January 14th, 2008, 02:43 AM
In that case i'd recommend the 'Riftwar-Saga' by Rayomd Feist, starting with 'Magician'.
Originally Posted by srk827
it has a young magician, a tolkien word full of elves and dwarfs, is a light read, and considered to be one of the classics.
January 14th, 2008, 04:50 PM
Ya, Ive heard a lot of good things about the Magician books by Fiest and plan to read them at some point (probably next if nothing better comes to my attention). Thanks for the recommendation!
Anyone else have recommendations?
January 19th, 2008, 10:25 PM
Hello all. Long time lurker coming out of the woodwork here. I'm looking for some new fantasy, but I have somewhat stringent guidelines in mind.
First, let me tell you what I'm not looking for.
I've read the first three works of ASoIaF, and while I really found it pretty gripping, there are a couple reasons I have to lay it down. The main reason I'm not going to continue on with A Feast for Crows is the nearly complete and utter lack of magic in the series. Also, aside from the Others, there is almost a complete lack of non-human creatures. Heck, Tryion is the closest we get to a Dwarf! I prefer read fantasy for magic and mystical creatures. This sort of segues into another subgenre I'm not into - historical fiction. The final subgenre I'm leery of is the sci-fi/fantasy hybrid.
Now, what I enjoyed (bear with me if some of this is trite or not to your liking).
I really enjoyed the Lord of the Rings, some Forgotten Realms - namely Paul S. Kemp's Erevis Cale books, R.A. Salvatore's books, Elaine Cunningham's novels, the Last Mythal Series, and some others. I've read a lot of the series at this point so I started to pick up some of the less-acclaimed books, but I'm realizing that there's a reason they got less attention. I also really liked all of Weis and Hickman's Dragonlance novels. I've also enjoyed the Wheel of Time. I read Terry Brooks' Shannara series back in the day, and I think the first books were substantially better than the latter books.
To those that have made it this far, thanks for sticking with me. What are your thoughts?
Last edited by hobscrk777; January 19th, 2008 at 10:32 PM.
January 19th, 2008, 10:49 PM
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Based on what you do like, I would recommend the following:
Stephen Erikson's Malazan novels. The scope of the books is as big as it gets and there is a great deal of magic involved. Since you mentioned Salvatore and Kemp (who I both enjoy), you might be interested to know Erkson's Malazan world is based on the world he created for his Role Playing Games.
James Barclay's Chronicles of the Raven - Lots of magic, in fact, some of the more concise and better handled magic systems I've come across. These books; however, are from a UK publisher and might be a bit challenging to procure if you are a US reader.
Greg Keyes The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone Everybody says Martin-lite, but I really hate that label. Keyes saga has a grand scope like Martin's, but there is much more magic involved.
January 20th, 2008, 12:21 AM
It looks like you've had a good start. I would recommend trying the MS&T by Tad Williams again. The first book starts off slow, and you have to push yourself through it, but it is worth it. The other books only get better. He also has The Otherland Series, which I liked also.
Originally Posted by Calandra
G R.R.Martin (A Song of Fire and Ice Series) - You might want to leave that for later.
I would suggest you try some of these:
Anne Bishop - The Black Jewels Trilogy
Michelle West - The Sun Sword Series
Melanie Rawn - The Dragon Prince & The Dragon Star Series
Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel Series (Kushiel's Dart - 1st one)
These should get you off to a nice start.
January 20th, 2008, 12:30 AM
OHHHHHH! I think you have a great start sitting on your shelf right now. For romance, good battles, and definately intriguing characters, pick up Daughter of the Blood (author Anne Bishop) and start reading (the trilogy). You won't regret it. Great story. Then start The Farseer Trilogy. Also a great series.
Originally Posted by lovely_elm
January 20th, 2008, 01:00 AM
Yes, I would recommend both of the following:
Originally Posted by anguyen24
Gayle Greeno - A Ghatti's Tale (Trilogy)
Anne Bishop - The Black Jewels Trilogy
Both have most if not all of your preferences. You might also like Sara Douglass - StarMan Series, as well or Mickey Zucker Riechert - Renshai Chronicles (2 seperate series).
November 24th, 2008, 06:06 PM
After reading this post I wanted to check back in with everyone. I read the first book of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, but there wasn't enough magic and swashbuckling for me. I then read Gardens of the Moon, but it was a little too convoluted for me and just didn't pique my curiosity. The next book I subsequently read (and absolutely loved, loved, loved) was The Lies of Locke Lamora. I devoured the sequel, too. Then I read the Jackal of Nar series, which I also really liked (although I think it went slightly downhill towards the end). Currently, I'm reading The Blade Itself.
December 1st, 2008, 03:10 PM
Too many books to read...
Did you read the classics aside from LOTR? Chronicles of Amber by Zelazny has good old-fashioned fencing, intriguing plot and characters who can literally build worlds. Earthsea trilogy by Ursula Le Guin is more introspective but has an interesting magical system.
Originally Posted by hobscrk777
Of the more recent books, Codex Alera has plenty of swashbucking (from big battles to official duels) and magic.
December 1st, 2008, 03:17 PM
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thanks hobscrk777! Glad the recommendations worked out for you!