Top Ten Fantasy Book Series

The Top Ten
1 Harry Potter - JK Rowling Harry Potter - JK Rowling Product Image

I loved this series. It had everything, the creatures, the characters, the magic, the battles. I wish this series could go on forever. It is definitely one of the greatest books out there.

Great story. Author diminished series by getting into too many awkward discussions on social media and with the Press regarding the characters.

This is the best fantasy novels and I will go as far as saying the best book ever written. Filled with amazing characters, detail and a wonderful plot. It has only been out for 20 years and already has sold more than 500 million copies(The 3rd most sold book of all time.) Lord of the Rings has been out for 50 years longer and only has 150 million. Many may argue that lotr has only 3 books, when Harry Potter has 7, but the first two harry potter books alone have more sold copies than the WHOLE LOTR TRIOLOGY. Much, Much better than Lotr and Percy Jackson and Chronicles of Narina. The whole franchise is breathtaking and exilarating. I believe it will be the first fantasy novel to reach 1 Billion.

Harry Potter was such an amazing series I just wanted to read more and more. It had so many amazing characters and also characters that are just fun to hate. JK Rowling is an amazing author and I wish she had written more books. I can not put into words how amazing the series was. The series gave you characters to look up to and valuable lessons.

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien Product Image

Simply the best fantasy piece of art of all time. Harry Potter only exists today because of LotR's brilliance and innovative world setting. The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece, influencing EVERY single fictional story after 1954

I was split between this and Harry Potter, but what made me choose this is that this made a fantasy story span over the course of thousands of years, while with Harry Potter the timeline stretches about 50 years, I'm not saying Harry Potter is bad,(In fact, it excels in pacing sometimes) but The Lord of the Rings is a massive influence to all fantasy series being released today. While Harry Potter does a good job telling the story about a secret wizarding world, this series creates new races, new languages, and told an incredible story, Harry Potter is still amazing but it dwarfs in comparison to the world created by JRR Tolkien.

Established the rules of the fantasy world vis a vis the various races usually included in any subsequent tales. In addition, written in classic English prose with complex descriptions interspersed with detailed action-oriented segments. I will say the final battle in Harry Potter came close to the emotional content of the battle of Minus Tirith, but only close, not equal or superior to. And, the final segment of the Lord of the Rings in which the band of Hobbits must retake their homeland and the ring bearers depart Middle Earth has no parallel in Harry Potter.

BOY. JRR Tolkien made multiple translatable languages and has a literal history book on the fantasy world called The Silmarillion. What did JK Rowling do? Make like 2 interesting characters. Plus The Return of The King won the Best Picture award in 2003. How many of the Harry Potter movies got Best Picture award? NONE OF THEM. The Harry Potter series ended up getting a grand total of ONE OSCAR when The Return of The King literally won ELEVEN OSCARS which completely blows the whole series out of the water and that's not including any of the other movies so obviously if you voted for Harry Potter you've never read the LOTR series because it's probably too advanced for you Harry Potter fans.

3 Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan Product Image

Definitely will end up as a classic for years to come. We all Laughed and Cried with these Characters. They made me feel more confident in myself, find the hero inside me, and maybe a tint of romance. These books made me wonder what life would be like as a demigod for me. I know kinda weird, but that's just me.

The Percy Jackson series is one of the most readable fantasy book out there and is great for both children, young adults and even adults. It not only includes laugh out loud humour but also is a book you can learn a lot from. Personally I learnt a lot about the ancient Greek mythology.

I had a friend who liked Harry Potter so much. I told him that Percy Jackson was way better. He didn't believe me. I made him read The Lightning Thief. Now he is the deputy of my Percy Jackson Empire at my school.

Every turn of the page brought us a new view of the life of the new demigod who discovers his life will forever be a challenge wonderful adventures trials to overcome and excitement at every turn

4 A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin

This Series wins out because of the characters. When you read the specific chapters even though you're reading through Cersei's twisted vision George makes you understand her mentality, he justifies the evil the characters do to the point where you start nodding along and whispering 'Okay I might do the same thing. '

The masterpiece of masterpieces, a truly extravagant book series, the magnum opus of fantasy novels. Realistic characters, astounding details, and plot arcs that will forever leave you guessing. It rivals, perhaps surpasses such series as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Need I say more?

