Books to get you into the fantasy genre

A Listmania! list by J. R. Stringer (Coleraine, Northern Ireland)
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The Lord of The Rings (Based on the 50th Anniversary Single volume edition 2004)
1.  The Lord of The Rings (Based on the 50th Anniversary Single volume edition 2004) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The list author says:
  "Probably the best selling work of fiction ever, required reading within the genre but a dense and challenging start for many. You should have read this already if you're perusing this list."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,209 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Magician: 1 (Riftwar Saga)
2.  Magician: 1 (Riftwar Saga) by Raymond E. Feist
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  "Probably the starting point for many and a recommended one at that. Epic in scope and accessible to all."
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The Sword Of Shannara: Number 1 in series
3.  The Sword Of Shannara: Number 1 in series by Terry Brooks
The list author says:
  "If wading into the vast tomes of the genre appears overly daunting this friendly novel combines all the typical expectations of high fantasy in one accessible read."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy - Book 1): 1/3
4.  Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy - Book 1): 1/3 by Robin Hobb
The list author says:
  "If I were to pick one book to hook a person into the genre, this would be it. Any superlatives I could throw at it would do it injustice."
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The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever: "Lord Foul's Bane", "Illearth War" and "Power That Preserves"
5.  The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever: "Lord Foul's Bane", "Illearth War" and "Power That Preserves" by Stephen Donaldson
The list author says:
  "A trilogy worthy of a place in a fantasy hall of fame. Darker than the previous titles with a bitter and resentful protagonist/anti-hero. The essential gateway volume into darker fantasy."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
6.  A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "Relentless and absorbing, immeasurable depth and a cutthroat attitude toward character development. Essential reading for a more cynical age."
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The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition
7.  The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition by Stephen Jones
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  "Barbaric and bloodthirsty renditions of the numerous adventures of a hero that defined the word."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber)
8.  The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber) by Roger Zelazny
The list author says:
  "A series that throws measurement of time and percieved reality out the window. An enormous epic that shines with the best."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay (Tales of the Ketty Jay 1)
9.  Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay (Tales of the Ketty Jay 1) by Chris Wooding BA
The list author says:
  "Fantasy pirates in the sky. As swashbuckling an adventure as you could hope to read."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Severian of the Guild: Shadow of TheTorturer; Claw of The Conciliator;  Sword of The Lictor; Citadel of The Autarch: With Shadow of the Torturer AND ... AND Citadel of the Autarch (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
10.  Severian of the Guild: Shadow of TheTorturer; Claw of The Conciliator; Sword of The Lictor; Citadel of The Autarch: With Shadow of the Torturer AND ... AND Citadel of the Autarch (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Gene Wolfe
The list author says:
  "Not for the faint of heart. Dense writing that can put many people off. Incredible intelligence within those words and a masterfully conjured world unfolding throughout."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Wizard's First Rule: Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
11.  Wizard's First Rule: Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Terry Goodkind
The list author says:
  "A solid fantasy, well worth reading. Although the series as a whole drags on for too many books, this one can be read and enjoyed as a standalone."
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The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time: 1/12
12.  The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time: 1/12 by Robert Jordan
The list author says:
  "The beginning of the infamously long Wheel Of Time series, another superb fantasy to begin with."
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The Colour of Magic: The First  Discworld Novel: 1
13.  The Colour of Magic: The First Discworld Novel: 1 by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "The funniest and most insightful writer in history, the greatest reflection of our own world in a comic fantasy ever concieved. Although Mort is superior, this is the first Discworld novel."
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Gardens of the Moon (Book 1 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
14.  Gardens of the Moon (Book 1 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen) by Steven Erikson
The list author says:
  "A dark and complex fantasy with superb characterisation and an enormous cast of characters, for the advanced reader."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)

The Earthsea Quartet: "A Wizard Of Earthsea"; "The Tombs of Atuan"; "The Farthest Shore"; "Tehanu" (Puffin Books)
15.  The Earthsea Quartet: "A Wizard Of Earthsea"; "The Tombs of Atuan"; "The Farthest Shore"; "Tehanu" (Puffin Books) by Ursula Le Guin
The list author says:
  "An accessible and enjoyable fantasy trilogy compiled under one volume with the fourth book being less than essential reading."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Tales Of The Dying Earth (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
16.  Tales Of The Dying Earth (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) by Jack Vance
The list author says:
  "An incredibly realised vision of the future compiled into one volume containing stories written over thirty years. The rest of the fantasy masterworks series is also commendable."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

The Hobbit
17.  The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The list author says:
  "The book that introduced me to fantasy as a child. The book to introduce fantasy to a child."
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The Complete Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)
18.  The Complete Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis
The list author says:
  "Although considered a series for children, Narnia is essential for any discerning reader of fantasy."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1)
19.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1) by J. K. Rowling
The list author says:
  "The Harry Potter series is an evolution in writing. It is also impossible to ignore and well worth a try. The most accessible fantasy you're likely to find."
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The Lies of Locke Lamora
20.  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The list author says:
  "A wonderful heist based in the fantasy equivalent of Renaissance-era Venice."
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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
21.  The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss
The list author says:
  "Makes a mockery of the Mary Sue concept by recounting the deeds of a powerful yet reclusive hero."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (533 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Blade Itself: Book One Of The First Law (Gollancz S.F.): 1
22.  The Blade Itself: Book One Of The First Law (Gollancz S.F.): 1 by Joe Abercrombie BA
The list author says:
  "Brutal, cynical, and mercilessly wonderful writing. It features a torturer that will go down as one of the great characters of Fantasy."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

The Gormenghast Trilogy
23.  The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
The list author says:
  "Widely regarded as one of the greatest fantasy trilogies of all time. A classic of the genre, as cliche as that sounds."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
24.  Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by H.P. Lovecraft
The list author says:
  "Science fiction pre-dating the term. The best compilation of one of the founding fathers of the genre."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One: 1
25.  The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One: 1 by Brandon Sanderson
The list author says:
  "A very different view on magic, tremendous combat and a wonderful premise: what if the dark lord won?"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)

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