Best Fantasy on Goodreads with less than 100 ratings

The difference between Science Fiction and Fantasy is arbitrary but it should be clear enough for this list. Looking for Fantasy books with less than 100 ratingsfantasy mjf

This list has been set up for new and unknown fantasy. Goodreads authors, feel free to add your own books here after they have been rated. However, books with more votes than ratings may be removed at any time. Books that are not fantasy will also be removed as will books that reach more than 100 ratings.

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Some Subgenres:
Best Epic Fantasy
Best Urban Fantasy

Fantasy by Time Period:
Pre-Tolkien Fantasy (Fantasy up through 1937)
Classic Fantasy (Fantasy written before 1980)

Fantasy by Decade:
1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s

Locus Recommended Fantasy:
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Fantasy By Ratings:
More than 100000, 50000 to 99999, 25000 to 49999, 10000 to 24999
1000 to 9999, 100 to 999, Less than 100

Other Fantasy Lists of Note:
Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century
Best Fantasy of the 20th Century
Best Forgotten Fantasy of the 20th Century
Popular Highly Rated Fantasy

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355 books · 359 voters · list created July 28th, 2014 by Mitchell (votes) .
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Mitchell 6896 books
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Virginia 855 books
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Mega 58 books
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Michael 93 books
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Joanne 1070 books
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Mitchell Ronald wrote: "King Chondos' Ride"

and? if you need to add this then just add it. There's an "add books to list" tab at the top of every list including this one.


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Mitchell As always for these kinds of lists, the more helpers the better. The easiest way to help maintain this and related lists is to vote for books already on the list but with only 1 vote. This will mean a maintainer can remove their vote for that book and vote for another book.

A librarian can assist by noting when books have met the criteria for another list. And can add that book to that list and REMOVE it from this list.

A non-librarian can always add the book to the next list an note that it needs removing.

And anyone can find books that meet the criteria for the list that are missing and add them.

Anyone can also note where there are books on the list that don't meet the criteria and note that fact for a librarian or perhaps the voter to fix.


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D. Palmer Tried to add my Ours is the Storm but got a note saying I can't add or vote for my own :)


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Mitchell Incursion graduated


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Charles James Gondell's Quest

This is an amazing work of fantasy literature. I don't know why the main voting system won't allow me to add, maybe because the book isn't mainstream.... YET! But read this masterpiece, and I defy you not to compare with works by Tolkien!
Gondell's Quest - Destiny


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Mitchell There are a number of book ready to be graduated to 100 to 999 list - but I'm out of votes on that list - so someone else will need to do that. In other words if you voted for a book on this list which now has 100 or more ratings, please add your votes to the next list and remote them from this one.|

Or vote for books on the next list in general, thus freeing up my votes.


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Mitchell The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin and Soul of the World and Ordination: Book One of the Paladin Trilogy and The Timeless Tale of Peter Able and The Dragon Round and The Warlord's Domain and The Magic Three of Solatia and The Reborn King graduated.

There are a number of other books ready to be graduated to 100 to 999 list - but I'm out of votes on that list - so someone else will need to do that. In other words if you voted for a book on this list which now has 100 or more ratings, please add your votes to the next list and remove them from this one.

Or vote for books on the next list in general, thus freeing up my votes.


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Mitchell The Octunnumi Fosbit Files Prologue and Plenilune and Journeyman Wizard: A Magical Mystery and Sung In Blood and Surrender to the Will of the Night and A Tapestry of Magics graduated.

There are a number of other books ready to be graduated to 100 to 999 list - but I'm out of votes on that list - so someone else will need to do that. In other words if you voted for a book on this list which now has 100 or more ratings, please add your votes to the next list and remove them from this one.

Or vote for books on the next list in general, thus freeing up my votes.


Charlotte Igelkott Graduated: Dangerous To Know, Frostbite, The Council, Path of a Novice, The Master of Heathcrest Hall, The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able, City of Wonders, Ragamuffin, Blood's Pride, Blood and Iron, The Ragged Man, Unwrapped Sky

Also removed Shadow Star, which was already on the next list.

Graduated two steps: The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, The Grey Bastards, The House on Durrow Street, Fall of Thanes

Mitchell, I'm still trying to figure out what I'm willing and not willing to do in more long-term maintenance work so I haven't taken care of everything that needs graduating, and I can't promise to come back and do this regularly. Also, not sure how you feel about all those Karl Schroeder books? They seem shelved mostly as sci-fi/space opera so might not belong on this list?


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Mitchell Charlotte wrote: "Graduated: Dangerous To Know, Frostbite, The Council, Path of a Novice, The Master of Heathcrest Hall, [book:The Fant..."

As always you do what you can and what you want. Yeah, the Schroeder books. Hmm..


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Mitchell I'm thinking the Karl Schroeder Virga series is sf and steampunk and not fantasy. I've read those and I think you are right, they shouldn't be on this list.

And I removed the ones on page 4 after verifying each one.


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