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Title: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Lyz on July 19, 2011, 04:11:31 PM
I'm the vein of another thread floating around today, I'm wondering what your favorite fantasy series are? (No need to put a number on how many you enjoy; just go for it!)

My favorites:
(To everyone's dismay) Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
(Probably, again, to everyone's dismay) Black Jewels by Anne Bishop
Kingmaker, Kingbreaker by Karen Miller
Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: pornokitsch on July 19, 2011, 05:54:19 PM
Five off the top of my head...

The Engineer Trilogy (KJ Parker)
Bas-Lag Trilogy (China Miéville)
Fell (Warren Ellis)
Belgariad (David Eddings)
Bartimaeus (Jonathan Stroud)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: ChristinaJL on July 19, 2011, 06:16:00 PM
In no particular order:-

Shadows of the Apt (Adrian Tchaikovsky)
Legends of the Red Sun (Mark Charan Newton)
The Iron Elves (Chris Evans)
Night Angel (Brent Weeks)
LotR (Tolkien)
Malazan Book of the Fallen (Steven Erikson)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Nighteyes on July 19, 2011, 07:32:55 PM
This is easier than individual books I would say.
No particular order again but . . .
A Song of Ice and Fire
Discworld
The Sandman
Realm of the Elderlings   
And whatever Abercrombie calls his series
Oh and The Wheel of Time.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Azrael. on July 19, 2011, 10:01:56 PM
My top 5 favourite books/series, in general are:

1] The Black Magician Trilliogy By Trudi Canavan.
2] The Kingkiller Chronicles By Patric Rothfuss.
3] The Chronicles of the Necromancer/The Fallen Kings Cycle [Same series, differen't 'seasons' as it were.] By Gail. Z. Martin.
* 4] This one isn't a fantasy novel, though it isn't really mainstream either: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami.
5] The Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson. [Manage to change my top five for the first time in a while.]

Two which have previously been in my top five:

The Inheritance Cycle By Christopher Paolini. <----- The last one is finally being released. I remember being quite young when I read the first one. Lol.
The Jaz Parks Series By Jenifer Rardin. R.I.P.

Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: missoularedhead on July 20, 2011, 12:53:05 AM
Once again, pornokitsch and I reveal that we are, in fact, twins separated at birth...

KJ Parker's Engineer's War trilogy
China Mieville's Bas-Lag books
Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
The Earthsea books
David Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean.

(and in the 'sci fi is fantasy' camp)
Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs novels
Peter Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Toc the Youngest on July 20, 2011, 03:51:25 AM
1. Malazan Book of the Fallen
2. Song of Ice and Fire
3. First Law
4. Night Angel
5. Prince of Nothing
6. Wheel of Time
7. Rigante series by Gemmell
8. Chronicles of Raven
9. Black Company
10. Gentlemen Bastard
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Bahl on July 20, 2011, 10:43:31 AM
Malazan Book of the Fallen - Erikson & Esslemont
Discworld - Sir Pratchett
The Twilight Reign - Tom Lloyd - brilliant
Wheel of Time - Jordan
Dune - Herbert Snr, not Jr.
First Law - Abercrombie
Shadows of the Apt - Tchaikovsky - seriously good
Long price Quartet - Abraham
Gentlemen Bastards - Lynch

The Troy books by Gemmel was pretty ok as well, but not favourites.

And, in my younger days. I've outgrown them, but they deserve at least a mention

Raymond E Feist with his never ending story
David Eddings - Basically same never ending story.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Overlord on July 20, 2011, 11:09:44 AM
1. Night Angel Trilogy
2. Demon Cycle
3. Song of Ice and Fire
4. Mistborn
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Dornish First Sword on July 20, 2011, 01:42:06 PM
A song of ice and fire
Malazan book of the fallen (still reading the series but its up there)
Stormlight archive (yes i know it only has one book so far but it is fantastic and is going to be epic)
Empire Trilogy (Feist and Wurts)
Belgariad (purely for nostalgia as it was one of the first fantasy series i read)
Dresden Files (I'm still new to it but the series is becoming a favourite of mine)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Nighteyes on July 20, 2011, 01:46:14 PM
My rule was that there had to be at least three books so far in the series, so no Demon Cycle, Stormlight or Kingkiller for me.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Lyz on July 20, 2011, 05:29:55 PM
My rule was that there had to be at least three books so far in the series, so no Demon Cycle, Stormlight or Kingkiller for me.

I suppose that's fair, although Brett and Rothfuss are working on their third novels (that's correct, right? I'm not just hearing things?).

