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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Bought my husband The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan, theres a quite a few books in this series and he was hooked.
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Oh, and I recommend him as well. Sort of on par with the first (and last good?) WoT book.
I'm +1'ing the Rothfuss recommendation. Don't judge by the cover art because it looks very corny. But they are both great books and I can't wait for the third.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

RE, Stephan R. Donaldson/Thomas Covenant trilogies, there are actually 3 of them. Have only read the first book of the Final trilogy, so can't comment. But loved the first two trilogies.

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Life of Pi. Just finished it, and loved it. It's described as fantasy, but perhaps not quite the genre you're after.

Try Steven Donaldson, the Thomas Covenant trilogies (there's two of them). I particularly liked Stephen Lawhead Pendragon Cycle (arthurian legend) and The Paradise War trilogy.

Another good take on Arthurian stuff is by Bernhard Cornwell - I think it's the "A Novel of Arthur" series, starting possibly with the Winter King.

I'm sure some are available on Kindle.
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Old 08.02.2013, 17:37
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Thank you all, that should keep me going till mid-March

Reading the Witcher book at the moment and really enjoying it; totally different to the books I've read so far.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Sorry, not read the posts above.

David Gemmell: Wrote loads, unfortunately RIP, but a big name in UK Fantasy literature. Start with the Drenai series: Legend.

Another former favourite is Raymond E Feist: Start with Magician. I say former, as after a while his books become a bit samey, but up until 2008, it was all good stuff.

Finally: Peter V Brett: the Painted Man - this is one book that really stands out for me - I really liked the concept. He's written the first two, and I am waiting for the third installment of what is meant to be 5 books.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

thirding or fourthing Patrick Rothfuss.

Also Scott Lynch's Lies of Locke Lamora is a brilliant, fun read. The sequel isn't as great but is still worth a read.
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Raymond E. Feist's The Riftwar Saga. I was completely entranced through out the entire trilogy - highly recommendable!
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Kelly Armstrong is fantastic im on my second of hers now and cant put down. She writes about werewolves, witches and the like
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I would suggest David Gemmell ..... awesome.
This, this and this. Get every book he has ever written and just readdddd.

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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Patrick Rothfuss +1

Lois McMaster Bujold (a bit lighter and much funnier)
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

'Magician' by Raymond E. Feist is a very good fantasy book. The following two books (Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon) are above decent.

He then wrote loads more books I haven't read set in the same world...

I heard from my brother that the Empire series, also by Feist, is worth reading.

Has anybody read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King?
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Anne Bishop's Black Jewels, Tir Alainn and Emphera series, all excellent with great characterisation. Likewise, J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Might appeal to the missus too.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

One great read from the scifi/fantasy genre: The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Jumping on the wagon of recommendations for Rothfuss - picked up the first one quite a while back, and got the second as soon as we knew it was out.

A favorite among my family (including now my hubby) is Jim Butcher - he's got two major series. His big break came with The Dresden Files, which is a series about a modern-day wizard living in Chicago, working in partnership with a special division of the Chicago PD.

His first major works though, which gained recognition after the popularity of Dresden Files was Codex Alera, which is set in a fantasy world. This is the story of a world at war, with roots apparently tracing back to a group of Romans who experienced some sort of mysterious travel (never has been explained how people of Roman ancestry arrive in the story world). The human population has developed a strong affinity to the world around them, becoming able to summon and use elemental "furies" (manifestations or simple things like added strength from the earth, quickness from air, things like that).


A series I learned of from friends recently is The Iron Druid Chronicles, by Kevin Hearne. Hubby bought them for me while I was away over the holidays, and I've just had a chance to dive in... almost finished with the first book, and it's looking good so far.
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Jumping on the wagon of recommendations for Rothfuss - picked up the first one quite a while back, and got the second as soon as we knew it was out.

A favorite among my family (including now my hubby) is Jim Butcher - he's got two major series. His big break came with The Dresden Files, which is a series about a modern-day wizard living in Chicago, working in partnership with a special division of the Chicago PD.

His first major works though, which gained recognition after the popularity of Dresden Files was Codex Alera, which is set in a fantasy world. This is the story of a world at war, with roots apparently tracing back to a group of Romans who experienced some sort of mysterious travel (never has been explained how people of Roman ancestry arrive in the story world). The human population has developed a strong affinity to the world around them, becoming able to summon and use elemental "furies" (manifestations or simple things like added strength from the earth, quickness from air, things like that).
Codex Alera is a result of Jim taking a bet to write a fantasy series based on any 2 ideas of a writing group he was in. They handed him the Lost Roman Legion and Pokemon.

He won the bet and it's perfectly readable (especially when he started to feel he could downplay the Pokemon elements). Dresden Files is better, though.

The OP seems to like fairly 'serious-toned' stuff (and also to have enough to be getting on with). However, some of my favourite fantasy/ soft SF books ever are Philip Reeve's Hungry Cities cycle, technically YA but pretty clever. Nobody gets murdered at their wedding, but plenty of no-character-is-safe just the same.
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'Magician' by Raymond E. Feist is a very good fantasy book. The following two books (Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon) are above decent.

He then wrote loads more books I haven't read set in the same world...

I heard from my brother that the Empire series, also by Feist, is worth reading.

Has anybody read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King?
The Empire series is imo better than Magician, and one of the best trilogies I've ever read. It's also co-written by Janny Wurts.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Very much enjoyed the Dresden Files, strongly recommend avoiding the Codex Alera. Absolute crap, along the lines of Feist's work. To each their own, of course, that's only my own opinion.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Thank you all once again. Nearly finished the 2nd of the Kingkiller Chronicles, only to find out the 3rd is not yet available. That's 3 fantasy series for which I am waiting for the next installment .
Having said that, thoroughly enjoying his books, a little slow in places and some sections are overly long, but all in all a great read.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Thought of tipping your toe into scifi? If so Peter F Hamilton and Alistair Reynolds do some great stuff.

However, if you want to keep to the fantasy books then you must read the Robin Hodd liveship series, really good read, as is the Farseer trlogy
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

If you like sci-fi with a dystopian/post-apocalyptic bent, try the Wool series by Hugh Howey which goes right into the Legacy series. Good stuff.

Also, Justin Cronin's The Passage and The Twelve are epic.
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