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The longest fantasy series of all time

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Ever wondered which are the longest fantasy series of all time? Fantasy books are usually longer than in other genres. While the standard word count for a novel is 80.000 this is not so if we are speaking of science and fantasy fiction. Here, the word count increases significantly falling within 90.000-120.000 words per novel. Yes, fantasy and sci-fi novels are considered the longest ones (along with historical fiction).

Longer does not mean better. But at least we can say, that their movie adaptations may gross more, just check The highest grossing fantasy movies of all time. This, of course, if the movie adaptation goes well, just check what happened with Percy Jackson movies instead…

Why are Fantasy and Science fiction novels longer than other genres?

Mostly, because Fantasy and sci-fi books stories are usually set in fictional words. While in a novel taking place in our world (low fantasy for example) we know the locations, we know the rules and how our world is governed. After all, we live on this planet, so the basic rules are already set. Meanwhile, in a fictional world all of this remains unknown, and therefore requires further explanation and depiction. In conclusion, Fantasy and sci-fi novels are longer because of all the worldbuilding, we have to explain the world we made up to the reader so he can be fully immersed in it.

Of course, in Fantasy, there are long novels, but there are also really long book series. Which are the longest fantasy book series ever? Let’s take a look.

Words vs pages

Quick clarification here, when we compare book lengths, it must be done using word count. The number of pages can be misleading. This is because in some cases, mostly because of dialogues, some text might occupy more space but that doesn’t mean it will take more time to read. Just see for yourself:

page vs words

See? Bet The Hobbit excerpt was longer to read.

These are the longest fantasy series:

Here you have some of the longest fantasy series in history:

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia book cover

  • Wordcount: 345.535
  • Books: 7
  • Finished.

Speaking of The Chronicles of Narnia:

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The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

the-lord-of-the-rings-book-cover

  • Wordcount: 481.103
  • Books: 1 (but published in 3 different volumes)
  • Finished.

Speaking of Lotr:

→ Do you like quizzes? Discover which race would you be in the Lotr universe.

→ The new upcoming Amazon LOTR tv series is being produced: see here.

→ Did you know J.R.R Tolkien is the reason the fantasy genre is how it is now? This is how Tolkien influenced Fantasy.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians

Percy Jackson book cover

  • Wordcount: 432.494
  • Books: 5
  • Finished.

Speaking of Percy Jackson:

→ The movie adaptations of Percy Jackson flopped, they were canceled. What happened to Percy

→ Ever wondered how Percy Jackson would look as a League of Legends champion? Here you can know.

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

The Kingkiller Chronicle book cover

  • Wordcount: 650.000
  • Books: 2
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of The Kingkiller Chronicle:

→ Want to start reading this series? This is all you need to know.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Harry potter sorcerers stone book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.084.170
  • Books: 7
  • Finished.

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The Black Company by Glen Cook

Black company book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.087.747,00
  • Books: 9
  • Unfinished.

 
 

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Dark tower book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.670.000
  • Books: 7
  • Finished.

Speaking of Stephen King:

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→ Stephen King was influenced by H.P Lovecraft: The influence of H.P Lovecraft.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Stormlight Archives book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.269.212
  • Published books: 3
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of Brandon Sanderson:

→ Discover more about one of his most famous series: Mistborn.

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Crown of Stars by Kate Elliot

Crown of stars book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.924.112
  • Published books: 7
  • Finished.

 
 

A song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

Game of Thrones book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.749.211
  • Published books: 5
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of ASOIAF, Game of Thrones:

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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Dresden files book cover

  • Wordcount: 2.251.400
  • Published books: 15
  • Finished.

 
 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander book cover

  • Wordcount: 3.227.831
  • Published books: 8
  • Unfinished.

 
 

Saga of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Recluce book cover

  • Wordcount: 3.899.213
  • Published books: 21
  • Unfinished.

 
 

Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

Realm of Elderlings book cover

  • Wordcount: 4.061.121
  • Published books: 16
  • Finished.

 
 

The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind

The Sword of Truth book cover

  • Wordcount: 4.138.677
  • Published books: 21
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of The Sword of Truth:

→ Want to start reading this series? here you have the  The Sword of Truth all you need to know

→ If are you a fan of quizzes: how much you know about swords challenge.

Valdemar Universe by Mercedes Lackey

Valdemar book cover

  • Wordcount: 5.082.433
  • Published books: 22
  • Unfinished.

 
 

Xanth by Piers Anthony

  • Wordcount: 4.719.200
  • Published books: 40
  • Unfinished.

 
 

Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Discworld book cover

  • Wordcount: 5.625.321
  • Published books: 41
  • Finished.

Speaking of Discworld:

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The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (finished by Brandon Sanderson)

Wheel of time book cover

  • Wordcount: 4.082.665
  • Published books: 15
  • Finished.

Speaking of The Wheel of Time:

→ Discover everything about the upcoming The Wheel of Time tv series.

The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E. Feist

Riftwar book cover

  • Wordcount: 4.755.902
  • Published books: 30
  • Unfinished.

 
 

Which is the longest fantasy book series ever written?

Drums, if you please:

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

Malazan Book cover

  • Wordcount: 5.630.199
  • Published books: 13
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of Malazan:

→ Want to start reading Malazan? Here’s an all you need to know guide about Malazan Book of the Fallen.

There you go. The longest fantasy right now, so far, is Malazan Book of The Fallen.

What’s the longest book title ever?

The longest book title ever has 11.284 characters, it was achieved by  Srijan Timilsina (Nepal) in Lalitpure, Nepal, on 19 February 2014. It is a Guinness world record, therefore you can see the original title (sorry for not including it here, but come on 11k characters!)  on Guinness official site: see here.

 

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