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Need a new fantasy novel

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Posted On: 07/21/2014 at 01:51 PM
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I'm looking for a new fantasy novel/series to pick up and am looking for some suggestions.  I haven't been reading fantasy novels for very long, but here are some of the ones I really loved:  The early Drizzt novels, The Way of Kings, Warhammer 40k novels (most aren't great but I love the lore).  I tried the Wheel of Time, but blasphemy aside, I just couldn't get into it.

I'm looking forward to your suggestions!

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Dresden Files - Jim Butcher

Discworld series - Terry Prachett

Live Ship Traders Trilogy - Robin Hobb

Name of the Wind/Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

The First Law series - Joe Ambercrombie

A Song of Ice and Fire series - GRRM

Malazan Book of the Fallen series - Steven Erikson

Alex Versus - Benedict Jaka

Wild Cards (anything really) - GRRM

Dark Tower series - Stephen King

The Dirty Streets of Heaven - Tad Williams

Johannas Cabal series - Jonathan Howard

 

I'ma stop there or this could get really, really long lol

 



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Replied On: 07/22/2014 at 04:14 PM PDT

Was the reason you couldn't get into the WoT books because it was a big long-winded and overly descriptive?  I know that some of those WH40K books are pretty fast reads too and action packed to say the least lol.

If so then you might like Brent Weeks - Night Angel Trilogy.  Michael Sullivan's Riyria Chronicles are a pretty fast read too.  The list above by Soren is also excellent too.  For more traditional epic fantasy I liked Tad William's Dragonbone Chair trilogy and Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy.  And finally you might like Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles which has a cool mix of traditional fantasy with a bit of scifi too.

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Replied On: 07/23/2014 at 02:30 PM PDT

 I'm currently reading through Michael J Sullivan's Riyria Revelations series which started with The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles. It was a little slow at first but then the series gets better and better the further you read.  I like The Dresden files as well and I was about half way through the series when I got The Crown Tower. I figured I would just read the first chapter of The Crown Tower, just to get a feel for the book, then go back and finish The Dresden Files...... lol now a month later I have yet to make it back to The Dresden files.  Totally hooked on The Riyria Chronicles.  First book is completely about building the base for the series. Waddle through it as best you can. The second book The Rose and The Thorn is when the series really hooks you.... in my humble opinion any ways. 

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Replied On: 07/24/2014 at 09:40 AM PDT
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Thanks for the recommendations guys, I'll just make a list of these and work my way down.

@Bentmer, yes, "big long-winded and overly descriptive" is a perfect description.  I feel like when authors overly describe characters and scenes, it leaves little to my imagination.

On another note, do any of you know a novel featuring a Paladin type?  The closest character I can think of is Sturm from Dragonlance.

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Replied On: 07/24/2014 at 10:21 AM PDT
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Paladin’s Legacy series -> Elizabeth Moon

Night of Wolves -> David Dalglish (its like a 6 or 7 book epic series call the Paladin's)

 

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Replied On: 07/28/2014 at 09:44 AM PDT
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Thanks Soren.  I was thinking of playing a Paladin soon in a P&P game and wanted to get in the mood.

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Terry Goodkind's  Sword of Truth series

Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet

Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series...and pretty much anything and everything else he has written, can never go wrong.

Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series...amazing books

Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy

Brent Weeks' Lightbringer series (only 2 so far...currently ongoing)

 

Let me know if you need more... :D

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Replied On: 09/28/2014 at 02:43 PM PDT

  Hmm  Ravenloft series .

 Darksun  .

 

icewind dale  triology 

 

 Dragonbone chair  series . 

 

 Dragonlance  books  Raistlin etc series .

 

 

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I'll echo some of the other suggestions and add new. 

Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber (if you like I do have copies of the short stories long out of print that finish these off). 

