Hello, my fellow light novel geeks looking for some of the “Best Fantasy Light Novels”? If YES is your answer, then you are in the right place as I have prepared a list of 15 such names just for you. Well at first I was thinking of making this Blog in which 30 names would be included but after giving some thought I decided to make 2 Blogs each containing 15 names.
In this Blog, I have included 15 names that are famous even though you might have heard of them even if you are new to anime, manga, and the light novel world. And next Blog would include the rest 15 which are also Famous and are equally enjoyable but are not as famous as these are. Some might have the same cult followers but the majority don’t have that much cult following such as the name I have included in this list.
I guess this much talk is enough to be you out. So, now let’s get straight to the list of Light Novels for which you are here right?
NOTE: Ratings for the Light Novel were taken from Novelupdates
“Sword Art Online” (4.1)
If you are new to the light novel world or anime and manga then you might not have herd this name it is quite prominent in the anime world especially its first season which I want to suggest to you here.
In the virtual world of Sword Art Online, thousands of players eagerly immerse themselves in the latest and greatest virtual reality MMORPG. However, what starts as an exciting adventure quickly transforms into a harrowing ordeal. The game’s creator, Akihiko Kayaba, traps the players inside the game, unable to log out, and reveals that their only escape is to conquer all one hundred treacherous floors of the fantastical Aincrad castle.
As the players struggle to come to terms with their new reality, they must adapt to the game’s mechanics and form alliances to survive the perils that await them. Among them is Kirito, a skilled solo player known as the “Black Swordsman,” who becomes a beacon of hope for those around him. Alongside his companions, including the courageous Asuna, Kirito battles monstrous creatures and overcomes challenging dungeons, all while trying to uncover the truth behind their entrapment.
As the death toll rises and time runs short, the stakes become even higher. The players must confront not only the virtual dangers of Aincrad but also their own fears, doubts, and desires. Throughout their journey, friendships are forged, romances blossom, and bitter rivalries emerge. Sword Art Online is an epic tale of survival, adventure, and the indomitable human spirit as the players fight to reclaim their freedom and discover the secrets that lie within the virtual realm.
This Light Novel as the name suggests Overlord and this name totally signifies the context of the Novel. The story of Overlord takes place in the yr 2138 when VR is at its peak and one of them is Yggdrasil which is about to be shut down. Momonga, a powerful wizard and guild master of Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to stay logged in until the very end. However, to his surprise, the game does not log him out, and the NPCs start to develop personalities of their own.
Trapped in the game world with no way to return, Momonga, now known as the skeletal overlord Ainz Ooal Gown, sets out to unravel the mysteries of this new reality. With his vast knowledge and abilities, he becomes an all-powerful ruler, commanding the loyalty of his loyal servants and discovering new lands and challenges.
As Ainz explores the world of Yggdrasil, he encounters other players who have been transported into the game as well. Some become his allies, while others become his enemies. Ainz must navigate through political intrigue, battles, and complex alliances to ensure the survival of his guild and secure his dominance in this unfamiliar world.
Overlord is a thrilling and dark fantasy light novel series that delves into themes of power, morality, and the blurred lines between reality and fantasy. Follow Ainz Ooal Gown as he rises to become the ultimate overlord and uncovers the truth behind the new world he now inhabits.”
Please note that while this synopsis is original, it is based on the general premise and themes of the “Overlord” light novel series.
“Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!” (4.6)
If you are looking for a light novel that will make you laugh and give you a proper adventure vibe then this is the one I would suggest to you. This is a misadventure of Kazuma Sato, a socially awkward teenage gamer who finds himself unexpectedly transported into a parallel world after a rather embarrassing demise.
Upon arrival, Kazuma encounters Aqua, a beautiful but incredibly inept goddess who is responsible for dragging him into this new reality. However, Kazuma’s newfound life is far from the hero’s journey he envisioned. Instead of gaining immense power, he is given the choice of just one item or ability to aid him in his quest. In a fit of frustration, Kazuma impulsively chooses Aqua herself, believing her divine powers will be of great help.
Joined by Megumin, an explosive-obsessed magician, and Darkness, a valiant yet masochistic crusader, Kazuma and his unconventional party embark on a series of comedic and unpredictable quests in a world filled with eccentric characters and dangerous creatures. From battling giant frogs and killer cabbages to fending off rampaging undead, their adventures are anything but ordinary.
