The 99 Greatest Works of Fantasy

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c. 150
The Golden Ass
LuciusApuleius
Rome
Prose narrative
c. 700
England
Poetry
c. 800 BCE
Greece
Poetry
c. 800–1200
The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor
Anonymous
Persia
Stories
c. 800–1400
One Thousand and One Nights
Anonymous
Persia
Stories
1485
Le Morte Darthur
Thomas Malory
England
Poetry
1710
Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp
Antoine Galland
France
Story
 
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Antoine Galland
France
Story
1786
Vathek
William Beckford
England
Novel
1812–1857
Germany
Stories
1814
The Golden Pot
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Germany
Novella
1842
The Masque of the Red Death
USA
Story
1858
Phantastes
George MacDonald
Scotland
Novel
1865
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
England
Novel
1871
Through the Looking-Glass
Lewis Carroll
England
Novel
1872
Fairy Tales and Stories
Hans Christian Andersen
Denmark
Stories
 
The Princess and the Goblin
George MacDonald
Scotland
Novel
1886
Howl's Moving Castle
Diana Wynne Jones
England
Novel
1887
She
H. Rider Haggard
England
Novel
1889
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Mark Twain
USA
Novel
1891
Oscar Wilde
Ireland
Novel
1896
The Well at the World's End
William Morris
England
Novel
1897
Ireland
Novel
1900
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
USA
Novel
1904
Peter Pan
J.M. Barrie
Scotland
Play
1922
The Worm Ouroboros
E.R. Eddison
England
Novel
1924
The King of Elfland's Daiughter
Lord Dunsany
Ireland
Novel
1926
Lud-in-the-Mist
Hope Mirrlees
England
Novel
1932–1936
Conan the Barbarian
Robert E. Howard
USA
Stories
1937
The Hobbitt
J.R.R. Tolkien
England
Novel
1946–1959
Gormenghast
Mervyn Peake
England
Novels
1950
The Dying Earth
Jack Vance
USA
Stories
1950–1956
The Chronicles of Narnia
C.S. Lewis
England
Novel
1954–1955
Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien
England
Novel
1958
The Once and Future King
T.H. White
England
Novel
1962
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ray Bradbury
USA
Novel
 
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle
USA
Novel
1965
Dune
Frank Herbert
USA
Novel
1967
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov
Russia
Novel
1968
The Last Unicorn
Peter S. Beagle
USA
Novel
 
Dragonflight
Anne McCaffrey
USA
Novel
1968–2001
USA
Novels
1969
The House on the Strand
Daphne du Maurier
England
Novel
1970
Swords and Deviltry
Fritz Leiber
1972
Watership Down
Richard Adams
England
Novel
 
Elric of Melniboné
Michael Moorcock
England
Novel
 
The Song of Rhiannon
Evangeline Walton
USA
Novel
1973
The Dark Is Rising
Susan Cooper
England
Novel
 
The Princess Bride
William Goldman
USA
Novel
1976
The Riddle-Master of Hed
Patricia A. McKillip
USA
Novel
 
Interview With the Vampire
Ann Rice
USA
Novel
1977
The Sword of Shannara
Terry Brooks
USA
Novel
 
Lord Foul’s Bane
Stephen R. Donaldson
USA
Novel
1978
The Stand
Stephen King
Novel
1978–2004
The Dark Tower
Stephen King
USA
Novels
1980
The Book of the New Sun
Gene Wolfe
USA
Novel
1981
Little, Big
John Crowley
USA
Novel
1982
The Belgariad
David Eddings,
USA
Novels
 
Magician
Raymond E. Feist
USA
Novel
1983
The Mists of Avalon
Marion Zimmer Bradley
USA
Novel
 
Jhereg
Steven Brust
USA
Novel
 
The Colour of Magic
Terry Patchett
England
Novel
 
The Anubis Gates
Tim Powers
USA
Novel
1984
Legend
David Gemmell
England
Novel
 
Fire and Hemlock
Diana Wynne Jones
England
Novel
 
The Eye of the World
Robert Jordan
USA
Novel
1984–1986
The Fionavar Tapestry
Guy Gavriel Kay
Canada
Novels
1987
War for the Oaks
Emma Bull
USA
Novel
1988
The Dragonbone Chair
Tad Williams
USA
Novel
1989–1996
Sandman
Neil Gaiman
England
Graphic novels
1990
Tigana
Guy Gavriel Kay
Canada
Novel
 
Good Omens
Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
England
Novel
1991
Nine Princes in Amber
Roger Zelazny
USA
Novel
1992
Small Gods
Terry Patchett
England
Novel
1994
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
USA
Novel
1995
Assassin’s Apprentice
Robin Robin Hobb
USA
Novel
1995–2000
His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman
England
Novels
1995–2003
Abhorsen
Garth Nix
Australia
Novels
1996
Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman
England
Novel
 
A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin
USA
Novel
1997
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J.K. Rowling
England
Novel
1998
Stardust
Neil Gaiman
England
Novel
1999
Gardens of the Moons
Steven Erikson
Canada
Novel
2000
Perdido Street Station
China China
England
Novel
 
The Storm Front
Jim Butcher
USA
Novel
2001
American Gods
Neil Gaiman
England
Novel
2002
Eragon
Christopher Paolini
USA
Novel
2004
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
England
Novel
2005–2008
Twilight
Stephenie Meyer
USA
Novels
2006
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch
USA
Novel
2006–2008
The Mistborn
Brandon Sanderson
USA
Novel
2007
The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss
USA
Novel
2008
Graceling
Kristin Cashore
USA
Novel
2009
The Magicians
Lev Grossman
USA
Novel
2011
Prince of Thorns
Mark Lawrence
England
Novel
 
The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
USA
Novel
2015
The Fifth Season
N.K. Jemison
USA
Novel
2017
The Changeling
Victor LaValle
USA
Novel
2018
Circe
Madeline Miller
USA
Novel