Recommend me a fantasy book

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Ok, fellow escapists, i've finally have a little bit of free time in my life, so i'm very keen on reading a fantasy book (or books). Buuuuut, i pretty tired of fantasy books that involve so much of "royal court intrigue", you know, backstabbing and plotting for the throne, etc. It's not that i mind that, but i just wanna read something different, so just like adventure fantasy book, with a bunch of guys just going out for adventure, like the tolkien books or the sword of shannara trilogy, or the first dragonlance trilogy (Dragons of Autumn Twilight, etc). so dear escapists, any recommendations for me? thanks!

You could try Tad Williams' Otherland series. It's more of a mix of science fiction and fantasy, set in the not-too-distant Earth's future, but it definitely has the 'adventuring band in a fantasy setting' feel to it.

Way of Kings and Tigana are better fantasy books, in my opinion, but they might have too much royal court intrigue for your taste.

If you don't mind reading things in the style of the old Norse epics, go find The Silmarillion, it's a great read.

There's also the Ranger's Apprentice series.

I'm fairly sure I know more to read, just can't think of them.

I was thinking more into the "standard" fantasy style, but Otherland sounds pretty good! Also Ranger's apprentice. Thanks guys! Already read the Silmarillion.
I dont mind the court intrigue (i loved Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy) i just feel like something more adventury.

I can recommend Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle. Only 2 books have been published so far, it's "medieval" fantasy, but without dwarves, orc or elves and the like. Though the Fae do appear.

The first book's called "the Name of the Wind"

Discworld: Night Watch. I don't care what other people say, that book works just as well as a standalone as it does in a series.

If you want something a bit different, I would recommend The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

Great series of books, really intelligent with some great characters.

One of my favourite Fantasy writers is David Gemmell.

He's produced some fantastic books.

I'd recommend the Druss, Waylander and Skilgannon series.

Oh yeah, The Belgariad as well. What happens when you take a self aware cast and throw them into a Lord of the Rings ripoff.

One of my favorite novels of all time is the first book in RA Salvatore's DemonWars Saga, The Demon Awakens.

Highly recommend it!

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fenderstrat:
Ok, fellow escapists, i've finally have a little bit of free time in my life, so i'm very keen on reading a fantasy book (or books). Buuuuut, i pretty tired of fantasy books that involve so much of "royal court intrigue", you know, backstabbing and plotting for the throne, etc. It's not that i mind that, but i just wanna read something different, so just like adventure fantasy book, with a bunch of guys just going out for adventure, like the tolkien books or the sword of shannara trilogy, or the first dragonlance trilogy (Dragons of Autumn Twilight, etc). so dear escapists, any recommendations for me? thanks!

Sword of Truth, by Terry Goodkind. It fits what you're looking for pretty damn well. A couple of times where court intrigue-type stuff is necessary, the author takes like 10 pages on it, max.

Deltora Quest, by Jennifer Rowe is also a pretty fun series, and you could read it a lot faster, just be aware that it's aimed at pre-teens so the writing level isn't very good, and it's in desperate need of another spelling/grammar edit, but if you can get past that it's actually a pretty damn good story.

Ranger's Apprentice, by John Flanagan is also a very good story. Young Adult level writing, but a fun plot and really good characters. Adventure all the way.

If you're looking for something a little more advanced you could give the "Night Angel" Trilogy, by Brent Weeks a shot. Really great story, very well written, but it dabbles in court intrigue a little, it's not the focus, but it's a large part of the setting.

Then there's the creme of the crop, if you never read a single other book on this thread, read this series. The "Kingkiller Chronicles," by Patrick Rothfuss. It's the best series in fantasy right now. It has court intrigue, but not till the second book, and again it's not so much a part of the story as part of the setting. Amazing story, great characters, and writing so amazing it puts anything else to shame, this is a series every fantasy reader should read. The third book is set for a May release, so fair warning it is as of yet unfinished, but it's worth the read anyway. The first book is called "The Name of the Wind."

