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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
7,566 2,015
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
J. R. R. Tolkien
2
7,016 3,143
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
3
5,454 2,627
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
4,573 2,971
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
4,065 2,132
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Robert Jordan
6
2,461 1,737
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCasta├▒on1 added Patrick Rothfuss
7
2,274 1,385
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Terry Pratchett
8
2,607 1,925
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Stephen King
9
1,967 1,424
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings
10
2,432 1,385
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added
11
2,217 1,201
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
2,027 1,406
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added
13
1,697 821
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jim Butcher
14
1,503 965
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Robin Hobb
15
2,206 1,025
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added
16
2,605 1,921
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Cristopher Paolini
17
1,962 1,080
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
1,362 1,056
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
by Ursula Le Guin
19
2,406 1,453
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
20
1,189 943
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
930 918
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added Michael Moorcock
22
923 948
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Roger Zelazny
23
1,541 1,402
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added
24
1,226 680
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
25
1,212 880
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings