Top Ten Fantasy Book Series

The Top Ten

1 Harry Potter - JK Rowling

This series is undeniably one of the most popular fantasy/adventure books in the world. However, this series isn't really for me. Although the storyline revolves around a boy named Harry Potter who attends Hogwarts for wizardry and magic, it kind of confuses me. But that's just my opinion. The plots and scenes are great and I would rate this an 8/10.

My favourite fantasy series. I loved it as a kid and years later, as an adult, it still holds up!

I loved this as a kid and I love it now

This series copied Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars.

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2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

It is always hard to choose my favorite fantasy book, it's simply my favorite genre. But I thought, well, why not give the crown to the one that started it all? I own, and I have read the series so many times, and my girlfriend was the one who really got me into this one. So now, we both have them almost memorized by heart. I can never say how great they are, it is pretty much inexpressible. It's just SO GREAT!

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.

Just Brilliant. My favourite book series of all time. Harry Potter is nothing compared to this beauty.

It really is a wonderful morality tale.

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

Greatest fantasy series ever

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

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 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. '

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4 Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan

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.

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.

AMAZING

Why isn't this #1

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5 The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan

yep

Many more interesting characters are introduced.

I loved the books so much and I really all rick riordan books the writer is really creative and really did great I really wish he would write about percy going to Egypt since I am an Egyptian thank you so much for putting your time and effort in writing this book
All the love and support from Egypt

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!

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6 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

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.

Why is this below inheritance cycle? Chronicles of Narnia is way better then that garbage

Narnia gave me a new reason and opened my eyes
For me it’s on the top of the world

They seem like books for little kids, but dig deeper and you'll find lots of profound meaning.

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7 Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini

I love these books. Must read!

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

The series has incredible descriptions that make you feel like you're there. A must read series for sure.

All the characters are so deeply developed and woven into the amazingly interesting story.

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8 Fablehaven - Brandon Mull

It is a great book! Menigo is the best character

Best series, like, ever

Fun fantasy filled with magic I enjoy the whole series wonderful descriptive action packed wished for more

BEST SERIES EVER! Brandon Mull is amazing!

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9 The Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss

Amazing! I couldn't put it down.

My favourite book series ever

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

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

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10 The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

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.

YES! Defiantly my favorite!

I love it, but it isn't fantasy. Not exactly anyways - EllenseaFornost

This is Science Fiction or Dystopian Future, not Fantasy.

I agree, Google classifies it as fantasy but I think it's pretty clear it's not. - pandagirl

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The Contenders

11 His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman

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

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

12 Warriors - Erin Hunter

This is the best, why is it not even at least not a contender! I will murder any warrior haters!

I found my warroir family and never letting go of my family this series is the best and I cannot wait for the movie in 2024

What? * coughs...* What kind of * coughs..* books * cough, wheeze* are these?! warriors is the best SERIES IN THE INFINITY OF THE WORLD! this should be #1 Right now!

This should be number 1

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13 The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan

Most of the other stuff on this list is not even proper fantasy

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

It's good

By far the best book series I've ever read. Can't believe it's so low on this list. Hunger games and divergent aren't even fantasy as much as sci-fi/dystopia.

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14 Divergent Trilogy - Veronica Roth

This is like one of the best series I ever read in life. Once I started reading the book, I can't let go. I just had to find out what's gonna happen next. This series is like I don't even know what to say it's just so amazing and thrilling.

Divergent was good, Insurgent was boring, and Allegiant just sucked (and not because Tris died). The characters were boring, underdeveloped, and annoying, and although the idea was interesting, the series was not written that great.

In my opinion it's better than the hunger games

Better than the movies

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15 The Dark Tower - Stephen King

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

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

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

The best book series ever!

16 Dune - Frank and Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson
17 The Inkheart Trilogy - Cornelia Funke

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

Spellbinding.

18 Mistborn Series - Brandon Sanderson

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

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

19 The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

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

THIS BOOK SERIES IS AMAZING! It deserves to being the top 5! It has a MUCH complex plot and twists that Harry Potter as well!

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!

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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

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 The Door Within - Wayne Thomas Batson

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.

