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

Looking for a good fantasy book series?

I just recently finished reading the Terry Goodkind series, The Sword of Truth. I really enjoyed this series and am looking for a similar series but have not come across anything that seems appealing. I like fantasy books with magic, elves, wizards and the like. Anyone have any suggestions?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    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.

    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 Unicorn, The Hand of Oberon, and The Courts of Chaos.

    The Second Chronicles of Amber - Trumps of Doom, Blood of Amber, Sign of Chaos, Knight of Shadows, and Prince of Chaos.

    Richard Adams: Watership Down

    George Orwell: Animal Farm

    Richard Bach: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Bob Chapman: Visitors

    David Gemmell: Waylander and In the Realm of the Wolf

    Dean Koontz:

    Odd Thomas Series - Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, and Odd Hours.

    Raymond E. Fiest:

    Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master

    The Riftwar Saga - Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon.

    Krondor's Sons -Prince of the Blood, The King's Bucaneer.

    Serpent War Saga - Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King, Shards of a Broken Crown.

    Riftwar Legacy - Krondor: The Betrayal, Krondor: The Assassins, Krondor: Tear of the Gods.

    Honored Enemy: Legends of the Riftwar

    Conclave of Shadows Saga - Talon of the Silver Hawk, King of Foxes, Exile's Return.

    Dark War Saga - Flight of the Nighthawks, Into a Dark Realm, Wrath of a Mad God.

    Raymond E. Fiest and Janny Wurts:

    Empire Trilogy - Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, and Mistress of the Empire.

    Dave Farland:

    Runelords - The Sum of All Men, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Wizardborn, The Lair of Bones, Sons of the Oak, and Worldbinder.

    Robin Hobb:

    Farseer Trilogy - Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest.

    Liveship Traders Trilogy - Ship of Magic, Mad Ship, and Ship of Destiny

    Soldier Son Series - Shaman's Crossing, Forest Mage, and Renegade's Magic

    Patricia A. McKillip:

    The Riddlemaster of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, Harpist in the Wind, Riddle Master's Game, and Riddle of Stars.

    Susanna Clarke: Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell

    George R. R. Martin:

    A Song of Fire and Ice Saga - A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance of Dragons, The Winds of Winter, and A Dream of Spring.

    Glen Cook:

    Annals of The Black Company Series - The Black Company, Shadows Linger, The White Rose, The Silver Spike, Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, Bleak Seasons, She is the Darkness, Water Sleeps, and Soldiers Live.

    Steven Erikson:

    Malazan Book of the Fallen Saga - Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bone Hunters, Reaper's Gate, and Toll the Hounds.

    R. Scott Baker:

    Prince of Nothing Trilogy - The Da

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  • Ilerya
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    1 decade ago

    Have you read George R.R. Martin and his A Song of Ice & Fire series? I read Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series and moved from that into GRRM's series. I found them really enjoyable, a little bit more medievil with a focus on Kings/Queens and dragons, but still very good.

    Check out this link:

    The series is ongoing and starts with 'A Game of Thrones' that packs a powerful punch to the opening of the series.

    As for some other books, I would recommend R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms books that revolve around Drizzt, a dark elf. Wonderful series well worth the read. He's very descriptive and can be rather wordy, so if you don't like that... probably not a good idea. I really enjoyed them too.

    Then again, there's always a great read in Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Well worth the read as well!

    Good luck and happy reading!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The ultimate in sword and sorcery

    Forgotten Realms books by R. A. Salvatore

    There is no easy way to summarize these books, the scope is just too large. Best I can do is say they are full of adventure, elves, magic, and alternate worlds.

    A Song of Ice and Fire Series (4 in print, 3 planned) by George R. R. Martin

    The Wheel of Time (11 in print, 12th book to be written by Brandon Sanderson) by Robert Jordan

    Those 3 are epic fantasy standards and if you enjoyed Terry Goodkind, do yourself a favor and check out these.

