Best Epic/Fantasy Book Series of All Time

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1Lord 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 ...more

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. )

Just fantastic. Such a huge leap forward in literacy history, Tolkien transformed fantasy writing forever. While this series may not be the easiest read, it truly embodies creativity, passion, life, death all in one. Amazing.

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2Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling

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 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.
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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.

I've read the whole series and its awesome

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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.

Beats them all

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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

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.

Best book series ever! I completely fell in love with these books. Rick really makes the characters come to life and the plot is really well thought out. Should be number 1

Best series ever

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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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.

The best ever!

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7The 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 ...more

The epic adventure of Roland and his Ka-tet setting out to find his Dark Tower and the mysteries within. Explore the exciting, thrilling, and elaborate "worlds" that roam the realm known as Stephen King's mind!

Would read over and over!

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8Shannara 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.

These books are well written and have a great story I love these books. Peoples say they are ripoffs of the lord of the rings but I still think they are better

I have all his books.
They are the best.
I swear the publisher puts nicotine in the pages. I read them again and again

Terry brooks opened up epic fantasy for me. The sword was the first book I bought and have read every book since.

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9Heroes 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.

Really great series through the first four books, but blood of olympus was a huge dissapointment.

I love Leo Valdez! - AnnaOfArendelle332

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10The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, Book One) - Brandon Sanderson

It is the book that saved me from the "pop culture" trap. None of this teenage heartthrob an/pro-tagonist bull. A truly wonderful, expansive, enriching, and unrivaled experience. I can't say much else of what I've read holds a candle to the genius that is Brandon Sanderson.

Do keep in mind that there are many characters with many motivations. No one truly fills a role for the sake of the role. Every character is unique and will carve a special alcove in your heart.

The author just knows how to build the most fascinating worlds then fill them with the most diverse and painfully beautiful personalities. Anything by Brandon will have you begging for more.

I would ask you to kindly direct yourself to the nearest bookstore/library and pick up as many copies of as many books by this god among men as you can fit in you '02 Taurus. God knows once you clear out all of the empty redbulls and paper sacks from wendy's you'll have plenty of room.

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This easily needs to be in the top three. Characters draw you in, they show amazing development, and you fall in love with them. This is going to be a massive story the likes of The Wheel of Time series and I'll be on the edge of my seat waiting for each one.

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.

Love this book!

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11The 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.

The best fantasy series all of time

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12Inheritance 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!

Awesome books that are hard to put down. Each page is filled with new moments that keep you reading on. This books have strong characters. The fact that the books have many pages is just good, because I love books that have many pages.

Inheritance is by far the best book series I've ever read. Christopher Paolini has captured every detail, and left nothing out of these books. They are absolutely amazing and I recommend them to anyone. - Koby_02

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13The 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...

Better than I thought it would be. I enjoyed the movies, but this was even better

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14Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Micheal Scott

This series brings historical and fictional characters to life, while bringing the center of the readers attention to the characters lives, personalities, and characteristics along with just the storyline.

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 is the best series I have read so far he should make more like this

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15Malazan 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.

All time favorite series. Such an expansive and detailed world with top notch characters and stories. Can't recommend it enough.

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.

Best series in my opinion. Always worth a read.

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16The 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.

Just one word for this series "EPIC".

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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.

I've read harry potter, the lord of the rings, the hunger games, started the eragon series, the dark tower series and many others. I can without question say this will be my favorite book series of all time!

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.

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1. The Wheel of Time Series - Robert Jordan
2. Shannara Series - Terry Brooks
3. A Song of Ice and Fire Series - George R.R. Martin
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2. Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Micheal Scott
3. Peter and the Starcatchers - Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
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1. The Wheel of Time Series - Robert Jordan
2. The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, Book One) - Brandon Sanderson
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