What are the best fantasy tales for adults?

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    #1The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings is written by J.R.R. Tolkien which is the sequel to the 1937 novel The Hobbit. This follows the course of the War of the Ring after the Dark Lord Sauron created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power. 


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    Rachel Soto
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I loved reading fantasy books as a child, but I still enjoy them as an adult as well. The Lord of the Rings is a book that I've always heard about, and even saw the movie when it came out. However, reading this book was an engulfing experience that I would recommend to anyone!"
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    #2A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)
    A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. The HBO cable network turned this series in one of he most successful TV shows ever.

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    Steven Clark
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Feed your GoT hunger with A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) - this book grabbed my attention and kept me turning pages in a binge until I finished the it! Definitely the best fantasy tale for adults, George R. R. Martin never disappoints."
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    #3American Gods

    American Gods

    American Gods is a multi-award-winning novel by the acclaimed British author, Neil Gaiman. It tells the story of Shadow and Mr. Wednesday as they travel around America to recruit American reincarnations of old deities to fight the new ones.


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    Rodrigo Espinosa
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Great fantasy book. This is a book that was so good, I finished it in 2 days. Wish it'd be made into a movie."
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    #4Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

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    José Juan Tovar
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I'm not the biggest fan of fantasy, but I decided to give this a shot. Glad I did! Riveting story! A lot of suspense and political intrigue."
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    #5The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

    The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

    The Name of the Wind, the first book in Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle series, is about Kvothe, who is in search of the meaning of life while going on many adventures, including kidnapping princesses and a burning down of a whole town.


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    Henry Nguyen
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "The Name of the Wind is a good fantasy read. It's only problem is that it isn't Game of Thrones or a Tolkien book. Otherwise, it'd be considered one of the greats."
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    #6A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Storm of Swords is a medieval fantasy novel by George R.R. Martin. It tells the story of feuding families in the continent of Westeros, all fighting for the Iron Throne. It is the third book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire.


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    Tammy Schultz
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "I'd never heard of this series of books before the television show came out. Man, I had no idea what I was missing. "A Storm of Swords" is actually my favorite out of all of them, one I've read three or four times by now. Unlike the prior two books, which felt like a lot of plot and world building, everything comes together in this one. Characters begin to show real growth, and we start to see the consequences of various decisions. Would highly recommend this book, and the series as a whole, to anyone who enjoys well-written, complex, dark fantasy. These books really are the gold standard."
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    #7The Blade Itself (The First Law)

    The Blade Itself (The First Law)

    The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is an epic fantasy novel published in 2006. This book follows the story of four men and how their lives will intertwine with each other. The Blade Itself is the first book in the First Law series.


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    Christian Perez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a rough plot that has little imagination. There is better options out there."
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    #8The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)

    The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)
    Stephen King's The Gunslinger tells the story of the Roland Deschain of Gilead, the last gunslinger, as he traverses the desert in pursuit of the evil Man in Black. This is the first book of The Dark Tower series.

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    Beverly Jones
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "As an avid reader of all things Stephen King, I'm used to his tales being between horror and fantasy. The Dark Tower series is a bit more toward the fantasy realm and so much better than the movie. The Gunslinger is the first in this series and is a relatively quick read compared to his other books. "
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    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is about Richard Mayhew, a goodhearted man living in London whose life changed after helping a bleeding girl on a city sidewalk. Because of his act, he was put in a place filled with dangers Mayhew never even dreamed existed.


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    Paridhi Trivedi
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I've never been a huge fan of Neil Gaiman's non graphic novels. This book has changed my mind a bit. Urban fantasy is so difficult to write because you have to let the rules make some semblance of sense with our world while introducing all new magicks. What a great read."
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    #10The Final Empire (Mistborn Series)

    The Final Empire (Mistborn Series)

    Mistborn: The Final Empire, the first book in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, is about Kelsier, a master thief who grouped up with other criminals to bring down the empire that enslaved his people.


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    Verónica Orozco
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "A decent enough book if you can stand generic fantasy slog."
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    #11The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive)

    The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive)
    The Way of Kings is the first book of The Stormlight Archive series written by Brandon Sanderson published by Tor Books in 2010. It is about the world of Roshar. 

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    Mark Wagner
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Coming from the author who completed the Wheel of Time series, this is a fantasy novel with high acclaim. If you're looking for a modern classic in the action and adventure genre, look no further."
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    #12Fury of Ice (Dragonfury)

    Fury of Ice (Dragonfury)

    Fury of Ice, the 2nd book in Coreene Callahan's adult-themed fantasy series Dragonfury, is about Angela Keen, a woman sought after by the dragon-shifters because of her beauty and her high-energy status.


