Best Epic/Fantasy Book Series of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth Books - J.R.R. Tolkien
Where to start on the Lord of the Rings. Such a landmark in literary history has not had such a profound affect on the world in modern history. An entire adult life spent creating the mythical world of Middle Earth. It is this dedication to his work that led to Tolkien's brainchild to ascend past mere Epic Fantasy. A timeless classic that continues to profoundly affect millions if not billions of lives even now.
The (re) birth of fantasy was almost solely down to Tolkien and almost every author of such fiction can trace their influences directly to his work. A new world, several new languages and thousands of pages of fictional history which have captivated people since its inception. Any member of the RPG community has Tolkien to thank, the creators of D&D were inspired by the cartography of Tolkien in his books which led to the creation of the most famous RPG of all time. This also means that every board game, card game and video game inspired by D&D is, inevitably, inspired by Tolkien's work.
This work is amongst the most influential pieces of literature in the past millennia and will continue to bear fruit for the rest of this millennia.
It transcends space and time. If you have never read this before your in for a rude awakening. It's about death and the hope that challenges its impending doom. The calm before the storm. The crescendo of different races and characters woven into the ever present theme of good versus evil. Apocalypse. Tolkien masterfully raises the bar. Epic in proportions. It's beautiful.
This is the best series ever written. It has so much to offer. It can be taken for the story only, or for the symbolism and hidden meanings throughout the book. Tolkien was an incredible author, and he created languages for his novels, which is incredible. The Hobbit, which started The Lord of the Rings series, is also a great read, and a little "lighter reading" (not as difficult to read as some of his other books. )
[Newest]One book to rule them all!
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2Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter is definitely #1 BY FAR. I will never forget Harry Potter and everything these books have taught me. Especially friendship, like what it means to stand by your friends. And bravery, and the decisions you have to make to benefit others.
Thank you Hedwig, for inspiring me in many ways to be someone you go to for
Support, and for being a shoulder to cry on. I cried for hours when Hedwig died, but she, like Dobby, died in the perfect way.
Thank you Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom, for showing me that a good friend isn't the most popular, but the most loyal and who will ALWAYS be at
Your side. I think these two demonstrate what a friend is, and that its OK to be different.
Thank you Remus Lupin, for being a role model, and someone who I hope to be when I am older.
This list of characters could go forever because all of them touched my heart. This series is without a doubt, the best read ever. This deserves to be #1.
Oops! I almost forgot! Thank you, J.K. rowling, for completing my childhood.
Thank you, J. K. Rowling, for many things:

- For not forgetting all characters can't be perfect
- For giving us Gred and Forge Weasley, who are always a laugh
- For Mad-Eye Moody, who's voice I still hear when I'm about to do something risky.
- For Hermione, who I will always remember when I meet someone with wisdom beyond their years.
- For Nymphadora Tonks, who I think of when someone tells me age is just a number.
- For Albus Dumbledore, who I will never forget, for countless reasons.

And many, many more things, but lastly,
Thank you, J. K. Rowling, for my childhood
Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are my two all-time favorite book series, but Harry Potter just has this special place in my heart. Harry Potter just has to be my favorite of all time because anyone can read it and enjoy it and, in my opinion, it was just flawless. Every book was a treasure. Lord of the Rings is a hard read for most people but give it a try. It's flawless as well, along with The Hobbit. Both series have the best storytelling I have ever come across and kept me on edge. Action packed, heartwarming, sad moments, great detail. Just 2 incredible book series. I have more memories with Harry Potter though and it was a huge part of my childhood, so it has to be my number one vote.
[Newest]I think this is number one. Hobbit and Harry Potter OWN This list.
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3A Song of Ice and Fire Series - George R.R. Martin
I think it's DEFINITELY equal to Lord of the Rings! The characters are amazing and everyone has a different personality that develops throughout the whole series. The story is completely NOT predictable, because any character can die anytime, even if you think it's the main character, you should be afraid. The way George R.R. martin writes keeps you into the books and you're kind of not realising what's going on around you. You're just in the book. It's a completely amazing story that gets interesting more and more! One of the books you have to read! And I'm happy the T.V. series (Game of Thrones) is as enjoyable as the book and the adaptation was not ruined!
There is so much happening and still not too much so you can keep track what is going on in different places. Characters are clearly well plan out and there is clear personalities in them so some of you love and some of you hate. Story telling and describing of characters and world is well balanced. And the world that Martin have created is interesting and it haves depth in it. And not everything is black and white (good and evil), there is so much that moves in shades of gray. So brace yourself's, the winter is coming.
This book has change my life. The characters, the story, the quotes, everything. I live my life by some of this man's writing, because it makes so much sense. This book has given my a new look on life, friends, and even love. There is no doubt in my mind that A Song of Ice and Fire is the greatest book series ever written, par none.
[Newest]Best books I have ever read

4Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series - Rick Riordan
The series is amazing and should be at least in the top three if not number #1. Because Rick Riordan is such an amazing author, his books are so great and they bring mythology into the modern world.

madmax32

Percy Jackson is my favorite set of books I don't think anyone can get close to the how do you say this originality. It was hard to deside witch one to vote for as all of them are good books. Especially between your favorite books like the sword of truth series and the Percy jackson or the LOTR.
I adore Percy Jackson. It is the best. (Oh, when I say Percy Jackson I also include heroes of olympus too).
Second would be Lord of the Rings, then Harry Potter, Kane Chronicles, Ranger's Apprentice, then hunger games and then Eragon, in that order.
But still Percy Jackson is the best, though it was a hard choice.
[Newest]I was reading The Lightning Thief in my English class. I read it on my own time. Normally I never read but this was actually an interesting and fun book. And now I haven't read it since, I'm about halfway into the book, if not a bit more than halfway.

5The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
The kindest and the wisest fiction books I've ever read. The world C.S. lewis creates is not only a beautiful and harmonious place, but also a school of life. The books are exciting and they set an example of what is good and what isn't. A must-read for everyone.
The best book I've ever read! Magical stories written like beautiful pale reflections of the Bible's words. A very good book for children, adults and the elderly! Truly love The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. lewis!
Why Raymond e Feist (rift war) isn't there I have no idea, however if any epic, fantasy battle series came close, this would be it. However Harry potter, a very good book for people under ten years of age.
[Newest]I got chills when the snow began melting and the birds came out and such when Aslan returned from Edmund's point of view. Defining moment in an exceptional and uplifting series.

6The Wheel of Time Series - Robert Jordan
The intensity of the storyline can't be matched. I don't know how Jordan did it, the amount of time he put into these books, the world he created sometimes feels more real than the real world. And I know that sounds geeky
Amazing series. It feels like a real world instead of just words on a page. It gets criticized sometimes for being your average fantasy novel. I say it is the best of that kind so it is a must read if you are into this kind of literature.
No epic fantasy series evokes as much passion as does The Wheel of Time. It's got a legion of fanatical fans as well as a legion of critics. When you mention epic fantasy, it's simply impossible NOT to mention Robert Jordan in the same breath -- either as a template for what not to do or as an example of classic fantasy that does many things right and some things wrong.
[Newest]I had to wait DECADES to read all the books. It was worth it in the end.
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7The Sword of Truth Series - Terry Goodkind
Sword of Truth is so easy to read and dive into. Is it the most twisted plot or the most intricate political book? No. Is it full of grey characters that you never know who will die? Not really. Is it heart stopping, mad gallop, hold on to your pants action? YES. Is it deep and meaningful and forces you to look at yourself and where you find your truth? Yes. Is it deeply romantic, frighteningly bloody and wonderfully filled with anything and everything someone would want from an amazing series? ABSOLUTELY.

This series will make you cry, pump your fist in adulation, and chew your nails till you have none left. Start reading and buckle up, because this book starts with a bang and doesn't really stop until the series is over.
The best by far, Goodkind is a phenom all writer who knows how to evoke great emotion, and create well rounded, fully developed characters. His themes are great, and his books have made me a better person. Robert Jordan is good, and Tolkien is amazing as well, but Goodkind and the Sword of Truth is simply the best of the best.
There are plot similarities between Wheel of Time and Sword of Truth, but I don't see how that makes Goodkind a plagiarist, under that definition every fantasy after Tolkien was ripped off.

