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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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5,666 1,479
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
5,279 2,366
The Harry Potter Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

3
4,030 1,912
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
3,475 2,197
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
2,989 1,561
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
2,061 1,342
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark Tower Stephen King

7
1,559 1,224
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
OscarCastañon1 added The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss

8
1,456 999
Tales of Discworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
freelancerrh added Tales of Discworld Terry Pratchett

9
1,266 1,022
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Belgariad David Eddings

10
1,572 1,056
The Mistborn Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Mistborn Series

11
1,444 994
Original Shannara Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Original Shannara Trilogy

12
1,341 899
The Stormlight Archives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
JimBarker added The Stormlight Archives The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

13
989 488
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dresden Files Jim Butcher

14
1,638 727
Dragonlance Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Christian Bannard added Dragonlance Chronicles

15
1,511 770
The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Heather Walker Widner added The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Books I-III Robert Anthony Salvatore

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16
1,936 1,382
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Eragon Cristopher Paolini

17
1,796 1,085
Percy Jackson Series is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

18
875 637
Conan is listed (or ranked) 18 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.

19
918 785
Earthsea Cycle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin

20
853 672
Assassin's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Mcfd added Assassin's Apprentice Robin Hobb

21
659 645
The Elric Saga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
pigonthewing added The Elric Saga Michael Moorcock

22
1,189 1,122
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Daniel Klee added The Malazan Book of the Fallen

23
647 697
The Chronicles of Amber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny

24
769 633
The Malloreon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Malloreon David Eddings

25
882 592
Land of Oz Series is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Land of Oz Series L. Frank Buam

26
1,190 929
Sword of Truth Series is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Sword of Truth Series Terry Goodkind

27
693 475
The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

28
637 729
Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Chronicles of Thomas Covenant W. A. Senior - by Stephen R. Donaldson

29
1,227 566
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Brody Hillstock added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

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30
547 245
The Once and Future King is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
erepin71 added The Once and Future King T. H. White

31
728 569
Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Arthur Williams added Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series Piers Anthony

32
556 584
The Elenium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Elenium David Eddings

33
433 228
Redwall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Redwall Brian Jacques

34
448 556
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
brandon31577 added The First Law Joe Abercrombie

35
382 400
Chronicles of Prydain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
kitkatj added Chronicles of Prydain Lloyd Alexander

36
410 542
The Tamuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Dark Orion added The Tamuli David Eddings

37
107 11
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Ненад Мићевић added The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

38
456 541
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper

39
391 251
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

40
94 21
Dune is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
nymetropolitans added Dune Frank Herbert

41
335 267
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
julian-matthias added His Dark Materials Nicholas Wright

42
424 369
On a Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
red_leader added Incarnations of Immortality Piers Anthony

43
533 494
Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
chucky added Magic Kingdom of Landover Series Terry Brooks

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44
314 277
The Kingkiller Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss

45
425 197
Dragonlance Legends Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Jeff And-Natalie Steed added Dragonlance Legends Trilogy

46
399 516
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
schuechen added Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Tad Williams - by Tad Williams

47
501 274
Storm Front is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
217 325
Fafhrd&the Gray Mouser Saga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
James Latimer added Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser Saga Fritz Leiber

49
386 358
The Merlin Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

50
334 419
The Gentlemen Bastard Series is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series
Nick Behnke added The Gentlemen Bastard Series Scott Lynch