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Initial post: 5 Sep 2011 23:59:46 BDT
Allie says:
Hello all,
I did consider myself something of a fantasy fan but since coming on here I realised there are so many books and series that everyone seems to love that I havent even heard of! So some recommendations would be great. I've read and loved;
Robin Hobb's Farseer books
Raymond E Fiest - Magician and I have the next few ready to go.
George RR Martin - Of Song of Ice and Fire
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
Trudi Canavan - Black Magician Trilogy and Age of Five.
And now for some reason they've all gone out of my head.
I like books with good characters and a gripping story.
Thanks in advance!

Posted on 6 Sep 2011 09:00:00 BDT
Garscadden says:
Joe Abercombie's 'First Law' books are pretty darn good, Gritty, bloody, rollicking adventures. The Blade Itself is a good place to start.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 11:24:10 BDT
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Posted on 6 Sep 2011 11:44:40 BDT
T. Elliott says:
There is a classic that can not be missed. The Cronicles of Thomas Convenant.

I have yet to come across a writer that can make a character so loathesome yet at the same time compelling.

Posted on 6 Sep 2011 16:46:49 BDT
garetz says:
shannara series by terry brooks
sholan alliance series by lisanne norman

off the top of my head.

Posted on 6 Sep 2011 17:28:13 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
If you like: Trudi Canavan - Black Magician Trilogy and Age of Five.
Try: David Eddings - The Belgariad and
Weis/Hickman - Dragonlance Chronicles

If you like: George RR Martin - Of Song of Ice and Fire
Try: JV Jones - Sword of Shadows and
Steven Erikson - Malazan series

If you like: Raymond E Fiest - Magician and I have the next few ready to go.
Try: Feist/Wurts - Empire trilogy and
Tad Williams - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn

If you like: The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
Try: Mervyn Peake - Gormenghast (not really the same, but both hugely influential)

If you like: Robin Hobb's Farseer books
Try: Her Liveship Traders trilogy or The Ki and Vandien Quartet (under a different name) or
Ursula Le Guin - Earthsea trilogy / quartet.

And if you check out the "Joe Abercombie's 'First Law' books" recommendation,
Try: Scott Lynch - The Gentleman Bastard Sequence

Also check out:
Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time and
David Gemmell - any.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 19:03:03 BDT
Louise Cooper (Time Master Trilogy is a good place to start...) : The Initiate, The Outcast and The Master
David Eddings (The Elenium is great!) : The Diamond Throne, The Ruby Knight and The Sapphire Rose

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 19:17:51 BDT
LEP says:
Try Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy and the books she's since added on to it. Plus her Sebastien and Belladonna duo.

Posted on 6 Sep 2011 20:10:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2011 20:14:15 BDT
Swee' Pea says:
Hi there,
as an extremely avid reader of fantasy myself, I recommend 'Watchers', the first in the series:'tilly greenway and the secrets of the ancient keys' by Essi Tolling. It is an brilliant book, being really fresh and innovative. Full of fast paced adventure but also quieter more descriptive scenes. Watchers is a like a deep pool of exitement and knowledge from which you can take what you like: A simple cupful or a full bucket of layers and hidden meaning. Packed with fantasy, myth, hidden history, action, and mystery, but also quite serious and dark in some places. Suitable for adults and children. Amazing!
Tilly Greenway and the Secrets of the Ancient Keys, Book One - Watchers

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 21:39:59 BDT
jezzadarlo says:
The Glass Apple is getting really good reviews at the moment. It's based on the earliest legends of Merlin (aka Myrrdin aka Layloken) and is a 'romping good yarn'!

Posted on 7 Sep 2011 00:23:30 BDT
Allie says:
Thanks everyone, I'll be checking them all out. Enough there to keep me entertained for a while :) If you think of anything else please let me know!

Posted on 7 Sep 2011 00:23:46 BDT
If you've an interest in 'historical' fantasy, try this medieval Scottish epic that begins with episode 1, THE BLACKGLOOM BOUNTY followed by THE REGENTS OF RHUM. Both are available for a pittance.

The Blackgloom Bounty
The Regents of Rhum

Posted on 7 Sep 2011 08:32:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Sep 2011 13:45:17 BDT
Fred Perkins says:
Try Shade of Destiny (The Foreseeing) ,its a new book: great read, I think its only available on kindle at the moment but hopefully soon ill be able to fill my book shelf with the trilogy.

P.S. If you find any similar books post them on here i'd love to read more.

Posted on 7 Sep 2011 16:36:48 BDT
I'd pretty much agree with J Yasimoto's list. If you have enjoyed Magician finish the trilogy as up to 'Darkness at Sethanon' they are brilliant! Then I'd switch to another author as the quality starts to slide from there.

Also Gemmell particularly 'Druss the Legend' and 'Sword in the Storm'

Good old dreary Thomas Covenant rears his head again I see. Talk about a series that divides opinion! Definately a 'classic' but certainly not to everyones taste!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2011 15:11:24 BDT
Also try some of the Chronicles of an Age of Darkness series - Hugh Cook. The Walrus and the Warwolf is brilliant, have read it many times. Probably my favourite of the ten books but all are worth a look..

Posted on 13 Sep 2011 22:50:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Sep 2011 22:50:56 BDT
N. Murphy says:
hi, have a look at:

The First Law trilogy - Joe Abercrombie
The Belgariad series - David Eddings
The Night Angel trilogy - Brent Weeks
The Painted Man/The Desert Spear - Peter V Brett
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Harry Dresden series/ The Codex Alera series - Jim Butcher
The Noble Dead series - Barb and JC Hendee
Wolfsangel - M D Lachlan

Posted on 14 Sep 2011 15:25:19 BDT
Nick Brett says:
Some great books recommended here and would especially agree with
Joe Abercrombie
Scott Lynch
David Gemmell
Peter Brett (no relation)
Magician by Fiest (but the series does fizzle out a bit, but Magician is great)
Chris Wooding Kitty Jay series

And if you want to venture into the dark side - Magicians by Lev Grossman
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