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Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Our list of some of the best Fantasy Fiction books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The fantasy fiction formula (2016)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThere’s more to writing a successful fantasy story than building a unique world or inventing a new type of magic. From the writing of strong, action-packed scenes to the creation of dynamic, multi-dimensional characters, fantasy author Deborah Chester guides novices and intermediate writers through a step-by-step process of story construction. Whether offering tips on how to test a plot premise or survive what she calls the dark dismal middle, Chester shares the techniques she uses in writing her own novels. Examples drawn from both traditional and urban fantasy…
Author(s): Deborah Chester

2. Born to Magic (Tales of Nevaeh) (2018)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWhat would you do if you were 18 and told the future of the world is in your hands? 3,000 years after America is destroyed by nuclear war, the inhabitants have evolved, embracing magic and metaphysical warfare. As enemies from across the seas begin to close in, ancient legends come alive, leaving noone safe. The only two who can stop the onset of the darkest evil is the sorceress, Areenna, and Mikaal, the son of the High King of Neveah. With the safety of the world in their hands, and their powers young and erratic, will Mikaal and Areenna find the courage and strength to overcome the impossible, or… — An International Best…
Author(s): David Wind

3. The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2000)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis one volume anthology explores the last two hundred years of Science Fiction and Fantasy—featuring women and men authors of various ethnic backgrounds, and a range of both traditional canonical literature and popular culture. Designed to heighten interest in a fun and exciting topic, this book will lead readers to meaningful intellectual, social, and historic investigations. Contributing authors include Mary W. Shelly, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bram Stoker, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Verne, Jack London, Ray…
Author(s): Garyn G. Roberts, Jack Williamson

4. Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 (The Best American Series ®) (2018)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your BookshelfToday’s readers of science fiction and fantasy have an appetite for stories that address a wide variety of voices, perspectives, and styles. There is an openness to experiment and pushing boundaries, combined with the classic desire to read about space ships and dragons, future technology and ancient magic, and the places where they intersect. Contemporary science fiction and fantasy looks to accomplish the same goal as ever—to illuminate what it means to be human. With a diverse selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor N. K. Jemisin, The Best American Science…
Author(s): N.K. Jemisin, John Joseph Adams

5. The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Volume 13 (Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year) (2019)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe finest short science fiction and fantasy, from the master anthologistScience fiction is a portal that opens doors onto futures too rich and strange to imagine; fantasy takes us through doorways of magic and wonder. For more than a decade, award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has pored through tens of thousands of stories to select the best, the most interesting, the most engaging science fiction and fantasy to thrill and delight readers. Past volumes have included such writers as and . …
Author(s): Jonathan Strahan

6. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 (The Best American Series ®) (2019)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis omnivorous selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and World Fantasy Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado is a display of the most boundary-pushing, genre-blurring, stylistically singular science fiction and fantasy stories published in the last year. By sending us to alternate universes and chronicling ordinary magic, introducing us to mythical beasts and talking animals, and engaging with a wide spectrum of emotion from tenderness to fear, each of these stories challenge the way we see our place in the cosmos. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 represents a…
Author(s): John Joseph Adams, Carmen Maria Machado

7. Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: How to Create Out-of-This-World Novels and Short Stories (2013)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDo you envision celestial cities in distant, fantastic worlds? Do you dream of mythical beasts and gallant quests in exotic kingdoms? If you have ever wanted to write the next great fantasy or science fiction story, this all-in-one comprehensive book will show you how. Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction is full of advice from master authors offering definitive instructions on world building, character creation, and storytelling in the many styles and possibilities available to writers of speculative fiction.Combining two Writer’s Digest classics,…
Author(s): Orson Scott Card , Philip Athans , et al.

8. Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire (2017)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf(epic fantasy, sword & sorcery, military fantasy, action & adventure)  Michael J. Sullivan's trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series: full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership and comparisons to fantasy masters Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and J.R.R. Tolkien himself. Now Age of Myth inaugurates an original five-book series.Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a…
Author(s): Michael J. Sullivan

9. The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019 Edition (2019)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis eleventh volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors. With selections of the best fiction from Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Lightspeed, and other top venues, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow….
Author(s): Rich Horton

10. Following the Footsteps of the Lost Tribes (2019)

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDan, an American student, visits in Israel together with his new girlfriend, Melanie.It doesn’t take long and Melanie, who was skeptical about the stories Dan told her regarding his ring, is exposed to its magical powers.Following the remarkable discovery, the young couple begins to experience tumultuous events led by Arthur, a young Spaniard, whom Dan met during his previous visit to the Holy Land. Arthur takes them on a marvelous journey, following the footsteps of the lost ten tribes of Ancient Israel.Together they discover a planet of abundance and…
Author(s): Yossi Soika

Best Fantasy Fiction Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some fantasy fiction books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror: Bridging the Solitudes

Author(s): Amy J. Ransom, Dominick Grace
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407811

The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Author(s): Karen Sullivan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2366587

The Last Midnight: Essays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millennial Media

Author(s): Leisa A. Clark, Amanda Firestone, Mary F. Pharr (eds.)
Publisher: McFarland, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1572409

Gender and the Quest in British Science Fiction Television: An Analysis of Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Red Dwarf and Torchwood

Author(s): Tom Powers
Publisher: McFarland, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1693713

Props and Costume Armor: Create Realistic Science Fiction & Fantasy Weapons, Armor, and Accessories

Author(s): Shawn Thorsson
Publisher: Maker Media, Year: 2016, Size: 42 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2335754

Fantastic Transmedia: Narrative, Play and Memory Across Science Fiction and Fantasy Storyworlds

Author(s): Colin B. Harvey
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1478667

Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Author(s): Charles L. Adler
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1160394

Fantasy Novelists

Author(s): Salem Press, Carl Rollyson
Publisher: Salem Press, Year: 2014, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1330546

Nature and the Numinous in Mythopoeic Fantasy Literature

Author(s): Chris Brawley, Donald E. Palumbo, C.W. Sullivan III
Publisher: McFarland, Year: 2014, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1351948

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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