The books in this list are primarily about worlds that are imagined (or a slightly wonky reality). If you’re also interested in fantasy creatures inhabiting a real world, then have a look at the supernatural and urban fantasy list!

Updated: March 2013

  1. The Looking Glass Wars, Frank Beddor
  2. GracelingFire and Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore
  3. The Seven Realms novels, Cinda Williams Chima
  4. The Pelinor series, Alison Croggon
  5. Kin series, Peter Dickinson
  6. Stardust, Neil Gaiman
  7. Enna Burning, Shannon Hale
  8. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
  9. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
  10. Dreamhunter and Dreamquake (compiled as The Invisible Road also), Elizabeth Knox
  11. Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan
  12. The Earthsea quartet, Ursula Le Guin
  13. Ash and Huntress, Malinda Lo
  14. The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley
  15. The Magician of Hoad, Margaret Mahy
  16. The Lumatere Chronicles, Melina Marchetta
  17. Wildwood Dancing, Juliette Marillier
  18. The Squire’s Tales, Gerald Morris
  19. Princess Ben, Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  20. The Floating Islands, Rachel Neumeier
  21. Noble Warriors books, William Nicholson
  22. The Keys to the Kingdom series, Garth Nix
  23. Old Kingdom series, Garth Nix
  24. The Inheritence sequence, Christopher Paolini
  25. Song of the Lioness series, Tamora Pierce
  26. Discworld series, Terry Pratchett
  27. His Dark Materials series, Philip Pullman
  28. Mortal Engines sequence, Philip Reeve
  29. Crown Duel, Sherwood Smith
  30. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, J R R Tolkien
  31. The Queen’s Thief series, Megan Whalen Turner
  32. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making, and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, Catherynne M. Valente
  33. Flora Segunda, Flora’s Dare, and Flora’s Fury, Ysabeau S. Wilce