One more I forgot to mention: The Myst series of books (http://www.amazon.com/Myst-Reader-Rand-Miller/dp/1401307817/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311179360&sr=1-1) is also one of my favorites. :)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Cheerwell on July 21, 2011, 12:09:48 PM
Right now? Hm. I'm afraid one only has two books, but I still have to list it.

1. The Imager Portfolio - L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
2. Black Blade/Sarah Beauhall - J.A. Pitts
3. Princess Series - Jim C. Hines
4. The Dark Tower & related books such as The Eyes of the Dragon - Stephen King
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Overlord on July 21, 2011, 12:47:47 PM
My rule was that there had to be at least three books so far in the series, so no Demon Cycle, Stormlight or Kingkiller for me.

I suppose that's fair, although Brett and Rothfuss are working on their third novels (that's correct, right? I'm not just hearing things?).

One more I forgot to mention: The Myst series of books (http://www.amazon.com/Myst-Reader-Rand-Miller/dp/1401307817/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311179360&sr=1-1) is also one of my favorites. :)

Brett has released 4 books in that series (2 full length, 2 novellas) and Rothfuss two books... in all there are more words in the two main books by Brett and Rothfuss than in most series' have in four books :P
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Bahl on July 21, 2011, 12:49:28 PM
My rule was that there had to be at least three books so far in the series, so no Demon Cycle, Stormlight or Kingkiller for me.

I suppose that's fair, although Brett and Rothfuss are working on their third novels (that's correct, right? I'm not just hearing things?).

One more I forgot to mention: The Myst series of books (http://www.amazon.com/Myst-Reader-Rand-Miller/dp/1401307817/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311179360&sr=1-1) is also one of my favorites. :)

Brett has released 4 books in that series (2 full length, 2 novellas) and Rothfuss two books... in all there are more words in the two main books by Brett and Rothfuss than in most series' have in four books :P

More is not always better. Rothfuss's story went nowhere, and novellas aren't part of the series as such are they?
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Lyz on July 21, 2011, 03:00:22 PM
My rule was that there had to be at least three books so far in the series, so no Demon Cycle, Stormlight or Kingkiller for me.

I suppose that's fair, although Brett and Rothfuss are working on their third novels (that's correct, right? I'm not just hearing things?).

One more I forgot to mention: The Myst series of books (http://www.amazon.com/Myst-Reader-Rand-Miller/dp/1401307817/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311179360&sr=1-1) is also one of my favorites. :)

Brett has released 4 books in that series (2 full length, 2 novellas) and Rothfuss two books... in all there are more words in the two main books by Brett and Rothfuss than in most series' have in four books :P

More is not always better. Rothfuss's story went nowhere, and novellas aren't part of the series as such are they?

I'd forgotten the novellas in Brett's story. But yes, they're connected to the series, telling other stories about the main characters.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Overlord on July 21, 2011, 03:32:16 PM
My rule was that there had to be at least three books so far in the series, so no Demon Cycle, Stormlight or Kingkiller for me.

I suppose that's fair, although Brett and Rothfuss are working on their third novels (that's correct, right? I'm not just hearing things?).

One more I forgot to mention: The Myst series of books (http://www.amazon.com/Myst-Reader-Rand-Miller/dp/1401307817/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311179360&sr=1-1) is also one of my favorites. :)

Brett has released 4 books in that series (2 full length, 2 novellas) and Rothfuss two books... in all there are more words in the two main books by Brett and Rothfuss than in most series' have in four books :P

More is not always better. Rothfuss's story went nowhere, and novellas aren't part of the series as such are they?

I'd forgotten the novellas in Brett's story. But yes, they're connected to the series, telling other stories about the main characters.

Yes they are - they give a greater look at how Arlen became the way he is... i.e. seeing people who remind him of his parent's, how lowly people value love, etc.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Noona on July 21, 2011, 03:39:21 PM
In no order -
Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey
Symphony of Ages by Elizabeth Haydon
The Dark Tower by Stephen King (this might not last as I only read it a couple of months ago)
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (although I've not read them all yet)
Lord of the Rings by Tolkein
Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix (YA)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (YA)

With honourable mention to Kingkiller Chronicles and Gentleman Bastard (I'm liking the three books rule!)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Tegh on July 23, 2011, 12:40:29 AM
I'll try to list my top five in order...any more then that and you run into the "fond" category but not quite "favorite" lol.

