Book List - Where to start in Fantasy

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Where to start in Fantasy This is a list of the place I think people should start with Fantasy authors at the top of the field. Feel free to add authors I haven't included, and if you disagree please comment and change my mind! (It's alphabetical, btw, so please don't vote on titl
List created by PhoenixFalls - , on Jul 3, 2010
List Votes: 166 Books: 253 Contributors: 87 Watchers: 329 List Type: Open
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PhoenixFalls - ,
The Hobbit: Or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good...  more

Book Votes: 262
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) by Pauline Baynes (Illust...
One of the most highly respected fantasy novels ever written, THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE can be seen as both an exciting children's adventure story and an allegory about faith. The story begins when the Pevensie siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) escape the dangers of...  more

Book Votes: 199
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
Saga of a group heroes who set forth to save their world from evil. A brotherhood of 'hobbits,' elves, dwarves, and people is formed to combat evil forces. Tolkien drew on his extensive knowledge of folklore and the classics to create the worlds and creatures described in the trilogy, which...  more

Book Votes: 195
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Aaron T. (greyweather)
A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 1) by George R. R. Martin
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing...  more

Book Votes: 156
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Jacqueline M. (Jacqueline)
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, Bk 1) by Madeleine L'Engle
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I...  more

Book Votes: 143
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The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, Bk 1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to come....

Book Votes: 122
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Melissa T. (melanoma)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, Bk 1) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is...  more

Book Votes: 115
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, Bk 1) by Anne McCaffrey
HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD? To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise?and take...  more

Book Votes: 107
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
Storm Front (Dresden Files, Bk 1) by Jim Butcher
My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. I'm a wizard. I work out of an office in midtown Chicago. As far as I know, I'm the only openly practicing professional wizard in the country. You can find me in the yellow pages, under Wizards. Believe it or not,...  more

Book Votes: 103
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Megan W. (irishrose62079)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Bk 1) by Patricia Briggs
Moon Called is the beginning of the story of Mercedes Thompson a coyote shapeshifter who is also a pretty decent mechanic. Mercy's world looks a lot like ours except that the Otherworld is beginning to be forced out of hiding by our modern technologies. Mercy shares her back fence with the...  more

Book Votes: 99
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Kathleen W. (MaidenFair)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Bk 1) by Robert Jordan
In the THE EYE OF THE WORLD three young friends: Rand al'Thor, Matrim Cauthorn (Mat) and Perrin Aybara are attacked by subhuman monsters, bestial Trollocs. With the help of Lady Moiraine, an Aes Sedai, a woman who can wield the One Power and her Warder, Lan--the young boys flee their homeland....  more

Book Votes: 92
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming -- a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its...  more

Book Votes: 86
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Stephen B. (dagnirath)
Eragon (Inheritance, Bk 1) by Christopher Paolini
ONE BOY... ONE DRAGON... A WORLD OF ADVENTURE. Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy -- until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a...  more

Book Votes: 85
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A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1) by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea,  but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless  youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered  with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow  upon the world. This is the tale of his...  more

Book Votes: 83
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Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad, Bk 1) by David Eddings
WHILE THE DARK GOD SLEPT Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. But that...  more

Book Votes: 83
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A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, Bk 1) by Piers Anthony
FOR LACK OF A SPELL... Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled -- where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. It was a land of centaurs and dragons and basilisks. For Bink of North Village, however, Xanth was no fairy tale. He alone had no magic. And unless he...  more

Book Votes: 79
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Megan W. (irishrose62079)
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 1) by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that...  more

Book Votes: 79
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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1) by Stephen King
Roland, the world's last gunslinger, tracks an enigmatic Man in Black toward a forbidding dark tower, fighting forces both mortal and other-worldly on his quest.

Book Votes: 78
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genealogyfanatic -
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1) by Robin Hobb
Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz's...  more

Book Votes: 78
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Melissa T. (melanoma)
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Bk 1) by Suzanne Collins
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to...  more

Book Votes: 78
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her--and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.  Several hours later, the girl is gone...  more

Book Votes: 77
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The Phantom Tollbooth by Jules Feiffer (Illustrator) & Norton Juster
This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet...  more

Book Votes: 76
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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Bk 1) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One . . . MY NAME IS KVOTHE  I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings.  I burned down the town of Trebon.  I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life.  I was expelled form the...  more

Book Votes: 73
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Julien C. (jaimelesmaths)
Wicked (Wicked Years, Bk 1) by Gregory Maguire
 The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so...  more

Book Votes: 71
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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter.After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark...  more

Book Votes: 69
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Julien C. (jaimelesmaths)
The Colour of Magic (Discworld, Bk 1) by Terry Pratchett
On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (Sex Unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a naïve tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and...  more

Book Votes: 66
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Judy C. (Judy-Ree) - ,
Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! (Magic Kingdom of Landover, Bk 1) by Terry Brooks
After Ben Holiday purchased Landover, he discovered the magic kingdom had some problems. The Barons refused to recognize a king and the peasants were without hope. To make matters worse, Ben learned that he had to duel to the death with the Iron Mask, the terrible lord of the demons--a duel...  more

Book Votes: 65
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Chris C. (corvetti)
The Harper Hall of Pern (Dragonsong / Dragonsinger / Dragondrums) by Anne McCaffrey
Contains all three books featuring Menolly and Piemur, two young Pernese with extraordinary musical talent.

Book Votes: 63
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Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
Magician: Apprentice (Riftwar, Bk 1) by Raymond E. Feist
To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely Princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry. Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one...  more

Book Votes: 62
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PhoenixFalls - ,
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sunshine and The Outlaws of Sherwood-now in trade paperback. This is the story of Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl who became Harimad-sol, King's Rider, and heir to the Blue Sword, Gonturan, that no woman had wielded since the Lady Aerin...  more

Book Votes: 61
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Susan R. (Sue-in-AZ) - ,
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Bk 1) by Philip Pullman
In a landmark epic of fantasy and storytelling, Philip Pullman invites readers into a world as convincing and thoroughly realized as Narnia, Earthsea, or Redwall. Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered...  more

Book Votes: 61
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Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels, Bk 1) by Anne Bishop
  THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her dazzling web of dreams and visions. Now the Dark Realm readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, a witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell...  more

Book Votes: 57
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Bk 1) by Eoin Colfer
Who is Artemis Fowl? A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is not twelve years old. Yet crafty as he is, Artemis may have met his match in Captain Holly Short, and elf from the LEPrecon Special Forces, when he plots to steal the richest treasure the world has ever known- the...  more

Book Votes: 57
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Stephen B. (dagnirath)
The Sword of Shannara (Shannara, Bk 1) by Terry Brooks
Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of...  more

Book Votes: 57
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The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, Bk 1) by Jasper Fforde
In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic...  more

Book Votes: 56
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Brittney C. (caudillbear) - ,
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Book 1) by Terry Goodkind
The masterpiece that started The New York Times bestselling epic Sword of TruthIn the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient...  more

Book Votes: 56
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Megan W. (irishrose62079)
Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega, Bk 1) by Patricia Briggs
Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer, and son, of the leader of the...  more

Book Votes: 56
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Lee D. (usuallee)
The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain, Bk 1) by Lloyd Alexander
Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess;...  more

Book Votes: 55
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Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
Guardians of the West (Malloreon, Bk 1) by David Eddings
THE DARK PROPHECY Garion had slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy was fulfilled--or so it seemed. While the strange child Errand was growing up in the Vale of Aldur with Polgara and Durnik, showing only occasional flashes of an inexplicable knowledge and...  more

Book Votes: 53
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PhoenixFalls - ,
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes Noble Classics Series) (BN Classics Trade Paper) ...
Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, his dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged—petulant, hedonistic, vain, and...  more

Book Votes: 52
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Karen E. (thebakerswife) - ,
The Great Book of Amber (Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10) by Roger Zelazny
All ten of Roger Zelzany's classic Amber fantasy novels in one book! Join Corwin, Merlin and the others in wild adventures in the lands of Amber, Earth, and the Courts of Chaos, where the powers of Amber and Chaos constantly battle for supremacy through intrigue and adventure. Revisit Amber,...  more

Book Votes: 52
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Matthew G. (mttbstrd666)
Redwall (Redwall, Bk 1) by Brian Jacques
Welcome to Mossflower Wood, where the gentle mice have gathered to celebrate a year of peace and abundance. All is well...until a sinister shadow falls across the ancient stone abbey of Redwall. It is rumored that Cluny is coming - Cluny, the terrible one-eyed rat and his savage horde - Cluny,...  more

Book Votes: 50
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PhoenixFalls - ,
Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt) by R. A. Salvatore
The paperback edition of the first book in Salvatore’s classic dark elf tales. This is the paperback version of the stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel that begins the tale of his signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do-Urden™.

