To develop our list, we began in 2019 by recruiting a panel of leading fantasy authors to join TIME staff in nominating the top books of the genre.
The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
With a panel of leading fantasy authors—N.K. Jemisin, Neil Gaiman, Sabaa Tahir, Tomi Adeyemi, Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Martin, Cassandra Clare and Marlon James—TIME presents the most engaging, inventive and influential works of fantasy fiction, in chronological order beginning in the 9th century.