Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Looking For A Good Book Series...?

I am looking for a series of books. I would like it to be a series, and I would prefer that series to be pretty long. I enjoy fantasy, but have troubles getting into epic fantasy, so I'd prefer to stay away from that, unless they're amazing. I don't mind mystery, or humor, or science fiction. I like magic, and I like when main characters or even minor characters die (if this happens in the books you recommend, PLEASE DON'T SPOIL IT!!!). I like books that take place in other worlds and have NOTHING to do with earth. I won't be picky if your suggestions have other things or do not include these things. I would like something that totally grips me, to where there's no way I could put it down. Thanks!!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    This is a PARTIAL list of Fantasy Titles. Yahoo cuts the bottom off because it is so long. The rest is at the link below.

    Madeleine L'Engle:

    A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.

    Michael Molloy:

    The Witch Trade, The Time Witches, and The Wild West Witches.

    Herge (a.k.a. Georges Prosper Remi):

    The Adventures of Tintin (24 volumes)

    Cornelia Funke:

    Dragon Rider, Thief Lord, and Ingraine the Brave

    Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath

    Brandon Mull:

    Fablehaven, Rise of the Evening Star, and Grip of the Shadow Plague.

    Katherine Paterson: Bridge to Terabithia

    Orson Scott Card: Seventh Son

    Carol Kendall:

    The Gammage Cup

    The Whisper of Glocken

    Eoin Colfer:

    Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, The Artemis Fowl Files: A Companion Book, and The Graphic Novel.

    Andre Norton:

    The Witch World, The Web of the Witch World, Three against the Witch World, Year of the Unicorn, Warlock of the Witch World, Dragon Scale Silver, Dream Smith, The Toads of Grimmerale, Spider Silk, Sword of Unbelief, and Sarsthor's Bane.

    Ursula K. LeGuin:

    Earthsea, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea, The Other Wind, Gifts, Voices, and Powers.

    Diana Wynne Jones:

    The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Volume I includes Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant; Volume II includes Witch Week, The Magicians of Caprona, and Mixed Magics. Howl's Moving Castle

    T. A. Barron:

    Tree Girl

    The Lost Years of Merlin Epic - The Lost Years of Merlin, The Seven Songs of Merlin, The Fires of Merlin, The Mirror of Merlin, and The Wings of Merlin.

    The Adventures of Kate - Heartlight, The Ancient One, and The Merlin Effect.

    The Great Tree of Avalon Trilogy - Child of the Dark Prophecy, Shadows on the Stars, and The Eternal Flame.

    Merlin's Dragon Trilogy - Merlin's Dragon Basilgarrad

    Tamora Pierce:

    The Song of the Lioness Series - Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant.

    Protector of the Small Series - First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight

    Frank Beddor: The Looking Glass Wars and Seeing Redd

    Michael Ende: Night of Wishes and The Neverending Story

    Mary Stewart: A Walk in the Wolf Wood

    Howard Pyle:

    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    Story of King Arthur and His Knights - There are several collections of stories about King Arthur.

    C. S. Lewis:

    Chronicles of Narnia - The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle.

    Philip Pullman:

    His Dark Materials - The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

    James Patterson:

    Maximum Ride Series - The Angel Experiment, School's Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, and The Final Warning.

    Meg Cabot:

    Mediator Series - Shadowland, Ninth Key, Reunion, Darkest Hour, Haunted, and Twilight.

    Anne McCaffrey: (a.k.a. Anne Geddes)

    Dragonsong Trilogy - Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums.

    Chris D'Lacey:

    The Fire Within, Icefire, Fire Star, and The Fire Eternal.

    Donita K. Paul:

    Dragonspell, Dragon Quest, Dragon Knight, Dragon Fire, and Dragon Light.

    Elizabeth A. Lynn:

    Dragon's Winter and Dragon's Treasure.

    E. E. Knight:

    Age of Fire Series - Dragon Champion, Dragon Avenger, and Dragon Outcast.

    Brian Jacques:

    Redwall Series - Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, Martin the Warrior, The Bellmaker, Outcast of Redwall, The Pearls of Lutra, The Long Patrol, Marlfox, The Legend of Luke, Lord Brocktree, The Taggerung, Triss, Loamhedge, Rakkety Tam, and High Rhulain.