Both series are awesome, by the way.

8Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan
This series is the absolute best series on this entire list. Incredible. Hilarious. Touching, especially when (SPOILER ALERT) the whole "Bob says hello" thing happens. Romantic (PERCABETH RULES YOUR FACES). Everything you would ever want in a series. I read both the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the Kane Chronicles; they were both amazing but never really lived up to this series. Rick Riordan will always be my favorite author. Oh, and I have one thing to say: LONG LIVE SMALL BOB!

Wisegirl2223

GOOD... no wait AWESOME. esp. Mark of Athena.
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9The Dark Tower Series - Stephen King
"Gunslinger chasing man in black thru world that has moved on meets boy who he later kills on his way to said prey, who goes on to recruit a junkie and a cripple, but still missing a 3rd pivotal apprentice, resurrects aforementioned boy, only to quickly lose him to a leprosy infected gang member in a maze of junk and underground sewer complex, before regaining boy after much bloodshed only to put his life in peril along with traveling companions aboard an insane, high speed monorail with gender issues and a God complex, who's only weakness is a love of riddles...

This is only the first three books, and I haven't even got to the Emerald City, The Wizard's Glass, the Doctor Doom Wolves armed with Harry Potter snitches, meeting the author of your book as well as characters from other written works, Mia, Dandelo or Mordred.

This series is a must read as weird as I've made it sound. It's all true, and it's completely wonderful.
So disappointed to see this peak only at number 10. When compared to Harry Potter or A Song Of Ice And Fire, the Dark Tower definitely holds overwhelmingly superior writing and dialogue - none of the clumsiness of G.R.R. M (or God forbid, Paolini. Ugh. )

The Dark Tower is an epic series of love, redemption, revenge, honor and friendship. Stephen King has managed to create a world unlike any other; a world of endless deserts, graveled mountains, desolate wastelands and ruined cities that somehow contains hints and references to our own world. The series draws you in from the very first book and doesn't let go - the immersion is definitely the series' greatest strength. Its second greatest strength is a cast of wonderful, humane characters and the extremely likable anti-hero of the series, Roland Deschain - the Gunslinger himself, who is one of King's most fascinating creations.

The Dark Tower is an intricate, compelling, mysterious and dream-like read that is unlike anything other you've ever read. Try it out - you can't say you're a fan of good fantasy unless you do.
One of the only book series, consisting of more than 4 books, that doesn't feel like it runs out of steam after the 3rd book. The Harry potter series was one of my favorites when I was in 5th grade but became a chore to read after the Half Blood Prince; it felt like it had a lot of filler and too much character building the second time round. I understand the kids grew up, but their actions told me everything I needed to know. The Dark Tower series never sputters, slows down, or loses touch with the reader. And no sappy tween romance drama or sparkling vampires! No cheap attention getters. Just a great sci-fi story reaching beyond the typical standards of a great sci-fi story.
[Newest]Not to detract from the others, but this is NO. 1 It's groundbreaking literature, as far as I'm concerned. Time will be the ultimate judge of this...

10The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, Book One) - Brandon Sanderson
Awesome. This book should be allot higher than this. This book will have you literally wanting more. You can easily get so wrap up in this amazing adventure and visualize being a character in this breathtaking story.
Awesome start to what should be an awesome series! Can be slow at times but what an incredible ending. Can't wait for the next one to hit the shelves.
There's no hope for those who put the way of kings at #12. I mean it's just not done.. Go on read it once.. Then bow down before the literary genius of Brandon Sanderson

The Contenders

11Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini
Inheritance is the best book that I have ever read. Every single character is so deeply woven into the fabrics. If you lose one character, then you lose the entire book.