Book Votes: 48
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Emily B. (LibraryEm42)
Graceling (Seven Kingdoms, Bk 1) by Kristin Cashore
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight -- she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the...  more

Book Votes: 48
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Ivy M. (Luvbug) - ,
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, Bk 1) by Piers Anthony
Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled -- where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled. According to the Good Magician Humpfrey, the...  more

Book Votes: 46
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Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Bk 1) by Jim Butcher
In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies--elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal--fifteen-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos--when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies-- Tavi's simple...  more

Book Votes: 45
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Terra B. (terboz)
Take a Thief (Valdemar) by Mercedes Lackey
TO CATCH A THIEF Skif was an orphan. For as long as he could remember he had worked as a drudge in his Uncle Londer's dreary inn in the slums of Haven.  Sleeping on a pile of rags under the stairs, wakened before dawn to do the lowliest and filthiest of tasks, Skif would have died...  more

Book Votes: 45
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PhoenixFalls - ,
Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1) by Jacqueline Carey
The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good... and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt. Phedre no Delaunay is a young woman who was born...  more

Book Votes: 44
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to...  more

Book Votes: 44
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Stephen B. (dagnirath)
Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) by Cornelia Funke
One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART -- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the...  more

Book Votes: 40
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Sarah S. (missdottieknits)
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Adults and children the world over have fallen in love with Beagle's timeless classic, The Last Unicorn. Now, in this historic publication, Beagle's richly inventive novel springs to life in beautifully rendered illustrations that perfectly evoke the mystery and magic of one of man's...  more

Book Votes: 40
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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke & Susanna Clarke
English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy...  more

Book Votes: 39
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Julien C. (jaimelesmaths)
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci: Lives of Christopher Chant and Charmed Life (Chronicl...
In this multiple parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds, only an enchanter with nine lives is powerful enough to control the rampant misuse of magic--and to hold the title Chrestomanci... The Chants are a family strong in magic, but neither Christopher Chant nor Cat Chant can work even...  more

Book Votes: 39
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Ronnie G. (frenchgiant)
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies and his successor must do battle for the throne. Pitted against an evil wizard and a would-be rival, Prince Peter makes a daring escape and rallies the forces of Good to fight for what is rightfully his. This is a masterpiece of classic...  more

Book Votes: 39
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Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last twenty-five years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story...  more

Book Votes: 38
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Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician, Bk 1) by Trudi Canavan
"We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician." This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they...  more

Book Votes: 36
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Chris T. (chrisandtim)
Old Kingdom Trilogy Box Set: Sabriel / Lirael / Abhorsen (Abhorsen, Bks 1-3) by Garth...
Series also known as "Abhorsen" One warrior -- to stand against all the dead. Untried and untested, can Sabriel find the power to guard the living when the Dead arise? As a child, Sabriel is sent across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from the Old...  more

Book Votes: 36
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PhoenixFalls - ,
The Curse of Chalion (Curse of Chalion, Bk 1) by Lois McMaster Bujold
A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril has returned to the noble household he once served as page, and is named, to his great surprise, secretary-tutor to the beautiful, strong-willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule. It is as assignment Cazaril dreads, for it must...  more

Book Votes: 35
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Jenny K.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
An abridged, "Good Parts" version of The Princess Bride, a tale that pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. This love story contains strange beasts, memorable surprises, and unforgettable characters.

Book Votes: 35
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Melissa T. (melanoma)
Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1) by Anne Rice
The time is now. We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks—as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . . He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently . . ....  more

Book Votes: 35
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Wendeline (onebooknerd)
The Sword of Shannara: Book One of the Shannara Trilogy (The Shannara Trilogy Book On...
THE SWORD OF SHANNARALong ago, the wars of the ancient Evil had ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races--gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves. But in peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knew little of such troubles.Then came the giant, forbidding Allanon,...  more

Book Votes: 33
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Elantris (Elantris, Bk 1) by Brandon Sanderson
Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten...  more

Book Votes: 31
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Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Bk 1) by Tad Williams
In the peaceful land of Osten Ard, the good king is dying -- and a long-dreaded evil is about to be unleashed. Only Simon, a lowly castle scullion apprenticed to a secret order dedicated to halting the coming darkness, can solve the dangerous riddle that offers salvation to the land. His...  more

Book Votes: 31
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Stephen B. (dagnirath)
Another Fine Myth / Myth Conceptions (Myth Adventures, Bks 1-2) by Robert Asprin
Another Fine Myth - Young Skeeve is the struggling apprentice to mighty sorcerer Garkin. When Garkin dies, Skeeve is left alone in the world. If it weren't for the purple-tongued demon, the imps, dragons, unicorns and amazing adventures, who knows what would become of him? Myth...  more

Book Votes: 31
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Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
Deryni Rising (Chronicles of the Deryni, Bk 1) by Katherine Kurtz
In the kingdom of Gwynedd, the mysterious forces of magic and the superior power of the Church combine to challenge the rule of young Kelson. Now the fate of the Deryni -- a quasi-mortal race of sorcerers -- and, indeed, the fate of all the Eleven Kingdoms, rests on Kelson's ability to quash...  more

Book Votes: 30
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Terra B. (terboz)
Sheepfarmer's Daughter (Deed of Paksenarrion, Bk 1) by Elizabeth Moon
Paksenarrion - Paks for short - is somebody special. She knows it, even if nobody else does yet. No way will she follow her father's orders to marry the pig farmer down the road. She's off to join the army, even if it means she can never see her family again. And so her adventure begins...the...  more

Book Votes: 29
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DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Fat Charlie Nancy's normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn't know his dad was Anansi, a trickster god, the spirit of rebellion able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. And he never knew...  more

Book Votes: 29
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Tasula W. (fantasyisbetter)
Jhereg (Vlad Taltos, Bk 1) by Steven Brust
Quick with both sword and wit, Vlad Taltos makes his way through the world of Dragaera as an assassin, aided by a small talent for magic and a lizard-like jhereg companion. Collecting the first three novels in Brust's Vlad Taltos series (e.g., Jhereg), this volume serves as a good introduction...  more

Book Votes: 28
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Haewon L. (nunah)
Seventh Son (Alvin Maker, Bk 1) by Orson Scott Card
From the author of Ender’s Game, an unforgettable story about young Alvin Maker: the seventh son of a seventh son. Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with the power. He must learn to use his gift wisely. But dark forces are...  more

Book Votes: 28
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Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
With the  critically acclaimed novels The Gate To  Women's Country, Raising The Stones, and the  Hugo-nominated Grass, Sheri  Tepper has established herself as one of the major  science fiction writers of out Time. In  Beauty, she...  more

Book Votes: 27
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Tasula W. (fantasyisbetter)
Something from the Nightside (Nightside, Bk 1) by Simon R. Green
John Taylor is not a private detective per se, but he has a knack for finding lost things. That's why he's been hired to descend into the Nightside, an otherworldly realm in the center of London where fantasy and reality share renting space and the sun never shines. For John Taylor, there's...  more

Book Votes: 27
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Wendeline (onebooknerd)
The Elfstones of Shannara (Shannara, Bk 2) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged) by Terry Brook...
Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to...  more

Book Votes: 27
73

Elizabeth P. (dreamsleeper)
White Gold Wielder by Stephen R Donaldson
"...I want you to go back to the Land. To Revelstone. And stop the Clave. Put out the Banefire. If you do that, the Sunbane'll slow down. Maybe it'll even recede. That'll give us time to look for a better answer." Thomas Covenant was shocked by Linden Avery's demand; but he realized that,...  more

Book Votes: 26
74

kickerdad - ,
Elric of Melnibone (Elric of Melnibone) by Michael Moorcock
AVAILABLE AGAIN! It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody, and from the loose sleeves of his yellow gown emerge two slender hands, also the...  more

Book Votes: 25
75

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, Bk 1) by Brent Weeks
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly -- and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing...  more

Book Votes: 25
76

Melissa T. (melanoma)
Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Bk 1) by Kim Harrison
Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law?breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50% of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves--the...  more

Book Votes: 25
77

Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
The Magic of Recluce (Recluce series, Book 1) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Lerris, a bored magician's apprentice, embarks on a quest for knowledge--called the dangergeld--during which he encounters the magic of the Chaos wizards and battles the Archenemy of Order.

Book Votes: 24
78

Katy L. (mrsleverenz)
Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, Bk 1) by Mercedes Lackey
Chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical horse-like being with powers beyond imagining, Talia, once a runaway, has now become a trainee Herald, destined to become one of the Queens's own elite guard. For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly...  more

Book Votes: 24
79

Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
Dragon Prince (Dragon Prince, Bk 1) by Melanie Rawn
The Dragon Lord --When Rohan became the new prince of the Desert,ruler of the kingdom granted his family for as long as the Long Sands spewed fire, he took the crown with two goals in mind. First and foremost, he sought to bring permanent peace to his world of divided princedoms, realms hovering...  more

Book Votes: 23
80

Al C. (vavoice) -
Thieves' World (Thieves' World Anthologies, Bk 1) by Robert Asprin
Sentences of Death - John Brunner The Face of Chaos - Lynn Abbey The Gate of the Flying Knives - Poul Anderson Shadowspawn - Andrew Offutt The Price of Doing Business - Robert Asprin Blood Brothers - Joe Haldeman Myrtis - Christine Dewees The Secret of the Blue Star - Marion Zimmer...  more

Book Votes: 23
81

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Bk 1) by Jonathan Stroud
Presenting a thrilling new voice in children's literature-a witty, gripping adventure story featuring a boy and his not-so-tame djinni. Nathaniel is a young magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hotshot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly...  more

Book Votes: 23
82

Sarah S. (missdottieknits)
Magyk (Septimus Heap, Bk 1) by Angie Sage
The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn...  more

Book Votes: 23
83

Wendy R. (wendybird)
ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENT (Pierce, Tamora. Song of the Lioness, Bk. 1.) by Tamora Pier...
"From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight."In a time when girls are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be knight of the realm of Tortall. So she finds a way to switch places with her brother, Thom. Disguised as a boy, Alanna begins...  more

