It's the first time I've posted so please be gentle. I'm looking for some recommendations for books. I like fantasy books best but not things which are too hardcore. I love female lead characters but am quite happy with male leads. I've listed some of my favourites and books I didn't like below to try and help with any ideas. For extra information I'm 20, female and would prefer to find a few established authors so I get a few books out of each of them. I don't mind reading teenage books but I don't like really simple writing eg Grath Nix is ok but not Lauren Kate. I looked at other peoples recommendations and saw authors like David Eddings or Fiona McIntosh but I don't know where to start with them. Any ideas would be great and thanks for reading.
Authors/ books I love Trudy Canavan Maria Snyder Catherine Webb Patrick Rothfuss Kirstin Cashore Garth Nix The Princess Bride by William Goldman Stardust by Neil Gayman The original peter pan by J M Barrie (last 3 bit out of place but I love the way they are written)
Authors I like/ used to like but now feel are a bit young Shannon Hale books of Bayern Daughter of the flames by Zoe Marriot Tamora Pierce
Authors I don't like / wasn't impressed with Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr Fallen by Lauren Kate Stephanie Meyer Lisa Shearin J R Tolkien (the hobbit was ok but just not my thing)
Jacqueline Carey's - Kushiel Series - starts with Kushiel's Dart Anne Bishop - Black Jewels Series - starts with Daughter of the Blood
Then you can move on to David Eddings - Belgariad and Malloreon Series, Sparhawk Series ( both of them are quite nice). Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series is really awesome, lenghty as in it will take you up to a month to read all the books, but worth it.
More.. Jim Butcher is also a hell of writer. His Dresden Files Series and Codex Alera series are epic.
I could tell you more but these are some of the best books out there in the fantasy genre.
Hi L, you might enjoy Kristen Britain's Green Rider books. Also, Lisa Shearin's Magic Lost, Trouble Found Raymond E. Fiest and Terry Goodkind. They don't always have female leads but they do write strong powerful women into their tales.
Have you tried Patricia Briggs Dragon blood and Dragon Bones, not too heavy going a little dark in places but a good lead male character,likable and not too perfect with strong females to back him up and rescue him aswell.
The Painted Man by Peter V Brent The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (more paranormal fic but just great ^^) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Fantastic fantasy. (: (recommended by a 20 year old girl)
Some of these have been brought up already but I'll second them :-) Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series (starts with Kushiel's Dart) - strong and sophisticated female lead, but you do need to be a little open-minded about sexual preferences. (It's got a lot of plot other than sex, but there is quite a lot of, hmm, interesting sex too.) Jim Butcher's Codex Alera (starts with Furies of Calderon) - the main character is a very likeable young man who has the terrible misfortune of being the only person in his world NOT to have any magic. So he has to use his brains quite a lot, especially once his homeland gets invaded. Patricia Briggs - practically anything she's ever written. Try her Mercy Thompson series, the first one is Moon Called. Strong female lead - Mercy is a shapeshifter who turns into a coyote, without super strength / healing, which puts her at a disadvantage compared to all the werewolves. If you want to try some more epic fantasy, Brent Weeks' Black Prism is brilliant. The two main characters are the Prism (religious quasi-emperor) who seems to have everything, but especially a sense of humour; and his rather hapless but brave and determined illegitimate son Kip. Not sure if George R R Martin fits in with your reading list, but again if you want to go more epic, he's amazing. I can't pick one main character out - there are seven kingdoms worth of them! and they're all well done and individual people. Book one is Game of Thrones. (Recommended by a 23 year old girl.)
The Firefox Of AnyŽa - Book One Of The Soulfire Saga Of Tabitha MoonThis is a good book, great female lead. Mercedes Lackey, lots to choose from with various fantasy types and subjects. David Eddings, start with Pawn of Prophecy, easy to read, oldie but goodie. Elizabeth Moon, Sheepfarmer's Daughter is the first, have a look on her website for more info. Huge series which I love. Also George R R Martin one word, epic.
I am 44 ... a lot longer in the tooth than you but I have been an avid fan of the genre since I was 12 years old. For me the the great classics of the fantasy genre are ...Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series,Gerorge RR Martin's A song of Ice and Fire and Stephen Donaldson's Chronicals of Thomas Covenant are all outstanding. The Lord of the Rings is a good read for the sheer eloquence of the prose but the style is not to everyone's liking.
For female leads I enjoyed the Trudi Canavan books, and also Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series. Sanderson is finishing the Wheel of Time series and also has some good books out himself such as the Way of Kings (Stormlight archive)
If you are getting a bit fed up of epic series that seem to never end, and with dragons and medieval type battles etc ...... I recommend that you try something different. The two books in Dan Simmon's Hyperion series are excellent as are the two books in the follow up Endymion series. Don't be put off by the fact that they are Science Fiction books .... they are highly charachter driven novels and these books really shock and hit the reader at the emotional level. I don't know if you are a fan of audible books .... but I would recommend listening to Hyperion from an IPOD or other MP3 .... the narratives are acted out superbly.
You will love Robin Hobb. Take care though - the trilogies are linked and written chronologically so you must read them in order to truly enjoy them or you will kick yourself. There are some slower parts but all worth it. I can't wait for the next book!Oh and los of really good female lead characters. I've read the Megan Lindholm books too - same writter but a slightly different style. I enjoyed them but not as much as her writing as Robin Hobb.