We added a new rundown to our BookTube channel yesterday: the top-rated fantasy books on Bookaxe (it's here, if you haven't seen it yet! https://youtu.be/dEbehjZdNyA)
What do you think of the books that were chosen by our readers? Any surprises? I felt sure we'd have seen some Game of Thrones or maybe even Lord of the Rings...
I'd love to know what fantasy books and/or series are your favourite or you wish had been on the list?
I am happy Brandon Sanderson is on there! He is probably my best fantasy author because his worldbuilding is so complete and his plots are gripping. I would maybe have expected to see Name of the Wind on there as it is so popular. My best fantasy book overall is The Princes Bride but that is mostly because it reminds me of a certain time in my life that I read it rather that the book itself and I guess it is maybe a bit old fashioned to be on this list now??? I need to try some Ben Aaronovitch. Good list!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman!
I'm with @KatieReads- Sanderson is just about the best. But also, Gunslinger by King, Watership Down by Adams, Bear and the Nightingale, Strange the Dreamer, etc. etc., plus there's a whole raft of 80's fantasy (of which some has aged ok, some poorly). Top 5 is a tough choice but fun to contemplate!
Happy to see Rivers of London series in the top 5, these are fantastic and can't wait for the next one. Suprised there was no mention for Philip Pullman. I loved Lord of the Rings when I was younger, but perhaps since the advent of the films, these aren't read as much as they used to be? Haven't read a lot of fantasy recently so my favourites are quite old ones, but these made the most impression on me:
Gormenghast trilogy - Mervyn Peake
Earthsea books - Ursula Le Guin
Weirdstone Trilogy - Alan Garner (though not sure quite what to make of Boneland the last in the series)
Doomspell trilogy and also The Silver sequence trilogy - Cliff McNish (this latter series, is still one of the most inventive I've read).
Hi @Sam. My dad adored Gormenghast and I have really vivid memories of watching the BBC TV adaptation of it with him when I was a kid. I bought Scott the book a few years ago but he couldn't really get into it. I might have to make him try again! I think his tastes have broadened since then. I've heard there's going to be a new TV adaptation too with Neil Gaimen writing... I'll certainly be looking out for that.
The Hobbit is my top book ever and not just out of fantasy books. I read it when I was younger and it just made me want to travel and have adventures. I am reading The Book of Dust now @Sam and I really enjoy Pullman but I don't think it's quite as good as Northern Lights. A Wrinkle In Time is another fantasy book I have a soft spot for from when I was younger. Oh, and I like Jay Kristoff! And Katherine Arden! And Game of Thrones! And Sanderson! I could go on and on!!! There are so many brilliant books in the fantasy genre :))
Hi @Lucy, I remember the TV adapition of Gormenghast as well - thought Steerpike was excellent in it (a very young Jonathan Rhys Meyers looking at the pictures now). Didn't know there was going to be a new adaption, that will be excellent! Agree with you, @Lydia Loves Lit, I really enjoyed the Book of Dust and it will be interesting to see where this trilogy goes, but His Dark Materials and Lyra in particular are so special and unique I'm not quite sure they can be topped (but willing to be convinced!)
The Tyme series by Megan Morrison!!!
I don't know if this is my favorite fantasy series, but I'm reading a fantasy romance boxed set called Love's Kiss by Sabrina Zbasnik and it's really good, perfect for people who love epic fantasy romance stories.