Fantasy Reading List

Foundation Books:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany

Phantastes by George MacDonald

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle

Epic (High) Fantasy:

The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay

Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon

Aurian by Maggie Furey

Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The Riddlemaster of Hed by Patricia McKillip

The High House by James Stoddard

Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Mythic Fantasy:

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Little, Big by John Crowley

Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

The Wood Wife by Terri Windling

Urban Fantasy:

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint

Spirits in the Wires by Charles de Lint

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Historical & Arthurian Fantasy:

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

Lord of the Two Lands by Judith Tarr

Kingdom of the Grail by Judith Tarr

All Ages Fantasy (Young Adult):

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Red Moon, Black Mountain by Joy Chant

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Science Fantasy:

The Dying Earth by Jack Vanc



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  1. indiana jones marion

    Man i love reading your blog, interesting posts !

  2. Emma Bull RULES! Loved War for the Oaks

    • I agree. I love her newer book _Territory_ too.

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