What are the best popular fantasy novels?

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    #1A Song of Ice and Fire

    A Song of Ice and Fire

    A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast of Crows, A Dance with Dragons. All 5 novels that inspired HBO's Game of Thrones. It's the series that earned George R. R. Martin the title of American Tolkien.

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    Carol Weber
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I was in need of the best popular fantasy novels out there. I found A Song of Ice and Fire 1-5, and haven't stopped reading them. Great story with lots of depth to each character. I'm glad I found the series."
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    #2The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic series, The Lord of the Rings. It was originally published in Great Britain in 1954 and has been adapted into a world-famous film.
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    Linda Sanchez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "J.R.R. Tolkien has created a very popular and immersive fantasy series with the Lord of the Rings books. If you want to find yourself lost in a popular fantasy novel, you can't go wrong with The Fellowship of the Ring, which is the first book in the series. "
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    #3Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry is on his second year at Hogwarts and more exciting but dangerous things are yet to come. 

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    Harold Carroll
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "One of the best books I've ever read. J.K. Rowling did not disappoint when writing this and it is easily one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. I think I've read this specific Harry Potter book 3 times and its just as enjoyable each time. If you're just looking for a great story there's no reason not to pick this up."
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    #4The 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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    Xu Ding
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "A wonderful story with a fantastic underlying message. A really unique story that has bright and inspiring characters."
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    #5The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)
    The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and mainly centers on Lyra and her adventures to find her missing friend Roger and her captured uncle, Asriel.
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    Micaela Ordoñez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "As popular fantasy novels go, this one doesn't get much better, being lauded by the New York Times, Newsweek and the Washington Post. First in the Dark Materials trilogy, Pullman follows with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass."
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    #6The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time)

    The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time)

    The Eye of the World is the first book in The Wheel of Time series written by Robert Jordan. It is a science fiction and fantasy novel first published in 1990 by Tor Books.

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    Edward Scott
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Eye of the World is a really fascinating book. I thought it was very descriptive and detailed throughout the story. I thought it did a great job of developing the story over time which made it very difficult to set down. I highly recommend this book."
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    #7A 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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    Edward Johnson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "All time favorite book and series George RR Martin knows how to write a book and the TV series is also one of my absolute favorites great job!!"
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    #8Neverwhere

    Neverwhere

    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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    Bryan Diaz
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a really vivid book and gets intense. I can tell this book will keep you reading from the suspense it builds up. "
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    #9Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

    Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
    Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix is the fifth installment in the seven books of Harry Potter Series. The book is about the challenges that Harry Potter faced in his fifth year at Hogwarts and how he overcome everything.
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    Laura Powell
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix is another fantastic book in the Harry Potter series. I grew up reading these books in my childhood and can attest that this book is the best popular fantasy novel. This is the fifth book in the series, so you know it's popular when they keep making book after book and the fans keep demanding more."
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    #10The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)

    The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)
    The Two Towers is the second part of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic trilogy, the Lord of the Rings. It was originally published in November 1954. It is about the war instigated by Saruman the White, ruler of Isengard.
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    Walter Garcia
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Although not as great as the 'The Fellowship of the Ring' (first part of The Lord of the Rings), it is still a phenomenal read. The description of this book should be more engaging, however. It does no justice at fully involving the potential reader in a must-have novel of this caliber. "
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    #11The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings)

    The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings)

    The Return of the King is the third and final part of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic trilogy, the Lord of the Rings. It was originally published on October 20, 1955. It is about Frodo and his journey inside Mordor.

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    Antonio Contreras
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I first read Tolkien back in middle school, and of course I have revisited him time and time again. It's not overblown to say The Return of the King is probably the best entry in his world famous The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I highly recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in the Fantasy genre."
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    #12The 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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