Write on: Sun, 02 Aug 2020 in Blog Read 22906



We at are incredibly excited to announce that we have reached the extraordinary milestone of TWO THOUSAND reviews! That’s an incredible number, considering all of the hours that go into crafting even a single review. We are proud of our reviewers, who have worked for years with passion and dedication to deliver our reviews to the fantasy community in the hopes of increasing awareness of authors and titles we are excited about.


In celebration of this occasion, our reviewers have compiled a list of our picks for the top one hundred fantasy novels that have been published this century. This list is, of course, subjective, so if your favourite book is missing, we apologize in advance. We have not read every book in the world, and the taste of our reviewers may not reflect your own.


We at BookNest believe strongly that the books we selected for this list are exemplars of the fantasy genre, chosen not only from among the two thousand books we reviewed, but also from among thousands of others we have collectively read. There are many books we loved that did not make the cut. It’s an expansive genre, and it was difficult to limit our selection to only one hundred of our favorites. We had to make many painful, and sometimes emotional, decisions. For those authors whose books are listed, this should be considered an extraordinary level of accomplishment, and our hats are off to you.


Without further ado, we at present to you our list of the TOP 100 FANTASY BOOKS OF OUR CENTURY.


NOTE: The books are sorted alphabetically.













A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


A Crucible of Souls (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence) by Mitchell Hogan


A Dance of Cloaks (Shadowdance) by David Dalglish


A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic) by V. E. Schwab


A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1), by Marie Brennan


A Threat of Shadows (The Keeper Chronicles) by J.A. Andrews


A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone) by John Gwynne


A Wizard's Forge (The Woern Saga) by A.M. Justice 


Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori) by Lian Hearn


Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom) by R.J. Barker


Air Awakens by Elise Kova


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


Battle Mage by Peter Flannery


Beyond Redemption (Manifest Delusions) by Michael R. Fletcher


Black Stone Heart (The Obsidian Path) by Michael R. Fletcher


Blackwing (Raven's Mark) by Ed McDonald


Blood Song (Raven's Shadow) by Anthony Ryan


Chasing Graves by Ben Galley


Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves) by Andy Peloquin


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orīsha) by Tomi Adeyemi


Circe by Madeline Miller


Cold Iron (Masters & Mages) by Miles Cameron


Darkmage (The Rhenwars Saga) by M.L. Spencer


Dragon's Trail (The Outworlders), by Joseph Malik


Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini


Dragon School: First Flight by Sarah K.L. Wilson


Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool) by Robin Hobb


Foundryside (The Founders) by Robert Jackson Bennett


Frey by Melissa Wright


Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal


The Light of All That Falls (Licanius) by James Islington


Godblind (Godblind) by Anna Stephens


Half a King (Shattered Sea) by Joe Abercrombie


His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire) by Naomi Novik


Hope and Red (The Empire of Storms) by Jon Skovron


Jade City (The Green Bone Saga) by Fonda Lee


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke


Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand) by Richard Nell


Kings of the Wyld (The Band) by Nicholas Eames


Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw


Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen) by John Gwynne


Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey


Moon Called (Mercy Thompson) by Patricia Briggs


Northern Wrath (The Hanged God) by Thilde Kold Holdt


Orconomics (The Dark Profit Saga, #1), by J. Zachary Pike


Paternus: Rise of Gods (The Paternus) by Dyrk Ashton


Penric's Demon (Penric and Desdemona), by Lois McMaster Bujold


Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War) by Mark Lawrence


Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire) by Mark Lawrence


Promise of Blood (Powder Mage) by Brian McClellan


Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor) by Mark Lawrence


Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel) by Josiah Bancroft


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 


Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy


The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight) by Katherine Arden


The Black Prism (Lightbringer) by Brent Weeks


The Blade Itself (The First Law) by Joe Abercrombie


The Blood-Tainted Winter (The Song of the Ash Tree) by T.L. Greylock 


The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy) by S.A. Chakraborty


The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust) by Anna Smith Spark


The Crimson Queen (The Raveling) by Alec Hutson


The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing) by R. Scott Bakker


The Ember Blade (The Darkwater Legacy) by Chris Wooding


The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle) by Nghi Vo


The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) by N.K. Jemisin


The Final Empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson


The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison


The Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss


The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands) by Jonathan French


The Guns Above (Signal Airhship) by Robyn Bennis


The Gutter Prayer (Black Iron Legacy) by Gareth Hanrahan


The Heresy Within (The Ties that Bind) by Rob J. Hayes


The Killing Moon (Dreamblood) by N.K. Jemisin


The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman


The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard) by Scott Lynch


The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The Warded Man (Demon Cycle) by Peter V. Brett


The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon


The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons) by Jenn Lyons


The Rules of Supervillainy (The Supervillainy Saga) by C.T. Phipps


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


The Sword of Kaigen (Theonite) by M.L. Wang


The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade) by Seth Dickinson


The Vagrant by Peter Newman


The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson


The Way of Shadows (Night Angel) by Brent Weeks



The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy) by Marie Rutkoski



Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations) by Michael J. Sullivan



Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) by Rebecca Roanhorse



Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats) by Sebastien de Castell



Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness) by Tamora Pierce



Under Heaven (Under Heaven) by Guy Gavriel Kay



Unsouled (Cradle) by Will Wight



Uprooted by Naomi Novik



Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson



We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire) by Devin Madson



Where Oblivion Lives (Los Nefilim) by T. Frohock




Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti