Fantasy book recommendations

2 years ago | unice5656 (Moderator)

Hey guys, I'm looking for something to read. I don't mind whether online or traditionally published books, as long as the grammar and spelling is up to the standards of a book I'd find at the bookstore, and the story is complete.

I pretty much only read fantasy. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Some of my favourite authors include Tamora Pierce, Michelle Sagara, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, R. A. Salvatore, Anne Bishop, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Patricia C. Wrede, Mercedes Lackey, and Sharon Shinn.

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  1. ChrysKelly (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Almost anything by Lindsey Buroker gets a firm thumbs up from me. In particular, her Empire's Edge series. It's basically the A-Team in a steampunk fantasy world, working outside the law and pursued by the police and military, trying to bring down a shadowy organisation that threatens the Emperor. They're lead by a fantastic female character, which is always nice.

    If you're at all into superheroes, and don't mind YA books (or younger), try the Don't Tell My Parents series. I love it, I've reread it like ten times. I've seen it described as "Worm, but lighter," which was the sole reason I read Worm.

    If you like Time Travel, Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series is about historians going back to see history first hand, and generally messing things up. It's okay, worth it if you like TT, or shenanigans, but I'd probably give it 3/5.

    If you've never read it, I highly recommend the Deeds of Paksenarrian by Elizabeth Moon. It's military fantasy (it's a trilogy, starts with Sheepfarmer's daughter), and the first and 3rd book are epic. The second is okay, but reads a bit like a D&D game. 20 or so years later she added another five books to the series, don't waste your time on them.

    Looking at my kindle, I currently have a lot of superhero fiction on there. If you like that, I highly recommend my webserial. Ha, no, seriously, if you want a rundown of superhero prose I'll sum up what I want, but it's not strictly fantasy so I'm not filling this reply up with it.

  2. Dary (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    His Dark Materials. The Odyssey. Anything by Neil Gaiman is usually pretty entertaining. Also, His Dark Materials.

  3. Fiona Gregory (Moderator)

    Posted 2 years ago

    An old favorite of mine (so you may have already read it) is The Owl Service by Alan Garner. Eerie echoes of an old myth haunt three young people in a remote Welsh cottage.

    More recent stuff: Try anything by Elaine Corvidae. For some quick fun you could start with "The Sorceress's Orc", or you might want to dive right into the excellent "Shadow Fae" series. Feeling steampunk? Go with "Angel of Brass".

    The wonderful D.D.Webb, author of the ongoing serial "The Gods are Bastards", also has a fun adventure fantasy on Amazon "Rowena's Rescue". If you want to read my review it's on the amazon.ca site.

  4. tkjarrah (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    This year's Hugo Best Novel winner is pretty darn amazing; The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin.

    Silversmith, an urban fantasy mystery serial - https://silversmithserial.wordpress.com/
  5. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Thanks for the recommendations!

    @ChrysKelly I've started reading The Empire's Edge and I can already tell this is going to be fun :)

  6. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    You might look into "Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf" by L.G. Estrella. It's a bit short, but it's only 1.99 from Amazon. It's about a necromancer who decides to "go straight" by working with a nearby kingdom which offered a pardon. However, he only gets the pardon if he helps handle some of their dirty work first. It has a couple of sequels, but I've only read the immediate next in line "Two Necromancers, an Army of Golems, and a Demon Lord."

    There's also "The Dark Lord's Handbook" by Paul Dale. It's about the eternal struggle between good and evil...and when Evil loses yet again, Good keeps on rubbing Evil's face in it. So Evil has created a handbook to keep Dark Lords from falling into the common mistakes that lead to their downfalls. And now it's another young man's turn, as he's destined to grow up and try to conquer the world. It doesn't hurt matters that the forces of Good are no bunch of angels themselves. It also has a sequel, "The Dark Lord's Handbook: Conquest," since the world's a big place.

    "The Dungeoneers" by Jeffery Russell is what happens when genre-savvy dwarves treat dungeon-diving as a business, complete with releasing a cartful of chickens to check for traps, and a simple city guard gets ordered along due to a mixup. Pretty good if you want a bit of a deconstruction of some of the fantasy tropes.

    Michael A. Stackpole's "Once A Hero" isn't anything particularly special. It's not bad, but it's a thoroughly genre piece of work that somewhat explores the future consequences of when the hero has saved the day, toppled the evil empire, put a benevolent ruler on the thrown, and ended the feuding of warring merchant houses.

    Since someone mentioned time travel, I also recommend the 1632 series. A piece of alien artwork breaks up and falls to Earth, causing a 1999 coal mining town in Virginia to swap place with a piece of Thuringia, Germany from the year 1631. Stranded in that town, the survivors of the "Ring of Fire" event go from making sure they survive to thriving. It's not some simple historical fixfic where the modern man solves everything, however. They don't have nearly the technology to bring things up to the standards of when they left and the proliferation of encyclopedias means some hostile groups are getting a fair shot, too.

    Finally, and almost completely out of the fantasy genre, I would like to recommend "The Henchman's Book Club" by Danny King. It's a funny look at the world of James Bond flicks and Rambo movies from the perspective of one of the faceless minions they mow down so often. Specifically, a minion who starts a book club for himself and other such minions in that line of service, and how the camaraderie it inspires helps him go from redshirt to mauve. I know I put this last, but that's due to it not really fitting what you wanted. Still, this is one I'd recommend anyway.

    If you want more along the lines of superheroes, I have plenty of that as well. All those fantasy sections above only came from between August 2015 to May 2016 and left out a lot of superhero stuff.

  7. LEErickson (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    You probably have a longer list than you know what to do with already. (And I've scribbled a few additions to my own to-read list, thanks!) But skimming my bookshelves with the favorite authors you mentioned in mind...

    You might like to add Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn series, which begins with The Dragonbone Chair. (But anything by Williams might fit the bill. The Otherland series is more sci-fi-ish, although I still contend that it's more fantasy in disguise, but it is up there with MST with my all-time faves.)

    I enjoyed The Thousand Names, which is the first book of a series by Django Wexler. I have not read beyond that book yet, but that's more a time thing. I enjoyed it, and it's very Sanderson/Weeks-ish. In a similar vein, I have not yet read everything by David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, but based on the ones I have, you might also enjoy his various series.

    I'm assuming that since you read Sanderson, you're already aware of Robert Jordan. ;)

  8. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    If you want to read something local to the WFG, more than one reviewer's called my work on From Winter's Ashes "Like Brandon Sanderson, only more so." If you want to read emotionally charged, "hard" fantasy, there y'go!

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  9. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Otherland by Tad Williams. It sort of starts out as SF, but once the protagonist dives into the virtual worlds, it's pretty much Fantasy. I loved those books.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  10. ClearMadness (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I'v been enjoying reading some of the Pathfinder Tales books. They're a nice lighter change from the heavier more complex works that dominate the market these days, especially the Liar's Blade books. Some of them are better than others but non are terrible.

    Author of The Iron Teeth, a online dark fantasy story.
  11. LEErickson (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Oooh, and mention of His Dark Materials also reminded me, especially since you like Tamora Pierce--The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper is another classic series you might like. Technically, it's YA, but it has some darker themes, especially in the later books. Very Arthurian, if that appeals to you (or doesn't, I guess).

    I feel compelled to point out you now have two votes for Otherland. (I "made" my sons read them when they were old enough too, Chrysalis, along with as many of my friends as I could, so we could all geek out together over all the ways we loved the characters and the story.)

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