This is one of the best fantasy series! The storyline is enormous and intriguing! Once you start reading you can never stop! It has everything.. Dragons, wars, twists and turns and Sex! The characters are well built and you can imagine the picture in your head as you read the book

Any Percy Jackson series in the top ten fantasy book series is only due to bastard children voting stupidly. What about the Kingkiller Chronilce, the Malazan series, just to name a few. I think ASOIAf should be first or second, followed by LOTR, then Harry Potter, then the other ones I mentioned. There are a plethora of series out there that top anything written by Rick Riordan easily.

5 The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan Product Image

This is my favorite book series, how is it not first? Really all of Rick Riordan's books are my favorites. I think this is better than Harry Potter, and even better than the original Percy Jackson series, because you get introduced to so many new characters, as well as old ones.

This series was amazing! I love all the characters (except piper and jason) and the variety of personalities! The comedy was also spot on! It doesn't beat Harry Potter but I do think it's second best and Rick improved from the PJ series to this series. Althought now his Trials of Apollo series suck. Anyway, the plots were amazing and leo! Ahhh! Best character ever! I love love love these series! Ah! I just can't describe it! ANd all their crazy adventures and their sarcasm and humor is hilarious! Also, the way they care for each other and communicate! Ah! It still doesn't beat Harry Potter because Harry Potter is written really well and very detailed with likable characters with flaws which make them special and it's so detailed it's like you can almost touch it! But HOO and PJ was still very good!

Looking back, this series wasn't that great. Riordan's writing style does not work nearly as well in 3rd person, there were too many characters to focus on, and The Blood of Olympus ended really anticlimactically. Percy Jackson was good though.

The entire Percy Jackson series is better than any book series ever... ! And the Heroes of Olympus is much better than The Olympians, so this should be first and The Olympians second!

6 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis Product Image

These are awesome! My favorite one is Prince Caspian, but they're all great. It's such a magical world, and he makes you believe that you're really there in Narnia.

I love The Chronicles of Narnia. I cannot believe it is only number seven. Me and my mom began reading the Lion, The With, and The Wardrobe first. It is an amazing book. My favorite character might be Lucy or the White Witch. When we finished that amazing book, we watched the movie, and then we read the Magician's Nephew! I am ten, and these books are so awesome.

I absolutely love The Chronicles of Narnia! I'm just finishing up The Silver Chair, The NEED to make a movie of that. And soon!

I've read the first book, and it was awesome, haven't read the others but the movies are in my top favorites!

7 The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins Product Image

I love the Hunger Games! I personally think that it's better than Harry Potter, although I'd have to say that this is tied with PJO and HoO. The Hunger Games is just such a great story and one of my favorite books of all time.

I have saw some of these movies, but I like more of a magical fantasy book. This is still a good series though.

Brave brilliant darkly beautiful futuristic story of survival loved it

Not fantasy, good books but not better then any other classics

8 The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan

Y'all know that I love the Wheel of Time. Sure, it's slow at times (*Cough* Sea Folk, Rodel Ituralde *Cough*) but 95% of the time you're captivated by it. There are times when you want to say, "That did not just happen! " or where you just sit there asking the air "why? " You'll cry, you'll ponder, you'll laugh, and quite often. You might come up with how the story might progress, though it won't be what you expect. There's romance, battle, comedy, everything! You find yourself liking characters that you didn't like at first. By the last couple books, you'll think of them as friends. 14 books really makes a bond, although not a Warder's.(Kudos to anyone who gets it! ) Sometimes, you don't realize something until later, and you can't believe that you missed it. (Book 13- Aludra's dragons are cannons! ) Don't be afraid of the last 3 books, Brandon Sanderson does a nice job of continuing the story.
Brown Ajah for life!

