Best fantasy novels by year

Here’s an update to this list.

  Winner   Runner Ups  
Year Author Title Author Title
2017 James Alan Gardner All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault    
2016 Claire North The Sudden Appearance of Hope    
2015 Claire North Touch    
2014 Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Julie E. Czerneda A Play of Shadow
      Jo Walton My Real Children
2013 Julie E. Czerneda A Turn of Light    
2012 Will McIntosh Hitchers Joanne Bertin Bard’s Oath
2011 Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus Carrie Vaughn After the Golden Age
      Jo Walton Among Others
2008 Ursula K. Le Guin Lavinia    
2007 Sarah Zettel Sword of the Deceiver    
2006 Daniel Quinn After Dachau    
2005 Elizabeth Kostova The Historian Orson Scott Card Magic Street
      Michelle Sagara Cast in Shadow
2004 Guy Gavriel Kay The Last Light of the Sun Sarah Zettel The Firebird’s Vengeance
2003 Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler’s Wife Orson Scott Card The Crystal City
  Jo Walton Tooth and Claw Gregory Maguire Mirror Mirror
      Sarah Zettel The Usurper’s Crown
2002 Sarah Zettel A Sorcerer’s Treason Christopher Moore Lamb
2001 Ursula K. Le Guin The Other Wind Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl
      Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair
2000 Guy Gavriel Kay Lord of Emperors Nalo Hopkinson Midnight Robber
      Mercedes Lackey Brightly Burning
1999 Joanne Bertin Dragon and Phoenix Orson Scott Card Enchantment
      Barbara Gowdy The White Bone
      Gregory Maguire Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
1998 Yves Meynard The Book of Knights Joanne Bertin The Last Dragonlord
  Charles de Lint Someplace to Be Flying Orson Scott Card Heartfire
      Tanya Huff Summon the Keeper
      Guy Gavriel Kay Sailing to Sarantium
      Jim Munroe Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask
1997 Neil Gaiman Neverwhere    
1996 George R. R. Martin A Game of Thrones Megan Whalen Turner The Thief
      Sean Russell Sea Without a Shore
1995 Robin Hobb Assassin’s Apprentice Orson Scott Card Alvin Journeyman
      Guy Gavriel Kay The Lions of Al-Rassan
      Gregory Maguire Wicked
      Garth Nix Sabriel
      Philip Pullman The Golden Compass
      Sean Russell World Without End
1994 Sean Stewart Nobody’s Son Charles de Lint Memory and Dream
      James Morrow Towing Jehovah
      Anne Rice Taltos
1993 Anne Rice Lasher Barbara Hambly Dog Wizard
      Laurell K. Hamilton Guilty Pleasures
1992 Guy Gavriel Kay A Song For Arbonne Sean Russell Gatherer of Clouds
1991 Sean Russell The Initiate Brother    
1990 Guy Gavriel Kay Tigana Barbara Hambly The Dark Hand of Magic
  Pratchett & Gaiman Good Omens Robert Jordan The Eye of the World
      Ursula K. Le Guin Tehanu
      James Morrow Only Begotten Daughter
      Anne Rice The Witching Hour
      R.A. Salvatore Homeland
1989 Orson Scott Card Prentice Alvin    
1988 Orson Scott Card Red Prophet Terry Brooks Wizard at Large
      Barbara Hambly The Silicon Mage
      Anne Rice The Queen of the Damned
      Fred Saberhagen Stonecutter’s Story
      Tad Williams The Dragonbone Chair
1987 Orson Scott Card Seventh Son Terry Brooks The Black Unicorn
  Ken Grimwood Replay Stephen R. Donaldson A Man Rides Through
      Barbara Hambly The Witches of Wenshar
      Moore & Gibbons Watchmen
      Terry Pratchett Mort
      Fred Saberhagen Sightblinder’s Story
1986 Frank Miller Batman – The Dark Knight Returns Terry Brooks Magic Kingdom For Sale – Sold!
      Stephen R. Donaldson The Mirror of Her Dreams
      Barbara Hambly The Silent Tower
      Guy Gavriel Kay The Darkest Road
      Guy Gavriel Kay The Wandering Fire
      Fred Saberhagen Woundhealer’s Story
1985 Barbara Hambly Dragonsbane Terry Brooks The Wishsong of Shannara
      Anne Rice The Vampire Lestat
1984 Guy Gavriel Kay The Summer Tree Fred Saberhagen The Third Book of Swords
  Barbara Hambly The Ladies of Mandrigyn    
1983 Tim Powers The Anubis Gates Piers Anthony On a Pale Horse
  Fred Saberhagen The First Book of Swords Marion Zimmer Bradley The Mists of Avalon
      Stephen R. Donaldson White Gold Wielder
      Barbara Hambly The Armies of Daylight
      Barbara Hambly The Walls of Air
      Fred Saberhagen The Second Book of Swords
1982 Barbara Hambly The Time of the Dark Terry Brooks The Elfstones of Shannara
      Stephen R. Donaldson The One Tree
      David Eddings Pawn of Prophecy
      Raymond E. Feist Magician: Apprentice
1980 Stephen R. Donaldson The Wounded Land    
1979 Stephen R. Donaldson The Power That Preserves Michael Ende The Neverending Story
1978 Stephen R. Donaldson The Illearth War    
1977 Terry Brooks The Sword of Shannara    
  Stephen R. Donaldson Lord Foul’s Bane    
1976 Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire    
1973 William Goldman The Princess Bride Ursula K. Le Guin The Farthest Shore
1972 Richard Adams Watership Down    
1971 Ursula K. Le Guin The Tombs of Atuan    
1968 Peter S. Beagle The Last Unicorn Ursula K. Le Guin A Wizard of Earthsea
1966 Jack Vance The Eyes of the Overworld    

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