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Subject: Need suggestions for anthologies/series/sets of long fantasy or historical
Date Posted: 1/31/2008 1:23 PM ET
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New to the forums but not new to books.  I have come to the end of yet another series/anthology/set of books and I feel like another friend has died.  I read at the speed of about the average paperback in one to two days so I go through these quickly (especially with three sick kids home from school).  Most recently I've come to the end of the Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, or what I could get my hands on through this site anyway :). It seems a lot of these are out of print now.

  I've read the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony, I've gone through Diana Gabaldon, Anne McCaffrey and her Dragons, etc. 

I've run my local library to the ground and they no longer have any inter-library loan that I can use, unless I can come up with some new authors.  So does anyone have any new suggestions?  I'll take any suggestions at this point!  :)  Thanks so much!

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 2:34 PM ET
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How about the George R.R. Martin series? A song of Ice and Fire.

R.A. Salvatore - the Drizzt books


Date Posted: 1/31/2008 2:40 PM ET
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Have you tried Weis and Hickman's Death Gate series?  If you liked Dragonlance, you might like this also.  It's a different twist to fantasy, but has a fun concept.  It's a series best read in order though.  There are 7 books in all, starting with "Dragon Wing".  I have two of the later books in the series available on my shelf if I remember right.

If you like both fantasy and historical fiction, you might try Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series.  It's a fantasy set in an alternate version of frontier America.  I have book 1, "Seventh Son" available on my shelf.

Another series I really liked (two series really) was David Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean series.  Each one has about 4-5 books in it, and are a continuation of each other.  I recommend reading them in order, starting with the Belgariad, then the Mallorean series.  There's also a couple of additional stand-alone books that go with the series.

Another favorite of mine are Terry Brooks' Shannara series.  There are about 5 series of 3-4 books each that all take place in the Shannara world, and he is working on writing the final one.  I would recommend reading them in the order published.  The Sword of Shannara is the first in the first series.  It is probably my least favorite of the bunch, but it gets way better in the later series, so don't be turned off of the rest if you don't like "Sword".

A popular long series of thick fantasy books is the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.  The final book of the set isn't due to be out until 2009 though.  There are around a dozen or so books in the series.  I've only read part of it, and liked it, but decided to wait til it's done before reading any more.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 2:44 PM ET
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Awesome, all very good suggestions.  As a teenager I read all the romance novels I could get my hands on so the frontier America setting intrigues me. 

Keep them coming!  These should get me through for a bit, but I can always use more! 

And thank you!  :)

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 10:21 AM ET
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Another good set is Robin Hobb's three trilogies.  They all take place in the same world:

The Farseer Trilogy: Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin's Quest 

The Liveship Traders Trilogy :  Ship of Magic, Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny

The Tawny Man Trilogy:  Fool's Errand, Golden Fool, Fool's Fate


The third trilogy is a continuation of the first, with some of the same main characters.  The second is more stand-alone, but has some links to the other two.




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Date Posted: 2/1/2008 6:13 PM ET
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Fantasy/sci-fantasy series/sets

Robert Lynn Asprin & Lynn Abbey, eds. - Thieves World

Steven Erikson - Malazan Book of the Fallen

Glen Cook - The Black Company

Philip Jose Farmer, et al - Philip Jose Farmer's "The Dungeon"

Gene Wolfe - Book of the New Sun + Urth of the New Sun,  Book of the Long Sun + Book of the Short Sun

Michael Moorcock - Hawkmoon + Castle Brass, Elric stories

Historical series

Arturo Perez-Reverte - Captain Alatriste

Bernard Cornwell - Warlord (Arthurian) trilogy

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Date Posted: 2/1/2008 8:38 PM ET
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A historical fantasy series, and some of my favorites books ever - the Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier. It's not particularly long, but it takes place in ancient Ireland, and it's just excellent. I can't recommend them to enough people. The first book is based on the fairy tale The Seven Swans, and it's called Daughter of the Forest; the following two books aren't based on any fairy tale, but continue the story started in the first one, and they're Son of the Shadows and Child of the Prophecy.

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Subject: FantasyLiterature.net
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 3:07 PM ET
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Hi, I've got a website completely devoted to this topic. We list, show covers, give publication dates, and review all fantasy literature with an emphasis on epic fantasy. And we promote PaperBackSwap!


Date Posted: 2/2/2008 6:42 PM ET
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I really enjoyed The Sun Sword series by Michelle West.  It's six books long and it isn't easy reading, but I found it quite engaging.  But if you like your books a little lighter, you may find them too slow.

I second the recommendation on Hobbs.  I just finished the first trilogy and loved it.

You could try Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series.  It's 7 books and supposed to be very good.  (I've never read it, but I've got it on my TBR and it comes highly recommended). 

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 2:06 PM ET
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I highly recommend :

The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan 

The series includes eleven books (in order as listed below) as well as a prequel titled "New Spring".

("The Eye of The World", "The Great Hunt", "The Dragon Reborn", "The Shadon Rising", "The Fires of Heaven", "Lord Of Chaos", "A Crown of Swords", "The Path of Daggers", "Winter's Heart", "Crossroads of Twilight", "Knife of Dreams")

The Symphony Of Ages by Elizabeth Haydon

The Series includes six books (in order as listed below).

