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Initial post: Oct 11, 2010 5:30:51 AM PDT
Looking for some new high fantasy books with elves, dwarves, orcs, lots of action and monsters
So far I have read Salvatore, Brooks, Heitz, and many of the D&D series
Anything else out there? I want something that will draw me in and has great atmosphere

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 1:34:11 PM PDT
The obvious answer is Lord of the Rings. If you have read those, try the Silmarillion and my favorite of the two - Unfinished Tales by Christopher Tolkien. Lots more Elves and Dwarves than LOTR.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2010 4:05:34 PM PDT
Heather Myst says:
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbitt
C.S. Marks Alterra series

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 1:11:03 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 14, 2011 1:33:13 PM PST
Brian, you would love David Dalglish's Half-orcs series, I'm thinking.
Just search his name for a list of his titles. :-)

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 1:42:49 PM PST
John says:
"Arboregal, the Lorn Tree" not orcs, but dwarfs and plenty of monsters.
Arboregal: The Lorn Tree (Volume 1)

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 4:15:07 PM PST
The Sable City (The Norothian Cycle) has a pretty strong D&D feel to it - plenty of action and dungeons, and no shortage of monsters. Some engaging world-building, as well.

If you're in the mood for something that plays with dungeon-crawling fantasy, Jim Hines' Goblin Quest (Jig the Goblin) is a lot of fun. Perhaps more tongue-in-cheek than earnest. He also wrote a bunch series that is kind of the old school Disney princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, etc.) recast as bad*** Charlie's Angels-like, um, bad***es who have to rescue Prince Charming, which my wife has been raving about for the last several months.

Speaking of old school, Terry Brooks' Shannara series has lots of all the things you're asking for. The series has tons of sequels and prequels, but the one that started it all was The Sword of Shannara.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 5:26:12 PM PST
Curmudgeon says:
Patricia Briggs Dragon Blood and Dragon Bones.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 5:38:41 PM PST
TheoGrouch says:
Rosemary Edghill, "Twelve Treasures" series
Shadowrun books
Gordon Dickson, "The Dragon & The George" series
Roger Zelazny, "The Changing Land" and "Dilvish The Damned"
Glen Cook, "Garrett, P.I." series
Scan thru Andre Norton's output, you'll probably find something you like.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 7:10:58 PM PST
It would be hard to recommend anything over Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time". The series is nearly completed, and though Mr. Jordan passed away before it was finished, the ending is being completed by the competent and well-liked Brandon Sanderson. There is plenty of action in the series, though most of the characters are human - the ones who are not are unique and wonderful, though. Truly the series is the pinnacle of fantasy fiction, though some others come close; like Patrick Rothfuss and his "The Name of the Wind," which is truly a brilliant novel, with plenty of action and prose as swift as the ever changing moon; or Steven Erikson and "Gardens of the Moon," though they maybe aren't quite what you are looking for - It's quite a lot more complex than the stuff you have listed, and pretty hard to get into. Worth it, I would say, but still a struggle.

Any of those should draw you into their worlds, but still it would be hard for me to love "The Wheel of Time" more. The first book is "Eye of the World," and is really, absurdly, good.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 2:58:49 AM PST
Boric says:
Have you tried Stephen Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant?

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 9:33:41 AM PST
Michael K says:
I'll second The Wheel of Time. The series is very long and I'll even admit at some point it starts dragging, however for me books 11-13 (and hopefully 14) have been so worth it as they've been full of plot resolutions. Jordan has so many subplots that you almost need a flowchart to keep up. He does a great job on atmosphere and detail (sometimes he gets just a bit carried away with detail).

