Fantasy Favs List I

A Listmania! list by Betsyboo (Boston!)
The list author says: "Hereís a list of all my favorite fantasy novels. I prefer to have female heroines, with a tinge of romance. I also look for well-written novels geared more towards adults, rather than young-adults Ė although I think a couple in the list have been listed under YA at the library! Iím also not a fan of sad/tragic endings Ė so none of these books leave a bitter depressing feelings after you read them. Enjoy!"
Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1)
1.  Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1) by Juliet Marillier
The list author says:
  "Beautifully yet simply written and mixed with Celtic myths and fantasy, this series is one of my favorites.  It takes place over several generations, and each female main character has a distinct likeable personality.  THe novels flow into one another seamlessly, although sometimes i have to refer to the family tree chart to keep track of all the characters.  Very highly recommended."
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Son of the Shadows (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 2)
2.  Son of the Shadows (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 2) by Juliet Marillier
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

Child of the Prophecy (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 3)
3.  Child of the Prophecy (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 3) by Juliet Marillier
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Heir to Sevenwaters
4.  Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Priestess of the White (Age of the Five Trilogy, Book 1)
5.  Priestess of the White (Age of the Five Trilogy, Book 1) by Trudi Canavan
The list author says:
  "I loved this series (much better than the Black Magicianís Trilogy by the author).  The main character is extremely likeable, and the story takes many unexpected twists and turns.  Very highly recommended!"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Last of the Wilds: Age of the Five, Book 2
6.  Last of the Wilds: Age of the Five, Book 2 by Trudi Canavan
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Voice of the Gods (Age of the Five Trilogy, Book 3)
7.  Voice of the Gods (Age of the Five Trilogy, Book 3) by Trudi Canavan
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The Dark Mirror (Bridei Chronicles, Book 1)
8.  The Dark Mirror (Bridei Chronicles, Book 1) by Juliet Marillier
The list author says:
  "I enjoyed this series by Marillier, although I think the Sevenwaters Trilogy was better.  All three books flawlessly lead into one another, and the story line is surprising and unique.  As usual, Marillier adds hints of magic and myth, without going overboard on the supernatural."
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Blade of Fortriu: Book Two of The Bridei Chronicles (Bridei Trilogy)
9.  Blade of Fortriu: Book Two of The Bridei Chronicles (Bridei Trilogy) by Juliet Marillier
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

The Well of Shades (Bridei Trilogy)
10.  The Well of Shades (Bridei Trilogy) by Juliet Marillier
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The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde, Book 1)
11.  The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde, Book 1) by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
The list author says:
  "This trilogy was mesmerizing, yet took me a bit to get through.  Thortonís vocabulary is astounding, and I often had to look up meanings of words! The story line is deep and intricate, but impossible to put down."
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The Battle of Evernight (The Bitterbynde Trilogy)
12.  The Battle of Evernight (The Bitterbynde Trilogy) by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
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The Black Jewels: Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood / Heir to the Shadows / Queen of the Darkness
13.  The Black Jewels: Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood / Heir to the Shadows / Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
The list author says:
  "Definitely the darkest of the fantasy books I have read.  In fact, I felt kind of dirty after reading some of the passages.  The alternate world that Bishop portrays the story in is fascinating yet mildly confusing in its details.  Iím glad I read it, but Iíll need to take some time off before I start another novel of hers."
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Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares, Book 1)
14.  Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares, Book 1) by Lisa Shearin
The list author says:
  "This series is light-hearted and fun.  Although quite the opposite from the somber characters of Marillier and Thorton.  It took me about 3 hours to read the first two books, and Iím looking forward to the third novel when it comes out in April."
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Armed & Magical (Raine Benares, Book 2)
15.  Armed & Magical (Raine Benares, Book 2) by Lisa Shearin
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares, Book 3)
16.  The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares, Book 3) by Lisa Shearin
The list author says:
  "Entertaining in a light-hearted way. There's going to be a fourth book at some point as well."
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Star of the Morning (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 1)
17.  Star of the Morning (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 1) by Lynn Kurland
The list author says:
  "So this series goes a little overboard on the "shmoopiness-factor" in the love story.  The actual fantasy side of it is very entertaining, but the love between the main characters often makes me gag at how often they talk about their feelings for one another. But overall, entertaining trilogy."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Mage's Daughter (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 2)
18.  The Mage's Daughter (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 2) by Lynn Kurland
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Princess of the Sword (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 3)
19.  Princess of the Sword (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 3) by Lynn Kurland
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The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel (Baen Fantasy)
20.  The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel (Baen Fantasy) by Elizabeth Moon
The list author says:
  "So there is no romance in this series, but it is fascinating and kept my attention the whole way through.  You are so involved with the main characterís personality and will, that you feel as if you know her personally.  The last book in the series is moving and profound."
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The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1)
21.  The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1) by Trudi Canavan
The list author says:
  "Ok, so I tend to have all the same taste as my sisterís, but I didnít like this series very much.  The first two are entertaining, but I hated the ending.  I felt like I should add this series because they enjoyed it so much and maybe I missed something!"
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The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2)
22.  The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2) by Trudi Canavan
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3)
23.  The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3) by Trudi Canavan
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Poison Study (A Soulfinders Novel)
24.  Poison Study (A Soulfinders Novel) by Maria V. Snyder
The list author says:
  "I loved this entire series Ė the writing is a little elementary, but I thought the plot line and characters were fascinating.  Highly recommend all three!"
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Magic Study
25.  Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
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Fire Study (Study, Book 3)
26.  Fire Study (Study, Book 3) by Maria V. Snyder
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The Blue Sword
27.  The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The list author says:
  "Young adult read Ė but I loved it all the same."
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The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Trilogy, Book 1)
28.  The Bone Doll's Twin (Tamir Trilogy, Book 1) by Lynn Flewelling
The list author says:
  "Kind of an eerie non-typical fantasy series.  I liked the story over all, but it was very slow at parts.  The third book was definitely the most interesting, although I almost gave up half way through. Worth a read."
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Hidden Warrior (Tamir Trilogy, Book 2)
29.  Hidden Warrior (Tamir Trilogy, Book 2) by Lynn Flewelling
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

