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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    The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Stephen King

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    The Stormlight Archives is listed (or ranked) 9 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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    Terry Pratchett

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    Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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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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    Dragonriders of Pern Series is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Anne McCaffrey

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    The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Michael Moorcock

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    Roger Zelazny

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    Robert Anthony Salvatore

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    Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    W. A. Senior by Stephen R. Donaldson

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    Robin Hobb

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    Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Terry Goodkind

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

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    Jim Butcher

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

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    Cristopher Paolini

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    David Eddings

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    The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    David Eddings

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    Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    L. Frank Buam

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    Joe Abercrombie

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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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    David Eddings

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    The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Scott Lynch

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    Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Terry Brooks

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    Glen Cook

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    Lloyd Alexander

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    Wiedźmin (Zaklínač; The... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Andrzej Sapkowski

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    Susan Cooper

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    Scott Lynch

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    Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Tad Williams by Tad Williams

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    Jim Butcher

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    Piers Anthony

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    Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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    Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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    Kushiel's Legacy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    by Jacqueline Carey

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    Fritz Leiber

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    Robert Asprin, Phil Foglio

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    ranked high on reranks & added by Wheezy101
    Jonathan Stroud

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    The Dresden Files (Storm Front... is listed (or ranked) 50 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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