The Top 12 Trending Fantasy Novels on Goodreads

Posted by Cybil on January 17, 2020
Want to know which adult fantasy books are trending now with your fellow readers? We dug into the genre's current movers and shakers to see what's piqueing people's interests.

These 12 books are ranked according to 'buzz' over the last week, marked by a notable increase in reader activity on these book pages. The new Netflix adapatation of 's Witcher series has inspired readers with two books on this list. There are also plenty of long-time beloved favorites here as well, from The Hobbit, to Good Omens, to A Game of Thrones

Browse the books below and add what looks good to your Want to Read shelf.
 

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Be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf.

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message 1: by Maitha (new)

Maitha Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?


message 2: by Richard (new)

Richard And J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher passed away.


message 3: by May (new)

May 舞 I've read 6 of those :'D


message 4: by Stiltzkin (new)

Stiltzkin Vanserine Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword should be on this list.


message 5: by Nc23_11 (new)

Nc23_11 uhhuhhhhh


message 6: by Jason (new)

Jason I reccomend the following;

Priest of Bones/Lies,
The Black Hawks
The Ruin of Kings
The Song of Sycamore
We are the dead
Ravens Mark Series
The Wolf/The Spider (Under the Northern Sky Series)


message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"

Thank you for someone saying that :D


message 8: by Tanya (last edited Jan 17, 2020 03:16AM) (new)

Tanya I've read six and am interested in Rothfuss', but only if he'll ever finish it.


message 9: by Freda (new)

Freda Mans-Labianca I've read 4 of the list. :-)


message 10: by Robert Thompson (new)

Robert Thompson Read six as well.

I honestly feel so sorry for the suckers that are reading The Name of the Wind. They are in for a rude awakening.


message 11: by Marta (last edited Jan 17, 2020 05:59AM) (new)

Marta I have read 11. The only one I have not read is Ninth House. I guess it is time to add it to the list? I have read the Sixth of Crows from her.

I have absolutely loved all of them. These are truly the best fantasy out there. Circe, The Fifth Season, are stunning. The Witcher series is epic fantasy with a different slant. Pratchett is my all-time favorite., and Gaiman comes close. Tolkien and The Princess Bride are classic favorites.

The Name of The Wind has its problems, nevertheless it is a sweeping fantasy epic that is hard to put down (after about 200 pages). The biggest problem with it, and that of Game of Thrones, is that the series is unfinished and the author is showing no sign of completion of the next book...


message 12: by Michael (new)

Michael Mcdermott Robert Thompson wrote: "Read six as well.

I honestly feel so sorry for the suckers that are reading The Name of the Wind. They are in for a rude awakening."


A long rude awakening no less.


message 13: by Reenah (new)

Reenah I have read 10 from that list and Fantasy is not even my favourite genre. Ninth House is a bit of an odd one out on that list because it is the only Urban Fantasy. Loved it though.


message 14: by Rob (new)

Rob Read every single book except the books ranked #1 and #2 on this list. Guess I have to glance at them :)


message 15: by Jim (new)

Jim Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"

These 12 books are ranked according to 'buzz' over the last week, marked by a notable increase in reader activity on these book pages. The new Netflix adapatation of Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series has inspired readers with two books on this list. There are also plenty of long-time beloved favorites here as well, from The Hobbit, to Good Omens, to A Game of Thrones.
That is why :)


message 16: by Jim (new)

Jim Lisa wrote: "Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"

Thank you for someone saying that :D"


These 12 books are ranked according to 'buzz' over the last week, marked by a notable increase in reader activity on these book pages. The new Netflix adapatation of Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series has inspired readers with two books on this list. There are also plenty of long-time beloved favorites here as well, from The Hobbit, to Good Omens, to A Game of Thrones.

That is why :)


message 17: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"

I think they track "trending" by how many people have added the books to "currently reading" as of late. So it's not "top" as in "best" or "popular". The Witcher books are trending as of late because of the tv show.


message 18: by Calvinist (new)

Calvinist Batman Why read Rothfuss when you can read Sanderson?
Sanderson finishes his series.


message 19: by Jenny Baker (new)

Jenny Baker Richard wrote: "And J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher passed away."

Wow, I didn't know that! He just passed away two days ago. I didn't realize that he was 95.


message 20: by Seb (new)

Seb Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"

Seriously!