1. Lord of the Rings (it was the first series i read in fantasy and the precursor for all that followed=Auto win)
2. Dark Materia
3. The old Dragon Lance novels by Margret Weiss and Tracy Hickman
4. The crimson Shadow tril by R.A. Salv (basically anything older writing of his was awesome before Drizzt went overboard)
5. The Wheel of Time

There are many others, but those are, in my book, the best of the best ;)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: silversun on July 24, 2011, 02:47:00 PM
In no order:

1. Realm of the Elderlings
2. Mistborn
3. Night Angel
4. A Song of Ice and Fire
5. Firebringer Trilogy (Meredith Ann Pierce)
      ^--- amazing basically unknown YA series
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: JenniferQuail on May 23, 2012, 08:31:43 PM
The Firebringer Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce
The Johnny Dixon Mysteries by John Bellairs (ie the ones actually written solely by Bellairs and published in his lifetime)
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
The Elenium by David Eddings
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

(I'd say "The Dragonriders of Pern" because it's only SCIENCE fiction in the loosest possible sense but I don't want to get beaten up by annoyed McCaffrey fans for calling it fantasy.)

Recent-published runner up: The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
Can't Count (yet) as there are only two novelizations of a much longer webcomic: Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Lor on May 23, 2012, 09:27:13 PM
Mark C. Newton's "Legends of the Red Sun" series will have to claim my favourite spot, followed very closely by Sam Sykes' "The Aeon's Gate" series. Love the work those boys are doing. I'm a huge fan of Scott Lynch's "Gentlemen Bastards" series and Joe Abercrombie's "First Law Trilogy". Nothing groundbreaking, but hey.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Elfy on May 24, 2012, 12:26:43 AM
The problem I have here is I don't like to put a series on a list like this until it's actually completed, so that rules out things that I thoroughly enjoy like The Gentleman Bastards or ASoIaF. Off the top of my head I can think of three that I've really liked that are complete, although arguments could be made that this is not the case.
No particular order: Harry Potter, The First Law and A Man of His Word by Dave Duncan. I said arguments in that Abercrombie has done 2 standalones (soon to be 3) set in the same world as First Law and featuring some of the same characters, and Dave Duncan followed up A Man of His Word with A Handful of Men, which was a continuation of A Man of His Word, but didn't have the same quality to me, although it was very readable.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Idlewilder on May 24, 2012, 05:50:04 PM
Following the 'more than 2 in the series so far' rule that rules out Kingkiller Chronicles and Gentlemen Bastards for me. So...

1 - A Song of Ice and Fire
2 - The Wheel of Time
3 - Discworld
4 - The First Law
5 - The Dresden Files

The Top 3 could just as easily be on par as it just depends what mood I'm in as to who the 'favourite' is.  ;D
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: algardis on May 24, 2012, 08:42:55 PM
My top 5 favorite YA fantasy series (which is my favorite genre), in very particular order are:

1] The Circle of Magic Series By Tamora Pierce
2] The Valdemar Books By Mercedes Lackey
3] The Graceling Series By Kristin Cashore
4] The Grey Wolf Throne Series by Cinda Williams Chima
5] The Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher

I also enjoy Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles and Anne Bishop's Black Jewel Trilogy.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: EvieManieri on May 24, 2012, 08:59:24 PM
The Dark is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper, I read it at least once every two years.
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn - Tad Williams, doomed my first marriage by bringing them on my honeymoon!
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: AmrothDin on May 26, 2012, 10:14:27 AM
Hm, I've only encountered three series, which I like enough to put on this list.

1.) The First Law
2.) A Song of Ice and Fire
3.) Discworld
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Gothos on May 26, 2012, 05:32:07 PM
A great series is one you look forward to re-reading and then reading again.

1)Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson and Ian Cam Esslemont
2)Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson
3)The Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe (seriously the world wound be a shit place without this series in it)
4)Gotrex and Felix - William King
5)Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Dan D Jones on May 29, 2012, 03:23:38 PM
Ugh.  As of right now (subject to change in five minutes) I'll go with my top 5, in no particular order:

Stephen R. Donaldson's Thomas Covenant books
Frank Herbert's Dune series (NOT including the Brian Herbert/ KJ Anderson abominations)
Patricia McKillip The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy
Roger Zelazny's first and second Chronicles of Amber
David Eddings The Belgariad  (Primarily for nostalgic reasons.  Wouldn't make it if published today but definitely one of the most influential series in shaping my love of spec fic in my youth.)

And of course that list leaves off Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun which HAS to go in there somewhere.  Ugh.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: J. Mark Miller on May 29, 2012, 04:06:03 PM
Let's see if I can pare this down to close to five:

The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien (yeah, I know, cliché)  ;)
The Malazan Book of the Fallen - Erikson
The Long Price Quartet - Abraham
The Gentlemen Bastards - Lynch
Mistborn - Sanderson
Belgariad/Mallorean - Eddings (ah, childhood memories)
The Kingkiller Chronicles - Rothfuss

OK, I'll stop now.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Ashes on May 29, 2012, 06:09:29 PM
Oh, oh this will be fun!

