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The Best Stand-Alone Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

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“What are the best Stand-Alone Science Fiction & Fantasy Books?” We looked at 499 of the top Standalone books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

A Stand-alone science fiction or Fantasy book is one that you can read knowing you aren’t going to have to wait years (or decades) for a sequal or to see how the story ends. After putting together the list we noticed that some actually are part of larger universes, but they can be read without any previous knowledge or follow-up on the story.

The top 40 titles, all appearing on 4 or more lists, are ranked below with images, descriptions, and links. The remaining 450+ titles as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 40 Science Fiction & Fantasy Stand Alone Novels



40 .) Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Vicky Thinks
  • Reddit
  • Book Wraiths
  • Goodreads 3

“Springtime in Styria. And that means war.

There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso’s employ, it’s a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular – a shade too popular for her employer’s taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto’s reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.

Her allies include Styria’s least reliable drunkard, Styria’s most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers and a Northman who just wants to do the right thing. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. And that’s all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started…”

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39 .) Imagica by Clive Barker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Reddit
  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Barnes & Noble

“Imajica is an epic beyond compare: vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. At its heart lies the sensualist and master art forger, Gentle, whose life unravels when he encounters Judith Odell, whose power to influence the destinies of men is vaster than she knows, and Pie ‘oh’ pah, an alien assassin who comes from a hidden dimension.

That dimension is one of five in the great system called Imajica. They are worlds that are utterly unlike our own, but are ruled, peopled, and haunted by species whose lives are intricately connected with ours. As Gentle, Judith, and Pie ‘oh’ pah travel the Imajica, they uncover a trail of crimes and intimate betrayals, leading them to a revelation so startling that it changes reality forever.”

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38 .) Last Call by Tim Powers

Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Reddit
  • Read It Forward

Ten years after he had quit gambling, Scott Crane begins having nightmares about a bizarre floating poker game that took place in the middle of Lake Mead and in which he may have gambled away his soul.

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37 .) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

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36 .) Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Reddit
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

There hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake in years. Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts for a minute. But then the vampires found her . . . Now, chained and imprisoned in a once-beautiful decaying mansion, alone but for the vampire, Constantine, shackled next to her, Sunshine realizes that she must call on her own hidden strength if she is to survive. But Constantine is not what she expected of a vampire, and soon Sunshine discovers that it is he who needs her, more than either of them know.

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35 .) Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Tor
  • Book Wraiths
  • Goodreads 3

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless—until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

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34 .) The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Tor
  • Reddit
  • Bustle

“Basso the Magnificent. Basso the Great. Basso the Wise. The First Citizen of the Vesani Republic is an extraordinary man.

He is ruthless, cunning, and above all, lucky. He brings wealth, power and prestige to his people. But with power comes unwanted attention, and Basso must defend his nation and himself from threats foreign and domestic. In a lifetime of crucial decisions, he’s only ever made one mistake.

One mistake, though, can be enough.”

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33 .) The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliott

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Tor
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads 3

Willing to risk anything in his passion for the beautiful Saavvedra, master artist Sario, who shares his family’s abilities to alter time through their works, sets in motion a series of events that threatens their entire world.

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32 .) The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 2

A lone human ambassador is sent to Winter, an alien world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants can change their gender whenever they choose. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the strange, intriguing culture he encounters…

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31 .) The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Book Reporter
  • Reddit
  • Book Wraiths

Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to come…

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30 .) The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings

Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads

“It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor.

Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to steal The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus is confronted by a cat–a cat with eyes like emeralds, the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess.

She is Dweia, sister to The Gods and a greater thief even than Althalus. She must be: for in no time at all, she has stolen his heart. And more. She has stolen time itself. For when Althalus leaves the House at the End of the World, much wiser but not a day older than when he’d first entered it, thousands of years have gone by.

But Dweia is not the only one able to manipulate time. Her evil brother shares the power, and while Dweia has been teaching Althalus the secrets of The Book, the ancient God has been using the dark magic of his own Book to rewrite history. Yet all is not lost. But only if Althalus, still a thief at heart, can bring together a ragtag group of men, women, and children with no reason to trust him or each other.”

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29 .) To Ride Hell’s Chasm by Janny Wurts

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Reddit
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Goodreads 3

“An epic fantasy standalone novel from the author of the stunning Wars of Light and Shadow series. When Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue.

