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.
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1
7,260 1,946
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
J. R. R. Tolkien

2
6,752 3,017
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
5,235 2,534
A Song of Ice and Fire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
George R. R. Martin - ie, Game of Thrones

4
4,417 2,868
The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis.

5
3,929 2,071
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Robert Jordan

6
2,337 1,661
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added Patrick Rothfuss

7
2,199 1,340
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Terry Pratchett

8
1,917 1,372
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

9
2,522 1,861
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Stephen King

10
2,336 1,338
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added

11
2,089 1,162
The Stormlight Archives is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

12
1,967 1,358
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added

13
1,631 783
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jim Butcher

14
1,453 924
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Robin Hobb

15
2,142 995
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added

16
2,520 1,855
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Cristopher Paolini

17
1,914 1,045
The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Heather Walker Widner added Robert Anthony Salvatore

18
1,320 1,024
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

19
1,180 149
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added J. R. R. Tolkien

20
2,298 1,413
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

21
1,144 914
Conan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
dougr added L. Sprague de Camp, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter - Entertaining, influential and well written.

22
899 889
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added Michael Moorcock

23
894 914
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Roger Zelazny

24
1,492 1,366
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added

25
1,174 658
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

26
1,183 856
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

27
1,615 1,223
Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Terry Goodkind

28
896 996
Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
W. A. Senior - by Stephen R. Donaldson

29
1,072 810
Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added L. Frank Buam

30
784 198
Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Frank Herbert

31
1,849 933
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added Suzanne Collins

32
803 425
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added T. H. White

33
842 776
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

34
986 768
Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Piers Anthony

35
709 741
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added Joe Abercrombie

36
687 399
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brian Jacques

37
655 715
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

38
773 451
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Patrick Rothfuss

39
534 570
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Lloyd Alexander

40
624 722
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Susan Cooper

41
659 435
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Eoin Colfer

42
602 687
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
schuechen added Tad Williams - by Tad Williams

43
872 441
Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Jim Butcher - Noted as: Urban Fantasy

44
649 486
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nicholas Wright

45
714 666
Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Terry Brooks

46
683 162
The Dragonriders of Pern is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Phil Quinton added

47
580 547
On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
red_leader added Piers Anthony

48
512 496
Furies of Calderon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Jim Butcher

49
582 368
Mercy Thompson Series is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Patricia Briggs

50
339 496
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fritz Leiber