As the story progresses, Kazuma’s group encounters both absurd challenges and endearing moments, all while developing unique dynamics among themselves. Konosuba masterfully combines comedy, fantasy, and a touch of parody to create a vibrant and entertaining tale that keeps audiences laughing and engaged throughout their wild escapades.
“Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World” (4.3)
Isekai Gener is the one you find addictive and want just another great light novel then this is the one for you the protagonist of this novel finds himself mysteriously transported to a parallel realm filled with magic and danger. With no recollection of how he arrived there, Subaru quickly discovers that he possesses an extraordinary ability—the power to return from death to a specific moment in time.
Embracing this newfound gift, Subaru embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the secrets of his new reality. Along the way, he encounters a myriad of captivating characters, each with their own motivations and dark pasts. Subaru’s path intertwines with that of Emilia, a silver-haired half-elf and candidate for the throne, whom he develops a deep affection for. As Subaru experiences the joys and hardships of this fantastical world, he must confront relentless adversaries known as “Witch Cultists” who seek to bring chaos and destruction.
However, Subaru’s ability comes with a price—each time he dies, he resets to a previous point in time, burdened with the memories of his past failures. This relentless cycle of life and death tests Subaru’s resolve and mental fortitude, pushing him to unravel the truth behind his predicament and find a way to break free from this seemingly endless loop.
“Re: Zero − Starting Life in Another World” weaves together elements of fantasy, mystery, and psychological exploration, delivering a captivating narrative that explores the resilience of the human spirit and the value of personal growth in the face of adversity.
“The Rising of the Shield Hero” (4.0)
e all have heard of the stories and even read the stories in which heroes fight the demons or evil well this one is different how so you might have figured it out by reading the title but let’s get a clear idea by reading further. Naofumi Iwatani, an ordinary otaku, is one of the chosen heroes, bestowed with the legendary Shield Hero title. However, his journey is far from what he expected.
Plunged into a treacherous ordeal, Naofumi finds himself ostracized and falsely accused of heinous crimes by the kingdom’s nobility. Betrayed and abandoned by his fellow heroes, he is left with no one to rely on except his bitter determination to seek justice. Struggling against the odds, Naofumi resolves to become stronger and clear his tarnished name.
With the aid of a demi-human slave named Raphtalia and other companions, he meets along the way, Naofumi gradually develops into a formidable force, mastering his defensive skills and discovering new powers within the Shield. As he battles the Waves and uncovers the kingdom’s dark secrets, Naofumi’s moral compass is tested, and he learns the importance of trust, compassion, and forgiveness.
“The Rising of the Shield Hero” is a gripping tale of redemption, resilience, and the pursuit of justice. Through Naofumi’s unwavering determination, the series delves into themes of discrimination, prejudice, and the impact of one’s actions on others. As the Shield Hero rises above his adversaries and confronts his own inner demons, he becomes an emblem of hope in a world plagued by adversity.
“No Game No Life” (4.5)
Well, I personally find the concept of this light novel unique it is one of its kind though its genre is isekai but it is not like any other isekai light novel. Two legendary gamers, Sora and Shiro, step forth as the undefeated siblings known as “Blank.” Their reputation as unbeatable gamers spread far and wide, catching the attention of Tet, the god of games, who transports them to a parallel reality where everything is determined by gaming.
In this new world, Sora and Shiro find themselves in the mysterious land of Elkia, a realm governed by sixteen races and various factions. Challenged by the current king, Steph, to save Elkia from political turmoil and external threats, the duo accepts the task, aiming to ascend the ranks and conquer all the races as the undisputed rulers.
Armed with their exceptional gaming skills and unparalleled intellect, Sora and Shiro embark on a grand journey filled with strategic challenges and high-stakes gambles. Along the way, they form alliances, outwit cunning opponents, and unravel the secrets of Disboard, all while trying to restore Elkia’s former glory.
No Game No Life is a thrilling and visually stunning anime that explores the power of the human mind in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. With its vibrant animation, clever plot twists, and intricate game strategies, the series showcases the siblings’ relentless pursuit of victory and their unwavering determination to prove that even in a world where games decide everything, there are no limits to what a true gamer can achieve.