Jim Butcher - Dresdan Files, and Codex Alera 

George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones 

Barb Hendee, J. C. Hendee - Noble Dead

Tony Gonzales - Empyrian Age, and Templar One (EVE Online - has a very Warhammer 40k feel to them) 

Simon R. Green - Nightside Series (you will eventually need to pick up Secret History's) 

Neil Gaiman - American Gods

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Deathgate Cycle (7 books) - Weis and Hickman

Hollows Series - starts with Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

or a website that lists a bunch

http://www.bestfantasybooks.com/

 

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My Frequent Reads:

  • Terry Pratchett: the Discworld series, especially...
    • The Death books (Mort, Reaper Man, Soul Music, Hogfather)
    • The City Watch books (Guards! Guards!, Jingo, Thud!, Feet of Clay, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch, Men At Arms, Monsterous Regiment)
  • Elizabeth Moon: The Deeds of Paksenarrion and following novels 
    • I re-read this series a lot, it is one of my favourites. First three books follow Paks, a sheepfarmer's daughter who runs away from home to join a mercenary company. Well-written and well-researched, this world has a lot of depth and unique twists when it comes to the classic races, Gods, evils, and saints. Highly highly recomment.
  • Jennifer Roberson: the Karavans trilogy
  • Jennifer Roberson: the Cheysuli Chronicles
  • Meredith Pierce: the Darkangel trilogy
    • This trilogy is not as cliche or insipid as the title or book jackets suggest. It is a well-written world with some interesting cultures and conflicts, as well as its approach to magic and ancient forces. References to darkangels and vampires are not your Anne Rice variety.
  • Morgan Howell: the Queen of the Orcs trilogy

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Some of these suggestions I haven't even read myself, but of the ones I read in the suggestions, I'll agree.

Another author I have that I liked was Melanie Rawn.  I have her Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies along with a couple other books she has done on her own or coauthored.

You definitely can't go wrong with Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms stories.  I never really got into the Greyhawk world due to something about it just not clicking with me.  =)

I actually slogged through the Wheel of Time series and to be honest I think the guy that helped finish it up did a better job than the original author.  I actually got laughing when they though they could finish it with one book but the notes made it take 3.  Anyway, book 5 of that series is the one that about killed me, but since I had all the books I was gonna get through it this time.  Took me most of last year. LOL!

I'm a much quicker and different bent of fantasy/sci fi now with rereading some Piers Anthony books I've read like 2 decades ago or more!  Rereading my libarary and getting rid of things now and then to the library for their book sales.  I think I'm their primary fantasy/sci fi supplier for books to sell.  LOL!  I gave them 100 books early last year and I still have like 300 or more books in my sci-fi/fantasy library.  50 or so of them are D&D related.

BTW, I did not see anyone mention Tokien in here.  Or did I miss that?  ::chuckles::  I can blame him for my love of fantasy due to reading the Hobbit.  The same year I learned about D&D when a neighbor got it for Christmas.  The rest is now 35 years of history.  HA HA!

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I suppose I did not list Tolkien because his books are less likely to not be known about. They're a standard classic, especially with the games and movies to draw attention back to them. Also, if WoT was difficult to get through, Tolkien's writing can be as well.

Patrick Rothfuss: The Name of the Wind

Garth Nix: the Abhorsen trilogy

Also, if anyone needs some young adult novels, anything by Tamora Pierce is grand (The Circle of Magic quartet + sequel quartet + two additional as well as the Tortall quartets).

Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials books) are good, though I prefer the first two over the third.

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I recommend The Lies of Lock Lamora, a rollicking debut novel by Scott Lynch.  The Gentleman Bastards are a group of very young elite con artists settled in a Lankhmar-esque fantasy version of Venice.  It's one part The Sting, one part Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and one part Ocean's Eleven.  A perfect quick read for fans of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.

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my recomendations are as follows

Terry Pratchet : Discworld books but anything by him i challenge you not too laugh your guts out

Raymond E Fiest : Riftwar series

Janny Wurts : any

thats my 2 cents worth

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Sanderson also has a Stormlight Archives series. I liked the Archives Series much more than the Time series, even though both tend to be wordy. 

If you don't mind Sci Fi, I like both Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl Series (Young Adult), and Alastair Reynolds "The Prefect" and Revelation Space (these are space opera ish).

