In 2019, TIME assembled a panel of eight fantasy authors to rate 250 books on the basis of “originality, ambition, artistry, critical and popular reception, and influence on the fantasy genre and literature more broadly.”
The eight panelists were Marlon James, Tomi Adeyemi, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, N.K. Jemisin, Diana Gabaldon, Cassandra Clare, and Sabaah Tahir.
TIME editors, informed by their expertise, then selected the top 100 books ranging from the 9th century to the present. Click on the titles below to learn more about how African storytelling has shaped the fantasy genre today.