Fantasy is one of the fiction genres that use magic as main theme. Some people equate fantasy with hobbits and magical wardrobes as it thrives on the creation of new species, places and magic systems. It makes impossible to happen as it is a genre of epic strength and incandescent beauty and introduces readers to adventures starring world-conquering villains and selfless heroes. If you are Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal or you want some more goddamn elves the below list is for you.
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Here is list of the world”s top 10 Best Selling Fantasy Books
10. Gardens of the Moon
‘Gardens of the Moon’ is an epic fantasy novel by Steven Erikson released in 1999 and published by Bantam and Tor Books. It is conceived and written on a panoramic scale of high order- an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice and is all about the story of Malazan Empire- the simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations. But Malazan Empire is not alone in this great game including sinister, shadowbound forces play the god role. The novel tells the various struggles for power on a world dominated by the Malazan Empire and is known for its use of high magic and unusual plot structure.
9. Assassin’s Apprentice
Assassin’s Apprentice is a fantasy novel written by Robin Hobb published by Voyager books and Spectra in 1995 in US which is filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and privacy, mystery and menace. The novel is about a young Fitz , bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry whose blood runs the magic skill and the darker knowledge. He will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission and though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he will be the key to the survival of the kingdom.
8. Lies of Locke Lamora
Lies of Locke Lamora is one of the fantasy, first novel written by Scott Lynch published on 27 June 2006 in US publishers by Bantam Spectra and Gollancz which exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy and the result is engagingly entertaining. Yong Locke Lamora is orphan who dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. He will face a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds worth in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game otherwise die trying.
7. Disc World
Disc World a comic fantasy written by Terry Pratchett is a series published from 1983-2015 where we meet tourist Twoflower and wizard guide Ricewind, and follow them on their always- bizarre journeys. It tells about a disc which is balanced on four elephants which in turn stand on back of huge turtle. Terry has created a complex, yet zany world filled with a host of unforgettable characters who navigate around a profound fantasy universe, complete with its own set of cultures and rules.
6. The Magicians
The Magicians the contemporary, high fantasy, parallel universe written by Lev Grossman was published by Viking/penguin books in 2009 in US is the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy like Narnia and Harry Potter. It is sad, hilarious, beautiful and essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy telling a story of Quentin Coldwater- young man practicing magic in the real world and who discovers a college of magic in New York City. He is actually a high school math genius joining elite- secret college of magic, his wild dreams came true. The New York Times review stated that it can be called as Harry Potter for adults.
5. Lord of the Rings
It’s one amongst the best selling Fantasy Books 2017. Lord of the Rings a fantasy, adventure trilogy novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien was published on 29 July 1954 in UK is about a young hobbit, who has found the One Ring that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron, begins his journey with eight companions to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed. It is in 3 volumes namely “The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”. It has got translated in 38 different languages.
4. The Blade Itself
The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut novel from New York Times bestseller, Joe Abercrombie is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge. The book describes about Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian who has finally run out of luck caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian- leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends and a lot of happy enemies. It is the magnificent, richly entertaining book with unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny and packed with unforgettable characters.
3. The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind is the first book in trilogy, heroic fantasy written by Patrick Rothfuss where the riveting first- person narrative of a young orphan man who grows to be the most notorious magician (legend) and his childhood in a troupe of travelling players. It’s the action filled novel– a story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book to be the hero. The book is full of music, magic, love and loss and an engaging debut fantasy which knocked our socks off.
2. A Game of Throne
Game of Thrones is an epic, contemporary fantasy, political strategy written by George R. R. Martin is the genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best genre has to offer. The pages are this magnificent saga is filled by mystery, intrigue, romance and adventure. It is one of the rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end and leave you yearning for more.
1. Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a fantasy, drama; young-adult fiction, thriller, and mystery series written by J. K. Rowling is about a young boy who on his 11th birthday discovers that he is the orphaned boy of two powerful wizards and has unique magical powers. And anyone who reads about Harry- will find him unforgettable. For the first time, Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full- color editions.
This was the list of the Top 10 Best-selling fantasy books of all time until 2017. All these books mesmerize us and take our thoughts to the dreamy world. This is one of the most loved genres and people of all age groups read this genre.