I see a lot of suggestions above that I agree with wholeheartedly, especially Patrick Rothfuss. The Rothfuss books seem to me to be a fresh breath into an old genre. 

Of course, Tolkien, although I am biased as my parents gave me my IRL middle name from the Hobbit. 

I also enjoy Orson Scott Card's books, such as Seventh Son (series), The Gate Thief (YA series that is Mordern Fantasy that includes a twist on the Loki Myth) and, of course, Ender's Game.

A couple of suggestions from a long time ago, David Eddings has a number of books available that are of a sword and sorcery type. Harry Turtledove has quite a few as well, focusing on alternative pasts. The Turtledove books I recall are those in the Videssos Cycle, where a Roman Legion and a Celtic Army are moved to another planet. 

 

I have found goodreads.com to be decent at making suggestions, although it does take a bit of work to get started.

 

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Yeah, Turtledove is cool.  The ones I managed to read were the ones with the Civil War army that got moved into an alternate realm, though.  I think that was because my ex was the one to grab those books at some point.  =)  He liked the Civil War era a lot, but was a fantasy buff like me too.

I do have David Eddings on my shelf as part of my rereead before I do another clean up to get rid of more books.  I didn't mention him because I honestly can't remember what I read in those books when I did read them like 20 years ago or so!  LOL!

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Replied On: 06/09/2015 at 09:24 AM PDT

Jack Chalker's Dancing Gods series is a bit older, but I thought it was great.

Glen Cook had two series I would recommend...The Black Companies and Garrett PI (fantasy detective).

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I'm going to second the following suggestions:

Dresden Files & Codex Alera - Jim Butcher

Discworld series - Terry Prachett

Name of the Wind/Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

The First Law series (and the other books in this world) - Joe Ambercrombie

The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Otherland Series also) - Tad Williams

 The Deeds of Paksenarrion - Elizabeth Moon

Mistborn series - Brandon Sanderson

 

Then Add:

The Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks

The Expanse Series (Sci-Fi, but very readable) - James S. A Corey

 

 

 



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If you are interested in more light-hearted series I enjoyed the Myth books by Robert Asprin

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I'm so glad this thread is here, now I have a couple authors to check out myself!  I see a lot of great suggestions here as I've read most of them.  Still waiting for Harry Dresden to mature a bit after 14 books, but I keep going back for more.  LOL.   With WoT I sort of speed read through the repetitive descriptions, loved the story though!

There are 2 short series that stand out for me, sorry if they're repeats from other suggestions. 

 

Brandon Sanderson - the MISTBORN TRILOGY
Patrick Rothfuss  - the KINGKILLER CHRONICLES

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Some of the fun ones I've read:

Anything by Anne McCaffrey (Dragonriders of Pern series (skip the ones written by her son), Crystal Singer, etc)

The Darkover books by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I second and third the recommendation  of the Dresden Files--such a fun series

The Stainless Steel Rat series for a fun romp

I loved the first two books in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series and generally enjoyed the rest. As long as you don't mind the later books in the series getting overly preachy about the Objectivist philosophy (I skim over those parts now), they're terrific.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

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I want to concur with the above I've read:

Discworld - Prachett

Amber Chronicles - Zelazny

 

Pern - Anne McCaffrey

Anything by C.S. Lewis

If you like Tolkien, you might like the Shannara Series by Terry Brooks. His first effort was more or less LoTR, well mostly more.  I enjoyed the rest of the series.

 

Thanks for all the suggestions. The cold Iowa winter should be long enough to try at least Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms.

 

~Joey

 

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Do yourself a favor... More Sanderson (MistbornStealheart and WarBreaker are good. I also enjoyed Elantris.) or some other great ones are The Name of the Wind (Rothfuss) and The Warded Man (Peter v Brett). Also for a great ride and a little humor check out Ready Player One (Earnest Cline) Fuzzy Nation or Redshirts (John Scalzi). I am a huge Wheel of Time fan and I am sad you did not get into it, but not surprised. It literally (no joke) took me 3 months to get past the first few chapters, but at some point, something clicked and I have now read the whole thing once and listened to it 2 more times via audiobook. It is may favorite book series now. I never would have thought that possible in the beginning because it was just not interesting to me. I also think Brandon Sanderson did an amazing job finishing the series after Robert Jordan passed away. If you like audiobooks, All the above have great voice talent (including WoT) with the exception of Warbreaker unfortunately.  I strongly dislike the audiobook for that one. 



