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Initial post: Dec 18, 2011 11:39:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2011 11:04:37 AM PST
ababypenguin says:
I like fantasy stories, dragons, swords, magic, etc. Anyone have some recommendations? I also like archers; if anyone can show me a fantasy book revolving around an archer, I would be very inclined to buy it!

On a side note, I am 21 years old, so I don't mind reading the violent, vulgar, and/or voluptuous.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 11:51:45 PM PST
Robin Hood? Legolas?

Hood (King Raven Trilogy, Book 1)
The Outlaws of Sherwood
The Lord of the Rings

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 1:39:58 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 19, 2011 2:44:05 AM PST
Terence Rip says:
Will's Elf is a humorous boarding school based fantasy novel. A dragon pops up at one point and there is scene set at the Battle of Agincourt where there are plenty of archers. Don't think it is available yet on Kindle but it can only be a matter of time...

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 4:00:10 AM PST
Ancient Futures has the hero assassinating the king by shooting arrows at him from an almost impossible distance. A sandals and sword epic romance set in a world not that unlike our own!
In the Land of the Demon Masters has magicians, monsters and a walled city shaped like a Dragon's Lair!
Bugtown has aliens, smart bugs, castles, dinosaurs and time travel!
All these for a dollar, the lowest price I could upload them for. I have seven other books on Kindle, some published before, all for the same price!

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 4:24:52 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 19, 2011 4:58:52 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 19, 2011 5:12:36 AM PST
Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series (Luck in the Shadows: The Nightrunner Series, Book I), Alec is very skilled as an archer. It's a fun series to read.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 6:17:11 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 19, 2011 7:14:31 AM PST
Amy K. Jones says:
My recommendation is Brian Jaques' Redwall Series: Redwall Jaques wrote the most enchanting, imaginative books; once you pick one up, you won't be able to put it down. Jaques wrote his series, apparently, for teachers to read to their blind students, but there is no age group that the series wouldn't appeal to. Best of luck and happy reading.
Amy K. Jones

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 7:18:19 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 9:40:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2011 9:41:23 AM PST
T. Hayes says:
I agree with this recommendation. I ate through this series. Actually, anything by Lynn Flewelling is on the recommendation list. She's one of the few where I've found all of her series to be delightful.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 10:55:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2011 11:04:28 AM PST
ababypenguin says:
Great suggestions so far guys. :) I'll look into a lot of these. Keep 'em coming!
@Christine - I had been looking into the Tolkien books for awhile, but the price was driving me away. I know I will buy them eventually though. For some reason I never thought of Robin Hood! Great suggestion! Thanks :)
@John - Thanks for the suggestions. I am glad to see some more affordable books!
@Martin - This book looks interesting, I added it to my wish list!

On a side note, I am 21 years old, so I don't mind reading the violent, vulgar, and/or voluptuous.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 8:27:42 PM PST
This book is way OOP. How is this a helpful recommendation?

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 8:37:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2011 8:38:53 PM PST
Out of a total of 10 unique responses, 4 of them were legitimate recommendations that were not posted by the authors of the books (mine, Amy's, Martin's & T.Hayes). 5 of them were obvious self--promotion (Jasmine, Rob, Luis, John McKenzie & David Williams). The OOP book with the hideous cover is probably self-promo, as well, but even if it's not it's certainly not helpful.

Of those books, I sampled Jasmine's, before it was deleted & it was simply terrible. Not ready for prime time. Possibly written by a fifteen-year-old, and if it was, I am slightly sorry for being harsh. Your mother should have stopped you from uploading it.

All I needed to do was read the product description for Luis' book to conclude that it, too, is not ready for prime time.

Come on, guys, you give self-publishers a bad name when you upload absolute, unmitigated, essentially unreadable garbage onto the internet & put a price tag on it.

Of all the genres, fantasy has the absolute worst self-pubbed books. There are some good ones out there, too, don't get me wrong, but there must be some truth to the notion that fantasy is a really difficult genre to write well. Because so many people write it so badly.

Let the downvoting & the comments about my harshness commence.

But remember this: if you put your work up for sale in a marketplace, expect people to judge it based upon its merit (or lack thereof).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 8:44:45 PM PST
ababypenguin says:
Queen, I started this thread for recommendations on books, not your opinions of said books. I appreciate your initial suggestions, but please do not discourage others from plugging their work. Please do not reply unless you have more books suggestions for me. I do not appreciate internet trolls.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 8:46:01 PM PST
Self-promo is prohibited by amazon's TOS, not by my rules. That's why the posts are being deleted. Nothing to do with me.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 8:47:27 PM PST
ababypenguin says:
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Posted on Dec 23, 2011 5:58:11 AM PST
Thinksign says:
No archers, and an older series, but one of my favorite fantasy books (trilogy, actually) was Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1. And a really great dragon included.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 6:17:08 AM PST
Since you're curious about "Lord of the Rings", I'd start with The Hobbit. An archer plays an extremely important role in that story.

If you like dystopian fantasy, I'd recommend The Hunger Games. It may be labeled YA, but it is one of the darker YA reads, as it deals with children forced to fight each other to the death. The main character, Katniss, is an archer, and her archery skills are important to the plot.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 6:49:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2011 7:08:10 AM PST
Kindle Fan says:
Barbara Hambly is a master is this area!! Dragonsbane etc.
Dragonsbane: The Winterlands Series (Book One)The Time of the Dark: The Darwath Series (Book One)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011 7:01:59 AM PST
Sheridan says:
Off-hand I cannot think of one with an archer. I will be on the look-out now. That would be cool.

P. K. Brent
Author
http://pkbrent.com

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 7:42:13 AM PST
Nymorie says:
George R.R. Martin
Dennis McKiernan (earlier books)
David Eddings
Robert Jordan
Anne McCaffrey

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011 8:13:17 AM PST
Jean Johnson's Sons of Destiny series is all about the magic with a lot of romance thrown in.
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