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Initial post: Apr 17, 2012 6:22:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 17, 2012 6:40:59 PM PDT
Michael K says:
Ok so I finished the last book of the Riyria Revelations today and am now back to the task of looking for a series to read while I wait for Memory of Light and The Doors of Stone.

Recent series include The Night Angel Trilogy (better than I thought it would be), The Farseer series and The tawny Man. I read the first three books of the Drizzt series, but it's not really my thing, a bit on the young adult side for my current mood if that makes sense.

Beyond that I have read others like The Lies of Locke Lamora and it's sequel. The Warded Man (waiting for the series to finish before continuing).

I've already read Sword of Truth (got way too preachy for me later on) and most of Sanderson's stuff (sequel to Way of Kings cannot come soon enough).

I know some will want to suggest Game of Thrones and I keep considering it and may eventually decide to read it. My thing is there just seems like there would be too much gray for me. To me good and evil is an essential part of fantasy. I don't mind shades of gray, but from what I've heard/ read I'm not sure I'd care for the series as much as others do.

High Fantasy is good, though not necessary. Sci-fi if it has more fantasy elements is a possibility too. So what are some series I could check out?

Forgot to mention if I can grab it on Kindle that's a plus.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 6:33:42 PM PDT
Have you tried Furies of Calderon (Book 1 in the Codex Alera series) by Jim Butcher, The Cloud Roads (Book 1 in the Books of the Raksura series) by Martha Wells, or Touching Madness (Book 1 in the River Madden series) by K S Ferguson?

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 6:44:07 PM PDT
Michael K says:
I have not, but will download some samples. The first one sounds particularly intriguing.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 6:51:47 PM PDT
If you find you like the writing in the Codex Alera series, and you don't mind reading urban fantasy, you might try Storm Front (Book 1 in the Dresden Files) which is also by Jim Butcher. Good luck and happy reading!

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 6:59:04 PM PDT
A.H. says:
Definitely look at Jim Butcher's work. I read the first three Codex Alera books and started Storm Front. Another good series is the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. The Name of the Wind is book one, which I cannot recommend enough. It's one of my favorite fantasy books. Its sequel, The Wise Man's Fear, is not as good as the first, but this series is very well written and tells a fantastic story.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 9:38:31 PM PDT
A Reader says:
What kind of Fantasy are you in the mood for?
Straight Fantasy : Try The Wit'ch War Series by James Clemens. 5 Books.
Military Fantasy: Try The Corean Chronicles by L E Modesitt. Currently 7 or 8 books.
Dark Fantasy: Vampire: Douglas Clegg series Vampyiricon.I think thats how he spells it.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 1:25:37 AM PDT
C.J.H says:
You can't go past Joe Abercrombie's 'The First Law' trilogy, starting with 'The Blade Itself'.

He write a similar kind of grim, gritty fantasy that GRRM writes, except Abercrombie's books are loaded with dark humour among the violence and treachery.

Also, his standalone novel set in the same world, 'Best Served Cold', is an epic revenge thriller with an awesome female protagonist. Think of it as a medieval KILL BILL.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 4:31:44 AM PDT
Two suggestions -

War of the Seasons by Janine K. Spendlove. Book 1 is out now, along with a companion short story (which you can get from the author), and book 2 and the next couple companion stories will be out soon. Best book I have read in a long time and I couldn't put it down.

Leland Dragon Series by Jackie Gamber. Book 1 is Redheart, and Book 2, Sela, is currently a free kindle download. You can get both for about $3 if you go that route, so why not? Sela (Leland Dragon Series Book 2)

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 5:58:27 AM PDT
Dave says:
check out larry correia's monster hunter series. you could also go for richard morgan's takeshi kovak's series, Simon R Green - nightside series, deathstalker books, or Markus Heitz series 'the dwarves'. All are very good and worth reading again in my opinion

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 11:48:14 AM PDT
Some suggestions I've really enjoyed: "Coldfire Trilogy" by C.S Friedmen, Black Sun Rising is bk1, The Black Company books by Glen Cook (there are a few different series, check out The Books of the North trilogy starting with "The Black Company"). Also one of my all time favorites: A Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erickson, bk1 is "Gardens of the Moon". It's a time investment as it has 12 books but I've read them twice now and can't recommend it highly enough. Turly epic in scale with some of my favorite characters in any series. Happy reading!

Posted on May 12, 2012 9:28:40 AM PDT
Ian Irvine's Well of Echoes. They are long books but very good and the characterisation is good. If you like them there are 2 more trilogies (I think) in the series. Some of the characters appear throughout, although it's set across quite a wide timeline. Generally a good read though and quite unusual tales. The series starts with Geomancer.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 10:02:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012 10:05:41 PM PDT
"I've already read Sword of Truth (got way too preachy for me later on)..."

Just out of curiosity...in what way did you find him preachy? I'm not trying to troll...I haven't read past book 2 (which I thought was better than book 1, but not enough to keep reading the series), so it's genuine curiosity about WHAT he is preachy about.

Re: Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)...I think one of the reasons people like it is specifically BECAUSE the characters aren't blatantly "good or evil". I take your point, but the way the characters are written is not cheap in any way...these are complex, realistic characters who aren't 100% good or 100% evil. In many ways this is refreshing when you have so many morally cliched characters...especially in fantasy. Most characters can be defined as being "overall good" or "overall evil", but the good ones are flawed and the "bad" ones are sympathetic (most of them, anyway). It's really good writing. Give it a chance.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 12:02:55 AM PDT
D. Robinson says:
I don't remember when it starts, but at some point Goodkind turns into Ayn Rand. The entire series turns into "collectivists are evil rapists.".

