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    Craig Jones
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "It's easy to forget that Amazon even has competitors these days, but Barnes & Noble is still my go-to. I read a lot of novels, and love having bookshelves filled with books. B&N seems to send me coupons all the time, and if you're lucky enough to still have a physical B&N in your area, you can buy online and often go pick up the book to skip the wait on shipping. Great selection as well."
    1. 336
      The Hobbit

      The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

      Books

      $14.99

      DP
      David Peters
      Written on April 13, 2018
      "If at all possbile this book should be read before seeing the movies. I am one of the lucky ones who was able to read this book before the movies came out. It is a very quick..."
      DP
      David Peters
      Written on April 13, 2018
      "If at all possbile this book should be read before seeing the movies. I am one of the lucky ones who was able to read this book before the movies came out. It is a very quick read that is just as good as watching the movies. Huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien!!!"
    2. 309
      The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

      The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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      $8.99

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      Daniel Wright
      Written on April 30, 2018
      "this meets the topic without question"
      DW
      Daniel Wright
      Written on April 30, 2018
      "this meets the topic without question"
    3. 283
      Graceling (Graceling Realm)
      Graceling is a book by Kristin Cashore that tells a story about Katsa. She is smart and beautiful who lives in the Seven Kingdoms where people are born with Grace. She was blessed with killing grace but thing changed when she met Po.
       
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      $9.21

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    1. 274
      City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)
      City of Bones is about 15-year-old Clary Fray and a weird murder that she witnessed in a city club. The culprit is invisible, and the body disappeared into thin air then an angel came and everything gets messier when Clary's mother is gone.
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      $13.99

      ZG
      Zhao Gong
      Written on May 4, 2018
      "The book was generally okay. It was a little bit predictable and some of the characters were kind of whiny. It wasn't the best but definitely wasn't bad."
      ZG
      Zhao Gong
      Written on May 4, 2018
      "The book was generally okay. It was a little bit predictable and some of the characters were kind of whiny. It wasn't the best but definitely wasn't bad."
    2. 251
      The Lord of the Rings
      The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the One Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.
      Books

      $22.99

      TQ
      Tony Qiu
      Written on May 13, 2018
      "The Lord of the Rings series of books is simply put, epic. It follows the story of Frodo and Sam as they set off on adventure to destroy a ring that threaten to upend their..."
      TQ
      Tony Qiu
      Written on May 13, 2018
      "The Lord of the Rings series of books is simply put, epic. It follows the story of Frodo and Sam as they set off on adventure to destroy a ring that threaten to upend their world. It's a timeless fantasy classic that can be aprreciated by readers of all ages."
    3. 240
      The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

      The Name of the Wind, the first book in Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle series, is about Kvothe, who is in search of the meaning of life while going on many adventures, including kidnapping princesses and a burning down of a whole town.

      Books

      $19

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      Jose Patterson
      Written on May 1, 2018
      "I found this series to be a bit much. The protagonist is just too bloody perfect and while the whole thing could well be told by an unreliable narrator, I kind of don't think..."
      JP
      Jose Patterson
      Written on May 1, 2018
      "I found this series to be a bit much. The protagonist is just too bloody perfect and while the whole thing could well be told by an unreliable narrator, I kind of don't think so. Other people love this series though, so you might well like it."
    4. 222
      The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
      The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic series, The Lord of the Rings. It was originally published in Great Britain in 1954 and has been adapted into a world-famous film.
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      $22

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      Henry Jenkins
      Written on April 17, 2018
      "This book along with the other lotr books raised my expectations for future books I read. I decided to read the book after I watched the movie of the same name. I have never..."
      HJ
      Henry Jenkins
      Written on April 17, 2018
      "This book along with the other lotr books raised my expectations for future books I read. I decided to read the book after I watched the movie of the same name. I have never read a book with better world building. Everything in the book served a purpose and the main and side characters all got their time to shine. Since the book is so big it took me a couple of weeks to finish it, even though I read several pages a day."
    5. 203
      Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera)

      Furies of Calderon is the first book in the fantasy series Codex Alera written by Jim Butcher that tells the story of Tavi. He will save the world without powers and his only key is his resourcefulness.

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      $9.4

      JS
      Juan Sullivan
      Written on April 19, 2018
      "It's well written, and I like the idea of the main character who is fighting against a pretty big set of odds. But as it goes on, it becomes less about the characters and more..."
      JS
      Juan Sullivan
      Written on April 19, 2018
      "It's well written, and I like the idea of the main character who is fighting against a pretty big set of odds. But as it goes on, it becomes less about the characters and more about the actions they engage in, which leads to a little too much dragging them from point a to point b. Nice try."
    6. 163
      The Iron King (The Iron Fey)

      The Iron King, the first book in Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series, is about Meghan, a normal girl who discovered she was the daughter of a faery king that is in the middle of a deadly magical war in the faery world.

