The Best Fantasy Book Series

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A votable list of the all-time best fantasy book series, ranked by readers of fantasy fiction. 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 supernatural 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 exist alongside 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 fantasy books, the reader suspends disbelief and loses himself in the imaginary world of the book.

Some of the fantasy book 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. Vote up your favorites to determine the best fantasy series of all time. And if we missed any epic tales you love, be sure to add them to this list of the best fantasy book series.
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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
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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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    Patrick Rothfuss

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    Stephen King

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    The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Terry Pratchett

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    The Stormlight Archives is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

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    David Eddings

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    Dragonriders of Pern Series is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Anne McCaffrey

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    Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    by Ursula Le Guin

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    Cristopher Paolini

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    Robert Anthony Salvatore

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    The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Michael Moorcock

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    Robin Hobb

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    Jim Butcher

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    Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Roger Zelazny

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    W. A. Senior by Stephen R. Donaldson

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

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    Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Terry Goodkind

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    The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Suzanne Collins

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    Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    L. Frank Buam

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    David Eddings

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    David Eddings

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    Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Piers Anthony

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    Joe Abercrombie

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    Susan Cooper

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    T. H. White

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    often listed & added by lalispeter
    Andrzej Sapkowski

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    Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Tad Williams by Tad Williams

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    Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Terry Brooks

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    Piers Anthony

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    Lloyd Alexander

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    The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Scott Lynch

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    David Eddings

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    Glen Cook

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    Jim Butcher

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    Scott Lynch

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    Fritz Leiber

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    Kushiel's Legacy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    by Jacqueline Carey

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    The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series


    Patrick Rothfuss

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    Robert Asprin, Phil Foglio

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    Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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