Best Fantasy Books 2013
The best Fantasy published in 2013. This can include Fantasy, YA & MG Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy.

This list includes books nominated in the Best Fantasy, Paranormal, and YA Fantasy categories of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2013 and those featured on Fantasy-Faction's Best of 2013 List. Please only add books with at least 500 ratings.

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Best Fantasy Books 2013
Best Fantasy Books 2012
Best Fantasy Books 2011
1 A Memory of Light (Wheel of...
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 32,846 ratings
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2 Emperor of Thorns (The Brok...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 9,412 ratings
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3 The Daylight War (Demon Cyc...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 16,110 ratings
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4 Promise of Blood (The Powde...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 6,081 ratings
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5 The Republic of Thieves (Ge...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 15,548 ratings
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6 The Ocean at the End of the...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 144,623 ratings
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7 Cold Days (The Dresden File...
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 34,935 ratings
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8 The Crown Tower (The Riyria...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 5,939 ratings
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9 The Rose and the Thorn (The...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 3,156 ratings
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10 Frost Burned (Mercy Thompso...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 24,601 ratings
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11 Hunted (The Iron Druid Chro...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 10,453 ratings
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12 Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 5,520 ratings
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13 Ever After (The Hollows, #11)
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 15,763 ratings
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14 Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 13,600 ratings
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15 The Thousand Names (The Sha...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 2,419 ratings
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16 The Return of the Dragons
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 11 ratings
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17 Written in Red (The Others,...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 9,390 ratings
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17 The House of Hades (The Her...
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 62,986 ratings
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19 The Golem and the Jinni
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 25,829 ratings
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20 Clockwork Princess (The Inf...
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 115,700 ratings
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21 Crown of Midnight (Throne o...
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 26,512 ratings
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22 Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 32,172 ratings
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23 The Bitter Kingdom (Fire an...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 8,761 ratings
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24 Alias Hook
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 185 ratings
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25 Fyre (Septimus Heap, #7)
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 4,556 ratings
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26 The Runaway King (The Ascen...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 9,503 ratings
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27 Etiquette & Espionage (Fini...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 15,678 ratings
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28 Vicious
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 3,304 ratings
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29 Dark Triumph (His Fair Assa...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 10,588 ratings
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30 Quintana of Charyn (Lumater...
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 4,671 ratings
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30 Fifth Grave Past the Light ...
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 10,410 ratings
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30 The Call of Agon (The Child...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 84 ratings
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30 The Garnet Dagger (Legends ...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 71 ratings
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30 Angel of Death:  A Love Sto...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 27 ratings
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35 The Ghost Bride
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 4,886 ratings
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35 Taste of Darkness (Healer, #3)
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 3,554 ratings
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37 The Bone Season (The Bone S...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 19,854 ratings
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37 A Study in Ashes (The Baske...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 278 ratings
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39 A Study in Silks (The Baske...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 912 ratings
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40 Raven Flight (Shadowfell, #2)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,946 ratings
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41 The Indigo Spell (Bloodline...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 40,860 ratings
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41 Siege and Storm (The Grisha...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 19,518 ratings
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43 City of a Thousand Dolls (B...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,965 ratings
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44 Forged in Blood I (The Empe...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,320 ratings
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45 Ack-Ack Macaque
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 237 ratings
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46 A Natural History of Dragon...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 4,105 ratings
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47 The Peculiar (The Peculiar,...
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,831 ratings
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48 The Prince of Lies (Night's...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 63 ratings
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49 Last to Rise (Rojan Dizon, #3)
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 86 ratings
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50 The Lives of Tao (Tao, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 2,047 ratings
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51 Between Two Thorns (The Spl...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 491 ratings
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52 Any Other Name (The Split W...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 260 ratings
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53 All Is Fair (The Split Worl...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 167 ratings
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54 Drakenfeld (Lucan Drakenfel...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 184 ratings
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55 Masks (Masks of Aygrima, #1)
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 193 ratings
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56 The Oathbreaker's Shadow (T...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 512 ratings
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57 Herald of the Storm (Steelh...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 269 ratings
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58 The Tyrant's Law (The Dagge...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 1,934 ratings
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59 Fortress Frontier (Shadow O...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 1,295 ratings
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60 She Who Waits (Low Town, #3)
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 181 ratings
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61 The Third Kingdom (Richard ...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 3,140 ratings
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62 River of Stars
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 2,294 ratings
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63 The Thinking Woman's Guide ...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 2,780 ratings
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64 The Companions (The Sunderi...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 2,061 ratings
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65 The River of No Return
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 2,959 ratings
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66 The Firebird (Slains, #2)
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 7,953 ratings
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67 Seduction (The Reincarnatio...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 985 ratings
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68 The Girl Who Soared Over Fa...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,271 ratings
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69 House Rules (Chicagoland Va...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 8,479 ratings
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70 Dead Ever After (Sookie Sta...
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3.23 of 5 stars 3.23 avg rating — 44,957 ratings
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71 Chimes at Midnight (October...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 3,806 ratings
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72 Heart of Venom (Elemental A...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 3,058 ratings
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73 Blood Trade (Jane Yellowroc...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 3,936 ratings
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74 Tempt the Stars (Cassandra ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 3,299 ratings
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75 Raising Steam (Discworld, #40)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 6,740 ratings
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76 Cast in Sorrow (Chronicles ...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 1,927 ratings
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message 1: by Christopher (new)

Christopher D How can these be your choice of the best books of 2013 if you gave one 3 out 5 stars?

Even if you go by 2 to the power n when 2= a star, that would make 3-starts the 87.5 percentile; and usually these are more liner, with approximately as many being willing to underrate as overrate and to not overrate as to not underrate; but even at 87.5 that would mean out of every 8 books there would be one out there and there couldn't have been more than 115 fantasy books done, when in fact there were 1000's.

Now I realize that some editor might have different standards than the general public: saleability, fitting within certain defined niches, and that the ppl who come to your cite don't necessarily represent such groups and that there are at least dozen of niches and only 8-voters; but that would only point out a flaw in your voting system, and when a place makes small mistakes systematic mistakes they make, large systematic mistakes as well.


message 2: by Artemas (new)

Artemas By the gods. Paranormal really needs to be its own category. That way their volumes won't keep polluting all the other fantasy polls.


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