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      $9.32

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    7. 162
      The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series)
      High priest, emperor, powerful, charming... Guile has everything a man could ever wish, and in addition to that, he is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. But everything changes when he discovers that he has a son, born in the war that allowed him to rule everyone, so he must decide what's more important. 
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      $8.07 - Varies by condition

      BH
      Beverly Hopkins
      Written on April 27, 2018
      "As an avid reader of fantasy novels, I have to say this is one of the best fantasy books of all time. The story was interesting, albeit somewhat slow at certain points. The..."
      BH
      Beverly Hopkins
      Written on April 27, 2018
      "As an avid reader of fantasy novels, I have to say this is one of the best fantasy books of all time. The story was interesting, albeit somewhat slow at certain points. The characters are terrific though, and I'd highly recommend this."
    8. 139
      The Selection

      The Selection is the process where 35 girls compete against each other for a chance to seduce Prince Maxon. Every girl dreams about this opportunity, everyone but America Singer, who is already and love with another man. It will all change as soon as she meets Prince, who could very well be the man of her life. 
      Books

      $9.99

      Md
      Micaela de la Torre
      Written on April 29, 2018
      "If you like romantic fantasies you will enjoy this book. Personally I do not and found it to be somewhat patronizing, promoting the idea that all women need a good man to..."
      Md
      Micaela de la Torre
      Written on April 29, 2018
      "If you like romantic fantasies you will enjoy this book. Personally I do not and found it to be somewhat patronizing, promoting the idea that all women need a good man to fulfill them. The New York Times liked it though."
    9. 74
      Beyond Wizardwall (Beyond Series)
      Beyond Wizardwall is a dark fantasy novel by Janet E. Morris. It tells the story of Niko, who quits the Sacred Band of Stepsons only to be forced to become an assassin while also evading capture. It is the final book in the Beyond series.
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      $15.95

      WH
      William Hughes
      Written on April 13, 2018
      "Beyond Wizardwall is one of my favorite fantasy books. It is, in my opinion, a must read. Niko's quest is one that will have you on the edge of your seat as he evades his..."
      WH
      William Hughes
      Written on April 13, 2018
      "Beyond Wizardwall is one of my favorite fantasy books. It is, in my opinion, a must read. Niko's quest is one that will have you on the edge of your seat as he evades his enemies. As the final book in the series, it leaves you wanting more. I love this book! Check it out!"
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      The Sacred Band
      The Sacred Band is a historical fantasy novel by Janet Morris. Set in ancient Greece, it tells the story of the remaining 23 pairs of the Sacred Band of Thebes who join the Sacred Band of Stepsons after their brothers died in battle.
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      $27.95

      OE
      Ofelia Esquivel
      Written on April 20, 2018
      "An epic journey through the mythology battles of good and evil. This is a well written, intelligent masterpiece of a book with unforgettable characters. I can not recommend..."
      OE
      Ofelia Esquivel
      Written on April 20, 2018
      "An epic journey through the mythology battles of good and evil. This is a well written, intelligent masterpiece of a book with unforgettable characters. I can not recommend this enough."
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      Shards of a Broken Crown (Serpentwar Saga)

      Shards of a Broken Crown by Raymond E. Feist and is a fantasy novel originally published in April 1998. This is the fourth book in the author's Serpentwar Saga series. It was followed by Krondor: The Betrayal in 1998.

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      $7.99 - Varies by Seller

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      Henry Duncan
      Written on April 23, 2018
      "I love fantasy books. I need fantasy books that all lovers of fantasy should read. With Shards of a Broken Crown (Serpentwar Saga), I got a fantasy book that was alright. The..."
      HD
      Henry Duncan
      Written on April 23, 2018
      "I love fantasy books. I need fantasy books that all lovers of fantasy should read. With Shards of a Broken Crown (Serpentwar Saga), I got a fantasy book that was alright. The story was okay, but nothing special. This is not a must-read book."
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      Untitled (Throne of Glass)

      Untitled is a young adult fantasy and the seventh book in Throne of Glass written by Sarh J. Maas. It will be published in October 2018 by Bloomsbury YA. 

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      $19.99

      SH
      Samuel Howard
      Written on April 20, 2018
      "If your looking for a good book with an interesting story that makes you want to keep reading, this one is for you. Very interesting book that make me want to continue..."
      SH
      Samuel Howard
      Written on April 20, 2018
      "If your looking for a good book with an interesting story that makes you want to keep reading, this one is for you. Very interesting book that make me want to continue reading. Would recommend to others."

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    Best must-read fantasy books of all time
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 The Hobbit Books 336 Paid
    2 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) Books 309 Paid
    3 Graceling (Graceling Realm) Books 283 Paid
    4 City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) Books 274 Paid
    5 The Lord of the Rings Books 251 Paid
    6 The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle) Books 240 Paid
    7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Books 222 Paid
    8 Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera) Books 203 Paid
    9 The Iron King (The Iron Fey) Books 163 Paid
    10 The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series) Books 162 Paid
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