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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 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 Collections of Short Stories

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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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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

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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.

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The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan

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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

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The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss

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Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Tales of Discworld Terry Pratchett

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The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Belgariad David Eddings

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

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Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dresden Files Jim Butcher

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The Stormlight Archives is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Stormlight Archives The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

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Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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Eragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Eragon Cristopher Paolini

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

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

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Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin

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Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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

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

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

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Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Land of Oz Series L. Frank Buam

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The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Malloreon David Eddings

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Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Sword of Truth Series 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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Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant W. A. Senior - by Stephen R. Donaldson

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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

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The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Elenium David Eddings

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

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

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

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The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Tamuli David Eddings

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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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Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

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His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
His Dark Materials Nicholas Wright

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On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss

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Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Tad Williams - by Tad Williams

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Dragonlance Legends Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dresden Files (Storm Front, Full Moon, Grave...) Jim Butcher - Noted as: Urban Fantasy

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dune Frank Herbert

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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

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The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series