Book Votes: 23
84

Charity F. (I-love-my-flowers)
Over Sea, Under Stone (Dark is Rising, Bk 1) by Susan Cooper
Barney, Simon, and Jane -- the Drew siblings -- find an ancient map that sets them off on a quest to discover treasures linked to King Arthur. As danger begin to befall the trio, they become convinced that the local Vicar and his sister are somehow involved. Will their Great-Uncle Merry, a...  more

Book Votes: 22
85

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
Joust (Dragon Jousters, Bk 1) by Mercedes Lackey
THE SECRET OF THE DRAGONS Vetch was an Altan serf working the land which had once been his family's farm. Young and slight, Vetch would have died of overwork, exposure, and starvation if not for the anger which was his only real sustenance—anger that he had lost his home and family...  more

Book Votes: 22
86

Matthew G. (mttbstrd666)
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard
“Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities . . . there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars. . . . Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand . . . to...  more

Book Votes: 22
87

A. M. (bibliochild) - ,
Guards! Guards! (Discworld, Bk 8) by Terry Pratchett
"Of all the cities in the world it could have flown into, it flew into mine. . " Some night-time prowler is turning the citizens of Ankh-Morpork, greatest city of the fantasy Discworld*, into something resembling small charcoal biscuits. And that's a real problem for Captain Vimes of the...  more

Book Votes: 22
88

Eric S. (Eric)
Mistborn (Mistborn, Bk 1) by Brandon Sanderson
The Mists rule the night. The Lord Ruler owns the world. FOR A THOUSAND YEARS, the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years, the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible....  more

Book Votes: 22
89

PhoenixFalls - ,
The Ladies of Mandrigyn (Sun Wolf and Starhawk, Bk 1) by Barbara Hambly
Swords Against The Wizard The City of Mandrigyn was conquered and its men enslaved in the foul mines of the evil Wizard King, Altiokis. Now the women of the city; led by Sheera Galernas, had come to hire the mercenary an ally of Captain Sun Wolf. But Sun Wolf was too wise to become involved...  more

Book Votes: 21
90

Aaron T. (greyweather)
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
With a new introduction by the acclaimed bestselling author, this is the spectacular deluxe tenth-anniversary edition of a fantasy classic--the sweeping tale of sorcery, magic, politics, war, love, betrayal, and survival... "A richly sensuous fantasy world, full of evocative history, religions,...  more

Book Votes: 21
91

Michelle N. (mnorth) - ,
The Summer Tree (Fionavar Tapestry, Bk 1) by Guy Gavriel Kay
Five young people find themselves flung into the magic land of Fionavar, First of All Worlds, to play their part in the vast battle against the forces of evil led by the fallen god Rakoth Maugrim and his dark hordes. This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy in the "Lords of the Ring" tradition.

Book Votes: 21
92

Ali Y. (greatdanechick)
Wolf-Speaker (Immortals, Bk 2) by Tamora Pierce
When Daine is summoned by the wolf pack that saved her life a year earlier, she knows she has to go. She and Numair travel to Dunlath Valley to answer the call. But when they arrive, Daine realizes with a shock that it's not just the animals whose lives are threatened; people are in danger...  more

Book Votes: 21
93

Gregg S. (epicurus) - ,
Night Watch (Discworld, Bk 29) by Terry Pratchett
This morning, Commander Vimes of the City Watch had it all. He was a Duke. He was rich.He was respected. He had a silver cigar case. He was about to become a father. This morning he thought longingly about the good old days. Tonight, he's in them. Flung back in time by a mysterious...  more

Book Votes: 21
94

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper.  And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse.  Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.  When Percy's mom...  more

Book Votes: 21
95

Jessica D. (jessica-anne) - ,
Owlflight (Darian's Tale, Bk 1) by Mercedes Lackey
Darian is apprentice to the Wizard Justyn in a small Valdemaran village. He is unwilling to hone his skill in magic as he believes it is quicker more efficient to achieve your ends by purely physical methods. When Errold Green is suddenly and devastatingly attacked by a force of men accompanied...  more

Book Votes: 20
96

Kathy J. (kayslulabelle)
Green Rider (Green Rider, Bk 1) by Kristen Britain
Karigan G'ladahon has fled from school following a fight which would surely lead to her expulsion. As she makes her way through the deep forest, a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the...  more

Book Votes: 20
97

Melissa T. (melanoma)
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll & John Tenniel (Illustrator)
With an Introduction and Notes by Michael Irwin, Professor of English Literature, University of Kent at CanterburyThis selection of Carroll's works includes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, both containing the famous illustrations by Sir John...  more

Book Votes: 20
98

Melissa T. (melanoma)
Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, Bk 1) by Jean Auel
This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age...  more

Book Votes: 20
99

PhoenixFalls - ,
The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson
Jim Eckert was a dragon. He hadn't planned it that way, but that's what happened when he set out to rescue his betrothed. Following her through an erratic astral-projection machine, Jim suddenly found himself in a cockeyed world -- locked in the body of a talking dragon named...  more

Book Votes: 19
100

Al C. (vavoice) -
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
Sixteen when a baby is brought to her to raise, Sybel has grown up on Eld Mountain. Her only playmates are the creatures of a fantastic menagerie called there by wizardry. Sybel has cared nothing for humans, until the baby awakens emotions previously unknown to her. And when Coren -- the man who...  more

Book Votes: 18
101

kickerdad - ,
Swords in the Mist (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) by Fritz Leiber
Fafhrd and Gray Mouser visit the Witch's Tent to consult a sorceress who holds the secret to their escape -- but when would they ever need to escape? Their luck has been good so far; one way out should work. Their luck continues as thieves. They are the best thieves in Lankhmar until better...  more

Book Votes: 18
102

acalla
Ender's Game (Ender, Bk 1) by Orson Scott Card
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his...  more

Book Votes: 18
103

Julien C. (jaimelesmaths)
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 2: The Magicians of Caprona / Witch Week by Di...
In this multiple parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds, only an enchanter with nine lives is powerful enough to control the rampant misuse of magic -- and to hold the title Chrestomanci... There is a world in which the peaceful city-state of Caprona is threatened by the malevolent...  more

Book Votes: 17
104

Kimberly B.
The Black Company (The Chronicle of the Black Company, Bk 1) by Glen Cook
Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead. Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn,...  more

Book Votes: 17
105

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
The Unicorn Girl (Acorna, Bk 1) by Anne McCaffrey & Margaret Ball
"Something's Alive In There!" She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead, funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken bones. A trio of...  more

Book Votes: 17
106

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
The Diamond Throne (Elenium, Bk 1) by David Eddings
Sparhawk, Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returned to Elenia after ten years of exhile, only to find his young Queen Ehlana trapped in a block of enscorcelled crystal. Only the great sorcery of Sephrenia, ageless instructor of magic, kept her alive - but the spell would last only a...  more

Book Votes: 17
107

Raylea H. (raylea)
Marked (House of Night, Bk 1) by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed.In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult...  more

Book Votes: 17
108

PhoenixFalls - ,
Alphabet Of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
One of the most spectacular fantasists of our time, Patricia A. McKillip creates fairy tale worlds of wonder and magic. Now, she opens the page on a time and place where an orphan girl is haunted by thorns, a reluctant queen rules between sea and sky, and epics never end. Deep inside a...  more

Book Votes: 16
109

A. M. (bibliochild) - ,
Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, Bk 6) by Terry Pratchett
Kingdoms wobble, crowns topple and knives flash on the magical Discworld as the statutory three witches meddle in royal politics. But Granny Weatherwax (of Equal Rites) and her fellow coven members find it's all a lot more difficult than playwrights would have you believe . . Everything you'd...  more

Book Votes: 16
110

PhoenixFalls - ,
Mystic and Rider (Twelve Houses, Bk 1) by Sharon Shinn
Gillengaria seethes with unrest. In the south, hostility toward magic and its users has risen to a dangerous level, though King Baryn has ordered that such mystics are to be tolerated. It is whispered that he issued the decree because his new wife used her magic powers to ensnare him... The...  more

Book Votes: 15
111

kickerdad - ,
The First Book of Swords (Books of Swords, Bk 1) by Fred Saberhagen
In the future, post apocalyptic, mankind is able to survive only because of technology. There are some humans that believe themselves to be gods, and they create swords, a set of very magical swords, each with its own unique power, in order to play games with mankind. Each sword had the...  more

Book Votes: 15
112

DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
You Slay Me (Aisling Grey, Guardian, Bk 1) by Katie MacAlister
I'm Aisling Grey, and I have the job from Hell... Literally. My prior career as a courier began and ended when I traveled to Paris to deliver a six-hundred-year-old golden dragon statue and learned I was a Guardian. That's a Keeper of the Gates to Hell to you mere mortals. This I...  more

Book Votes: 15
113

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Bk 3) by Rick Riordan
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing...  more

Book Votes: 15
114

Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
Daggerspell (Deverry, Bk 1) by Katharine Kerr
Even as a young girl, Jill was a favorite of the magical, mysterious Wildfolk, who appeared to her from their invisible realm. Little did she know her extraordinary friends represented but a glimpse of a forgotten past and a fateful future. Four hundred years -- and many  lifetimes --...  more

Book Votes: 14
115

Haewon L. (nunah)
Red Prophet (Alvin Maker, Bk 2) by Orson Scott Card
Come here to the magical America that might have been, and marvel as the tale of Alvin Maker unfolds. The seventh son of a seventh son is a boy of mysterious powers, and he is waking to the mysteries of the land and its own chosen people.