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    Alan Guo
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "I love fantasy but it can sometimes be difficult to find books in the genre that are fully for adults. The Dragonfury series is absolutely wonderful and gives me what I'm looking for with themes and prose that go beyond the childish. Fury of Ice is a one of my favorites with its strong characters and fantastical journey through mystery and magic. Great dialogue too!"
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    #13The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

    The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

    The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun is a fantasy novel written by famous fantasy novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the Lord of the Rings. It was posthumously published in 2009 by his son, Christopher.


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    Thomas Davidson
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Imagine everything about the Lord of the Rings and put a Nordic twist on it and you get this book. It's more of a collection of two lengthy poems, supplemented by JRR Tolkien's son to further add depth to it. The book has an immense amount of imagination and creativity, bringing to life creatures and characters of mythical proportions that will stay with you after you finish it."
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    #14The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin)

    The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin)

    The Dragon Who Loved Me, the fifth book in G. A. Aiken's romance fantasy series Dragon Kin, is about Rhona the Fearless, a woman dragon warrior out to prove that women are not to be underestimated.


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    Brian Wong
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Great series for teens, good reviews with 4 and a half stars"
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    #15Princess Ben

    Princess Ben
    Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a fantasy fiction fairy tale novel originally published in 2008. This book tells the story of Princess Benevolence or Prince Ben and her private adventures.

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    Adam Peters
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "A great fantasy read with a magical background. The author chose to add a dash of fairy tale, a pinch of reality in human suffering, and a shake of beauty among the good and evil tug of war between the dark queen and her ever-so- helpless subject. Princess Ben shows us perseverance and defiance in the shadow of gloom can turn the tables in a delightful way."
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    #16Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons Of Winter Night is a graphic novel written by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and Andrew Dabb. This comic book was illustrated by Steve Kurth and it was published in 2015.


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    Craig Castillo
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "My son gave me this book for my birthday. He knows I love the Hobbit and Smaug and all, so he thought he’d buy me this book on dragons. It’s kind of funny he got me the second book in a series but I figured it’s fine. I’ll never want to read the whole series anyways. I was wrong. I had to buy the first after finishing this and then had to reread this before getting the third!"
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    #17Last Call

    Last Call

    Last Call is a young adult, magical realism novel written by Tim Powers. The book won the World Fantasy Award. This is a reprint published in October 2009. It is about a one-eyed gambler who needs to win save his soul by winning a poker game.


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    Jordan Sullivan
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "I saw the eye of Horus on the cover and got very interested. I even heard it got an award for the best world fantasy award! I decided to give it a read and decided it was one of the best books I've ever read. But I don't want to spoil it for you. Have to read it your self."
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    #18Dragons Of Summer Flame (Dragonlance Saga Chronicles)

    Dragons Of Summer Flame (Dragonlance Saga Chronicles)

    Dragons Of Summer Flame by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1995. This book belongs to the authors' Dragonlance Saga Chronicles series. It is preceded by The Second Generation.


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    Gustavo Leal
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "My cousins both read this book (and the entire series, actually) -- they both enjoyed it. It's a good way to ease into the world of fantasy if you're wanting to try something different, and since it doesn't have the huge rabid and noisy fanbase you'd find in other series (Harry Potter, LOTR, etc.), it's a lot easier to explore it without being overwhelmed."
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    #19Glory Road

    Glory Road

    Glory Road is a book by Robert Heinlein that tells the story of Gordon. He saw an ad in the newspaper and it seems like it completely defines him, so he grabbed the opportunity and applied for the ad.


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    Jeffrey Wells
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "This delivers a compelling story featuring an interesting main character. While young adults can appreciate it, a lot of the philosophical undercurrents of the book are best appreciated by college-educated adults. Nevertheless, there's plenty to enjoy for all fans of fantasy. "
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    #20Captive (Beautiful Monsters)

    Captive (Beautiful Monsters)

    Captive is a dark fantasy novel by Jex Lane. It is the first book in the Beautiful Monsters series. It tells the story of Matthew Callahan, a vampire who lives in self-exile to avoid harming others, as he gets seduced by an incubus.


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    Ethan Fernandez
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "I bought the book Captive (Beautiful Monsters) for my fiancee, and she's really loving it! The book is about a vampire that retires to a secluded place to not harm anyone, as he gets seduced by an incubus. Interesting plot, I suggest it to all the vampires' stories lovers!"
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    #21War of the Twins (Dragonlance Legends)

    War of the Twins (Dragonlance Legends)
    Brothers in Arms by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1986. This is the second book in the authors' Dragonlance Legends series. It is followed by Test of the Twins.