Unfortunately a lot of the other good fantasy reads I know of don't quite fit the high fantasy set. For example Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, it's really good, and there's a good bit of backstory, but there aren't any elves or dwarves. There are other races in the series, just not your typical high fantasy races. Great trilogy with a 4th book in the universe that came out yesterday.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 10:13:46 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1) is very good. It's one of the cornerstone books of the fantasy genre, but it's not your typical "Go out and save the world" kind of book. Instead it's more of a book of personal discovery, told in the style of an old legend. I'd highly recommend it.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 6:58:32 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 3:05:07 AM PST
Boric says:
I also suggest Katherine Kerr's Deverry series, start with Daggerspell--but it has elves, dwarves, a mercenary company, and reasonable action ...

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 4:47:16 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 21, 2011 5:35:35 PM PST
YellowRose says:
I would recommend Cave of Forlorn and the sequel Shabb's Revenge. Just finished reading both of them and could not put them down. Fantasy, adventure, action, plot twists, well-developed characters, and humor too!!!. Author is R.C. Rutter. Enjoy!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 6:37:04 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
WoT hit the doldrums hard about book 8 and it carried through for about three books, but the last book is coming out this spring and everything from book 11 onward has been awesome.

Honestly, it's less that TOR is milking the series at this point and more that Sanderson got a look at Jordan's notes and said "There is literally no way to give any of this a good resolution in one book." The payoff's been worth it, though. Like I said - his stuff with WoT has been incredible.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2011 1:28:40 PM PST
Check out The Gates of Heaven series of fairy tales. They are written for adults but any teens who love rich fairy tales will love them. They can be read in any order:
The Wolf of Tebron, The Map across Time, and The Land of Darkness (four more to come...)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 1:29:28 PM PST
School girl says:
I do not know if it is to late to reply to your post, but I will any way. My mom brought me recently a dark fantasy book filled with all you asked for, by an unknow author. the book is called 'The Chronicles of utonia - and the dark nothing' it is a series. I thought it was good, very dark and unsual - it might interest you.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 5:44:48 PM PST
D. Stom says:
I'd second the recommendation for The Wizard of Earthsea series; definitely a very well written, fabulous read. Have you tried The Belgariad Set, Books 1-5: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, & Enchanter's End Game and The Malloreon, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda??? they tie together (as I recall). I have all of those in PB - and guard them very jealously against all relatives who know of my secret stashes. :)

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 7:00:18 PM PST
The Wheel of Time is great. The Belgariad and the Mallorean books are great. The Shannara books area great.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 9:26:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2011 9:26:34 AM PST
Th wheel of times series is my all time favorite fantasy. Period.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 8:17:49 PM PST
Thanks for the feedback everyone! Keep them coming! I love getting lost in books and the worlds and adventures they offer. I am a sucker for high fantasy. I am writing them all down and keep adding more to the list.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2011 9:15:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2011 9:18:25 PM PST
At the risk of being redundant I would like to strongly second this post. I read the Belgariad when I was eight or nine years old and loved it with a fervour that bordered on fanaticism. Read it again as an adult and found it too young and then read it again recently and enjoyed it (not like my nine year old self but nonetheless). I am jealous that you've never read it so that you get to read it for the first time.

Ditto The Earthsea Trilogy (which actually has a fourth and maybe even a fifth but started as a trilogy). My profile has a Ursula K. Leguin quote because I think she is quite simply one of the best science fiction and fantasy writers ever born. The Earthsea Trilogy challenged and changed my concepts of what high fantasy can be at a very young age when I was already in danger of becoming narrow of scope. Phew. When I am in a used bookstore and I see a copy of almost any Ursula K. Leguin novel I will buy it so that I can loan/give it to someone who hasn't read it. (a bit evangelical I know).

Couldn't read the Jordan books. I went into a frenzy of uncontrollable editing on the third or fourth book when I realized he was using the same phrases to describe things or repeating words over and over again (glaring words like 'serendipity' and 'scurrilous' and 'lambent' used many, many time in the space of one or two chapters. Took out a highlighter and got busy marking the text up until I realized how OCD that was and just stopped reading. Nonetheless many people enjoy these books so don't let my opinion stop you from giving them a try.
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