Rank your top 3 fantasy series

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  1. Dyloot

    Dyloot Registered User

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    Have you read Hobb? She's not much like any of the authors you listed. And none of them provide a character much like Fitz, as well.

    Hobb's Fitz and Fool stories are special in ways that even she doesn't seem to able to replicate in later works. She tries in Soldier Son and the Rainwild Chronicles, but it's the name Fitz I see repeated over and over again.
     
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    My recent favorite series:

    1. The Macht by Paul Kearny
    2. First Law by Joe Abercrombie
    3. Night Angel by Brent Weeks

    My favorite in-progress series:

    1. Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch
    2. Kingkiller by Patrick Rothfuss
    3. Lightbringer by Brent Weeks

    My favorite all-time:

    1. Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
    2. Elderlings by Robin Hobb
    3. Empire by Feist and Wurts
     
  3. sullivan_riyria

    sullivan_riyria Creator of Worlds

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    I'm speechless (not a good thing for a writer) I thank you so much for this. I always had the intention of writing a fun adventure and I'm glad to see that so many people are liking it as much as I did.

    Once again...I'm honored by your words.
     
  4. mshnd06

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    I've read and enjoyed all of those you've mentioned but not one of them features a character as emotionally deep and compelling as Fitz, imo.
     
  5. Dyloot

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    Very nice. You seem like a good guy. I think I'll buy Theft of Swords and see what all the talk is about.

    And done. Man I love EBooks on Amazon.
     
  6. sullivan_riyria

    sullivan_riyria Creator of Worlds

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    Thanks for the support - and please let me know what you think. As to ebooks and Amazon - yeah it is so great to just get a book in seconds. No going out, fighting traffic, finding parking, waiting in lines...or waiting for the UPS truck. It's hard to imagine how I ever got along without it.
     
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    Yes, I read the first book of Assassins Apprentice. It's one of the few series that I didn't finish because it did not feel worth my time. I don't want to hijack this thread to debate how good an author we all think Hobb is. The simple fact is there's enough difference in writers that everyone can find something they really enjoy. To each their own.
    Which further illustrates my point. You are one of the few that would choose Fitz and crew over Malazan, ASOIAF, FirstLaw, and KingKiller. But if you've already read them all then you obviously do it w/no bias. So while I find Hobb incredibly boring to read, I am actually glad there are people who choose her writing and character above these other really popular ones.(Not to say she isn't popular) We need that talented diversity.

    And, sullivan_riyria, I'm hearing so much praise for your books. That I have now added them to my "to read" list. =)
     
  8. Dyloot

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    Indeed. This is a thread about one's own top fantasy series, not a discussion or comparison of authors.

    I do find there is a bit of group think here. When you listed your authors, I chuckled because I had read them all. And why have I read all of these books? Because I read about all of them here, of course. :)
     
  9. Luke_B

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    The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe, M . John Harrison's Viriconium sequence (more for the last book and short stories), the original three Earthsea books by Ursula Le Guinn.
     
  10. sullivan_riyria

    sullivan_riyria Creator of Worlds

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    Wow, a lot of Riyria love in this post...so great to see. I truly do hope you enjoy the books. They are a lot of fun and by the end of Theft of Swords you just start getting a hint to the bigger plot arc it is there that the real interesting things come into play (imho). Please let me know what you think of them.
     
  11. Luke_B

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    This is the old school list. If I were to fall in with the general trend evidenced in this thread, and name newer series, I would probably go with The Folly by Ben Aaronvitch (though I haven't read the third yet), A Land Fit for Heroes by Richard Morgan (though I haven't read the third yet (mainly on account of it still being written)), and The Craw Trilogy by M.D. Lachlan (though I haven't read the third yet).

    I like Abercrombie's standalones quite a bit, but his trilogy was slightly uneven for me despite some real high notes, so he narrowly misses out.

    Interesting they are all Gollancz publications.