Utterly amazing!
All the characters are very likable. Moiraine is fascinating and manipulative, and Rand is tragic and heroic. Those two are my personal favorite characters.
The mythology is great. The villaisn are despicable- especially the White Cloaks.
I have finished the first five, and can't wait for more.
Other great fantasy series are Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, Twilight, His Dark Materials, all of the Rick Riordans (Percy Jackson, Red Pyramid, Roman), Fablehaven, Redwall, and Ranger's Apprentice. I'm too young to read G.R.R. Martin's series, but it sounds great. However, I was seriously dissapointed by Narnia. The movies are better.

Half the books above this aren't even real fantasy. Jordan created an enormous and beautiful world with this series, and it should go down as one of the classics. I think the only reason it's not higher is because the public's attention spans have dissolved. Most people don't have the patience to read a 14 book series, and it doesn't have a dumbed-down television show or movie

This series should be number One! It is so expansive and itg reaches such a wide audience. More people need to give it a chance and not be intimidated by it's size and scope.

9 Warriors - Erin Hunter Warriors - Erin Hunter Product Image

I LOVE WARRIORS! I spent week trying to convince my sister to read it! I'm only on the 4th book but I can assure you the books are awesome! Yay Erin Hunter! But why is Seekers not on this list! It's beautiful, and the real bad guy are humans, like they actually are!
From, SaveThePolarBears

This is AWESOME! I've read AVoS and what's published of TBC, and I LOVE IT! Like Harry Potter, there are a thousand sub-plots waiting in there for you to read, and it's impossible to predict anything.

I remember a long time ago, in the fourth grade (I was about 9 years old.) Where I picked up "Into The Wild" from our classroom bookshelf. I looked at it. It looked so long! And boring. But then I glanced at the book AGAIN. I saw a light shining down the crack of overshadowing trees, on a ginger cat and smiled. I have always loved cats, cats are my favorite animals. I read the first chapter and pro-log or whatever. Kind of bored, kind of tempted to read more. I read more and more. I absolutely fell IN LOVE with the characters from JUST THE FIRST BOOK. Spottedleaf, Rusty/Firepaw/Fireheart/star, Graypaw/Graystripe,Bluestar, Yellowfang amazing!

Warriors, Harry Potter, and Wings of Fire my absolute favorite series! Warriors is a book series about cats who live in rival clans. There’s Thunderclan, Riverclan, Windclan, Shadowclan, and Skyclan. In this series we see cats chose between doing what they think is right, or what the code they follow says is right. We see forbidden romance, how greed can change someone, and all kinds of thrilling plots. There are different arcs in the series, seven, to be exact, and they all show different perspectives. We have the arc that shows how the clans began, Dawn of the Clans, the first arc, The prophecy’s begin, followed by The new Prophecy, The power of Three, Omen of the Stars, A Vision of Shadows, and the newest, The Broken Code. They also have Super editions that show the life of different cats, and novella’s, short stories about a certain event in a characters life. Lastly, they have a few graphic novels. I totally recommend this series!

10 Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland Product Image

This series is amazing. I loved seeing the story from the dragon's point of view and I love the plot. One of the best series for me.

This is awesome. And what I want to say is that the Othermind and Darkstalker are some of the greatest villains EVER. They also add a bunch of dragon powers that you would not think are dragon powers. Firescales, leafspeak, flamesilk, animus magic, ect.

Wings of fire is the absolute best! Some book recommendations for Wings of fire fans are Foxcraft, The Lost Rain forest, Warrior Cats, And Harry Potter :)

I can't believe that. This SHOULD be first. That's one of the most creative series ever to me. NOBODY ever thought that dragons could be protagonists, but Tui T. Sutherland did. Also even though I've read only one book it has a creative plot and it's simply amazing for now. Five stars.

The Contenders
11 Fablehaven - Brandon Mull Fablehaven - Brandon Mull Product Image

Its one of the few book series I can read over and over again, and I never get tired of the charecters, imagery, and the great story lines.

I read the first book and loved it

Great series, have read it 5 times

It is a great book! Menigo is the best character

12 Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini Product Image

Maybe a ripoff of the lord of the rings and star wars, but still it is still a great series.
And if we consider that the author was 15 when he wrote eragon, I would forgive him for the ripping. After all, I would never write such a masterpiece.
But sorry guys. This series will never be a legend because it isn't original enough.