Book Votes: 14
116

Haewon L. (nunah)
Prentice Alvin (Alvin Maker, Bk 3) by Orson Scott Card
The Tales of Alvin Maker series continues in volume three, Prentice Alvin. Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth, and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to...  more

Book Votes: 14
117

Melissa T. (melanoma)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 1) by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a...  more

Book Votes: 14
118

Jose Rodriguez (joserro) - ,
The Blade Itself (First Law, Bk 1) by Joe Abercrombie
Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian -- leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of...  more

Book Votes: 13
119

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
Phule's Company (Phule's Company, Bk 1) by Robert Asprin
The Few. The Proud. The Stupid. The Inept. Meet the soldiers of Phule's Company. They do more damage before 9 am than most people do all day... And they're mankind's last hope.

Book Votes: 13
120

kenys -
Daughter of the Empire (Empire, Bk 1) by Raymond Feist & Janny Wurts
Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan.  Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni.  While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir.  Now Mara, a...  more

Book Votes: 13
121

Kathleen D. (momoffour49783)
Green Rider (Green Rider, Bk 1) by Kristen Britain
Karigan G'ladahon has fled from school following a fight which would surely lead to her expulsion. As she makes her way through the deep forest, a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the...  more

Book Votes: 13
122

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
Fablehaven (Fablehaven, Bk 1) by Brandon Mull
For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually,...  more

Book Votes: 13
123

PhoenixFalls - ,
Transformation (Rai-kirah, Bk 1) by Carol Berg
Freedom is the ability to make a choice... Seyonne was not always a slave. Once his people were the guardians of magic such as the land had never seen, protectors and defenders. But the Derzhi came, and enslaved them. Now, years of degradation and misery have blurred Seyonne's memory,...  more

Book Votes: 12
124

PhoenixFalls - ,
Little, Big by John Crowley
Little, Big tells the epic story of Smoky Barnable -- an anonymous young man who meets and falls in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, and goes to live with her in Edgewood, a place not found on any map. In an impossible mansion full of her relatives, who all seem to have ties to another world...  more

Book Votes: 12
125

Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
Dragon Wing (Death Gate, Bk 1) by Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis
Hugh the Hand agrees to assassinate the king's son but is unprepared for the magical being who is his victim's guardian or for the difficulty that awaits him in the realm of the dwarves. Hugh and the royal child form an unlikely and unstable alliance as the plots of human sorcerers, elven...  more

Book Votes: 12
126

Julien C. (jaimelesmaths)
A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
Teenager Faris Nallaneen is the heir to the small northern dukedom of Galazon. Too young still to claim her title, her despotic Uncle Brinker has ruled in her place. Now he demands she be sent to Greenlaw College. For her benefit he insists. To keep me out of the way, more like it! But...  more

Book Votes: 12
127

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
DragonSpell (Dragon Keepers Chronicles, Book 1) by Donita K. Paul
Once a slave girl in the village of River Away, Kale is freed when she discovers a dragon's egg. She is given the unexpected opportunity to journey to the great walled city of Vendala to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and...  more

Book Votes: 11
128

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Bk 1) by Garth Nix
Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. Arthur is safe -- but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another...  more

Book Votes: 11
129

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 2) by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson's seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well,...  more

Book Votes: 11
130

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 4) by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between...  more

Book Votes: 11
131

DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
Summon the Keeper (The Keeper's Chronicles, No 1) by Tanya Huff
Being one of the Earth's protectors is never easy, but when Claire the Keeper and Austin the cat find themselves in charge of the Elysian Fields Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast, all Hell breaks loose in the form of a gateway residing in the basement! Do not miss the latest from one of the top...  more

Book Votes: 10
132

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
Catalyst (Barque Cats, Bk 1) by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Pilot, navigator, engineer, doctor, scientist - ship's cat? All are essential to the well-staffed space vessel. Since the early days of interstellar travel, Barque Cats have been highly prized crew members. Thomas's carefully bred progeny, ably assisted by humans -- Cat Persons -- with...  more

Book Votes: 10
133

wayf
King's Dragon (Crown of Stars, Bk 1) by Kate Elliott
IT BEGINS WITH CIVIL WAR . . . For though King Henry still holds the crown of Wendar, his reign has long been contested by his sister Sabella. there are many eager to flock to her banner, and there are ways to make even the most unwilling lord into a weapon pointed at the heart of Henry's...  more

Book Votes: 10
134

Christine J. (kelly087) - ,
The Annotated Chronicles (Dragonlance: Dragonlance Chronicles) by Margaret Weis &...
The novels that introduced the Dragonlance line, collected in an annotated paperback.This annotated version of Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning contains extensive notes by New York Times bestselling authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, as...  more

Book Votes: 10
135

Carolina C. (carolinachapa) -
The Naming (Pellinor, Bk 1) by Alison Croggon
Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn't yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It...  more

Book Votes: 10
136

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, Bk 5) by Rick Riordan
All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins...  more

Book Votes: 10
137

PhoenixFalls - ,
Dreams Underfoot: The Newford Collection by Charles de Lint
Welcome to Newford. . . .Welcome to the music clubs, the waterfront, the alleyways where ancient myths and magic spill into the modern world. Come meet Jilly, painting wonders in the rough city streets; and Geordie, playing fiddle while he dreams of a ghost; and the Angel of Grasso Street...  more

Book Votes: 9
138

Ronnie G. (frenchgiant)
The Baker's Boy (Book of Words, Bk 1) by J. V. Jones
An ancient prophecy, court intrigue, and a world war directed by magical means are the basis for this three-book series set in the world of the Four Kingdoms. It stars Jack, a young man of unknown parentage whose magical talents will be either his salvation or his bane; the highborn young woman...  more

Book Votes: 9
139

Jeffrey C.
The Many-Colored Land (Pliocene Exiles Bk. 1) by Julian May
When a one-way time tunnel to Earth's distant past, specifically six million B.C., was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a...  more

Book Votes: 9
140

Melissa T. (melanoma)
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie & Peter Oliver (Adapter) & Eric Kincaid (Illustrato...
It was Friday night. Mr and Mrs Darling were dining out. Nana had been tied up in the backyard. The poor dog was barking, for she could smell danger. And she was right - this was the night that Peter Pan would take the Darling children on the most breath-taking adventure of their lives, to a...  more

Book Votes: 9
141

Kt L. (shagschain)
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, Bk 1) by Gail Carriger
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse...  more

Book Votes: 9
142

Kt L. (shagschain)
Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles, Bk 1) by Kevin Hearne
Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid -- the last of his kind -- has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword...  more

Book Votes: 9
143

PhoenixFalls - ,
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
The classic forerunner to The Fall of the Kings now with three bonus stories.Hailed by critics as “a bravura performance” (Locus) and “witty, sharp-eyed, [and] full of interesting people” (Newsday), this classic melodrama of manners, filled with remarkable plot twists and...  more

Book Votes: 8
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Melusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths, Bk 1) by Sarah Monette
Melusine-a city of secrets and lies, pleasure and pain, magic and corruption--and destinies lost and found... A dashing and highly respected wizard, Felix Harrowdate thought he had eluded his dark past. Within the walls of the Mirador--Melusine's citadel of power and magic--Felix...  more

Book Votes: 8
145

Emily B. (LibraryEm42)
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
What is Un Lun Dun? It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too?including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is...  more

Book Votes: 8
146

Charity F. (I-love-my-flowers)
The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Walter Wangerin's profound fantasy concerns a time when the sun turned around the earth and the animals could speak, when Chauntecleer the Rooster ruled over a more or less peaceful kingdom. What the animals did not know was that they were the Keepers of Wyrm, monster of evil long imprisoned...  more

Book Votes: 8
147

Sarah S. (missdottieknits)
Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot : Being the Correspondence of Two ...
A great deal is happening in London and the country this season. For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There's also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he's not doing a very good job of it--so just what are his intentions?) And...  more

Book Votes: 8
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Christine J. (kelly087) - ,
The Complete Chronicles of Conan (Gollancz S.F.) by Robert E. Howard
Conan the Cimmerian: the boy-thief who became a mercenary, who fought and loved his way across fabled lands to become King of Aquilonia. Neither supernatural fiends nore demonic sorcery could oppose the barbarian warrior as he wielded his mighty sword and dispatched his enemies to a bloody doom...  more

Book Votes: 8
149

Raylea H. (raylea)
Evermore (Immortals, Bk 1) by Alyson Noel
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people's thoughts, and know a person's life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high...  more

Book Votes: 8
150

Raylea H. (raylea)
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Bk 1) by Kelley Armstrong
My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me. Now there are ghosts everywhere...  more

Book Votes: 8
151

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Lud-In-The-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
Originally published in 1926, and unavailable in the US for many years now, this was one of the most well-loved fantasy novels of its day. This is the story of Master Nathaniel Chanticleer, a respectable burgher who learns that his young son has eaten forbidden faery fruit. Lud-in-the-Mist, of...  more

Book Votes: 7
152

Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
The Curse of the Mistwraith (Wars of Light and Shadow, Bk 1) by Janny Wurts
It began with a Mistwraith that smothered all the world in fog and dampness, and followed with a war that upended order and overthrew the rule of the High Kings. Now after five long centuries, the only power that can challenge the Mistwraith's stranglehold is split between two princes....  more

Book Votes: 7
153

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Otherland: City Of Golden Shadow (Otherland, Bk 1) by Tad Williams
When Renie Sulaweyo's younger brother, Stephen, returns from the Net after visiting Mister J's, a virtual reality equivalent of the Hellfire Club, she's worried about him. When his next Net trip leaves him in a coma, Renie is terrified and angry. Soon she discovers evidence that other children...  more

