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Interesting form of magic. My ESL teacher recommended it to me when I was in high school and I have been in love with it ever since. A good call for Mists of Avalon Luiz and I have been delighted to add it. I should just note that Diana L. Paxson co-wrote and independently wrote the later novels. One author completely missing from this list and the comments is Peter V Brett — His Demon Cycle series it is now over 3 books so can be included is a fantastic new take on the fantasy genre.
Some wonderful characters in a gripping story line. Four have been published and I can hardly wait for the fifth and concluding novel. Otherwise, all the comments and remarks are very acurate, and although I am a fan of Terry Goodkind, some of the books did stink… Wheel of Time is epic! Great books! He loves reading. In fact, he just finished reading the first novel by Jim West called Libellus de Numeros The Book of Math that makes math and science relevant and fun in a story of magic and danger.
The story is about Alex, a young precocious girl, who mysteriously gets transported to a strange world where Latin and Math combine in formulas and equations with magical effects. With a cruel council leading the only safe city of its kind in this world, she will have to prove her worth to stay as well as help this city as it is the target for two evil wizards who seek to destroy the city and its ruling council.
To help the city and also get back home, she will need the help of the greatest mathematician of all time, Archimedes. In a world where math is magic, Alex wishes she paid more attention in math class. Search for the book on Goodreads for reviews. Nice list, glad NOT to see junk like Twilight on it. Hey LuvD, the trilogy list which is a work in progress can be found here : Happy reading! Is it out as yet? If so, can you post a link? This thread has been opened since Great choices presented. Gonna finally give WoT a try way too many of you have suggested it.
Was probably looking for something new to try out and voila. The story managed to completely draw me in after a couple of chapters. Hi all! That is one great list of beloved series you got there, so I felt compelled to express a concern and immediately suggest an entry.
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I am not Polish myself so I had to wait for translation but his work is truely masterful and entertaining, for lack of a better word. The subtle references to classic pieces are simply genius while the series follows its own engaging story. Believe me, I would never look at Cinderella or the Beauty and the Beast the same way as I did before! Definitely a recommended read! Thanks for that David, it made me smile, a lot. Very close to my own personal opinions on many points.
Would love to know what you think about Wheel of Time though — if you could reply with an answer that would be great. Good call on Saga of the Recluce — we have very positive reviews for it already on the site, so added to this list it shall be! Those are great. After Days of Air and Darkness, it sinks to somewhere between pretty good and so-so. Twilight stinks too. Salvatore is so-so. No I take it back. The Belgariad is okay. The Malloreon is so-so. The Elenium is blah. The Tamuli is just plain bad. I really wish that Guy Gavriel Kay would write a series with each book being as good as Tigana was.
Farseer by Robin Hobb is great. You have to like a book authored by a liberal where the hero is a guy who murders people for a living. Way to go, Margaret. Do it again! Mistborn was great-minus, with flashes of great here and there. The Saga of Recluce is another great-minus series, with some of the books being marginally great and others being just pretty good. The repetitive use of the boy-from-the-sticks-grows-up-and-does-well theme holds it down half a notch.
The real atrocity is that neither Mistborn nor the Stormlight Archives are listed. Hi James, great books but a trilogy.
But if enough people think they should be on the list I would be happy to add them. Thanks for the good list. I agreed with most of the picks and got ideas for future reads from the rest. I do feel the need to award kudos not only for the Gemmell nods but specifically for the Rigante series. Rarely does a list acknowledge Gemmel and this is the first one to do that and go farther.
The Drenai series may be simplistic but the tale of the Rigante is a whole different level of story telling in my opinion, and well worthy of mention. Wheel of Time series has to be in 2nd place after the story of the Middle Earth by J. I have read many of the authors in the list and are all great in different ways. One of my favourites however is Robin Hobb, I would urge anyone whose is looking for a great read to consider these. I think when you look at all from a distance, J. Tolkien is the author of all these books and they are all set in the same world.
So I now think they should be included. Hi Unojoe, thank you for your comment. The Kingkiller Chronicles is — as you say — fantastic. But at the moment the criteria for inclusion on this page is a series consisting of at least 4 books. Great comments. Good call. Thank you for the original list. I used to read lots of fantasy but what with my career and children etc have only recently got back into it. Erikson next. Just finished WoT after a 7 year break- agree it lost its way in the middle at times and I despaired of it ever finishing; great finale though, a really good fight!