23 The First Law - Joe Abercrombie
24 The Lost Years of Merlin - TA Barron

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

25 The Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson

If you didn't vote for this, it's probably because you have read this.

If you have voted for anything else here and haven't read this then read it next.

Maybe not the best ever, but better than the Inheritance Cycle and Twilight. Interweaving plots and mutiple worlds beat cliche dragons and gay vampires.

26 Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland

This should at least be in top ten

Great characters and plot line

Wings of fire is the best it should be number one for sure all these other books are crap except for harry potter and stuff

Personally, I hate wings of fire, but, you guys be you. - DerpaHerpaMerpa

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27 Demon Cycle - Peter V. Brett

Peter V. Brett created a beautifully designed world with this series. He proceeded to develop several major characters and societies, then merged them together over the course of five books wonderfully. Besides that, it is full of gore, excitement, and great plotting. One of my favourite series for sure.

28 The Witcher - Andrzej Sapkowski
29 The Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson

This is honestly some of the best written fantasy I've ever read. And I've read a good amount. The world and lore is so intriguing and the characters have really good development. You should definitely give these books a shot.

30 The Black Company - Glen Cook

Deserves to be higher, this is a great series, the first 5 books or so are very good. - Element119

31 Ranger's Apprentice - John Flanagan

So much military strategies, accuracy of weapon use, realistic situations, these books are actually believable. Lovable characters like the the kind Will Treaty, Erak the noble viking, Halt the grim ranger and the list goes on. These books are amazing and bring up a new adventure every time that keep you on the edge of your seat. In my opinion, they are tied with Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire. These books deserve to be higher. Please read them if you haven't

How is this 12. Deserves 1 for sure!

I only read one, and I loved it

32 The Maze Runners - James Dashner

This series is amazing. I'm readings The Death cure right now

This series's is amazing. I'm reading The Death Cure right now.

Newt is perfect.

33 Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
34 Redwall - Brian Jacques

This was my intro to fantasy as a kid, and they still haven't lost their charm when I go back and read them now. Each one is an adventure worth taking.

35 The Saga of Darren Shan - Darren Shan

These were the books that marked my teenage years. I've read and re-read them several times

36 The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb

One of the most underrated novel ever!

37 Guardians of Ga'hoole - Kathryn Lasky

I can't explain how dreadful this series is. The characters are sooo annoying, the writing is bland and the plot is boring and dumb. The movies is ten times worse, though. (It has the most boring script out of every movie I've seen before. Forgettable, too.

I didn't really like this that much. I liked it, but I just liked Warriors and Harry Potter more. I'll try reading further, and I might change my opinion, but for now, Firestar Forever!

I like this book series a lot. I think it’s really underrated, and more people should read it. (I tried staring a book club in my school in order to make this a little less underrated, but people who went to elementary school with me apparently don’t realize that I do indeed have book standards, and warned people against joining the book club.) This is a really cool book. It deserves to be higher than 51.

38 The Belgariad - David Eddings

One of the greatest series I have ever read, couldn't put it down

39 The Bartimaeus Sequence - Jonathan Stroud
40 The Riftwar Cycle - Raymond E. Feist

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.

41 Earthsea - Ursula Le Guin

Loved these books as a young teenager. Much easier to read then some of her other books (such as The Left Hand of Darkness).

This was Harry Potter before Harry Potter, it deserves to be top 10-15 - Eorel

42 Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

Why isn't this in the top 10?

This book is so good. I mean seriously! Its kinda like a young version of GOT and its really twisted. You will laugh, cry and scream all through out the series.The plot,the characters, the action, romance everything is AMAZING.
Seriously just buy this book and read it right now.

43 The Chronicles of Amber - Roger Zelazny
44 The Spooks - Joseph Delaney
45 Bone - Jeff Smith

YEP

46 The Kane Chronicles - Rick Riordan

Riordan Rocks!

Riordan - Orlemley

47 The Once and Future King - T.H. White
48 Kingdom Keepers - Ridley Pearson

This should be on top 5. My list:
The Lord of the Rings
The Hunger Games
Harry Potter
Keeper of the Lost Cities
Kingdom Keepers

49 Hush Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
50 The Lightbringer - Brent Weeks
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