Best fantasy novels by decade

Here’s an update to this list.

  Winner Runner Ups
Decade Author Title Author Title
2020s Matt Haig The Midnight Library Robert Jackson Bennett Shorefall
      Claire North Notes from the Burning Age
      Jo Walton Or What You Will
2010s Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Julie E. Czerneda A Turn of Light
      Matt Haig How to Stop Time
      Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus
      Jo Walton My Real Children
2000s Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler’s Wife Guy Gavriel Kay The Last Light of the Sun
      Christopher Moore Lamb
      Jo Walton Tooth and Claw
      Sarah Zettel A Sorcerer’s Treason
1990s Guy Gavriel Kay Tigana Joanne Bertin The Last Dragonlord
      Charles de Lint Someplace to Be Flying
      Robin Hobb Assassin’s Apprentice
      George R. R. Martin A Game of Thrones
      Yves Meynard The Book of Knights
      Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman Good Omens
      Anne Rice The Witching Hour
      Sean Russell The Initiate Brother
      Sean Stewart Nobody’s Son
1980s Orson Scott Card Seventh Son Ken Grimwood Replay
      Barbara Hambly Dragonsbane
      Tim Powers The Anubis Gates
      Fred Saberhagen The First Book of Swords
1970s William Goldman The Princess Bride Richard Adams Watership Down
      Terry Brooks The Sword of Shannara
      Stephen R. Donaldson Lord Foul’s Bane
      Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire
1960s Peter S. Beagle The Last Unicorn Ursula K. Le Guin A Wizard of Earthsea
      Jack Vance The Eyes of the Overworld
1950s J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings Jack Vance The Dying Earth
1940s Mervyn Peake Titus Groan    
1930s J. R. R. Tolkien The Hobbit    

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