Reading 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
7,170 1,932
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
J. R. R. Tolkien

2
6,672 2,985
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
5,177 2,511
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
4,361 2,845
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
3,886 2,052
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Robert Jordan

6
2,304 1,642
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added Patrick Rothfuss

7
1,902 1,355
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

8
2,183 1,326
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Terry Pratchett

9
2,507 1,840
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Stephen King

10
2,299 1,327
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added

11
2,057 1,149
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
1,948 1,341
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added

13
1,621 773
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jim Butcher

14
1,432 913
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Robin Hobb

15
2,128 986
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added

16
2,490 1,839
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Cristopher Paolini

17
1,897 1,035
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
1,308 1,014
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

19
2,271 1,397
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

20
1,134 910
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
1,123 145
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added J. R. R. Tolkien

22
893 884
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added Michael Moorcock

23
884 906
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Roger Zelazny

24
1,475 1,359
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added

25
1,176 848
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

26
1,158 654
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

27
1,603 1,212
Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Terry Goodkind

28
884 990
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
1,064 802
Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added L. Frank Buam

30
758 189
Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Frank Herbert

31
1,819 921
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added Suzanne Collins

32
789 421
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added T. H. White

33
842 769
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

34
980 764
Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Piers Anthony

35
699 737
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added Joe Abercrombie

36
654 711
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added David Eddings

37
681 397
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brian Jacques

38
757 447
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Patrick Rothfuss

39
529 567
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Lloyd Alexander

40
621 719
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Susan Cooper

41
599 684
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
649 432
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Eoin Colfer

43
864 436
Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Jim Butcher - Noted as: Urban Fantasy

44
640 482
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nicholas Wright

45
712 664
Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Terry Brooks

46
578 545
On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
red_leader added Piers Anthony

47
337 495
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fritz Leiber

48
507 493
Furies of Calderon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Reilcan Jones added Jim Butcher

49
673 160
The Dragonriders of Pern is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Phil Quinton added

50
513 589
The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nick Behnke added Scott Lynch