Seriously I've never read so many gratuitous rape scenes. It's like Goodkind wants to remind the reader every 100 pages or so of how utterly evil the bad guys are, but the only example he can think of is rape.

Posted on May 13, 2012 6:11:59 AM PDT
Donna Altman says:
Read this series pretty quick. Keary Taylor's Fall of Angel series. I was impressed loved the way she started it out. Holds your attention.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 7:02:56 AM PDT
I agree with you about The Sword of Truth. Loved it up until book 5 but then he did get way too preachy. In fact, I've got the last two books still sitting on my shelf and I can't bring myself to read them!

As for reccomendations, have you read Steven Erikson's Malazan series? It's pretty long (10 books) but is totally awesome!

Posted on May 13, 2012 9:44:04 AM PDT
Sandy says:
I know its ancient history but for it's time and author it kicked butt: the Swords series by Fred Saberhagen; was "can't wait for the next book to come out stuff"! Shoulda stopped after the first 3 but the follow-ups are okay. And Robert E. Vardman had some pretty different fantasy that Playboy Press published in the late 80"s that is still around. It had a good story line and premise for the time. Gives an appreciation for today's plots!! By the way, Ian Irvine has a lot of lit thats out but unavailable in the US. There are 3 other series in the UK and AU with another starting out as of last month. They are hard to get but out there(Fate of the Fallen and Curse of the Chosen)(Geomancer and Tetrarch + others)

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 10:38:45 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 2:23:13 PM PDT
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@Michael: It looks like it's been a month since your initial post, but I enjoyed a lot of good vs. evil styles of fantasy back in the day:

The Death Gate Cycle (which begins with Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cycle, Book 1)) - really good world-building, an epic plot, and the authors sew it up nicely in just seven 400-ish page books.

The Shannarra series by Terry Brooks is ever-growing (The Sword of Shannara Trilogy is the earliest chunk) - a lot of people think his plots in the early novels are too close to Lord of the Rings (he wrote them about 20 years after, so this isn't surprising), but his world is a lot darker in that important characters die, the "wandering monsters" are less Tom Bombadill and more soul-sucking creatures from beyond, and magic messes up the people who use it.

David Eddings' The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit and its sequel series The Malloreon, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda are a classic "young hero fulfills his prophesized destiny" story. There are 5 short (300-ish) books in each, and they make for quick reading. They have lots of different kinds of magic in the same world, which definitely made them a hit for me at the time.

Other than that, it looks like you have good tastes and have been doing a lot of reading in the genre.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 2:47:30 PM PDT
Deathstalker: 1

Deathstalker Rebellion

Deathstalker War

Deathstalker Honor

Deathstalker Destiny

Deathstalker Legacy

Deathstalker Return

Deathstalker Coda

Sci-fi with a heavy fantasy influence. The books run together well in almost cinematic fashion, the characters are very well written and fleshed out, and there is action aplenty (but not action for the sake of...necessary action to the story).

Give it a shot. All links are to Kindle editions.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 2:48:51 PM PDT
I second the Shanarra series. Good stuff.

Posted on May 16, 2012 2:51:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2012 2:53:12 PM PDT
Holy cow - lot of great books listed on this thread.
+1 vote for the following author mentions:
Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Margeret Weiss, Fred Saberhagen, Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, C.S. Friedman

I'd like to add: Rothfuss (Wise Man's Fear and Name of the Wind), Modesitt, Jr. (Recluce Series, more young adult), Jon Sprunk (or "Brent Weeks Lite Edition") and my two newest favorites - Anthony Ryan (Raven series), and Douglas Hulick (Among Thieves, a Tale of the Kin). Those last two are authors I am very proud of finding - they are true "diamonds in the rough", relatively unknown authors with great skill.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 2:58:58 PM PDT
Was never a big fan of Modessit, Jr. I always felt his style was off-putting for some reason. He just never hooked me...but it's all a matter of opinion of course.

The Dragon King trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead is somewhat underrated in my opinion. That trilogy is what originally hooked me on the fantasy genre when I was quite young.

Posted on May 16, 2012 3:07:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2012 3:09:28 PM PDT
Gates - I agree. Modesitt has a very distinctive style that drives some away. To each their own! I forgot to add a few military sci-fi authors that really captured my interest:

David Drake and David Weber
The "Prince Roger" series and "In Fury Born" by Weber are outstanding books. Epic in every sense of the word. The Prince Roger series is strictly company and squad style futuristic adventure sci-fi along with coming of age, and In Fury Born is a futuristic military sci-fi with some elements of fantasy threaded into the mix. Solid solid stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 3:14:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2012 3:15:18 PM PDT
I think, at least for me, it had more to do with the fact that he used a first-person narrative, and with subject matter so grandiose it kind of limits the scope of the novel, in my opinion. Third person always fit the genre better as it can touch on much more, and action sequences written in first person come off as...i don't know...rushed and lacking finesse.

I think that simple factor is what killed it for me, though I gave it a shot.

However, that's not to say first person CAN'T work...I just don't feel he did it well.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 3:20:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2012 3:24:22 PM PDT
L.E. Modesitt's "The Magic of Recluce" (the first in the recluce series) was first person, that I know for sure. Maybe my memory is failing me, but he didn't write them all in first person. In fact, once you get past the first one, I think they are almost all third person. He also used a sound-effect style of writing that really bothered some readers. Example: Fireball thrown by a wizard makes a Ppppssssffffftttt! sound. A hawk flying that screeches? Skrreeeeee! Some readers compared it to the old-school batman TV series. Bap! Pow! Zam!

Gates - have you read those two newer authors I listed? Ryan or Hulick?
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