My top ten fantasy stories (ranked, including series and standalones)

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Books mentioned (including the top ten, the honorable mentions, series I want to read, and the unfinished series — alphabetized by author):

Joe Abercrombie’s First Law
R. Scott Bakker’s The Second Apocalypse
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files
Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Steven Erikson’s Kharkanas Trilogy
Ian Esslemont’s Path to Ascendancy
Ian Esslemont’s Novels of the Malazan Empire
Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
Lev Grossman’s The Magians Trilogy
John Gwynne’s The Faithful and the Fallen
Robin Hobb’s The Realm of the Elderlings
N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower
R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War Trilogy
Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire Trilogy
Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series
Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard Sequence
George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series
Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind
Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun


Kelsier Venture says:

My to read list just got a lot longer! Thanks for the great video

T OM says:

Malazan for the win!

Tyrell says:

How about black prism? Lightbringer is an excellent series.

Chasing Forever says:

I would love to get your take on KJ Parker's Folding Knife. His prose are so tightly written and smart. Parker's Basso is right up there with Abercrobie's Glotke, an absolutely wonderful antihero. If you're up for political fantasy, this is one of the best, in my opinion.

Rori Lieurance says:

If Patrick Rothfuss dies BEFORE finishing the Kingkiller Chronicles Ima be SO BLOODY UPSET! O.o aarrggghhhhh!

Valkyriie VR says:

If you're not going to include series that are not yet finished, why would you include series that you have not finished? Isn't the point of not including them that you don't know how they end?
Love your videos! Keep up the great work <3

Draw with luckyy says:

Sir read circe by medeline miller it's a great mythology book

Josh Neller says:

A teacher in fantasy writing recommending The Wheel of Time first. Immediate respect and love for this channel.

Luisa Iung says:

You describe the books in such a beautiful way. So light, peaceful and, at the same time, so profound. I’ve started following your channel yesterday and I’m delighted to see your unique contribution to the booktube community. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽✨💫
Sending hugs and goodvibes from Brazil 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🤩💫✨

tereyaglikedi says:

This is a great list! I have been afraid of the Malazan series for a while (they are very long, and I have the tendency to latch onto books till they are finished), but after your recommendations I will definitely give them a go. What I really appreciate in your reviews is that you also give importance to form. Plot, character arcs, magic system, worldbuilding – ok, these are important, but to me, the beautiful, thoughtful prose is more important. Literature, no matter what genre, should have aesthetic value. No matter how compelling a story is, if the language is lacking, it just gives me no pleasure.

Michelle V says:

I love your descriptions of the stories without spoilers. Some of these are on my tbr. Wish I could just get paid to read because my job gets in the way lol. Great video!

José Da Franca Taborda says:

Wow I wasn’t expecting this! You’re like the one youtuber arround not putting any Cosmere in the top10, not mistborn nor stormlight.. Great to see you getting out of the tuber standart. Found you today and already loving your contents

David L says:

Hi Philip and thank you for your reply to my comment. I am in the same camp, I love the look, feel and smell of physical books too. The reason for the question was that I have the kindle free reading app on my Amazon tablet and wanted your opinion. Thanks again for your take on this issue. I am reading Bernard Cornwell's stand alone novel called 'Azincourt' at the moment, next up will be Matthew Harffy's first novel of the Bernica Chronicles called 'The Serpent Sword' set in the dark ages. Look forward to your videos on YouTube. Regards David

David L says:

Hi Philip, really enjoyed this video and I have taken note of your recommendations. Can I ask your opinion of e books v actual physical books?
Kind regards, David (a subscriber from England), thank you

Mr Machine says:

wow, earthsea. A terrible read

thriddoctor says:

If want a top notch Discworld book then try Guards! Guards!

thriddoctor says:

Have you read R J Barker's The Bone Ships and Call of The Bone Ships?

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