What are you waiting for, go read.

Eleuthera:
I can recommend Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle. Only 2 books have been published so far, it's "medieval" fantasy, but without dwarves, orc or elves and the like. Though the Fae do appear.

The first book's called "the Name of the Wind"

I cannot describe how happy I am that this book was suggested this quickly.

Well you could read The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth nix. There's also the Bartimeaus trilogy, but that is filled with people trying to take over the government. There are a few others that I want to mention, but it's been so long since I've read them that I don't remember the name of the books nor the authors. Would probably help if were to go to the library every once in a while.

What if Death, Time, Nature, War, were all job positions with the same office politics and hum drum days as working any other job?

The Incarnations of Immortality series.

The first two books, Riding on a Pale Horse and Bearing the Hourglass, are AMAZING. Stop after those though. They do pretty well as stand alone works and the series goes down hill pretty damn quick after the second book. By the seventh book you'll be wondering what the heck you are reading and as Piers Anthony goes to GREAT length to justify how right and moral it is that a middle aged character is sleeping with a 14 prostitute because... love.

I recommend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Belgariad
it's a book series with lots of pages and will entertain a long time.
Mideval and with magic and swords, but mostly story.

The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan is very good.

There is also The Magician's Apprentice that is a prequel set years before it (but written after) which I think is enjoyable.

Plus the Traitor Spy Trilogy that is set and written after the above, but it is not as good, it gets a little too cliché for my liking.

Hm, most of my suggestions will have a lot of "court intrigue" so they may not be what you are looking for right now, but I'm throwing the "main" suggestions out there for some epic series' of books that will certainly take a lot of time.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (though with the T.V. show Game of Thrones most people have heard of it now, and it is very politic).

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (it is quite "adventure-y" but does have a lot of intrigue also).

The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson (jumps from all-out battles to personal quests to religious ascendancies, so it really has a bit of everything).

Now, I know you said you wanted something a little different, so these are some slightly more out-there books that I am very fond of:

If you want something that is a bit campy/young-adult oriented but oh-so-fun to read (I still love them at 23), there's the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. It's basically about an incredibly sarcastic genie attempting to kill the guy who summoned him (and who he is bound to serve) whilst avoiding the wrath of other genies/gods whom he owes a lot of debts.

On a very random note is Firebringer by David-Clement Davis. It is a book about the quest/flight and destiny of a young deer and his friends that is essentially a giant analogy for fascism/Nazism and the persecution of the Jews. Though my description is seriously not doing the book anywhere near enough justice - it is one of my all-time favourite books. It sounds weird and a bit childish, I know, but if you like fantasy books - check it out.

Sabriel, Lireal and Abhorsen.

It's a trilogy of books about a girl who fights undead. However it's unique in the aspect that she lives in a modern day age with cars and radios. However there's a wall that separates it from an entirely different place where magic is used instead of electricity, and is more fantasy-esque. Weak dead also cannot survive south of the wall in the same way electricity doesn't work north of the wall.

Also, did I mention that she fights the undead using bells above all else. In this universe, Necromancers carry bells which they use to control, bind, speak to or banish the dead. However a lot of the bells can also harm the necromancer if they have no idea what they're doing. For example, one of the bells is able to make the dead speak, or force people to give information, however if whoever rings it is someone who talks too much, they're silenced instead.

It's a nice book to read, it's interesting, especially when the author details a tool that the main character uses, such as a flying paper aeroplane which is controlled by whistling, or a costume which the protagonists are able to wear in order to assume the form of an owl or bear.

Since I made a thread about suggesting good books back around Christmas, I'll share my findings.

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher:

They aren't like Tolkien or the few fantasy books(Like them) I've read. They're about a Wizard PI working in modern day Chicago. There are vampires, werewolves, rogue magicians, fairy godmothers, demons, ghosts, A fairy who's obsessed with sex who lives in a skull. I could go on, but I'm only on the third book. And there are 12 books so far... I think.

