Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.
- Lloyd Alexander
Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandBy Lewis Carrol
This timeless classic takes readers through Wonderland, where White Rabbits run late and Cheshire Cats tell riddles. A beloved example of the nonsense genre in fantasy, Lewis Carrol’s classic is available to read for free on Fable.
The City We BecameBy N.K. Jemisin
We love this new urban fantasy classic. When a malevolent force straight out of H.P. Lovecraft begins to attack New York City, the city finds its champions in avatars representing each of the five boroughs.
CirceBy Madeline Miller
A favorite of Fablers, Madeline Miller’s Circe is a magical epic that takes a minor character from The Odyssey and lets her tell her story on her own terms.
A Game of ThronesBy George R.R. Martin
One of the most successful fantasy series in recent memory, George R.R. Martin’s work of epic fantasy brought medieval battles, dragons, and sorcery back to the forefront of popular culture.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRueBy V.E. Schwab
In exchange for freedom and immortality, a 16 year old girl in 17th Century France is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Her subsequent journey through time becomes an extraordinary adventure.
An Ember in the AshesBy Sabaa Tahir
Year of the Snake: In a brutal world inspired by Ancient Rome, a young woman finds herself enrolled within the oppressive government’s military academy, with a deep secret: she’s there as a spy for the Resistance.
The Lion, The Witch, and the WardrobeBy C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis’s beloved children’s series remains an enthralling classic. Exploring a common fantasy trope — ordinary children thrust into a magical, and dangerous, world
Midnight’s ChildrenBy Salman Rushdie
A modern classic, Rushdie’s magical realism novel ties the fates — and powers — of the 1,001 children born at the exact moment of India’s independence to the outcome of their country.
The Name of the WindBy Patrick Rothfuss
A thorough and intricate fantasy world where magic is wielded only by the elite. The story of a heroic adventurer, Kvothe, begins to come into his own.
The Wind-Up Bird ChronicleBy Haruki Murakami
Another classic of magical realism, Murakami’s most celebrated novel is a surreal and dreamlike journey through time, Tokyo, and a marriage.
American GodsBy Neil Gaiman
A blend of Americana, fantasy, and mythology, Neil Gaiman’s 2001 modern classic is an especially fun read for anyone familiar with various mythologies.
Children of Blood and BoneBy Tomi Adeyemi
A critically acclaimed debut, this YA fantasy novel by Tomi Adeyem weaves West African mythology into an epic tale of magic and vengeance.