I cant decide what to read next while i wait for a dance with dragons, so was hoping that if i tell you the books ive enjoyed, then perhaps some kind soul might be able to help me by suggesting something. i loved the 'crown of stars' series by kate elliot, the 'wheel of time' by robert jordan, for the aes sedai chapters rather than the battles, (and i loved 'new spring'), 'the orkon' series by tom arden (except for book 4, which i just didnt get), and most of the robin hobb series. Thanks for your help.x
Thanks for replying. I have read Feist, but didnt find him that engaging, ive got the servant, mistress, daughter of the empire books, and read the magician and a darkness at sethanon , thought they were a bit blokey, x
lol stay away from David Gemmell then!! Umm I have no idea, I've just started reading Joe Abercrombie's First Law series, looks really good so far. I haven't really got a ton of experience with fantasy as I've mostly stuck to a few select authors I really like (Hobb, Gemmell, Feist's Riftwar saga and George RR Martin) but have been disappointed with Steven Erikson and J.V. Jones (might actually give Jones another try someday).
Stephen King's Dark Tower series was very good on the whole, a bit more post-apocalyptic/western vibe in places but still really good Fantasy... thats only if you can stand Stephen King though! Tad Williams is supposed to be good as well.
I dont have masses of experience either, skullduggery (i love the skullduggery pleasant books too), and i hope youl be kind enough to let me know what you thought of Joe Abercrombie please. Ive read most of the writers you have, so il try your recommendations, except for stephen king, boh-horing, lolx
Have you tried Anne McCaffrey's Dragon rider books I love them they are fab. Kim Harrison also does a great series starting with Dead Witch Walking book shops have it listed in the horror section due to it having vampires in it, but it reads more like Fantasy to me due to the other Races involved in the story. Its very good. I also found the Dragonlance saga's a good read start with "Dragon of Springs Dawning" its very funny such a good read.
Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Dragons feature. Thousands of pages to read and you'll need them if you're waiting for ADWD. Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy? Excellent. Hope it's not too 'blokey' for you. Urge you to try David Gemmel's Drenai saga - you won't regret it.
I would second the Drenai saga (love David Gemmell's work), but thats always come across as a very 'blokey' to me, hence why I suggested otherwise (maybe thats why I got the only -1 in this discussion??... either that or because i was dissapointed with Erikson, wish people would say why instead of just leaving negative feedback ¬¬)!!
you really should try Tad Williams's Memory Sorrow and Thorn quadrilogy. just been re-released last year - fantastic, but slow to start. if you don't like blokey - steer clear of gemmell - its almost all battles and 'heroic' fantasy - opposite to GRRM and his political high fantasy. here is my other recommend - Jennifer Fallon's Wolfblade, Warrior and Warlord series - this is exactly the same sort of story as the song of ice and fire. political throne-stealing, outrage and subversion. loads of backstabbing and genuine, realistic and different characters, and the plot is fantastic. one of my favourite series after ice and fire please don't make the mistake of worrying about a female author - you read Robin Hobb and liked her so you shouldn't have a problem - but some people turn their nose up for no reason. anyway - your gonna read a couple of hundred books if your waiting for dragons...
I must say I have read the first two of Steven Eriksons series the malazan book of the fallen and I have really enjoyed it. It can get a little over complicated and the characters, of which there are many are not really developed-yet, I know alot of threads are left open to be resolved in a couple of books time. Its a series you have to stick with, and I have every intention of doing so.
T Andersen:- I might have a look at Jennifer Fallon. Seems interesting.
I agree people are going to read an awfull lot of books long before we see 'Dance' Its a pity, I wish I never started the series.
In my opinion the all out master of the fantasy epic is Robert Jordan and the Wheel of Time series. Don't be put off by the size of series, just try the first "The Eye of the World" and go from there. I was brought up reading Tolkien and have read the majority of authors listed above, some are better than others and many are pretty light weight; I think Robert Jordan beats them all hands down.
I wouldn't call Jordan the all out master of fantasy epic he was certainly right up there, but in a different way to many others. I find Steven Erikson to be absolutely outstanding his Malazan book of the fallen series is top knotch stuff. He leaves alot of threads open for resoultion at a later stage his characters are very slowly developed. The whole series seems to be plotted very well, there are so many stories happening in a huge world set years and years apart it can only be called epic. Jordans wheel of time is exccllent too but its nothing like the malazan book of the fallen. Two amazing series two very different styles and stories.
Just finished part one of Jennifer Fallons Wolfblade Warrior and Warlord trilogy if you liked a song of ice and fire......buy this series its excellent reading. You won't regret it.
Song for Arbonne, Lions of Al-Rassan or Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay are all great reads Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon is good too
but I think I generally read more "blokey" stuff (Steven Brust, Roger Zelazny, Glen Cook and David Gemmel)
I used to like the Wheel of Time series, up until about book 5, but then everything just slowed down too much and I stopped at book 9. Got tired of the dress descriptions, and people pulling their plaits when they were angry :)
This is an ideal time to revisit the earlier works of George R R Martin, because there's an extra special offer on his official website right now. If you spend $100 on his old books he will personally sign and give you an old calendar from 2009, ABSOLUTELY FREE. A chance in a lifetime.
I'm currently re reading the wheel of time series and they are a fantastic read if a little long. However, my favourite read of all time are the Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell. Although they are not strictly Fantasy Fiction novels, the story of Arthur, Merlin, Lancealot etc and the era it is set (medieval times) give it that feel. Read these books and you will never look back!
I think the delay of ADWD is due to the fact A Game of Thrones is being turned into a TV series. I reckon George will have a heavy influence on the set and maybe this new project may have restricted or diverted the time he has available to him to finish ADWD.
I too have read a fair number of the author's mentioned but could not get into Joe Abercrombie's slow pace - too boring for me but I did enjoy all Robin Hobb and Raymond Feist. Another author no one has mentioned is Elizabeth Moon for the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy and related novels. Also currently reading Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, which is quite different - dragons in real history. Any more authors would be appreciated by me too. We must remember isn't this only book 5 of the proposed 7 - we could be waiting a long long time for this series to be concluded at the rate of writing.