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.

I love Harry Potter! AWESOME! JK you awesome lol I haven't read ALL the books yet though.

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

Harry Potter is so Iconic and wonderful, how could you not love it. It is truly amazing and such a good book series, I can't understand how some people hate it. But I have to say, this was tied with Chronicles of Narnia for me.

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!

The lord of the rings is the second best in my opinion. But it is still rated 10 out of 10.

Basically the Bible of fantasy, or the Father of fiction

The movies are absolute MASTERPIECES
my three fave movies of all time


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.

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

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. '

This is ranked 12 as of April 2013, but in 5 years time it will be number 1. Harry Potter is good, but nothing is more amazing than reading about the Game of Thrones.

4 Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan

Great worldbuilding
Likeable characters
Very well written (I love Rick Riordan)
Cool story
I really love the comedy spin-off 'Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods' where Percy explains the Greek myths
In my to five fantasy book series

I have not read this book series, but I have heard of it. And it seems like a good book.

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.

5 The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan

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.

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!

The sequel series to Percy Jackson. New characters, new writing style, Greeks & Romans included. Maybe not as good as the first series, but still a good read. I'm waiting to get my hands on the latest book!

6 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

This series does an excellent job on its’ spiritual themes and Christian parallels.

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.

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

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!

7 Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini

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.

One of the greatest books of all times. Deserves to be number1

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

8 Fablehaven - Brandon Mull

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

BEST SERIES EVER! Brandon Mull is amazing!

Great series, have read it 5 times

Best series, like, ever

9 The Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss

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

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.

It's by far the best epic fantasy books

10 The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

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

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.

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

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

The Contenders

11 His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman

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

I love this kind of thing.


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!

One of the best series I have ever read along with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. These books are definitely all on the same level.

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

The only reason this is sixteen is because not enough people have read this series.

Why isn't this higher up? - Themattster12

14 The Dark Tower - Stephen King

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

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

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

The best book series ever!

15 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

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.


18 Mistborn Series - Brandon Sanderson

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.

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 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!

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!

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 Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland

I like dragon wars. I think this is a creative book. (only read the graphic novels)

WOF WOF WOF! I only started it because my friends, and I'm only on book one... (By friend I mean love of my life )

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

Original story story
Great, likeable characters
Very well written
Incredible worldbuilding

26 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.

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

It blows me away, every time. Love the characters, the setting, and the conflict.

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

Newt is perfect.

33 Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
34 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.

Not amazing but good with cool characters and awesome worldbuilding I reeally like the movie though. :)

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!

This story is so cute!

35 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.

36 The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb

One of the most underrated novel ever!

37 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

38 The Belgariad - David Eddings

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

39 The Chronicles of Amber - Roger Zelazny
40 The Bartimaeus Sequence - Jonathan Stroud
41 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.

42 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

This should totally be in the top 5! Amazing. And LONG.

43 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

44 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.

45 The Spooks - Joseph Delaney
46 Bone - Jeff Smith


47 The Kane Chronicles - Rick Riordan

Riordan Rocks!

Riordan - Orlemley

48 The Lightbringer - Brent Weeks
49 The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks

Classic high fantasy

50 The Once and Future King - T.H. White
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