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Initial post: 4 Apr 2010 12:37:48 BDT
DMH says:
I really only started reading a lot from last year. Have read and enjoyed

Raymond E. Feist
Janny Wurts
Trudi Canavan
Maria V. Snyder

I would really appreciate help in finding new authors and books to read.

Thank you

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 13:19:34 BDT
Robert Jeff says:
Try David Eddings. He has written a series of books, so if you like the first you have plenty to go at.
Also Robin Hobb. Some like her, some do not. But again, if you do, there are various series that she has written.
Other authors with a series of books that you might look at are:-
Terrry Brooks
Tad Williams
Terry Goodkind
Brent Weeks
David Farland
Joe Abercrombie
Robert Jordan
Terry Pratchett

Look on for authors and their books.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 16:06:56 BDT
Andy D says:

I would recommend Stephen Donaldson's 'Chronicles of Thomas Covenant'. (A series of nine books).

Start with Lord Foul's Bane; then move onto The Illearth War and The Power That Preserves. Amazon sells the complete trilogy in one complete volume for about ten pounds.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever: "Lord Foul's Bane", "Illearth War" and "Power That Preserves"

The first book was written in the seventies and Donaldson is still working on the last of the series, due for release in October this year.

The books can be hard going, however, the author takes you to a completely believable world and puts you alongside characters that you feel a genuine attachment to. The author uses words in a way I have never experienced before, his powers of description are world class. I found myself reading some paragraphs two or three times to admire the writing skill.

Don't be put off by the main character in the early stages of the book....he develops over time and it is an experience to take the jorney with him.

If not to you liking, I hope you find something else to your tastes.

Posted on 5 Apr 2010 11:37:19 BDT
DMH says:
Thank you Robert and Andy for the suggestions. I will start looking to find out more about them.

Thanks Danielle

Posted on 5 Apr 2010 19:26:34 BDT
AnetteF says:
Hi Danielle,

If you click on my name, you'll find amongst my Listmanias one which lists some of my favourite fantasy series. You might like one or two of them. Would especially like to recommend Carol Berg to you.

Posted on 6 Apr 2010 12:47:36 BDT
DMH says:
Hi Anette,

Thank you.

I will check out Carol Berg. I have had a quick look at your lists, and looks good. I will definitely find out more about them and see which ones I will read.


Posted on 6 Apr 2010 13:39:07 BDT
Archie P says:
dmh,what a great position to be in!! I agree with all the above,well the authors I know anyway.

You must read anything by David Gemmell.




Hawk Queen

Stones of Power



(not in a series)


Posted on 7 Apr 2010 13:51:54 BDT
DMH says:
Thanks Paul, will check them out.


Posted on 7 Apr 2010 14:22:32 BDT
David Coote says:
Have you tried Jim Butcher's 'Codex Alera' series? 1. Furies of Calderon 2. Academ's Fury 3. Cursor's Fury 4. Captain's Fury 5. Princep's Fury 6. First Lord's Fury. Jim Butcher is the author of 'The Dresden Files.

Posted on 18 May 2010 13:12:31 BDT
DMH says:
From the above books I choose to read The Wheel of Time by Robert Jorden. I have read books 1 - 7 and am now starting book 8. I thinks these books are great and have really enjoyed reading them.

So thanks for the help, will decide what else to read from above when finished the Wheel of Time.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2010 08:42:39 BDT
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Posted on 22 May 2010 00:08:03 BDT
Hazel says:
Hi dmh,

You might also like:
Graceling: 1
The Abhorsen Chronicles: Sabriel/Lirael/Abhorsen (Abhorsen Trilogy)
The Hunger Games
The Pellinor series, starting with The Gift (Pellinor Trilogy)
The Sword Of Shannara: Number 1 in series
The Tears of Artamon trilogy starting with Lord of Snow and Shadows (The Tears of Artamon)
You can read an extract here:
The Sword, The Ring and The Chalice trilogy by Deborah Chester
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik Temeraire (Temeraire 1) [a.k.a. His Majesty's Dragon]

Good luck and happy reading.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2010 08:15:06 BDT
The Tales of Mossy Dell, Mark Wetherby is suitable for 7 to 107 year olds and is a gentle introduction to fantasy. The second in the series will be a more weird and wonderful event!

Posted on 22 May 2010 09:53:54 BDT
AnetteF says:
Danielle, great to hear from you again. I am glad you got into 'The Wheel of Time' as it is one of my all-time favourite fantasy series. You may already know it, if not, check out
An absolutely outstanding reference site for 'The Wheel of Time'.