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    Joseph Johnson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Dragonlance books are some of my favorite fantasy stories that I've ever read. The stories and themes are timeless and the world created within is a place of wonder. If you love fantasy novels, you should give this series a try."
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    #22Spinning Silver

    Spinning Silver

    Spinning Silver is an adult fantasy retelling novel written by Naomi Novik. It will be published in July 2018 by Del Rey. 


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    Jerry Guerrero
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin in an edge. This is more of a modern twist to it with still having that original masterpiece to read through. Very powerful story either way."
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    #23Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1985. This is the third book in the authors' Dragonlance Chronicles series. It is followed by Night of the Dragons.


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    Wayne Little
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The product page is animated photos."
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    #24Orsinian 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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    Craig Cole
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "A collection of short stories by multiple authors on a single subject is usually pretty great. This was a single author with multiple stories that don't really have a connecting thread, and the stories overall suffer because of it. It's not BAD, it just doesn't seem to go anywhere."
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    #25Rise 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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    Nicole Ferguson
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This style of fantasy, once ubiquitous, has fallen a bit out of fashion recently. You’re more likely to read about a band of marauding mercenaries celebrated as ‘heroes’ than about an actual hero who’s, well, a hero. Well good news for you! If you want to read a different type of fantasy, a fantasy about good guys doing good things, beating bad guys, and saving the day, fantasy books that are decidedly optimistic and upbeat -- tales that bring a smile and grin to your face, not tears by the end of it -- then this is your list. A list compiling the best of the feel good fantasy in the genre."
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    #26The Smoke Thief (The Drakon)

    The Smoke Thief (The Drakon)

    The Smoke Thief, the first book in Shana Abe's fantasy adventure series Drakon, is about the thief that threatens to reveal the secrets of the Dra'Kon, the hidden mystic creatures living in the high hills of England.


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    Kelly Montgomery
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I found The Smoke Thief a little boring. I wanted to enjoy this book, as I love fantasy novels, but I just couldn't get into the story. The characters left me wanting, so I never got past the first book in this series."
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    Dragonswan is a young adult, fantasy romance novel written by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is about Channon MacRea and her fateful meeting with a handsome and mystic Sebastian, who claims he knows of dragons and adventure.


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    Brandon Hill
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "This story had the potential to be very good, but it was too rushed. The characters and story are so-so, but if the writing was extended to a full novel it probably would have worked. It's a quick read, but I didn't find it entertaining enough for the length of time I gave it."
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    #28Renegade (The Lost Books)

    Renegade (The Lost Books)

    Renegade by Ted Dekker is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 2010. This is the third book in Dekker's The Lost Books series. It tells the story of one of the chosen who went rogue.


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    Ishan Das
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Very good book with lots of positive feed back and a pretty good description of the book "
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    #29Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire)

    Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire)

    Kiss of Fire, the first book in Deborah Cooke's young adult fantasy series titled Dragonfire, is about Sara Keegan, a cynic woman who wants nothing to do with the paranormal, and Quinn, a dragon warrior who saved her from an attack.


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    Sofía Cervantes
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire) rank high on my list of best fantasy tales for adults. It was compelling and interesting and definitely worth reading. I think young adults through older adults will appreciate the rich storytelling set against a fantasy backdrop that introduces the reader to a whole new world. "
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    #30Reaper Man (Discworld)

    Reaper Man (Discworld)
    Reaper Man is a fantasy novel by acclaimed author Terry Pratchett. It tells the story of Death, who goes on a vacation after losing his job and causes a backlog of souls to be collected. It is the eleventh book in the Discworld series.

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    Zhao Tang
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This is about Time and about life and about being needed, being helpful. It’s also about empathy: the ending of this book is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. It’s Death coming to a better understanding of his role, of his standing, of the humans he is supposed to harvest. His relationship with Miss Flitworth is a thing of heart-warming beauty and their final moments and their literal macabre are so full of compassion it almost made my heart burst."


Best What are the best fantasy tales for adults
1The Lord of the RingsBooks 19 Paid
2A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)Books 16 Paid
3American GodsBooks 15 Paid
4Dune (Dune Chronicles) Books 14 Paid
5The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)Books 11 Paid
6A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire)Books 9 Paid
7The Blade Itself (The First Law)Books 8 Paid
8The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)Books 7 Paid
9NeverwhereBooks 6 Paid
10The Final Empire (Mistborn Series)Books 3 Paid

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