When Princess Anja fails to appear at her betrothal banquet, the tiny, peaceful kingdom of Sessalie is plunged into intrigue. Two warriors are charged with recovering the distraught king’s beloved daughter. Taskin, Commander of the Royal Guard, whose icy competence and impressive life-term as the Crown’s right-hand man command the kingdom’s deep-seated respect; and Mykkael, the rough-hewn newcomer who has won the post of Captain of the Garrison – a scarred veteran with a deadly record of field warfare, whose ‘interesting’ background and foreign breeding are held in contempt by court society.

As the princess’s trail vanishes outside the citadel’s gates, anxiety and tension escalate. Mykkael’s investigations lead him to a radical explanation for the mystery, but he finds himself under suspicion from the court factions. Will Commander Taskin’s famous fair-mindedness be enough to unravel the truth behind the garrison captain’s dramatic theory: that the resourceful, high-spirited princess was not taken by force, but fled the palace to escape a demonic evil?”

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28 .) War For The Oaks by Emma Bull

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

“Acclaimed by critics and readers on its first publication in 1987, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel, Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks is one of the novels that has defined modern urban fantasy.

Eddi McCandry sings rock and roll. But her boyfriend just dumped her, her band just broke up, and life could hardly be worse. Then, walking home through downtown Minneapolis on a dark night, she finds herself drafted into an invisible war between the faerie folk. Now, more than her own survival is at risk―and her own preferences, musical and personal, are very much beside the point.

By turns tough and lyrical, fabulous and down-to-earth, War for the Oaks is a fantasy novel that’s as much about this world as about the other one. It’s about real love and loyalty, about real music and musicians, about false glamour and true art. It will change the way you hear and see your own daily life.”

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27 .) Weaveworld by Clive Barker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world — and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror — a tour de force from one of today’s most forceful and imaginative artists.

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26 .) Deerskin by Robin McKinley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Tor
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

When her growing beauty begins to resemble her mother’s too closely, Princess Lissar must flee her father’s wrath, and, in doing so, she unlocks a door into a world of magic.

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25 .) Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Reddit
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads 3

Set in 1857 along the muddy Mississippi, Fevre Dream introduces Abner Marsh, a remarkably ugly man who longs to captain the fastest steamboat on the river. When a pale, mysterious gentleman named Joshua – who keeps strange hours and stranger friends – approaches him with an offer of partnership, Abner’s dreams appear to come true… though he may have unleashed a nightmare on the unsuspecting shores!

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24 .) Little, Big by John Crowley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3
  • Reddit

Edgewood–which is not found on any map–is many houses, all put inside each other or across each other. It’s filled with and surrounded by mystery and enchantment; the further in you go, the bigger it gets. Smoky Barnable, who has fallen in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, travels from the City on foot to Edgewood, her family home. There he finds himself on the magical border of an otherworld. Crowley’s work has a special alchemy–mixing the world we know with an imagined world that seems more true and real.

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23 .) Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads 2

“Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda’s request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.

While Isaac’s experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger—and more consuming—by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon—and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes . . .”

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22 .) Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Goodreads 2

“Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age.

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse.”

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21 .) The Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book… The Book of Lost Things.

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20 .) The Lions of Al Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

Lists It Appears On:

  • Reddit
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

“The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan — poet, diplomat, soldier — until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

Meanwhile, in the north, the conquered Jaddites’ most celebrated — and feared — military leader, Rodrigo Belmonte, driven into exile, leads his mercenary company south.

In the dangerous lands of Al-Rassan, these two men from different worlds meet and serve — for a time — the same master. Sharing their interwoven fate — and increasingly torn by her feelings — is Jehane, the accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond.”

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19 .) The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Reddit
  • Book Wraiths
  • Goodreads 3

“Once upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.

During Arthur’s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guenever and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur’s half-sister Morgause and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king’s dreams for Britain—and to the king himself.”

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18 .) The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Book Reporter
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you’ll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that’s home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”

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17 .) The War Of The Flowers by Tad Williams

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Tor
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

“Theo Vilmos is a thirty-year-old lead singer in a not terribly successful rock band. Once, he had enormous, almost magical charisma, both onstage and off—but now, life has taken its toll on Theo.

Hitting an all-time low, he seeks refuge in a isolated cabin in the woods. While there, he reads an odd memoir written by a dead relative who believed he had visited the magical world of Faerie. And before Theo can disregard the account as the writings of a madman, he, too, is drawn to a place beyond his wildest dreams…a place that will be, and has always been, his destiny.”

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16 .) Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Epic Reads
  • Read It Forward
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

“Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.”

