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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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5,627 1,472
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

The Best Fantasy Movies The Best TV Shows Based on Books

2
5,251 2,346
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
4,002 1,895
A Song of Ice and Fire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin - ie, Game of Thrones

4
3,447 2,186
The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Narnia The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis.

5
2,973 1,551
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan

6
2,050 1,335
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark Tower Stephen King

7
1,548 1,219
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss

8
1,441 995
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Tales of Discworld Terry Pratchett

9
1,254 1,018
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Belgariad David Eddings

10
1,557 1,052
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Mistborn Series

11
1,430 989
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Original Shannara Trilogy

12
1,329 896
The Stormlight Archives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Stormlight Archives The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

13
978 486
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dresden Files Jim Butcher

14
1,626 724
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added Dragonlance Chronicles

15
1,502 766
The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Heather Walker Widner added The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Books I-III Robert Anthony Salvatore

The Best Fantasy TV Shows The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

16
1,924 1,374
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Eragon Cristopher Paolini

17
1,780 1,081
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

18
865 633
Conan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
dougr added Conan L. Sprague de Camp, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter - Entertaining, influential and well written.

19
906 782
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin

20
844 670
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Assassin's Apprentice Robin Hobb

21
654 641
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added The Elric Saga Michael Moorcock

22
1,182 1,119
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added The Malazan Book of the Fallen

23
638 696
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny

24
761 631
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Malloreon David Eddings

25
871 590
Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Land of Oz Series L. Frank Buam

26
1,182 922
Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Sword of Truth Series Terry Goodkind

27
687 472
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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633 727
Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Chronicles of Thomas Covenant W. A. Senior - by Stephen R. Donaldson

29
1,213 559
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

7 Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life Things You Miss Most About College

30
542 243
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added The Once and Future King T. H. White

31
723 567
Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series Piers Anthony

32
551 582
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Elenium David Eddings

33
429 226
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Redwall Brian Jacques

34
444 554
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added The First Law Joe Abercrombie

35
378 398
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Chronicles of Prydain Lloyd Alexander

36
405 541
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Tamuli David Eddings

37
454 539
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper

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388 249
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

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332 264
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added His Dark Materials Nicholas Wright

40
421 366
On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
red_leader added Incarnations of Immortality Piers Anthony

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86 9
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

42
529 493
Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Magic Kingdom of Landover Series Terry Brooks

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83 19
Dune is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Dune Frank Herbert

NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books The Best Current Fantasy TV Series

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306 275
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss

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419 194
Dragonlance Legends Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jeff And-Natalie Steed added Dragonlance Legends Trilogy

46
395 515
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
schuechen added Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Tad Williams - by Tad Williams

47
492 273
Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added The Dresden Files (Storm Front, Full Moon, Grave...) Jim Butcher - Noted as: Urban Fantasy

48
215 323
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser Saga Fritz Leiber

49
384 357
The Merlin Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

50
332 417
The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nick Behnke added The Gentlemen Bastard Series Scott Lynch