Book Votes: 7
154

Loni H. (herp-lover)
The Circle Trilogy: Black / Red / White by Ted Dekker
Three novels. Two worlds. One Story. Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Black - An incredible story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, and a terrorist threat unlike anything the human race has ever known. A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the...  more

Book Votes: 7
155

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Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker
Entered by a thousand unsuspected gateways -- built by a race lost in the clouds of time -- the planet its dwellers called the Well World turned beings of every kind into something else. There spacefarer Nathan Brazil found himself companioned by a batman, an amorous female centaur and a mermaid...  more

Book Votes: 7
156

wayf
Through Wolf's Eyes (Wolf, Bk 1) by Jane Lindskold
Firekeeper only vaguely remembers a time when she didn't live with her "family," a pack of "royal wolves"-bigger, stronger, and smarter than normal wolves. Now her pack leaders are sending her back to live among the humans, as they promised her mother years ago. Some...  more

Book Votes: 7
157

Erik D. (legendkeeper)
Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Bk 2) by C. S. Lewis
The second book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which also includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, Perelandra continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Ransom. Pitted against the most destructive of human weaknesses, temptation, the great man must...  more

Book Votes: 7
158

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Bk 1) by Rick Riordan
After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own: Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must...  more

Book Votes: 7
159

David H. (guitardave8)
Lord Foul's Bane (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Bk 1) by Stephen R. D...
First published in 1977, LORD FOUL'S BANE is the initial volume in a classic epic fantasy trilogy, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, that became part of a larger series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Thomas Covenant is an embittered man whose Hansen's disease (leprosy) led...  more

Book Votes: 7
160

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The Ropemaker (Ropemaker, Bk 1) by Peter Dickinson
Tilja has grown up in the peaceful Valley, which is protected from the fearsome Empire by an enchanted forest. But the forest’s power has begun to fade and the Valley is in danger. Tilja is the youngest of four brave souls who venture into the Empire together to find the mysterious...  more

Book Votes: 6
161

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The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany & Lord Edward John Moreton Drax Pl...
The poetic style and sweeping grandeur of The King of Elfland's Daughter has made it one of the most beloved fantasy novels of our time, a masterpiece that influenced some of the greatest contemporary fantasists. The heartbreaking story of a marriage between a mortal man and an elf princess is a...  more

Book Votes: 6
162

Amy B. (BaileysBooks)
The Paradise War (Song of Albion, Volume 1) by Stephen R. Lawhead
In this first book in the Song of Albion series, Lewis must search for his missing roommate Simon. But when he finds him, life changes forever.

Book Votes: 6
163

wayf
Spirit Gate (Crossroads, Bk 1) by Kate Elliott
World Fantasy and Nebula Award finalist Kate Elliott breaks new ground in a brilliantly original new fantasy set in a unique world of fabled cities, mysterious gods, and terrible dangers. From the first page readers will be swept up in the story of Mai and Captain Anji, as they become unwitting...  more

Book Votes: 6
164

Raylea H. (raylea)
Women of the Otherworld Series Collection: Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industri...
No description available.

Book Votes: 6
165

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, Bk 2) by Rick Riordan
Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command; but the devious gods haven't given them time to master their skills at Brooklyn...  more

Book Votes: 6
166

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, Bk 2) by Rick Riordan
PERCY IS CONFUSED. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods,...  more

Book Votes: 6
167

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Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
A tale of love, money, and family conflict--among dragonsA family deals with the death of their father. A son goes to court for his inheritance. Another son agonises over his father's deathbed confession. One daughter becomes involved in the abolition movement, while another sacrifices herself...  more

Book Votes: 5
168

Tom G. (tom8021)
Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1) by David Gemmell
Druss, Captain of the Axe, was the stuff of legends. But even as the stories grew in the telling, Druss himself grew older. He turned his back on his own legend and retreated to a mountain lair to await his old enemy, death. Meanwhile, barbarian hordes were on the march. Nothing could stand in...  more

Book Votes: 5
169

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Ariel (Change. Bk 1) by Steven R. Boyett
At four-thirty one Saturday afternoon the laws of physics as we know them underwent a change. Electronic devices, cars, industries stopped. The lights went out. Any technology more complicated than a lever or pulley simply wouldn't work. A new set of rules took its place -- laws that...  more

Book Votes: 5
170

Tasula W. (fantasyisbetter)
The Disappeared (Retrieval Artist, Bk 1) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
In a world where humans and aliens co-exist, where murder is sanctioned, and where no one can find safe haven, one group of private detectives is willing to help the "Disappeared" find their way home. Meet the Retrieval Artists. "One of the most sure-footed authors in science fiction." (Science...  more

Book Votes: 5
171

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Empress (Empress of Mijak) (Godspeaker, Bk 1) by Karen Miller
Note: Originally published as "Empress of Mijak". Sold into slavery, Hekat is taken to Mijak's largest city, where she grows into a beautiful and determined woman, driven by ambition, ingenuity, and fierce dreams of success to become powerful enough to take over as ruler of Mijak.

Book Votes: 5
172

Raylea H. (raylea)
Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Bk 1) by Rachel Caine
It's a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows - one that will spill out into the bright light of day. Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish...  more

Book Votes: 5
173

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, Bk 2) by Brandon Mull
At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother, Seth, find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures where their grandfather is caretaker. The Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a...  more

Book Votes: 5
174

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, Bk 3) by Brandon Mull
Very strange things are afoot at Fablehaven. Someone or something has released a plague that transforms beings of light into creatures of darkness. Seth discovers the problem early, but as the infectious disease spreads, it becomes clear that the preserve cannot hold out for long. In dire need...  more

Book Votes: 5
175

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven, Bk 4) by Brandon Mull
Kendra and Seth's adventure continues in Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, the fourth installment of Brandon Mull's NYT bestselling Fablehaven series.

Book Votes: 5
176

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven, Bk 5) by Brandon Mull
Since ancient times, the great demon prison Zzyzx has protected the world from the most dangerous servants of darkness, including Gorgrog, the Demon King. After centuries of plotting, the Sphinx is on the verge of recovering the five artifacts necessary to open the legendary prison. Facing the...  more

Book Votes: 5
177

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The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne Valente
A Book of Wonders for Grown-Up ReadersEvery once in a great while a book comes along that reminds us of the magic spell that stories can cast over us–to dazzle, entertain, and enlighten. Welcome to the Arabian Nights for our time–a lush and fantastical epic guaranteed to spirit you...  more

Book Votes: 4
178

Michelle G. (mikeylou) - ,
The Cycle of Fire (Cycle of Fire, Omnibus, Bks 1-3) by Janny Wurts
Her magnificent high fantasy trilogy--Stormwarden, Keeper of the Keys and Shadowfane complete in one volume.   Sorcerery and Destiny For centuries, the elusive Vaere have trained sorcerers to stand against Shadowfane's demons, who seek nothing less than mankind's...  more

Book Votes: 4
179

Sam F. (tsalmavet)
The Scar (New Crobuzon, Bk 2) by China Mieville
A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Miéville’s Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel, Perdido Street Station, this latest epic...  more

Book Votes: 4
180

Tasula W. (fantasyisbetter)
Legion of the Damned by William C. Dietz
When all hope is lost -- for the terminally ill, for the condemned criminal, for the victim who cannot be saved -- there comes one final choice. You can choose life -- as a cyborg soldier in the Legion. Both more and less than human, these steel warriors with determined human minds are the...  more

Book Votes: 4
181

Jennifer N. (thelastskittle)
The Book of Night with Moon (Cat Wizards, Bk 1) by Diane Duane
Wizards and sorcerers, some cats can cast spells and become invisible. They are the guardians of the Gates, weaving and maintaining the magic threads between realities. But when an ancient evil conquers the mystical Gates beneath Grand Central Station, flooding New York with a surreal horror...  more

Book Votes: 4
182

sly-mold
The Compleat Dying Earth (aka Tales of the Dying Earth) by Jack Vance
Omnibus volume: Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author Jack Vance's classic Dying Earth saga comprising The Dying Earth, a collection of linked short stories; The Eyes of the Overworld;  Cugel's Saga;  and Rhialto the Marvellous, a collection of three novellas....  more

Book Votes: 4
183

Kevin E. (spiralcity)
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
Brendan Doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet William Ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. But while attending a lecture given by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in...  more

Book Votes: 4
184

Brianna B.
Priestess of the White (Age of the Five Trilogy, Book 1) by Trudi Canavan
In a land on the brink of peace -- watched jealously by a ruthless cult from across the sea and beset by hidden enemies -- five extraordinary humans must serve as sword and shield of the Gods. Auraya is one. Her heroism saved a village from destruction; now Auraya has been named Priestess of...  more

Book Votes: 4
185

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's...  more

Book Votes: 4
186

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles, Bk 3) by Rick Riordan
He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can't seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and...  more

Book Votes: 4
187

Laura W.
Beguilement (Sharing Knife, Bk 1) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Young Fawn Bluefield has fled her family's farm hoping to find work in the city of Glassforge. Uncertain about her future and the troubles she carries, Fawn stops for a drink of water at a roadside inn, where she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers, enigmatic soldier-sorcerers from the...  more

Book Votes: 4
188

Christa S. (christaasteiner)
The Naming (Pellinor, Bk 1) by Alison Croggon
Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child after her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great...  more

