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Best fantasy?

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Area57 posted 10/11/2015 19:48 PM

I have been looking for a new fantasy series. The last one I started was the new Brandon Sanderson series, the Way of Kings. It's awesome. Truly awesome. I found him, of course, because he finished up the Wheel of Time. I wasn't a huge fan of Mistborn. I guess I liked the characters, but overall, I think it may be more of a teen fantasy series, so maybe a little young reading for me.

Since there isn't even a release date for book three by Sanderson yet, I need a new series.

What are you other survivors of infidelitys favorites?

I'm leaning toward the Patrick Rothfuss series, but that only has two books.

I have liked it best when I have read a series that is already completed, so o can get the next book right away and just read the whole thing back to back!

Best two fantasy series:
Sword of Truth
Wheel of Time

Hawke posted 10/11/2015 22:04 PM

I'm listening to L.E. Modesitt Jr's Recluce books. I doubt he has finished with them, but they aren't a series in the normal sense - they are set in the same world, but most are separated by many years and feature different characters.

deepdarkocean posted 10/12/2015 04:04 AM

Since you've already read my personal fave WoT, and

The Stormlight Archives, I recommend:

Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series. His

Otherland series is great too.

The Rothfuss books are so good, but I've been

waiting FOREVER for the third book.

George R.R. Martin's A song of Ice and Fire is great

but I am not a fan of the show at all.

setecastronomy posted 10/12/2015 07:41 AM

Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's "Obsidian Trilogy," consisting of "The Outstretched Shadow," "To Light a Candle," and "When Darkness Falls."

Walloped posted 10/12/2015 09:04 AM

Anything by Robin Hobb, but her Fool series is the most well known. Starts with "The Farseer Trilogy - Assassin's Apprentice." Excellent.

I'll second or third the Patrick Rothfuss suggestion, but you will wait for the 3rd book.

Tad Williams' "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" series is most similar to SoT and WoT.

If you want something fun, but not too deep, check out Michael J Sullivan's Riyria series, which is complete.
1) Theft of Swords
2) Rise of Empire
3) Heir of Novron

The George RR Martin books are much more gritty. Another gritty author - Joe Abercrombie.

More fun swashbuckling type - Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards series (starts with The Lies of Locke Lamora). Think a fantasy version of Ocean's 11.

I'm actually in the middle of Brent Weeks' "Lightbringer" series, which is pretty good.

Tred posted 10/12/2015 13:27 PM

I am a huge fan of Raymond Feist - The Riftwar Saga was awesome. Feist and Terry Brooks are can't miss in my opinion. Another good shot series is Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. A great long series (13 books I think) is the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.

eric1 posted 10/12/2015 13:28 PM

What awesome timing. I just downloaded Sanderson's Kings books on a flight last week for the same reason that you found him - finishing up for RJ.

I thought that he finished off the series well, but he never grabbed me. But I finally had enough of people saying that I had to read it and downloaded it.

I loved the first few Sword of Truths, but I think that it kind of fell off after that. Same for George RR Martin.

If you like world builders, then Eddings and Brooks are two very easy reads who I consider required reading. They both have their weaknesses, particularly in later books, but the first 4-5 of each series are just those ones that everyone has read.

Lists for best fantasy really suck BTW. They're usually mixed with SciFi and Young Adult fantasy.

Have you done Erikson?

Walloped posted 10/12/2015 14:15 PM

Eric - I didn't recommend Erikson as that's really hardcore reading - not at all like Sword of Truth or Wheel of Time.

Tred - Good call on R. Feist! I found Butcher's Codex Alera series really good as well - fantasy light - kind of why I recommended Michael J Sullivan's Riyria books.

Other series:
Daniel Abraham: The Dagger and the Coin series - ongoing
Mark Lawrence: The Broken Empire series - complete
Brent Weeks: The Night Angel trilogy - complete

Walloped posted 10/12/2015 14:29 PM

Okay - sorry, a bit of a t/j here...