    Joanne Harris: Runemarks

    Juliet Marillier: Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret

    George MacDonald:

    Phantastes and At the Back of the North Wind

    Edwin A. Abbott:

    Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (The sequel, Sphereland is by Dionys Burger. It is possible to purchase both in one volume.)

    J. R. R. Tolkien:

    The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Two Towers, and The Return of the King; Silmarillion; also Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    D. J. MacHale:

    Pendragon Series - Merchant of Death, The Lost City of Faar, The Never War, The Reality Bug, Blackwater, The Rivers of Zadaa, The Quillan Games, The Pilgrims of Rayne, and Raven Rise.

    Christopher Paolini:

    In the first book, Eragon, a young man finds a mysterious blue stone in the forested mountains above his home in Alagaesia. Along with his blue dragon, Saphira, Eragon is stumbling about because things are happening to him which he does not understand. His inner goodness and common sense enable him to muddle through and he has some help from a couple of humans and some dwarfs. In the second book, Eldest, the dwarfs, elves, humans, Eragon, and Saphira have joined forces against evil. Eragon and Saphira have begun training to understand and improve their skills. A new, red dragon makes an appearance. I've been told that in the third book a golden dragon will appear. It has just been announced that the third book, Brisingr, will be available on September 20, 2008. Originally planned as a trilogy, Paolini has recently decided that there will be four books in his Inheritance Cycle.

    John Beachem:

    Storms of Vengeance is John's first novel and I've been told that it is part of a series of 8 to 10 books. There is a murder mystery to be solved. Who did it and why? There is a mythical Lorradda Stone to locate. There are three parallel stories as we follow the actions of three different groups of people. There are also some ogres, two elves, several sorcerers, a troll, and one very impressive river monster. The book ends with a cliff hanger. One reason that young people gave for liking Harry Potter was the detail in the stories. They will find plenty of detail here as well. The title of the second book in the series will be The Hunter and the Marked.

    David Eddings:

    There are three stories in Volume I of The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, and Magician's Gambit. Volume II of The Belgariad has two stories: Castle of Wizardry and Enchanters' End Gambit. If you are looking for grand adventure and plenty of detail it is here. Some may object to the slow progression and limited action of this tale. A sorcerer and his daughter, a sorceress, have gathered together a group of individuals to fight evil. It seems that the particular make-up for this group is necessary based upon an ancient prophecy. The group includes: the Nimble Thief, the Man with Two Lives, the Blind Man, the Dreadful Bear, the Knight Protector, the Horse Lord, the Bowman, the Queen of the World, and the Mother of the Race that Died. A young boy named Garion, who was raised by his Aunt Pol, is caught up in all of this, though he doesn't know why. But then, is she really his Aunt? There is so much detail that I have not as yet confirmed there are no mistakes in the mapping of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed The Belgariad and look forward to reading the sequel, The Mallorean.

    The Mallorean Volume I: Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, and Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings

    The Mallorean Volume II: Sorceress of Darshive and The Seeress of Kell by David Eddings

    Polgara, the Sorceress by David Eddings

    Belgarath, the Sorcerer by David Eddings

    Terry Pratchett:

    The Wee Free Men - Tiffany Aching and a clan of six inch tall blue men (pictsies) attempt to rescue her little brother and stop an invasion from Fairyland.

    A Hatful of Sky - The second Tiffany Aching novel.

    Wintersmith - The third Tiffany Aching novel.

    The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)

    Other books in the Discworld Series - The Colour of Magic, Witches Abroad, Sourcery, Wyrd Sisters, Thief of Time, Small Gods, and Mort.

    Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett: Good Omens

    Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman:

    Dragonlance Chronicles - Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawning, and Dragons of Summer Flame.

    Dragonlance Legends Trilogy - Time of the Twins, War of the Twins, and Test of the Twins.

    Jonathan Stroud:

    Bartimaeus Trilogy - The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate.

    Isaac Asimov:

    Though Asimov is usually thought of as a science fiction writer, Magic is a collection of his fantasy short stories.

    Jim Butcher:

    The Dresden Files - Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, White Knight, and Small Favor.

