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.
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1
7,307 1,951
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
J. R. R. Tolkien

2
6,791 3,037
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
5,264 2,549
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
4,437 2,884
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
3,955 2,079
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Robert Jordan

6
2,360 1,669
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added Patrick Rothfuss

7
2,215 1,343
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Terry Pratchett

8
1,925 1,381
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

9
2,538 1,871
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Stephen King

10
2,356 1,345
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added

11
2,115 1,167
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
1,975 1,367
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added

13
1,642 789
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jim Butcher

14
1,462 930
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Robin Hobb

15
2,153 999
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added

16
2,531 1,868
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Cristopher Paolini

17
1,919 1,050
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
1,325 1,029
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

19
1,206 153
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added J. R. R. Tolkien

20
2,313 1,420
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

21
1,152 917
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
905 893
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added Michael Moorcock

23
901 918
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Roger Zelazny

24
1,506 1,369
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added

25
1,187 662
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series