Book Votes: 4
189

Clairlyn F. (musecat) -
Twilight (Twilight, Bk 1) by Stephenie Meyer
"About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him -- and I didn't know how dominant that part might be -- that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him." I'D NEVER GIVEN MUCH THOUGHT...  more

Book Votes: 4
190

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The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker
Kage Baker's stories and novels of the mysterious organization that controls time travel, The Company, have made her famous in SF. So has her talent for clever dialogue, and pointed social commentary with a light touch.The Anvil of the World is her first fantasy novel, a journey across a...  more

Book Votes: 3
191

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Fudoki by Kij Johnson
Enter the world of Kagaya-hime, a sometime woman warrior, occasional philosopher, and reluctant confidante to noblemen--who may or may not be a figment of the imagination of an aging empress who is embarking on the last journey of her life, setting aside the trappings of court life and...  more

Book Votes: 3
192

Emily B. (LibraryEm42)
Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu & Stephanie Cooper (Illustrator)
In the Ooni Kingdom, children born dada -with vines growing in their hair- are rumored to have special powers. Zahrah Tsami doesn’t know anything about that. She feels normal. Others think she’s different - they fear her. Only Dari, her best friend, isn’t afraid of her. But...  more

Book Votes: 3
193

Jennifer N. (thelastskittle)
A Red Heart of Memories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
From Bram Stoker Award winner and Nebula and World Fantasy Awards finalist Nina Kiriki Hoffman comes a novel of two young people who live outside ordinary reality-and who are about to discover life's extraordinary possibilities..."A constant pleasure to read. Hoffman's best and most complete...  more

Book Votes: 3
194

Charity F. (I-love-my-flowers)
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope & Richard J Cuffari
In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids" and include human sacrifice.

Book Votes: 3
195

Carl H.
The Child Thief: A Novel by Brom
Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is not Neverland. Fourteen-year-old Nick would have...  more

Book Votes: 3
196

Marie L. (fencerchica)
The King's Peace (Sulien, Bk. 1) by Jo Walton
Sulian ap Gwien was seventeen when the Jarnish raiders came. Had she been armed when they found her, she could have taken them all. As it was, it took six of them to subdue her. She will never forgive them. Thus begins her story-a story that will take her to Caer Tanaga, where King Urdo...  more

Book Votes: 3
197

Erik D. (legendkeeper)
Lilith by George Macdonald
George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, teacher, and, briefly, clergyman, whose theology was too personal and idiosyncratic for him to remain on the pulpit for very long, but whose imagination led him to write two of the most important visionary novels of the 19th century,...  more

Book Votes: 3
198

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
Leven Thumps: Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo; Leven Thumps and the Whispered Sec...
WELCOME TO FOO. In The Gateway to Foo, fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps learns about a secret gateway that bridges two worlds -- the real world and Foo, a place created at the beginning of time that makes it possible for humans to dream and hope, aspire and imagine. But Foo is in chaos, and three...  more

Book Votes: 3
199

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
Kane Chronicles, The, Book One: Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel. The by Rick Riordan &...
Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.  One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research...  more

Book Votes: 3
200

Eric S. (Eric)
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, Bk 1) by Steven Erikson
The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen's rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw...  more

Book Votes: 3
201

Kt L. (shagschain)
The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, Bk 1) by Peter V. Brett
The time has come to stand against the night. As darkness falls each night, the corelings rise -- demons who well up from the ground like hellish steam, taking on fearsome form and substance. Sand demons. Wood demons. Wind demons. Flame demons. And gigantic rock demons, the deadliest of...  more

Book Votes: 3
202

Christa S. (christaasteiner)
The Crow (Pellinor, Bk 3) by Alison Croggon
As this enthralling epic nears its climax, the young heroine's brother discovers his own hidden gift -- and the role he must play in battling the Dark. Hem is a weary orphan whose struggle for survival ends when he is reunited with his lost sister, Maerad. But Maerad has a destiny to...  more

Book Votes: 3
203

Christa S. (christaasteiner)
The Riddle (Pellinor, Bk 2) by Alison Croggon
Maerad is a girl with a tragic and bitter past, but her powers grow stronger by the day. Now she and her mentor, Cadvan, hunted by both the Light and the Dark, must unravel the Riddle of the Treesong before their fractured kingdom erupts in chaos. The quest leads Maerad over terrifying seas and...  more

Book Votes: 3
204

Jennifer J. (Quaisior)
Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1) by Juliet Marillier
Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her...  more

Book Votes: 3
205

Clairlyn F. (musecat) -
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of...  more

Book Votes: 3
206

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New Amsterdam (New Amsterdam, Bk 1) by Elizabeth Bear
Abigail Irene Garrett drinks too much. She makes scandalous liaisons with inappropriate men, and if in her youth she was a famous beauty, now she is both formidable and notorious! She is a forensic sorceress, and a dedicated officer of a Crown that does not deserve her loyalty. Sebastien de...  more

Book Votes: 2
207

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Nobody's Son by Sean Stewart
The magical tale of the unhappy things that happen to a hero after "happily ever after"--a Canadian Library Association Best Young Adult Novel.

Book Votes: 2
208

Jennifer N. (thelastskittle)
Dark Of The Gods by P. C. Hodgell
Whether you are meeting the Kencyr Jame for the first time or reawakening an old friendship, "Dark of the Gods" is the place to start. "Dark of the Gods" is an omnibus collection of P. C. Hodgell's first two books "God Stalk" and "Dark of the Moon", along with her short story "Bones", which...  more

Book Votes: 2
209

Amy B. (BaileysBooks)
The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes
Once the toast of good society in Victoria's England, the extraordinary conjurer Edward Moon no longer commands the respect that he did in earlier times. Still, each night he returns to the stage of hi theater to amaze his devoted, albeit dwindling, audience, aided by his partner, the...  more

Book Votes: 2
210

Dawn T. (dawnevirestorm)
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Overlook has published three of Walter Moers's hilarious and beloved Zamonia books and The City of Dreaming Books, a fantastic tale for every book lover, is his most popular yet. Optimus Yanspinner inherits from his godfather an unpublished manuscript by an unknown writer and sets off to track...  more

Book Votes: 2
211

sly-mold
Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat by Ernest Bramah
No description available.

Book Votes: 2
212

Stephen B. (dagnirath)
Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst Chronicles, Vol. 1) by Bryan Davis
Modern fantasy novel that inspires young people to pursue faith, courage, and love, to dig deep within to find their God-given strengths no matter how difficult the circumstances.

Book Votes: 2
213

Christa S. (christaasteiner)
The Singing (Pellinor, Bk 4) by Alison Croggon
The climactic volume of the epic quartet follows Merad and Hem, the Bards of Edil-Amarandh, on a vital quest to merge their powers against a nameless evil. Can brother and sister find each other before all is lost?

Book Votes: 2
214

Jennifer H. (jenart)
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, Bk 1) by Naomi Novik
From Publisher's Weekly: In this delightful first novel, the opening salvo of a trilogy, Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars. Here be dragons, beasts that can speak and reason, bred for strength and speed and used for aerial support in battle. Each nation has...  more

Book Votes: 2
215

Charles W. (chukandcher)
Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise -- a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean...  more

Book Votes: 2
216

Charles W. (chukandcher)
Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
Christopher Moore's demonically seductive storylines and zany, addictive brand of humor have earned him comparisons to Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Buckley, Douglas Adams, and other comic virtuosos. He's given us lovelorn vampires, marooned love goddesses, and addled sea beasts. Now discover his...  more

Book Votes: 2
217

Charles W. (chukandcher)
Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore
After reverently lambasting the most cherished rites and credos of virtually every one of the world's major religions in his transcendently hilarious novel Lamb, the one and only Christopher Moore returns with a wild look at interspecies communication, adventure on the high seas, and an eons-old...  more

Book Votes: 2
218

Kara P. (heromom)
The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, Bk 1) by Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings introduces the three protagonists who will be our windows on the strange and wondrous world of Roshar and the drama about to unfold there:   Dalinar, the assassinated king’s brother and uncle of the new one, is an old soldier who is weary of fighting. He is...  more

Book Votes: 2
219

Charity M. (littlepixie0531) - ,
Foundation (Foundation Trilogy, Bk 1) by Isaac Asimov
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire had ruled supreme. Now it was dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, could see into the future--a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that would last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge...  more

Book Votes: 2
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Tales of Neveryon (Return to Neveryon, Vol 1) by Samuel R. Delany
Five inter-connected stories set in a mythical past focus on the experiences of the slave Gorgik. Contents: The Tale of Gorgik • (novella 1979) The Tale of Old Venn • (novella 1979) The Tale of Small Sarg • (novelette 1979) The Tale of Potters and...  more

Book Votes: 1
221

Tasula W. (fantasyisbetter)
Souls in the Great Machine (Greatwinter, Bk 1) by Sean McMullen
The great Calculor of Libris was forced to watch as Overmayor Zarvora had four of its components lined up against a wall and shot for negligence. Thereafter, its calculations were free from errors, and that was just as well -- for only this strangest of calculating machines and its two thousand...  more

Book Votes: 1
222

Tasula W. (fantasyisbetter)
Voyage of the Shadowmoon (Shadowmoon) by Sean McMullen
Sean McMullen, one of Australia's leading genre writers, took America by storm with his sweeping Greatwinter Trilogy, a post-apocalyptic science fiction tour de force that won over critics and readers alike.Now McMullen delivers Voyage of the Shadowmoon, a fantasy epic of daunting skill and...  more

Book Votes: 1
223

Gretchen V. (artgirltoo)
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of THE END OF MR. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can't believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the eccentric Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed. With MR. Y under her arm, Ariel...  more