I probably ought to re-read them now! I know he writes more stand alone novels, but would like to recommend Guy Gavriel Kay. Interesting comments Batto and Lawler, I tend to agree. Cheers everyone, have a good Christmas! I read fantasy fiction to escape and I enjoy it for that purpose, but I have to admit that very little of it is high-quality literature, and I find that the longer series are little more than endless plot, with little substance.
Good literature makes you reflect on and better understand something, whether it be history, current events, human nature, love, friendship, pyschology, politics, etc. Fantasy fiction is often heavy on interpersonal relationships and emotions like love and courage, but it often has a very simplistic understanding of society in general. Maybe that is why we read it.
What I enjoy about fiction fiction as a genre is its world building. I delight in the way the authors construct language, culture, history and myth. Hi Kenneth, great shout on the Green Rider series — deserves to be added and it is reviewed very favourably on the site. I will add it now. Unfortunately we have no Piers Anthony reviews at all at this moment in time so it will be difficult to add the Xanth series but I will look at getting it reviewed as soon as possible — and then hopefully adding to this list.
Sadly she is a very slow writer! I will add Keys to the Kingdom to this list within the next 2 weeks. Although it is considered youth fiction the Keys to The Kingdom series by Garth Nix is definitely worth the read. Thank you sor your recommendation. David, thanks for backing up many of the selections, it is appreciated.
And the Barclay Raven series definitely deserves to be on this list, being more than 3 books and very favourably reviewed on the site. I will add it at the next available opportunity. I must admit I have read through many of the above series and while I will always fondly remember the Gemmell series as one of my favourite if a little basic I would also recommend the James Barclay Raven series books for all out action fantasy as well. But my all time favourite series is the Malazan series by Steven Erikson.
While not for the fainthearted as it can be hard work and at times grim I have never read a series with such scope and imagination. For all the people who are wondering where The Wheel of Time is on the list… The Eye of the World is listed and the first book in the series. The Wheel of Time series is on the list. I think you have to re-do this list…. Hi Tob, for the purposes of this list I decided to include only series of 4 and more books.
So no trilogies. My thoughts on the trilogy is that the first two books are excellent but book three left me very disappointed. Book 3 was rather preachy and confusing from what I remember. Still my best fantasy read yet. I would say Eddings Sparhawk character is one of the best heroes. Eddings also sprinkles his work with something a lot of fantasy writers struggle to do well… humour. David Gemmell is quite easily the best heroic fantasy writer.
His characters are easily likeable and identifiable and his stories are action packed and to the point. Jon Shannow trilogy is one of the best characters ever written! If you are after a quick enjoyable read between or to break up a larger series then Gemmell is the man for the job. Also I can never understand the criticism of Terry Goodkind. So what if people think his writing is simplistic. I found his books engrossing and very hard to put down. As much as I hate to admit it, the David Eddings books have not aged very well. We should definitely acknowledge the importance of his books in making the fantasy genre what it is today — Pawn of Prophecy was one of the first fantasy books I ever read and was a gateway novel to fantasy for many of my friends — but the problem with writing one of the first popular fantasy series to come after Tolkien is that his books will always be talked about in comparison to Tolkien, while everything that came after his books will talk about they learnt from his mistakes.
A Top 10 of Important Authors would be a very interesting one. I would almost definitely include Eddings in that list, but probably as a conglomerate addition with Raymond E. Martin for finally bringing fantasy into the mainstream, H. Lovecraft for creating a mythology that continues to haunt us you would almost lump him together with guys like Robert E.
Rowling for getting children and adults to read again, and maybe you would include the likes of Amanda Hocking and Michael J. Sullivan for ushering in this new era of high quality self publishing. Oh and Sir Pterry Pratchett. Salvatore, N. Ah, Eddings. I loved the Belgarion and Sparhawk books and always have a hankering to re-read them every year. Unfortunately I rarely have the time to re-read for pleasure and have so far only managed The Diamond Throne, which I found to be a great little read.
Quite a lot of people are quite dismissive of Eddings but I think they are doing him a great disservice, his books are great fantasy and lovely to lose yourself within. Is is Shakespeare or Tolstoy? Yes, it has racial stereotypes but not in a way that I found offensive. I grew up with The Belgariad and The Mallorean, I must have read these two series a handful of times in high school. The dark tower series is awesome. No Drizzt the dark elf? I got bored with the Wheel of Time, stopped reading at book 9.
I am looking for a trilogy about a girl who must either master or understand each race on the planet to stop something form happening. If anyone knows what this series is could you let me know, I read the books about 8 years ago while on holidays with friends I borrowed them from the library but cannot remember what they were called or who wrote them.
