Best Selling Fantasy Series of All Time

Top Selling Fantasy BooksBecause a book sells lots of copies certainly does not prove it is a quality product. However, people typically don’t read the second or third book in a series if they didn’t like the first one. Success over time in a series could be considered a key indicator of gripping, “I have to find out what happens!” storytelling.

Here is the list of best-selling Fantasy Series, ranked by copies sold PER BOOK. We didn’t think it was fair to just count the total sales when some series have so many more books than others.


Book seriesAuthorSales Per BookTotal Books Sold
Harry PotterJ.K. Rowling 64,285,714 450,000,000
Lord of the RingsJ.R.R. Tolkein 50,000,000 150,000,000
Chronicles of NarniaC. S. Lewis 17,142,857 120,000,000
A Song of Ice and FireGeorge R. R. Martin 11,600,000 58,000,000
Inheritance CycleChristopher Paolini 9,750,000 39,000,000
Percy Jackson and the OlympiansRick Riordan 8,000,000 40,000,000
Wheel of TimeRobert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson 6,150,000 80,000,000
His Dark MaterialsPhilip Pullman 5,000,000 15,000,000
Dark TowerStephen King 3,750,000 30,000,000
Artemis FowlEoin Colfer 3,125,000 25,000,000
Sword of TruthTerry Goodkind 2,083,333 25,000,000
Malazan Book of the FallenSteven Erikson 2,000,000 20,000,000
DiscworldTerry Pratchett 1,950,000 80,000,000


Highest Rated Fantasy Books

Top Fantasy BooksTo learn which Fantasy books are currently considered the best of all time based on multiple, large fan polls check out our compiled data on the Current Top Rated Fantasy Books and Series, or for our personal favorites you can explore HQ’s Top 10 Fantasy “Must-Reads“.


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