Book Votes: 1
224

Charity F. (I-love-my-flowers)
WEATHERMONGER (The Changes Book No. 3) by Peter Dickinson
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Book Votes: 1
225

thesmaug - ,
A Cavern of Black Ice (Sword of Shadows, Bk 1) by J. V. Jones
In Spire Vanis, the lord commander's foundling daughter is haunted by nightmares of ice; in the Blackhail clanhold, two brothers find their kinsmen slaughtered by swords that draw no blood; at a remote farmstead, a hardened warrior leaves his family to follow a raven's summons..... And soon,...  more

Book Votes: 1
226

sly-mold
Among Thieves (A Tale of the Kin, Bk 1) by Douglas Hulick
Drothe is a Nose, an informant who finds and takes care of trouble inside the criminal organization he's a part of. He also smuggles imperial relics on the side. When his boss sends him to Ten Ways to track down who's been leaning on his organization's people, Drothe discovers hints...  more

Book Votes: 1
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Jennifer G. (Simons-Mom) -
Dark Hills Divide (Land of Elyon Book 1) by Patrick Carman
Inquisitive twelve-year-old Alexa Daley is spending another summer in the walled town of Bridewell. This year, she is set on solving the mystery of what lies beyond the walls. Legend says the walls were built to keep out an unnamed evil that lurks in the forests and The Dark Hills. But what...  more

Book Votes: 1
228

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret (Leven Thumps, Bk 2) by Obert Skye
After escaping a deranged dream-master and destroying the hidden gateway, Leven Thumps and his band of travelers must now journey across Foo and restore Geth from his shape as a toothpick to the rightful king he once was. But Foo is still in chaos, and Leven must overcome several adversaries and...  more

Book Votes: 1
229

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
Leven Thumps and the Eyes of the Want (Leven Thumps, Bk 3) by Obert Skye
"FOLLOW ME AND HURRY," THE WANT URGED. "THE WORLD IS CHANGING AS WE SPEAK." The war to unite "Foo and Reality is beginning! Humanity's only hope is Leven Thumps. Not only must Leven race across Foo to stop the whispered secret before the deadly truth is revealed, but he also must travel to...  more

Book Votes: 1
230

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Potato Chip Puzzles: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin
When puzzle addict Winston Breen and his best friends head to an all-day puzzle hunt with a $50,000 grand prize, they’re pumped. But the day is not all fun and games: not only do they have a highstrung and highly competitive teacher along for the ride, but the puzzles are hard even for Winston,...  more

Book Votes: 1
231

Anna B. (laik)
If Angels Burn (Darkyn, Bk 1) by Lynn Viehl
In the depths of human desire, eternity awaits… SHE RESTORES THE LIGHT OF HOPE. Dr. Alexandra Keller is Chicago's most brilliant reconstructive surgeon. HE DWELLS IN SHADOW. Michael Cyprien is New Orleans' most reclusive millionaire in desperate need of Dr. Keller's...  more

Book Votes: 1
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Charity M. (littlepixie0531) - ,
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
This is the epic saga of an earthling, Valentine Michael Smith, born and educated on Mars, who arrives on our planet with many psi powers, including the ability to take control of the minds of others—and ignorance of the morals of man.

Book Votes: 1
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Charity M. (littlepixie0531) - ,
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential science fiction writer of his era, an influence so large that, as Samuel R. Delany notes, "modern critics attempting to wrestle with that influence find themselves dealing with an object rather like the sky or an ocean." He won the Hugo Award for best...  more

Book Votes: 1
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Charity M. (littlepixie0531) - ,
Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Bk 1) by Robin Hobb
Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him sectetly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz's blood runs...  more

Book Votes: 1
235

DARYL D. (bookworm-51)
The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold
Plucky young Jenny Benet, a recently orphaned American girl who was raised on the Wild West frontier and educated at a Boston finishing school, has come to Egypt in company with her uncle Neville Hawthorne, a prominent British archaeologist. They're part of a team investigating the legendary...  more

Book Votes: 0
236

Amelia M. (teamabodo)
Heartwood (Tricksters Game) by Barbara Campbell
Year after year, season after season, for as long as Darak's people could remember, the battle of the Oak and the Holly had taken place, bringing an end to Winter and the rebirth of Spring. But this year the battle went wrong as Darak's brother became possessed by the spirit of the Holly. To...  more

Book Votes: 0
237

wayf
Thirteen Orphans (Breaking the Wall, Bk 1) by Jane Lindskold
As far as college freshman Brenda Morris knows, there is only one Earth and magic exists only in fairy tales.  Brenda is wrong. A father-daughter weekend turns into a nightmare when Brenda's father is magically attacked before her eyes. Brenda soon learns that her ancestors once...  more

Book Votes: 0
238

Malik H. (kcabdraws)
The Blood (Morpheus Road) by D.J. MacHale
The riveting conclusion to a thrilling trilogy from New York Times bestselling master of suspense D. J. MacHale.From Marshall?s mysterious experiences in The Light to Cooper?s haunting perspective in The Black, the questions have intensified along with the action. And now it is time for answers:...  more

Book Votes: 0
239

Malik H. (kcabdraws)
The Black (Morpheus Road Series) by D. J. MacHale
Cooper Foley always had a knack for finding trouble, but nothing he?s ever experienced could have prepared him for his latest adventure: He has landed square in the middle of a border war between the worlds of the living and the dead. At the end of The Light, Book One of the Morpheus Road...  more

Book Votes: 0
240

Mike B. (gymgirl101sing)
The Potato Chip Puzzles: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin
When a local potato chip tycoon invites area kids to an all-day puzzle hunt, Winston Breen is psyched. But it turns out the day is not all fun and games. Their teacher is being overly competitive, the puzzles are hard (even for Winston), and someone in the contest is playing dirty in order to...  more

Book Votes: 0
241

Stephanie B. (sfbarclay)
Lockdown (Escape from Furnace, Bk 1) by Alexander Gordon Smith
Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign...  more

Book Votes: 0
242

Ruth K. (ruthk479)
Sword-Dancer (Sword-Dancer, Bk 1) by Jennifer Roberson
He was Tiger, born of the desert winds, raised as a slave and winning his freedom by weaving a special kind of mogic with a warrior's skill. Now he was an almost legendary sword-dancer, ready to take on any challenge - if the price was right...or the women pretty enough. She was Del, born...  more

Book Votes: 0
243

Jennifer H. (jenart)
A Breach in the Watershed (Watershed Trilogy, Book 1) by Douglas Niles
And the pure water shall run foul ... For centuries, the pristine lands of the Watershed were at peace: Dalethica, the land of life; Faerine, the realm of magic; and Duloth-Trol, land of death and decay, where the Darkwater flows. But now, the Watershed has been breached..and a poisonous evil...  more

Book Votes: 0
244

Jennifer H. (jenart)
Song of the Dragon: Volume One of the Annals of Drakis by Tracy Hickman & Laura H...
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Book Votes: 0
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Clairlyn F. (musecat) -
Crystal Moon - World of Grayham (Book 1) (Worlds of the Crystal Moon) by Phillip E. J...
Sam Goodrich, a strong, friendly, dark-haired man with brown eyes, lowered himself to the edge of the bed. He couldn't grasp everything he had just heard. It all weighed on his heart, suffocating his every thought. Even though he was brilliant - studying with some of the best scholars on Earth...  more

Book Votes: 0
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Clairlyn F. (musecat) -
Crystal Moon - Magic of Luvelles (Book 2) (Worlds of the Crystal Moon) by Phillip Jon...
After the triumphant success of book one within the Worlds of the Crystal Moon series, the adventure now continues. With the help of Lasidious, The God of Mischief, George Nailer found the power to masterfully manipulate the most influential races living on Southern Grayham, leaving both Sam and...  more

Book Votes: 0
247

gray9cat
The Prince of Frogs (Night's Rose, Bk 2) by Annaliese Evans
Sometimes appearances can be deceiving… Rosemarie Barrows has successfully defeated an ogre uprising that threatened the lives of humans and supernaturals alike. Now she’s trying to forget her lingering attraction to her handsome Fey advisor, Ambrose Minuit, and settle in to life...  more

Book Votes: 0
248

gray9cat
The Last Mermaid by Shana Abe
Shana Abé has entranced countless readers with her passion-filled novels of adventure, intrigue, and romance. Now the author of The Secret Swan delivers a gift from the sea: three hauntingly beautiful tales connected by a legend, a locket, and a love beyond time. 531 a.d.: The tiny...  more

Book Votes: 0
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Ronda -
Lord Valentine's Castle (Majipoor Chronicles, Bk 1) by Robert Silverberg
The national bestselling saga from the stunning imagination of Robert Silverberg continues in the first new hardcover Majipoor novel in nearly a decade. As a prequel to Silverberg's earlier Majipoor novels. Sorcerers of Majipoor provides a deep, dark vision for the background of the conflict...  more

Book Votes: 0
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Jan A. (janniebug57) - ,
Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Bk 1) by Fritz Leiber
Swords and Deviltry introduces us to a strange world where fantastic but thoroughly flawed anti-heroes Fafhrd and Gray Mouser find the familiar in themselves and discover the icy power of female magic. Three master-magician femme-fatales and a sprightly lad illuminate the bonds between father...  more

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Jan A. (janniebug57) - ,
The Lords of Darkness (Tales from the Flat Earth: Night's Master / Death's Master / D...
Night's Master He was Azhrarn, the Demon Lord of Night, and in his Underearth palace he reigned amid his own most glorious creations. Yet always he returned to the surface world to wreak his spells, destroying human love with scarce a thought -- until a new force tried to gain control above....  more

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Jan A. (janniebug57) - ,
Changeling (Changeling, Bk 1) by Delia Sherman
A determined heroine, a quest -- adventure galore! Neef is a changeling, a human baby stolen by fairies and replaced with one of their own. She lives in "New York Between," a Manhattan that exists side by side with our own, home to various creatures of folklore. Neef has always been...  more

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Jan A. (janniebug57) - ,
The Water Mirror: Dark Reflections, Book One by Kai Meyer
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Book Votes: 0

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Comment added 9/18/15 by Marta B. (martab):
Definitely need to add Laurel K Hamilton, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave Merlin series, Anne Rice witches series, Frank Herbert's Dune books (Sci-Fi/fantasy)...

