Sometimes we worry about running out of great fantasy books because we read faster than authors can write.  Other days we think we will never read all the new awesome fantasy series that are being published.

Either way, these great fantasy reads should be on your list to read.  Our short reviews aim to help you choose your next book.

7 Great Fantasy Books

1. Oathbringer – Brandon Sanderson

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In the third installment of the Stormlight Archive, Dalinar Kholin’s armies must face the return of the Voidbringers and the new, violent, Everstorm. Even with the reunited Knights Radiant, this is a difficult job. It seems like His holy war and the unification of Alethkar won’t save his people from destruction and the Desolation.

Oathbringer is part of an amazing fantasy series with an innovative magic system, complex characters and an epic world building.  Brandon Sanderson has a gift for writing anti-heroes who turn up to be the most moral characters in his books. He always has strong women who don’t shy away in the face of danger. He creates with utmost detail a world where everything but the human nature is new. This is a book series that everybody will love.

2. The Delphi Effect – Rysa Walker

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Anna can talk to ghosts. Her parents abandoned her with a note that she is possessed and her new foster family wouldn’t accept her ability. Now, living on the streets, she meets Molly  – a girl who was murdered by a human trafficker .  Molly insists Anna speaks with her grandfather, a cop. While trying to solve Molly’s murder, Anna discovers a government conspiracy that explains the origins of her power.

The Delphi Effect is an amazing thriller fantasy with paranormal elements and a fantastic setting. You will be glued to the pages until all the twists of the book are finally resolved.

3. La Belle Sauvage – Philip Pullman

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Enter the world of His Dark Materials with Philip Pullman’s new series, The Book of Dust. Volume One – La Belle Sauvage follows eleven year-old Malcom Polstead and his deamon Asta who live at the Trout Inn, near Oxford. One day, when he goes to Godstow Priory, with his canoe named La Belle Sauvage (the beautiful savage), Malcom finds out that the nuns have a guest, a baby girl named Lyra Belacqua.

Pullman has created this new series in a familiar worldverse; making these fantasies easy to get into quickly. With La Belle Sauvage you will revisit the His Dark Materials universe, and find out more about that fantastic world.

4. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

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Kaz Brekker, a criminal prodigy has been promised a good life if he can complete one task: to break into the Ice Court. A Court which never been breached before. To do it he first needs to free a hostage from a prison no one survives. Kas is not one to turn down a challenge. He gathers a group of six people, all deadly and dangerous outcasts, to join him in this mission.

Six of Crows is an amazing fantasy packed with action. It is told from five different points of view, so you learn the backstory of every character. The world building is amazing. And with violent outcasts as the main characters you can root for your favorite without feeling guilty. Six of Crows is a great fantasy book that everyone should read.

5. Artemis: A Novel – Andy Weir

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Artemis is the first and only city on the Moon. Like every town of humans, it has a rich side and a poor one. Jazz Bashara is not wealthy; in fact, she lives day to day, bringing contraband into the city. One day, she accepts an offer which should set her up for life. But soon she finds it involves a group of people who just want to take the power of the city, and her job gets even riskier.

Artemis, the winner of Goodreads Choice Awards for science fiction, is a beautiful and interesting novel about how corruption travels everywhere. It also raises questions about environmentalism, starting over as a civilization and human nature. Artemis is a great book from the established author of The Martian.

6. Letters to Zell – Camille Griep

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Did you ever ask yourself what might happen to fairy-tale characters after their story is over? Do they live happily ever after? Became house wives, or accept their role as Princess?  Do they ever question their life choices, as most ordinary people do at one point in their life?

Letters to Zell follows CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), Rory (Sleeping Beauty) and Zell (Rapunzell) after their fairy-tale endings. When Zell decides to leave Grimmland to pursue her dreams, all the other princesses start questioning their own lives. This hilarious retelling of fairy tales is a must read for anyone who believed they could be a Princess or Knight when they were children.

7. Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer

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A group of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist and a biologist join the twelfth expedition to Area X. Every crew that has come back from Area X, except the first, has died horribly.

These women now have to research what went wrong with their colleagues. But Area X – a piece of the continent that was cut off from the main civilization, is full of surprises that don’t make sense.  Even though they were expecting the unexpected.

Annihilation will challenge your imagination with every page and will help you see our world in a new light. It is an extraordinary fantasy book with a huge following, so you should read it before the movie comes out!

Hopefully one of the great fantasy books on this varied list of short reviews has caught your imagination.  Reading fantasy will boost your creativity and grow your imagination.  After all, when you read you get to create every picture of the characters and events yourself.   This just one reason why we at WhyToRead.com think reading is important.