We are all aware of the fantasy genre in the literary world. As humans, we are tired of reality and the real world as it is filled with pessimism and nothingness, we seek comfort from fantasy. In this article, we are going to read about the 10 best fantasy book series of all time. This article includes top books from Harry Potter and Percy Jackson to The Wheel of Time and Dune.
10 Best Fantasy Book Series of All Time
- Percy Jackson & the Olympians – Rick Riordan
- Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
- The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis
- A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin
- The Dark Tower – Stephen King
- His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
- Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
- The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan
- Dune – Frank Herbert
Percy Jackson & the Olympians – Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson & the Olympians is set in the 21st century, however with Greek gods. It is about Percy Jackson, a young demigod. His goal and purpose are to prevent the Titans led by Kronos from destroying the world. Fun fact – It all began when Rick Riordan began telling bedtime stories to his son who was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD.
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
Perhaps the most famous creation in the fantasy world of all time is The Harry Potter series. It chronicles the lives of students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – Harry Potter and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The main story arc concerns the struggles of Harry Potter against Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort’s motive is to become immortal and kill all muggles (people with no magical power) and wizards.
The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings is set in the Middle-Earth. The story commences as a sequel to The Hobbit by Tolkien, however, it developed to be a much greater work. The title refers to the primary antagonist of the story The Dark Lord Sauron. Sauron at an earlier age formed the One Ring. He created the ring to dominate over the rest of the Rings of Power given to Elves, Dwarves, and Men. It begins in a hobbit land called the Shire and it ranges across Middle-Earth following the journey to ruin the One Ring mainly through the eyes of the hobbits named Sam, Pippin, Merry, and Frodo.
The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia is set in the fictional kingdom known as Narnia. It is a fantasy world of talking animals, magic, and mythical beasts. The story narrates the adventures of many children who play major roles in the unfolding past of the world of Narnia. The primary characters of this story are all children and they have been transported to Narnia magically. They are often summoned by Aslan, the lion to save Narnia from evil. The series covers the entire story of Narnia from its creation in The Magician’s Nephew to its destruction in The Last Battle.
A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin
This book is set in the fictional continents Essos and Westeros. The viewpoint of each chapter of A Song of Ice and Fire grows with each chapter from nine characters in the first novel to thirty-one in the fifth. The three primary stories entwine a dynastic war among many families for the domination of Westeros and the goal of the overthrown king’s exiled daughter to the Iron Throne.
The Dark Tower – Stephen King
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is a series of one short story and eight novels. It embroils themes of a few genres such as science fantasy, dark fantasy, Western, and horror. The story concentrates on a gunslinger and his journey toward a tower. The nature of the tower is simultaneously physical and metaphorical. This series is referred to as Stephen King’s magnum opus.
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials include several fantasy elements including armoured polar bears and witches. The trilogy of His Dark Materials alludes to notions from philosophy, physics, and theology. It works as an inversion and retelling of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. The story focuses on the coming of age of two kids named Will Parry and Lyra Belacqua as they wander around a few series of parallel universes. Although this has been marketed as a book of the young adult genre, the author did not write it for any specific targeted audience.
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone is narrated by Alina Starkov. Alina is a teenage orphan who grows up in Ravka, a Russian-inspired land. She unexpectedly harnessed a power that she never imagined she had to save her best friend, Mal – Grisha’s talent. The Grisha are people with the capability to influence the elements to utilize weapons. She becomes a target of violence and intrigue. The story however ends with Mal and Alina taking passage across the True Sea, escaping the Darkling and Ravka.
The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time is popular for its length, magic system, large cast characters, and detailed imaginary world. The series engages several elements of both Asian and European mythology, most popularly the cyclical nature of time found in religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. It deals with metaphysical notions of duality and balance, the War and Peace of Leo Tolstoy, respect towards nature in Taoism, and the Abrahamic notions of Satan and God.
Dune – Frank Herbert
Dune by Frank Herbert is set in the far-away future in a feudal interstellar society in which several noble homes control planetary fiefs. It focuses on the story of young Paul Atreides. Paul’s family accepts the stewardship of planet Arrakis. Although Arrakis is a meagrely populated and inhospitable planet, it is the only source of mélange. Melange is a type of drug that enhances mental skills and extends life. This drug is also necessary for space navigation. It helps with foresight and multidimensional awareness. Dune explored the politics, religion, technology, ecology, and human emotions as the sections of the empire confront each other in a fight for the control of the planet and mélange.
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