1st) Drenai - David Gemmell
2nd) The First Law - Joe Abercrombie
3rd) Harry Potter - J.K Rowling (for the child in me,)
4th) Demon Cycle - Peter V. Brett
5th) Night Angel - Brent Weeks
6th) Rigante - David Gemmell
7th) Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkien
8th) Belgariad/Mallorean - David Eddings
9th) Discworld - Terry Pratchett
10th) The Kings Blades - Dave Duncan

And these are the ones that I have only read the first novel in the seires. But look promising.
The Gentleman's Bastards - Scott Lynch
Wild Hunt - Elspeth Cooper
A Tale of the Kin - Douglas Hulick
Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: nani on May 29, 2012, 07:31:53 PM
In no particular order

Night Angel
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
Mistborn
Night Angel
Thraxas Series (Dont know but liked it more than Dresden)
Earthsea except the last one.

Leaving out Kingkiller coz have series doubts on how he will finish all of it in a single book.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Stanisk on June 01, 2012, 05:29:16 PM
I think I'll mention a couple that other's haven't so far.

Melanie Rawn, Sunrunner Series.
Katherine Kurtz, Deryni Novels
Elizabeth Moon, Deeds of Paksenarion

I know it's already mentioned but also

Anne McCaffrey, Dragoriders of Pern
(Not strictly speaking fantasy, but the early books read as Man v. Nature fantasy)

Ursula K LeGuin, Earthsea Quartet.


Partly because they are lovely novels, also because they are some of the first books a bored kid got when given a library card ..
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: tcsimpson on June 04, 2012, 12:25:41 PM
WOT
ASOIAF
Dresden Files
Necroscope
Coldfire Trilogy
Night Angel
Mistborn
Kingkiller Chronicles
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Chocobaba on June 06, 2012, 11:01:46 AM
Top 5, meaning 1 = my favourite.

1. Malazan. Wins by a mile really. Best series ever.
2. Wheel of Time.
3/4 Mistborn and Night Angel. I can not decide which I prefer.
5. Song of Ice and Fire. It might be that I only put this on 5 because it's been so long since I've read it, and I've forgotten much of its epicness. But hey, in my top 5 still, so it's all good.

Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Bane of Kings on June 08, 2012, 10:27:21 AM
Apart from A Song of Ice and Fire being at the top of the list, there's no random order really. They're all so awesome.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
Ulrika the Vampire Trilogy by Nathan Long
Gotrek and Felix Series by William King and Nathan Long
The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Annomander Matt on July 09, 2014, 05:24:24 AM
Gonna resuscitate this thread since I've been thinking about my favorite series lately. Only including completed series which will negate two of my faves (asoif and demon cycle):
1. Malazan - can't wait to re-read it, best and most epic series out there. Only one that compares is WOT in scope that I've read (in terms of total pages written)
2. Mistborn - really loved the characters and magic. Plus I'm a big fan of learning more about Sanderson's Cosmere
3. Acacia - I find this series undervalued. Only about 1800 pages and worth the read
4. Long Price Quartet - unlike any series I've read thus far. First book starts off slow but if you can stick with it the payoff is a unique and satisfying one
5. WOT - gets a lot of flack, but I enjoyed it. The characters could get annoying and Jordan had a lot of filler, but regardless I enjoyed most if the journey (COT notwithstanding)
6. Great Book of Amber/ Chronicles of Amber - this series surprised me more than any other. I'm admittedly prejudiced against any pre-1990 series having not really enjoyed LOTR or Narnia when younger...Plus I've never been a fan if first person...but I really enjoyed Corwin and Merlin.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Timstar on July 09, 2014, 08:48:49 AM
A Song of Ice and Fire
LotR
Mistborn
Gentlemen Bastards

with many more still to try :)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: AzWingsFan on July 09, 2014, 08:54:15 AM
In no particular order

Wheel of Time
LOTR
Belgariad
The Stormlight Archive
Not a series per say...Joe Abercrombies world
and most recently The Black Magician Trilogy
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Jen on July 10, 2014, 01:15:14 PM
Amanda Downum's Necromancer Chronicles
Terry Pratchett's Discworld
Juliet McKenna's Tales of Einarinn & Aldebreshin Compass
Mike Wild's Kali Hooper books from the Twilight of Kerberos shared world thingy
Anne Lyle's Night's Masque books (though technically I'm only halfway through the second one, but I loved the first one!)
Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards
Kate Elliott's Crossroads series
Aliette de Bodard's  Aztec mystery thingies
NK Jemisin's Dreamblood series
Kameron Hurley's God's War trilogy
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: shadowsherald on July 10, 2014, 02:21:07 PM
Off the top of my head (and in no particular order):

1) Malazan Book of the Fallen, by Steven Erikson
2) A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin
3) The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson)
4) The Twilight Reign, by Tom Lloyd
5) The Deed of Paksenarrion, by Elizabeth Moon
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Brother of the Sixth Order on July 12, 2014, 06:06:16 PM
This is in no particular order..

