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Subject: Christian Fantasy
Date Posted: 9/23/2008 6:01 PM ET
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I just discovered this genre, thanks to reading about Donita K. Paul a few times here, and I'm loving it.  I've done a lot of searching for other authors, and have tons of books on my wishlist, but I doubt the books are fast movers.  What are some of your favorite Christian fantasy authors or books?  If I get tempted to buy some, I want to know what to buy.  :D

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 11:19 AM ET
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Sharon Hinck's Sword of Lyric series - Restorer, Restorer's Son, Restorer's Journey

 

Cindy Thompson's - Brigid of Ireland (just got this one)

 

D. Barkley Briggs - The Book Of Names

 

Ted Dekker - Chosen, Infidel...

 

Robert Liparulo - Watcher in the Woods, House of Dark Shadows

 

Just to name a few :-)

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 12:22 PM ET
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I find that Ted Dekker is hit or miss with me.  I loved Saint, but I didn't really care for Showdown.  I picked up Sinner from the library, and just couldn't get into it.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 4:12 PM ET
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Dekker's Circle Trilogy is excellent. 

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 6:07 PM ET
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Karen Hancock - Arena, Legends of the Guardian King series

Wayne Thomas Batson - The Door Within series, he's also got a new series coming out

R.K. Mortensen - the Landon Snow series

Stephen Lawhead - the Pendragon series, the Robin Hood series, others

Gregory Polivka - the Trophy Chase Trilogy

Jonathan Rogers - The Wilderking Trilogy

Chris Walley - The Lamb Among the Stars series

Gregory Spencer - The Welkening, Guardian of the Veil

Thomas Williams - The Seven Kingdoms Chronicles

M.I. McAllister - the Mistmantle Chronicles

Bryan Davis - the Dragons in Our Midst series

L.B. Graham - Binding of the Blade series

also check out Where the Map Ends which is a site dedicated to Christian science fiction and fantasy and has some great info. It's a rapidly growing genre, you won't find any lack of great books.

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 10:28 AM ET
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Have you read Time Lottery by Nancy Moser?

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 2:01 PM ET
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Bren, I've checked out Where the Map Ends, and also lots and lots of other sites.  What I was looking for wasn't necessarily a long list of Christian fantasy authors, but what people considered the best, or their favorites.  Just trying to narrow things down a little bit.  :)

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 2:22 PM ET
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i really liked Sharon Hinck's Restorer series. They are perfect for those who aren't regular fantasy readers. It's sort of like mom-lit meets Narnia.

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 5:01 PM ET
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I've read a ton of fantasy, just not Christian fantasy, but I keep hearing about Sharon Hinck, so maybe that series will be next after the Dragonkeeper series.

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 3:19 PM ET
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My daughter enjoyed The Brian Davis series Dragons in Our Midst so much that I read it too.  Now she is reading the series by Donita K. Paul.  But then she likes everyting that is dragon.  I have enjoyed reading all of Randy Alcorn's books but they are not really fantasy but mystery.  Frank Peretti is okay, and I also liked reading books by Jerry Jenkins, his Soon, Silenced and Shadow series (he also has a series for kids).  My next book I hope to ready is by Terri Blackstock, I haven't read any of hers yet. 

 Just an update the fantasy folks are having a tour in different areas.  They are in Portland, Or this weekend.  Maybe they will be near you too.

 

Maybe I will figure out how to set up links in this thing.

 

See next post.   



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Date Posted: 10/1/2008 3:28 PM ET
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www.fantasyfictiontour.com

 Okay! I figured it out. 



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Date Posted: 10/1/2008 3:41 PM ET
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I WISH they would be coming anywhere near me.  I'd love to go to something like that.



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Date Posted: 10/10/2008 12:39 PM ET
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Brenda,

I just finished Stephen Lawhead's Song of Albion trilogy and highly recommend it.  It's not quite the dragon-orc-elf type of fantasy, but more of a Narnia-based fantasy where 2 modern-day Oxford students find themselves in a Celtic Otherworld.

I thought it was fantastic.

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 4:34 PM ET
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My daughter is reading the Donita Paul books now.  I can't seem to get the books she wants fast enough.  I hope to read the series maybe over Christmas break. 

I just discovered Sharon Hincks.  She also has a book called "The Secret Life of Becky Miller".  Has anyone heard of it or read it? 

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 4:51 PM ET
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yep i've read all of sharon's books. Secret Life of Becky Miller (and it's sequel Renovating Becky Miller) is mom - lit. It's really good, funny and i'm sure a lot of mom's will relate to the stuff the main character goes through. I love it b/c Becky uses movies and her imagination to pretend she's in daring situations instead of breaking fights with 3 years old.