31 Responses to “Fantasy recs”

  1. Charlene Teglia July 11, 2008 at 5:18 PM #

    I absolutely love Bujold’s Chalion series; The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, etc. Paladin is one of my favorite books EVER. Also, if you haven’t read Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea trilogy, it’s phenomenal. And I could go on and on. I assume you’re already reading Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison and Ilona Andrews.

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  2. Ayla F July 11, 2008 at 6:09 PM #

    I would offer you my MS but it’s not finished. 😳

    Instead i’ll suggest Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician Trilogy. Totally awesome books. There’s lots of magic in them so i think they count as fantasy.

  3. Racy Li July 11, 2008 at 6:10 PM #

    Hola! :)If you haven’t already, Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series (starting with Kushiel’s Dart) is magnificent.Also Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwater’s trilogy (starting with Daughter of the Forest) is quite good.Justina Robson is an up and coming SF author, and her book published last year, “Keeping it Real” mixes up elves, cyborgs, and a quantum bomb in a way that I’ve never seen before.Charles DeLint pretty much invented urban fantasy (with no vamps or werewolves: shocking!) and made it much more “American” with his use of Native American mythos. I loved “The Onion girl” and “Forests of the Heart”Emma Bull’s “War for the Oaks” is excellent.British SF writer Liz Williams’ Inspector Chen series starts with “Snake Agent” with a fascinating mystery set in between the Chinese bureacracies of Heaven and Hell.I bet you’ve read everything I’ve mentioned above, but I figured I’d give it a shot!

  4. Kat July 11, 2008 at 7:24 PM #

    Fantasy and romance–my two favourite genres! I love- Patricia McKillip: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (one of my favourite books evah), The Riddlemaster Trilogy, Od Magic, the cygnet duology, and pretty much everything else except Something Rich and Strange; The Changeling Sea (romantic but not a romance) is a short read, if you wanted to try her out- Robin McKinley (Deerskin)I used to love Raymond Feist (The Magician) but I think his first trilogy was the strongest. The second trilogy was good, but it’s more violent. Any romance is secondary at best.I also like J.V. Jones. The Barbed Coil is standalone, and then she has a couple of trilogies. I can’t remember if there’s romance.King of Sword and Sky??? You’re bragging, aren’t you? *sniff*

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  5. Kat July 11, 2008 at 7:25 PM #

    Oops, I thought I had line breaks in my previous comment. Sorry!

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  6. Angie July 11, 2008 at 7:28 PM #

    Racy Li! Where have you been? I was just thinking about you last week and wondering what was up! I’ve read some of what you rec’d. I love the Emma Bull book, I’ve read Justine Robson’s first one, I need to get my hands on the second.

    For whatever reason I’m not a fan of either Jacqueline Carey or Juliet Marillier. I’ve read a book by each. I think maybe they were almost too prosey for me. Not a word, I know 🙂

    I’ve looked at those LIz Williams books a half dozen times in the bookstore, I’m going to give them a try!

    Charli, I love her Sharing Knife books so I was totally down with starting with her Chalion series but Kindle didn’t have the first one! The others in the series, yes, but not the first. Now where’s the sense in that I ask you? I’m going to check out Ursula Leguin. And yes, I’ve read all the others 😛

    Ayla, that’s okay, I’m always ready for fantasy subs so no worries! I actually own those Trudi Canavan books, bought them from Fictionwise a while back, so I’ll pull the first one out. Thanks!

  7. Nicole July 11, 2008 at 7:31 PM #

    I second the Liz Williams Inspector Chen series.  I adored the first two in the series.Tamara Siler Jones’ series that starts with Ghosts in the Snow is good fantasy.I recently read and enjoyed the first two books in James Clemens’ (James Rollins’ fantasy pseudonym) Godslayer Chronicles. Shadow Fall is the first one.Not so recent, but I liked Barbara Hambly’s fantasy books.  Also Tanya Huff.  Summon the Keeper is still an all-time favorite.I also recently read Fiona McIntosh’s Percheron trilogy, but the ending is bittersweet.  Good, but bittersweet.You also might like Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series.Mercedes Lackey has some fun stuff.  Not quite as heavy as some and quick reads.  I like her fairy tale inspired stories.  They’re usually part of the Elemental Masters series. I’d read the Fire Rose first. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling set in San Francisco in early 1900s.  Around the time of the big earthquake.Also Sherwood Smith (who’s got a book out from Samhain, if I remember correctly).  Crown Duel is great.Err…I’ll stop now.  I was reading fantasy/SF waaaaaaay before romance. 

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  8. Nicole July 11, 2008 at 7:32 PM #

    Blech, where’d my paragraphs go?!

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  9. Angie July 11, 2008 at 7:38 PM #

    Kat, I own some Patricia McKillips’ books because Lauren Dane sent them to me, but I picked one up last night and it wasn’t what I was in the mood for this time. I’m not a fan of Robin McKindley, sadly.

    Nope, not bragging, but it was pretty awesome. Heh.

    Nicole, I love those Tamara Siler Jones books. I wish she’d write more. I actually bought them because of reviews you did on your blog. She hasn’t had a release in almost two years and no updates on her website. I wonder what happened to her?

