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Initial post: 24 May 2012 13:53:30 BDT
Hi fellow book worms :)
I LOVE Fantasy fiction (using this term loosly) but I seem to be running out of books to read :(
I prefer to read series as once I start reading I can get through a good book in a day... And love having another to start straightaway!
Here's a list of authors I have read so far:
Trudi Canavan
J R Ward
Alexandra Ivy
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Gena Showalter
Christine Feehan
Evangeline Anderson :(
Lauren Dohner :(
Laurels K Hamilton :( :(
Thea Harrison
Nalini Singh
Kresley Cole
Richelle Mead
Patricia Briggs
Maria V Snyder
Larissa Ione
Kelley Armstrong
Kim Harrison
Karen Chance
Sierra Dean
Lara Adrian
J R Rain :(
David Dalglish
Karen Marie Moning
Jacquelyn Frank
Lora Leigh :(
Jeaniene Frost
The unsmiley faces highlight authors I didn't enjoy from what I can remember!
My all time favourites are Maria Snyder and Trudi Canavan and Karen Marie Moning... Moving on towards vampire based plots my favourite authors would be JRWard, Lara Adrian, Jeaniene Frost, Alexandra Ivy and Nalini Singh.

Anyway I'd be so grateful if anyone else has any other suggestions, and of you have not read any on my list I'd be happy to recommend authors and series depending on what you were looking to read :D
Thanks guys and girls

Posted on 24 May 2012 14:18:54 BDT
John says:
Ilona andrews is my absolute fave, she beats all singh, Harrison, Armstrong and Briggs hands down. I think she may be at the pinnacle of the UF genre. The Kate Daniels series is where its at, love all 5 books. Didn't enjoy the edge series tho. Did you miss an unsmiley face next to Larissa Ione? I read pleasure unbound and regretted it, not just the price but also the lost time. The other two trilogies I would highly recommend are 1. Anne Bishop -The blacks jewels trilogy. Really amazing, dark but amazing. 2. The Servant of the Empire and follow on by Wurts and Feist.
Magic Bites: A Kate Daniels Novel: 1
Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels, Book 1): The Black Jewels Trilogy
Servant of the Empire

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 14:21:22 BDT
John says:
I missed one. I really enjoyed Mark of the Demon and its follow on by Diana Rowland. Its a paranormal crime thriller, sort of. Really good. The magic is subtle, and you wont find werewolves or vampires but I loved it, and the second one is even better. Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian, Book 1)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 14:32:55 BDT
P. Rogers says:
Have you tried Meljean Brooks she writes something caled steampunk which up untill a couple of weeks ago I hadn't heard of but I've read a couple of her short stories in anthologies and enjoyed them. I'm about to buy her novel "The Iron Duke" .
I've also enjoyed an auther called Dana Marie Bell, she writes about shapeshifters. Unfortunately most of her books are quite short, but not the latest ones.

Posted on 24 May 2012 14:48:01 BDT
John thanks for those suggestions... I've heard of Kate Daniels and thought I'd read some of her work but it's seems not so I will definitely look into your recommendations. Have you read anything similar to Canavan and Snyder which you could recommend? I enjoy that they are set in the past and based more on action and political systems with a subplot of developing romance.
P. Rogers thanks for that suggestion. I have to admit though i tend to avoid short stories/novellas for the simple reason that I read (skim/scan haha an unwanted skills picked up at uni that i can't seem to drop!) too quickly and they are finished in no time. However you mentioned that Bell's latest books are a little longer so I'll be researching them.
Thanks for such fast responses :)

Posted on 24 May 2012 17:26:33 BDT
Another author to try would be Faith Hunter.....either of her two series...
Jim Butcher - Harry Dresden novels are fantastic and his Furies of Calderon series is also pretty good too.
I also enjoyed Harry Connolly's 20 Palace Novels....

Posted on 24 May 2012 17:32:51 BDT
Anita says:
Glen Cook, Black Company (the first 6 books)

Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company - Shadows Linger - The White Rose

Books of the South, the (Chronicles of the Black Company)

Posted on 24 May 2012 21:12:39 BDT
DarkMatter says:
What's this? No love for Terry Brooks? For shame! But seriously, a great fantasy author. I recommend all of his works. Seconded Black Company as well. Dungeon Crawlers episodes 1 and 2 by Stefan Leblanc - though that series seems to have more science-fiction elements than classic fantasies such as The Hobbit, etc. (which you should definitely read and get into Tolkien.) Hope that helps!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 21:48:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2012 21:53:39 BDT
LEP says:
Angela Knight
Anne Bishop - Black Jewels series and add ons
Rebecca York
Juliet Marriller
Mercedes Lackey