    Terry Brooks:

    The Sword of Shanarra, The Elfstones of Shanarra, and The Wishsong of Shanarra.

    Libba Bray:

    A Great and Terrible Beauty - Gemma Doyle grew up in India, but after the death of her mother the 16 year old is sent to Spence Academy in London. It is the Victorian Age and these young ladies are being trained for their future roles as wives to men they may not want to marry. As so many have experienced, initially she is an unwelcome outsider. Eventually, she makes friends with three girls and together they explore Gemma's supernatural powers and a group known as the Order.

    Sequels: Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing

    Mercedes Lackey:

    The Mage Winds Trilogy - Winds of Fate, Winds of Change, and Winds of Fury.

    Velgarth Series - Exile's Honor, Exile's Valor, Take a Thief, Arrors of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall

    Diana Tregarde Trilogy - Burning Water, Children of the Night, and Jinx High.

    Roger Zelazny:

    The First Chronicles of Amber - Nine Princes in Amber, The Guns of Avalon, Sign of the

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  • 1 decade ago

    Check out the Company series by Kage Baker. It's a science fiction series. The main idea is that, in the 25th century, a company has developed time travel, and is sending people into the past to recover lost works of arts, extinct plants and so on. It's very well written. Each book is a self-contained story but there's a big plot connecting them all. There are 9 books in total --- 8 novels and a collection of short stories.

    and best of all... the first book, "In the Garden of Iden", is available for free from the publisher this week:

    Check it out - you won't regret it!

    Otherwise, I'll second the person above who recommended the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. It's hilariously funny fantasy. There are over 30 books in the series now, so it'll keep you going for a while. I've read most of them several times by now.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Harry Potter is a good suggestion since it's a fairly long series and certainly is well-written.

    Tolkien's Middle Earth books (Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy) will certainly keep you busy reading for a while.

    Paolini's Inheritance "trilogy" is still only a duo, and the third one isn't due out until September (finally!!)

    You might also look into the Mabinoginon Tetralogy, I especially enjoyed the version by Evangeline Walton.

    But my favorite series, although shorter than the others, is the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede (they are individually Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons and Talking with Dragons).

    Have fun reading!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Fantasy: Anything by Terry Brooks. He has several series called the Shannara series and each series takes place years after the one before it. He also has the Landover series if you liked his Shannara series (although it does have Earth with it). Each series is about 4 books long.

    Mystery: Sue Grafton. She has a book for each letter of the alphabet. I'm currently on O. There's also The Shadow series. Based off an old radio show and are very good.

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  • 1 decade ago

    JK Rowling's Harry Potter series

    Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series

    JD Robb's In Death series

    Jack Whyte's Camulod series

    Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series

    Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles

    Robert Ludlum's Bourne series

    Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series

    Melanie Rawn's Exiles series, Dragon Prince series, and Dragon Star series

    Chris Pike's Last Vampire series

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  • Cajun
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    1 decade ago

    A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. He's not afraid to kill of characters...major or minor. It's High Fantasy, but alot more Sword than Sorcery.....4 books so far and he's working on three more.

    If you want somewhat lighthearted but really good....

    Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files" about a modern day Wizard who advertises in the Yellow Pages. About 10 books so far. He plans to write at least 20.

    Simon R. Green's "Something from the Darkside". Supernatural thrillers in a very cool setting. About 6-7 books so far.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ghost Boy by Ian Lawrence

    Seven Deadly Sins series by Robin Wasserman

    Naughts & Crosses series by Malorie Blackman

    Uglies saga by Scott Westerfeld

    Children of the River by Linda Crew

    Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

    The Vampire Diaires by L.J. Smith

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist:

    Magician: Apprentice

    Magician: Master


    A Darkness at Sethanon

    The books are great and are followed by many series building upon the characters and themes developed in these. See the link below.

    These books are based in an Earth-like world, or at least you think so at first, but it changes as you read on.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

    Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld

    The Vampire Diaries by

    Anita Blake Vampire hunter by Laurell k Hamilton

    The vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Terry Pratchett Discworld books. They're not a series like Harry Potter is. There's no real order, but they're very good and they kinda overlap a bit.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini - the first book is Eragon, and the series will have at least four (it contradicts the trilogy, I know).

    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - you might want to read The Hobbit first though

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