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I would suggest Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss the here is the first book.

Name of The Wind http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/186074.The_Name_of_the_Wind 



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Definitely Brent Weeks series:

Night Angel trilogy

Lightbringer Series

read both series (lightbringer has one last book left to release) and they are top notch.

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I recommend many of these but would also recommend Jennifer Fallon.

 

Second Sons Trilogy, Medlaon series.....great stuff.

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other authors i recommend are

 

Julian May - The many colored land series

Kristen Britain - Green Rider and First Rider's Call

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Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone series.

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I'm going to steal my wife's recommendation before she has a chance to give it out lol. I'd recommend a series called " The Mortal Instruments". Very good story line and it had a terrible movie made for it but so did Congo and that was a very good book just a terrible movie.

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Surprised no one has mentioned Bernard Cornwell

He has three fantasy/medieval series:

Winter King (Arthurian story set in the dark ages)

The Archer series (sometimes called the grail series) a quest for the grail set in a realistic Hundred Years war

The last Kingdom series (Vikings & Saxons during Alfred the Great's reign)  Also now a series on BBC America

 

All are great reads with fun twists to the stories.

 

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I recommend "The Curse of Chalon" by Lois McMaster Bujold. It isn't expressly about a Paladin, but I think it could be taken in that vein (let's call him a holy knight, fighting to save the royal family). It is set in a fantasy world that is modeled on Medieval Spain. 

Happy reading!

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Hmmm... Someone mentioned my favorite suggestion, David Eddings. However if you want a Pally TYPE (not necessarily a Paladin) I would recommend The Diamond Throne, book 1 of The Elenium.

 

Also, for seriers I suggest;

Terry Goodkind, The Sword of Truth, book one is Wizard's First Rule. This one may be a bit slow to start but, <shrugs>.

Tad Williams, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, The Dragonbone Chair (Book One). Does not mention any other the other works he has done.

 

As a hilarious aside I liked, Grunts by Mary Gentle. This one had me rolling. I would like to suggest that you do NOT pick this one if you plan on getting up early the next day.

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OMG talk about bringing back memories

Elric of melnibone, stainless steel rat, amber chronicles and the golden torc books by jullian may

 

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I would like to add, Brian Staveley's series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.  

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There is a new author "Luke Scull" his book "The Grimm Company" is really good. Its not that new 2013 but its good and I am watching for more.

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I'm going to post some lesser known works.  And if anybody wants to friend me on goodreads send me a PM :)

 

the Imperial Radch series by Anne Leckie - Scifi

Nexus by Namaan Raam - soon in the future scifi

 

 

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I absolutely second:

George RR Martin

The Elric Novels by Michael Morcock

Amber Chronicles Roger Zelany

Pern Anne McCaffrey

Anything Darkover by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Mercedes Lackey

Golden Torc series awesome

David Eddings

 

For oldies there 

I would recommend Fred Saberhagen's Books of Swords series

Hubby says the Chicks in Chainmail series edited by Eric Friesner (comedy fantasy)

Elizabeth Hayden Symphony of the Ages

Anything by Andre Norton

L.E Modesitt, Jr.  Relcuse Series and Imager Series

Robert Asprin  Phule Series (Comedy Sci Fi)

Frank Herbert - Dune Series

 

I will stop before I take over!!  I have never read a lot of the suggestions above so will have to research them.

 

 

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Okay, shhhhh, hubby isnt looking over my shoulder LOL..

i like Jack Whytes Camulod Chronicles....  Hubby doesnt think they are true enough to the story....  I enjoy them for the writing even if they are a wee historical inaccurate in his opion. Hmmm I think I started reading them before I married him ! ????

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