Since Wheel of Time was brought up, and let me say up front that I'm a fan and have read the series more than once, I can't help but post my absolute favorite amazon customer review of Book 10 - Crossroads of Twilight, which, let's be honest, moved at a glacial pace and nothing of significance happened. And of course this came after books 8 and 9 which were plot inertia personified. Sad that Jordan passed away. Thank goodness Sanderson finished the series in the excellent form in which it began. Anyway, for your enjoyment, the review...

Phone Rep: "Hello, this is ****, representing Bigelow Tea and other fine beverages. How may I help you?"

Caller: "Well, see, I have this problem with my tea..."

P: "Which variety of tea are you having the problem with?"

C: "Bigelow Blueberry Blast."

P: "Alright...what seems to be the problem?"

C: "See, there was this one batch of tea I brewed for myself one morning. I brewed it into a gleaming silver pitcher with a matching silver ropework tray and a set of three silver cups, each with its own saucer that was engraved around the perimeter with tiny flowers. I had bought the set in Saldea. Oh, the Sea-folk porcelain is wonderful, but I'm prone to breaking it. Anyway, I poured myself a cup of tea. There were piping hot scones in a silver bowl on the tray next to the tray that held the tea. The basket was covered with a white embroidered cloth slashed with blue silk, much like my dress. Oh, the neckline is a bit too low-cut for some of my acquaintances, who prefer good stout woolens to that Arad Domai silk that clings to the body in such a way as to leave very little to the imagination. So, as I was eating a scone and drinking my cup of tea, the steam from each rising and intertwining together like dueling serpents, I noticed a peculiar taste in the tea: it was cool and refreshing, with a hint of mint. Of course, I thought nothing of it. Giving my earlobe a tug and my braid a pull, I remembered the idiocy of every one of my male friends, indeed every male I have ever come into contact with, or ever will for that matter. The lot of woolheads can never compete with the superior logic and rock-solid reasoning that every female in the known universe possesses. It's no wonder we all behave the same."

P: "Um...what was your problem with the tea?"

C: "Oh yes, I'm sorry. After I had consumed the tea, I placed the cup on the silver ropework tray and covered the gleaming silver basket of scones again with the white embroidered cloth slashed with bands of blue silk, much like my dress. I remembered the stout man in the streets of Tar Valon: a vendor of sausages he was. Though I know I will never see him again, I felt it necessary to familiarize myself with every aspect of his appearance and personal history. He was a short, stout man with black hair that was beginning to grey at the temples, slicked back on his head in the manner of warriors, though it was obvious he was not one. He wore brown shoes of stained leather that rustled softly against the dirt of the streets, kicking up clouds of dust that lingered in the air even after he had passed. His pants were of stiff wool, dyed green and patched in many places. He wore a leather jerkin over a soiled white peasant's shirt, the cuffs of his sleeves rolled up and out of his way. Around his neck was a silver chain with a medallion attached to it that bore the image of a bear. He spoke with a gruff voice..."

P: "The TEA, ma'am."

C: "Well you don't have to be rude about it. I was only filling you in on the relevant details."

P: "I don't have all day, ma'am."

C: "You do remind me of a lad I once knew, back when I used to frequent the palace in Camelyn..."

P: "Look, we'll send you a case of Blueberry tea, alright?"

C: "Oh...alright then, I suppose that will do nicely."

P: "Do you have any other problems?"

C: "Well, there is this one other problem I have, but it's not with your tea. The other day, I was pouring myself a goblet of spiced wine. Only the wine had grown cold after being left on the windowsill for whatever reason. So I siezed hold of saidar. It was pure rapture...like opening all of my petals to the sun, for I am a flower. It was like floating in a river that tore along with great speed: resist it and you would be consumed by it. So I accepted it and was consumed by the sweet joy. I sent a tiny thread of fire into the pitcher to warm the wine. Soon, steam rose from the pitcher of gold, sunlight rebounding on the inset gems. I removed the pitcher from the stark Cairheinien plinth of the finest marble and poured myself a glass. But the use of saidar had turned the spices bitter..."


C: "Hello? Hello? Wool-headed sheep-herder..."

eric1 posted 10/12/2015 15:08 PM

That is tremendous.

