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Subject: Authors Like Salvatore?
Date Posted: 5/17/2009 3:20 PM ET
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R.A. Salvatore is, hands down, one of my favorite fantasy authors of all time. I own almost all of his books all the way up to Pirate King, but since his work lately has been sadly letting me down, I have been on the lookout for other authors similiar to his writing style. I have read (and love almost as much) Richard Lee Byers, I've read the War of the Spider Queen series, and I also am a big fan of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Needless to say, I'm backed into a corner!

A small FYI, I am not a big fan of Raymond E. Feist, I like George R.R. Martin well enough ... I'm not an Elaine Cunningham or Ed Greenwood person either.

I love Sara Douglass and Greg Keyes. If anyone can help me, s'much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 4:56 PM ET
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and here I was, all set to suggest the War of the Spider Queen  to you :-)

If you liked Martin, you might like Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series. The first book, Gardens of the Moon, pretty much drops you into things though, so be aware the learning curve is almost straight vertical :-)  But it is a big bad world that Erikson introduces. I don't know how it compares to Salvatore though, because I've never really been into his stuff.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 9:30 AM ET
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If  I may ask, which Elaine Cunningham books did you read and not like?  I also have all of R. A. Salvatores books and have found Elain Cunninghams Forgotten realms books to be the most like his, and among the best of the Forgotten realms books.  As for other authors I really like David Gemmell, ( all of his 31 books are great) and Jim Butcher both the Dresden files and the Codex Alera.

Mike

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 2:40 PM ET
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Lol, Derrick. ;) I have actually already read Steven Erikson's series, you are right about Gardens of the Moon, it took me forever to get into it! But once I did I began collecting the others of the series, they're weighty reads in my opinion but still quite good.

Mike, I think it was The Magehound I got it off here and could never really get into it, with all the other books on my shelf seeming so much more interesting. I read the first book of the Codex Alera once a long time ago, I'll make a note to check out Gemmell. :-)

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 3:41 PM ET
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   You may want to try Elaine Cunningham again the magehound trilogy is the most different of her Realms books, if you like the forgotten realms Evermeet is good, and if you like dark elves her trilogy about Liriel Benrae is good(daughter of the drow is the first book in that series) and her series with Arilyn and Danilo ( I think the first book is elfshadow) is also good.

  David Gemmell's Rigante series (four book, book one is the sword in the storm) and his Troy series(first book is lord of the silver bow) are both great but I would start with Legend the first book set in his own world.  It is a stand alone book but there are later books set in the same world and some have the same characters.  The person who introduced me to his writing picked up Legend because it was recomended by R. A. Salvatore on his web site.

 

Mike

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 5:40 PM ET
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I have really like Richard Knaak's Minotaur series and Ogre Titans series (both Dragonlance) as well as the FR novels by Bruce Cordell and FR/DL novels by Douglas Niles (Lord of the Rose, Moonshae series).

My fav Salvatore series was not the drak elf books but the Cleric Quintet....