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
Mistborn By Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: RaggaDruid on July 12, 2014, 10:16:08 PM
Prince of Nothing - R. Scott Bakker
A Song of Ice And Fire - George R. R. Martin
Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
The First Law - Joe Abercrombie
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: cupiscent on July 14, 2014, 05:33:50 AM
In no particular order:

* KJ Parker's Scavenger trilogy (overall Engineers is probably better, but Shadow is such a zinger)
* NK Jemisin's Dreamblood duology (just so different and beautifully written)
* Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series (more fun than kids our age should be having)
* Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle (I'm calling it fantasy, I don't care)
* Amanda Downum's Necromancer Chronicles (for great characters and great diversity)
* Daniel Abraham's The Dagger and the Coin (I am regularly outraged by how good this series is - and his Long Price Quartet was amazing as well)

Series I am watching with tremendous anticipation
* Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence
* Brian McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy
(Abraham should probably be under here, but the first three books were SO GOOD that he snuck up a category)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: AJZaethe on July 14, 2014, 05:16:06 PM
Chronicles of the Black Company
Wheel of Time
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever
 
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Titus on July 15, 2014, 12:20:31 PM
My favourite fantasy series are Gormenshast, Malazan, Wheel of Time and First Law.

There are so so many more I haven't got round to yet though!  So many books so little time ...
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: sennydreadful on July 15, 2014, 04:29:49 PM
Ooo, I reckon:

A Song of Ice and Fire

Robin Hobb's Assassin series

Stephen King's The Dark Tower (especially books 2, 3 and 4)

Bernard Cornwell's Warlord trilogy (dancing a delicious line between fantasy and historical fiction)

Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the Apt
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: JamesLatimer on July 15, 2014, 05:19:19 PM
I've gone off series a bit recently, as I've started quite a few but rarely finish--which is more a reflection on their length (and my attention span) than quality. Many of my favourite books are either outside long series or work well as stand-alones but have a series attached.  Still, I'll play anyway:

Lord of the Rings - can't remember his name
Eternal Champion - Moorcock (Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon - I've read lots of these because the books are short!)
Black Company - Glen Cook
Winter of the World - Michael Scott Rohan (trilogy, not subsequent additions)
Chalion series - Lois McMaster Bujold (ok, I've only read first two)
Echoes of Empire - Mark T Barnes
Lankhmar - Fritz Leiber (episodic more than series, but whatever)
Zimiamvian/Ouroborous - E R Eddison (again, whatever)
Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake
A Land Fit for Heroes - Richard Morgan (only 2 so far, but this is one series I will finish)
The Monarchies of God by Paul Kearney is on my list of things to complete (3/5 finished)

I also quite liked the Elenium (rather than the normal Belgariad) by Eddings but it's been 20 years so I'm not sure it would stand up...
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: sennydreadful on July 15, 2014, 09:50:51 PM
I've gone off series a bit recently, as I've started quite a few but rarely finish--which is more a reflection on their length (and my attention span) than quality. Many of my favourite books are either outside long series or work well as stand-alones but have a series attached.  Still, I'll play anyway:

Lord of the Rings - can't remember his name
Eternal Champion - Moorcock (Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon - I've read lots of these because the books are short!)
Black Company - Glen Cook
Winter of the World - Michael Scott Rohan (trilogy, not subsequent additions)
Chalion series - Lois McMaster Bujold (ok, I've only read first two)
Echoes of Empire - Mark T Barnes
Lankhmar - Fritz Leiber (episodic more than series, but whatever)
Zimiamvian/Ouroborous - E R Eddison (again, whatever)
Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake
A Land Fit for Heroes - Richard Morgan (only 2 so far, but this is one series I will finish)
The Monarchies of God by Paul Kearney is on my list of things to complete (3/5 finished)

I also quite liked the Elenium (rather than the normal Belgariad) by Eddings but it's been 20 years so I'm not sure it would stand up...

