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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. Then, check out the best new fantasy books - many the start of series that may soon be new favorites.

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Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Terry Goodkind
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Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added L. Frank Buam
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The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings
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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added Suzanne Collins
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Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Frank Herbert
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The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added T. H. White
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Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
W. A. Senior
by Stephen R. Donaldson
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Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Piers Anthony
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The First Law is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added
Joe Abercrombie
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The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings
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The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Patrick Rothfuss
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Redwall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brian Jacques
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Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Lloyd Alexander
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The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings
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The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Susan Cooper
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Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
schuechen added Tad Williams
by Tad Williams
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Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Eoin Colfer
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Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Jim Butcher
Noted as: Urban Fantasy
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His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nicholas Wright
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The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nick Behnke added Scott Lynch
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Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Terry Brooks
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On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
red_leader added Piers Anthony
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Furies of Calderon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Jim Butcher
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The Dragonriders of Pern is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Phil Quinton added
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Dragonlance Legends Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jeff And-Natalie Steed added