The Best Fantasy Book Series

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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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    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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    George R. R. Martin ie, Game of Thrones

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    The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis.

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    Robert Jordan

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    Patrick Rothfuss

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    Stephen King

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    The Mistborn Series 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by JimBarker

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    Terry Pratchett

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    David Eddings

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    The Stormlight Archives 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    ranked low on reranks & added by JimBarker
    The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

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    Dragonlance Chronicles 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    ranked low on reranks & added by Christian Bannard

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    ranked high on reranks & added by Daniel Klee

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Heather Walker Widner
    Robert Anthony Salvatore

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    Earthsea Cycle 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by julian-matthias
    by Ursula Le Guin

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    The Elric Saga 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Michael Moorcock

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    Dragonriders of Pern Series 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Anne McCaffrey

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    L. Sprague de Camp, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter Entertaining, influential and well written.

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    Jim Butcher

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    Robin Hobb

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Roger Zelazny

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    Cristopher Paolini

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    W. A. Senior by Stephen R. Donaldson

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    The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E... 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by Jenny Guteva

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    Sword of Truth Series 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by cptron
    Terry Goodkind

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    Percy Jackson Series 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by HumbertoIbarra

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    David Eddings

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    Land of Oz Series 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by chucky
    L. Frank Buam

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    added by Dark Orion
    David Eddings

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    Joe Abercrombie

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    Magic Kingdom of Xanth Series 
	is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

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    Piers Anthony

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    Susan Cooper

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    David Eddings

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    Lloyd Alexander

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    The Gentlemen Bastard Series 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by Nick Behnke
    Scott Lynch

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    Magic Kingdom of Landover Seri... 
	is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by chucky
    Terry Brooks

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    added by lalispeter
    Andrzej Sapkowski

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    added by James Latimer
    Glen Cook

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    Piers Anthony

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    Memory, Sorrow and Thorn 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by schuechen
    Tad Williams by Tad Williams

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    added by Brad Wood
    Scott Lynch

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    added by James Latimer
    Fritz Leiber

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    added by Reilcan Jones
    Jim Butcher

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    Kushiel's Legacy 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series

    added by julian-matthias
    by Jacqueline Carey

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    Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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    Robert Asprin, Phil Foglio

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    added by julian-matthias
    Michael Moorcock

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    The Kingkiller Chronicle 
	is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Book Series


    Patrick Rothfuss

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    added by red_leader
    Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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