Top 10 Best Fantasy Book Series

The Top Ten
1 Harry Potter - JK Rowling

An easy answer for me. I love fantasy books about wizards and witches so of course I loved this series. Also, I love Professor Snape he is the BEST Harry Potter character hands down! However, I have been getting into other books lately as well such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland book which is quite underrated but Harry Potter still deserves its fame because it's an amazing series loved by many including myself.

My mom read all the books to me and my sister (no, that does not mean I cannot read them, shush you!) and she read every last one, the Deathly Hallows was my favorite book and the Deathly Hallows part two was my favorite movie and Harry is my favorite character and I like Harry x Ginny and I also like Ron x Hermione. And I love that there was violence and romance at the same time! I also hope JK Rowling makes MORE books, oh my gosh, I hope there are at least fifteen (like wings of fire) and speaking of Wings of Fire that is also another one of my favorites (this time I read it by myself) also in Harry Potter there is SO much detail, at least not so much that it makes the entire book so boring that you quit around the first 20 or so pages-Jewel the RainWing

OMG YESSSS! I absolutely love the Harry Potter series with all my heart! It is just so creative, fun, hilarious, cute, and romantic! It is just so amazing how the author came up with the marvelous idea of wizards, witches, spells, magical games, and a great school, all in one! Not only that, but the characters are so vivid, unique, loveable, and punchable! I just love this story, and all the wonderful ideas that MUST be explored in this amazing book series.

I love this book, because there is a lot of excitment in the book, with spells. When I was little I never wanted to read Harry Potter, but I did at summer.

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

Although Harry potter and the others are great as well, I feel as if this book has a sort of magical feeling to it- a feeling I have never felt while reading any other book. Its beauty, its wonder... As I read I felt as though J.R.R. Tolkien poured his entire soul into this, and that the words he had written were straight from the heart. It is so simple, yet so complex at the same time and that often leaves me once again entranced by its beauty. I understand that for some it is a little difficult to read, and I felt that way as well at the beginning. But a few chapters in I found I could not put the book down- it had simply mesmerized me with the imagery, the voice, the tone, the characters and the beauty of all that is Middle-Earth. This book is, in simplest terms, beautiful. I have fallen in love with everything about it, I have felt the love Tolkien put into it. It is one of my biggest inspirations.This elegant fantasy will forever have a place in my heart- it changed me. It ...more

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.

If this book had never been written there may not be the fantasy we know so well today. This book which was later broken up into three different parts but made none the less epic, and I must say that even though John Ronald Ruel Tolkien passed away around fifty years ago, his fame still lives in every single book I pick up. I have to say all of the books on this list are great, but this book stands out to me a lot. I never have trouble finding it either in the library or the bookstore, so I say here and nw that this books deserves first place next to Harry Potter. The Lord Of The Rings is EPIC!

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.

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

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?

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.

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 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

4 Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan

I really like this book series. I really like the fact that the main character is the son of Posideon, not Zeus. Zeus is usually considered the "main god", so it gets repetitive at times. This book series is so unique, but its sources are also very accurate. I love Greek Mythology because of its unique features and fun rides! I recommend this book to readers.

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.

The BEST. It doesn't need a film adaption to become popular. I mean, I read Harry Potter only because of films and also read many other books like that, Maze Runner, Narnia, etc. But Percy Jackson doesn't have such film adaptations(Those stupid movies doesn't count, okay? If anything, they DEFAMED Percy Jackson. I HATE them)

5 The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan

So far, this is my favorite fantasy book series. The characters are well developed, and the worldbuilding is very interesting. Not only that, but the author pays great attention to detail. I'm only on Book 7 currently but I've heard that the other books are great too. The only series I've read that surpasses The Lord of the Rings (though that series is also great).
I have not yet read Game of Thrones though.

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

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.

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!

6 The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan

This series gave me more confidence in myself, my sexuality, and many other things! It shows a lot, and I mean A LOT of representation and it's honestly amazing!

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.

The Heroes of Olympus is really just a better spin off of Percy Jackson. It really does an amazing job of putting action and mystery, 2 great plot points, together.


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.

