Best fantasy book

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  1. Heinu Sedai

    Heinu Sedai New Member

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    What's the best fantasy book/series you have ever read?
     
  2. Jessehk

    Jessehk The introverted

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    I first though HP, but then I read LOTR :)
     
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    Lord of the Rings!
    Then The Fionavar Tapestry
     
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    Lord of the Rings, of course.
    But after that I would have to say all the fantasy books written by Gerald Morris. There's six of them, and they're all kind of connected, but are not actually a series.
     
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    Jessehk The introverted

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    redwall is also a strong contendor, but LOTR still beats it.
     
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    LotR. Wheel of Time comes in close though. (As I can see, your a WoT fan too Heinu Sedai. Love the Moiraine avy, looks good:))
     
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    Apart from LOTR, the Dune Books (Frank Herbert) and anything by Terry Pratchett (Discworld).
     
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    I agree, Dune is fantastic. But technically it's Science Fiction, not fantasy.
     
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    Fair point, but in my defense the Dune series does have the 'epic sweep' of the Fantasy Genre.
     
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    Much as I love Tolkien, I'd have to go with Guy Gavriel Kay, especially the Sarantine Mosaic and The Lions of Al-Rassan. Both broke my heart to read, they were so beautiful. I also have to put up Carolyn (C.J.) Cherryh's The Dreaming Tree, made up of the two books The Dreamstone and the Tree of Swords and Jewels. These were so powerful, that I wept from the sheer power resonating through them. Not cheerful books but the best Celtic based fantasy I've ever read.
     
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    Yay another Guy Gavriel Kay fan!!
    Have you read The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy?
     
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    Lord of the rings! ive never read any others
     
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    Lord of the Rings comes in a high first, then Harry Potter.
     
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    Oh yes. I'm a collector of his works so I have the original British first editions I bought in Dublin way back. :) I remember being a little off put at first by how derivitive it seemed for the first 50 pages or so but really it would be hard for it not to sound like Tolkien when he wrote it while helping Christopher Tolkien edit The Silmarillion. He's gotten so much better since then though.

    If you don't know his official site, visit http://www.brightweavings.com/
     
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    I wish Constantinople hadn't fallen. It was such a great city.
     
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    Lord of The Rings.The beginning of the fantasy.
    Second one is hard to choose.Wheel of Time and Riftwar Legacy are too near.
     
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    I guess LoTR is the best you can get in the fantasy literature, but wheel of time kind of captures me a bit more
     
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    I dont even think I need to say:p

    But I will

    Anything by J.R.R Tolkein
     
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    It is very similar but still in its own way very unique. I did a project on him last year in english class. As you said, at first I was put off but I kept reading and soon fell in love!