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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. Then, check out the best new fantasy books - many the start of series that may soon be new favorites.

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Harry Potter Series ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
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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
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The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Robert Jordan
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The Stormlight Archives ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added
The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance
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The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jim Butcher
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The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added
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Dragonlance Chronicles ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added
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The Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis.
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Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Terry Pratchett
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The Legend of Drizzt Box... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Heather Walker Widner added Robert Anthony Salvatore
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The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCasta├▒on1 added Patrick Rothfuss
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Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
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Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Robin Hobb
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Original Shannara Trilog... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jody added
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Dune is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Frank Herbert
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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added Suzanne Collins
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The Dark Tower VII: The ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Stephen King
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Eragon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Cristopher Paolini
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The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings
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The Kingkiller Chronicle... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Patrick Rothfuss
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The Riftwar Cycle by Ray... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
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The Dragonriders of Pern... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Phil Quinton added
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Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
by Ursula Le Guin
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Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Terry Goodkind