Fantasy The Best Fantasy Book Series  

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List Rules List is ranked according to how good the series is as a whole. No science fiction!

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.

1
7,066 1,907
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

2
6,581 2,952
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
5,110 2,475
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
4,302 2,814
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
3,847 2,021
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
2,268 1,616
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss

7
1,883 1,331
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Belgariad David Eddings

8
2,170 1,302
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Tales of Discworld Terry Pratchett

9
2,485 1,817
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark Tower Stephen King

10
2,276 1,305
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Mistborn Series

11
2,019 1,132
The Stormlight Archives is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Stormlight Archives The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

12
1,926 1,327
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Original Shannara Trilogy

13
1,608 757
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dresden Files Jim Butcher

14
1,417 896
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Assassin's Apprentice Robin Hobb

15
2,458 1,819
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Eragon Cristopher Paolini

16
2,119 971
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added Dragonlance Chronicles

17
1,887 1,018
The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Heather Walker Widner added The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Books I-III Robert Anthony Salvatore

18
1,293 999
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin

19
884 870
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added The Elric Saga Michael Moorcock

20
1,126 896
Conan is listed (or ranked) 20 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.

21
2,236 1,385
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

22
877 893
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny

23
1,463 1,346
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added The Malazan Book of the Fallen

24
1,074 135
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

25
1,170 834
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Malloreon David Eddings

26
1,149 643
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

27
1,590 1,195
Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Sword of Truth Series Terry Goodkind

28
871 977
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

29
1,055 793
Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Land of Oz Series L. Frank Buam

30
733 178
Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Dune Frank Herbert

31
1,786 901
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

32
835 757
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Elenium David Eddings

33
779 414
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added The Once and Future King T. H. White

34
973 753
Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series Piers Anthony

35
693 725
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added The First Law Joe Abercrombie

36
647 703
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Tamuli David Eddings

37
667 386
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Redwall Brian Jacques

38
725 437
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss

39
519 556
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Chronicles of Prydain Lloyd Alexander

40
618 707
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper

41
597 672
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
schuechen added Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Tad Williams - by Tad Williams

42
640 421
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

43
627 468
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
His Dark Materials Nicholas Wright

44
706 652
Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Magic Kingdom of Landover Series Terry Brooks

45
857 426
Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
333 483
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser Saga Fritz Leiber

47
574 535
On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
red_leader added Incarnations of Immortality Piers Anthony

48
504 481
Furies of Calderon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Codex Alera (Furies of Calderon, Academ...) Jim Butcher

49
502 577
The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nick Behnke added The Gentlemen Bastard Series Scott Lynch

50
574 358
Mercy Thompson Series is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mercy Thompson Series Patricia Briggs