Fantasy 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.
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1
7,112 1,913
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
J. R. R. Tolkien

2
6,614 2,966
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
5,140 2,490
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
4,324 2,828
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
3,861 2,036
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Robert Jordan

6
2,280 1,629
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added Patrick Rothfuss

7
1,888 1,340
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

8
2,175 1,313
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Terry Pratchett

9
2,495 1,827
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Stephen King

10
2,285 1,314
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added

11
2,031 1,141
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
1,933 1,333
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added

13
1,613 764
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jim Butcher

14
1,424 904
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Robin Hobb

15
2,468 1,827
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Cristopher Paolini

16
2,122 979
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added

17
1,891 1,027
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
1,298 1,007
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
by Ursula Le Guin

19
2,256 1,388
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

20
1,130 903
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
886 877
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added Michael Moorcock

22
879 900
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Roger Zelazny

23
1,466 1,355
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added

24
1,094 140
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added J. R. R. Tolkien

25
1,172 841
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

26
1,153 650
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

27
1,592 1,204
Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Terry Goodkind

28
877 985
Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
W. A. Senior - by Stephen R. Donaldson

29
1,060 798
Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added L. Frank Buam

30
744 186
Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Frank Herbert

31
1,801 912
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added Suzanne Collins

32
839 764
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

33
785 419
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added T. H. White

34
975 760
Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Piers Anthony

35
695 733
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added Joe Abercrombie

36
651 708
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

37
676 392
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brian Jacques

38
740 443
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Patrick Rothfuss

39
522 564
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Lloyd Alexander

40
619 715
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Susan Cooper

41
598 680
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
schuechen added Tad Williams - by Tad Williams

42
644 428
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Eoin Colfer

43
631 477
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nicholas Wright

44
860 432
Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Jim Butcher - Noted as: Urban Fantasy

45
708 660
Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Terry Brooks

46
335 490
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fritz Leiber

47
575 541
On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
red_leader added Piers Anthony

48
505 488
Furies of Calderon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Jim Butcher

49
506 586
The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nick Behnke added Scott Lynch

50
575 364
Mercy Thompson Series is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Patricia Briggs