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Posted on 1 Jun 2012 19:17:49 BDT
N. Murphy says:
I second the suggestion of Barb and JC Hendee's Noble Dead series as well as Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, both are brilliant. You could also have a look at:

Jaz Parks series - Jennifer Rardin
Dresden Files series - Jim Butcher
Sevenwaters trilogy - Juliet Marillier
The Iron Druid Chronicles - Kevin Hearne
Soulless - Gail Carriger
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Jill Kismet series - Lilith Saintcrow
Calo and Niko series - Rob Thurman
Chicago vampires series - Chloe Neill

Posted on 1 Jun 2012 21:13:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2012 21:14:20 BDT
BITTER IS THE SALT (THE LAND OF GRIMNEY) This book is from a six book series. OK, I confess that I am trying to promote it. (I work for a fantasy writer's website and it kind of fell into my laptop screen) But I wouldn't suggest it, if I didn't think it was good. Honest. : ))

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2012 21:33:50 BDT
Victoria says:
Slightly off topic, but I'd love to know what you think of my short stories. I am not great at deciding what genre they are, so for now I am settling for fantasyish. Victoria's Notebook

Posted on 1 Jun 2012 21:52:38 BDT
If you have a kindle you could try new authors , the first book is free so if you don't like it you don't have to buy the rest. I've read all yours but you could try these:-
Lizzy Ford-war of the gods +Rhyns trilogy
Claudy Conn-legend series 7 books
Jeff inlo-delver magic 4 books
Claire Farrell-Ava Delaney series

Posted on 6 Jun 2012 19:44:47 BDT
Yavuz Yilmaz says:
Hi there,

I haven't seen any suggestion about Patrick Rothfuss or Adrian Tchaikovsky.

I finished the 7th book of the shadows of the apt series by A. Tchaikovsky and waiting for the 8th to be released. And also I can suggest peter v brett's painted man.

Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt)

Posted on 6 Jun 2012 22:26:09 BDT
Sophia says:
One suggestion that hasn't come up often enough is the Black Jewels trilogy...imagine Trudi Canavan but for grown ups! I keep coming across it as YA but I would be loathe to give it to anyine under 18...seriously give it a go!

Posted on 8 Jun 2012 16:59:31 BDT
Sarah Larsen says:
My favourite authors are:

Robin Hobb, Raymond E. Feist, Stephen Donaldson, Robert Jordan.

I've heard of none of those authors, but that might be because I mostly read fantasy books around 1990-2005. Nevertheless I think the best series I have read are the Farseer trilogy and Tawnyman trilogy by Robin Hobb, Also the first three trilogies by Raymond E Feist, (his debut 'Magician' is an absolute masterpiece, Pug and Thomas grow from a young age to become the two most powerful people on earth).

The rather lengthy Wheel of Time series is truly gripping, the first six books are actually the best fantasy I've ever read, but they slowly lose momentum and become rather tedious by book 11, also Robert Jordan died after making book 11 and another author has been drafted in to complete the last part (which has been split into 3 books), but the series as a whole is probably the best out there.

Also check out the chronicles of Thomas Covenant, written in the 70's by Stephen Donaldson, it's one of the first major fantasy works, the third trilogy was written recently after a very long hiatus. Donaldson also wrote the gap series which is in my mind his best work (although it's sci-fi), also check out his two books of short stories if you have the time.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 14:26:29 BDT
Alicia says:
I just finished Enchantress - literally sped through it. Do you know if he's written a second book as it was really great. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 14:41:20 BDT
Alicia says:
Robert Jordan
and the Wheel of Time series! James Maxwell's Enchantress, Raymond Feist ...the other name escapes me ...the author of Clan of the Cave Bear....which is a great read!
Then you've also go the Game of Thrones series (which is also on TV) - I had the pleasure to see George R Martin speak at the Easter Con Convention in London. So cool!

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 14:53:03 BDT
Alicia says:
Yes, I agree with Smallblondehippy - no way I can read a whole fantasy book in one day. He he! Oh well! I have just ordered Name of the Wind - Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Ruthfous (my spelling might be a bit out. No dragons, but I can't wait to find out what happens to Kavothe and Denna! I just said to somewhere else, I have read Enchantress (James Maxwell) which is a great read, with lots of magic and a cool world. YAY! David Gemmel - love his work absolutely completely! Now he's an author I could read in one day.

