What are the best stand-alone fantasy books?

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    #1Neverwhere

    Neverwhere
    Richard Mayhew is a young businessman whose life changes dramatically when he helps a mysterious young girl, that is bleeding as he walks with his fiancée to meet his influential boss.
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    Divya Patil
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Neverwhere is a horror book written by Neil Gaiman. Fantasy fans might find it worth reading."
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    #2Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly is a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast. Kendra the witch teaches Kyle Kingsbury a lesson for his cruelty by transforming him into a beast. To break the spell, the girl he truly loves must love him in return.

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    Jason Edwards
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is jam packed with lore, and retelling of classic fairy tales. It involves witches, beasts, and magic spells."
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    #3Ella Enchanted

    Ella Enchanted

    Cinderella is forced to obey every order because of a 'gift' from her fairy godmother. In Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine's 1997 Newberry winning rendition of the Cinderella story, Cinderella goes on a journey to free herself from the curse forever.

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    Jeffrey Hayes
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A spin off of the great story of Cinderella! Every order must be obeyed by the young Cinderella as a consequence of a "gift" she received. More for young girls but people of all ages can enjoy this one!"
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    #4Orsinian 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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    Zhou Lai
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I'm a big fan of fantasy and I loved this book. I already plan to read the next in the series!"
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    #5Beauty

    Beauty
    In Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty goes to the enchanted castle in the forest as a willing prisoner. She tames the Beast during her stay and they lived happily ever after.
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    María Luisa Zárate
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I love Robin McKinley. She writes some of the best fantasy books. This is a rare stand-alone book. So many books these days are part of series. It is still really good."
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    #6The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

    The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
    The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a fantasy novel written by Patricia A. McKillip. It was first published in 1974 and won the 1975 World Fantasy Award. The book focuses on Sybel, a woman cut off from the rest of Eldwold.
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    Peter Taylor
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Let me tell you something, you will not be forgetting The Forgotten Beasts of Eld anytime soon. This fantasy novel is fantastic, so much so it has won an award in 1975. So take some advice and listen to your 'Eld'ers and and read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld."
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    #7A Song for Arbonne

    A Song for Arbonne

    A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay is a historical fiction and romance novel originally published in 1992. This book was nominated for the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

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    Crystal Grant
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Warring kingdoms, forbidden love. You will have to read this to get the rest of the juicy details. I guarantee you will love it if you like fantasy."
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    #8Uprooted

    Uprooted
    Uprooted is a young adult fiction novel written by Naomi Novik which centers on 17-year-old Agnieszka living in a village under wizard Sarkan, known as the Dragon. This has won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel. 
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    Brian Wright
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "For young adults who are infatuated in adult fiction, look no further. If that is not your ideal genre, then skip this one. I enjoyed it because I like fiction but it is very far fetched. If you do not like that, then skip it!"
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    #9The Thief Lord

    The Thief Lord

    The Thief Lord is a young adult novel written by Cornelia Funke which follows the story of brothers who have run away to Venice and end up in the company of a group of juvenile thieves.  

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    Kenneth Harris
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I like reading fantasy to distract myself from the world. While reading this book I was completely focused on it and totally engulfed in the amazing story. For a stand-alone story this is just incredible."
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    #10The Eyes of the Dragon

    The Eyes of the Dragon

    The Eyes of the Dragon is a horror fantasy adventure fiction novel written by Stephen King. It is about the king of Delain and it first published in 1987. 

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    Janet Sims
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "It seems like you don't find a ton of standalone fantasy books these days, and this one's not new by any stretch of the imagination, but nonetheless it's highly enjoyable and tightly plotted. Because it's Stephen King it tends to drag a bit in parts and the ending is just okay, but it's still definitely worth it."
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    #11The Phantom Tollbooth

    The Phantom Tollbooth
    Boredom, curiosity, and a phantom tollbooth led Milo to the Lands Beyond, where the boy found out that life is more exciting than it seems. In Phantom Tollbooth, Milo goes on an adventure that he did not think was possible.
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    Laura Powell
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a must read book for young fantasy readers. It is classic and stands the test of time. "
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    #12Watership 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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    Scott Gardner
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "solution fits the topic"
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    #13The 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 Dixon
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Last Unicorn isn't okay Reed for the genre, but Peter S beagle kind of let me down on this one. Not one of my favorite books not the worst either but it's something I'd rather not have read."
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    #14Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a modern gothic novel written by Susanna Clarke. First published in 2004, it is the presents an alternate history set in the 19th centure England.

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    Leonardo Quiroz
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England-until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear."
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    #15The Graveyard Book

    The Graveyard Book

    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is a tale about a boy raised by ghosts in a cemetery. This 2008 novel is the only book to win both the Newberry medal and Carnegie medal, along with Hugo Award and Locus Award.

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    Zoe Hu
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I absolutely love this book. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors of this generation. This book is really sweet, the main character is a child you really feel for. This is a great first book to read by this author, I think. Not too heavy and easy for most readers to get through quickly."
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    #16Under 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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    Hannah Banks
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I absolutely loved the rarely explored setting of Under Heaven. I learned so much about 8th Century China--the author does a wonderful job incorporating true history with fantastical elements. The story is epic but many of the characters have flaws and make mistakes that keep the novel as a whole quite grounded."
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    #17Glory 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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    Sue Wu
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I can't recommend this book enough. I'm not a huge fantasy sci fi reader but I simply couldn't stop reading this one. I finished it in days and I normally don't have enough time for that with 2 young children."
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    #18The Key To The Kingdom

    The Key To The Kingdom

    The Key to the Kingdom: Unlocking Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom is a fantasy fiction novel written by Jeff Dixon. This book about a young boy who enters a magic kingdom was published in 2010.

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    Dhruv Rangan
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I bought this book for my niece when she was born, and growing up she used to ask her parents to read it to her every single night. The writing is a little simplistic, but it is a kid's book. The story is just downright "magical"."

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Best What are the best stand-alone fantasy books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1NeverwhereBooks 45 Paid
2Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)Books 41 Paid
3Ella EnchantedBooks 39 Paid
4Orsinian TalesBooks 37 Paid
5BeautyBooks 35 Paid
6The Forgotten Beasts of EldBooks 34 Paid
7A Song for ArbonneBooks 29 Paid
8UprootedBooks 26 Paid
9The Thief LordBooks 20 Paid
10The Eyes of the DragonBooks 19 Paid
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