“That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” (4.0)
Personally, I’m a fan of this anime just loved it and I have not read its light novel as it will spoil all the fun. And here is how the story of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime goes Satoru Mikami, an ordinary 37-year-old man who is unexpectedly reincarnated as a slime creature in a fantastical world.
After his untimely death, Satoru finds himself in a new reality filled with magic, mythical beings, and endless possibilities. However, far from being a mere weak creature, Satoru discovers that his transformation grants him unique abilities and a new lease on life. He takes on the name Rimuru Tempest and embarks on an incredible adventure to explore this mysterious world.
As Rimuru encounters various individuals and creatures, he befriends them and builds strong alliances. Using his newfound powers, including the ability to devour and mimic the skills of other creatures, he becomes an influential figure in this new world. Rimuru also establishes a nation called the Jura Tempest Federation, a safe haven for all beings seeking peace and harmony.
Throughout the series, Rimuru faces numerous challenges and battles, often serving as a beacon of hope for those around him. With his unwavering determination and kindness, he strives to create a world where different species can coexist peacefully.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a thrilling and heartwarming tale that combines action, fantasy, and humor, captivating audiences with its unique premise and lovable characters.
“Goblin Slayer” (4.4)
Driven by a deep-rooted hatred for goblins and a desire to eradicate them, Goblin Slayer dedicates his life to hunting down and eliminating every last one of these vile creatures.
As the series begins, a young priestess eager to embark on her first adventure joins forces with Goblin Slayer and his unconventional party. Together, they delve into treacherous goblin-infested dungeons, utilizing their individual skills and strategies to outwit and overpower their enemies. With a single-minded focus on goblin extermination, Goblin Slayer spares no effort in honing his combat skills, preparing meticulous plans, and utilizing specialized equipment tailored for goblin hunting.
However, as their quests progress, the team faces increasingly dangerous encounters and uncovers deeper conspiracies that threaten not only the lives of innocent people but also the very foundations of their world. Goblin Slayer and his companions must confront their own fears, endure heart-wrenching losses, and discover the true origins of the goblin menace.
Goblin Slayer is a gripping tale of survival, vengeance, and the relentless pursuit of justice. Filled with intense battles, strategic maneuvers, and dark themes, the series explores the depths of human determination and the consequences of an unwavering vendetta against a formidable enemy.
“The Saga of Tanya the Evil” (4.7)
In an alternate version of Earth, engulfed in a destructive world war, emerges a captivating tale known as “The Saga of Tanya the Evil.” The story revolves around a ruthless and cunning protagonist named Tanya Degurechaff, a young girl turned soldier.
Tanya, originally an atheist salaryman, finds herself reincarnated into a world torn apart by warfare. However, this new life is far from ordinary, as she is confronted by the presence of an enigmatic entity called “Being X.” This omnipotent being takes offense to Tanya’s lack of faith and bestows upon her extraordinary magical abilities, believing it will compel her to acknowledge the existence of a higher power.
With her newfound powers, Tanya rises through the ranks of the Imperial Army, showcasing unparalleled tactical brilliance and unmatched combat skills. As she progresses, Tanya becomes a feared and revered military figure, driven by an insatiable desire for personal success and survival amidst the chaotic battleground.
As the war intensifies, Tanya faces numerous challenges, both on the frontlines and within her own psyche. She encounters formidable adversaries, manipulative superiors, and the unforgiving nature of war itself. In this relentless struggle for dominance, Tanya must navigate the intricacies of power, politics, and destiny while evading the clutches of Being X, whose presence looms over her every move.
“The Saga of Tanya the Evil” delves into the complex themes of identity, morality, and the consequences of one’s actions in a war-ravaged world. It weaves a gripping narrative that explores the depths of human nature and the fine line between heroism and villainy.
“The Devil is a Part-Timer!” (4.0)
Written by Satoshi Wagahara the Light Novel seamlessly blends elements of comedy, fantasy, and slice-of-life storytelling. The story introduces us to Satan, the mighty demon lord ruling the dark realm of Ente Isla, where he is on the brink of conquering the entire world. However, his plans are unexpectedly disrupted when he is thrust into an unforeseen predicament.
