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Searching for a new (epic) fantasy series


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Posted on Sep 10, 2010 11:53:00 PM PDT
Malum Smurf says:
Scott, 2 trilogies of fantasy to recommend: The Dark Sun Trilogy by C.S. Friedman and The Time Master Trilogy by Louise Cooper. Cooper's trilogy unfortunately is out of print, but it's worth looking for! Neither trilogy is told in the first person. Enjoy!

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Posted on Sep 14, 2010 5:32:21 PM PDT
Michelle West's Sun Sword series is one of the best I've ever read. The whole series is currently available in paperback.

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Posted on Nov 25, 2010 8:59:18 PM PST
I would recommend McKillip's Riddlemaster of Hed series. Extremely well written and an engrossing plot.

Posted on Dec 5, 2010 9:08:34 PM PST
Here are few out of the mainstream fantasy genre but I recommend as "must reads":

Fantasy with a Touch of Scifi:
Darkover series, M. Zimmer Bradley (over 20 vols; some more scifi than others, first book Is mostly scifi, the series then swings towards fantasy/scifi mix)
Book of the New Sun trilogy, G. Wolfe (more scifi elements, but this is trilogy is a classic)

Arthurian and Youth Fantasy Books:
The Dragon and the Unicorn saga, A.A. Attanasio (very unique style)
Sword at Sunset saga, R. Sutcliffe (almost historical fiction)
Chronicles of Prydain, L. Alexander (sheer fun to share with your kids)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2011 10:53:56 PM PST
I have to disagree on Soldier's Trilogy. It was one of the worst books I have ever read in my life. First book was OK but the 2nd book in the series made me want to vomit and never touch another fantasy book again. Yes, it was that bad.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2011 9:58:35 AM PST
Deb Hall says:
Good to see a new post. The Soldier series was was not my favorite read however is was unique and memorable. Everyone complaints about the limited variety of fantasy storylines, so applaud new approaches.

My recent purchase have been: Dan Simmons, Hyperion series; Patrick Rothfuss, The Kingkiller Chronicles; Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold and Heroes. All of these I believe I found in this discussion. Thanks all.

Rounding out my reading with some classics: 1984, Lord of the Flies, and Life as We Knew it.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 7:32:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2011 7:33:18 PM PDT
As someone who fell in love with epic fantasy at around the age of 10 (when an uncle read the first chapter of The Hobbit to a circle of cousins on a California beach), I was a little sad to see the lack of traffic in this forum. No post less than four days old when I got here. Maybe everybody started St. Pat's Day a bit early...

Anyway, first book of a new fantasy series up on kindle (also at smashwords). Vols. II and III will be up as soon as they are edited. I hope another wayward traveller here might find something of interest in a musket & magic saga, a samurai and a Lamia, and the Island Guild gal, Tilda Lanai. Check out a sample download, see some maps and such at The Sable City on Facebook, make yourself at home.

Thanks for reading, and on my way out I am leaving the lights on.
Ed
The Sable City (The Norothian Cycle)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2011 11:23:45 AM PDT
Spa Lady says:
Well, not a kindle user, but would be happy to check this out if it is available in book (old fashioned) style.
I for one dwelt in the land of the Hobbit for many years and have loved many other great adventures along the way...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2011 11:42:55 AM PDT
Ditto on the hobbits, and an awful lot since.

The Sable City is digital only (multi format at Smashwords). I might point out that you can download free Kindle software from Amazon for comps, phones, et al. Not neccessarily the greatest way to read a long book, but if nothing else you might try it our for access to the free Public Domain downloads. All sorts of classic works available.

Happy St. Pat's.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 12:01:18 PM PDT
Jebus says:
I'm surprised all the hate Patrick Rothfuss is getting on this forum. The Name of the Wind is amazing; it and its sequel Wise Man's Fear are seriously two of the best books I have ever read. I recommend them to anyone who likes a good book. But seriously, Rothfuss is a damn word magician.

Also, a few people mentioned not being able to get through Dragonebone Chair. While I admit that the first 100-150 pages of that book are pretty slow, once you get through them the story picks up, and in a big way. When I read it, I remembered reading that those pages were rough, so I forced myself to read through them and was rewarded with a great overall book and an amazing series. Basically, I recommend that book to anyone who is willing to wade through a slow beginning, because the rest of the series will reward you with a very entertaining story.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2011 2:59:43 PM PDT
Heather Myst says:
Jebus,

I also thought both of the Rothfuss books were excellent.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 6:41:18 PM PDT
fantasylad says:
A song of ice and fire will never be finished
Dance with dragons will never come out!
Better to read a toilet roll paper mache steamer!

The iron elves SUCKS!

Wise Mans Fear is a dilly pickle! Love it!

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 5:00:08 AM PDT
I can honestly say that i have read every book mentioned in every post on this thread..
And while I agree that some stories are better written, have better character development, more depth, and stronger plot lines, I personally have yet to read one that is the total package. (although, GRRM's "The song of Ice and Fire comes real close.) I can say, however, that i have enjoyed each and everyone based on their own merits.
A series unfinished and not mentioned so far in this post I've also enjoyed is Glenda Larke's StormLord books, and Lynn Kurland's spellweaver books.
As far as completed series go, "The Winter of the World" by Michael Scott Rohan was one I've thoroughly enjoyed as well.
Other authors I believe that should be mentioned here are S. M. Stirling, Harry Turtledove, Alan Dean Foster, Celine Keirnan, and for the young reader, C.S. Lewis and Lloyd Alexander.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2011 7:15:20 AM PDT
Randy,
You've even read the Indies? ;)

Also, I remember loving Lloyd Alexander as a kid, might have to check those out again and see how they hold up after (garbled) years.

