Best Indie Fantasy Books

These books are the unsung heroes of the new wave of fantasy literature. Some make us cry,some make us laugh; they are all wonderful works of art that stir us to dream of other worlds.

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3.76 avg rating — 291 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 173 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 19,498 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 6,212 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 5,777 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 6,254 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 7,133 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 193 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 100 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 59,169 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 249 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 132 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 440 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 306 ratings
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4.47 avg rating — 4,759 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 67 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 3,816 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 134 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 5,191 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 1,371 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 765 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 10,236 ratings
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4.61 avg rating — 1,059 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 128 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 147 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 98 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 2,432 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 859 ratings
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4.51 avg rating — 59 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 882 ratings
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4.49 avg rating — 41,131 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 28,132 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 103 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 7,037 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 2,782 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 255 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 3,040 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 479 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 261 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 27 ratings
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3.56 avg rating — 717 ratings
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4.65 avg rating — 26 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 383 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 352 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 83 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 95 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 58 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 364 ratings
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3.55 avg rating — 2,163 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 25 ratings
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4.59 avg rating — 17 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 11,841 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 2,782 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 171,598 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 1,828 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 154 ratings
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4.51 avg rating — 78 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 62 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 97 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 201 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 2,583 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 3,653 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 850 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 110 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 5,604 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 9,707 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 117 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 2,788 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 542 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 2,396 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 648 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 1,599 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 576 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 475 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 207 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 50 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 185 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 38 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 23 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 419 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 352 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 923 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 82 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 214 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 384 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 51 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 8,092 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 10,731 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 147 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 2,513 ratings
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4.58 avg rating — 436 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 277 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 6 ratings
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4.82 avg rating — 11 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 703 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 13 ratings
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1,218 books · 1,472 voters · list created June 13th, 2009 by Kevis Hendrickson (votes) .
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Kevis 1711 books
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C.S. 31 books
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Shannon 60 books
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Maddie 571 books
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Ari 467 books
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Jen 91 books
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Christy 6421 books
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Kelly 316 books
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message 1: by Breanne (new)

Breanne Tiger saga all the way :)


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

The Ballad of Young Tam Lin. New in October, romance, fantasy, superior writing, humorous and thoughtful.


message 3: by Tura (new)

Tura How is Emperor's Edge so high on this? It su... was not very good. Are the other ones on the top as good?


message 5: by Zippergirl (new)

Zippergirl Tura wrote: "How is Emperor's Edge so high on this? It su... was not very good. Are the other ones on the top as good?"

Emperor's Edge probably appeals to the lowest common denominator, it's accessible and a quick read. I didn't dislike it, but it tasted like fantasy-lite to me.


message 6: by Wolfgarr (new)

Wolfgarr its a shame a lot of people who put books on this failed to understand what INDIE means. "Indie Fantasy Books" <<


message 7: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Im doing a summer indie fantasy challenge so this list will help me immensely


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