The Best Fantasy Book Series Books
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The Best Fantasy Book Series

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A quality, voteable list of the all-time best fantasy book series. Of fantasy books, readers can expect an intricately-created imaginary world with its own culture, history and rules of engagement. The setting of most popular fantasy book series is internally consistent or self-coherent, where inspiration from mythology or folklore remains a consistent theme.

Most authors of the top fantasy books use magic and other supernational phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. In the structure of a good fantasy book, the fantastical element of the story can be anywhere: the story may occur entirely in a fantasy world (like J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series) or fantastic elements like magic can leak into an apparently real world setting (as in the seven Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling). Fantasy follows rules of its own making, but the great fantasy books are consistent with the rules that they lay out for themselves. In the best series of fantasy novels, the reader suspends disbelief and loses himself in the imaginary world of the book.

Some of the series included in this list are of the grand epic fantasy genre, some are more character-driven fantasy or coming of age tales, some may be simply fantasy that's part of a series. Add your favorite fantasy books to this list and vote on the books you like best.
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  1. 1
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    100
  2. 2
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    The Harry Potter Series

    94
  3. 3
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    George R. R. Martin More
    91
    ie, Game of Thrones
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    85
    The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis.
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    Percy Jackson Series

    69
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  6. 6
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    Stephen King More
    69
  7. 7
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    Robert Jordan More
    67
    added by: cptron
  8. 8
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    David Eddings More
    66
    added by: Dark Orion
  9. 9
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    Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

    64
    by Stephen R. Donaldson
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    Earthsea Cycle

    61
    by Ursula Le Guin
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    60
    added by: cptron
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Malloreon

    David Eddings More
    60
    added by: Dark Orion
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    Dragonriders of Pern Series

    Anne McCaffrey More
    57
    added by: cptron
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Elenium

    David Eddings More
    56
    added by: Dark Orion
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Tamuli

    David Eddings More
    56
    added by: Dark Orion
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    ranked low on reranks
    Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series

    Piers Anthony More
    53
    added by: cptron
  17. 17
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    Susan Cooper More
    53
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    Roger Zelazny More
    53
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    Magic Kingdom of Landover Series

    Terry Brooks More
    52
    added by: chucky
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    Land of Oz Series

    L. Frank Buam More
    50
    added by: chucky
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    L. Sprague de Camp, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter More
    49
    added by: dougr
    Entertaining, influential and well written.
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    Riverworld

    49
    added by: bojanthebest
    by Philip Jose Farmer
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    The Mistborn Series

    49
    added by: JimBarker
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    Sword of Truth Series

    Terry Goodkind More
    48
    added by: cptron
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    new! The Stormlight Archives

    48
    added by: JimBarker
    The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance
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    The Merlin Trilogy

    47
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    46
    by Guy Gavriel Kay
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    Memory, Sorrow and Thorn

    Tad Williams More
    46
    added by: schuechen
    by Tad Williams
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    Nicholas Wright More
    45
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    Riddle of Stars

    45
    by Patricia A. McKillip
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    Time Master Trilogy

    43
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    The Cold Fire Trilogy

    42
    by C.S. Friedman
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    Tad Williams More
    41
    added by: schuechen
    by Tad Williams
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    Kushiel's Legacy

    40
    by Jacqueline Carey
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