    I’ve read Tanya Huff and like her Summon the Keeper the best. She does have a few books I haven’t read, I should look them up. I also own Barbara Hambly and opened one of hers last night, but also not what I was in the mood for at the time.

    I’ve never heard of Fiona McIntosh, I’ll give her a try.

    Re: Paragraph breaks, I think you have to hit return twice

  10. sandy l July 11, 2008 at 7:55 PM #

    I second Barbara Hambly. Unfortunately, the Darwath trilogy may be out of print, as well as Ladies of Madrigyn. You may want to try the Mists of Avalon (which you may have already read) by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Also, I enjoyed Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy.

    I recommend Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana. And there is also the George R.R. Martin series.

  11. Angie July 11, 2008 at 8:11 PM #

    Oh Sandy, I love that Mary Stewart trilogy. They were some of the very first fantasies I ever read, years ago, would you believe in grade school? (I was a very precocious reader). They’re just fabulous.I should re-read them.

    I actually have read very little Marion Zimmer Bradley. You know, it’s funny, I’ve read some of the older fantasy authors but not all. I could actually spend a lot of time going through backlists from the past 20 years, I’ll bet. Thanks for the recommendations!

  12. Nicole July 11, 2008 at 8:52 PM #

    Oh yes, Tigana by GGK is excellent.  I also liked the Lions of Al’Rassan. 

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  13. Shelley July 11, 2008 at 10:50 PM #

    I love Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. There are 2 books in the series so far:Magic BitesMagic BurnsMagic Strikes – due out in 2009I’m a huge fan of the Temeraire series – have just finished reading Victory of Eagles.cheersShelley

  14. Racy Li July 12, 2008 at 1:01 AM #

    Started and finished another career, and now I’m in the process of moving to Japan for a couple months :)<p>Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my favorite writers of all time, but Tigana is depressing. And it can be a bit prosey, if you’re not in the mood for that.<p>Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris was also quite a good high fantasy novel. I haven’t checked out the Mistborn series yet though.<p>I also recently liked Austin Grossman’s “Soon I will be Invincible.”

  15. Robin F July 12, 2008 at 1:06 AM #

    I second the Mercedes Lackey recommendation, but think from what you have listed you would like her earlier Valdemar books.  The last Herald Mage Trilogy is very good. Oathbound and Oathbreakers are also great as is a later follow up By the Sword.  Although before you read By the Sword you should read the Arrow’s Trilogy which I also love. It starts with Arrows of the Queen.  There is also Lynn Flewelling’s Tamir Trilogy which starts with The Bone Doll’s Twin which is unusual and very good. Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince and Dragon Star Trilogies are good, although not everyone has their HEA and people you love do die.  Just stay away from her two Ruins books as she hasn’t finished the Trilogy and there is no sign of when she will.  It is left on a cliffhanger and very frustrating.Finally there is Sharon Shinn, I like her Samaria books but I loved the Twelve Houses series particularly the first Mystic and Rider.I hope you do enjoy what you read.

  16. Rosario July 12, 2008 at 2:16 AM #

    I second the Lackey recs (and I’d add her 500 Kingdom series, which starts with The Fairy Godmother) and most especially the Shinns. The latter have a different feel to them from the Sharing Knife series, but I’ve often thought that if you like TSK you would probably like the Twelve Houses series.

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  17. Charlene Teglia July 12, 2008 at 7:04 AM #

    More I forgot to mention: Elizabeth Bear, Sheri S. Tepper. And I second the rec for Mary Stewart’s series, classic retelling of the King Arthur tales.And then there’s the other side of fantasy, the funny stuff. Start with Terry Pratchett!

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  18. May July 12, 2008 at 11:45 AM #

    Wow, Racy’s actually alive. *g* I second the Liz Williams recommend. I’ve just read Snake Agent, say a couple of weeks ago. Have you read Sergei Lukyanenko’s Watch trilogy? I can’t remember the title of the first one–which is the only one I’ve read because the rest of the trilogy is in storage in the UK–but it was good enough that I went out to buy the next 2.

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  19. May July 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM #

    Oh yeah, talking about the Bear, I know that her faerie fantasy type thing is out in ebook. Blood & Iron–I know because I have it and haven’t had the chance to read it yet. And Justine Musk’s latest is out this month. The first book in the series is Blood Angel if you haven’t read it yet.

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  20. Ember July 12, 2008 at 5:10 PM #

    Raci mentioned Mistborn (although she hasn’t read it yet!), and I have to second it – fantastic book.  One of the best I’ve read this year.Oddy haven’t been able to get through the second in the series, although my son assures me it picks up “about 100 pages in”.

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  21. Ann July 12, 2008 at 8:47 PM #

    Hi Angie- Nightkeepers by Jessica Andersen was awesome- all about the Maya and 2012, very well written (more uban fantasy than fantasy). Don’t Hex with Texas is out according to BN.com (didn’t see it in my local store), that’s a great series (Enchanted, Inc, Once Upon Stilletoes, and Damsel Under Stress). Charlaine Harris and MaryJanice Davidson both have new books out in their series. That’s all I can think of right off hand. :chair:

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  22. Angie July 12, 2008 at 9:43 PM #

    Hey Shelley! I am a big fan of Ilona’s work. I keep telling her she needs to write faster. And Naomi Novik is scary-talented, isn’t she?