It's great that we already have publication dates for the two last books. Sanderson, who is completing RJ's work has a pretty good track record, so I am feeling quite hopeful that they'll keep to those schedules (unlike one or two other authors one could name, lol). I'll be interested to see what you think of 'Gathering Storm', the first one written by Brandon Sanderson to complete the series. If like me, you're quite happy with it, there are also a few books he has out under his own name. The standalone 'Elantris' and the 'Mistborn trilogy' are well worth investigating.

From what you have said about the books you have liked, I think you ought to have a look at Anne McCaffrey and the 'Dragonriders of Pern' books. Even though they can mostly be read as stand-alones, there are multiple connections between the books and they definitely have the best dragons in all of fantasy. If you count the books she has written in collaboration with her son, there are well over twenty of them out by now. If you fancy having a go, you'll find one of my Listmanias giving you the 'as they were published' author recommended reading order. The Dragonrider books are definitely fantasy and not sci-fi, something readers often don't realize. I have not read the later, collaboration books, but re-read most of the first fifteen pretty regularly. Not as complicated as WoT, but hugely entertaining.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2010 14:07:26 BDT
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Cant recommend david eddings enough, fantastic stories, also the lord of the rings is a must read for anyone interested in fantasy. c.l. wilson tairen soul series is also a well worth a read. Kresley Cole writes more modern tales that cross between fantasy and science ficton, more in that lie are christine feehans carpathian series and Serrilyn Kenynons Dark Hunter series. Would recommend getting the 1st 2 books of a series and see if you like the style
Terry brooks ia also phenomenal

Posted on 22 May 2010 15:30:33 BDT
Sorry says:
You could try A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin, the first book is A Game of Thrones. Magic is not the most prominent feature of the series but it has a lot of political plotting and is very character driven. One of the great things about the series as is the authors willingness to kill off characters which make threats to them seem more real.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2010 15:44:08 BDT
Can you guys tell me where can i find the bigger trade paperback editions of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series?

By the way OP, you should read George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2010 19:15:01 BDT
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Yoga Punguin says:
If you want something wild, try Grant Morrison's "The Invisibles." It's a graphic novel series but well-written and very odd. (Some of the art is amazing.)

The Invisibles: Say you Want a Revolution: You Say You Want a Revolution

It is not your typical superhero comic.

Posted on 23 May 2010 12:23:20 BDT
DMH says:

Posted on 23 May 2010 12:54:45 BDT
stucody says:
Having just finished all of the current books by George R. R. Martin, I just can't seem to find another author who meets such standards:(

Posted on 31 May 2010 15:13:27 BDT
Sophia says:
Try the Malazan books by Stephen Eriksson, some find them a little hard going but I think they are well worth the effort.

If you liked Trudi Canavan, try Anne Bishop and I would also try Robin Hobb.

Also don't miss the wonderful Many-Coloured Land series by Julian May, I think technically it's sci-fi but it reads like fantasy and might give you an insight into another genre if you haven't already tried it.

Hope this is helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2010 20:15:21 BDT
Ildland - Please try this - I am a new author and have had some fantastic feedback on this - from readers aged 11 to 60! Let me know what you think. Many thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2010 22:00:04 BDT
M. Whiteway says:
My first novel has just been released, if you would care to check it out.

Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms

Here is a synopsis and an excerpt for you, together with a summary of recent reviews. If you decide to read it, please let me know what you think!

Kelanni - a planet tidally locked around a brown dwarf star. Ail-Kar - a white hole, a portal from another universe, rains meteoroids on to the surface of the planet Kelanni. But the so-called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws, changing Kelanni`s society, its religion and its people. Now the land is ruled over by a mysterious Prophet. With the aid of the fearsome Keltar in their flying cloaks, he is forcing the Kelanni to mine lodestones, in order to build a machine whose terrible power can only be guessed at. Shann, an orphan, witnesses a battle between a Keltar and a stranger bearing a similar flying cloak. She sets out to track down the stranger, and is propelled into an extraordinary land of floating stones, strange communication devices and bizarre creatures.

Shann finds Lyall, a Kelanni driven by a past he will not discuss, to seek freedom for those suffering under the Prophet's heel. She learns of the technology behind the Keltars' power, and joins him on a mission to free the slaves and cut off the Prophet's supply of lodestones.

