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I was just about to request some recommendations when someone beat me to it! In addition to those stand alones and trilogies, I would also love any type of series recommendations!
Unfortunately, I have read a lot....all B Sanderson, R Jordan, G RR Martin, R Hobb, T Goodkind, T Brooks. A Bishop (guilty pleasure- for the first 4 or 5 then they lost interest), R Feist, and more just can;t think of it....so please any thing you would pass on to another fantasy reader! (which is a standard above decent- doesn;t have to be mind blowing- but better if it is!)
Thank you so much!!
Well, if you're cool with "mature" books, the Kushiel Legacy series (First 6 only) by Jacqueline Carey is pretty good. It starts with Kushiel's Dart.
L.E. Modesitt's Imager Portfolio is a favorite of mine.
Fantasy, fantasy...I love A.C. Crispin's The Exiles of Boq'urain: Storms of Destiny, but the next books in the series probably aren't going to happen. I contacted the author and she said the publisher wasn't happy with sales and cancelled the trilogy, booo.
Oh yes, and Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. It's an alternate history with dragons, it's brilliant.
And this: http://www.paperbackswap.com/Triplet-Timothy-Zahn/book/0671653415/
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Having read almost all the authors you mentioned in your OP I would recomend The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher, it is six books and is complete so you would not have to wait for any coming out. His other series the Dresden Files is also great but that is a Modern Fantasy/Paranormal genre. I also really like all David Gemmells books ( 31 and not one stinker in the bunch) but some are low fantasy, some historical/ alternate earth , and a few post apocalyptic.
Gail Z. Martin - Chronicles of the Necromancer
Brent Weeks - Night Angel trilogy (loved it!)
I second the Kushiel series, I loved them.
Karen Miller - Kingmaker/Kingbreaker and (I liked the Godspeaker trilogy, but the first book gets mixed reivews)
Roger Zelazny - Amber
I love, love, love Carol Berg.
Ellen Kushner - Riverside series
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I'm almost up to date on my Dresden Files, waiting for the latest from my library (the wait list will keep waiting several months...)- there fun but they make me feel stupid reading it- probably b/c its supposed to take place in reality, i can't accept it. But i do enjoy his humor. I have to look into the Codex Alera, heard good things about it.
I order Kushiel's Dart from the library and really looking forward to that- since I've seen Bethany recommend it, it came up a bunch more places. Can't wait! (dont' remember if i found a naomi novik at the library, if not i'm still going to look for it)
I'll give David Gemmell another chance, I picked one up and maybe it just wasn't my kind of fantasy but Michael, thanks, to your review, I have to try again ("31 and not a stinker in the bunch" - stronger praise doesn't exist!)
Sara- loved the Night Angel trilogy as well! My brother and I both picked it up at the same time withuot knowing until he told me he was reading a great book and turned out i was readin it (i was a book ahead- ha ha, little brother!). Read the Karen Miller's (lent them to a friend and never saw them again :(- pretty good. Lent the same friend my Amber book, never saw that either-- but didn;t like it. Nor did I care for Carol Berg... :( Read something that was really good and then soemthing else that didn't at all pull me in.....
anyway- thank you so much! excited about the recs and excited to find people to talk to about books!
If you try Gemmell again I would suggest either Sword in the Storm, which is the first of a four part series, or Lord of the Silver Bow, which is the first in a three part series of historical light fantasy/fiction about the Trojan war.
I liked the night angel trilogy as well, my only complaint was some of his choice of names for the characters. I picked up another book by him, the black prism but have not read it yet. And I know you listed Brandon Sanderson in your OP, all his books that I have read have been very good as well, If fact there is a new Mistborn book coming out later this year.
I have shared the Dresden files with more than two dozen people and everyone likes that series, David Gemmell people either really like or have no interest in.
Try Simon R. Green:
The Nightside series
The Secret History series
The Ghostfinders series
The Hawk and Fisher series
The Twilight of the Empire series
The Deathstalker series
The Forest Kingdom series
Somehow my first response when through before I finished. Sooooooooooo what about:
Stephen R. Donaldson's duology: A Man Rides Through; The Mirror of Her Dreams
Also anything and EVERYTHING (although I haven't read his most recent book) by Guy Gavriel Kay
Phil Rickman but note his series is really dark: Curfew, Candlenight, The Chalice, December, The Man in the Moss
Fiona McIntosh's trilogy: Myrren's Gift, Blood & Memory, Bridge of Souls
I read Anne Bishop's last book in the Black Jewels series; and I am fairly sure that she has now ended the series. Was it a satisfactory conclusion? I think for the most part. At first I thought she was just moving into the next generation as it were, but I just cannot see that world continuing now. Just thought you would like to know. Kathleen
I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed this series. I often check back on fantastic fiction, etc. to see if she has written one more. I do think it is just wishful thinking on my part. Kathleen
Just wanted to sy thanks for everybody! I've been making my way through the suggestions....Found quite a few new favorites.
So far I love Guy Gavriel Kay- what a great author. Can't wait to read more by him.
Codex Alera- surprisingly very good. I read the Dresden Files just because but I think they suck. Codex Alera is so vastly different in writing style, characters, and in any pattern that authors tend to have. Love it.
Who Fears Death (forfor the author, saw it in another thread) excellent.
Anne Bishop's series I read most of before, very enjoyable but I did lose interested by the 5th book.
Naomi Novik was alright, a little slow for me in writing style.
Kushiel's Dart- Not what I was expecting! It had all the right elements-plot, charatcer development, writing style but I won't be reading anymore! I guess I am not mature enough....
Waiting on some Donaldson books, Gemmell, and a few others.
I second, third or fourth the Kushiel series. They do require a degree of maturity! I have only read the first three but have the rest sitting here waiting patiently except the very most recent one.
Just finished the first of a trilogy by Peter V. Brett, the trilogy is the Demon Chronicles or something, first book The Warded Man was excellent.
Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, which I finished off last year.
Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards series, first one The Lies of Locke Lamora. He hasn't released the third one yet I don't think, has had some issues with severe depression and still struggling to write.
All of these are more dark fantasy, no unicorns and rainbows here. LOL
What about ...
the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson?
The Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier -- She also has a few more set in the same place --
Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Airs Beneath the Moon --its the first of a series...it may be called the Horsemistress' saga but I'm not sure
Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
Hope you find some you like! :]