    Source(s): My Fantasy Blog (A work in progress)
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  • 1 decade ago

    Anne McCaffrey writes dragon books, one of her series being the Dragonriders of Pern, I believe. The first is Dragonsong, then Dragonsinger, then Dragondrums.

    Gail Carson Levine also writes some really good fantasy books, including The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Fairest, and Ella Enchanted.

    E.D. Baker wrote the Frog Princess series, beginning with The Frog Princess. Next is Dragon's Breath, then Once Upon A Curse, then No Place for Magic, then The Salamander Spell.


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  • 4 years ago

    You can not not read Asimov's Foundation series, which won the Hugo ( Or was that Nebula) award, beating Tolkien's LOTR trilogy . If you enjoyed the Inheritance trilogy by that teenage writer Christopher Paolini, You might like Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McAffrey. Actually, if you liked X-Men, you could try her Talent series as well, inwhich people with psychic powers setup a corporation which makes money by using there powers of telekinesis (in transport sector and space travel)/ premonitions( in insurance industry and disaster control etc.) and stuff. Her other famous series include "Crystal singer" and "Powers that be" with Ann Scarborough. I didn't mind the Gaia trilogy by John Varley. Its about a space mission that crashlands( or if you prefer, stumbles upon) on an alien wheel like thingy in the solar system. That's a bit weird though. ---- For some reason, I didn't like Heinlein, his endings were damp squibs and the humour a bit too loud ( too much wit is like 3 muchsaly, and you need toadd more to a story than just a supposedly funny bit of verbal sparring,)

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  • Oat
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    1 decade ago

    If you like Terry Goodkind and you are a guy, you should try the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I believe the SciFi channel has a series based on the books, but I haven't seen it. The books are wonderful.

    Harry Dresden is a modern Wizard/Detective (the only one in the phone book, lol). I love this series.

    Go visit his website and click on the first book. You can read a couple sample chapters to see if it fits what you want.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi, you might want to try my own recently published book, entitled "The Tales of Tanglewood: The Lon Dubh Whistle".

    The first in a series, Tales of Tanglewood melds together influences of Celtic and Irish mythology with modern-day folklore, and is a fantasy novel to be enjoyed and cherished by all ages. Within the pages of this tome you will find the adventures of Colin, a child who is fully aware of the hidden world of myth and wonder hiding within the woods just beyond his home, long kept secret by old magic. Only the fey magic which runs through his veins has enabled him to find what others cannot; the Tanglewood, the wood within the woods. Full of odd characters and fey beings, the Tanglewood is a world of magnificent folklore come to life.

    For more details and to download the first three chapters for free, go to

    or you can check out the reviews at

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  • oat345
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Harry Potter by JK Rowling

    Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini

    Crestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

    LOTR by Tolkien

    any books by Peter F Hamilton

    Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I suggest you read the "Chronicles of Prydain" by Lloyd Alexander (5 books, about 1200 pages)

    Awesome stuff! The stories are along the same vein as lord of the rings, but still refreshingly original. An epic tale of the like you will never forget or come across again.

    Source(s): My favourite books
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I generally don't read a LOT of fantasty, but the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman is very good. Harry Potter is also good of course, but I'm sure you've read that before. I've never read Twilight, but I don't intend on doing so either. Pubescent vampires falling in love? No thank you.

    EDIT: I forgot Eragon and The Lord of the Rings, including The Hobbit.

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    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Try some of these:

    Neil Gaiman is an amazing author! Any of his books are good.

    The Abhorsen Trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen) by Garth Nix

    His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman

    The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill, If you liked this one, check out the next two Blade of Fire and The Last Battle of the Icemark.

    Inkheart and Inkspell and Inkdeath (coming soon!) by Cornelia Funke

    The Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini

    The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books) by C.S. Lewis

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery and Firesong by William Nicholson

    The Sight and Fell by David Clement-Davies

    Source(s): Enjoy!
    • T4 years agoReport

      Try a new author, TP Keane. Her book The Paladins of Naretia is a first in a series and it s honestly one of the best reads. It s young adult too.

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