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Good fantasy

Peter Schmidt
The list author says: "As a fantasy enthusiast I have read numerous fantasy books, some good, some bad, some spectacular and epic, others fast paced and fun - the list is endless, yet if you are new to fantasy, or in need of new books to read, I will attempt to give you some inspiration. Many of these authors have written multiple books, make good use of the search function.

The list is not listed by a ranking, but more as I remember the books, some authors like Feist, are easily read, where others such as Steven Eriksson and George Martin are more complex, and in my opinion, ultimately more rewarding."
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
"Read the entire series, it's the best written fantasy there is, however expect violence and sexual content."
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen)
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen)
"The beginning can be confusing, but this series is amongst the very best, can't wait for the last book to come out (10)."
Magician: Apprentice
Magician: Apprentice
"Magician Apprentice and Master, is where many people start off with fantasy, and it's a good choice, in fact I greatly appreciate Feists' work, and his worldbuilding is quite good, and character development up amongst the best."
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
"Announced his arrival in the fantasy scene with a va-va-voom, explosive, very good book - now get me the sequels."
Servant of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy)
Servant of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy)
"Read this after reading the riftwar series by feist - it's well worth it."
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
"Much has been written about the wheel of time, yes the books slow down between book 7-10, but book 11 is very very good, and Sanderson has done a phenomenal job at continuing the late Robert Jordans series, the dedication it must have taken to his series to write out the notes for ending it while lying so sick is breathtaking."
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)
"Very nice series, very greytoned, just like I like it."
The Night Angel Trilogy
The Night Angel Trilogy
"Enjoyable, fast paced and easily read. However do not expect the storyline to be a straight arrow, you will be surprised."
Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)
Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)
"No fantasy list is complete without Robin Hobb, I enjoyed this series, and there are many others, so do a search and find more books."
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1)
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1)
"I picked this up on a whim, great decision, a roman stylized fantasy setting, and a very well written series."
The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Chronicles Series #1)
The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Chronicles Series #1)
"While more historical in nature, do not rob yourself of this experience."
Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar
Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar
"Historical fiction, while not exactly fantasy, it is however still spectacular."
The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1)
The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1)
"Enjoyable read."
The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Books I-III (Set 1, Bks. 1-3)
The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Books I-III (Set 1, Bks. 1-3)
"If you like things being black and white, good and evil - I guess you might like this - I did not particularly enjoy it, but I know many people who did."
The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set
The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set
"Quite good"
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Book 1)
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Book 1)
"Samurai's and ninja's? Why not?"
Chronicles of the Black Company
Chronicles of the Black Company
"The beginning of military fantasy."
The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit
The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit
"I enjoyed these books and series."