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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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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    George R. R. Martin ie, Game of Thrones

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    The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis.

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    Robert Jordan

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    David Eddings

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    by Ursula Le Guin

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    by Stephen R. Donaldson

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    Anne McCaffrey

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    by Philip Jose Farmer

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    Cristopher Paolini

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    by Guy Gavriel Kay

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    The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

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    L. Frank Buam

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    L. Sprague de Camp, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter Entertaining, influential and well written.

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    Piers Anthony

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    Terry Brooks

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    Gene Wolfe

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    Robin Hobb

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    Michael Moorcock

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    Terry Goodkind

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