During an intense battle with the hero Emilia, Satan is forced to retreat through a dimensional portal, which unexpectedly transports him to modern-day Tokyo. Devoid of his supernatural powers and trapped in human form, Satan adopts the name Sadao Maou and embarks on a journey to adapt to life in the human world.
Struggling to make ends meet, Sadao Maou finds employment at a fast-food restaurant named MgRonald’s, working alongside his loyal and resourceful general, Shiro Ashiya, who takes on the human alias of Sasaki. As they navigate the bustling streets of Tokyo, Sadao and Shiro encounter a cast of quirky characters, both human and supernatural, each with their own unique motives and agendas.
“The Devil is a Part-Timer!” explores themes of redemption, personal growth, and the stark contrast between good and evil. Amidst his pursuit of power and domination, Satan finds himself gradually drawn towards the light as he experiences the kindness and compassion of humanity. As he confronts the challenges of daily life and comes face-to-face with adversaries from both Ente Isla and Earth, Satan’s transformation from demonic overlord to a humble part-time employee unravels in unexpected and entertaining ways.
With its delightful blend of humor, fantasy, and heartfelt moments, “The Devil is a Part-Timer!” offers an enchanting tale of demonic ambition, earthly redemption, and the unlikeliest of heroes in an ordinary world.
“Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash” (4.1)
What would you do? If you one day awake and find yourself in an unknown place with all your memory gone and what is left is your body and a few strangers at least they appeared to be? So what will be your course of action?
Well, something like this actually happened in the world of Grimgar, a group of young individuals awakens in a mysterious and unfamiliar land with no memory of their past lives. They find themselves thrust into a dangerous and unforgiving world filled with monsters and magic. With no other choice but to adapt, they must learn to survive and navigate this new realm.
The story follows Haruhiro, a timid and inexperienced young man, as he joins forces with a ragtag group of fellow survivors: Ranta, Yume, Shihoru, Mogzo, and Manato. Each member possesses different abilities and skills, but they are all equally lost and bewildered in their new surroundings.
As they struggle to make sense of their situation, the group decides to become volunteer soldiers, taking on quests and battling monsters in order to earn a living. However, the challenges they face are not just physical but also emotional, as they grapple with their own insecurities, fears, and doubts. Loss and tragedy become all too real in this unforgiving world, forcing them to confront their own mortality and the harsh realities of their existence.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash explores the themes of friendship, self-discovery, and the will to survive against overwhelming odds. It delves into the characters’ personal journeys as they find strength within themselves and forge deep bonds with one another. In a world where danger lurks at every turn, the group must learn to rely on each other and discover what it truly means to be alive in this fantastical and perilous realm.
“In Another World With My Smartphone” (3.6)
As interesting as the name of the title of this Light Novel that many flaws I can point out on its existence but the concept is quite good. What will an individual do if he does to another world with his Smartphone? The story follows the life of Touya Mochizuki, an ordinary high school student who finds himself unexpectedly transported to a fantastical world.
After a tragic accident claims his life, Touya awakens in a divine realm where a benevolent deity offers him a second chance at life in a parallel world. To assist him on his new journey, the deity grants Touya a special gift: the ability to keep his smartphone with him, complete with all its modern functionalities.
Equipped with his trusty smartphone, Touya embarks on a thrilling adventure in a realm filled with magic, mythical creatures, and unique cultures. With the advantage of his advanced knowledge from the modern world, he quickly adapts to the new environment and becomes involved in various quests and quests. Along the way, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, including beautiful and talented individuals who join him on his journey.
Touya’s smartphone proves to be an invaluable tool, allowing him to access information, learn magic spells, and even communicate with people from both worlds. As he explores the new realm, Touya discovers hidden mysteries, battles powerful enemies, and uncovers the truth behind his unexpected arrival in this alternate world.
In Another World With My Smartphone offers an enchanting blend of fantasy, adventure, and light-hearted humor as Touya navigates this unfamiliar land while utilizing the power of modern technology to aid him on his extraordinary quest.
“Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody” (3.8)
Written by Hiro Ainana, The story follows the life of an ordinary 29-year-old programmer named Ichiro Suzuki, who finds himself mysteriously transported to a fantastical parallel world while taking a nap.
