10 Favourite Fantasy authors


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is :

ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre

Impossible.  It’s just impossible to give you 10 all time favourite books for the fantasy genre because frankly there are a lot of books that I love.  I’m going to stick to 10 but I’m going to cheat a little by giving you more than one book by the same author – I love cheating!

  1. Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book, Stardust, Neverwhere, Coraline, The Sandman Series, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  2. Mark Lawrence: Prince/King and Emperor of Thorns, Prince of Fools, Red Queen’s War, The Wheel of Osheim, Road Brothers, Sleeping Beauty, During the Dance,
  3. Patrick Rothfuss: Name of the Wind, Wise Man’s Fear, The Slow Regard of Silent Things
  4. Sarah Pinborough: Poison, Charm, Beauty, Mayhem, Murder, 13 Minutes, The Death House, The Language of Dying
  5. Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, The Republic of Thieves
  6. Brandon Sanderson: Mistborn Trilogy, The Emperor’s Soul, The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance
  7. Patricia Briggs: Mercy Thompson series 1-8
  8. JRRTolkien: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion
  9. Jen Williams: The Copper Promise, The Iron Ghost, The Silver Tide, Sorrow’s Isle
  10. Robert J Bennett: The Troupe, The Company Man, Mr Shivers, American Elsewhere, City of Stairs, City of Blades

Even with a bit of cheating I can’t fit in all my favourite authors but those are the first 10 and I’ve thrown in a whole heap of covers:


56 Responses to “10 Favourite Fantasy authors”

  1. Risa

    Ooo! The covers look lovely! Gaiman and Tolkien are the only ones I’ve read from your list. I’d wanted to try Rothfuss but seeing as it’s been seven years since his last book and he has yet to close his series I am wary of reading him. Sanderson is an author I would like to try sometime.

    My favourite fantasy authors would be:
    JRR Tolkien
    Stephen R Lawed
    Susanna Clarke
    Lindsay Buroker (my most recent discovery and still testing!)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Susanna Clarke is brilliant – I shall have to check out Stephen Lawed and Lindsay Buroker. Sanderson is great – Way of Kings and Words of Radiance I definitely recommend. Rothfuss, well, I love him but I can’t deny that this wait is becoming a bit disappointing – especially considering when he first broke onto the scene he said he’d written the full story! I’m sure he’s just wanting it to be perfect – but come on!!
      Lynn 😀

      • Risa

        Thanks for the Sanderson recommendations! I’ve been trying to figure out what to begin with where he is concerned which is why I haven’t tried him yet.

        When I saw ‘Lawed’ I realised I hadn’t noticed spellcheck had changed his name. For the record, you would be looking for ‘Lawhead’.:D His novels are rooted in history and legends with a dash of the fantastical. I love it! My introduction to Lawhead was through his Song of Albion trilogy which is based on Celtic beliefs and the Otherworld. But if you like Arthurian stories, stories based on Robin Hood or anything about the Crusades I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend those series either.

        Lindsay Buroker was a recent find. I completed her Emperor’s Edge series earlier this year, and enjoyed it. She calls it steampunk high fantasy. I’m not sure how well it fits this mixed genre, but she had me from the first page of the first book till the very end of the last one.

        Rothfuss – hmmm…I have him on my radar for when he complete this one. 😀

      • @lynnsbooks

        Waiting for Rothfuss to complete his series is a method I wish I’d adopted too!
        Sanderson – if you fancy a shorter introduction to this style he wrote a novella called The Emperor’s Soul – it’s a good story and a quick read. I’m not really usually into novellas but that one was quite good. His Way of Kings series is very good though.

  2. mreadsbooks

    I should really read some Fantasy. I’ll keep your list in mind for that 🙂
    I went with the classics for my own first ever TTT post 🙂 If you want to check it out, here’s the link:


    • @lynnsbooks

      I love classics so will definitely check out your post.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    What an incredibly hard choice!! I LOVE your trick, though… I think I might be able to cope with this one given your tweak:)). Great list though. I don’t know Robert J. Bennett – what does he write? Is he particularly dark?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Robert J Bennett is another very versatile author. Mr Shivers is a dark fantasy set in the 30s depression. The Troupe is a fantasy about a young man trying to find his father who joins a strange troupe of characters – love that book. The City of Stairs is like epic fantasy – I love that series – the world building, characters and plot are just awesome.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Hm. HOW dark? Remember I’m a wuss!

      • @lynnsbooks

        Probably more moody than dark – and maybe a little creepy.

      • sjhigbee

        Thank you – I think I could cope with that…:)

  4. Carmen

    I like that you cheated as you offered more choices. I have two or three of Neil Gaiman’s on my TBR.

  5. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    After reading The Language of Dying, I’m determined to read more Pinborough books soon. This looks like a great list you’ve compiled and I’ll have to add some to my wishlist.

    • @lynnsbooks

      She’s a very versatile author. She’s written three fairytale retellings which are very cheeky, plus Murder and Mayhem which are like gothic creepy stories and 13 Minutes which is not what you expect at all.
      I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to pick up.
      Lynn 😀

  6. 4thhouseontheleft

    Fantasy is an incredibly tough genre to narrow down to 10!

