Series and standalones that I can't live without

A Listmania! list by "blue-butterfly_"
 
Tigana
1.  Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
The list author says:
  "Kay writes with a lyricism found in few fantasy works. It's true to say that Tigana is spell-binding; his writing hurts in a wistful, good way."
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The Lions of Al-Rassan
2.  The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
The list author says:
  "More of the same as in Tigana. His exceptional eye for detail, and ability to translate a historical culture into a fantasy world come to the fore in Lions."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantium mosaic)
3.  Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantium mosaic) by Guy Gavriel Kay
The list author says:
  "After reading The Sarantine Mosaic I was so moved I couldn't bear to start another book for awhile. Kay, if nothing else, creates worlds to get lost in."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
4.  Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen) by Steven Erikson
The list author says:
  "There is no doubt that Erikson's training as an anthropologist informs his works. And the results are staggering: His Malazan novels are rich, complicated reads and absolutely rewarding."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)

Deadhouse Gates (Book 2 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
5.  Deadhouse Gates (Book 2 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen) by Steven Erikson
The list author says:
  "Deadhouse Gates deserves a mention of its own purely because of its bald depiction of war, free from sentiment, free from 'good and evil.' Sobering with enough action for diehard fantasy fans."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

Always Coming Home (California Fiction)
6.  Always Coming Home (California Fiction) by Ursula Le Guin
The list author says:
  "A mesh of fable, poetry, music and art this is a fantasy work like no other. It belongs on every fantasy lover's bookshelf."
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Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy - Book 1): 1/3
7.  Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy - Book 1): 1/3 by Robin Hobb
The list author says:
  "The Farseer Trilogy is my fantasy bible: The darkness, the focus on character, the slow development of plot. The grandeur of that plot. The transformation of fantasy cliche into something fresh."
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Fool's Errand (The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1): Book One of the Tawny Man: 1/3
8.  Fool's Errand (The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1): Book One of the Tawny Man: 1/3 by Robin Hobb
The list author says:
  "This series just carries on from where The Farseer Trilogy left off, if slightly calmer and perhaps a little lighter. They seem like appropriate developments (sigh I love Robin Hobb)."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Liveship Traders 1: Ship of Magic
9.  The Liveship Traders 1: Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
The list author says:
  "The fact that this trilogy almost seems like it's written by a different author is proof of Hobb's talent. A fast paced, rich plot in all three books."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
10.  A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "Loving the fact that Martin, rather like Erikson, spares no quarter for his main characters. The many different perspectives, in Martin's satisfyingly dry style, add depth to his series."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,429 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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The Baker's Boy: Book 1 of the Book of Words
11.  The Baker's Boy: Book 1 of the Book of Words by J. V. Jones
The list author says:
  "I have a lot of affection for The Book of Words Trilogy. Jones's gift for pure storytelling, and her humour, draw me back to the series again and again"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

A Cavern Of Black Ice: Book 1 of the Sword of Shadows
12.  A Cavern Of Black Ice: Book 1 of the Sword of Shadows by J. V. Jones
The list author says:
  "Being fond of dark fantasy novels I was pleased to find that Jones's latest series is rather dark indeed - and told well, as I have come to expect."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

Ruins of Ambrai (Exiles)
13.  Ruins of Ambrai (Exiles) by Melanie Rawn
The list author says:
  "Another author with great attention to detail, who can create a convincing world with convincing characters (though some can be a tad generic). Need the third book!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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The Stonor Eagles
14.  The Stonor Eagles by William Horwood
The list author says:
  "This isn't traditional fantasy by any means. Horwood can be forgiven for his Dunction Wood series simply by the fact that he wrote this masterpiece."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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The Chosen (The Stone Dance Of The Chameleon)
15.  The Chosen (The Stone Dance Of The Chameleon) by Ricardo Pinto
The list author says:
  "I loved this book; it enthralled me. Dark, cruel, a society that's hard to comprehend. This is a gem of a read. While number two wasn't quite so good, I have high hopes for the third."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde Trilogy)
16.  The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde Trilogy) by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
The list author says:
  "Another spell-binding novel. Dart-Thornton takes traditional myths and weaves them all into her own world. Wonderful to read."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Triad)
17.  The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Triad) by Lynn Flewelling
The list author says:
  "A very original work, I found, that uses some traditional themes. Looking forward to the rest of the series."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Light Bearer
18.  The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie
The list author says:
  "Again, not 'technically' fantasy...more like historical fiction meets old magic - whatever the definition, an astounding read."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Kushiel's Dart: Kushiel's Legacy: Book One
19.  Kushiel's Dart: Kushiel's Legacy: Book One by Jacqueline Carey
The list author says:
  "What can I say? I missed Phedre's character so much I couldn't read for two days after I finished the trilogy. Beyond enthralling, these books are transporting."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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The Silver Metal Lover
20.  The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
The list author says:
  "Really moving - in an odd way. For anyone who likes something different."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

A Sorcerer's Treason: Book One of the Isavalta Trilogy
21.  A Sorcerer's Treason: Book One of the Isavalta Trilogy by Sarah Zettel
The list author says:
  "Zettel's writing style is superb; I was totally engrossed in this series and will read Camelot's Shadow (even though I don't actually like Arthurian novels) simply based on the strength of this series"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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