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Good fantasy reads?

I recently read, and enjoyed, Saladin Ahmed's "Throne of the Crescent Moon". It has a distinctly different flavour from the standard pseudo-Europe, which is no bad thing.

Have you read any of his short stories? Several of them are collected in Engraved on the Eye (including a prequel novella to Throne of the Crescent Moon). Very imaginative, very different.
 

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Zaukrie

New Publisher
Tigana is probably my favorite Kay book, although Lions of al-Rassan and the Sarantine duology are right up there. I also have a soft spot for the Fionavar trilogy, although it is admittedly a weaker work overall.

the thing I'll say, while my favorite author.....his books are nearly free of "fantasy"......
 


Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Fitz is probably my favorite character all-time in fantasy. I can tell you that she in no way fails the ending, it's beautiful and melancholic. It's not everyone's cup of tea, as it can be slow moving and Fitz is assuredly a flawed character, which some people find frustrating. But the depths of the relationships in the book, and how they evolve over decades is truly profound.
Finished book 1, and it was great. Looking forward to book 2.
 


JohnSnow

Adventurer
Okay...having actually read every post in this thread, I can second a lot of them, and also have a few books/series to add...

  • Dennis L. McKiernan's "Mithgar" series
  • Tad Williams "Memory, Sorrow & Thorn" Trilogy (The Dragonbone Chair, The Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower)
  • Miles Cameron's "Masters & Mages" Trilogy (Cold Iron, Dark Forge and Bright Steel)
  • Kristen Britain's "Green Rider" series (6 books to date)
  • Sebastien De Castiell's "Spellslinger" series
  • Michael A. Stackpole's "DragonCrown War" series
  • David Bilsborough's "The Wanderer's Tale." Which is the first of his "The Annals of Lindormyn" series. I can highly recommend Book 1, but haven't been able to track down the second. Its magic is very D&D-inspired.

Varying degrees of D&Dish, but they're all exceptionally well-written fantasy. IMO, of course.
 

mach1.9pants

Adventurer
Fitz is probably my favorite character all-time in fantasy. I can tell you that she in no way fails the ending, it's beautiful and melancholic. It's not everyone's cup of tea, as it can be slow moving and Fitz is assuredly a flawed character, which some people find frustrating. But the depths of the relationships in the book, and how they evolve over decades is truly profound.
Whereas the ending, what was happening was so obvious, I just got so frustrated Fitz couldn't figure it. Almost willful ignorance of Thomas covenant level! I really don't like that in books, you see it often. Movies too, where normal people would talk about it or should be smart enough too figure it to, but movies and books just allow all this blindness too the obvious, and misunderstandings to carry on to add tension. Lazy imo. However I so enjoyed the series, just disappointed with g the end.

A new series I found is The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin.

Another great series, tho not finished, Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive
 



DrunkonDuty

Adventurer
I found The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern to be a beautiful read.

Tad Williams has been mentioned a few times but no-one has specifically mentioned his Shadowmarch series. I think it's his best series.

S A Chakrabotry's Daevabad trilogy is very good too. The first one, City of Brass, is a bit slow on the build but pays off. The second one, Kingdom of Copper, was great. The third one just came out and I will devour it when I get a few moments to myself.

Put me in the "no love for Patrick Rothuss" camp. I read 1, maybe 2 chapters of Name of the Wind. Did not like.
 

Greg K

Adventurer
Most of these have been mentioned, but off the top of my head (and (mostly) in no order):
J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings
Robert E Howard: Conan stories (and I agree with those who said skip the other authors)
Patricia K. McKillip: Riddlemaster of Hed
Lloyd Alexander: Chronicles of Prydian
Marrion Zimmer Bradley: Mists of Avalon
T.H. Lawrence: The Once and Future King
Hickman and Weiss: Dragonlance Chronicles (the original trilogy) also a few of the short story books by various authors
Lawrence Watt-Evans : The Misenchanted Sword (I have also heard good things about With a Single Spell)
Steven King: The Eye of the Dragon
Not sure if this counts, but Name of the Rose
 
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Gilladian

Adventurer
Some recent authors I recommend. Katherine Addison - the Goblin Emperor. Naomi Novik - Deadly Education
Garth Nix -Left-handed Booksellers of London.
E. E. Knight - Novice Dragoneer
Oh, and the sixth and final book in Megan Whelan Turner’s Thief series is about to come out. Everyone should read these! The Thief Returns. But PLEASE read them in order!
 

Wasteland Knight

Adventurer
Dark Obligations: Book One of the Phantom Badgers by RW Krpoun

These are a series of novels about an adventuring company/mercenary company who are trying to build up their holdings on a dangerous frontier. The world is very much a D&D/WHFRP mash-up and the author makes numerous references to running D&D campaigns in his blog.

Reading these books reminded me a lot of Glen Cook's Black Company, which I loved.
 

So, I got a hankering to get a D&D fix by reading something. Over the years I've read some Forgotten Realms novels, but...to be perfectly, brutally honest...they're trash. The writing is so bad it's painful. I just re-openend one of them, one that seems to be highly regarded, and I just wince at the sophomoric writing.

I bought the FR novel Death Masks by Ed Greenwood last year. I used to like some of his books and those by the other writers. Trying to get through the first 5 pages of Death Masks was such agony, I got a refund. I was disappointed as I was running a Waterdeep/Undermountain campaign and was looking for good ideas from the book. I'm not going to say all of them were bad, Cormyr, the Song & Swords series, and Evermeet were all good books.
 

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