Posted on 24 May 2012 21:50:24 BDT
Essbee says:
I agree wholeheartedly with with the Ilona Andrews recommendation - fantastic read.
I would also recommend Barbara Hambly but not the Benjamin January series which is a mystery series set in the deep south pre-civil war. I would also avoid her Star Trek and Star Wars series but the rest I loved. I particularly liked her Sisters of the Raven books - set in a male dominated world where only men had been able to access magic. The men have now lost their magic but some women have found theirs. I would say that her fantasy novels are similar to Patricia Briggs Hurog and Sianim books. Her vampire books are set in Victorian Europe so are a little different but I enjoyed them too.
P. Rogers made a recommendation which I must second. I have read her 'Iron Duke' book twice now and found it just as absorbing the second time around.
I also enjoyed The Empire Trilogy by Raymond Feist, these stories focus on the efforts of a young woman who faces overwhelming political difficulties in keeping herself and her 'house' alive, she has some difficult choices to make and she has to take charge of her destiny very quickly if she is to survive. I had read Magician first but i think the trilogy would stand alone. The other good thing about these books is that they are long - a lifesaver for a swift reader.
You might also want to try the Paksennarian series by Elizabeth Moon. This starts with Sheepfarmers Daughter. Probably more traditional fantasy than some of the authors you have read. Plenty of action but not much romance. If you enjoy the three in the series Elizabeth Moon is in the process of adding another three to the series.
I also enjoyed the Blood Books (about 5 in the series) by Tanya Huff, The three books in the spin=off Smoke series are also pretty good.
My final recommendations are Lilith Saintcrow. If you didn't enjoy Laurel K Hamilton then probably best avoiding the Watcher series but you might like the Dante Valentine series and the Jill Kismet series. I think she has just started a steam punk series but I have yet to read any of them.

Posted on 24 May 2012 21:57:03 BDT
Anita says:
The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin

Also David Gemmell should not be forgotten

Posted on 24 May 2012 23:09:36 BDT
Stairway to Hell

Posted on 24 May 2012 23:57:18 BDT
Miss J. Eyre says:
I've recently read an ARC of Grave Mercy, a sort of historical fantasy with a bit of intrigue and romance, found the style and pace very similar to Maria V Snyder. I also think you'd enjoy Graceling or any of Kristin Cashore's other novels - very similar to Canavan/Snyder.

Check out Sharon Shinn's novels as well, try Archangel or Mystic and Rider: A novel of the Twelve Houses. Thief with No Shadow is another you might like.

For something a little darker and epic try Brandon Sanderson's The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 16:11:04 BDT
anon-e-mous says:
Nicole D Peeler - Tempest series might interest you (I am currently reading these); have you read Ilona Andrews - they have a few 'serial' type books going on inc the Kate Daniels (Magic Bites, Magic Burns etc.)?

Posted on 25 May 2012 18:59:25 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
I really enjoyed reading Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series. You kind of have to give the main character a chance to prove herself, but once she does that they're a great read.

Posted on 25 May 2012 19:36:40 BDT
j m c says:
As you've listed Trudi Cananvan among your favorite authors I think you will also like Kristin Cashore. Graceling is the first of a trilogy.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 21:15:27 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
I've had these books for some time and still haven't found time to read them. I tend to do that with random novels, but not whole series. Hopefully it'll be worth the wait!

Posted on 26 May 2012 22:20:07 BDT
I really enjoy Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of the Elantra Bundle (Cast in Shadow / Cast in Courtlight / Cast in Secret) (The Chronicles of Elantra) as it is based in a city ruled by a dragon emperor with races including leontines and Aerians and each novel develops the story behind the different races further.
Also addicted to Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels novels), Mercedes lackey (Valdemar novels) and Juliet Mariellier (Sevenwater novels)
Eileen Wilks also has a decent seriesTempting Danger: World of the Lupi Series, Book 1 but sometimes feels as if she is trying to be a cross between Ilona Andrews and JD Robb

Posted on 31 May 2012 11:43:03 BDT
Thankyou so much for all the brilliant recommendations :) I have just finished reading the Kristin Cashore Seven Kingdom trilogy as suggested by a few of you and loved it! Definitely up there with my best authors. Thanks again and keep the suggestions coming :D

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2012 15:15:23 BDT
pperry says:
Hi my name is Paula. Have you read the "The Noble Dead Series" by Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee. There is series 1 & 2 . This is a Vampire based plot. You get to know both the good Vampires and the Bad, and find you don't know who to root for as the characters of both sides are totally captivating. it has everything from romance(not the sludgy teenage kind)it is truly a Vampire based series with a difference..Very good

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2012 15:42:06 BDT
Gabby says:
Enchantress
Hi, just finished this. Enchantress by James Maxwell...it was very fast paced for me!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2012 15:43:16 BDT
Gabby says:
Definitely a fan of David Gemmell!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2012 17:04:29 BDT
RosieB says:
Hi Sylvie - why don't you look at this one = Seeds of Change to flourish in our hearts and minds" It is definitely fantasy???? and there are new stories coming along in a similar vein but completely original!!! Try it and review it yourself - RosieB

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2012 12:31:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2012 16:00:20 BDT
Jam says:
I have read and enjoyed books by Trudi Canavan and Maria Snyder too so think you'd like Robin Hobb eg. The Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders books and Rain Wild Chronicles and Alison Croggon's Pellinor series The Gift, The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing

Posted on 1 Jun 2012 15:12:57 BDT
I'm so jealous of your reading speed! A whole fantasy book in a day? I'm such a slow reader - takes me weeks.

I agree with Jam - if you like Trudi Canavan I think you'd definitely enjoy Robin Hobb's stuff. The Liveship Traders is a particularly strong series, with dragons and sea serpents which I love!
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