I just finished the last book- Fool's Fate and now I am saddened that my favorite character will never be written about again (according the the author). I have also read the Liveship Trilogy as well and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have Robin Hobb's last series lined up to read. I am not looking for a new author and set of books to read. I don't want to read a single book as that is not enough for me. I am looking for someone similar to Robin Hobb in grit and story telling. Someone who makes you really fall in love with the characters.
I have recently read and enjoyed Naomi Novik's Temeraire books, E.E. Knights Age of Fire series, and Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy.
I am also looking to stay in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
I really enjoyed those trilogies as well. I just finished reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and loved it. I got a similar feel from it as to Hobb's stories. It's the first of the trilogy but the 2nd won't be released until next spring, if that makes any difference.
I would strongly recommend Dave Duncan, my favorite fantasy author. You're not going to get quite the same depth of character you get with Hobb, but then again Duncan doesn't beat up on his protagonists like Hobb. The trilogy of the Seventh Sword, starting with "Reluctant Swordsman", is superb, and has the best ending ever, so good it unfortunately precludes any sequels. I just finished reading the trilogy for the seventh time. Also, his two quadrologies with Rap, starting with "Magic Casement" are excellent; I plan to re-read them this summer.
Megan Whalen Turner--Starting with The Thief--first book absolutely brilliant. Second book absolutely wretched. Third book redeems number two a little bit. YA. The Thief is worth it all. Scott Lynch--start with The Lies of Locke Lamora Sarah Monette--start with Melusine I like these because I like the characters.
I second The Name of The Wind by Rothfuss. I read it and it reminded me of Assassin's Apprentice (in a good way), with an engaging first-person narrator and a tragic story. Also, I think Robin Hobb has a presence on Amazon, and she reviewed it positively too. I would also recommend Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay; it has similarly complex writing. Finally, try Hobb's own recommendations at http://www.robinhobb.com/books-recommended.html
For me, Guy Gavriel Kay has a similar style. He is definitely an excellent story teller and his books are deep and colorful. I can't recommend Kay enough. To start with, it may be a good idea to read "The Lions of Al-Rassan" as it is a smaller book than "Tigana", but many believe that Tigana is his best one. Enjoy! ;)
I agree with the recommends for Rothfuss, and Monette (and many of the others are on my TBR list), but don't miss Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Tad Williams (pick a series), and Lynn Flewelling--Nightrunner series is best. I was disappointed with Novik (a rip-off of Patrick O'Brian). You might consider jumping on the Charlaine Harris bandwagon--very entertaining!
Fitzchivalry Farseer was my favorite character too, I have read all the Farseer and Tawny man books and I was disappointed in the ending, seemed like it was sort of rushed and gratuitous. But on the whole that was one of my favorite series of books. I recently finished the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson - You will love it. Brent Weeks has a terrific series out that is called the Night Angel Trilogy. I liked the character development and the humor. If you haven't read Joe Abercrombies "First Law" trilogy they are gripping and interesting with unusual characters...don't expect sunny. George RR Martin is the best but we have all been waiting for the next book for some time, and I think he is supposed to write 3 more. It might never happen. Good luck, let me know how you like my suggestions. Sue
David Duncan is my favorite author. His earlier trilogy "Reluctant Swordsman" hooked my son on reading SF / Fantasy. His "A man of his word" is perhaps the best series ever, and I include Tolkien in that statement. The Belgariad by David Eddings is another series that, like Hobbs, continues in the same setting and characters to provide a long read.
I think the Guy Gavriel Kay sequence is excellent and also the Tad Williams series To Green Angel Tower. The other set of books is the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant albeit they are a bit heavier going than Robin Hobb (although the Soldier Son trilogy is no light read).
There's been some great suggestions here. I've just started reading Robin Hobb, it being recommended to me.
I have my own book - and before you all groan - it's not just been recommended for readers of Hobb by an industry journal columnist, but labelled as an insist. Now, while I'd love to think you'd all rush off to buy it, I know that most of you won't want to take a chance, so here's an offer:
I'll send it via Amazon to you for free!
If you want to read The Fall of Ossard, just put your hand up here and add it to your profile's wish list (and make sure you've got an up to date shipping address).
What do I want in return? Just an Amazon.com review - that's all.
Please, think about it.
EDIT >>> Thanks for the interest and help with this guys, but for any reading this after May 2009, the offer is now closed. Sorry if you missed out.
That's an excellent offer. Thank you very much. I just hope that my international address won't scare you, it's just Ireland... Pretty close country :). I can promise you I'll put The Fall of Ossard at the top of my TBR pile and I'll review it afterwards. The existing feedback is very good and I really liked the first pages I read using Amazon's "Look Inside!". It's now at the top of my wish list.
Thanks again for the offer, Looking forward to reading it soon,
P.S. As a bonus I'll talk about it on Shelfari as well. I just added your book on my "Planning to read" shelf. Furthermore, I'm regularly on sffworld.com forums where I write about what I'm currently reading etc. So, I'll discuss about "The Fall of Ossard" there as well. There's a great community in these forums.
Hi colin - seems you have a following in Ireland. My profile probably mentions my US address, but that won't get it to me. I would enjoy reading your book, and will be in the states May 5th & you could mail to my brothers, or to my address in Kinsale, Co. Cork Ireland.
I'll get an email when you answer and tell me how/which address to give you, Alana
Robin Hobb is in my top 5 authors (up there with Tolkien), so if your book is recommended for readers of Hobb, I would love to read your book.
I live in the USA, in the state of Texas (transplant from Southern California). While I find your offer to send it extremely generous, I'm trying to keep my physical book load to a minimum, for various reasons. Do you know of any plans to get your book in the Kindle library anytime soon? Do you think you can persuade your publisher to get it on the Kindle? I would purchase it for my Kindle in a heartbeat.
I don't mind what address it goes to - it just needs to be in your profile's shipping address (when I gift it through the Wish List function, I don't even see the address because of privacy protection!). Just let me know when you've set that to go and added it to wish list, and then I'll order it.
There's a kindle edition in the works, but not available quite yet. I can post here when it is, but I think it's got some time to go.
Colin, If your book is anything remotely like "Name Of The Wind" I look forward to it very much. Rothfuss is responsible for a lot of other people making money on me because I keep looking for the sequel and when it's not there I have to get something!