Best Epic/Fantasy Book Series of All Time
The Top Ten
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.
Best books ever. No doubt about it. It has inspired so many other books and authors. Even Harry Potter took inspiration from it. The way the different characters/races interact with each other is written to stunning perfection. These books show you not only the extreme power of friendship, but also gives you insight to the main characters' personal battles and wars. These books are absolutely perfect, and if I were given the chance to revise them I wouldn't touch one word. The masterpiece that is Lord of the Rings (and The Silmarillion, and all of Tolkien's other Middle Earth books) will always remain the best of the best. I don't care about just the fantasy genre, but Lord of the Rings prevails over EVERY genre. These books are written to perfection. Why are people still comparing it to Harry Potter? While I don't deny Harry Potter is a good fantasy series, it seriously can't hold a candle to the shining light that is J.R.R Tolkien.
Anyone who rejects and criticizes these books don't know the definition of a real epic fantasy.V 68 Comments
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.
Oops! I almost forgot! Thank you, ...more
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.
THANKS A WHOLE BUNCH J. K! - QueenThornV 103 Comments
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.
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!
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.
By far the bestV 31 Comments
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.
Honestly, hated these. I know I'm going to get awful backlash for saying that, but I tried and failed many many times to like them. The mythology is entirely incorrect, all the characters are stereotypes and are pristine perfect with no flaws, I just can't like them. I can't. - SassyEquine
Listen, Heroes of Olympus was good, but it didn’t live up to the original. In HOO they gave Percy’s humor to Leo, his awkwardness to Frank, and everything else about him to Jason. HOO didn’t have Grover, who is an amazing character.
PJO has great moments. It’s a feel good coming of age story about a boy who gets thrown into something he never wanted but learns to love it anyway. Percy Jackson is the best fictional character ever.
Harry Potter is an extremely close second.
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!
It is kinda the best. No more to say... It just is, I know that the films are kinda sucky... but these books are flawless! Understood?V 6 Comments
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.
I have all the respect in the world for Tolkien, but Robert Jordan took the general idea that Tolkien created to write Eye of the World, and then ramped it up to a 10 in subsequent books. I know people are intimidated by the length, but even after 14 books and a prequel, I still want more.
The only fantasy series that I think could match this are ASOIAF and Stormlight Archive, which aren't completed yet. I've pretty much given up hope of ever getting The Winds of Winter, so I'm throwing my lot in with WoT and Stormlight Archive.
"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!
I could say thousands of incredible things about the dark tower... But I'll keep it short.
Read this series if you have not! It is so truly inspired, well written, captivating, and imaginative. SK nailed it, and boy am I glad he dug up that rough draft of the gunslinger way back when... Thank ya big big!
Truthfuly I would love nothing more than to forget I had ever read it, so I could embark on this journey blind of the unravelling story line, once more.
Pleasant days and pleasant nights!
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.
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.
This book series is like crack, I started one chapter and read until I almost passed out.V 14 Comments
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
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.
My first book was the Elfstones of Shannara way back in grade school and since then I've read all 25 of his books.V 2 Comments
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.
It's impossible to gauge the effect of these books on the genre.V 12 Comments
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
This series is amazing, and I got so into it, I wrote a small, maybe just a little bit long and awesome continuation. Leo being the main character, of course. (How could it be anybody else?! )
I love Leo Valdez! - AnnaOfArendelle332
The best series ever! I don't know why people like percy jackson series more...V 7 Comments
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.
Don't judge the series based on the movie! The movie is the worst book-to-movie adaptation of all time. - HoneyBadgersV 19 Comments
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.
An amazing series which I read day and night forgetting to sleep and eat. It conveys complicated human emotions other than friendships, romance and hatred. In other words it speaks of many things we don't find in other books. And the perfect fictional male character in the book was Peeta. And book didn't conclude with an epic ending but in a twist and broken down pieces...It's just great!
It's not epic fantasy, it's sci fi though - JordanFireStarV 22 Comments
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
YAYV 3 Comments
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.V 9 Comments
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.
Fun and Fantasy...
Eddings is simple and to the point, and in the world of meaningless prose his sharpness is refreshing.
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!
Definitely. The Spiderwick Chronicles. All day.
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.
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'm still trying to figure out if I should have voted for this, Inheritance Cycle, or Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.V 1 Comment
I'm ten and I love the mortal instruments. I read all the books. My favorite one was the city of lost souls. It had such a weird twist to the tale, I mat say, Cassandra really convinced me that she's the best writer.
Clare just took urban fantasy to a whole new level. Great characters, great character development, dialogue, plot, and everything. I love the concept and execution. Cheers to her!
I don't think it's the best, I voted cause it's in my top 5
It's just amazing, breathtaking and fun
Best series ever! Sooo addicting and they never get boringV 2 Comments
The first fantasy story I ever read where there's action, adventure, and even some romance between the characters. At the end of the "Omen of the Stars" series I cried because it had ended.
This deserves a way better spot. The perfect blend of exciting battles, unbreakable friendships, romance, honorable characters, and suspenseful endings that will rattle you to the very core.
The endings of each book bring goosebumps up and down my arms.
NO it can’t be 23!
Ha! I despaired of finding a book series I truly found worthy in this list, yet here, at the very end, is one I approve of. Hilarious, inventive, not stuck up its own arse about "saving the world from the dark lord" or anything so cliche as that. A real gem.
I am a little disappointed that The Black Company isn't on the list.
Philosophical, witty, funny and just brilliant. Pratchett brilliant satires our world through his mesmerising cast of characters (indeed, he was the only author of the century capable of taking Swift's crown as King of Satirists) and shows us that funny and serious are not opposites and can coexist.
