Rank your top 3 fantasy series

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  1. Agassizii

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    1. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
    2. Riftwar Saga - Raymond Feist
    3. Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
     
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    1) GRRM ASoIaF

    2) Abercrombie First Law (But I liked Best Served Cold more than any of the trilogy!)

    3) King - Dark Tower Series

    Honorable Mention- Mistborn, Dresden Files, Gentlemen Bastards, Wheel of Time (I'm back in now that Sanderson took over)

    Hall of Shame- Sword of Truth
     
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    1) Riddlemaster by McKillip
    2) Amber by Zelazny
    3) Middle-earth by Tolkien

    Honorable Mention: Thursday Next by Fforde
     
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    In no particular order ...

    1. Farseer - Hobb. I really like her writing style.
    2. Kingkiller Chronicle - Rothfuss. There is not alot of action in the books
    and it surprises me how much I enjoy them.
    3. Song of Ice and Fire - Martin. Fantastic world.
     
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    The Middle Earth trilogy--J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Chronicles of Narnia--C.S.Lewis
    The Darkangel trilogy--Meredith Ann Pierce

    Honourable Mention:
    His Dark Materials sequence by Philip Pullman
    The original Earthsea trilogy--Ursula LeGuin {I think the later novels don't work as well}
    The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
    The Dark Is rising sequence by Susan Cooper
     
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    1. The Malazan Book of the Fallen
    2. The Wheel of Time
    3. A Song of Ice and Fire

    You can tell I like the big epic stuff.
     
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    1. The Wheel of Time

    2. The Dark Tower

    3. Malazan book of the Fallen
     
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    1. ASOIAF- Martin
    2. Bas Lag- Mieville (not a series in the traditional sense, but love those books).


    As for the others I am not sure...of the completed stuff probably First Law (though I liked Best Served Cold more and you could include that in the same sense you include the Bas Lag books together). Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles and Lynch's Gentleman Bastards have also been a ton of fun so far. I wish they'd come out more regular. I am still waiting to jump into Malazan.
     
  9. sullivan_riyria

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    1. Lord of the Rings - great characters, drew me in, made me fall in love with reading and dream of being a writer
    2. Harry Potter - because at the time in my life when I bought the series I had become a bit worn out by years of sticking to "award winning" (Pulitzer etc) novels that were great from a prose standpoint, but not fun to read. I started reading the first book out of boredom and the first thought that came to mind was, "Ah yes! This is what what I remember about loving fantasy! Adventure, great characters, interesting setting. It spurred in me the desire to write again.
    3. Dresden Files - because a lot of the current fantasy is just a bit too dark and gritty for my taste. I read fantasy for escapist entertainment and Dresden has a lot of that 'fun feel' that whisks me away and a character that I love to hang out with.
     
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    Malazan by Erickson- It is my favorite, but it is also the only series I may never re-read. I don't have the time and I have such a long to-read pile.

    Empire by Feist/Wurts- I absolutely love this series. It is a terrific world and the main character drew me in almost immediately

    Mistborn by Sanderson- It may not be the deepest, but it sure is fun.

    The next two series that I will be reading are The Prince of Nothing by Bakker and Nightangel by Weeks. Those might change my list some
     
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    Just in order to mention something else than Hobb and Martin, I'll pick:
    1) Adrian Tchaikovsky - Shadows of the Apt
    2) J V Jones - Sword of Shadows
    3) Paul Kearney - Monarchies of God
     
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    Amen Randy, this is how I feel as well.

    For my Top 3, of series I have read completely (either to where the series stands or in its finished state), I would go with:

    1. Lord of the Rings (using Randy's explanation)

    2. A Song of Ice and Fire

    3. First Law
     
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    1. gord the rogue by gary gygax.
    2. harry potter by jo rowling.
    3. memory, sorrow, and thorn by tad williams.

    honorable mention to a song of ice and fire by george rr martin, as i've only read the first three books.

    on the other hand, even if lord of the rings were an actual trilogy i'm not sure it would make my top 3...
     
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    1. A Princess of Roumania, Paul Park
    2. The Forsaken Isles and Ison of the Isles, Carolyn Ives Gilman
    3. The Lens of the World trilogy, RA MacAvoy
     
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    couldnt begin to narrow it down to just 3, but definately in the top 10 are

    1.The Hobbit, Lord of the rings, silmarillion. i class these as the full series???
    2. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
    3. The Malazan Book of the Fallen.


    also up there would be Kingkiller, Belgariad/mallorean, Amber, Ranger's apprentice, first law, the black company, the painted man (if it developes into a series). all these amongst many others i think.:D
     
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    Conan by Robert Howard
    Shannara by Terry Brooks
    The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
    Carl
     
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    This is... wow. We're talking three of my favourite series of all time right there. I'm not the biggest fan of Bakker's Aspect-Emperor, but his original Prince of Nothing ranks among my favourite reads. Erikson can prove hit or miss, but when he does hit it's out of the park (Deadhouse Gates, Crack'd Pot Trail). And Wurts is simply criminally under-read. Her Wars of Light and Shadow is such an ambitious beast and I can't wait until she's done. Only two more to go.

    All three of those mentioned would make the cut if I were doing a top 10, but my own top 3 features none of them. Instead we have...

    The Acts of Caine by Stover
    Book of the New Sun by Wolfe
    Ambergris Cycle by VanderMeer

    Trying to explain my choices is an exercise in futility. There is no weak link in any of the three series -- each individual book speaks to me on a level unrivalled by most other complete series.
     
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    1. Malazan
    2. Black Company


    the Third is hard for me. Too many open ended series that need more books or resolution. JV Jones is a possibility. Covenant was one of my favorites, but Donaldson reopened that world for no good reason. First law and its progeny are wildly entertaining, but lack that extra factor. WOT has improved since Sanderson took over...

    I'll go with the Dresden files for 3. Entertaining, powerful, voluminous, and getting better with each new book.
     
  19. Obtuse

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    I couldn't agree more, but I also understand why a lot folks don't like her writing style. The things I love about her writing, its complexity and density, are the very things that turn many off. She's certainly not for everyone.
     
  20. sullivan_riyria

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    I agree. Her style is unique and done very purposefully, but it can be difficult to get used to. But...for those that like that style they'll be extremely satisfied.