Waaah, how could I forget Lankhmar?!
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: moonspawn on July 18, 2014, 11:57:23 PM
Just from skimming the last two pages of this thread I can tell that people here are very well read and have interesting tastes. For the most part at least..... I feel almost embarrassed to post what my favorite fantasy series are now. Some of the series that people mentioned I've never even heard of.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Elfy on July 19, 2014, 01:25:08 AM
Threads like this are a good chance to look at what else is around, see that the genre has a rich and varied history and maybe even expand your own reading horizons with in it a little. I have a problem nailing down my favourite series, because it keeps altering as I read.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Doctor_Chill on July 19, 2014, 02:12:24 AM
These threads always remind me how poorly read I am. ;D

The Broken Empire - Mark Lawrence
Low Town novels - Daniel Polansky
Gentlemen Bastard Sequence - Scott Lynch
Echoes of Empire - Mark T. Barnes
Melbourne novels - Andrez Bergen
The Ranger's Apprentice series - John Flanagan
Pendragon series - D.J. MacHale
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Overlord on July 19, 2014, 09:00:01 AM
Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch
Demon Cycle by PV Brett
Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin
Mistborn By Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
The Black Magician by Trudi Canavan
Night Angel by Brent Weeks

There are lots of others I really like, but these are the first 10 that came to me… Red Rising I have high hopes for :) Also, strangely, seeing as I didn't like the first book that much, I am VERY excited about the next Lightbringer book (Brent Weeks).
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Hedin on July 19, 2014, 09:13:33 PM
Focusing mostly on complete or at least having a significant amount of books out.

1) Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erickson
3) Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (Malazan is so good that we have to skip #2)
4) First Law world - Joe Abercrombie (No idea what to call his series once you get past the initial trilogy)
5) Dresden Files -  Jim Butcher
5) Harry Potter - JK Rowling
6) Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: RAK on July 20, 2014, 05:17:47 AM
Black Company by Glen Cook
Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Captain of the Guard on July 20, 2014, 09:41:44 AM
The Dragon Reborn - Robert Jordan
The Riftwar series - Raymond Feist
The General - David Drake, S M Stirling
The Emberverse - S M Stirling
The Codex Alera - Jim Butcher
The Legion series - Harry Turtledove
The Prince of Nothing - R Scott Bakker

These are the top ones, but there are always room for aren't there ?? ;) 
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Stars Cascade on July 21, 2014, 09:23:18 AM
Oh, this is a tough one.

OK. 

1. Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel (both Kushiel trilogies and the naamah trilogy too)

2. Scott Lynch - Gentlemen Bastards

3. Brandon Sanderson - mistborn/Stormlight archive (couldn't choose. Love both)

4. Stephen Deas - all. His dragons are amazing, scary and intelligent.

5. Mark Lawrence - broken empire. Need I say more? 
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: ScarletBea on July 21, 2014, 06:42:28 PM
This is very difficult (like choosing your favourite child, I assume)...

At the moment these are a few of mine (maybe they'll change), in no particular order:

* Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence
* Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, A.J. Dalton
* Night Angel, Brent Weeks
* Glass Book of the Dream Eaters, G.W. Dahlquist
* Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
* Twilight Reign, Tom Lloyd

Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Elfy on July 22, 2014, 12:01:13 AM
Oh, this is a tough one.

OK. 

1. Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel (both Kushiel trilogies and the naamah trilogy too)


Have you tried her urban fantasy series: Agent of Hel (first book Dark Current)? It was the first Carey I've read and I found it absolutely excellent, a near perfect example of how to do a UF book.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Stars Cascade on July 22, 2014, 08:02:39 AM
I've got a signed copy of dark currents but don't have the 2nd or 3rd book yet. I liked it, just can't afford the next two yet. :(
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Sean Cunningham on July 22, 2014, 10:35:14 PM
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
The Black Company by Glen Cook
The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts - rereading this at the moment for the first time in many years. I didn't appreciate it enough when I was a teenager.
Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: isos81 on June 09, 2020, 06:56:34 AM
Here is my list in no particular order although it seems so :)

   1) Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
   2) Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
   3) First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
   4) The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
   5) Lightbringer by Brent Weeks
   6) The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
   7) The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch

And my childhood besties as honorable mentions:

   1) LotR by JRR Tolkien
   2) The Dark Elf Trilogy by Salvatore
   3) Belgariad by David Eddings
   4) Harry Potter by JK Rowling.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on June 09, 2020, 09:41:37 AM
Well my favorites would probably be:

