A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive. Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.
The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms.
Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars. High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. Every generation can point to a fantasy book or series that defines their teenage years. Currently, that would likely be Harry Potter; for those now edging towards or into their 40s it would be Dragonlance.
Read our review of The Dragonlance Chronicles. For a full list of Dragonlance novels, visit Wikipedia. If you do, do not, or if you have any further recommendations then please let us know by leaving a comment below. Thank you, we hope you enjoyed reading our list. These authors are all amazing, and their books well written and cherished by many; they deserve recognition. What about the Witcher books? Hi Emma. Good luck finding your next read! So many recommendations!
Where to start?? Maybe I should resign myself to reread them forever.
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Anyone got any tips or advice, help lines for how to replace dear old Fitz? That is hands down my favorite series. But where is Tamora Pierce? She has many books written for 2 universes and is still adding to it with the Numair Chronicles. Of course her Lioness series was great but it was when I read the Immortals series that I was hooked! You have some excellent selections listed. But seriously, these should have been the first four on your list. Just a joy to read. Brilliant comments Squiggler, completely agree with everything you said. I just finished my second tour of the 10 book series and it was twice as good the second time around.
Reading through this list brought back some great memories and sparked some new ideas as inspiration for my reading list — many thanks for that. PS: you might want to add the Rain Wild Chronicles to your Elderlings list for the sake of any tenacious new devotees adding these titles to their reading list as a chronology. I believe you skipped straight from Tawny Man to Fitz and the Fool. Cheers though for the rest of the included series.
Love it. This books are amazing. I recommend everyone to read them. I was able to read some of them last week. I have added your website in my toolbar so i can return with just one click when i feel the need to read your great posts. I really loved your list. I appreciate the comments and have added a couple of series from the recommendations. The books listed in the comments have nicely rounded out your list. I like this ideas for reading. They bring fantasy and reality together in way that is compelling. At least I thought so. Great feedback. I do love Jack Forsithe. It is fantasy, but well blended with today.
Has all the important elements, love, lust, karma, and offbeat humour. I enjoyed the sword of truth series until I read Faith of the Fallen. It tried to paint charity, compassion and mercy as evil. Not Goodkind by nature! Your disappointment is misplaced as I would assume are the examples of other missing series you could easily have included. But to be fair, there are others missing I could easily include. I thought they were real page turners. Are they considered too light — or are they young adult? Just a thought. Needs to be on the list! This is clearly stated as a list of favourites that includes more than three books.
The Lord of the Rings you will find, hopefully to your pleasure at number one on the trilogy top list. Have you taken Joe Abercrombie off this list?? I can understand including authors because there is a lot of people enjoying their books. Very entertaining! Great authors all of them but wrong criteria for this list. Thank you so much for this list.
I get tired of falling in love with a world or character only to have the adventure end all too abruptly for me. I will have tour start looking at some of these. I might add that the Belgariad is a wonderful series by David Eddings and his wife. Easy reading but very enjoyable. Wheres Terry Brooks ermagerd! Where is The Lord of the Rings? Any real fantasy-lover should read LOTR. I agree with the mckillop recommendation. As an older teenager this series fired my now 45 year old love for fantasy fiction that and Tolkien. It is a great tale of self discovery.
Quit trolling. Goodkind is definitely in the top five of all time. This is something that needs to be rectified so you should see reviews appear over the coming weeks and then hopefully we can add the Dragonlance series to this page. Thanks for your comment. Sword of Truth does have its fans although it is not for everyone.
But it has I believe given thousands of readers a lot of enjoyment, and that is why it is listed on this page. Sword of Truth has got to go. Predictable and truly not in league with the other series noted here. These are recommendations after-all, and here is mine, Whispers by Aram Keledjian. My new favorite of the year by faaaaaaar. No Dragonlance? This is criminal. A quarter of those series are nothing more than Dragonlance knock offs anyway.
Goodkind is the worst author ever. The fact that this series is on your best list makes me question your judgement about all the other books on this list. Thanks for the list. I am going to check out Duncton Wood. The series that got me into fantasy writing to begin with was Brian Jacques Redwall series. Granted they did get a little repetitive and predictable, but the first 5 books were great.
I feel like Michael Moorcock should be on this list somewhere. Elric of Melnibone series is one of my all-time favorites. Yes dragon spindle is pretty good for a self published book I recon it will be picked up by a publisher soon then probably get ruined by big business! I absolutely loved that list… Quick question though: Should the novels by Anne Rice not be included as well? I liked a new book and fantasy series which is Dragon Spindle book 1 in the Ningazia Balance series. Definatly worth a look if you like fast paced dragon fantasy with dragons, elfs , orcs and loads of magic.
