Good books of swords and sorcery?

What are some good books with swords and sorcery? Please leave a quick summary along with the title. Thanks!

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  • 7 years ago
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    You must read the stories of Robert E. Howard. He basically invented "Sword and Sorcery" stories. The Conan stories, Kull the Conqeror, and the novel Almuric are all classic sword and sorcery tales.

    Karl Edward Wagner's of Kane, the mystic swordsman, are also great books. Darkness Weaves, Bloodstone, Dark Crusade, and Death Angels's shadow.

    For a good idea of the best Sword and Sorcery writers, check out this wiki page

    I've read almost all of the authors listed in that article.

    Sorry I can't give you summaries for the titles, it would take way too long. However, I can guarantee enjoyment of Robert E Howard and Karl Edward Wagner.

    Michael Moorcock's Elric series is good too. Elric is an albino swordsman with some kind of supernatural aspects about him...(don't remember exactly what it was...)

    C.L. Moore's Jirel of Joiry was the first female swordswoman heroine apart from Howard's Red Sonja.

    I loved all those books when I was a teen and adult.

    I don't care much for the "Dungeons and Dragons" style books, even though I played D&D for many years.

    Source(s): Big fan of Sword and Sorcery novels.
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  • ?
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    4 years ago

    Well, by definition, you can't have a sword and sorcery novel without sorcery, but there are some good magicless fantasy novels out there. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner is a magic-free fantasy. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss has magic, but at least it follows the laws of thermodynamics: magical energy must come from somewhere, and it cannot be used with 100% efficiency. It's a damned good read. You may also like The Engineer's Trilogy by KJ Parker. Just don't let it color your view of the engineering profession. For a classic, try Anne McCaffery's The Dragonriders of Pern. It's actually science fiction, not fantasy, but it does have dragons. The first three, Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon, are the best.

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  • CJ
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    7 years ago

    Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard- A bumper collection of original stories featuring the 'black-haired, sullen-eyed' barbarian of the far north, Conan - the greatest adventure hero of all time!

    Elric saga by Michael Moorcock- Next to Tolkein, The Elric Saga is likely the best fantasy ever produced.

    Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser by Fritz Leiber- Fafhrd commonly uses a sword which he names Graywand. He also carries a poignard named Heartseeker and a short hand-axe which has never been named. The Mouser also fights with a pair of weapons: a "slim, curving" sword called Scalpel and a dagger called Cat's Claw, the latter usually hidden in the small of the Mouser's back, and the original of which had a very subtle curve...

    Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny- The Amber stories take place in two "true" worlds: Amber, and the Courts of Chaos, as well as the shadows that lie between them. These shadows, including our Earth, are parallel worlds that exist in the tension between the two true worlds of Amber and the Courts. The Courts of Chaos is situated in Shadow at the very edge of the pit of Chaos itself, a seething cauldron from which all that is or ever will be comes from. Royals of Amber who have negotiated the Pattern can travel freely through the shadows...

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  • 7 years ago

    Eragon (the Inheritance Cycle 1) - Christopher Paolini : farm boy becomes DragonRider, gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller. magic, glory, power. will he fight for the good or dark side?

    The Seer and the Sword - Victoria Hanley : a princess who can see into the future, a prince captured and turned into slave of the princess, later becomes great fighter who weilds the legendary sword stolen from his kindom, fights, betrayls, accusations, friendship/love etc.

    The assasins of Tamurin - S. D. Tower : orphan cast out of town at young age, is found and taken to a school for training assassins. she's got a secret though, there's magic, princess and fights

    The Blue sword (Damar 1) - Robin McKinley : orphan kidnapped and taken to a place far away. is trained in the arts of war and becomes quite skilled in it. why was she chosen? read and find out

    The Hero and the crown (Damar 2)- Robin McKinley : (technically a sequel to the book above but it's set a long time in the future from the events of The Blue Sword) a princess who is treated as if she is not the rightful heir, almost dies to prove her blood contains the 'royal magical blood' in recovery she learns how to create a type of fire repellent through lots of trial and error, later becomes a fighter, dragons, love etc.

    Alanna: the first adventure (Song of the Lioness 1) - Tamora Pierce : girls aren't allowed to be trained for knights but she trades places with her twin brother who in turn learns the art of magic. battles and adventure happen

    The warrior Heir (the heir Chronicles 1) - C.W. Chima : guy who thinks he's normal but one day skips his medication and discoveres that he's much stronger than before. Soon finds out he's one of the last warriors of a type of magical people. magical tournament, fight to death, ruler etc.

    Source(s): years of reading experience
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    5 years ago

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  • 7 years ago

    Well they are all kind of the same thing. They all try to imitate LOTR at it's most superficial levels by including tree hugging elves, bearded dwarfs, a Chosen One, a princes, and call it a day.

    The only ones that stand out are the Witcher series (the games not only sucked by themselves but were also terrible adaptations), the Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles, original Earthsea series and maybe the Inheritance Cycle (which has most of the stuff I hate about fantasy fiction, but at least the characters were interesting).

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