Top 10 Best Literary Fantasy Books
A Game of Thrones (A song of ice and fire)
People will argue that Martin’s quality has gone down in the fourth book or that he’s taking too long to finish the series. Some will argue the series is to bloody, too brutal, etc.
It doesn’t matter.
A Song of Ice and Fire is THE fantasy series of our age. It’s influenced countless other books and has started an entire genre of subfantasy (“the gritty fantasy”), or if not started, than at least popularized.
If you want a fantasy series that follows all the standard cliches — heroes who never die, villains who are two dimensional, wise cracking sidekicks, deus ex machina — then read something else. If you want a fantasy series that’ brutal, unforgiving, and totally unpredictable, A Song of Ice and Fire can’t be beaten.