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DaddyMadcow's Fantasy Favs

Madcow "Science Fiction / Fantasy, Thrillers, Ancient History / Classical Civilization"
The list author says: "These are my some of my personal fantasy favs. I was born in 1973 and started reading fantasy in the mid-1980's, so there is a nice range from young adult to adult fantasy. Hope this gives you some good ideas for reading material..."
The Prydain Chronicles
The Prydain Chronicles
"For some, it was C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia... But, for me, my passion for the Fantasy genre was stirred by Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles (Book of Three, Black Cauldron, Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, High King).  Mr. Alexander draws heavily from Welsh mythology to build his tales. A great primer on fantasy for a young adult to start down the path."
Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy Gift Set
Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy Gift Set
"OK, so certainly mainstream and an easy-read, but a very fast-paced series with very likable and interesting characters.  If you read any Dragonlance, go with the Weis & Hickman's Chronicles and Legends sets that started in all.  Would also recommend their lesser known Death Gate Cycle if you end up enjoying their Dragonlance works."
Dragonlance Legends Trilogy (3 Volume Set)
Dragonlance Legends Trilogy (3 Volume Set)
"OK, so if I mention Weis & Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles, then I have to suggest their Drangonlance Legends set as well.  Easy and fun to read.  Another good way to get into the Fantasy genre when you're young."
Xanth: The Quest for Magic (A Spell for Chameleon; The Source of Magic; Castle Roogna)
Xanth: The Quest for Magic (A Spell for Chameleon; The Source of Magic; Castle Roogna)
"Piers Anthony's Xanth series is fast, light, pun-filled fun reading. The series goes on forever but I hung in there from Book 1 (A Spell for Chameleon) to Book 13 (Isle of View) and enjoyed them. If you like Mr. Anthony's style and you want to try something a bit more serious, then The Apprentice Adept Series and Mode series are both very good."
The Belgariad Set, Books 1-5: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, & Enchanter's End Game
The Belgariad Set, Books 1-5: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, & Enchanter's End Game
"Eddings' Belgariad should be mandatory reading.  His witty, clean, sharp style and amazing stories are worth the investment.  Start with The Belgariad series, and if you like (which you will) follow through with The Mallorean series and The Tamuli series as well.  You won't be disappointed.  In my humble opinion, the works drop off after these."
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
"No need to dwell on this much, but if you're going to be a fan, then this is mandatory reading.  Arguably what started it all.  The Godfather of Fantasy."
The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold ,Stone of Tears
The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold ,Stone of Tears
"Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series is truly amazing.  The first few books (say at least 1-5) are the finest the genre has to offer. After that, in my humble opinion, the books get a but preachy and rehashed for my taste. But, I have nothing but mad respect for Mr. Goodkind and the characters he has built."
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)
"Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles will undoubtedly go down as a Fantasy genre mantle-bearer. Name of the Wind (Book 1) is already an all time fav of mine. Mr. Rothfuss is a master at subtle world-building through his characters and side-stories without feeling like you're reading Michner. Highly recommended."
Tigana: Anniversary Edition
Tigana: Anniversary Edition
"OK, at some point you are going to need a break from the Jordon, Goodkind, Martin, etc. epic Fantasy series... and, no one is better for a solid one-shot than Guy Gavriel Kay in my opinion. Very different style than some of the others I mention in my List, but beautiful style and masterful tales."
The Lions of al-Rassan
The Lions of al-Rassan
"Another one-shot marvel by Mr. Kay."
A Song for Arbonne
A Song for Arbonne
"And, one more for the road."
The Symphony of Ages Boxed Set I: Rhapsody, Prophecy, Destiny
The Symphony of Ages Boxed Set I: Rhapsody, Prophecy, Destiny
"Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages set (Rhapsody, Prophecy, and Destiny) was bit off the beaten path for me, but a good Fantasy read. The female protagonist (which is a bit rare in this genre) gives this set a refreshing perspective."
The Eyes of the Dragon
The Eyes of the Dragon
"Not a Stephen King fan at all. But, my dad (who is) put me onto this book and it did not disappoint. Another great book to absorb when taking a break from a hefty series."