/ Fantasy books
Can anyone recommend me a fairly easy to read but good fantasy book or series? Im looking for something I can read when a bit brain-dead after work. Im open to lots of options, things Ive enjoyed in no particualr order order include Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Tolkien books, Hunger Games, the Liveship series, various others. It needs to be something I can download for my Nook glowlight thingy but this includes most stuff.
It's gotta be The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
Either open the chest and turn to page 38, or fight the zombie maniac, turn to page 72...
Page 38. The chest sucks out your soul, and binds it in eternal slavery to the warlock. You are dead.
Page 72. The zombie maniac smashes your skull in. You are dead.
Classic stuff :)
Also the rift war saga by Raymond feist.
The Troy Series by David Gammell might be worth considering. Not usually my sort of thing but i enjoyed them and may just be what you're looking for.
Lol swirly beat me to it
Agree with the Raymond Feist recommendation. Even if you just read Magician it's worth it. What about the Trudi Canavan books? The Black Magician series and Age of the Five are pretty good, in a slightly trashy way.
Wizards first rule - Terry Goodkind. part of a larger series but again very good on its own
Eye of the World = Robert Jordan. Part of a 14 part epic with ups and downs. However the first book worth reading along and great
The redemption of Athalus -David and Leigh Eddings - Stand alone and fantastic
Troy series - David Gremmel
Rome series by Conn Iguldun
If you like Roman History - Robert Harris Imperium and Lustrum. The previous also pretty close to the truth according to my old Roman History lecturer - seemed it to me as well.
If you have all of those I'll go dig through some more
Chronicles of Thomas Covanant the Unbeliever is pretty good.
Also David Gemmel's 'Jerusalem Man' stories. I think the first is 'wolf in shadow'
anything by Ursula le Guin or the Pern series by Anne McCaffery
> anything by Ursula le Guin or the Pern series by Anne McCaffery
Seconded re le guin. The earthsea trilogy is up there with the greats of the genre.
The first dragonlance trilogy is also very good (and epic)
Another vote for the Riftwar Saga. Just finished reading the 2nd book of the trilogy, and really really enjoying it so far.
Recently got into Joe Abercrombie, really gritty but often quite brutal. His "The First Law" series is the best in my opinion.
China Mieville also very, very good. Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council all interlinked, but also work on their own. His other books are great too.
Another vote for The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin - although I reckon the first book is the only "easy read". Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series is good, although as previously mentioned, it does go up and down a bit.
Last of all, Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy is superb (and shouldn't be judged on the terrible film adaption!).
seconded on 'His dark materials' great books and yes just ignore the shite film.
highly recommend Patrick Rothfuss' kingkiller trilogy, the first one is 'The name of the wind'
Also just read a book 'Daughter of smoke and bone' by Laini Taylor which is also an excellent read.
> Seconded re le guin. The earthsea trilogy is up there with the greats of the genre.
Thirded! And if you like this, I recommend the Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
There's older stuff like Anne McCaffrey's 'Dragon Riders of Pern', or James Herbert's 'Dune' series
My favourite fantasy series are:
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Anything by Guy Gavriel Kay but particularly Tigana, The Lions of Al Rassan and the Fionavar Tapestry
The Deverry series by Katherine Kerr
The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson / spin-offs by Ian Cameron Esselmont
> It's gotta be The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
Jeez! It's still in print as well, guess my Christmas book tokens are going to be used the same way they were in 1983...
I'm so excited, the final wheel of time book is out today! I know what I'll be doing for the next few evenings!
His dark materials triology -Pullman
Neverwhere, startdust and Anazi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Yeah, they must have done alright out of it over the years. They were good fun, for their day :)
Some recommendations on the "fairly easy to read but good fantasy book or series" criteria.
If you liked the Liveship Traders then you have to read the Farseer Trilogy and its follow up The Tawny Man Trilogy.
The Locke Lamora series (Lynch) are also very entertaining and easy reading, and the final instalment will be out soon.
Another vote for Rothfuss' Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles), but the second book is a disappointment and the last one will be a while to be released.
In a similar vein as the last is Peter V Brett's Painted Man trilogy.
Not so easy to read series but excellent that have been mentioned before are Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy, and The Heroes(Best Served Cold wasn't that good). Also the Malazan Books, but that is a pretty tough read, specially the first book which is usually the stopper book for most.
Same style as Abercrombie but one step better is Richard Morgan's A Land Fit For Heroes series. Incidentally he is a climber and has some amusing climbing scenes in his books.
I would stay well away from Raymond Feist, Trudi Canavan, Terry Goodkind, and Terry Brooks, as well as Tad Williams (hasn't been mentioned yet but is bound to). I found their books simplistic rather than 'easy reading' and their writing style akin to a 10 year old's 'what i did in my holiday' school essay. ;-)
Douglas Adams - the long dark tea time of the soul and Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency (nothing like the terrible tv series)
Thanks all! In answer to someone, yes I have read a lot of Discworld, I enjoy them although not as much as some other stuff sometimes.
A few people recommended His Dark Materials; I did read the first of these but it didnt take me enough to then be bothered reading the others - I may have been in the wrong frame of mind at the time though...
Lots of options here anyway! :)
David Gemmell's Drenai series.
On Stranger Tides
Drawing Of The Dark
The Stress Of Her Regard
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