Top Ten Favorite Fantasy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
which features a weekly topic to be answered through a top ten list.
The fantasy genre has always been my favorite, be it historical, urban, or high fantasy. It is the perfect escape from the hum drum of our normal lives. Anyway, let's get down to business. Here is my top ten list, in no particular order:

1. Megan Whalen Turner - She wrote The Queen's Thief series and she does political intrigue very well. I couldn't put down Queen of Attolia.

2. Jonathan Stroud - Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy is a great fantasy read about djinnis and master magicians and Old London with all its darkness and grittiness and mystery and magic, all told in the hilarious and witty voice of Bartimaeus.  

3. Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell is a brilliant, smart, and well-researched fictional story on the magicians of London and of magical beings like Faeries. I love the formal sort of language that it is written in.  

4. Juliet Marillier - I loved Daughter of the Forest, it's a wonderful fairy tale retelling with an epic fantasy vibe.   

5. Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials is fantasy but with a bit of sci-fi or steam punk  It's been known for it's radical ideas about science and theology. It's exciting and controversial.  

6. Neil Gaiman - He does the creepy and the fantastical so very well.

7. Rick Riordan - I think he does a great job at re-imagining mythology. His writes in a way that is easy to understand, straighforward and very current. Heroes of Olympus is my favorite series of his. 

8. Garth Nix -  Sabriel is a great fantasy read. What with boarding school, necromancy, and zombies.

9. J.K. Rowling - You can never go wrong with the magical world of Harry Potter.

10. J.R.R. Tolkien - No explanations necessary for Mr. Tokien really. I mean he is the father of modern fantasy literature.

Comments

  1. You see I'm not big fan of urban or historical fantasy, but I have fee. I love Rowling. I mean who doesn't. And of course Tolkien. Gaiman is interesting, but I somehow cannot get into his books.
    But I recommend you The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It has mystery, fantasy and it's truly amazing. My fave book and I think you might love it. :)

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    1. My sister, with whom I fairly share the same tastes in books, also cannot seem to like Gaiman as much as I do.

      I'll put Shadow of the Wind on my list! Thanks Tanja! :)

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  2. We have Cinda Williams Chima coming to our school district later this month and I can't wait to see her!

    Here's my Ten Ten Favorite Travel Writers. I hope you'll stop in!

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    1. I've never read any of her works Deb. I'll check them out. It's cool that you get to have an author come to your school! I've never even met one yet. :)

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  3. great picks! Riordan is on my TTT as well and Neil Gainman should have been on there, what was i thinking! love it, check out my TTT

    http://inkkreviews.blogspot.com

    Katie@ Inkk

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    1. You can still squeeze in Gaiman. He's awesome. :) Rick Riordan's Mark of Athena just came out right? I hope I can read it soon.

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  4. Awesome list - I've only read books from Gaiman and Rollins, but a few of the others are on my reading list.

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    1. I do hope you'll try the other fantasy authors soon Tanya! :D

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  5. Thanks for the recommendations. I'm always wanting to try fantasy, but I don't know where to start. I love your blog header by the way.

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    1. Aw, thanks! :D I think Harry Potter would be a good start or maybe any of Rick Riordan's mythology series.

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  6. J.K Rowling :) Well of course. Neil Gaiman is good, I like Stardust & Coraline. I love that you included Juliet Marillier, because I adore her books. She's on my list as well :)

    TTT fairytale authors @thedailyprophecy

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    1. I haven't read Coraline yet but I did love it's movie adaptation. Stardust I read and loved, the movie, not so much though. Juliet Marillier is awesome! Daughter of the Forest was heartbreakingly good. I have to try her Beauty and The Beast retelling, Heart's Blood, the one you mentioned on your list.:)

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  7. wow. MWT! yay for the Queen's Thief series! One of my top faves in fantasy. :)

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    1. I wasn't so keen on the first book and I'm glad I still gave The Queen of Attolia a shot because it was sooo good!:D

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