective to what may be the best. "

Summary

Best What are the best classic fantasy books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)Books 17 Paid
2The HobbitBooks 14 Paid
3The Once and Future KingBooks 14 Paid
4The OdysseyBooks 13 Paid
5The NeverEnding Story Movies 11 Paid
6Watership DownBooks 10 Paid
7The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 9 Paid
8The SilmarillionBooks 7 Paid
9The Last UnicornBooks 7 Paid
10A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)Books 6 Paid
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