This is a newer series, not a lot of people know about it yet. I think the whole Darkover universe is pretty cool, but there are better written works out there. It promised to be a complex dark fantasy, but it quickly devolved into a boring quest novel with a protagonist who the author made pains to point out was a woman almost every page.
Empire could have gone on there, I think it is the best of the Feist trilogies, but which series would you replace? Where is Darkover! Where is the Diplomacy of Wolves — a very under appreciated saga? And of Course Wheel of time? Flawed: As in nearly, but not quite perfect. I think there is a subtle difference between simplicity and simplistic. Some writers can do amazing things with some very simple concepts, while other writers take a concept that should be complex but give it a very simplistic treatment. A series like Harry Potter would qualify because it has more than three novels in the series, but a series like Mistborn with only three novels would not qualify, despite being longer in total word count than the entire Harry Potter series.
Ah, you see I hold simplicity very dear to my heart! This page really needs some serious attention and a bit of a spruce up, some images at the very least. There is nothing I love more than people leaving suggestions the criteria is a series consisting of more than 3 books — so this will mean the removal of His Dark Materials, The Lord of the Rings and the Duncton Wood books and expanding the Robin Hobb and Stephen Donaldson entries to encompass all in the series.
I will also attempt to put some voting mechanism so that the masses can have their say! I like Gemmell and Eddings, but for me they are good entry level fantasy. As you start to mature your tastes in fantasy and read some of the better works out there, it becomes hard to go back to Eddings and Gemmell without feeling like they are just a bit to simplistic. Oh, and to add to an earlier post. I have just begun reading The Wheel of Time. I know, I am a little behind on this one.
I will happily add both Gemmell and Eddings to the list, but which series. You see, I loved the Jon Shannow novels and the Belgariad… do these two showcase the best of these great authors? Or would the Rigante novels and The Tamuli be a better choice…. Hawkwise — both Gemmell Rigante and Eddings Belgariad are now listed. The Harpist in the Wind series? A wonderful 3 book series about personal power with a fab ending…. You have to listen to the audio book.
The reader breaths life into it. I generally agree with the original list. Good call Jeremy, the Dresden Files are an excellent series. I have to admit that this list is flawed but hopefully one day it will be in better shape. Large list of characters and the plots become more complex as the series goes on. A must read. Hi Stevie. The way of the shadows by brent weeks and the first law by joe abercrombie are both excellent trilogies, highly recommended.
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Wot def. There has never been a series including Lotr that can top it. More too come and still keeps you wondering about the world that youve come to love. Not to mention that if Robert Jordan had lived for ever which is what it would have took to finish the series. There could have been many other spin off series based on prequels for the early ages and future times and ages possibly.
No set of books have had as much detial put into the world and character base as Wot. Middle earth can not even come close. Look at the Wiki created for it. It is amazing how gifted Robert Jordan was with this. Just my humble opinion. The Wheel of Time is one of the greatest Epic Fantasy series, but the Fantasy genre is so much more than Epic Fantasy and so it becomes hard to fit everyones favourite series into a Top While this may not be my Top 10, these are all great series deserving of the various accolades bestowed upon them.
Also, Harry Potter should not be on that list. Read it! You will have it in your hand every spare moment you get until you finish A Feast for Crows. I only hope the series actually gets finished. Superbly written, fantastically formed characters, fascinating setting. All in all, a 10 out of 10 read. Did you hear something about an Italian fantasy book intitled Stigmergy? All fantasy book readers are talking about it, but I cannot find the English version… where can I find it?
Could you please help me? Thank you in advance. Michaela, Germany. What about Dresden Files? Bartimaeus Trilogy? A very good list. For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans.
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They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume. Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont , a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. The story opens with Diana Bishop in Oxford University's Bodleian Library doing research for a keynote speech she has agreed to give in a few months about alchemical images. She called up several manuscripts from the library's holding cells, but one in particular feels different.
Diana, a witch, realizes that the manuscript is enchanted, but goes against her instincts as a witch, unknowingly breaks the spell, and opens the book. The next day, again at the library, Diana uses magic to retrieve a book from a high shelf. Diana tries to avoid using magic -- although coming from a long, powerful line of witches, the death of her parents when she was seven years old has turned her away from her heritage. After using magic to retrieve the book, Diana realizes that she is being watched by a vampire, Matthew Clairmont.
For the next few days, more and more witches, daemons, and vampires begin showing up in the Bodleian Library. As Matthew and Diana grow closer; he takes her to yoga at his house, the Old Lodge , and out to meals around Oxford.
