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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice portal into the fantasy world for kids, 6 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Ranger's Apprentice 1: The Ruins of Gorlan (Paperback)
A quick and light read.
Being a bit quick ordering my last batch of books from amazon, I bought this solely on the positive review on this page, and was a bit shocked when I received it. It's an young adult book, meant for ages 10-15, which I don't think this page very clearly convey's.
Other than that, it's a well written book, not terribly original but with enough twist to make it exciting. Finished it in an afternoon while sunbathing, should be a quick an easy read for kids and first timers to fantasy. I would not compare this to Tolkien or Potter, it's more like Timothy Zahn's Dragonback adventures for young adults.
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Initial post: 20 May 2008 13:35:29 BDT
bookfairy says:
Thanks for writing this review, as you say, it doesnt indicate that its a teens book.
im finding it hard to get books to satisfy my mind after reading tolken and the harry potter books, iv read eragon recently and i loved it. can you recommend any books as i see your a fan of tolkien and jk.rowling?
Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2008 12:37:11 BDT
Not sure if I'm the right one for you when it comes to recommendations, as I didn't like Eragon at all :). But I'll give it a try.
When it comes to the epic fantasy's, like Tolkien, I am a big fan of Steven Eriksons Malazan series, G R.R Martins A song of ice and fire series, and Robert Jordans Wheel of time.
They are a bit darker and adult themed than Tolkien( at least Erikson and Martin) but very good books.
They are a bit heavy too read,though

I love Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy, she followed with 2 trilogies in the same world, but the first 3 are my favourites.

Raymond E Feist first books in the Riftwar saga I found very entertaining, although they were amongst the first fantasy books i read 18 years ago. I tried one of his newer books last year that i didn't like much, but I'm not sure if it's his writing or my taste that has changed ;-).

Louis Mcmaster Bujold is also a writer I enjoy reading, she's most known for her Sci-fi series about Miles Vorkosigan.But she has also written several fantasy novels thats rather good.
Also check out Guy Gavriel Kay.

Well,that should be enough for a start, check em out here on amazon and see if anything tickles your fancy. Good luck. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 10:35:27 BDT
David Sykes says:
REad the rest of the eragon series they are fantastic and inheritance is superb
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