10 Award-Winning Fantasy Books You Should Read Now

Let’s face it: The fact that we have access to more books than ever in the history of the printed word still doesn’t make it easier to pick what to read. Don’t get me wrong, I love that there are so many books in the world, because YAY, BOOKS! But with SO many options to choose from, how do you know if you’re going to get a book you’ll enjoy?

One of the best ways to select a great read is to pick from award-winning titles. Say you want to start reading fantasy novels, but there are so many of them that you aren’t sure how to begin. Why not start by selecting from award-winning fantasy books? That way, you know you’re going to read what is considered to be one of the best fantasy books out there. Picking a book that won the Nebula or a Hugo award is a good way to find a great read.

Here’s a list of 10 such wonderful fantasy books worth reading that have garnered heaps of accolades. Any one of these is a great place to start.



The Changeling: A Novel by Victor LaValle 

Winner of the World Fantasy Award

When Apollo was young, he had strange dreams about his missing father. Now, as a father himself, he loses his wife and child to a horrible act, and Apollo must follow them on a quest of imagination and nightmare to get them back.


Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Winner of the World Fantasy Award

The genocide between tribes wages on in a post-apocalyptic Africa, where a baby born with hair and skin the color of sand will grow up in possession of a unique magic that will bring danger into her life.


Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle Book 1) by C. L. Polk

Winner of the World Fantasy Award 

In an alternate Edwardian England, a witch hides from his heritage by working as a doctor in a veterans’ hospital, until the day his identity is revealed by a dying patient. Now he must discover who killed the man, and how he knew his secret.



Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of All the Books, a Book of the Month judge, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon. You can see pictures of her cats and book hauls on Twitter @MissLiberty and Instagram @franzencomesalive.