March 5th, 2012, 04:32 PM
Maybe - The Sable City (The Norothian Cycle) ?
I downloaded this book for free the other day. It's not free now unless you are a member of Amazon Prime.
The only negative review stated that it was too much like D&D.
NOTE: I have not yet read more than the first pages, which were pretty good so I cannot vouch for its quality, or if it does actually resemble D&D, or whether or not everything after page three is in Sumerian.
He does have some cool maps at his blog and books 2 & 3 are already out so hopefully this one will be good.
March 6th, 2012, 07:50 AM
Maybe a bit of a stretch, but thinking of that sense of wonder and discovery that a good roleplaying campaign can provide, the series that taps into those feelings for me is Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser. Some of their adventures are more "dungeon-crawly" than others, but many of them capture the sense of treading in unknown territory.
I haven't read many other hardcore "sword & sorcery" series, but I'm thinking that that subgenre may be a good place to start...
March 8th, 2012, 02:45 PM
Too many books to read...
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Even though it's labeled as YA, it's actually a very solid adventure for all ages.