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Epic List

27 Mindblowingly Epic Fantasy Books

Epic fantasy is usually big, loud fun: kingdoms in peril, good about to be obliterated by dark evil, and scrappy adventurers defying death in nearly every chapter.

While there’s plenty of fun to be had in the Quest for the Magic Thingy, the trend toward focusing on character and realism is welcome, and some of the books on this list flip on its head the whole idea of what “epic” means.

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29 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

“Best” is a hugely subjective term, and not to be trusted. So here, “Best” means, “a consensus based on dozens of other lists, infused with my own personal bias.”

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29 Best Fantasy Series

Fantasy has more book series than any other genre. Science fiction is in second place with hundreds of series, but fantasy is at the top.

Unfortunately, this means that there are more fantasy series than one can read in a lifetime. Here are some of the best ones out there.

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List Vampires

25 Best Vampire Books

 

Detail from the cover of A Clutch of Vampires by Raymond T. McNally, drawn by Edward Gorey

Vampires have gone from being seen as unfortunate creatures operating under a dread curse (Nosferatu) to pretty, brooding superheroes (Twilight). They’re the ultimate bad boys: tall, dark, and handsome taken to a feral, gothic extreme.

There are all sorts of vampires in the list below: angry, scared, young, old, terrifying, hilarious, confused, weak, strong, monstrous, and human.

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20 Best Fantasy Worlds

Most fantasy worlds are simply medieval lands with wizards, witches, and a smattering of humanoid races. Fortunately, sometimes an author goes in a completely different direction and creates an entirely new and original world.