Curated Fantasy Books by C

"Not all those who wander are lost."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Never run from anything immortal. It attracts their attention."
-Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
"Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day."
-Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues
“People would far rather be handed an easy lie than search for a difficult truth, especially if it suits their own purposes."
-Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings
"Friends can betray you, but with an old enemy, you always know where you stand."
-Raymond E. Feist, Krondor: The Betrayal
"Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times."
-Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear
"Fortunately, where reason failed, blind panic served well enough."
-N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"Darkness shields as much as it threatens."
-R. Scott Bakker, The Judging Eye
"So there's an iPhone app for fighting zombies. Interesting.”
-Amelia Beamer, The Loving Dead
“Twenty percent? What am I, your waiter? I got you five vampires, not a BLT.”
-Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead
“I'm steel-toed boots in a ballet-slipper world.”
-Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
“Love is a tempestuous mistress. And none of us shall ever master her.”
-Lisa Ann Sandell, Song of the Sparrow
“His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.”
-Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
“Why is it that what we do know can save us, but what we don't know can kill us?”
-T.A. Barron, Ultimate Magic
“Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.” “That depends... on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.”
-Jane Yolen, Briar Rose
“There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living.”
-Roger Zelazny, This Immortal
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
"Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?" "That is the only time a man can be brave."
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Ah, pay no heed if your enemies laugh. They'll not be able to once you lop off their heads.”
-Christopher Paolini, Eragon, Eldest & Brisingr

Find your next fantasy book

Whether you read ebooks or printed fantasy, it is hard to find that next great read.

Here at CuratedFantasyBooks.com, we suggest only the best fantasy books, selected by a human curator, and organized by specific fantasy category. Unlike many sites on the web, we can’t be gamed and we can’t be bought. Imagine entering the world’s best fantasy bookstore, with table after table filled with great suggestions. Find the books that you will really love reading. Enjoy!


The books below define the category. Usually take the form of a heroic quest, set in parallel worlds to our own. Includes High Fantasy.
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    The Black Company
    Glen Cook
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    Acacia: War with the Mein
    David Anthony Durham
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    The Summer Tree
    Guy Gavriel Kay
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    Sheepfarmer's Daughter
    Elizabeth Moon
The books below define the category. Set in a city, usually modern-day, often emphasizing the paranormal.
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    War for the Oaks
    Emma Bull
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    American Gods
    Neil Gaiman
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    Circus of the Damned
    Laurell K. Hamilton
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    Dead Witch Walking
    Kim Harrison
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    Sunshine
    Robin McKinley
The books below define the category. Inspired by Arthurian and Celtic mythology, although can be set in any time period.
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    The Mists of Avalon
    Marion Zimmer Bradley
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    The Crystal Cave
    Mary Stewart
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    The Paper Grail
    James P. Blaylock
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    Firelord
    Parke Godwin

Steampunk(112)

The books below define the category. Focus on steam technology and industrialization, usually in a Victorian setting. Includes influential Victorian works.
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    Boneshaker
    Cherie Priest
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    Heartless
    Gail Carriger
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    Perdido Street Station
    China Mieville
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    The Anubis Gates
    Tim Powers
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    Infernal Devices
    K.W. Jeter
The books below define the category. Fantasy that can be explicit, violent, or concerning a taboo topic, often through the lens of fairy tales.
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    The Gunslinger
    Stephen King
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    Kushiel's Dart
    Jacqueline Carey
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    The Bone Doll's Twin
    Lynn Flewelling
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    Tender Morsels
    Margo Lanagan
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    Black Easter
    James Blish

Superhero(92)

The books below define the category. Feature superheroes but aimed at adult, rather than young adult, readers.
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    Count Geiger's Blues
    Michael Bishop
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    Wild Cards
    Edited by George R.R. Martin
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    After the Golden Age
    Carrie Vaughn
The books below define the category. Emphasis on literary technique and themes. Often features meta-fictional themes or comments on the genre.
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    The Last Unicorn
    Peter S. Beagle
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    Carmen Dog
    Carol Emshwiller
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    The Princess Bride
    William Goldman
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    City of Saints and Madmen
    Jeff VanderMeer
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    The Eyre Affair
    Jasper Fforde
The books below define the category. Contain fantasy elements and are set in our world’s history or reference our history.
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    His Majesty's Dragon
    Naomi Novik
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    Bridge of Birds
    Barry Hughart
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    Sailing to Sarantium
    Guy Gavriel Kay
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The books below define the category. Anthologies are collections of short stories or novellas. Can be single or multi-author.
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    The Book of Wonder
    Lord Dunsany
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    Steampunk
    Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
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    Sword and Sorceress I
    Edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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    Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: 3rd Annual
    Ed. Terri Windling, Ellen Datlow

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