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Good fantasy reads?

BookBarbarian

Expert Long Rester
Are there any fantasy series that you read but disliked? That might cue us into your tastes.

For example, of the recommendations already here I love The First Law Trilogy and The Black Company but I was often frustrated at the inconsistencies of Malazan and couldn't stand the Night Angel Trilogy.

Anyway here are more I liked: The Chronicles of Prydain, Riyria Revelations, Pratchett's City Watch, The Broken Empire, The Book of the Ancestor, The Faithful and the Fallen, David Gemmell's Legend, the Farseer Trilogy, Traveler's Gate, The Witcher, The Acts of Caine by Stover.
 

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Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
Ahh yes, anything by David Gemmel, for sure. The Drenai series is where I'd start there, either read in publication order or chronological order, both have their charms.
 

How could I have forgotten about Sir Terry! If you like the wit, humor, and profundity of Gaiman's tales, Terry Pratchett's Discworld is a must. Definitely would concur on the City Watch sub-series. That or The Witches (including Tiffany Aching).

Anyway here are more I liked: The Chronicles of Prydain, Riyria Revelations, Pratchett's City Watch, The Broken Empire, The Book of the Ancestor, The Faithful and the Fallen, David Gemmell's Legend, the Farseer Trilogy, Traveler's Gate, The Witcher, The Acts of Caine by Stover.
 



Fanaelialae

Legend
I'd recommend anything by Brandon Sanderson. The Stormlight Archive seems most in line with your tastes, although it's also the most daunting entry point. Mistborn and Elantris are both quite good and an easier place to get started.

Also, The Waterborn, Blackgod, and Tales of Fool Wolf by Gregory Keyes. I think the books are out of print, so you might need to look for a secondhand copy (I think they're also available on Kindle).
 

Elantris was my introduction to Sanderson, and it probably remains my favorite of his works. The Mistborn series is absolutely action-packed.

I'd recommend anything by Brandon Sanderson. The Stormlight Archive seems most in line with your tastes, although it's also the most daunting entry point. Mistborn and Elantris are both quite good and an easier place to get started.
 

Fanaelialae

Legend
Elantris was my introduction to Sanderson, and it probably remains my favorite of his works. The Mistborn series is absolutely action-packed.
Elantris is absolutely a fantastic book. It has a really unique story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I feel like the ending has a few too many rough edges to be my favorite, but I nonetheless loved it (I've read it at least 2 or 3 times, and I only rarely reread books). That said, picking a favorite from among Sanderson's works is tough for me. Maybe The Way of Kings, though I'm not certain.
 


Worrgrendel

Explorer
David Gemmell wrote some good fantasy/historical fiction. If you like you some Greek I highly recommend Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow, Troy: Shield of Thunder, and Troy: Fall of Kings. Also along those lines are Lion of Macedon and Dark Prince. He has several others as well that I have not had the chance to look into.

Edit: Ahhhh Fenris-77 beat me to it!
 


Worrgrendel

Explorer
If you are into some fantasy humor try Grunts by Mary Gentle. Freaking hilarious! The story is from the Orc's point of view.

"An orc is a fireplug of a fighting machine made of muscle, hide, talon, and tusk, with a villainous disposition and a mean sense of humor. And, of course, an orc is a poor dumb grunt—the much abused foot soldier in the Horde of Darkness.

The usual last battle of Good against Evil is about to begin, and Orc Captain Ashnak and his war band know exactly what to expect. The forces of Light are outnumbered, full of headstrong heroes devoid of tactics, but the Light's still going to win. Orcs will die by the thousands, and no one cares. Not even the Nameless Necromancer who hired them..."
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames. (and a sequel, the name of which escapes me right now)

Very tongue-in-cheek take on what an adventurers' world might look like.
 

Mallus

Hero
Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames. (and a sequel, the name of which escapes me right now)

Very tongue-in-cheek take on what an adventurers' world might look like.
Sequel's Bloody Rose. And thanks for reminding me I own it & forgot to read it! Loved Kings of the Wyld, but I'm a sucker for parodies that double as not-parodies and are just prime examples of their genre. See also, Galaxy Quest is the 3rd best Star Trek movie.
 


Yardiff

Adventurer
Glenn Cooks series The Garrett Files is a pretty good urban(as in set in a city mostly) fantasy story.


There are 14? books in the series.
 
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uzirath

Adventurer
I'm currently reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. It was recommended to me as "a D&D acid-trip in mythic Africa." So far, that seems to be as good a description as anything I've seen. It's intense, literary, and not-at-all intended for the Young Adult segment. (Those are good things in my mind!)
 


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