Fantasy books to read before you die
I have been gathering a list lately of favourite fantasy novels, both mine and others, some of which came in after my blog post on good book recommendations. So here you are, some are old classics, others newer work. I haven’t read them all myself but am reliably informed their awesomeness will blind you.
Metaphorically, you understand, as it would be a rather crap book which blinded you before you could read it. Although a useful MI6 weapon (curls pretend moustache thoughtfully)…
- My books, obviously 😉
- The Abhorsen Trilogy (Garth Nix)
- Belgariad and Mallorean sagas (David Eddings)
- The Blade Itself (Joe Abercrombie)
- The Books of Pellinor (Alison Croggon)
- The Book of the New Sun, Volume 1: Shadow and Claw (Gene Wolfe)
- The Dean’s Watch (Elizabeth Goudge)
- Legend (David Gemmell) and pretty much any of his other novels
- The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
- The Mirror of Her Dreams, and its sequel A Man Rides Through (Stephen Donaldson)
- The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
- The Riftwar Saga – Magician, Silverthorn, and A Darkness at Sethanon (Raymond E Feist), and the many following novels
- The Silmarillion (JRR Tolkien)
- Spellsong saga and Recluce books (L E Modesitt)
- Tales of the Otori (Lian Hearn)
- The Wraethu trilogy (Storm Constantine)
I have done my best with the links, but for some of these it was hard to track down a good summary. Any more you can add to that, fantasy reads you are raving about? Knowledge is power, let me know and I will update this post from time to time.
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Samuel Z Jones
November 4, 2010 @ 3:49 pm
“Chronicles of an Age of Darkness” by Hugh Cook. All nine of them are brilliant, and they’re out of print.
“The Worm Ouroborous” by E.R Edison; how could anyone leave this off a list of the best Fantasy novels?
The “Renshai” series by Mickey Z Reichert; second book in the series in particular.