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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
7,426 1,976
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
J. R. R. Tolkien

2
6,888 3,078
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
5,342 2,574
A Song of Ice and Fire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
George R. R. Martin

4
4,505 2,920
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
4,001 2,109
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Robert Jordan

6
2,408 1,699
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added Patrick Rothfuss

7
2,235 1,363
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Terry Pratchett

8
1,948 1,401
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

9
2,567 1,893
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Stephen King

10
2,392 1,364
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added

11
2,160 1,183
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
2,006 1,381
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added

13
1,665 801
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jim Butcher

14
1,483 944
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Robin Hobb

15
2,184 1,011
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added

16
2,568 1,888
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Cristopher Paolini

17
1,936 1,064
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
1,345 1,040
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
by Ursula Le Guin

19
1,281 163
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added J. R. R. Tolkien

20
2,353 1,432
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

21
1,169 929
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
913 904
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added Michael Moorcock

23
913 930
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Roger Zelazny

24
1,515 1,382
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added

25
1,207 670
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series