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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    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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    David Eddings

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    The Stormlight Archives is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

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    Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    ranked low on reranks & added by Christian Bannard

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    Robert Anthony Salvatore

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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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    Robin Hobb

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

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    Roger Zelazny

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    Jim Butcher

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    Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    ranked low on reranks & added by HumbertoIbarra

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    often listed & added by julian-matthias
    W. A. Senior by Stephen R. Donaldson

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    Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 25 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) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    David Eddings

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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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    T. H. White

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    Joe Abercrombie

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    Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Piers Anthony

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    Lloyd Alexander

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    Susan Cooper

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    David Eddings

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    Piers Anthony

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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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    The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Scott Lynch

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    Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Tad Williams by Tad Williams

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    Robert Asprin, Phil Foglio

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    Nicholas Wright

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    The Dresden Files (Storm Front... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    ranked low on reranks & added by Reilcan Jones
    Jim Butcher Noted as: Urban Fantasy

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    Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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    Jim Butcher

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    The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series


    Patrick Rothfuss

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    Glen Cook

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    often listed & added by lalispeter
    Andrzej Sapkowski

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    Veronica Roth

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    Fritz Leiber

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