    Here’s my TTT (dystopian fiction) – https://4thhouseontheleft.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/top-ten-tuesday-all-time-favorite-books-in-x-genre/

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know! I went with authors so I could include a few more books.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Anastasia

    These are fantastic, great list! I haven’t read all of these but I think all of these are darker kind of fantasy. Emperor of Thorns…have to finish reading it! 🙂

  8. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I’ve never read a Neil Gaiman book… Is there a particular book I should start with?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, I love The Graveyard Book – it seems like it’s possibly aimed at a younger audience but I just loved it. Neverwhere is probably my next favourite. I haven’t yet read American Gods but I will do soon.
      Lynn 😀

      • Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

        I think I’m going to start off with TGB just because I’ve heard it’s a good starting point. I am going to listen to it via audiobook 😁

      • @lynnsbooks

        Cool – I think the audiobook is narrated by Gaiman – which would be so good! I could be wrong of course!!
        I hope you enjoy it and can’t wait to read your review.
        Lynn 😀

      • Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

        I’m pretty sure it I narrated by NG! Will do 🙂

  9. Jamie Wu

    So many awesome authors! I’m thinking of making Red Seas and Republic of Thieves a priority, especially since the next book is coming out 2017, which can give me a little breathing space to tackle it. And I’ll have to tackle Mark Lawrence and Jen Williams too. So many great authors to experience!!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes – some great authors – I got to cheat this way and include more books!
      Lynn 😀

  10. _giovannard

    I read and LOVED Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and I want to read more from him! I think I’m gonna read The Graveyard Book in October! 😀 Great Top Ten 😀 My Top Ten Tuesday!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love The Graveyard Book – it’s my favourite by Gaiman. I hope you love it and come by and drop me a link so i can check out your thoughts.
      Lynn 😀

  11. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    An awesome team indeed: I’m not familiar with some of these authors, but they are all in my “next” list, so there’s a good chance they will become my favorites as well!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Excellent – it’s difficult to fit them all in isn’t it!
      Lynn 😀

  12. jessicabookworm

    I originally tried doing a list of my favourite fantasy books but it was too hard! So keeping in the RIP/Autumn mood, I listed my 10 favourite gothic novels instead 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      What a great idea! Can’t wait to see your choices.
      Lynn 😀

  13. tenaciousread

    Cheating is fun, and using authors is totally fair 🙂 great list

  14. Caitlin Stern

    I love Neil Gaiman (did you see him reading the poem “What They Took With Them” for UNHCR?), and Patricia Briggs. And I didn’t realize Robert Bennett had so many other books and I must look them up now!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I also love Neil Gaiman, I’ve been to see him at a book event and he was so nice. I’ll look up this poem reading – thanks 😀

  15. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I don’t see it as cheating, especially if you use a whole series in some cases – sometimes it’s all the books that make the whole experience, like in the case of the books by Mark Lawrence and the Mercy Thompson series.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh good. I don’t feel too guilty then! Anyway, I like to cheat a little bit – particularly if it means I squeeze a few more books in.
      Lynn 😀

  16. NightGirl

    I’ve always wanted to read Mark Lawerence’s work but I never got around to it. Sounds like I should really try to read it~

    My TTT ft. Aliens.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah you should give it a go. It becomes more difficult when you feel like you’re slipping behind – but, although he’s written two series from the same world they don’t have to be read together or in order – so you can read the Red Queen’s War books even if you haven’t read the Thorn books.
      Both very good though.
      Lynn 😀

      • NightGirl

        hm, cool that you can read it in whatever order. Though, I’d probably read it in order anyways. I’ll definitely bump them up on my tbr!

      • @lynnsbooks

        I hope you enjoy. 😀

  17. cali

    This is the best kind of cheating, where everyone wins. 🙂 I’ve read and enjoyed some of these, but some (Jen Williams and Robert J Bennett) are completely new to me. Mark Lawrence’s books have interesting covers and I’ve seen them around, but didn’t get around to reading any.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all great. Mark Lawrence’s Thorns books are very grim dark, his second series starting with the Prince of Fools has a different feel and although set in the same world can be read as an individual series. I love both but I do like to mention that the first series is really dark. Jen Williams follow a bunch of gritty friends as they get into trouble Very good fun. Bennett – he has a number of different style books and I’ve liked them all.
      Lynn 😀

      • cali

        A bunch of gritty friends that get into trouble, you say? Jen Williams’ books have moved waaay up on my TBR. I’ll have to check out The Copper Promise as soon as possible.

      • @lynnsbooks

        I absolutely love her series. It’s good fun to read, has so much going on and more than that the main characters are just so likable. I hope you enjoy it if you find time.

  18. Curious Daisy

    Gaiman, Rothfuss and Tolkien 😀 your list is on point my dear ehhehe 😀 http://www.curious-daisy.com/top-ten-tuesday/top-10-all-time-favorite-books/

  19. Mari

    Gaiman and Sanderson and yessss Briggs! I love them all to bits. Rothfuss and Tolkien are lovely, too, and I’ve yet to read Lynch at some point, since so many people I know absolutely love the Gentlemen Bastard series. Great list! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Briggs is brilliant isn’t she. I love her Mercy books. So good.

  20. Arwen

    I also did my Top Ten on fantasy books, and our lists cross over at several points (Neil Gaiman, Lord of the Rings, and the Name of the Wind.) Good list, I may have to look into some of these other books you mentioned.

    My TTT: http://books.thetechchef.net/top-ten-tuesday-14/

  21. creativeminds101blog

    I really loved the lord of the rings trilogy. Tolkien is an amazing writer.

  22. Rebecca

    I love the covers for the Sarah Pinborough books!! You’ve got some really great choices on here 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love those books – a very different take to the fairytales we know!
      Lynn 😀

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