1. Stormlight Archives
2. Kingkiller Chronicles
3. Gentleman Bastards
4. The Band (by Nichalas Eames)
5. Broken Empire
6. Mistborn Era 1 and 2
7. Harry Potter
8. LOTR
9. The Reckoners (by Brandon Sanderson)
10. Impossible Times (by Mark Lawrence)
11. Dresden Files
12. The Dark Tower
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: cupiscent on June 09, 2020, 12:50:47 PM
In no particular order:

* KJ Parker's Scavenger trilogy (overall Engineers is probably better, but Shadow is such a zinger)
* NK Jemisin's Dreamblood duology (just so different and beautifully written)
* Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series (more fun than kids our age should be having)
* Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle (I'm calling it fantasy, I don't care)
* Amanda Downum's Necromancer Chronicles (for great characters and great diversity)
* Daniel Abraham's The Dagger and the Coin (I am regularly outraged by how good this series is - and his Long Price Quartet was amazing as well)

Series I am watching with tremendous anticipation
* Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence
* Brian McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy
(Abraham should probably be under here, but the first three books were SO GOOD that he snuck up a category)

Oh, me of six years ago... how Brian McClellan is going to disappoint you. But Max Gladstone is a WINNER.

Making the list from scratch now, I'd probably say:
* Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series (though its ongoing unfinished state saddens me)
* Daniel Abraham's The Dagger and the Coin
* Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy
* Max Gladstone's Craft sequence

I am going to be thinking for days about KJ Parker's Scavenger trilogy vs Two of Swords. Both have weaknesses, but oh, what strengths.

I had to think seriously about:
* Robert Jackson Bennett's Divine Cities (they are each magnificent books, but I am just not quiiite sure on "favourite series")
* Daniel Polansky's Lowtown trilogy (two and three are so damn good, but the first lets it down)
* K Arsenault Rivera's Their Bright Ascendancy trilogy (the first is magnificent, the overall is great, I don't know about "favourite")

Watching with great interest to see how the series develops:
* AK Larkwood's Serpent Gates (first book: The Unspoken Name)
* Seth Dickinson's Masquerade/Baru Cormorant trilogy (I hope he's doing ok, his last tweet in January was about checking himself into a psych ward :( )
* SC Emmett's Hostage of Empire (first book: Throne of the Five Winds)
* Tamsyn Muir's Locked Tomb (bring on Harrow the Ninth, I am aquiver with anticipation!)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Bender on June 09, 2020, 03:03:37 PM

* Tamsyn Muir's Locked Tomb (bring on Harrow the Ninth, I am aquiver with anticipation!)

If you havent realized, Act One is available for free now.

https://publishing.tor.com/harrowtheninthactone-tamsynmuir/9781250774385/
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Bender on June 09, 2020, 03:22:46 PM
1. Malazan Books by Steven Erikson / IC Esselmont
2. Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
3. Riyria Revelations by Michael J Sullivan
4. Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
5. Kingkiller by Patrick Rothfuss
6. Paternus Trilogy by Dyrk Ashton
7. Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron
8. Druss/Waylander/Skilgannon/Jon Shannow books by David Gemmell
9. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
10. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
11. Farseer (Fitz books only) by Robin Hobb
12. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
13. Divine Cities by RJ Bennett
14. First Law by Joe Abercrombie
15. Black Company by Glen Cook
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: ScarletBea on June 09, 2020, 04:12:58 PM
6 years ago:
This is very difficult (like choosing your favourite child, I assume)...

At the moment these are a few of mine (maybe they'll change), in no particular order:

* Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence
* Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, A.J. Dalton
* Night Angel, Brent Weeks
* Glass Book of the Dream Eaters, G.W. Dahlquist
* Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
* Twilight Reign, Tom Lloyd

Now:
* Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence
* Realm of the Elderlings, Robin Hobb
* Malazan, Steven Erikson
* The Faithful and the Faller, John Gwynne
* Long Price Quartet, Daniel Abraham
* The Broken Earth, N.K. Jemisin
* Copper Cat, Jen Williams
* Twilight Reign, Tom Lloyd

and I could say a few more...
(gosh, I want to re-read!)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Peat on June 09, 2020, 05:26:48 PM
1. Discworld by Sir Terry Pratchett

Then in no particular order

Rigante Series by David Gemmell
Deverry Cycle by Katherine Kerr
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Drenai Series by David Gemmell
Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

And that's it, I think. Considered Fire Stealers by Bryan Wigmore, Wounded Kingdoms by RJ Barker, Dominions of the Fallen by Aliette de Bodard and the Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone but they don't have that relived burned down to the bone love I have for the above. Considered Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, The Serpentwar Saga and The Empire Trilogy but think's just a distinct gap between them and the list. I considered having the last three on the list down here but... I dunno, I think up there they belong.