I haven't read many books since High School, so the only really fantasy books I have read are the Harry Potter series, up to book 6, I can't get past chapter 8 on the last book for some reason. and the first 3 books in the Dresden Files.

JaceArveduin:

There's also the Ranger's Apprentice series.

spartan231490:
Ranger's Apprentice, by John Flanagan...

Double ninja'd. I have to agree, they're good books. Problem is, every thing after book 1 is more like realistic fiction than fantasy. Still good books though.

OT: If you're looking for some really good fantasy books, try The Chronicles of the Raven Trilogy by James Barclay. Interesting characters, good story, and some intrigue, but none of that "overthrow the monarchy" type stuff. Some mature themes in book 1, but it's like, 1 chapter. I loved books 1 and 2, but I, unfortunately, lost book 3 before I could finish.

I would have to recommend the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and later Brandon Sanderson). An epic 14 book series with an immensely satisfying story and conclusion.

Also recommend the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

Also The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.

What? I've read a lot of his books lately. I can't help it if they're good!

The Prince of Nothing trilogy has a bit of political intrigue, but it's not really the focus at all.

Any of the short story collections (Dandelion Wine, Martian Chronicles, Illustrated Man, I Sing the Body Electric...) by Ray Bradbury would probably qualify as fantasy more then Sci-Fi, and are almost all worthwhile.

If you like demons and lore presented in as a recollection of epic events (think Greek/Roman mythology) with very few happy endings, check out Tales From the Flat Earth.

For more pulpy fantasy, check out Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept and Incarnations of Immortality (strong start, but starts to drag a bit in latter books due to retelling the same story from different perspectives - On a Pale Horse, and For Love of Evil are my favorites of course).

Or even moreso, there's the classics like The Shadow novels (think Sherlock Holmes with a sprinkling of supernatural powers), or action like the John Carter series.

A little lighter on the traditional fantasy elements, but definitely not the usual fare: Boy's Life and Swan Song (very similar setup to The Stand) by Robert McCammon.

And uh... many more. :D

Seconding the Belgariad, and I'd also like to add the Elenium and the Redemption of Althalus by the same author. Very much adventure type fantasy rather than intrigue type fantasy, and while they don't really do anything new, they make up for it by being very entertaining.

It receives a lot of criticism (and rightly so in some cases) but one of my favourite fantasy series of all time is the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inheritance_cycle)

If you're looking for a classic quest-based fantasy adventure that doesn't get bogged down in the political machinations and moral dilemmas of other more "serious" titles then in my opinion you couldn't go far wrong with the Inheritance Cycle. The plot is pretty much your standard tolkein-esque western fantasy fare, you have your evil king, a small band of heroic rebels fighting against him, your tree-hugging elves, and beardy dwarves and your Orc-*cough cough* ... Wait! They're called "Urgals" here! :P

At the end of the day, when consuming any piece of entertainment the important question is: "Is this more enjoyable than listening to yesterday's shipping forecast on repeat?" and despite the ending of the series being a bit of a bittersweet let-down, the answer to this question is: yes.

P.S. Also, don't watch the Eragon movie, that was terrible.

The Crown of Stars series by Kate Elliot. It has some court intrigue, so you might not like them. There's also guite a bit of religious chanting/hymns, but I just skipped over that. The series starts of pretty slow but it really picks up.

There are seven books in the series if you're looking for a long read.

fenderstrat:
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I think it depends on what type of fantasy you like.

For high fantasy I like Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, Thorn series or if you have a decade you could try and tackle Robert Jordan's Wheel of time or Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. Even David Eddings Belgariad series is decent.

If you like humor thrown into the mix, you cannot beat Terry Pratchett.

If you like slightly more Victorian/ high science fantasy, Tad Williams War of the Flowers and Brandon Sanderson's Elantris are pretty good.

If you like inventive magic systems, L.L. Modesitt's Saga of recluse and Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy are pretty cool.