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 17:39:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2012 21:04:34 BDT
Robert Bull says:
P.C. Hodgell - Godstalk, et seq.
Garth Nix - "Abhorsen" trilogy that starts with "Sabriel"
Chris Wooding "The Weavers of Saramyr"
Philip Reeve - "Mortal Engines" : Chris Wooding - "Retribution Falls" - both these are fantasies wearing a science fiction leather jacket
Patricia McKillip "Riddlemaster" trilogy that starts with "The Riddlemaster of Hed", and many other titles, e.g. "Briar Rose," "The Book of Atrix Wolf," "Ombria in Shadow"
Mark Lawrence - "Prince of Thorns"
Naomi Novik - "Temeraire"
Marcus Sedgwick - "The Book of Dead Days." As you state a liking for Vampire/Gothic horror: try Marcus Sedgwick's "My Swordhand Is Singing" and "White Crow."
Jan Siegel - "Prospero's Children"
Amanda Hemingway - "The Greenstone Grail"
(Jan Siegel is a pen-name of Amanda Hemingway)
Lois McMaster Bujold - "The Curse of Chalion"
Kate Elliott - "Crown of Stars" series, that starts with "King's Dragon." Magnificent.
Tim Powers - "The Anubis Gates."
Michael Marshall Smith - "Only Forward," "One of Us" (both brilliant), "Spares" (more SF), "The Servants"
Sarah Ash - "Tears of Artamon" series that starts with "Lord of Snow and Shadows"
Juliet E McKenna - "Tales of Einarinn" series that starts with "The Thief's Gamble." Her "Aldabreshin Compass" series that starts with "The Southern Fire," and set in another part of the same world, is even better, but "Einarrin" is perhaps a better place to get an introduction to that world.
I should add, many of my other recommendations are the first books of series. And, a caveat: these are all books I've enjoyed, respect and regard highly. They aren't quite all "nice" in the sense of cosy.
You might like to check three other resources. "BOOKS REMEMBERED:
An Alphabetical Remembrance" by Garth Nix, URL: is a superb fantasy author's own list of books he greatly enjoyed, and which influenced him. "Reading List," URL: is a list of fantasy novels the Yahoo! Group for Patricia A. McKillip came up with. It's getting out of date now, but still useful. Finally, Fantastic Fiction, URL: has bibliographies for over 30,000 authors, and information on over 350,000 books. It's a great way to check what other books a new or favourite author has written.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012 02:29:34 BDT
I read ridiculously quickly too so when I want to be swept away for a few days at a time I always reread Robert Jordan or Terry Goodkind. Stories on a similar vein but big books and I think there's more than 10 in each series. I like Trudi Canavan too. Robin Hobb is on my to read pile. Have you read anything by PC and Kristin Cast? The house of night books are a little different. David Gemmell, David Eddings and Stephen Donaldsen are the fantasy novels I grew up with and still love now. Eddings and Gemmell are both PG-13 and Stephen Donaldsen occasionally slips into the naughty side lol. I adore his Mirror of Her Dreams series though.

Posted on 13 Jun 2012 10:25:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2012 10:40:00 BDT
ABmonkey says:
Viridis, Anything by Terry Pratchett, Lord of the Rins and the more classical type, come to that Odyssey by Homer.

Posted on 13 Jun 2012 20:43:36 BDT
D. Miles says:
As my second all time Fantasy series has already been mention ( Jim Butchers Furies Series), I will tell you the first by Megan Whalen Turners Thief series.
Other authors to look at: N K Jemisin Inheritance trilogy
Laurie J Marks Logic Series
Dawn Cook Truth series
Lorna Freeman Borderlands novels
Phillipa Ballantine books of the order series ( steampunkish )
Lois McMaster Bujold The Curse of Chalion ( Brilliant )
Jacqueline Carey Kushiel's series with Phedre Delaunay ( Lots of sex, dark, brilliant political intrigue)
I will also second Michelle Sagara's Peril series

Posted on 13 Jun 2012 20:52:55 BDT
Try the 1632/3/4 and Grantville Gazette books by Eric Flint and others for something very different,

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 10:36:25 BDT
I am really grateful for all the amazing feedback so far. So far I have bought and read a number of your suggestions including; Kristin Cashore (seven Kingdoms trilogy), James Maxwell (Enchantress), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn trilogy). I have literally just downloaded the first book in the turners theif series as suggested by D. Miles and I am looking forward to reading it. I'm sure everyone on this forum has been benefiting from all the amazing suggestions so thanks again. And lets keep it going :) also in response to the author who suggested their shortstory as they'd like confirmation as to what genre it is, I would suggest that if you posted a link to a free downloadable copy i'm sure lots of us would help you ascertain the genre but I am unwilling to pay you (buying the book) to do this (help you).
Unlike other forums I don't care about self advertising ultimately if it fits the genre and answers the call for 'help'! haha described in the very first post then by all means advertise away. And we can decide if we want to buy it :) :)
Thanks again everyone

Posted on 15 Jun 2012 22:01:41 BDT
Robert Bull says:
Sylvielovesreading begging for mercy? :)

Lynn Flewelling - "Tamir Triad," which are 1. The Bone Doll's Twin, 2. Hidden Warrior, 3. The Oracle's Queen.

Posted on 16 Jun 2012 00:09:14 BDT
D. Barr says:
Sierra dean secret series a must also connie suttle blood wager series.

Posted on 16 Jun 2012 09:13:11 BDT
Lilac Haze says:
I loved The Night Angels Trilogy by Brent Weeks which is quite dark but amazing and I haven't seen mentioned here yet. Thank you for all the suggestions, have just read the first Kate Daniels book in 2 days which I really enjoyed

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 12:09:33 BDT
Try THE EYES OF MYRA by Erica Greaves it is a huge book starting out in Mesopotamia 2500 years ago and goes through history right up to 2012 and is full of fantasy and deadly conflicts and is a real eye opener...

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 13:33:30 BDT
I too love Trudi Canavan, here are a few recommendations which I have enjoyed:
Alison Croggon - Books of Pellinor (4 books)
N.M Browne - Basilisk, Story of stone, Hunted (Spellgrinder's apprentice is more for a younger audience)
Anne McCaffrey - Pern series (love these)
Garth Nix - Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2012 14:25:04 BDT
Hi Erica,

Self-promotion is only allowed in the MOA forum, since Christmas (or thereabouts).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2012 14:53:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jun 2012 14:56:11 BDT
Anything by Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Lorna Suzuki and Patrick Rothfuss. They are all amazing!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2012 15:49:55 BDT
Abbie says:
I love some of these authors. I would highly recommend The House Of Night series by P.C and Kristin Cast. It is an amazing series. The first book is called Marked. Here's a link for more info on the House Of Night books.

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 16:40:38 BDT
Cathy Wallis says:
I don't think anyone has suggested the Sevenwaters trilogy bu Juliet Marillier yet - or indeed any books by Charles de Lint (my favourite was probably Memory and Dream)
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