* Seth Dickinson's Masquerade/Baru Cormorant trilogy (I hope he's doing ok, his last tweet in January was about checking himself into a psych ward :( )
* SC Emmett's Hostage of Empire (first book: Throne of the Five Winds)

Oh wow. That's very sad about Dickinson and I hope, both selfishly and unselfishly, things shake out for him there. Also, at the risk of sounding... ghoulish? stereotyping? His books had a sort of intensity and ruthless clarity that make me slightly unsurprised he's having mental health issues; like he's the sort of guy who might draw far too much on himself, and who maybe sees the world with more pain than many of us to do to begin with. If that makes sense.

Also, have you seen this on his website - https://www.sethdickinson.com/2015/11/24/the-secret-design-of-the-traitor-baru-cormorant/ - very cool article. And reminds me that Tain Hu was bad to the bone.

Also, who's this SC Emmett and what's their gig (because basically anytime you mention an author I don't know who's not explicitly YA I get excited)?


edit: p.s. @ScarletBea - What's Tom Lloyd like? I remember reading one of his books, finding it alright and never pursuing. Now I'm curious.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Alex Hormann on June 09, 2020, 05:44:16 PM
The Dagger and the Coin - Daniel Abraham (5 books)
The Song of the Shattered Sands - Bradley Beaulieu (4/6 books published)
The Drenai Saga - David Gemmell (13 books)
Powder Mage Trilogy - Brian McClellan (3 books)
Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3 books)
Shadows of the Apt - Adrian Tchaikovsky (10 books)
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: ScarletBea on June 09, 2020, 06:11:20 PM
edit: p.s. @ScarletBea - What's Tom Lloyd like? I remember reading one of his books, finding it alright and never pursuing. Now I'm curious.
I really like his first series, but the seond one was just ok and I only read book 1 of the last one.
Which book did you read?

That first series starts quite 'normal', but soon becomes very epic, and when I started reading Malazan later I found many similarities.
I say epic but book 2 (I think) is set just in one city and is super-claustrophobic, with a ton of things happening! In a later book there's a journey to the underworld, feeling very 'paradise lost'.

However, I've read the series back in 2012, and that's also why I said I wanted to re-read, I wonder if it will still hold to the image I've got in my mind...
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: Peat on June 09, 2020, 06:30:03 PM
edit: p.s. @ScarletBea - What's Tom Lloyd like? I remember reading one of his books, finding it alright and never pursuing. Now I'm curious.
I really like his first series, but the seond one was just ok and I only read book 1 of the last one.
Which book did you read?

That first series starts quite 'normal', but soon becomes very epic, and when I started reading Malazan later I found many similarities.
I say epic but book 2 (I think) is set just in one city and is super-claustrophobic, with a ton of things happening!
However, I've read the series back in 2012, and that's also why I said I wanted to re-read, I wonder if it will still hold to the image I've got in my mind...

Stranger of Tempests - book one of his most recent series.

I might have a look at the first series.
Title: Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
Post by: cupiscent on June 10, 2020, 12:45:42 AM
* Tamsyn Muir's Locked Tomb (bring on Harrow the Ninth, I am aquiver with anticipation!)
If you havent realized, Act One is available for free now.

https://publishing.tor.com/harrowtheninthactone-tamsynmuir/9781250774385/
I usually don't dip into samples unless I want to test out an author's style and see if I'm interested - I really can't do it for books I'm anticipating because hitting the end of the sample and not being able to read on is brutal. :)

Also, who's this SC Emmett and what's their gig (because basically anytime you mention an author I don't know who's not explicitly YA I get excited)?
I'm laughing because @Eclipse and I were going on about this (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/which-silkpunk-novels-would-you-recommend/msg202912/#msg202912) quite a bit (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/what-did-you-read-in-february-12421/msg203309/#msg203309) earlier in the year. :D SC Emmett is a pseudonym for Lilith Saintcrow, writing more epic-political-historical-fantasy than her usual historical-gaslamp-fantasy style. Throne is an Asian analogue focusing on intricate court politics. It's kind of Raise the Red Lantern meets The Empire Trilogy with a dash of Game of Thrones - lots more ruthless poetry over ceremonial tea than stabbing with swords. I subjectively love it so much that I am completely incapable of giving an objective opinion, but I will note that Saintcrow/Emmett has a quite florid style that might not work for everyone, so perhaps try before you buy.

BTW that Seth Dickinson article was fantastic, thank you; a really great example of what you were saying about intensity, the sort that I suspect cannot come alongside tranquility.