The first book is indeed awesome, but after that, the entire thing goes down the drain. Zero innovation, bullshit character development He might has well had an alien parasite take over Leesha , inconsistent pacing…. Dresden files up but got to say Codex Alera has me coming back for more. Mazan Book of the Fallen is so epic, intelligent and unpredictable, near all other fantasy seems childlike in comparison. Good call for having it in the list. Thanks Matt. I actually have the Rangers Apprentice books on my to-be-read pile and — following your recommendation — will move them up the list and read them soon.
A book series that I highly recommend is Rangers Apprentice. It is not your average fantasy novel, it takes place in a world much like middle age England and does not include magic surprisingly. You follow the adventures of Will Treaty becoming a Ranger, a legendary warrior using the tools of stealth and archery to guard the crown. This list cannot be considered complete without the Chronicles of Pern!
I would also mention The Saga of Recluce by L. Modesitt Jr as being worthy of inclusion, certainly well above the risible Sword of Truth series. The Dredsen Files is the best fantasy book written by the best author — Jim Bucher. You would definitely agree that The Dredsen Files is the Best Fantasy Series around I have read each book 3 times over just to fully understand the characters and the plot of the series. Hi Lynette, great recommendations! Some we have yet to read and review on the site but I have added them to our to-read list and hope to remedy that very soon.
I think Inheritance Cycle should be on the list. It is an awesome read and its characters are very deep too. Glen Cook wrote an earlier book that has been one of my favorites since my teenage years. The Dragon Never Sleeps. I had to re-purchase the Duncton Chronicles about 5 years ago due to my originals being lost somewhere in the midst of time. But I treasure them as much as any other books, they have character and history. The first Duncton book is a real gem, a worthy companion to Watership Down. Interesting what you say about inconsistencies in the Hyddenworld series.
I have to admit a few elements of the story did not piece together perfectly, especially the legend of the Peace Weaver and Beormund, but I am very, very forgiving of the authors I hold dearest!
Thanks for the nice answer Lee! I found it quite enjoyable — few fresh ideas there! Only thing that bugged me was that there was rather a lot of inconsistencies throughout. Guess the author must be even more forgetful than I am! Now, The Name of the Wind and Mr. Read it when it first came out. By the second book it gets a whole lot better though, in my opinion.
I want to see Gregor the Overlander on this list. Thanks Milotius, this is exactly the type of comment that provides real value. We have reviewed Lukyanenko, Pehov and Sapkowski on the site, but not enough of a series to get them onto this page. I think the advancement in the standard of translation will open up these books to a wider audience. I have read several translated books recently and they have lost nothing in the translation.
Now this might be a new series to add. So far, wonderful story, wonderfully told. Great list! There are some amazing books out there once you start exploring! Svetlana Martynchik. Kind of an urban fantasy, modern day, Russian version of Narnia if you will. But with so much dark humour, strangeness and sometimes creepiness it should definitely not be recommended for kids. Yet again an urban fantasy and I suppose hope well known.
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Yet again for its mix of lightheartedness and angst! My only negative note on this list: Wheels of Time… Why, oh why are people so in to it? Could not stomach more after book 6. He seems to have had only two categories for females — evil or annoying or possibly both.
If not, do it now! Thank you. Mistborn is on our recommended fantasy trilogies pages. I know it is 4 books now but it just seemed a better fit on there. I understand having Tolkien on the list but I have never been able to read his books. They just bore me and seem to spend too much energy in building the world and races that it is nearly a biography of a fantasy world and less a good fantasy story. Though I would have to say that without LoTR fantasy would still be decades behind where it is now. Really, not a single Brandon Sanderson, I just wanna see one of them although I think they all deserve a spot , Mistborn was an amazing series.
I am listening to The Dragonbone Chair at this very moment — I first read it decades ago and hope to enjoy it every bit as much second time around! The Dwarves 2. The War of the Dwarves 3. The Revenge of the Dwarves 4. The Fate of the Dwarves 5. The Dragonbone Chair 2. Stone of Farewell 3. Otherland: 1. City of Golden Shadow 2. River of Blue Fire 3. Mountain of Black Glass 4. Shadowmarch 2. Shadowplay 3. Shadowrise 4. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss!! It is simply amazing. An unbelievable achievement. Self published at first, and has become a best-seller on word of mouth alone.
I think that most people who like these other series would enjoy these. The WOT situation: The first three books were fantastic, interesting world, characters with room to grow and a story to tell. Somewhere though it got off track. It seemed to require story lines that were way to separate and did not seem to come together much. Great series but after starting out to be the best ever, it never quite lived up to that.