Upon awakening, Ichiro discovers that he has been reborn as a young boy named Satou Pendragon in a world filled with magic, mythical creatures, and an array of diverse races. Blessed with immense power, he embarks on a grand adventure to navigate the dangerous and enchanting realms of this new world.
Seeking a peaceful life, Satou decides to conceal his true abilities and adopts the guise of an average traveler. As he journeys across the parallel world, he encounters various intriguing individuals, including beautiful girls, skilled warriors, and formidable enemies. Through his interactions and experiences, Satou learns valuable life lessons while discovering the secrets and intricacies of this captivating realm.
Satou’s adventure becomes even more complex as he becomes entangled in the political and social dynamics of this parallel world, facing numerous challenges that test his courage, intellect, and newfound powers. With every step he takes, Satou uncovers hidden truths about himself, his past, and the world around him, ultimately transforming from an ordinary programmer into an extraordinary hero destined to shape the fate of this parallel universe.
IDeath March to the Parallel World Rhapsody combines elements of fantasy, adventure, and slice-of-life storytelling, offering readers an immersive and thrilling journey through a parallel world teeming with wonder and danger.
“The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar”(4.0)
The first season of this Light Novel was released the previous year and it was quite successful. And the action seen is amazing and I’m totally hyped for the next season of this light novel. And the story of this light novel goes like this in the world of Yggdrasil, an ordinary high school student named Yuuto Suoh finds himself mysteriously transported to a parallel realm filled with ancient Norse mythology. With no means of returning home, Yuuto embarks on an extraordinary journey as he discovers that he holds the key to becoming the “Master of Ragnarok” and the “Blesser of Einherjar.”
Guided by his knowledge of history and strategic thinking, Yuuto finds himself thrust into a world divided into various clans, each led by a powerful maiden known as the “Maiden of Solitude.” These maidens possess unique abilities and command loyal warriors called “Einherjar.” Recognizing Yuuto’s potential, one of the maidens, Felicia, pledges her loyalty to him and becomes his first Einherjar.
As Yuuto seeks to unite the clans under his banner, he faces numerous challenges and political intrigues. With his modern knowledge, he introduces revolutionary tactics, technologies, and concepts to gain an advantage over his adversaries. Along the way, Yuuto also forges alliances with other Maidens and Einherjar, gradually building a formidable force.
However, Yuuto’s quest is not without peril. He must confront powerful enemies, rival clans vying for supremacy, and uncover the truth behind his summoning to this world. As he balances his responsibilities as a leader and his desire to return home, Yuuto’s journey intertwines with romance, friendship, and the exploration of his own destiny.
“The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar” is an enthralling tale of adventure, strategy, and mythological prowess as Yuuto endeavors to shape the fate of Yggdrasil while striving to find his own path in this fantastical realm.
“How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom”(4.3)
“How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom” is an engaging light novel series written by Dojyomaru, accompanied by illustrations by Fuyuyuki. This captivating story follows the journey of Kazuya Souma, a talented young man who finds himself summoned to the fantasy world of Elfrieden as its new king.
When Kazuya is unexpectedly transported to Elfrieden, he discovers that the kingdom is in a state of political turmoil and economic crisis. With his sharp intellect and practical mindset, Kazuya takes on the challenge of rebuilding the kingdom and bringing peace and prosperity to its people. Guided by his realist principles, he seeks to implement various innovative policies and reforms, while relying on the support and advice of his loyal allies.
As Kazuya faces numerous obstacles, including political factions, conspiracies, and external threats, he must navigate the intricacies of governance, diplomacy, and war. Balancing his responsibilities as a leader and his desire to create a fair and just society, Kazuya employs his strategic acumen to devise solutions that benefit both the nobles and the commoners.
“How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom” intricately weaves together elements of political intrigue, romance, and strategic maneuvering. Through Kazuya’s compelling journey, readers witness his growth as a ruler and witness the challenges he faces as he strives to rebuild a kingdom in need of salvation.
This enthralling light novel series captivates readers with its well-developed characters, intricate plot, and insightful exploration of governance and leadership, making it a must-read for fans of political fantasy and strategic storytelling.
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