The Oracle's Queen (Tamir Trilogy, Book 3)
30.  The Oracle's Queen (Tamir Trilogy, Book 3) by Lynn Flewelling
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Cast in Shadow (The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1)
31.  Cast in Shadow (The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1) by Michelle Sagara
The list author says:
  "Mixed feelings on this series.  It is light-hearted with easy writing and a mildly good plot line in each novel (there are four books so far).  But there are a couple things which irritated me: 1)First of all, when I began reading the first book in the series, I kept thinking I had missed one because the author dives right in without so much as an explanation to what is going on. (Contíd next)"
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Cast in Secret (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 3)
32.  Cast in Secret (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 3) by Michelle Sagara
The list author says:
  "Characters come out of nowhere and no explanation is given for their race (youíll understand when you read it).  About half way through, you start to understand what the author is talking about, but it was very frustrating at first.  2) Next, the main character gets sort of annoying.  At first you think she is kind of cute because of her quirks.  But after the 2nd book it gets OLD.(Contíd below)"
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Cast in Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2)
33.  Cast in Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2) by Michelle Sagara
The list author says:
  "The author references Kaylinís tardiness and rudeness WAY too much (at least 5 times every chapter.)Everyone seems to love her despite her failings, but they also see her as an idiot.  She is the last to figure anything out, and the author keeps you in the dark with her. 3)The last problem I had is how absurdly difficult it is to understand what is happening at the apex of the plot.(Contíd below)"
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Cast in Fury (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 4)
34.  Cast in Fury (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 4) by Michelle Sagara
The list author says:
  "I would reread sections and have no idea what the hell just happened. Itís like this in all 4 books, and Iíve given up trying to understand whatís going on at certain points. I know I complained a lot about this series, but it kept my attention enough for me to read all four books (very quick reads).  I like the premise of the series, and admittedly will read the next one when it comes out."
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Graceling
35.  Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The list author says:
  "Nicely written young adult book, but it kept my attention the whole time. Characters are interesting and the love story is sweet but not overpowering. Definitely recommended."
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Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book No. 1)
36.  Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book No. 1) by Brandon Sanderson
The list author says:
  "Loved this trilogy Ė well loved the first book, and then they went a little downhill.  But overall -- unique, interesting and highly recommended!"
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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2)
37.  The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson
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The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, Book 3)
38.  The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, Book 3) by Brandon Sanderson
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