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A guide by Ty Arthur "xFiruath"
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Here is a list of some of the fantasy and science fiction series I've gone through over the years. Hopefully something here piques your interest!

We start off with series set in the Dungeons and Dragon Forgotten Realms campaign setting, detailing the life and adventures of the archmage Elminster.
Elminster: The Making of a Mage (Forgotten Realms)
Elminster in Myth Drannor: The Elminster Series
The Temptation of Elminster: The Elminster Series
Elminster in Hell (Forgotten Realms: The Elminster Series, Book 4)
Elminster's Daughter: The Elminster Series

Next is the coldfire trilogy, a series that has it's ups and downs, but presents a very interesting set of questions dealing with the nature of reality. If you've seen the film "In the Mouth of Madness" you will recognize the themes, only here things are done in reverse.
Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1)
When True Night Falls (Coldfire Trilogy, Book 2)
Crown of Shadows (The Coldfire Trilogy, Book 3)

The Wayfarer redemption is a set of two trilogies. The first trilogy (listed here) revolves around two opposing mythologies - one blatantly Christian and the other blatantly Wiccan. The whole thing is a little too obvious, but overall the series is a good fantasy read.
The Wayfarer Redemption: Book One
Enchanter (Wayfarer Redemption)
Starman (Axis Trilogy, Book 3)

"The Last Rune" is a series in which people from earth are drawn into a more medieval world.
Beyond the Pale (The Last Rune, Book 1)
The Keep of Fire (The Last Rune, Book 2)
The Dark Remains (The Last Rune, Book 3)
Blood of Mystery (The Last Rune, Book 4)
The Gates of Winter (The Last Rune, Book 5)

"The Sword of Truth" series was my all time favorite fantasy series until we got towards the end. Based on the philosophy of Objectivism by Ayn Rand, every book up to "Faith of the Fallen" is superb regardless of whether you are reading purely for fantasy or are interested in the philosophy. If I could go back and do it again, I'd probably stop reading after "Faith of the Fallen" or "Naked Empire" and just make up my own ending.
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Book 1)
Stone of Tears (The Sword of Truth #2)
Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, Book 3)
Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, Book 4)
Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth, Book 5)
Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, Book 6)
The Pillars of Creation (Sword of Truth)
Naked Empire (Sword of Truth)
Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1 (Sword of Truth, Book 9)

Another personal favorite of mine, this series by Carl Berg details the life of a slave. The experiences of the main character can have a profound impact on the reader, as the story is told in first person perspective.
Transformation (Rai Kirah)
Revelation (Rai Kirah)
Restoration (Rai Kirah)

The "Ender" series is a highly praised set of novels that begins with children being conscripted to military service against an alien threat, but grows with the characters into a more human based drama. A rather different style of writing is utilized here than in most fantasy/sci-fi books.
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet)
Xenocide: Volume Three of the Ender Quintet

This enthralling futuristic story details a society in which the dead are raised and used as slave labor.
Resurrection, Inc. (Signet)

This is another D&D based series, set in the shattered world of the Dark Sun campaign setting. Some of the writing is a little uneven and it isn't nearly as engaging as original fantasy series, but D&D fans might get a kick out of this.
The Verdant Passage (Dark Sun World: Prism Pentad, Book 1)
The Crimson Legion (Dark Sun World: Prism Pentad, Book 2)
The Amber Enchantress (Dark Sun World: Prism Pentad, Book 3)
The Obsidian Oracle (Dark Sun Prism Pentad, Book 4)
The Cerulean Storm (Dark Sun: Prism Pentad, Book 5)

The "Faded Sun" trilogy is a good, but sometimes overly dry and complex, sci-fi extravaganza featuring all that fun stuff like hovercrafts and interstellar wars. All three stories are in one volume here.
The Faded Sun Trilogy: Kesrith, Shon'jir, and Kutath

"Discworld" is a set of humorous fantasy novels that is required reading on the same order as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Only the first is listed here, as there are a ridiculous number of books in the series.
The Color of Magic

"The Eyes of God" starts off this new series by John Marco. The world presented is a rather interesting amalgam of various mythologies.
The Eyes of God
The Devil's Armor (Daw Book Collectors)
The Sword of Angels

Alright, I promise this is the last D&D based series on this list. The "Planescape" campaign setting is probably the best thing to ever happen to D&D, housing an incredibly unique set of worlds known as the Planes of existence. In a place where ideas have more weight than swords, anything can happen. This trilogy is based in the Blood War, a never ending struggle between lawfully evil devils and their chaotically evil counterparts, the demons. As with the others, people who don't dig D&D should probably skip them.
Blood Hostages (Blood Wars Trilogy)
Abyssal Warriors (Planescape: Blood Wars Trilogy #2)
Planar Powers (Planescape: Blood Wars Trilogy, Vol. 3)

The "Recluce" series is another one with an obscene amount of books. Not everyone will dig the first person style or use of sound effects (yeah, the author does in fact try to write out the sounds and yells being heard), but there is a lot to like here.
The Magic of Recluce (Recluce series, Book 1)
The Towers of the Sunset (Recluce series, Book 2)
The Magic Engineer ( A novel in The saga of Recluce)

And here we end with the novels that started the "Riftwar" saga by Raymond Feist. Feist has several series which have spun off of this one.
Magician: Apprentice
Magician: Master (Riftwar Saga, Book 2)

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