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Initial post: Jun 3, 2012, 10:34:41 AM PDT
Anyone have recommendations for new writers who have the chops? As with most people here, I'm ignoring anyone who self-recommends.

Authors that I especially enjoy are Wodehouse (non fantasy) Sayers (ditto), Niven & Pournelle, J. Austin (non-fantasy), L Sprague De Camp and Connie Willis.

What I'm craving are books with strong character development, a solid plot, a dollop of humour and an easy writing style. I want to get lost in the book. The subject matter is largely immaterial, although sparkly vampires are pushing it a bit, but knowledge of how to write well is not.

Any ideas?

Posted on Jun 4, 2012, 3:02:39 PM PDT
Some of my fellow fantasy authors are well worth a look.

Swords for a Dead Lady

Few Are Chosen (K'Barthan Trilogy)

A Sword for Hire (The Silent Blade Chronicles)

These are 3 new british guys, so you may not have come across them before

Posted on Jun 4, 2012, 3:32:45 PM PDT
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Please define "new". Last 6 months? Ryan Anthony has the highest rated Amazon book (that is not "puffery", it is actually the highest rated book in the "fantasy epic" genre as of right now), and it's written in the last six months. I loved it. Yes I write about it a lot on these forums, yes it's that good. As I have mentioned before, I am afraid the author may pull a "Robert Jordan" or a "R.R. Martin" and eventually the initial brilliance of his series will fade out, or drag on endlessly - but that's a worry for the future, and does not impact the brilliance of the first book.

Last 6 years? Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Patrick Rothfuss, Michael Sullivan, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie, Jim Butcher. I read and enjoyed almost everything from these "new" authors. They are also highly rated by customers.

Then there are the "old" authors who are releasing new books or new series. Robin Hobb is usually good for a spin.

There are countless more, but once you read the above authors, you'll see why they are probably the current measure against which other authors are often compared.

Matthew Asnip - That's a large range of authors... Jane Austen to Niven (I am assuming Larry Niven Sci-Fi). If you like Niven space-opera, you may want to check out some of David Weber's writing. They are different, but you may find his style of easy-to-read stories to be enjoyable. Were you into L. Sprague more for Sci-Fi or Conan?

Posted on Jun 4, 2012, 3:44:06 PM PDT
Another new brit (for some unknown reason, his second book is already out in the US, and not available in the UK yet.
Prince of Thorns

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012, 3:46:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2012, 3:48:50 PM PDT
I agree with Will Macmillan Jones on the Prince of Thorns series. I enjoyed that book also.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012, 5:01:48 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 4, 2012, 10:04:57 PM PDT
Besides the Prince of Thrones series I highly recommend Lisa Austin's Loved By The Darkness. It's funny, sexy, mysterious and an easy book to read.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012, 10:41:00 PM PDT
Try this one

The Strawberry Roan

It's a stand alone but she also has an ongoing series.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012, 5:36:17 AM PDT
Avid reader says:
If you are seeking great characters and an adventure storyline, check out the new fantasy series by B.A. Beers, Isle of the Four Kingdoms. Book one was a little slow to begin - but arn't most as they set the place? Once you get to part two in this book, it races to the finish. Book two had me hooked all the way. Book three is due out in the Fall. Great interaction between 'warm-bloods' (man) and dragons.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012, 6:55:55 AM PDT
I suppose you've had a chance to look at the sequel, too....


Posted on Jun 5, 2012, 6:57:22 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012, 2:03:19 PM PDT
Heather Myst says:
Joe Abercrombie First Law series and Best Served Cold
Brent Weeks Night Angel series and The Black Prism
Michael J. Sullivan Riyria series
Douglas Hulick Among Thieves
Robert Redick Chathrand series
David Durham Acacia series
Rowena Daniells King Rolon's Kin series
Fiona McIntosh Valisar, Quickening, and Percheron series
Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012, 3:35:21 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012, 1:21:35 PM PDT
King of Thorns isn't out in the States until August 7th (August 16th for UK)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012, 2:06:33 PM PDT
I'm prepared to be mistaken, but I'm sure someone on this forum told me they had read it.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012, 2:07:33 PM PDT
M. Carole says:
I agree with the recommendation above for Douglas Hulik's Among Thieves, which is traditional fantasy and has some brilliant plotting. I also liked Ian Tregellis' Bitter Seeds, which is not traditional but involves magic, supermen, Nazis, and British spies (really, how can you go wrong?) And Chris Wooding really knows how to move a story along - you could try Retribution Falls, but almost anything he writes will do.
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