Best Epic/Fantasy Book Series of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth Books - J.R.R. Tolkien

It really is a wonderful morality tale

Fact: By the end of 1999, The Lord Of The Rings was voted "Book Of The 20th Century."

The greatest story ever is told by the greatest story teller ever.

This is definitely the best. I love all the characters, especially Sauron!

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2 Harry 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.

Incredible book you will be hooked from the very first page.

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3 A Song of Ice and Fire Series - George R.R. Martin

By far the best

Very Matured, Dark, Twisted version of JRRT Books. This must be on Number 2. - HudsonMount

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!

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4 Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series - Rick Riordan

This should be higher

This book series is the best! Percy is such as great character and the plot is amazhang (see what I did there). Because of PJO many kids and teens know random facts about Greek Mythology

You simply cannot beat Uncle Rick’s sense of humor.


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5 The Wheel of Time Series - Robert Jordan

It's impossible to gauge the effect of these books on the genre.

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

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.

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.

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6 The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

So amazing and wondeful

love - Lavamoon

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.

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7 Shannara 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

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.

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

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8 Heroes 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

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...

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9 The 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!

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.

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10 The Sword of Truth Series - Terry Goodkind

I remember looking at the beginning of Wizard’s First Rule and I had no idea of the scope I was getting into.

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.

It's impossible to gauge the effect of these books on the genre.

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.

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The Contenders

11 Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini

Don't judge the series based on the movie! The movie is the worst book-to-movie adaptation of all time. - HoneyBadgers

The movie just doesn't do Eragon justice. Truly an amazing, breathtaking book filled with adventures, hardships, dangers, deciet, and love.

These books are so good! As said below, don’t knock it based on the movie. The books are so much longer and more detailed.

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

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12 Secrets 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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13 The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

This is not epic fantasy, but this is the best book ever. This is the book that actually got me in to reading. And the book that made me realize that I actually like romance. The book goes by in a rightful speed, so describted and I just can't stop reading! I LOVE THIS BOOK so MUCH!

It's not epic fantasy, it's sci fi though - JordanFireStar

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.

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

An epic in making. By the time Sanderson is done with it, I believe it will go down as one of the greatest series ever penned.

This book series is like crack, I started one chapter and read until I almost passed out.

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.

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15 The 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!

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16 Broken 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.

17 The Kane Chronicles - Rick Riordan

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

18 Peter and the Starcatchers - Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

One of the best I have ever read! Peter and the starcatchers has an amazing twisting plot with a Chang of pace every few books. This amazing series deserves more readers than it gets.

19 The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

The world building is so detailed

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

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20 Ranger's Apprentice - John Flanagan

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.

The best book ever! So exciting and sometimes it makes me cry! Even better than Harry Potter! I love RA. I've been scolded by my mom because I kept reading it

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21 Warriors Series - Erin Hunter

I think Erin Hunter is so original. I can't think of any other book with cats fighting in a forest. It's great.

I agree with all of these comments

WARRIORS FOREVER! why is this 20 this is the BEST series ever

The original Warriors series is by far the best book series ever written

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22 Mistborn Series - Brandon Sanderson

So good.

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

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23 Magic Tree House - Mary Pope Osborne

I don't really like Magic Tree House, very childish - Swiftdawn

24 The 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.

Really good books entertaining and not BORING READ THIS

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25 Maximum Ride - James Patterson

I saw the movie for this on Netflix it's ok I wish they made a second one - Lavamoon

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

26 Conan Series - Robert E. Howard
27 Malazan 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.

Great read for those with enough imagination to take in the full scope of the story! Top ten of all time I think

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28 Land of Oz Series - L. Frank Baum
29 Halo Series - Eric Nylund

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.

30 Red Wall Series - Brian Jacques

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.

31 Junie B. Jones - Barbara Parks

Love these, but not a fantasy - SassyEquine

I love these books

32 Empire Trilogy - Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Absolutely awesome read. Your drawn into the characters from the 1st page...

33 The 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!

Definitely. The Spiderwick Chronicles. All day.

34 Edge Chronicles - Paul Stewart
35 Rift War Series - Raymond E. Feist

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

36 His Dark Materials - Phil Pullman

Oh my god I adore this series!

Did you know daemons are real. Please discover your daemon and talk to it and make daemon videos.

Should be in top 5. Period!

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.

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37 Dragon Prince - Melanie Rawn

This series should be higher ranked! While written over 30 years ago, it reads current! Love it!

38 Gregor the Overlander Series - Suzanne Collins

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.

39 The Dark Elf Trilogy - R. A. Salvatore

Has Salvatore been blackballed. This along with Ice Wind Dale trilogy easily top 10.

This is a awesome read!


40 Sisters Grimm

Very good - WindNinja11

Entertaining on audio discs for adults and children

41 Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

The one sci-fi book I recommend to non sci-fi readers...

42 Chronicles of Prydain - Lloyd Alexander

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.


43 The Kingkiller Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss

Best book ever

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.

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.

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44 Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

Epic series really hard to put down without completing it

Should be higehr

45 Magic Kingdom of Landover Series - Terry Brooks
46 Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Series - Tad Williams

I started to read these books and could not put them down.

47 Realm of the Elderlings - Robin Hobb

Absolute all time favourite series!

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

48 The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher

Fantastic fantasy series, with the flawed hero in the flawed world.

Fantastic series I love the character development and sarcastic and defiant nature of the main character. Not a flawless Hero but just a Guy who happend tot be gifted with magical powers and a mindset that forces him to aid the weaker and troubled, even if most of the times it comes at a price.

One of my faves. can't wait to see how Harry gets away from Mab, or will he? I'm betting on YES,

49 The Vampire Chronicles - Anne Rice
50 GONE Series - Michael Grant


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