The Joy of Erudition Sanderson finishes his series."

And even other people's series!


message 22: by Charlene (new)

Charlene AE Read the first Witcher have potential however the first I had too many unanswered question at the end...too many characters and timeline... Currently reading ninth house now chapter 3 , it's been really so far!


message 23: by Genesis (new)

Genesis Marbelis He leído 5 de 12 :D


message 24: by Sal (new)

Sal McCoy Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"

These 12 books are ranked according to 'buzz' over the last week, marked by a notable increase in reader activity on these book pages.


message 25: by Woeffi (new)

Woeffi Seb wrote: "Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"
Seriously!"

Lisa wrote: "Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"
Thank you for someone saying that :D"

Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"

People.... This is a list of trending books. No book is trending all the time.


message 26: by Evan (new)

Evan Quade Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"
That is a very good question! That's my current read!


message 27: by Susan (new)

Susan J. Wilkes N. K. Jemisin is excellent.


message 28: by Mikayla (new)

Mikayla Richard wrote: "And J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher passed away."

May he rest in peace. He was intrumental in keeping the legacy of his father true in spirit.


message 29: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lévis I reccoment all fantasy lovers to take a look at my book. YGGDRASIL: The New Saga


message 30: by Lynne (new)

Lynne Thompson I’ve read 7 on this list. Just finished Ninth House and thought the book is the best the author has written so far. Highly recommend.


message 31: by MikeB (new)

MikeB Great list, thx


message 32: by Chris (new)

Chris Everson Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"

At a massively wild guess, I'd say because not enough people have mentioned it for it to be trending. A wild idea, I know.


message 33: by Jordan (new)

Jordan Risebury-Crisp I've read 7/12, and interested in a few more.


message 34: by Christos (new)

Christos 11, ninth house is the only one I haven’t read


message 35: by TMR (new)

TMR Read two of those. Eager to read more.


message 36: by Martina (new)

Martina Bučková I've read 5 of the list, but American gods was my all time favorite 🙂. Although there are much more worth to read. Circe is the last one of these that I finished. Will check the rest as well.


message 37: by Faizan (new)

Faizan Blood of Elves rn


message 38: by Jumana A (new)

Jumana A What about: The Starless Sea


message 39: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Maitha wrote: "Why is the Way of Kings not on this list ?"

Because there isn't an upsurge in its popularity per Goodreads. It has nothing to do with the quality of the book. "These 12 books are ranked according to 'buzz' over the last week, marked by a notable increase in reader activity on these book pages."


message 40: by Elyse (new)

Elyse I've read 8 and own the rest.


message 41: by Yon Nyan (new)

Yon Nyan (BiblioNyan) I like how there's only one book on this list that's written by a POC author. Geez.


message 42: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Yon Nyan wrote: "I like how there's only one book on this list that's written by a POC author. Geez."

This is only based on what is currently popular on Goodreads. "These 12 books are ranked according to 'buzz' over the last week, marked by a notable increase in reader activity on these book pages."


message 43: by Aenea (new)

Aenea Jones Well I'm glad the pitiful Witcher show made people read the books :)


message 44: by Kenya (new)

Kenya Starflight Wow, at least two of these popped up on my "did not finish" list. Guess my taste in fantasy doesn't jive with most people's...


 ♥ Rebecca ♥ I’ve read 8/12. Not the first 3, or the other Witcher one which is at #5.


message 46: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Croft Tanya wrote: "I've read six and am interested in Rothfuss', but only if he'll ever finish it."
Apparently August this year - according to Amazon and book depository. Yet unconfirmed by the author. Worth reading for the first two -and novella regardless


message 47: by Audrey (new)

Audrey The Joy of Erudition wrote: "Sanderson finishes his series."

And even other people's series!"


LOL. Sanderson's in his own class.

I've read six. I'm not a huge fan of Gaiman or Bardugo.


message 48: by Rubi (new)

Rubi 6/12 I´ll keep reading this List books


message 49: by D.M. (new)

D.M. Grents No Sanderson!? Blasphemy!


message 50: by Christina (new)

Christina Guarneri Circe was amazing.
I hope that The Priory Of The Orange Tree starts to trend. It was an amazing book. The fantasy world created in that book was great. It’s intimidatingly long but it’s worth it.


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