If you like fantasy that intersects with modern life, Niel Gaiman's American Gods, Neverwhere, etc are great. Jim Butcher's Dresden series, while not the best does have its moments. I also really like Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch series.

I recommend them all!

Edge Chronicles. Boy lives in a giant forest raised by troll like things (He's a Human BTW) He starts travelling running into different types of people and creatures. Best set of books I've ever read. The weird laws of physics and different types of chemistry type things along with the illustrations are amazing. Airships that are held aloft by buoyant rocks are always cool too!

Shannara by Terry Brooks. First two series were pretty damned amazing, and he's been releasing trilogies set before or after those pretty frequently. Good place to start is First King and the original trilogy (Sword, Elfstones, Wishsong of Shannara), then do the Scions 4-set, then do whatever.

Lord of the Rings has a lot less political intrigue than GoT, but takes forever to get going and honestly isn't all that interesting as a story (the world it paints is massive and immersive, but the actual story elements are... lacking somewhat). Still worth a read if you haven't touched them though.

The Paksenarrion books by Elizabeth Moon were pretty good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Deed_of_Paksenarrion

Had more of a feel of a historic military novel than you may want but I'd recommend them to anyone who enjoys medieval mercenary tales with battles of entire armies instead of just one on one combat.

Sam's sister here.

If you love Robin Hobb's Farseer's trilogy she's written plenty others in the series. There's the Fool's Trilogy that follows right after Farseer's, and then after that with some overlapping characters is the Liveship Triology. She's now working on the forth book in The Rain Wild Chronicles. Or for something different from her there's the Forest Mage series, I forget the official title of that trilogy.

Let's see, we have a whole wall of bookcases here... Anything in the Dungeons and Dragons series is good. Not fantastic, but good. I have the whole Elminister and Drizzt series, as well as a few of their stand alone novels.

George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is of course a must, but it does like everyone says have a lot of court intrigue and backstabbing.

The Green Rider series by Kristin Britain is a good way to pass a few days. She's working on the fifth in the series right now.

We have several shelves full of books by Mercedes Lackey too, she does a whole range of stuff.

Someone mentioned Tigana, it's very good but again a fair amount of intrigue. Guy Gavriel Kay writes in a way that really keeps your attention.

Simon R Green has a few good ones, although some series are more murder mystery set in fantasy worlds.

Right now I'm rereading Jennifer Fallon's Hythrun Chronicles, it's decent too.

Thank you so much to everyone! now i've got a pretty good list of things to read. Thanks again!

fenderstrat:
Thank you so much to everyone! now i've got a pretty good list of things to read. Thanks again!

Well I just had to add these to your list.....

For contemporary fantasy try the works of Charles De Lint, particularly Jack of Kinrowan and The Dreaming Place.

For comedic fantasy try the Myth Series by Robert Asprin. Fun romp.

It sounds like you might enjoy Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword. It's really old though, you might have
a hard time finding a copy.

Speaking of old....George MacDonald...he's the fantasy author that Tolkien and Lewis read when they were
young...his prose style can be kind of hard to read, and some of the fantasies he wrote for adults are
*very* surreal but his works for children (The Princess and the Goblin, The Princess and Curdie, At the
Back of the North Wind) are fun and you can definitely see where they influenced Tolkien & Lewis.

Well as my avatar demands i must join in suggesting Wheel of time Epic Fantasy and one of my favorite series ever

With that taken care of I also suggest the Night angel Trilogy (now in convenient Omnibus!) and The Light bringer series by Brent weeks excellent series by a newish author

I was going to say The Warlord Chronicles trilogy by Bernard Cornwell, but only the second one (Enemy of God) is anything but war and political intrigue. But hey, I leave it on the table: Hardcore war battles, you'll love it!

In the mind that you're looking for higher fantasy or something adventurous, I'll recommend the Bartimaeus Trilogy for a more modern fantasy, there isn't much adventure but it is a really unique fantasy story. There's also His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire in the UK) that may strike your more adventurous mood.

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