Well told. Interesting story and characters. Interesting form of magic. My ESL teacher recommended it to me when I was in high school and I have been in love with it ever since. A good call for Mists of Avalon Luiz and I have been delighted to add it. I should just note that Diana L. Paxson co-wrote and independently wrote the later novels.
One author completely missing from this list and the comments is Peter V Brett — His Demon Cycle series it is now over 3 books so can be included is a fantastic new take on the fantasy genre. Some wonderful characters in a gripping story line. Four have been published and I can hardly wait for the fifth and concluding novel. Otherwise, all the comments and remarks are very acurate, and although I am a fan of Terry Goodkind, some of the books did stink… Wheel of Time is epic!
Great books! He loves reading. In fact, he just finished reading the first novel by Jim West called Libellus de Numeros The Book of Math that makes math and science relevant and fun in a story of magic and danger. The story is about Alex, a young precocious girl, who mysteriously gets transported to a strange world where Latin and Math combine in formulas and equations with magical effects. With a cruel council leading the only safe city of its kind in this world, she will have to prove her worth to stay as well as help this city as it is the target for two evil wizards who seek to destroy the city and its ruling council.
To help the city and also get back home, she will need the help of the greatest mathematician of all time, Archimedes. In a world where math is magic, Alex wishes she paid more attention in math class. Search for the book on Goodreads for reviews. Nice list, glad NOT to see junk like Twilight on it. Hey LuvD, the trilogy list which is a work in progress can be found here : Happy reading!
Is it out as yet? If so, can you post a link? This thread has been opened since Great choices presented. Gonna finally give WoT a try way too many of you have suggested it. Was probably looking for something new to try out and voila. The story managed to completely draw me in after a couple of chapters.
Hi all! That is one great list of beloved series you got there, so I felt compelled to express a concern and immediately suggest an entry. I am not Polish myself so I had to wait for translation but his work is truely masterful and entertaining, for lack of a better word. The subtle references to classic pieces are simply genius while the series follows its own engaging story. Believe me, I would never look at Cinderella or the Beauty and the Beast the same way as I did before!
Definitely a recommended read! Thanks for that David, it made me smile, a lot. Very close to my own personal opinions on many points. Would love to know what you think about Wheel of Time though — if you could reply with an answer that would be great. Good call on Saga of the Recluce — we have very positive reviews for it already on the site, so added to this list it shall be! Those are great. After Days of Air and Darkness, it sinks to somewhere between pretty good and so-so. Twilight stinks too. Salvatore is so-so. No I take it back.
The Belgariad is okay. The Malloreon is so-so.
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The Elenium is blah. The Tamuli is just plain bad. I really wish that Guy Gavriel Kay would write a series with each book being as good as Tigana was. Farseer by Robin Hobb is great. You have to like a book authored by a liberal where the hero is a guy who murders people for a living. Way to go, Margaret. Do it again! Mistborn was great-minus, with flashes of great here and there. The Saga of Recluce is another great-minus series, with some of the books being marginally great and others being just pretty good. The repetitive use of the boy-from-the-sticks-grows-up-and-does-well theme holds it down half a notch.
The real atrocity is that neither Mistborn nor the Stormlight Archives are listed. Hi James, great books but a trilogy. But if enough people think they should be on the list I would be happy to add them.
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Thanks for the good list. I agreed with most of the picks and got ideas for future reads from the rest. I do feel the need to award kudos not only for the Gemmell nods but specifically for the Rigante series. Rarely does a list acknowledge Gemmel and this is the first one to do that and go farther.
The Drenai series may be simplistic but the tale of the Rigante is a whole different level of story telling in my opinion, and well worthy of mention. Wheel of Time series has to be in 2nd place after the story of the Middle Earth by J. I have read many of the authors in the list and are all great in different ways. One of my favourites however is Robin Hobb, I would urge anyone whose is looking for a great read to consider these.
I think when you look at all from a distance, J. Tolkien is the author of all these books and they are all set in the same world. So I now think they should be included. Hi Unojoe, thank you for your comment. The Kingkiller Chronicles is — as you say — fantastic. But at the moment the criteria for inclusion on this page is a series consisting of at least 4 books.
Great comments. Good call. Thank you for the original list. I used to read lots of fantasy but what with my career and children etc have only recently got back into it. Erikson next. Just finished WoT after a 7 year break- agree it lost its way in the middle at times and I despaired of it ever finishing; great finale though, a really good fight!
I probably ought to re-read them now! I know he writes more stand alone novels, but would like to recommend Guy Gavriel Kay. Interesting comments Batto and Lawler, I tend to agree. Cheers everyone, have a good Christmas! I read fantasy fiction to escape and I enjoy it for that purpose, but I have to admit that very little of it is high-quality literature, and I find that the longer series are little more than endless plot, with little substance.