Thanks

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 8:17:13 PM PDT
chris says:
They are kind of juvenile but the Thieves' World books are pretty interesting if you look at them thru the lens of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan-they are a collection of short stories about an army of an empire occupying a foreign city.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 10:34:32 PM PDT
Red Snapper says:
I just came across this post and I want to say thanks for all the great suggestions. I have read Patrick Rothfuss and have really liked him. My brother has recommended Brian Sanderson to me and I will check out the Mistborn series. I have read The Sword of Truth series and like the original poster loved the first 4 but was continually let down by each one after that. I've had the Steven Erickson series on my list for quite a while but haven't heard much about them. I read the Jim Butcher series Codex Alera and thought it was okay. I enjoyed them but found them to be predictable. I have tried the Wheel of Time series but could never get into them. I have yet to read the Joe Abercrombie series because again I haven't heard much about them. My favorite series is A Song of Ice and Fire. I am currently rereading the series in preparation for the series and the new book (FINALLY!!!!). I just love the story, the world and the characters. I have yet to find something that is anywhere as good as that series and I keep trying. I do enjoy the Kingkiller Chronicles so far and will patiently await the third. I would like some suggestions that are similar to the series I like or if you have read the ones I haven't and have some feedback. I have read a whole lot more but this is a sample of what I like and what I don't. I know a lot of them are already mentioned but I like to read multiple opinions on things.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 10:38:46 PM PDT
Red Snapper says:
I just came across this post and I want to say thanks for all the great suggestions. I have read Patrick Rothfuss and have really liked him. My brother has recommended Brian Sanderson to me and I will check out the Mistborn series. I have read The Sword of Truth series and like the original poster loved the first 4 but was continually let down by each one after that. I've had the Steven Erickson series on my list for quite a while but haven't heard much about them. I read the Jim Butcher series Codex Alera and thought it was okay. I enjoyed them but found them to be predictable. I have tried the Wheel of Time series but could never get into them. I have yet to read the Joe Abercrombie series because again I haven't heard much about them. My favorite series is A Song of Ice and Fire. I am currently rereading the series in preparation for the series and the new book (FINALLY!!!!). I just love the story, the world and the characters. I have yet to find something that is anywhere as good as that series and I keep trying. I do enjoy the Kingkiller Chronicles so far and will patiently await the third. I would like some suggestions that are similar to the series I like or if you have read the ones I haven't and have some feedback. I have read a whole lot more but this is a sample of what I like and what I don't. I know a lot of them are already mentioned but I like to read multiple opinions on things.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 10:39:51 PM PDT
Red Snapper says:
Sorry for the accidental double post.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 6:41:45 AM PDT
DeAna Solioz says:
I'm a new lover of fantasy books. I just finished reading Rothfuss's "The Name of the Wind" for the second time before picking up his second book "The Wise Man's Fear". Both my son and I are BIG TIME fans of his books! I will definitely keep this page among my favorites so I can buy some more. Didn't read anyone write about "The Warded Man" by Peter Brett which was also amazing.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 7:07:03 AM PDT
N. Gargano says:
I was skimming this since I had been alerted to a post today, and noticed you mentioned the Codex Alera series. You did not seem to love those. I was wondering if you had read Mr. Butcher's Harry Dresden series? They are urban fantasy rather than fantasy and lately that seems to be all I am reading, but I love the Harry Dresden books. They get better and better as they go along, he his a great character with great secondary characters. Just thought I would mention this in case you may be interested.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 11:01:11 AM PDT
I am pleased that this discussion is continuing. In my continuing search, I have caved and started the Wheel of Time series. I will admit that it is entertaining, though it seems to me that each lengthy volume actually covers very little ground in forwarding the story. May have been mentioned before, but it would seem like it could have been condensed. I have the final Malazan book. Saving it for the summer when I can re-read the prior book. Malazan series is still the best out there, in my opinion. I also jumped into the Twilight Reign series by Tom Lloyd. very different concepts but a fun read (i thought). I'll believe that the next Game of Thrones book is out when it actually shows up at my house. Finally, I note that Mr. Goodkind (who, as I have written, couldn't have disappointed me more after the first 4 books in the SoT) is returning to the world of Richard, etc. not sure what to think about that. Anyway - thanks again for all the posts and keep them coming.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 11:59:30 AM PDT
"...each lengthy volume actually covers very little ground in forwarding the story."

Exactly. That was the main reason why I couldn't continue after a couple of books. I've often wondered how the series would read if a competent editor went through and cut out about half of the text. My guess is that it would become an amazing series.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 1:01:43 PM PDT
Shay says:
I agree with Scott...the Malazan series is without question an awesome read. Wheel of Time ...I have read all the books but I too felt it was way to wordy but it was still good. The Game of Thrones is a good read but then we are at the mercy of someone who has grown bored with the series and is reluctant to write it anymore. No one has mentioned Janny Wurts...The Wars of Light and Shadow...it is at times a bit confusing but it is as good as or maybe better than the Goodkind series. Robin Hobb is another good author...the Soldier series was not her best but previous novels were worthwhile reading.

I have just started the Jim Butcher series..the Dresden Files. This used to be a TV show a few years back and it was rather good but it didnt make it past the first run....but anyway, I am on book 3 and it does get better with each book. One other series I am reading is Elric: the Stealer of souls by Michael Moorcock. I am enjoying it. Michael J Sulivan has a fairly decent easy read series ..Riyria Revelation...
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