Because 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 series||Author||Sales Per Book||Total Books Sold|
|Harry Potter||J.K. Rowling||64,285,714||450,000,000|
|Lord of the Rings||J.R.R. Tolkein||50,000,000||150,000,000|
|Chronicles of Narnia||C. S. Lewis||17,142,857||120,000,000|
|A Song of Ice and Fire||George R. R. Martin||11,600,000||58,000,000|
|Inheritance Cycle||Christopher Paolini||9,750,000||39,000,000|
|Percy Jackson and the Olympians||Rick Riordan||8,000,000||40,000,000|
|Wheel of Time||Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson||6,150,000||80,000,000|
|His Dark Materials||Philip Pullman||5,000,000||15,000,000|
|Dark Tower||Stephen King||3,750,000||30,000,000|
|Artemis Fowl||Eoin Colfer||3,125,000||25,000,000|
|Sword of Truth||Terry Goodkind||2,083,333||25,000,000|
|Malazan Book of the Fallen||Steven Erikson||2,000,000||20,000,000|
To 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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