Which Fantasy Series Should I Try?

I’m a fan of fantasy novel series. I enjoy going back into worlds that I’ve discovered before, and exploring it more. I’ve read parts of several series, including Shannara, The Wheel of Time, A Song of Ice and Fire, Malazan, and so on. But I always enjoy a new world to explore.

So, I have a poll for you. Please vote for the series you think I should read, and let me know why you chose that in the comments below. This is a long list, and you can vote for multiple series.


Thanks for voting! I’ll definitely use the results to help decide on what I should buy.

8 thoughts on “Which Fantasy Series Should I Try?”

  1. I have a suggestion “the chronicles of chrestomancy”by Dianne Wynne Jones. They are a great read taking place in various worlds with a bit of magic here and there.

  2. All the series listed in the poll are great, but I have to plug one of my favorites: Darwath by Barbara Hambly. Great fantasy story with horror and mystery elements mixed into the fantasy fun. And the e-book omnibus is now on Amazon, so no looking for used copies!

  3. Looking at that list made me realize just how long it’s been since I’ve read a big fantasy series. I read the Valdemar, Dragonlance, Belgariad and Amber books a decade or more ago, and I’ve only picked at Riyria and Dark Tower — haven’t read any of the others. Guess I need to get cracking on my to-read list.

      1. Of those I listed, Dark Tower and Amber are probably the most unique. Valdemar is the most extensively coherent — Dragonlance is just as large but once you get out of the Hickman and Weis books, it gets kinda scattershot in quality. Lots of other authors doing side stories. Belgariad and Riyria both feel really basic-fantasy for me, Belgariad much moreso because it -is- so, but Riyria has the caper feel of stuff like the Lankhmar novels — couple guys against the world.

        If you’re hitting the old stuff, I suppose I could recommend the Lankhmar stuff (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser), the Elric saga, Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos series… I was reading all those around the time of the Belgariad. Sort of grungy heroic-rogue fantasy.

        1. Thanks for the comprehensive answer. There’s so much I haven’t read. Dark Tower has an appeal for me because it’s Stephen King, and I’ve actually never read anything by him. Dragonlance is kind of a standard fantasy type story that I really enjoy, so I may really get into it. I want to read Riyria for sure, but mainly because the author is just so likable and easy to talk to.

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