What are some real good fantasy series?

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  1. Liadan

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    Re: What are some real grood fantasy series?

    ASoIaF is nothing like Star Wars. :)

    But really, based on your previous experience with fantasy books... I'd start out with Terry Brooks or David Eddings or both. :)
     
  2. imrhien

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    Re: What are some real grood fantasy series?

    Let me be the first to say ASoIaF is nothing like Star Wars at all. Give it a go I'm sure you will enjoy, and don't be like Met and read half of the first book and think you can evaluate the whole series from it. If you still don't think it's for you, you should try Robin Hobb - The Farseer Trilogy.
     
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    Re: What are some real grood fantasy series?

    Well I can't be the first because Liadan beat me :D
     
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    Re: What are some real grood fantasy series?

    but I love Star wars, I just hate how the "political intrigue" overpowers space battles in Episode I...and gives Gungans a reason to exist in the Star Wars Universe >_> Anyways, maybe I'll pick up A Song of Ice and Fire at the library after I return The time Machine (which I keep forgetting to start reading >_<)
     
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    Re: What are some real grood fantasy series?

    I presume you have read the Thomas Covenant books judging by your nick?
     
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    Re: What are some real grood fantasy series?

    no.....SunBane comes from the Sun Sword and Bane Sword from Final Fantasy I
     
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    personally the R.A. Salvatore books are good....
     
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    The spooks apprentice, curse and secret are very good books. Hope there is a 4th one
     
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    I would personally recommend "The Black Magician"(1-Magicians guild, 2- Novice, 3-High Lord) trilogy by Trudi Canavan -an australian author. Don't be put off by the first half of the first book - it moves quite slow but then the pace really picks up.

    Basically put, the trilogy is about a teenage peasant girl Sonea who learns she has magical powers after she throws a rock at a magician. Fearing the magicians want her dead, she goes into hiding from them while her powers grow out of control. Eventually she joins the guild and becomes a novice. The other novices, all of whom are from aristocratic families, give her a tough time because she used to live in the slums. Then she learns a dark secret about the guilds leader and is blackmailed into keeping quiet.

    Anyway if I say much more I'll give the whole thing away so I'll leave it here!
     
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    too busy to read anything right now, but who in their right mind changed grood to good?!
     
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    Re: What are some real grood fantasy series?

    Hear, hear! :draught: :)

    And any others following that series.
     
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    Mary Stewart - The Magnificent Arthurian Legend (4 books)
    Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth (10 books, so far)
    Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time (11 books, so far)
     
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    Sword of Truth.

    Sword of Truth.

    Sword of Truth.

    The story begins when a woods guide encounters a young woman walking alone in the forest in a white dress. What follows is a story of mystery (well, not much, actually), wonder and violence, including a blind old sorceress, a boundary warden who can kill almost anything with out seriously trying, a vegetarian dark wizard with his own league of specially trained magic-stealing torturers, and a small girl named Rachel.

    It's very cliched, actually, as far as the story goes, but Goodkind puts his own twist on right and wrong (actually he doesn't, he steals Ayn Rand's versions, but they're good ones). I love the first book (which is a stand-alone in its own right for people who hate long series). It's called Wizard's First Rule (Wizard's First Rule: people are stupid, and will believe anything because they want it to be true, or are afraid it's true. You don't find this out until a few hundred pages in). I love it because the main character (in this one at least) isn't all-powerful, he's just a guy. And the supporting female is not completely helpless. Not even close.

    I also reccommend reading the Bartimaeus trilogy (which I think I spelled wrong) and anything by Terry Pratchett.
     
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    I totally agree with the Rift war saga By Raymond E. Fiest. Its a fantastic trilogy.
    Also The Black Magicians Trilogy is one of the best ones to come out in the last few years. Canavan it fallowing in the footsteps of her fellow Aussie Gareth Nix Whose books, Sabriel, Lireal, and Abhorshen are really good.
    As for Mary Stewart, Jim1961, i think you'll find that the first three, The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment are classed as the merlin trilogy, as The Wicked Day is Mordreds Story which Just so happens to finish off the story. They kind of have to be separate as the main characters see Arthur from differant persectives. Minor Characters in the Merlin Trilogy play major roles in Mordreds story.
    But all in all,SUNBANE, they are a must read. probably my favourite Arthurian books.
     
  15. Warlock Lord

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    no. no. no... terry brooks all the way.

    i suggest the heritage of shannara.
     
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    If your going to read the Shannara books, start with The Voyage books. I thought thay were the best. They were the ones i first read and then started at the beginning.If you start with the sword you probably wont continue as the rip off lotr. THe Elfstones of Shannara is the best book out of them all.
     
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    Eh, read Brooks and enjoy him, but I don't consider him to be the author of "real good" fantasy series. Yes, at the time, his books were innovative, and he opened the door for more fantasy writers. Yes, I do read his books and have read every one of the Shannara series (own most of them as well). Nonetheless, I'm of the opinion that there are many other authors who surpass Terry Brooks.
     
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    Amen. Heritage is a good one to start on, but try the Sword of Shannara trilogy first and then Heritage, it tends to make more sense. And then reading First King is quite enlightening.
     
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    My fav fantasy author(esse)s ~ Tolkien, Eddings, Jordan, Martin, Fiest, Canavan, Hobbs and, one I've not really seen mentioned on thread ~ Tad Williams (Memory Sorrow & Thorn series was a good read).
     
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    how DARE you even compare shannara with lotr... thats disgracful. wing rider back me up!!!

    shannara all the way...terry brooks is a god...

    i command all to praise terry brooks...NOW. those of you who oppose will feel my wraith!

    lol