The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written
Whether you’re a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there’s something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.
— BuzzFeed Books (2015-Aug-21)


A list that defines the authors’ snapshot of Fantasy. The list misses a few that I would have definitely put into the list; where are Dianna Wynn Jones, Jim Butcher, Katherine Kurtz, Anne McCaffry, David Eddings, Trudi Canavan, Tad Williams, … ? This listing does give a starting point for a larger discussion.

All series linked to their appropriate Goodreads series pages.
☑ = series read or started : ☒ = series started and Lemmed : ☐ = series not started

☑ 01. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss [audible]
☐ 02. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson [audible]
☑ 03. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin [audible]
☑ 04. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien [audible]
☐ 05. The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks [audible]
☑ 06. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman [audible]
☑ 07. Discworld by Terry Pratchett [audible]
☑ 08. The First Law by Joe Abercrombie [audible]
☑ 09. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks [audible]
☐ 10. Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett [audible]
☐ 11. The Riddle-Master Trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip [audible]
☑ 12. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson [audible]
☑ 13. Gentlemen Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch [audible]
☐ 14. The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin [audible]
☐ 15. Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb [audible]
☑ 16. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling [audible]
☑ 17. The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind [audible]
☑ 18. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis [audible]
☑ 19. The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin [audible]
☐ 20. The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay [audible]
☐ 21. Raven’s Shadow by Anthony Ryan [audible]
☐ 22. The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence [audible]
☐ 23. A Land Fit For Heroes by Richard K. Morgan [audible]
☒ 24. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon [audible]
☑ 25. The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan [audible]
☐ 26. Malazan Book Of The Fallen by Steven Erikson [audible]
☐ 27. The Black Company by Glen Cook [audible]
☐ 28. Elemental Logic by Laurie J. Marks [audible]
☑ 29. The Chronicles Of Amber by Roger Zelazny [audible]
☑ 30. The Avalon Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley [audible]
☐ 31. The Merlin Quintet by Mary Stewart [audible]
☑ 32. The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore [audible]
☐ 33. The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
☑ 34. Redwall by Brian Jacques [audible]
☑ 35. Temeraire by Naomi Novik [audible]
☐ 36. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini [audible]
☐ 37. The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan [audible]
☐ 38. Prince Of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker [audible]
☑ 39. Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman | Dragonlance Legends by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman [audible|audible]
☑ 40. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
☐ 41. The Powder Mage Trilogy by Brian McClellan [audible]
☑ 42. The Once And Future King by T.H. White [audible]
☐ 43. The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud [audible]
☑ 44. The Gormenghast Series by Mervyn Peake [audible]
☐ 45. The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix [audible]
☐ 46. The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper [audible]
☐ 47. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb [audible]
☐ 48. The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron [audible]
☐ 49. Dreamblood by N.K. Jemisin [audible]
☑ 50. The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E. Feist [audible]
☐ 51. The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman [audible]

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