What is your favorite fantasy novel? (Other than Lord of the Rings! Haha)
I have been reading R.A. Salvatore's books about Drizzt (Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn are the first three) and another favorite series is George R. R. Martin's Sword of Ice and Fire series. What fantasy novel(s) can you not live without?
Wow I have read over 1000 fantasy books! Surprisingly one of my favorites is actually a new series 'Way of Kings' by Brandon Sanderson. It's book one of ten, and has all the epic qualities that Lord of the Rings has - an exceptional book from a relatively new writer!
The Chronicles of Amber is group of novels that comprise a fantasy series written by Roger Zelazny. The main series consists of two story arcs, each five novels in length. Additionally, there are a number of Amber short stories and other works.
The Amber stories take place in two, true worlds: Amber, and the Courts of Chaos. Other worlds, including our Earth, are but "shadows" of the tension between the two true worlds. The Courts of Chaos is situated in Shadow at the very edge of Chaos itself. Royals of Amber who have negotiated the Pattern, can travel freely through the shadows. By shifting between shadows, one can appear to alter reality by choosing which elements of which shadows to keep, and which to move between.
The Wheel of Time is besr series ever. Try it, it rules. I also recommend books of Gavriel Guy Kay.
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series by Stephen Donaldson are for me, the best thing I've read in the genre (and I've read lots), so you might give them a go.
Failing that Jordan's Wheel of Time set isn't a bad shout by rand00, but you could also consider David Eddings, Belgariad series which is another absolute classic.
I'm going to give Brandon Sanderson a look at too, thanks for the rec SimeyC.
Not a single book but a series.
Robin Hobbs interlaced quadrilogy of trilogies, starting with the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, and now the Rain Wild Chronicles.
So far 11 books all based in the same beautifully portrayed world. I love all of these books and as they are all connected I cant seperate them.
i love the Redwall series by brian jaques...misspelled i think. but i read them all when i was a kid and am in the process of collecting them all again!! ^^
I've never been much into fantasy novels but one outstanding book I have really enjoyed is 'Archangel' by Sharon Shinn. The characters and their development, the story, the imagery that her writing beautifully conveys, and the whole coexistence of humans and angels has definitely captured my attention and entertained me. I easily recommend it to others (especially if they're open to love stories).
Eragon was a very good book.
So was 'The House of the Scorpion' by Marella Sands.
The Shannara series was really good.
I read all of George RR Martin's series, which was really good. He decided to not complete the series though. Grrrr!
The ones I write...I don't mean that in a bad way but I do love what I write because I take such liberty in really imagining myself being my main character for each of the series I'm working on. Granted, I love to read other's work but the world you create for your characters should be the kind of world you would truly enjoy living in. As an RPG fanatic, the worlds I create are totally where I would love to be.
Hands down, The Sword of Truth series. The books pretty much changed my life, and I say that in a completely non-cheesy way. Start with the first one, Wizards First Rule. Everybody that I've recommended them to has gone through to read all 11 of them. They are simply wonderful. They are sort of a cross between Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and really dark literature. They are definitely not for young readers.
The "His Dark Materials" trilogy blows Harry Potter clear out of the water for me. I think more kids need Lyra Silvertongue as their role model in a world of Harry "Whining" Potters, and Bella "I love my dangerous and psychotic boyfriend" Swan.
dragon riders of pern series by ann mccaphrey... the ship who sang... i think is also the same author. really cool.
One of the most engaging, captivating, enchanting books I've ever read was the Wizard of Earth Sea. One feels immediately transported out of the real world into Ursula Le Guin's fantasy world. My other favorite was the Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. It's older, but a classic.
For adult fantasy, I would go with Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, with George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire as a close second. Martin is a better writer, but Goodkind's stories are more entertaining.
For young adult/children's fantasy, Harry Potter wins hands down. Second place is Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
So many! Where to begin? Well, considering the range of authors and subgenres within the fantasy genre, I have included some of my favourites in this hub:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Fantasy-Subgenr … tasy-Genre
I've included what I hope are representative novels among the various subgenres (high/epic, sword-and-sorcery, alternate history, dark fantasy, contemporary, steampunk, etc.).
I'm also planning a hub about amazing authors who write both sci-fi and fantasy, so will post that when it's ready.
I am a big fan of Raymond Feist's Rift War novels. Awesome reading and a well thought out world.
Harry Potter Series = ]
http://hubpages.com/hub/Harry-Potter-Se … ther-Stuff
The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin - popularly known as Game of Thrones now that the tv show has come out on HBO. I actually like it better than LoTR.
It has wonderful character development, a richly depicted world and enough plot to choke a horse.
The Deed Of Paksenarrion.
i have written a review on it if you are interested
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