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Top 10 Best Fantasy Books

Become immersed in a variety of unique and diverse worlds, riddled with magic, monsters and mystery, and journey through strange lands with courageous characters, encountering all sorts of wonders - and perils... Perfect for readers who want to be taken on an adventure. Whether you're looking for the classics or want to read the best new fantasy books, we have plenty in our range so see below for the very best fantasy books.

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1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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J. R. R. Tolkien

Join the daring hobbits Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry as they embark on an epic quest to destroy the powerful and manipulative One Ring, defeat the evil Sauron and restore peace to Middle-earth, accompanied by a cast of courageous characters including Aragon, Legolas, Arwen and Gandalf. This legendary fantasy masterpiece was released in three volumes from 1954 to 1955 and its popularity has grown exponentially ever since, particularly since its adaptation into three blockbusting movies. Discover the books behind the films and delve even deeper into magical Middle-earth.


2. Dragon Keeper

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Robin Hobb

The first book in a two-part series, Dragon Keeper transports readers to Robin Hobb's rich and wondrous world, where dragons have returned. Guided by the dragon Tintaglia, the serpents come from the sea and fight their way up the Rain Wild River to their ancestral hatching grounds. However, the fledglings that emerge from the cocoons are nothing like the dragons of old. Flightless and fractious, they soon became a danger to all and must be moved. The Rain Wilder Thymara answers the call to become one of the dragon keepers and accompany the creatures upriver. Their target is the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra, but no-one knows if it actually exists - and no-one expects the dragon keepers to survive...


3. His Dark Materials

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Philip Pullman

Featuring three books - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - this captivating fantasy trilogy follows Lyra and her 'daemon', the animal embodiment of her inner self. Travel with Lyra to phenomenal fantastical settings, through snowy hills, to an otherworldly city, and even to the Land of the Dead, on all sorts of daring and dangerous quests.


4. The Harry Potter Series

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J. K. Rowling

These enchanting books have inspired a love of reading in millions of children (and adults!) with their enthralling adventures, fantastical creatures and spellbinding characters. Join Harry Potter as he enrols at the magical (but perilous) Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the years, he must contend with a three-headed dog, a ruthless basilisk, ghoulish dementors, a mysterious Potions Master, deadly Death Eaters and much more. Ultimately, however, he must face the most terrifying and treacherous nemesis of them all: Lord Voldemort.


5. Neverwhere

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Neil Gaiman

Beneath the streets of London, there's a world most people could never even imagine: a city of monsters and murderers, saints and angels. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman, but a single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is both eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. He encounters a girl named Door, an angel named Islington, an earl who holds court in a tube train, a beast in a labyrinth, and endless dangers and delights he could never have dreamed of. And Richard - who only wants to go home - is soon to find a strange destiny waiting for him in this unsettling version of his native city...


6. The Eye of the World

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Robert Jordan

In the heart-pounding first adventure of the epic Wheel of Time series, embark on a hazardous journey with Rand al'Thor, a young shepherd from the quiet village of Emond's Field, as he and his friends are forced to leave their tranquil home and flee across the country. Their goal is the apparent safety of Tar Valon, city of the magic-wielding Aes Sedai - but their quest will be perilous, fraught with darkness and danger, and ultimately, they will see the fate of the world hang in the balance...


7. A Song of Ice and Fire

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George R. R. Martin

Discover the books behind the award-winning and endlessly addictive TV series, Game of Thrones. Set in a fantasy world with medieval elements, the series chronicles the turbulent struggles between various noble families to claim the Iron Throne of Westeros, including the scheming Lannisters and the ambitious Targaryens. It features violence, vengeance, passion, plotting, magic, scandal and fantastical creatures in abundance, making for immersive and adrenaline-fuelled reading.


8. The Mortal Instruments Series

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Cassandra Clare

This dark and gritty series follows the thrilling adventures of Clary Fray, who, on her 18th birthday, discovers that she is a 'Shadowhunter', a person born with angelic blood who must protect humans from demons. Alongside the enigmatic and attractive Shadowhunter Jace and her geeky but dependable friend Simon, she finds herself in a dangerous world of faeries, vampires, warlocks and werewolves, and embarks on an epic quest filled with peril, romance, conflict and self-discovery. 

9. The Magicians' Guild

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Trudi Canavan

The first book in the engrossing Black Magician trilogy follows Sonea, a girl who lives in the downtrodden slums of the city of Imardin. Every year, the city's magicians 'purge' the streets of urchins and slum-dwellers. They put up a magical shield to ward against attacks - but Sonea somehow penetrates this shield with a rock. The magicians' worst fear has come true: there's an untrained magician loose in Imardin. They've got to find her, but Sonea is determined to stay hidden forever - despite her powers growing increasingly uncontrollable...


10. The Chronicles of Narnia

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C. S. Lewis

Readers have been enchanted by these enthralling and spellbinding stories for generations. Discover a magical land, inhabited by all sorts of curious creatures, as well as a witch who imposes an eternal winter. Be swept away by incredible quests undertaken by courageous children and their heroic (if often peculiar) allies. Experience exhilarating battles and encounter plenty of fantastical beasts, including centaurs, giants, fauns, and - of course - the wise, magnificent lion, Aslan.


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