("Rhapsody: Child of Blood", "Prophecy: Child of Earth", "Destiny: Child of the Sky", "Requiem for the Sun", "Elegy For a lost Star", "The Assassin King")

The Sword Of Truth by Terry Goodkind

The series includes eleven books (in order as listed below) as well as a prequel titled "Debt Of Bones". I am actually reading this series currently, and while only on the second book I have already become a big fan of his work.

("Wizard's First Rule", "Stone Of Tears", "Blood Of the Fold", "Temple Of the Winds", "Soul Of the Fire", "Faith Of the Fallen", "The Pillars of Creation", "Naked Empire", "Chainfire", "Phantom", "Confessor")

The Noble Dead by Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee

The series includes six books (in order as listed below).

("Dhampir", Theif Of Lives", "Sister of the Dead", "Traitor to the Blood", "Rebel Fay", "Child of a Dead God")


The books listed above are just a few of my absolute favorite long Fantasy series.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 4:33 PM ET
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Not as long a series as those mentioned, but wonderful none the less is Megan Whalen Turner's series.  It starts with The Thief, then The Queen of Attolia and the King of Attolia.  They are listed as YA but I think they are wonderful.  A fantasy set in an ancient Grecian type setting. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 4:37 PM ET
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I'd definitely recommend Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy:

 DragonBone Chair

Stone of Farewell

To Green Angel Tower (in 2 volumes)


This series isn't as long as those such as The Wheel of Time or the Sword of Truth series, but it is great and the books are rather long, so the story and characters are fleshed out very well over the course of the trilogy.

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Subject: Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 11:10 PM ET
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The Song of Ice and Fire Series is great.  It will keep you on the edge of your seat and each book is about 1000+ pages long.

Book 1 = A Game of Thrones

Book 2 = A Clash of Kings

Book 3 = A Storn of Swords

Book 4 = A Feast For Crows

Book 5 = Dance With Dragons - this one is in the works still.

The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind is also good.


Date Posted: 2/4/2008 12:43 AM ET
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wow everything listed is very good; David Eddings set suggested : the Belgariad & the Malloreon is one of the best series around and a fun read; stick with it, some are better than others (books); Raymond Feist writes a series & they are very good as well, but basically all war but good; Try Elizabeth Haydon's Rhapsody, Prophecy & Destiny series (i read only the 1st 3) but they continue if you want to go on with them; I truly enjoyed them & if you have not yet read R A Salvatore's Dark Elf Trilogy & then on with the others in the series; I recommend them highly; the Dark Elf trilogy should be required reading in every school on the planet it is that good. Happy reading!

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 11:42 AM ET
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I second the Hobbs and Martin recs.  Orson Scott Card is great as well, and he has a few different series.  There's the Ender series, which is sci-fi, The Alvin Maker series (which has been mentioned), and the Homecoming series. 

Subject: Mercedes Lackey, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Sharon Shinn
Date Posted: 2/6/2008 1:09 AM ET
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Mecedes Lackey writes the Valdemar books of which there are at least 17.   She also does the Elemental Masters books, the Fairy Godmother books and quite a few others.  She is a very prolific author!

Marion Zimmer Bradley writes the Darkover books.  These are a pleasant mix of fantasy and science fiction.

Anything by Sharon Shinn is awesome but her Angel books are incredible!

Subject: have you considered
Date Posted: 2/7/2008 2:55 AM ET
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the merry gentry and anita blake series by laurell k hamilton? what about books by keri arthur? i love these two authors and read everything that they come out with.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 2:37 PM ET
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If you can get your hands on them, I highly recommend The Power and the Pattern trilogy by Anne Kelleher Bush.  They are my absolute favorites!  Also, you can try the Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglass.  It's a 6 book series that's broken into 2 trilogies.  Lastly, and this may sound a bit childish, but for true all-out fantasy I recommend the Redwall books by Brian Jacques.  There are 12+ in the series and though written for children, they are perhaps some of the most fun, adventurous and plain enjoyable books I have read. :)

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 2:53 PM ET
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These are all great suggestions!  I'm definitely going to be busy.  Now I need to print and save this list and keep it somewhere safe!


Thanks so much!

Date Posted: 2/18/2008 6:36 PM ET
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I'm a huge fan of Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan and most of the other authors recommended.

I would like to add,

Raymond Feist

Janny Wurts

Melanie Rawn

Lynn Flewelling

Anne Bishop

Carol Berg

Stephen Donaldson

I'm sure there are more!

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:52 AM ET
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I... 4th the Hobbs, and the R.R. Martin books.  And Terry Goodkind has an interesting series.

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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 10:27 PM ET
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 I'm reading Sara Douglass' Wayfarer Redemption series now and it's fantastic!    I third the Elizabeth Haydon Symphony of Ages Saga. Wonderfully written, and one of the best series I've ever read.

   I really enjoyed Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy.  Very dark, but quite enjoyable.

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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:46 PM ET
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I totally agree with you Kim.  We must have similar tastes because I loved the Wayfarer Redemption series, The Symphony of Ages series and the Black Jewels Trilogy!!  You'll have to try Sara Douglass's Troy Game series if you already haven't.

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 3:08 PM ET
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Absolutely check out George R.R. Martin & Robin Hobbs.

Subject: Asprin Books
Date Posted: 4/12/2008 10:40 AM ET
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I like the MYTH series. A previous reply also recommended them.  I have 4 of them on my bookshelf and many members have the others.  I would let my 4 go as 2 for 1 so for 2 credits you could have 4 to start with. These book are very light hearted comedies and quick reading. I have read a lot of the above books in your relpys so you have some good responses.  Happy reading!!  Mary