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The Greatest Fantasy Writers Today

Daydreaming is a normal part of most people’s lives, and the majority of people daydream regularly. There’s no better way to do this than by reading a good fantasy book and diving into the parallel world of reading. Reading fantasy can boost our creativity and help us relax after a hard day at work, and that is why fantasy enthusiasts love it so much. If you want to learn some of the best fantasy writers today, check out this list below. 

James Oliver Rigney Jr.

James Oliver Rigney Jr. was a US epic fantasy writer better known as his pen name Robert Jordan. He was born on the 17th of October 1948 and died on the 16th of September 2007 when he was 58 years old. Some of the most epic books he has written are the Wheel of Time series of books that compose out of 14 books in total with a dedicated prequel novel. 

James Oliver Rigney Jr. was born in Charleston, and he served his country two times in Vietnam as a helicopter gunner during his life. Upon arriving back in the US, he decided to get an undergraduate degree in physics by going to The Citadel. He was employed as a nuclear engineer by the US Navy. Years later, James Oliver Rigney Jr. started his writing career in 1977.

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on the 19th of December 1975, and he is a Sci-Fi and epic fantasy writer. The two-book series that stand out in his career are The Stormlight Archive series and the Mistborn series. Until 2003 Brandon Sanderson had already written 12 novels, but unfortunately, not a single publisher gave him the green light for publication. 

That is until Moshe Feder, the editor for Tor Books, reached out to him wanting to publish one of his books. The novel that Brandon Sanderson submitted to Moshe Feder was the 6th novel he wrote called Elantris. And this is how Elantris got published by Tor Books back in 2005 on the 21st of April, making it Brandon Sanderson’s first novel ever published.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

Born on the 3rd of January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, or as most of us know him shorter as J. R. R. Tolkien, was a writer mainly known for his high fantasy books.

He was born in Orange Free State – South Africa and died on the 2nd of September 1973 when he was 81 years old in England, where he spent most of his life. 

The most notable of his work must be The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings started as a sequel to The Hobbit, but it grew into one of the best-selling books ever written, with more than 150 million copies of it sold.