This series was a great one! It has almost everything I want in a book. Tons of action and a great storyline. If you have not read this series READ IT NOW!

Such an intricate world, you really get lost in the pages. If you know the film then read the book because unlike the film you won't be disappointed!

What? This is one of the worst books ever. He ripped off from lord of the rings and star wars. The only reason he's famous is because of his young age

13 The Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss The Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss Product Image

It's such a great book series. I recommend everyone to read it. Even though the books are thick, you seriously won't be able to put it down. Read it.

Some of the best books I've ever read, and by far my favorite fantasy series.

Intriguing, captivating, and endearing. You won't be able to put it down.

Captivating and the magic system is great... Everyone loves Kvothe

14 His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman Product Image

If you haven't read these, you're missing out.

I love this kind of thing.

Voted here to say, THEY ARE MAKING A T.V. SERIES OF THIS. IT WILL BE ON THE BBC.

15 The Dark Tower - Stephen King The Dark Tower - Stephen King Product Image

Top 3 without any doubt, too many young people missed this series.

I have absolutely no idea how this wasn't on here already.

Why isn't this higher? In fact, why isn't this in the top 5?

Great story! Best ending ever!

16 The First Law - Joe Abercrombie The First Law - Joe Abercrombie Product Image
17 The Inkheart Trilogy - Cornelia Funke The Inkheart Trilogy - Cornelia Funke Product Image

Spellbinding series about stories coming to life. Originally written in German.

Spellbinding.

18 Mistborn Series - Brandon Sanderson

Wonderful author, well thought out story components. He always has very well conceived magical elements. In this series, it focuses on the ability of characters to ingest bits of metal and use them for special powers

Reading this series almost sent me into a state of shock and draws such emotion from me. Plus the magic system is great and understandable, unlike anything I've seen before. And yeah, I've read Harry Potter.

Great story. Heavy on "magic".

Love all of Sanderson's stuff (haven't read stormlight) but Mistborn is so good
Can't wait for Wax & Wayne 4

19 The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare Product Image

I'm a HUGE harry potter fan- I mean I've been reading and rereading it since I was seven- so I think saying TMI should be second on the list might be a bit biased of of me.. but it really should. I mean, I got to live the lives of these characters and they became so dear to me that I was literally lost by the time I was done with the series.

This book series should definitely be higher up on the list. It is funny and action packed with unexpected twists and turns. One of my favorite series!

Why is it number seventeen! This is the best book series that I have ever read I couldn't put these books down. It deserves to be much higher on the list!

I mean jace is enough for this to be number one, I mean he would argue himself if he was here.

20 Seven Realms Saga - Cinda Williams Chima

A wonderful series of magic mystery and love set it a magical world of fantasy a great read epic story line

21 Discworld - Terry Pratchett

This should be top 10 surely! Richly intertwined fantasy comedy with series within a series! The city watch books alone are top 10 material!

I love terry pratchett's series! One of the few books that can authentically make me laugh. Very witty humour with very humane themes throughout. Also has the greatest portrayal of Death.

Also, you think Harry potter was the first series to introduce a magical school of wizards? Terry did it way before Rowling, with his Unseen University.

22 Dune - Frank and Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson

Great story, Heavy duty politics.

23 The Riftwar Cycle - Raymond E. Feist The Riftwar Cycle - Raymond E. Feist Product Image

I read these a long time ago, by they’re always books I’m able to pick up at any time in my life. All of Feist’s books are set in the same world, spanning about 80 years, so the places he describes, Midkemia especially, are very familiar to me.

24 The Door Within - Wayne Thomas Batson The Door Within - Wayne Thomas Batson Product Image

Very well written, the plot comes together beautifully altogether. The characters are likable and not at all overpowered. It does a good job with suspense in the book itself but not for coming books. It is however, a huge cliche and thankfully got a little more original in books two and three.

25 The Lost Years of Merlin - TA Barron The Lost Years of Merlin - TA Barron Product Image

Very creative. I heard there's a movie coming out someday soon.

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