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Fantasy doorstopper series ranked starting at bottom!
Wizard's First Rule: Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series: Wizard's First Rule Bk.1
"The Sword of Truth. Worst of them all! However did I get through 3 books of this? Was glad to pass them to the charity shop - I thought they'd refuse to take them."
The Icewind Dale Trilogy Gift Set (Forgotten Realms: the Icewind Dale Trilogy)
"Icewind Dale Trilogy. Childish and too blatantly LoTR influenced."
Lord Foul's Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1)
"Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Read one book. The hero's a rapist. I guess I should have done my homework before buying it."
The Thief's Gamble: Book One: The Tales of Einarinn
"Tales of Einarrin. Gave up after one book. Just clicheed dross being churned out."
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
"Malazan Book of the Fallen. Very, very hard work, demanding intense concentration. Too many things to remember. Gave up after book 3, but 2nd was pretty good."
The Magic Of Recluce: Book One: The Saga of Recluce
"The Saga of Recluce. Gave up after 3 books. Writing it all in the present tense started to grate after a while."
King's Dragon (Crown of Stars, Book 1)
"Crown of Stars. More hard work. I made it through all seven volumes but stilted language and lack of plot summaries meant my mind was drifting away from the plot too often."
The Darkness That Comes Before: Book 1 of the Prince of Nothing
"The Prince of Nothing. Heavy going (especially in badly written battle scenes) but strangely captivating. That was until the last book that finished while leaving countless unresolved questions."
A Shadow On The Glass: The View from the Mirror, book 1
"Shadow on the Glass. Somehow, the setting for this (when I pictured it in my head) felt cheap and tacky, like something from Star Trek with a dry ice machine. Also too magical."
The Fionavar Tapestry - Summer Tree
"Fionavar Tapestry. The rest of GGK's work is excellent, but his one attempt at a doorstopper trilogy is a flop, trying to appeal to too many readers at once."
The Anvil Of Ice: The Winter of the World, Volume 1
"Winter of the World. Innovative setting, but strangely clicheed when you look beyond that."
His Dark Materials Gift Set: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
"His Dark Materials. Overrated in my opinion. I found it difficult to understand what was going on in book 3."
Sheepfarmer's Daughter: Book 1: Deed of Paksenarrion Series
"We're starting to get to acceptable stuff now - check out my other list that starts from the top."
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