Meanwhile, Keris, a Keltar with impressive skills, is sent on a mission to track down the rebels. She is attacked by a flying creature and saved by the enigmatic Chandara. At their Great Tree, she receives a message transmitted by a woman from the past, who reveals the terrifying truth that the Prophet is out to destroy the Kelanni. Accompanied by Boxx, a Chandara who seems to speak only in riddles, Keris must travel to the other side of her world in order to retrieve a device that will enable her to disable the Prophets machine. She races to save the rebels from a trap set for them, joining the party

Together, they seek to cross the Great Barrier of Storms to the far side of the planet Kelanni, where none have ventured before. On their journey, they will traverse desert, prairie, high mountains and deep fire pits. They will come upon wondrous and terrifying beasts, meet peculiar characters and encounter advanced technology, left behind by a civilization from long ago. Ultimately they will face the Great Barrier itself and the unknown world that lies beyond, where they will find the answers each of them seeks. The key to both salvation and destruction that lies within the ultimate power of... "Lodestone".

(Excerpt) Madness? Obsession? Keris knew little of such things. It was impossible to believe that this was the same man; the man who had taken her in and nurtured her; who had impressed on her the conviction that the Kelanni needed to be protected and cared for. Yet somehow he had turned into a monster.

His hands slipped to one end of his staff and he swung it towards her in a wide arc. She jumped back instinctively, the diamond blade passing inches from her midriff. "I'm gratified to see that your reflexes are as keen as ever, Keris." He spun around and then leapt into the air a short distance, aiming the staff at her head. She side stepped neatly, and the blade flashed past her harmlessly. "Good, very good," he approved. "Now are you going to obey my wishes or are you going to defend yourself?"

He was advancing on her again. Keris felt as if she were in a waking dream. One hand moved involuntarily to her own staff, gripping the smooth darkwood. It felt solid, reassuring. Her other hand moved to her neck control and she adjusted the bronze layer of her cloak, seeking the pressure of natural lodestone. As she registered the strengths and directions of the familiar push of the ore, it was bizarrely the words of Mordal himself that came back to her, spoken in a different place and at a different time.

"Battling another Keltar is unlike any other battle you will ever fight. When encountering anyone else, the lodestone will furnish you with a decisive advantage in height and momentum. However, when you are facing another Keltar, those advantages are cancelled out. Instead, the field of battle and the configuration of lodestone deposits become all important. A clash between Keltar is primarily a battle of tactics. Even superior strength and agility can be overcome by superior positioning and spatial orientation. You must immediately determine the location and strength of any deposits and then `own' them, denying your opponent any advantage."

Keris tested the push on her lodestone layer from different directions, mapping out the floor of the corrie in her head. One directly behind her - weak. Two behind Mordal; one to the left - medium strength, and one he was almost standing on - the strongest of the three. His was the clear advantage. No doubt he had planned for this eventuality when arranging to meet her. The spot he had selected, even the place he had chosen to stand were far from random. Keris cursed her own lack of foresight. She would have to go on the defensive and stall for time, hoping to reposition herself so as to challenge his dominant stance.

Start with what you have. She backed off rapidly and activated her cloak, leaping and pushing off against the deposit behind her. It was more to see what Mordal would do than anything else. The next move was clearly his. The aged Keltar flared his own cloak and pushed off the big deposit, soaring over her. She descended, holding out her staff with both hands defensively. He dived, his staff meeting hers with a loud crack, then let loose with a flurry of blows as they both descended. He drove her down, finishing off with a powerful slicing move as her boots hit stone, forcing her to her knees. He locked staffs with her, eyes wild with elation.

Keris gritted her teeth and strained for a moment, before shoving him back. Mordal swung his blade and slashed her arm as she rolled away. Keris felt the flash of pain. She embraced it, allowing it to keen her senses. Getting her feet under her, she rose to face Mordal once again. He was still positioned between her and the main deposits of lodestone in the ground. In spite of his age, his reactions seemed unimpaired. If I don't come up with something soon, I'm finished.

"An exceptionally well written tale! The characters are well drawn and the scenes are beautifully described...This is quite frankly a spellbinding first book." Firstediting

"A solid read with good characters whose interaction gave greater depth to the story." T Brady - TCM reviews

"Whiteways crisp description of the Kelanni world is impressive...His rich vision of the environment is filled with references to foreign creatures, artefacts and language, all of which are blended seamlessly into the work. The result is a chance for the reader to use ones imagination and create the world however it feels right. It's an incredibly effective use of excellent read." G J Haugland - Allbooks Reviews

"Definitely a page turner. Every scene, every passage and every page advances the plot...The author very skilfully reveals background information as part of the action...Great book. Well worth the read." P H Tang - PHT Reviews

Mark Whiteway

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2010 11:12:46 BDT
P. Stewart says:
Try the Finovar Tapestry by G G Kay. The Summer Tree is the first one of three. I like all his books but this series is one that might appeal to you.

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