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Best Fantasy Trilogies

April
The list author says: "Many of the best Fantasy books come in Trilogy form. Here are some from the past 50 years that I consider worthy of note."
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
"The first and the best.  It was originally just one volume--broken up by the publisher into three books.  It is still the standard for High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy and Fantasy Trilogies--Introducing such elements as the Quest, the ultimate fight between good and evil, world-building complete with unique languages, maps, and non-human races:  elves, dwarves, halflings, etc."
Summer Tree, The: Book One of the Fionavar Tapestry
Summer Tree, The: Book One of the Fionavar Tapestry
"The Fionavar Tapistry.  Guy Gavriel Kay is one of the best writers of fantasy, ever.  His roots go back to Tolkien:  He was asked by Christopher Tolkien to help out with his fathers notes which were subsequently organized for _The Silmarillion_.  Kay's first original creation was this trilogy, which still holds up over time.  I would highly recommend his subsequent books, too."
The Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone)
The Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone)
"The Gormenghast Trilogy has long been regarded as a classic of literary fantasy.  It is a bizarre world--a gigantic city/castle, Gormenghast, populated with strange characters that owe more to the stranger aspects of Lewis Carroll than anything else."
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1)
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1)
"The Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy.  This is very much in the tradition of Tolkien, but without being unduly derivative."
Riddle-Master
Riddle-Master
"This is the first in a trilogy, of course, not Epic fantasy, as the previous, but a more character-driven tale, of which this is an early and good example that has influenced many similar tales that have come afterwards."
Deryni Rising
Deryni Rising
"The Deryni Chronicles.  Another early character-driven trilogy featuring magic-users who are distrusted, set in an kind of alternate history.  Again, featuring elements that have been used many times since in fantasy novels--but this was one of the first and still one of the best."
The Initiate (Time Master Trilogy)
The Initiate (Time Master Trilogy)
"The Time Master Trilogy.  Another seminal character-driven trilogy introducing themes of Order vs. Chaos, a sorcerous collegium, relative evil and good...  Again, themes that echo in current fantasy."
Wraeththu
Wraeththu
"The Wraeththu Chronicles:  Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, Bewitchments of Love and Hate, Fulfillments of Love and Desire.  A trilogy, poetically powerful, character-driven, of a post-apocalyptic time when humankind is failing and a mutation creates a new race of beings with an alternate physiology and magical powers.  It weaves in elements of the early punk/goth culture and sexuality."
Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)
Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)
"The Farseer Trilogy.  Here we are getting to more recent writers...  Another character-driven tale that has some epic elements."
Black Sun Rising: The Coldfire Trilogy #1
Black Sun Rising: The Coldfire Trilogy #1
"The Coldfire Trilogy.  Here we have the ultimate in strange bedfellows, with a Paladin-type having to pair with an Evil Sorcerer in order to fight a greater evil.  Moral ambiguity is further explored... and our own fascination with conflicted characters."
The Black Jewels: Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood / Heir to the Shadows / Queen of the Darkness
The Black Jewels: Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood / Heir to the Shadows / Queen of the Darkness
"The Black Jewels Trilogy.  Character-driven tale with a mix of dark, goth sensibility, moral and sexual ambiguity, romance, and more.  An other early example and trend-setter."
Kushiel's Dart
Kushiel's Dart
"Kushiel's Legacy.  An alternate Europe with alternate religions and history.  A good dollop of sex (fetishes) and romance, but with all the other elements--great world-building, great characters, great intrigue and great battles for the love of home and country."