For fantasy fans-need recommendations


Is it just me, or has NOTHING good come out since Lynch’s ‘Red Seas Under Red Skies’ came out in June? I just haven’t been able to get excited about anything since then. I have been rereading the Dark Tower books but don’t want to finish #7 again. Too depressing right now. And it seems like my “Recommended for You” list on Amazon hasn’t changed all summer. I’m waiting for several books to be released, but all of these are set to be released in the fall or spring or else no one knows when it it will be.

Right now I am waiting on:

A Dance with Dragons (Martin, April 2008)
A Sword from Red Ice (Jones, no one knows)
Duma Key (King, Jan. 2008)
Confessor (Goodkind, Nov. 2007)
Grand History of the Realms (James, Sep. 18, 2007)
Wrath of a Mad God (Feist, March 2008)

On my to-read list:

Stranger in a Strange Land (Heinlein)
The Historian (Kostova)
Titus Alone (Peake)

This is a pretty short list, for me, and I am not extremely excited about any of these although I’m sure I will like Stranger.

I love to “discover” new-to-me authors, so if anyone could recommend something to me, I would really appreciate it.

My husband’s a big fantasy fan. He recently (within the last couple of years) started reading China Mieville’s books (Perdido Street Station, etc). He really, really likes this author. He even thinks I would like him, even though I’m not really a fantasy fan.

My friend has been trying to get me to read Name of the Wind for a while now. She loooves the book, so you might want to check it out.

Have you read Robin Hobb? She has a set of three trilogies that all go together (and are fantastic) and then another trilogy that is completely separate (and good, but not great).


  1. Assassin’s Apprentice (1995)
  2. Royal Assassin (1996)
  3. Assassin’s Quest (1997)

Liveship Traders

  1. Ship of Magic (1998)
  2. The Mad Ship (1999)
  3. Ship of Destiny (2000)

Tawny Man

  1. Fool’s Errand (2001)
  2. The Golden Fool (2002)
  3. Fool’s Fate (2003)

Soldier Son (the separate trilogy)

  1. Shaman’s Crossing (2005)
  2. Forest Mage (2006)
  3. Renegade’s Magic (2007)

Take a look at - it’s a great resource for finding books (and looking for new authors and/or finding out what some of your favorite authors will be publishing).

I also highly recommend Jim Butcher, both his Harry Dresden books and his fantasy series.

:cheering: Yay for book recommendations!!!

Vendia, I’ve read both PSS and Iron Council. I bogged down on IC, though, and came back to it a couple of times. I’m waiting on Un Lun Dun to come out in paperback! Does your husband like Neil Gaiman? (I actually prefer Gaiman to Mieville.) Not that they are the same, but both write kind of weird, unclassifiable stuff. :mrgreen:

Stiney, I think you hit the jackpot!!! I’ve missed this author, somehow! Sounds perfect! says it will be coming out on September 20. :woohoo:

Karendawn, I’ve read the Farseer trilogy and loved it. I have been meaning to get the Tawny Man books. I wasn’t sure about the Liveship books, but I’ve read that some people actually prefer them to the Fitz books. What do you think? And Jim Butcher has a LOT of books out. Which one should I read first?

The Liveship books take place in a different section of the world of the Farseer and Tawny Man books. Although I love Fitz and the Fool, I also really like the Liveship books (if not as much as Fitz). Plus, there is a, uh, major connection (trying not to give away any spoilers) in the Liveship books to the Farseer books that comes out even more in the Tawny Man books (hope that makes sense), so it’s best to read the Liveship books before the Tawny Man ones.

As for Jim Butcher, although there are a lot of books, it’s only two series - and both should DEFINITELY be read in order. So I’d say start with the first in either series (Dresden = urban fantasy; Codex Alera = more traditional fantasy)

Dresden Files

  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Moon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor (forthcoming)

Codex Alera

  1. Furies of Calderon
  2. Academ’s Fury
  3. Cursor’s Fury
  4. Captain’s Fury (forthcoming)


Thanks! I’ll take your advice and read the Liveship books before Tawny Man. And I think I’ll try out ‘Furies of Calderon’ first. It’s even on sale at! It sounds character-based, which I like.

Since the protagonist of ‘Furies of Calderon’ is 15, would this be appropriate to recommend to my 14-year-old niece? Her mom, my sister, is pretty particular. I just read Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician trilogy this summer, and I was going to recommend it to her because it seemed geared to a younger audience, but then overall I decided to wait a couple more years. So you can see that my sister is very picky with her if I’m scared to recommend that set of books. :teehee: She loves Harry Potter, of course, and reads Dragonlance books. I’ve been trying to get her to read Salvatore’s Drizzt books, but my sister is afraid of the covers. :doh:

Although the protagonist is young, the books are not young adult. It’s been a while since I’ve read the first book (and although I have the second, I haven’t had a chance to read it yet), and I don’t remember any specifically adult situations (no sex that I remember although there is some violence), but since I haven’t read beyond the first book yet, I don’t want to recommend it to a 14-year-old and then have the later books get more adult!

Since you’re going to be reading the books yourself, I think I’d recommend waiting until you’ve read it and make the decision on your own. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

Anything by Mercedes Lackey - By the Sword is a good one to start with… or Fire Rose or Free Bards trilogy

Also- Anne Bishop

Daughter of the Blood
Heir to the Shadows
Queen of the Darkness
Dreams Made Flesh

Pillars of the World
Shadows and Light
House of Gaian

Hopefully these help :slight_smile:

That’s what happened with the Black Magician books. After the first one, I was hopeful I’d found something to recommend to her. But then, after reading the second and third, I changed my mind. It wasn’t anything very overt, not like G.R.R. Martin, but just overall I decided to not mention them.

Oh, of course. And you’ve been extremely helpful!!

You know, I’ve had Mercedes Lackey recommended to me several times, but somehow haven’t ever started on her books. I’m glad you included one to start with because she’s published a lot! ‘By the Sword’ does sound interesting! Thank you!

Anne Bishop–the Black Jewels books sound good! :yay: I’m going to give these a try.

I very much second the Anne Bishop recommendation!