Fantasy 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.

1
7,019 1,900
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
6,544 2,937
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
5,083 2,465
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
4,277 2,800
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
3,827 2,016
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
2,257 1,611
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
1,874 1,329
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Belgariad David Eddings

8
2,164 1,299
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Tales of Discworld Terry Pratchett

9
2,476 1,808
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
2,264 1,301
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Mistborn Series

11
2,006 1,129
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
1,917 1,322
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Original Shannara Trilogy

13
1,600 754
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dresden Files Jim Butcher

14
1,407 894
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Assassin's Apprentice Robin Hobb

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15
2,446 1,813
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Eragon Cristopher Paolini

16
2,110 969
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added Dragonlance Chronicles

17
1,885 1,016
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
1,290 997
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin

19
882 866
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added The Elric Saga Michael Moorcock

20
1,123 893
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
2,225 1,380
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series

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874 890
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny

23
1,461 1,345
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
1,165 833
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Malloreon David Eddings

25
1,047 135
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

26
1,144 641
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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1,583 1,194
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

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866 975
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

NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

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1,052 790
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
721 175
Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Dune Frank Herbert

31
1,775 895
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
830 756
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Elenium David Eddings

33
775 413
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
970 751
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
691 724
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added The First Law Joe Abercrombie

The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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643 702
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Tamuli David Eddings

37
662 385
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Redwall Brian Jacques

38
717 435
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss

39
516 555
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Chronicles of Prydain Lloyd Alexander

40
615 704
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper

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594 670
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

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638 418
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

All the Big Nate Books, Ranked Best to Worst

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Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Magic Kingdom of Landover Series Terry Brooks

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619 467
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
His Dark Materials Nicholas Wright

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331 481
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser Saga Fritz Leiber

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851 425
Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 46 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

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572 532
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

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502 480
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

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500 575
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

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572 355
Mercy Thompson Series is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mercy Thompson Series Patricia Briggs