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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4.04 avg rating — 12,160 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 288 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 173 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 18,210 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 5,814 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 5,401 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 5,816 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 6,661 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 189 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 96 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 228 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 50,676 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 121 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 432 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 302 ratings
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4.46 avg rating — 4,421 ratings
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18

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4.29 avg rating — 63 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 3,706 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 129 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 4,847 ratings
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4.47 avg rating — 1,305 ratings
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23

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3.64 avg rating — 749 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 9,859 ratings
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25

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4.62 avg rating — 1,029 ratings
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26

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3.73 avg rating — 123 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 144 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 87 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 2,341 ratings
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30

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3.81 avg rating — 843 ratings
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4.49 avg rating — 53 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 873 ratings
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33

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4.49 avg rating — 38,294 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 27,636 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 86 ratings
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36

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3.78 avg rating — 6,452 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 2,600 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 257 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 2,941 ratings
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40

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3.97 avg rating — 472 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 258 ratings
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42

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3.57 avg rating — 719 ratings
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43

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4.65 avg rating — 26 ratings
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44

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4.16 avg rating — 378 ratings
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45

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4.41 avg rating — 349 ratings
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46

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3.98 avg rating — 83 ratings
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47

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3.80 avg rating — 90 ratings
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48

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4.17 avg rating — 58 ratings
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48

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3.72 avg rating — 360 ratings
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50

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3.56 avg rating — 2,133 ratings
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51

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3.92 avg rating — 25 ratings
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52

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4.69 avg rating — 16 ratings
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53

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4.09 avg rating — 10,570 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 2,679 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 153,387 ratings
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56

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3.88 avg rating — 1,802 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 144 ratings
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4.56 avg rating — 61 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 62 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 95 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 198 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 2,769 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 2,398 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 3,345 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 841 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 587 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 660 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 111 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 5,535 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 8,787 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 116 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 2,638 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 538 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 2,230 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 1,511 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 456 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 205 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 50 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 182 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 35 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 22 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 92 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 334 ratings
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84

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3.78 avg rating — 913 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 215 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 384 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 52 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 7,647 ratings
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89

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3.92 avg rating — 146 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 2,303 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 465,175 ratings
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4.60 avg rating — 389 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 271 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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4.15 avg rating — 666 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 13 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 26 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 499 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 347 ratings
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1,219 books · 1,453 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 932 books
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Ari 467 books
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Jen 91 books
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Christy 5444 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" <<


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