15 Books Fantasy Fans May Not Have Heard Of, but Should Read

Fantasy works like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Twilight have become multimedia sensations, spinning off to movies, television shows, plays, video games, and probably elven rune adaptations in some realities.

But there are also a lot of fantasy works that remain wrapped in shadows and mystery. Here are 15 novels that haven’t quite magicked their way into everyone’s heart—but are well worth the read.

Nigerian author Tutuola’s novel is sort of a dream, sort of a collection of folk tales and sort of a metaphor in which being enslaved is like entering the land of the dead.

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1954)

Most of Lewis’ books, including the Narnia chronicles, are not kind to women who stray from traditional gender roles. Till We Have Faces, a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, written with his wife Joy Davidson, is notably different.

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956)

The novel is from the perspective of Psyche’s older sister Orual. Orual is a brilliant warrior queen whose loss of Psyche embitters her life until she finally learns to overcome her jealousy and hatred of the gods.

What could be better than a dragon as a best friend? How about a telepathic dragon that can teleport? Anne McCaffrey’s famous series went through about a gazillion novels as the people of Pern fight mysterious burning threads from space.

Dragonflight (1968)

Before there was Game of Thrones, there was Roger Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber series, in which pathologically untrustworthy super-powered multiverse manipulators scheme for the throne at the center of reality.

Nine Princes in Amber  (1970)

A painful story about the horrors of white supremacy in the past, and how those horrors continue to shape the lives of people in the present.

Kindred (1979)

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