Comment added 7/8/15 by Sara D. (sarajayne31324):
What about the Anita Blake series by Laurell k Hamilton

Comment added 6/22/15 by Val C. (vcat) - , :
Should add Voyage of the Fox Rider by Robin Hobb!

Comment added 6/10/15 by Duncan N.:
This list is missing Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margret Weis and Tracey Hickman.

Comment added 11/5/14 by Andrew N. - , :
I think that the Imager series from Modessit would be better than the Recluce series. it is better organized and easier to follow from the start.

Comment added 7/31/14 by Ari G.:
To whomever said enders game should be on here, this is a fantasy list, not science fiction.

Comment added 7/31/14 by Ari G.:
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Comment added 3/3/14 by Paul H. (paulie) - , :
also I agree with several about Mercedes Lackey but why be picky any or ALL of her books/series fit this catagory

Comment added 3/3/14 by Paul H. (paulie) - , :
Any of the Recluce or Imager books by Modessitt should or could be on this list

Comment added 9/24/13 by Deborah S. (mtglady):
I agree "Swan Song" by Robert McCammon should be on the list. Also add "The Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan.

Comment added 9/10/13 by Dorothy F. (dorothyinoz):
I agree with Acalla that Ender's Game should also be on this list.

Comment added 9/10/13 by Dorothy F. (dorothyinoz):
Please consider adding the Witches of Karres by James Schmitz to the list along with some of his Telzy books. He is a fantastic author, though out of print. Also I think Shards of Honor and Barrayar are Lois McMaster Bujold's best books.

Comment added 7/9/13 by maysied:
Gene Wolfe was awarded the Nebula Grand Master Award in 2013. He has written 100s of books, and I don't even see ONE listed here. If the current Grand Master can't get on the list...who can?

Comment added 6/22/13 by acalla:
Did I not see....ENDERS GAME???

Comment added 6/5/13 by maysied:
Also, I'd like to see "The Color of Distance on the list?

Comment added 5/16/13 by Carolyn F.:
Also here should be "Sunshine " by Robin McKinley. Or is that considered horror??

Comment added 5/16/13 by Carolyn F.:
I think " Swan Song " by Robert McCammon should be added. I re- read it every few years!

Comment added 5/12/13 by maysied:
How about the Tairen Soul series (4 books) by C. S. Lewis? I see his name mentioned twice in the list, but I am loving "Lord of the Fading Lands." I'm lucky enough to have a first edition autographed copy.

Comment added 12/26/12 by Amber T. (kindacrunchymama):
The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning is fantastic and addicting! I could seriously read the series over and over again. The first one is Dark Fever.

Comment added 12/1/12 by maysied:
As a 50 year sci-fi/fan lover, I had only read 3 of these books. But I have #219 to read. I'm looking for new concepts. So many of these are formula reads. Any ideas?

Comment added 10/31/12 by Amanda M. (tobeymomma):
wheres Laurell k hamilton??????

Comment added 10/21/12 by Monica D. (lilmon):
Also love how you have The Chronicles of Chrestomanci on your list, I love those books and thought it was a hidden wonder :)

Comment added 10/21/12 by Monica D. (lilmon):
I agree with Shanna, Court duel and crown duel by Sherwood Smith is awesome. Most of her work is great period. Also I remember reading Tamora Pierce when I was younger and loved her books!

Comment added 8/23/12 by Shanna S. (shandelic):
add court duel, and crown duel by Sherwood Smith. AMAZING.

Comment added 8/4/12 by Karen J. (rhyta):
p.s. Lighting Thief #175/211/212. Thanks for a great list. Sorry for the double post

Comment added 8/4/12 by Karen J. (rhyta):
I checked back and voted for some that were new. FYI, The Lighting Thief is listed 3 times...might want to correct that. :)

Comment added 7/3/12 by Kelly (snapdragon) - :
Good list. The sort of fantasy book I would recommend would depend a lot on the age, temperament, and existing interests of the reader. I loan out Robert Holdstock, Tim Powers, and early Tom Robbins quite a lot :)

Comment added 5/19/12 by Mary ann M. (applepie1658):
THERE ARE MANYFINE BOOKS I HAVE NOT READ BUT WOULD LIKE TO READ WHEN A CHANCE PRESENTS IT'S SELF

Comment added 5/17/12 by Erik D. (legendkeeper):
Added C.S. Lewis "Perelandra", part of a trilogy but stands alone, Lewis thought it was his best work. Also, "Lilith" by George MacDonald. (With Tolkein, Lewis helped found the modern fantasy genre, and MacDonald was a spiritual successor to both.)

Comment added 5/15/12 by Erik D. (legendkeeper):
Great list! Good to see Stephen Lawhead's "Paradise War," even though it's low on the list right now. The "Song of Albion" trilogy (Paradise War, Silver Hand, Endless Knot) is a masterpiece not to be missed.

Comment added 3/31/12 by VICKI T. (mamavik1) - , :
great books listed! Definitely will have new books to try now! Some old favorites I just knew would be on there, sure enough, they are. Would like to add some oldies but goodies- Sime-Gen and Savage empire by Jacqueline Lichtenburg and Jean Lorrah.

Comment added 3/24/12 by Daniel:
Some great books here, don't agree with all of them but most of them are definitely must reads. Great list overall for someone who hasn't read much in this genre.

Comment added 2/27/12 by Chris C. (chrisnsally) - , :
Here are two writers I started with that have been left out, Nancy Springer's White Hart and Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy.

Comment added 11/30/11 by Cheryl K. (inredbird):
Raymond Feist! Magician: Apprentice is a classic.

Comment added 9/10/11 by Dorian Q. (PADUTCH) - , :
C. S. LEWIS- THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH AND E.R. EDDISON- THE WORM OROBOROS

Comment added 8/9/11 by Jennifer (JJDesigns):
The Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine.

Comment added 8/7/11 by A. M. (bibliochild) - , :
God idea for a list! For Discworld novels, I like to start new readers with "Wyrd Sisters" or "Guards! Guards!" rather than the first books (which IMO are not as strong as the later ones).

Comment added 7/9/11 by Leigh K.:
The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through by Stephen Donaldson?

Comment added 7/3/11 by Wendeline (onebooknerd):
Terry Brooks Shannara series is a must for the beginner and those of us who enjoy a good fantasy!

Comment added 6/2/11 by Muzaffer T.:
City of the Beast by Isabel Allende

Comment added 5/19/11 by Carolyn F. (seeford) - :
Nice list, but some of the books on here are definitely SF (Acorna, Souls in the Great Machine, Catalyst), and plenty of these are *not* what I would consider 'Beginner' Fantasy (Beauty, Kushiel's Dart, Wicked, Daughter of the Blood). Please edit!

Comment added 5/17/11 by Elizabeth W. (ewhittaker):
A suggestion for added first series would be Innocent Mage/Awakened Mage by Karen Miller and Aurian by Maggie Furey.

Comment added 4/20/11 by Tyler E. (carpenterbob):
what about Dune ?!?!?!?!

Comment added 4/14/11 by Carl H.:
Check out Brom's Child Theif

Comment added 3/24/11 by R E K. (bigstone) - , :
Where is Barbara Hambly? Wonderful fantasy books! Add the Windrose Trilogy please.

Comment added 2/5/11 by Kathleen R.:
Did I miss Lord Foul's Bane, by Stephen R. Donaldson? I saw some others of the series, but when talking about "where to start in fantasy" this should be there. It's the 1st book in the original series of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever.

Comment added 2/2/11 by Kath M. (polarbear790):
Tamora Pierce

Comment added 2/2/11 by Kath M. (polarbear790):
The Golden Compass by Pullman [did I miss it?]. Anne McCaffrey, Dragons of Pern series, starting with Dragonflight. You say it is sci fi, but you never see a bolt or spaceship until about 20 books in.

Comment added 1/25/11 by Diana L. (zzonielady):
The Mortal Instruments Series: City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare should also be on this list. She creates a unique society of Downworlders (werewolfes, vampires, wizards etc) and Shadowhunters.

Comment added 1/20/11 by Dawn T. (dawnevirestorm):
City of Dreaming Bks is not the typical fantasy of waring magic realms(though I like them too.),but is a world I think most of us may enjoy visiting. It is a real fun read.

Comment added 1/20/11 by Dawn T. (dawnevirestorm):
I had to add The City of Dreaming Bks for all of you to consider.This is the fantasy for book lovers.It has a bit of a morbid cast to it but not overpoweringly so.Also made me LOL.It is very clever&full of litiary riddles for U to solve.Safe4youth also.

Comment added 1/16/11 by Megan W. (irishrose62079):
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