Good literature makes you reflect on and better understand something, whether it be history, current events, human nature, love, friendship, pyschology, politics, etc. Fantasy fiction is often heavy on interpersonal relationships and emotions like love and courage, but it often has a very simplistic understanding of society in general. Maybe that is why we read it.
What I enjoy about fiction fiction as a genre is its world building. I delight in the way the authors construct language, culture, history and myth.
- Liaison dangereuse (Roman français t. 168) (French Edition).
- The Charity Shop (Gershwin & Penrose mystery).
- Reawakening Saga by D.W. Jackson.
- Die Familie Buchholz (German Edition).
Hi Kenneth, great shout on the Green Rider series — deserves to be added and it is reviewed very favourably on the site. I will add it now. Unfortunately we have no Piers Anthony reviews at all at this moment in time so it will be difficult to add the Xanth series but I will look at getting it reviewed as soon as possible — and then hopefully adding to this list.
Sadly she is a very slow writer! I will add Keys to the Kingdom to this list within the next 2 weeks. Although it is considered youth fiction the Keys to The Kingdom series by Garth Nix is definitely worth the read. Thank you sor your recommendation. David, thanks for backing up many of the selections, it is appreciated. And the Barclay Raven series definitely deserves to be on this list, being more than 3 books and very favourably reviewed on the site. I will add it at the next available opportunity.
I must admit I have read through many of the above series and while I will always fondly remember the Gemmell series as one of my favourite if a little basic I would also recommend the James Barclay Raven series books for all out action fantasy as well. But my all time favourite series is the Malazan series by Steven Erikson.
While not for the fainthearted as it can be hard work and at times grim I have never read a series with such scope and imagination. For all the people who are wondering where The Wheel of Time is on the list… The Eye of the World is listed and the first book in the series. The Wheel of Time series is on the list. I think you have to re-do this list…. Hi Tob, for the purposes of this list I decided to include only series of 4 and more books. So no trilogies. My thoughts on the trilogy is that the first two books are excellent but book three left me very disappointed.
Book 3 was rather preachy and confusing from what I remember. Still my best fantasy read yet. I would say Eddings Sparhawk character is one of the best heroes. So, in order to get married, you have to play as either a rogue or a warrior. I don't think anything matters for Leliana. The romances really don't play a part in the other games except for a name drop here and there. I mean you can do the ritual with another character, but if you pursue a romance with Morrigan and opt into the dark ritual with your own warden, it just seems more genuine to me. I also think the outcome of the dark ritual will even have effects on Dragon Age games beyond Inquisition.
I loved my noble dwarf warrior and Harding mentions the paragon warden is her hero, so that was unexpectedly awesome. I put Anora on the throne and Alistair came back in Inquisition as the warden contact. While it was fun seeing Alistair again, it made that decision later much more difficult. I just replayed as a mage elf who romanced Leliana and I crowned Alistair. I just completed a replay if DAII as a female mage who romanced Fenris wow that was tougher than I thought it would be and stayed neutral until the end when she had to side with the mages over crazy Meredith.
For my next replay of inquisition, I'll do a circle mage since I've done a qunari, elf mage, and a noble rogue to tie up the overall arch of hero mages, apostate and circle alike. I think I'll make her devout as well, since my other characters were quite leery of the title Herald of Andraste and the chantry itself. I think overall, playing as a mage or a templar-like warrior offers the most interesting story lines since it directly affects the main character.
There are a few little atmospheric conversation lines, but nothing major. Enough to go "Oh, that's cool, they remember me" but nothing worth building a DAO character around. The romance you pick matters far more. Alistair can be a lot of different things in DAI but some versions are way more emotional than Leliana's appearance.
If I was going for "most emotional ties" I'd romance Alistair and keep him with the Wardens. It won't necessarily be happy emotional stuff though. She gets very little. In an early convo asking about the people she knows, you can ask her about a romanced Warden and she says that she thinks about the Warden all the time and when this is all over she'll join them for good this time. And then the later Contact the Hero of Ferelden war table mission's results mentions a personal letter for her but that's about it in the base game. After playing the trilogy several times, I'm inclined to say male dalish warden who romances Morrigan.
I think Leliana's further development works better without a warden romance or with a warden who dumps her, for whatever reason , Zevran Personally, I think Morrigan's character development when romancing the warden is affected more strongly than Alistair's, but I guess there could be a case made for Alistair romance as well but I don't feel like the overall narrative works very well if you make a Queen Cousland, it's very awkward, starting with Awakening. As for why Dalish, well, I really loved how the seemingly offhand McGuffin, the eluvian, turned out to have such a huge meaning in the DA mythology.