My wife is the antithesis of the person who would read Fantasy and I got her so much into damn WOT that we named the tables at our wedding after cities in Randland.

When my most recent child was born I did get the opportunity to reread the series due to the little jerk being completely colicky. Knowing that I was going to have to skim three or four books in the middle made it completely more enjoyable.

I do wish that Jordan didn't become insane halfway through. Some of the stuff that was waiting for us in the last two books was incredible. It's a shame that we missed him fleshing it out for us. As it stands, it probably turned out as well as it could have, what took Sanderson two books to finish would have taken RJ 80 years and atleast 9845749037593505934 smoothing-of-dresses.

Nynaeve is still one of my favorite characters of all time. My RJ porn would have been for Lan to die and for her to fucking lay waste to everything around her. The only thing that made up for that was Lan himself probably having the MVP performance of the final battle.

eric1 posted 10/12/2015 15:10 PM

It's good you mention that about Erikson. I suggested it only due to my goodreads reminding me every eight seconds I've had it in queue forever. It's been recommended to me a ton of times, but I'm not really at the stage of my life that I need something hardcore.

(my geekiness will be fully centered on Star Wars Battlefront soon)

Walloped posted 10/12/2015 16:35 PM

Like the WoT scenario...

Have fun with Star Wars Battlefront. My geekiness, depsite my shitstorm, is to put on my PS4 headset and play Witcher 3. I'm only about 100 hours in, so about halfway. Once November hits, it'll be Fallout 4. That should last me until Mass Effect 4.

antlered posted 10/12/2015 19:40 PM

Hmm you've already covered my favorites.

"The Demon Cycle" books, beginning with"The Warded Man". by Peter Brett are definitely worth a read.

Also the Hyperion Series by Dan Simmons, although it's more on the science fiction end of the spectrum.

Notthevictem posted 10/12/2015 19:47 PM

I liked Joe ambercrombie the blade itself and peter v Brett the warded man a lot.

helpme03 posted 10/12/2015 21:14 PM

I'm with Anterled. The Warded Man series is very good. The Hyperion Cantos is also great. Hyperion is my favorite book. It's sort of like a Sci-Fi Canterbury Tales. Dan Simmons is a top notch author. In this book, he basically combines a bunch of novellas, with each being a different Sci-Fi subgenre.

I'd also recommend the Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan (completed) and The Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler. Both of those are flintlock fantasy (fantasy with flintlock guns instead of just medieval weapons). The first book of the Shadow Campaigns is more of a military novel, but both my wife and I liked the 2nd book a lot.

The Kingkiller Chronicles is fantastic, but that 3rd book is taking forever.

The Gentleman Bastards (Locke Lamora) series by Scott Lynch is also great. It's not complete, but he has been consistently putting out books every year or two.

The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe is a difficult read, but is very rewarding.

Lastly, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King is also a good read. The 4th book was my favorite book until I read Hyperion.

Notthevictem posted 10/13/2015 10:41 AM

Sorry,nobody mentioned it yet, but The Black Company series by Glen Cook is also pretty good.

trustedg posted 10/14/2015 16:31 PM

I love anything by Ursula Le Guin, I think her best is "Left Hand of Darkness"..

One of the latest I read was three books actually written as a "young adult" series but I was very moved by them - "Gifts", "Voices", and "Powers".

Perhaps relevant for us is "Four Ways to Forgiveness".

I also really like "Lavinia" where she takes a minor character from Virgil's "Aeneid" and spins a tale.

Noosa posted 11/24/2015 08:48 AM

The Bartimaeus Trilogy is a pretty witty fantasy series, I quite enjoyed it.

ChewedMeUp posted 12/8/2015 14:49 PM

Haven't seen it mentioned yet, but NK Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms trilogy (complete) is really great, fantastic worldbuilding.

Unhinged posted 1/1/2016 08:13 AM

Ursula K. Le Guin was one of my aunt's favorite fantasy authors. The "Earth Sea Trilogy" is awesome and I really liked the "Left Hand of Darkness." Not sure if you'll find these books in print anywhere but a second-hand/used book store, though.

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