The Best Fantasy Book Series Books

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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    George R. R. Martin ie, Game of Thrones

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    Robert Jordan

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    Patrick Rothfuss

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

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    added by JimBarker

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    Stephen King

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    The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Heather Walker Widner
    Robert Anthony Salvatore

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    Terry Pratchett

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    David Eddings

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    added by Daniel Klee

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Christian Bannard

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    Anne McCaffrey

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    Terry Goodkind

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    Robin Hobb

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

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    by Ursula Le Guin

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    Roger Zelazny

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    added by Jenny Guteva

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    added by HumbertoIbarra

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    Michael Moorcock

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    Cristopher Paolini

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    David Eddings

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    L. Frank Buam

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    David Eddings

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    by Stephen R. Donaldson

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    Piers Anthony

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    Scott Lynch

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    Joe Abercrombie

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    Scott Lynch

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    Jim Butcher

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    Terry Brooks

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    Susan Cooper

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    Glen Cook

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    added by schuechen
    Tad Williams by Tad Williams

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    Piers Anthony

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    David Eddings

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    added by kitkatj
    Lloyd Alexander

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    Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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    added by lalispeter

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    Robert Asprin, Phil Foglio

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    Jonathan Stroud

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    Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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    added by Philippe Vanhauwermeiren
    Glen Cook

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    by Jacqueline Carey

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    often listed & added by Samson Thomsen
    Mervyn Peake

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