    Racy, I’ve got Elantris on my TBR pile! Ever since I heard he was finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time final book, I went and got it. A second career, hm? Do you think I can travel to Japan with you? I’ve always wanted to go!

    Robin, I love Melanie Rawn! She’s one of those authors I discovered years ago. I’ve read one of her books three or four times. On the other hand, I read one of Sharon Shinn’s books (I think I wrote a review here on the blog) and hated her heroine a good deal. Since I’m a character reader, it made the book a total miss for me and I haven’t picked up any of her others. I’m going to check out Lynn Flewelling and Mercedes Lackey, since so many people have recommended her. I can’t think why I haven’t read her before.

    Rosario, I’ve read some of your posts on Shinn’s books and know you’re a big fan. I think you felt much differently about the book I read.

    I have Elizabeth Bear’s books. Can you guys believe how many of these books you’re naming that I have, but haven’t read? I just collect them from various places and store them on my bookshelves. This is why I have five bookshevles. But I think I’ll look for her faerie book that May mentions first.

    May, Justine Musk. I think I’ve either read that first book, started it, or have it, lol. I’m adding it to the list to go back to!

    Ember, Mistborn it is, then. But does it stand alone? Will I be upset if I don’t love the second?

    Ann, you have great taste in books. I’ve read all those and loved them. I’ll take your book recs any day 😉

  23. Angie July 12, 2008 at 9:44 PM #

    In case anyone is wondering, I started reading Charli’s rec of the Lois Bujold books. I tracked down a copy of The Curse of Chalion. I’m reading that at the same time as reading the third Novik book (yes, I’m behind in that series, but it’s one I like to read one at a time, with a few months in between. Odd for me).

  24. May July 13, 2008 at 1:52 AM #

    Now that I think about it, you might be the blogger who was less than impressed with Musk. Probably check your blog archives? Since I think it, it’s probably in your blog. I’d do it, but my internet’s acting up. I know I read one of Brandon Sanderson’s books, just don’t know which one. It was pretty good though.

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  25. Kelly Maher July 14, 2008 at 9:32 AM #

    Well, I already sent you the rec for Midnight Never Comes by Marie Brennan under my day job alter ego on Twitter, but another one that comes to mind is the Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin.  The first one is “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”.

  26. lys July 14, 2008 at 9:50 AM #

    Here are some lighthearted paranormal/mystery/romances

    #4- Don’t Hex with Texas [Kindle Edition] – Shanna Swendson
    #3 – Once Upon Stilettos [Kindle Edition] – Shanna Swendson
    #2- Damsel Under Stress: A Novel [Kindle Edition] – Shanna Swendson
    #1- Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel [Kindle Edition] – Shanna Swendson

    And a terrific Dark Fantasy
    Bone Song [Kindle Edition] – John Meany

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  27. Angie July 14, 2008 at 4:21 PM #

    Thanks for the recommendations, everyone. I have quite a list.

    Lys, thanks for visiting! I have never heard of John Meany, I’ll have to check his book out.

  28. May July 14, 2008 at 4:25 PM #

    I have the Meaney book. Haven’t read it yet. At this rate, I predict that you’ll get to is before I do.

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  29. orannia July 14, 2008 at 8:18 PM #

    HI!
    I’m de-lurking as I have few more fantasy authors to add to your list 🙂 Firstly Janny Wurts. Her War of Light & Shadows series is good, but quite heavy. She has written a stand-alone book called To Ride Hell’s Chasm, which I just love. Slow to start but….very good. She also wrote a series…the name eludes me…the first book being Keeper of the Keys, which I liked. Not so heavy. Also I have to mention Anne Bishop. Her Black Jewel trilogy is AMAZING (but dark!).  Oh, and if you don’t mind YA books then perhaps Tamora Pierce? Her best series by far is the Protector of the Small quartet.
    Oh, and I just loved Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea trilogy and Mercedes Lackey’s The Last Herald Mage series. And Guy Gavriel Kay wrote a series before Tigana called..I think…The Summer Tree, which has the Camelot legend interwoven to some extent.
    Enjoy 🙂 
    orannia

  30. Kat July 14, 2008 at 8:31 PM #

    Didn’t Janny Wurts co-author a trilogy with Raymond Feist? I remember liking those books, and they feature a very strong female lead. If I recall correctly, there was also a romance (although I definitely woudn’t considered the books genre Romance).

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  31. Angie July 14, 2008 at 9:35 PM #

    I LOVE Anne Bishop. I’ve read all of her work except Belladonna and I think the latest book in the Black Jewels. I could happily reread her stuff since I haven’t read it in awhile.

    You know, I did look at the Janny Wurts stuff, but it didn’t strike me at the time. I’ll add her to my list for a second look later. (and she is the one who did something with Feist).

    Thanks for delurking to share with me!

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