Matthew visits in Scotland with his daemon friend, Hamish Osborne, who studied at university with him and has remained a close friend. During their conversations, Hamish advises Matthew that if he is interested in a serious relationship with Diana, Matthew will have to tell her things about himself and his life that he would rather keep secret.
Matthew also explains to Hamish that he believes that the manuscript Diana called up in the library is the mysterious, missing Ashmole He believes it to be an alchemical book that may contain information vital to the survival of all four humanoid species: vampires, witches, daemons and humans. Meanwhile, at Oxford, Diana speaks by telephone with her Aunt Sarah and her aunt's partner, Emily, who raised her after Diana's parents were killed when she was seven years old.
She tells them about calling up the bewitched book, Ashmole , and about Matthew. She also tells them about a wizard, Peter Knox, who tried to get information from her about the book in a threatening way and warned her against Matthew. Back at the Bodleian, Diana is told by another witch, Gillian Chamberlain, that it was not humans who killed Diana's parents as she had believed, but witches, because her parents shouldn't have been keeping secret information that the witches wanted.
Peter Knox arranges to meet up with Diana at the college warden's lodgings. He warns her against Matthew and is threatening toward her. Gillian's and Peter's threats convince Diana to seek Matthew's help. After yoga together the next evening, Matthew tells Diana about his friend Hamish and about his deceased vampire sister, Louisa. They discuss that witches, vampires and daemons have been seeking Ashmole for a long time.
Since they need time to talk further, Diana invites Matthew to dinner in her rooms. They share a delicious meal as well as several bottles of incredible wine.
Matthew shares facts about the vampire species with Diana and that he has been a vampire for more than 1, years. Diana shares with Matthew what she learned about Ashmole when she had it briefly at the Bodleian.
Matthew invites Diana to his lab so he can explain why he thinks he needs to see the book. Then, they kiss each other's cheeks and part for the night. The next day at Matthew's lab, Matthew explains in detail to Diana what he has been studying about creature evolution and his conclusion that the world's creature species vampires, witches and daemons are declining.
He thinks that creatures may be dying out. Diana meets Matthew's vampire son, Marcus, and sees their colleague, a vampire named Miriam. To better understand her own background, Diana asks Matthew to take samples of her blood and saliva for study. Later, they go to yoga at the Old Lodge, and Matthew invites Diana to dinner the next evening.
They have a sumptuous meal in Matthew's rooms, including rare and very old wine and malmsey. They share a passionate kiss. Matthew explains to Diana that to win his place at All Souls College, he had to write an essay based on one word "desire. Diana tells Matthew she has decided to recall Ashmole at the library so they can try to find out what is in it. This time, the librarian tells them that it has been missing since Peter Knox threatens Diana again, and Matthew hurries her out of the library back to her rooms.
Matthew persuades her to stay at the Old Lodge for safety, but before they can leave, Diana receives threatening mail, reminding her of how her parents were killed. Matthew takes care of her and Diana realizes that she now feels a strong connection to him. Matthew gives her a sedative to recover from her shock, and stays with her while she sleeps to recuperate.
He realizes that he feels very protective of her, and that he needs her, but acknowledges to himself that a close relationship is forbidden because he's a vampire and she's a witch. While Diana is sleeping, Marcus arrives and tells Matthew that Diana has numerous talents as a witch, based on her earlier blood sample.
Marcus sees Matthew's cold rage and reflects on the circumstances of how Marcus became Matthew's vampire son. Marcus challenges Matthew's plans not to tell Diana that the Congregation made up of three vampires, three witches and three daemons prohibits close relationships between the different kinds of creatures, Matthew's apparent plan to hunt down Gillian for sending the threatening mail, and Matthew's idea to take Diana to Matthew's vampire mother at their family estate in France, called Sept-Tours.
When Diana awakes, she is anxious about having been threatened and reflexively exhibits magic to protect herself. Matthew asks her to go with him to Sept-Tours for safety. She is reluctant because she needs to work on her keynote speech in the library, but when Diana's aunts call, demanding that she return home to them, and Matthew offers to let her study a rare alchemical manuscript that he has at Sept-Tours, she agrees to go.
At Sept-Tours, Diana finds that Matthew's vampire mother, Ysabeau de Clermont, is not welcoming but Ysabeau's gnarled vampire caregiver, Marthe, is friendly and helpful. Diana sees parts of the castle fortress and sleeps by herself in Matthew's bedroom. She is amazed by the beautiful and unusual alchemical manuscript.