The best installments in fantasy series

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  1. Zsinj

    Zsinj Registered User

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    Though I may see most fantasy series as one big book when I'm through with them, there are certain installments in series that I like better than the others. Some of us like the first novel because it's the beginning of a new adventure, others like the middle installment(s) better, and others like the final book better. So what books really stand out from the others to you in your favorite fantasy series? Here's my list:

    "The LOTR Trilogy": "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tolkien
    "The Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Trilogy": "The Dragonbone Chair" by Tad Williams
    "The Otherland Series": "A Mountain of Black Glass" by Tad Williams (technically a hybrid of sf/fantasy, to be exact)
    "The Elric Saga": "Stormbringer" by Michael Moorcock
    "The Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy": "Dragons of Spring Dawning" by Weis & Hickman
    "The Dragonlance Legends Trilogy": "Time of the Twins" by Weis & Hickman
    "The Tyrants and Kings Trilogy": "The Grand Design" by John Marco (I've heard a some people whine, moan, and howl over this book because they say its too long and has absolutely no magic in it whatsoever, but I loved it. I loved all the Flynnesque heroic swashbuckling in it, and yet Marco did a great job of managing to keep it gritty and dark.
    "Conan": "The Tower of the Elephant": by Robert E. Howard
     
  2. Kanin

    Kanin Traveler of Worlds

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    ASOIF: A Storm of Swords

    Farseer Trilogy: Assassin's Quest

    Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Winter Night

    Dragonlance Legends: War of the Twins

    The Belgariad: Castle of Wizardry

    The Mallorean: Guardians of the West

    The Elenium: The Ruby Knight

    The Tamuli: Domes of Fire

    Book of Words: Master and Fool

    Sword of Truth: Stone of Tears

    The Icewind Dale Trilogy: Streams of Silver
     
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  3. Mithfânion

    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

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    Ok, let's see:

    Lord of the Rings (really one book of course but for the thread's sake)-Fellowship.

    Farseer-Assasin's apprentice

    Tawny Man-Fool's Fate

    ASOIAF-Storm of Swords

    Malazan book of the Fallen-Memories of Ice

    Fionavar Tapestry-The Summer Tree

    Riftwar-Magician (apprentice & master)
     
  4. Richardb

    Richardb I like what I like...

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    Lord of the Rings (yeah, hop on that bandwagon...)
    Thomas Covenant (series 1&2)
    A Song of Ice and Fire
    Memory Sorrow & Thorn
    The Elenium
    Tawny Man
    The Empire Trilogy (Fiest & Wurtz)
    Riftwar series (1&2)
     
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    Assissans Quest
    Magican
    Faith of The Fallen
    The Hidden City
    Shadowheart
    Morgawr
    The Mists of Avalon
    Son of Shadows
     
  6. allanon

    allanon The Druid

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    The Treasured One
    The Hidden City
    A Darkness at Sethanon
    The Amber Spyglass
    Abhorsen
     
  7. Spears&Buckler

    Spears&Buckler MJ Dusseault

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    LotR - The Two Towers
    Farseer - Royal Assassin (the relationship between Fitz and Nighteyes really blossoms into something special)
    Tawny Man - Fool's Fate
    Wheel of Time - I don't know 'cause there are too freakin' many of them!
    Covenant I - The Illearth War
    Covenant II - White Gold Wielder
    Mordant's Need (anyone read this?) - A Man Rides Through
     
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    Richardb I like what I like...

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    Not only have I read it, but I think it a hugely overlooked work by the best in the industry...
    I think that Donaldson did some of his best writing in these two books, with some of the most 'real' and complex characters of any of his works. Very surprised I don't hear more about the Mordant's need books. Great original magic idea too!
     
  9. Kanin

    Kanin Traveler of Worlds

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    Yeah, but which individual books are your favorites in the series?
     
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    Spears&Buckler MJ Dusseault

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    No doubt. When I first started reading it, I was skeptical because the Covenant books also took someone from our world and put them into another, but it turned out to be my favorite of his works. You're spot-on about the magic concept, too. The use of mirrors was very original.

    Sorry about the off-topic-ness....
     
  11. Richardb

    Richardb I like what I like...

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    In the Thomas Covanant, I've always been partial to the Power that Preserves.
    Song of Ice and Fire, Clash of Kings
    Memory Sorrow and Thorn, To Green Angel Tower (some of the best emotion ever put into print)
    The Elenium, (the second book, whever the heck the name was)
    The Empire trilogy, Mistress of the Empire
    Tawny Man, Fool's Fate.
     
  12. Kanin

    Kanin Traveler of Worlds

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    Book Two in the Elenium is The Ruby Knight, which is my favorite as well.

    I've bought MS&T, but haven't read it yet. Sounds interesting.
     
  13. Grimnir

    Grimnir The Hooded One

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    I've generally found that one book stands apart in a series.

    Running With The Demon - Terry Brooks
    Into the Labyrinth - Margaret Weiss & Tracy Hickman
    Sorcerss Of Darshiva - David Eddings
    Shadow Of A Dark Queen - Raymond E. Feist
    A Time Of War - Katharine Kerr
    Creature Of Havoc - Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone (Bit of a silly one to finish with, but it was the best.)
     
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    allanon The Druid

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    Why, Fighting Fantasy was very cool! :cool:
     
  15. Grimnir

    Grimnir The Hooded One

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    I meant silly in the sense that it's not a novel and they were all self contained volumes. They were extremely cool though, you're right. (Except for the one or two science fiction ones, they were a bit suspect.)