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
7,196 1,935
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
J. R. R. Tolkien

2
6,698 2,993
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
5,198 2,519
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
4,379 2,850
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
3,908 2,053
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Robert Jordan

6
2,320 1,647
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added Patrick Rothfuss

7
1,909 1,360
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

8
2,189 1,329
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Terry Pratchett

9
2,513 1,845
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Stephen King

10
2,311 1,329
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added

11
2,067 1,152
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
1,951 1,346
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added

13
1,625 775
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jim Butcher

14
1,439 916
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Robin Hobb

15
2,135 988
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added

16
2,498 1,846
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Cristopher Paolini

17
1,902 1,037
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
1,311 1,015
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

19
2,277 1,403
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

20
1,138 911
Conan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
dougr added L. Sprague de Camp, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter - Entertaining, influential and well written.

21
1,139 146
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added J. R. R. Tolkien

22
895 886
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added Michael Moorcock

23
886 907
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Roger Zelazny

24
1,480 1,360
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added

25
1,179 850
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

26
1,161 655
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

27
1,607 1,214
Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Terry Goodkind

28
885 992
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
1,066 803
Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added L. Frank Buam

30
765 190
Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Frank Herbert

31
1,832 923
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added Suzanne Collins

32
793 422
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added T. H. White

33
842 771
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

34
981 765
Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Piers Anthony

35
702 737
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added Joe Abercrombie

36
654 712
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

37
685 397
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brian Jacques

38
765 449
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Patrick Rothfuss

39
530 568
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Lloyd Alexander

40
622 720
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Susan Cooper

41
600 684
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
schuechen added Tad Williams - by Tad Williams

42
651 432
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Eoin Colfer

43
867 436
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
642 484
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nicholas Wright

45
712 664
Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Terry Brooks

46
579 545
On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
red_leader added Piers Anthony

47
339 495
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fritz Leiber

48
509 494
Furies of Calderon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Jim Butcher

49
675 160
The Dragonriders of Pern is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Phil Quinton added

50
515 591
The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nick Behnke added Scott Lynch