Seriously? 39th. Discworld is the only series I have found that is equally funny and well written with enough action and magic to keep me wanting more.
How twe heck that is at 26 place - AlekseiV 7 Comments
Between this and Name of the Wind. Everything else far behind.
One of the best series I've ever ever read
Fantastic and enjoyable - top 5
Should be top 5!V 1 Comment
I don't really like Magic Tree House, very childish - Swiftdawn
The one sci-fi book I recommend to non sci-fi readers...
One of my all time favorite books ever!
Just loved it nice easy read
A great story with action, romance, comedy, and adventure. james patterson has once again shown us that he can create great books for people of all ages. - cielphantomhive
Can't believe this series is at 30. Though its still not complete it redefines epic adventure through beautiful prose and character development. This one is steeped with richness read it now!
The writing is so beautiful and fluent that it is almost one long song, which you can't wait to hear the next part of.
One of the best fantasy books I have ever read. And I have covered most of the Top Ten.
This is the best story I have read since Lord of the rings 30 years ago. Should be #2 and when the last book is done, it could be #1. Read it.V 7 Comments
THIS SHOULD BE HIGHER ON THE LIST. It's so amazing, it's the first book series that I truly fell in love with. The characters are extremely well written and the plot is amazing. Great humor, fun adventures, and of course, we always enjoy reading about Halt throwing people into moats - WindNinja11
These books are impossible to put down, they are so good. I read the series in 2 months, and there are ten books at least. They are humorous, action packed, and are addicting also!
Pure genius. I love this series. There are so many action scenes and the description is amazing. I've read the series twice and I can't wait to read the next and last book of the series, the royal ranger.
Just as a note, the first book is a little boring, but it gets better after that. - KingofHoundoomsV 1 Comment
The best books I've ever read. Read all 9 of them back to back as they are essentially one giant story.
Unique and absolutely enthralling world with emotional depth and wonderfully evolving characters!
Epic series the leaves you gripped and Ronen fun reading
I started to read these books and could not put them down.
These books are awesome. They help expand the halo mythos while also going into personalities of characters like Master Chief that aren't explored in the games.
These books are amazing! They pulled me in when I read the first page, and you don't have to read them in order, you can read them in any order you want, and it will make sense in any of those ways.
Absolutely awesome read. Your drawn into the characters from the 1st page...
Should be higher on the list! This series got me into Egyptology and it's so amazing! I love how well Rick Riordan combines modern day with the past, and fact with fiction. Pure genius. - WindNinja11
Hello this is the best books ever known to man kind
THIS BOOK SERIES WAS AMAZING
It is one of the most underrated fantasy series for young teens and adults...! Please do read it and experience the thrill... People ignore it thinking it to be a copy of the Harry Potter series but it do have many original ideas and fantasy elements, after reading about them one would wish those kinds of magic and brilliance of imagination existed in other magical fantasy series. Wish you liked my comment and felt a little motivated to explore another Harry Potter like magical world...😊
How is this not in the top 10? These books are not just about some kid and her adventures, they broaden the mind and open your eyes to things you never really thought about before picking up a strange-looking book titled The Golden Compass. Phillip Pullman's world will engulf you and you will never be able to shake it off completely.
Fantastic series, and my favorite books of all time. Phillip Pullman creates a world you want to get lost in, and believe me, you'll have no trouble at that.
The first fantasy series I ever read, and I will never forget these books. Re-reading them as a adult added new depth to the series.
Oh my god I adore this series!V 3 Comments
Still one of my favorite series, right up there with Lord of the RIngs. Raymond Feist is a master author who brings his land and people to life.
A must read leaves Tolkien standing
Hands down, best series I ever read, and I think I'll read it again. the riftwar series is just a series of about 10 which complement each other. definitely a must-read
This series has so much going for it! There's lessons about love, loss, friendship, and loyalty. The characters are quite rounded and as the series go on, you learn more and more about each one. Plus such a unique yet original take on Vampires as well as intertwining elements of witchcraft throughout. Such a great Fantasy series that should be higher on the list!
A Story about a vampireschool.
This series should be higher ranked! While written over 30 years ago, it reads current! Love it!
Hunger Games series was great. But Suzanne Collin's other series, Gregor the Overlander, is even better. Don't let the silly covers and oversized font fool you. These books take the reader on an emotional journey through a strange new world and pushes the limits on the characters resolves. The books get better and better. Masterpiece.
This is a awesome read!
Has Salvatore been blackballed. This along with Ice Wind Dale trilogy easily top 10.
THIS IS A FANTASTIC TRILOGY. DARK, BUT SO THRILLING! I HAVE READ THESE BOOKS SEVERAL TIMES OVER AND LOVE THEM!
Entertaining on audio discs for adults and children
Very good - WindNinja11
This series got me hooked on fantasy. I read it when I was 9 or 10 first and loved it. Reread it in high school, loved it. Reread it when I bought for my daughter this year still love it
These books are amazing! I wish I had discovered them sooner because the lesson they teach are so powerful. Love love love these books!
This series was a childhood favorite but when I read it as an adult the layers of epic story truly came out. It is and will always be a corner stone of fantasy for me.
A very entertaining series of books, I highly recommend them to anyone that likes fantasy
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2. Shannara Series - Terry Brooks
3. A Song of Ice and Fire Series - George R.R. Martin
2. The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, Book One) - Brandon Sanderson
3. Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth Books - J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series - Rick Riordan
3. Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth Books - J.R.R. Tolkien
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