The Recommended Fantasy Author List


  • About the List
    If you're checking out the List for the first time, start by reading this.
  • The Author List Part 1 (A-C) - last update 2/27/2009
    Listing of titles for recommended authors with last names beginning A through C.
  • The Author List Part 2 (D-J) - last update 2/28/2009
    Listing of titles for recommended authors with last names beginning D through J.
  • The Author List Part 3 (K-P) - last update 3/1/2009
    Listing of titles for recommended authors with last names beginning K through P.
  • The Author List Part 4 (Q-Z) - last update 3/1/2009
    Listing of titles for recommended authors with last names beginning Q through Z.
  • Total Votes Per Author - last update 4/2/99
    Can't make a decision? Want to follow the crowd? Here's how the voting breaks down.
  • Finding These Books - last update 8/25/2007
    Links to Internet bookshops, both new and used.
  • Credits
  • "I dare not post, but I will wink and hold out mine homepage. It is a simple one, but what though? It will waste time, and it will endure flames as another man's page will - and there's an end."
    - with apologies to William Shakespeare

    About the List

    The list is alphabetic by author. In the case of authors with multiple series, I've attempted to list their works in order of publication. Note that the operative word in the preceding sentence is "attempted." Series are listed with a series title followed by the individual books in the series. The listing will indicate if the titles are part of an on-going series or a limited series (trilogies, tetralogies, and the like), and if the books within the series stand alone. If the series has gone beyond 10 books, the first several books will be listed, and maybe a few others of particular interest.

    THIS LISTING DOES NOT PRETEND TO LIST EVERY WORK BY EVERY AUTHOR LISTED, nor is it intended to do so. In several cases, only specific books by an author are recommended (although that is generally noted in the comments). Authors who write both science fiction AND fantasy (or books in other genres) only have their fantasy titles listed.

    This is NOT a listing of the FAQmaster's personal favorites.

    Series titles are in bold italics, and titles within the series follow. Comments, if any, follow the listing. Authors/series listed by 10% of the recommenders are marked with an "*". Two "**" means that 20% or more have endorsed the author. The total number of recommendations per author follows the List.

    This listing was created in April 1994, following what seemed like the 900th posting of "what other authors should I read?" in the newsgroup. Originally, the tone of the editorial comments was intended to be neutral, since this is a compilation of the recommendations of many people and not a list of one person's favorites. This policy has gradually eroded, and the perceptive reader can probably make some pretty good guesses as to which books are particularly favored by the FAQMaster. Do note, however, that there are quite a few books on this list that I either haven't read, tried and didn't like, or wouldn't recommend to an enemy, let alone a friend, so don't blame ME if you spot an author that you absolutely loathe.

    This list doesn't contain shared world novels and short story collections, except in those cases where I feel like including them (hey, it's called Editorial Privilege.) I also tend to avoid books with multiple authors, mainly because I'm never quite sure which name to list them under.

    The dividing line between fantasy, science fiction, and horror is indistinct and highly subjective. Inclusion on this list for those books that straddle the border depends on three factors: How many people push for inclusion of the author, how the publisher markets the book, and, most importantly, whether it matches my definition of fantasy (remember that editorial privilege I mentioned?)

    I would like to note that most of the long-running, open-ended series contained herein do tend to have one major problem: They get weaker as they progress (Piers Anthony is the prime example of this tendency.) Try to start with the earlier books in the series, so you can get thoroughly hooked and are compelled to keep reading even after the author just starts hacking them out.


    Many people made suggestions and offered aid and comfort in the creation and maintenance of this list. Many thanks to everyone who sent me lists of their favorite Recommended Authors.

    Three cheers for:

    Anthony Chan
    Mike Loux
    Paul Farris & Raj Shah

    Jonathan Yen - who has almost as many books on his recommendation list as I do

    Donal Fellows - ruler of the Eddings home page (as well as all that he surveys). View it at:

    Special thanks to all of the following, who helped to fill in the blanks, suggested new authors to add to the list, and/or sent me Real Nice Mail:

    Tim Abicht (Eriond), Henry Andrews, Corinne Aragaki, Denis Aumueller, Krista Babstock, Zachary Mitch Binder, Elizabeth Blatt, Fredrik Blom, Doug Bowles, Jan Erik Breimo, Daphne Brinkerhoff, Edward Buckley, Andy Carlson, Simon Challands, Steve Christensen, Stephen Clark, Stevie Clifford (a.k.a. Gaspode Wannabe), Cyradis, Amy Darke, Nathan Daniel, Jessika Diamond, Asher Dunn, Matthew Dworkin, Richard Faircloth, Paul Farris, Donal Fellows, Michael Crist Ferguson, Maria Fox, David Geelan, Kevin Green, Jo Harrold, Clint Hauser, Simon Hogley, Genevieve Hoog, Ironczar, Jani Joki, Glynne Jones, Mark Allen Jones, Scott Kessler, Gerard Kilgallon, Derrek Kirk, Michael X. Koon, Jim Lahue, Glynis Long, Mike Loux, Dwayne MacKinnon, Peter Maranci, Beth Martin, Craig Meyer, Naomi, Barry Nelson, Ray Pugh, Tarja Rainio, Leigh Rooney, Kevin Roose, Steve Sams, Heather Sexauer, Joe "Uno" Shaw, Eric Siebert, Martin Slade, Dean Smith, Lars H. Tombre, Garry Turkington, Luke Vaughn, Michael van Acken, B.J. van Look, Elaine Walker, Wardley the Wizzy, Brett Whinnen, Adam Wick, Ronan Willis, Pamela Wolff, Theresa Yoder

    The listing was created and is maintained by Amy Sheldon. Permission to reproduce this material for non-profit purposes is freely granted, however it would be really nice if you asked first. Not only can I then make sure that you have the latest version, I'll also have the chance to be tremendously flattered that someone actually wants this list. Any corrections, comments or questions should be sent to:
    Amy Sheldon at

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