CBro7

I love each and every series above this one, but people, read the list title! This is by far the most imaginative and multi -dimensional series of all time. Everything is described with intimate detail, al the way down to the very laws of magic and how it manages to interweave with the laws of physics as we know them. The experience of being with Eragon through his entire journey and watching him develop as both a person and character, along with the bond between Eragon and Saphira is unrivalled by any book or series that anyone could possibly name. The sheer multitude of facets to the story provide an experience like none other when you read these books. I literally couldn't put the books down. People, you have to vote for this!
Inheritance is and epic book
It teaches you about friendship
And it has so much great information and characters!
The adventure never ends!,!,
The new book is coming
[Newest]It's a rip off of the lord of the rings... But it's an amazing rip off and frankly that's just what makes it more amazing

12The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Absolutely stunning series, I could not put them down! The series is a perfect balance of complex characters, exceptional description, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning pages. I found myself holding my breath multiple times throughout the books, and was saddened when it came to an end.
Absolute best series I have ever read. Words can't describe how I feel now that its over, I just wish it would have never ended. It was so well written very easy to follow. This beautiful set of books will without a dought draw you in, making you want yo read more and more. I can agree with others as well I did find myself holding my breath on some parts of each book.
Possibly the best series I've ever in my opinion for several reasons. The plot is intense while maintaining a certain amount of realism if that were possible in this genre. The characters are well developed and I found myself getting attached, hoping for certain outcomes. Would be a clear number 1 series for me if I didn't feel like the conclusion was rushed...
[Newest]I can't believe this series is so low on this list!

13Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Micheal Scott
I'm so happy this is above Hunger Games. Less known it may be but a truly remarkable series
I love how many mythologies and historical figures it has without being boring
This series is so amazing it combines nearly all mythologycal character you've known in your life

14Shannara Series - Terry Brooks
These books are the best fantasy books ever! I have read all of the books, and they are just simply amazing, better than any other fantasy book! I first fell in love with the series when I picked up the first book, it was just simply amazing. I have not stopped reading them since.
I have all his books.
They are the best.
I swear the publisher puts nicotine in the pages. I read them again and again
These are the books that got me into epics... Not only did he create a whole world but he created its future as well. To say the least this is my favorite series.
[Newest]Terry brooks opened up epic fantasy for me. The sword was the first book I bought and have read every book since.

15The Belgariad - David Eddings
It's amazing how Eddings has managed to build personalities that are so real that I feel I know each and everyone of them personally. I almost wish this series can be made into movies so that people will realise how awesome the entire series is, but I'm also afraid that the director will screw it up, because how can anyone build as good a world as Eddings did?
I read all his books and the Belgariad three times. It is an amazing story and very well written.
This is one of the best series I have ever read! I could not get home from work fast enough to continue reading.
[Newest]Just one word for this series "EPIC".

16Malazan Book of the Fallen Series - Steven Erikson
This series is worth the effort. I've read the entire series and I'm waiting impatiently for Erikson to complete the next related series. It is truly that awesome.
Can't believe this isn't top. Only Tolkien's middle earth can come any where close to the epic setting and history of this series.
Great read for those with enough imagination to take in the full scope of the story! Top ten of all time I think
[Newest]THE best book I ever read!

17The Spiderwick Chronicles - Holly Black
I found what looked like a small hardcover journal in the library one day and I read the back. I was immediately intrigued, as there was just a riddle and a leaf covering part of it! These books are so beautiful. The world seems so real and it really makes you want to keep reading. There is mystery in every book and I couldn't stop reading. If you love fantasy and mystery, these books are for you!

18The Pendragon Series - D. J. MacHale
Best book series I have ever read. It is awesome the way it came up with an idea that not a single person had ever used before and turn it into a massive ten book series. He is on my top 5 artist list
This is the best book of all time! I have read the entire series 3 times and have loved even more every time! This book has given me tons of confidence because of all that Bobby had gone through.

Lord_Allen

Amazing book. This series belongs higher in the list. "That is the way it was meant to be" There's double meaning in that last sentence, if you read the books, you would know what I mean.

19Broken Empire Trilogy - Mark Lawrence
This series is one of my favourites. I have never read a fantasy with an anti hero before. I found it extremely dark but found myself I love with Jorge... Characterization was good. I really felt for him.

20Peter and the Starcatchers - Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

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