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15 .) Watership Down by Richard Adams

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Book Reporter
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

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14 .) The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

Lists It Appears On:

  • Reddit
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

It took the fantasy world by storm a decade ago, and now fans can savor this Philip K. Dick Award-winner for the first time all over again. Only the dazzling imagination of Tim Powers could have assembled such an insane cast of characters: an ancient Egyptian sorcerer, a modern millionaire, a body-switching werewolf, a hideously deformed clown, a young woman disguised as a boy, a brainwashed Lord Byron, and finally, our hero, Professor Brendan Doyle.

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13 .) The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Book Riot
  • Tor
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

“The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “”accident,”” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.
Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.
Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend . . . and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne–or his life. “

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12 .) The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Reddit
  • Book Wraiths
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

When Bastian happens upon an old book called The Neverending Story, he’s swept into the magical world of Fantastica–so much that he finds he has actually become a character in the story! And when he realizes that this mysteriously enchanted world is in great danger, he also discovers that he is the one chosen to save it. Can Bastian overcome the barrier between reality and his imagination in order to save Fantastica?

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11 .) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Reddit
  • Steemit
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads 3

“Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.

By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.”

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10 .) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Silver Lining
  • Tor
  • Reddit
  • Book Wraiths
  • Goodreads 3

“Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.

But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.”

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9 .) Lord Of Light by Roger Zelazny

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  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 2

Earth is long since dead. On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology, made themselves immortal, and now rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Only one dares oppose them: he who was once Siddhartha and is now Mahasamatman. Binder of Demons, Lord of Light.

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8 .) The City & The City by China Mieville

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Book Reporter
  • Read It Forward
  • Bustle
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Reddit

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, Borlú is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead woman’s secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them more than their lives. What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.

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7 .) The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

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  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Book Reporter
  • Tor
  • Reddit
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. So she ventured out from the safety of the enchanted forest on a quest for others of her kind. Joined along the way by the bumbling magician Schmendrick and the indomitable Molly Grue, the unicorn learns all about the joys and sorrows of life and love before meeting her destiny in the castle of a despondent monarch—and confronting the creature that would drive her kind to extinction…

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6 .) American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Best Fantasy Books HQ
  • Book Reporter
  • Reddit
  • Steemit
  • Goodreads 3

“Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.”

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5 .) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Epic Fantasy Books
  • Fantasy Hot List
  • Best Fantasy Books HQ
  • Read It Forward
  • Reddit
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

“According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .”

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4 .) Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Fantasy Books
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“At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England-until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.

Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.”

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3 .) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

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2 .) Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

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1 .) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.”

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481Use of WeaponsIain M. BanksThe Best Sci Fi Books
482Vassa in the NightSarah PorterEpic Reads
483Vicious (Villains, #1)V.E. SchwabGoodreads 3
484Villains By NecessityBook Reporter
485Vision of Tarot (Tarot, #2)Piers AnthonyGoodreads 2
486Voice of the FireAlan MooreGoodreads
487WAR OF THE FLOWERSTad WilliamsFantasy Hot List
488WeYevgeny ZamyatinGoodreads 2
489Where Late The Sweet Birds SangKate Wilhelm…Best Science Fiction Books
490While Beauty SleptElizabeth BlackwellSilver Lining
491WHIPPING STARFrank HerbertFantasy Hot List
492WHITE PLAGUEFrank HerbertFantasy Hot List
493Who Fears DeathNnedi OkoraforReddit
494Wishing SeasonEsther M. FriesnerGoodreads 3
495Wizard of the GroveTanya HuffGoodreads 3
496Wizard of the PigeonsMegan LindholmGoodreads 3
497Wizenbeak (Wizenbeak Trilogy, #1)Alexis A. GillilandGoodreads 2
498World Without EndMolly CochranGoodreads 2
499Zoo CityLauren BeukesVicky Thinks


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Goodreads Best Standalone Fantasy
Goodreads 2 Best Stand-Alone Science Fiction
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Read It Forward Standalone Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads
Reddit /r/Fantasy’s “Best-of Standalones” RESULTS Thread
Silver Lining What to Read: Stand-Alone Fantasy Novels
Star Rigger Standalone Novels
Steemit My favorite standalone fantasy books
The Best Sci Fi Books Reddit’s Favorite Stand-alone Science Fiction Novels
Tor Never Wait for a Sequel Again: 17 Standalone Fantasy Novels
Vicky Thinks Top Ten Standalone Fantasy Books