7 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

This was one of my favorite books when I was a little kid. It had so many different creatures that were just so loveable! This book series is probably one of the reasons I am one of the biggest fantasy books fans! I especially recommend this book to little children. (And everyone of all ages!) Children will be overcome with creativity and a love for books after reading The Chronicles of 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.

The chronicles of Narnia was the first fantasy book I ever read, or watched. It was the thing that inspired me to read more of the great fantasy books and movies.


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.

8 Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland

I just love Wings of Fire, the series itself, the best! Wings of Fire book one is about a MudWing named Clay, who is loving, always hungry, and called the "Big Wings"

Wings of Fire is by far my favorite book series of all time! I love the story and characters! My life was forever changed after reading this series and highly recommended it!

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.

Tui is such a good writer. The idea of what's going on changes from dragon to dragon in each book, it has a few more mistakes than something like Harry Potter, buts it's personally the best book series I have ever read.


9 Warriors - Erin Hunter

I love Harry Potter and the other fantasy books listed here, but nothing, I REPEAT NOTHING, can beat Warriors in my heart. First, I love animals. Second, cats are my favorite animals. Third, the characters in this book series are just THE best! I recommend this book series to anyone who loves to read, and anyone who hates to read! (After reading this series, reading will be your favorite thing in the world!) There are so many lessons to be learned in this book series. This book series is a wild ride of love, mystery, action, animals, loyalty, friendship, and so many great ideas! Warriors #1

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!

Warriors is the best series I know! I was reading some of the reviews for this, and it's true. Warriors should be number 1! Although you should be a avid reader to be able to understand these books correctly. The character development is great and I fall in love with each character. I love the warriors series so much, it has become my life! By the way Harry Potter is so overrated. Warriors is the number 1 series! Highly recommended. Enough said.

Warriors is amazing! The Erins are so dedicated to doing this book series as it has been going on since 2003! (and still making books to this day) I would rate this series 12+ though as it can get pretty graphic and 100s of deaths happen. You will also not be waiting for the next book to come out since there are 80+ books. I love Harry Potter and all, but I think it's a little overrated. Warriors needs some attention! ( Fun fact: My elementary/ middle school banned warriors for being too gory ) - _IvystarOf_Mistclan_

10 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.

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

Great story. Heavy on "magic".

The Newcomers

? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

VERY underrated. People always think of the stolen Disney movie when they think of Alice in Wonderland but the OG book is WAY better. This is an AMAZING book, hands down. If you like dreams, illusion, surrealism, and/or even the backrooms then you might like this book because basically, Alice falls into a rabbit hole into a dreamlike surrealistic place, and if you want to imagine Alice in Wonderland rather than watch the stolen Disney ripoff of it. Also I know for a fact Disney stole this because this book was created 36 YEARS before Walt Disney was even BORN. This book was created in November 1865 and Walt Disney was born in December of 1901 if you don't believe me then just Google this book and Walt Disney the evidence is literally only 2 Google searches and a calculator away. Awesome book, quite underrated.

The Contenders
11 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.

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

I've heard they are amazing, and they are.

What?! This shouldn't be on the list

12 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.

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

13 The Dark Tower - Stephen King

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!

14 Fablehaven - Brandon Mull

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.

Best series, like, ever

Gonna read it soon

15 Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini

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

16 The Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss

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.

Amazing! I couldn't put it down.

17 His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman

I was only 9 when I first read it, and didn't really understand a lot of the plot, but the parts I did I really loved!

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

I love this kind of thing.

18 Gentlemen Bastard Sequence - Scott Lynch
19 The Witcher - Andrzej Sapkowski
20 Dune - Frank and Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson

Great story, Heavy duty politics.

21 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.

22 The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

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.

23 The Inkheart Trilogy - Cornelia Funke

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

24 Discworld - Terry Pratchett

I tell you, this should be top on the list. It's far better than Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, both of which contain inumerable cliches. Discworld pokes fun at every cliche and stereotype to fantasy there is. It's got the first Death EVER to have an actual personality, and all the characters stand out against all the other books' people. Satirical and hilarious, Discworld is definitely the best fantasy book EVER.

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.

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

25 Seven Realms Saga - Cinda Williams Chima
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