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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.
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1
6,610 1,794
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
6,123 2,778
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
4,755 2,332
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
4,017 2,653
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
3,617 1,907
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
2,097 1,511
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
2,049 1,216
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Tales of Discworld Terry Pratchett

8
1,746 1,242
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Belgariad David Eddings

9
2,367 1,713
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
2,118 1,228
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Mistborn Series

11
1,858 1,063
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
1,497 684
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dresden Files Jim Butcher

13
1,802 1,246
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Original Shannara Trilogy

14
1,293 836
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Assassin's Apprentice Robin Hobb

The Best Fantasy Movies

15
1,204 937
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin

16
2,003 902
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added Dragonlance Chronicles

17
2,285 1,715
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Eragon Cristopher Paolini

18
1,795 949
The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Heather Walker Widner added The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Books I-III Robert Anthony Salvatore

19
1,075 825
Conan is listed (or ranked) 19 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.

20
843 803
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added The Elric Saga Michael Moorcock

21
2,074 1,308
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions

22
819 831
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny

23
1,398 1,281
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
1,079 775
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Malloreon David Eddings

25
1,063 593
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

26
813 915
Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Chronicles of Thomas Covenant W. A. Senior - by Stephen R. Donaldson

27
1,491 1,120
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
791 103
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

The Best Fantasy TV Shows

29
993 734
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
583 129
Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Dune Frank Herbert

31
1,609 821
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
717 367
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added The Once and Future King T. H. White

33
774 703
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Elenium David Eddings

34
908 702
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
631 672
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 Overrated Books of All Time

36
600 656
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Tamuli David Eddings

37
601 344
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Redwall Brian Jacques

38
622 392
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss

39
481 515
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Chronicles of Prydain Lloyd Alexander

40
584 660
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper

41
565 373
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

42
541 416
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added His Dark Materials Nicholas Wright

The Best Fantasy Worlds

43
548 628
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
schuechen added Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Tad Williams - by Tad Williams

44
314 435
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser Saga Fritz Leiber

45
788 383
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
661 611
Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Magic Kingdom of Landover Series Terry Brooks

47
541 488
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
467 441
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
530 317
Mercy Thompson Series is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mercy Thompson Series Patricia Briggs

50
461 531
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