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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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6,477 1,767
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

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2
6,008 2,729
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
4,652 2,287
A Song of Ice and Fire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin - ie, Game of Thrones

4
3,929 2,607
The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Narnia The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis.

5
3,549 1,876
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan

6
2,046 1,479
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss

7
2,007 1,189
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Tales of Discworld Terry Pratchett

8
1,704 1,217
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Belgariad David Eddings

9
2,327 1,675
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark Tower Stephen King

10
2,079 1,203
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Mistborn Series

11
1,820 1,039
The Stormlight Archives is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Stormlight Archives The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

12
1,466 652
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dresden Files Jim Butcher

13
1,761 1,223
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Original Shannara Trilogy

14
1,258 812
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Assassin's Apprentice Robin Hobb

15
1,180 912
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin

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16
1,968 883
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added Dragonlance Chronicles

17
1,772 930
The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Heather Walker Widner added The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Books I-III Robert Anthony Salvatore

18
2,240 1,688
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Eragon Cristopher Paolini

19
1,053 806
Conan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
dougr added Conan L. Sprague de Camp, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter - Entertaining, influential and well written.

20
827 785
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added The Elric Saga Michael Moorcock

21
2,023 1,290
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

22
802 815
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny

23
1,377 1,261
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added The Malazan Book of the Fallen

24
1,043 576
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

25
1,053 759
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Malloreon David Eddings

26
802 897
Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Chronicles of Thomas Covenant W. A. Senior - by Stephen R. Donaldson

27
1,457 1,100
Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Sword of Truth Series Terry Goodkind

28
705 94
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

29
970 721
Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Land of Oz Series L. Frank Buam

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30
535 116
Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Dune Frank Herbert

31
1,548 792
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

32
698 354
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added The Once and Future King T. H. White

33
754 688
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Elenium David Eddings

34
895 686
Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series Piers Anthony

35
615 657
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added The First Law Joe Abercrombie

36
588 329
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Redwall Brian Jacques

37
588 641
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Tamuli David Eddings

38
588 377
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss

39
473 499
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Chronicles of Prydain Lloyd Alexander

40
570 646
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper

41
547 359
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

42
519 398
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added His Dark Materials Nicholas Wright

43
536 615
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
schuechen added Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Tad Williams - by Tad Williams

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770 363
Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added The Dresden Files (Storm Front, Full Moon, Grave...) Jim Butcher - Noted as: Urban Fantasy

45
533 474
On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
red_leader added Incarnations of Immortality Piers Anthony

46
307 422
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser Saga Fritz Leiber

47
652 598
Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Magic Kingdom of Landover Series Terry Brooks

48
461 424
Furies of Calderon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Codex Alera (Furies of Calderon, Academ...) Jim Butcher

49
534 95
The Dragonriders of Pern is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Phil Quinton added The Dragonriders of Pern

50
516 304
Mercy Thompson Series is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mercy Thompson Series Patricia Briggs