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My Favourite Fantasy Novels and Authors

I read when I can. I don’t compare at all to my wife’s voracious absorption of books but still love delving into great worlds.

Lately I’ve been reading the translated works of Andrezej Sapkowski, who has written quite a few novels on The Witcher series. I’ve never read them before despite originally being written twenty odd years ago. If you enjoyed playing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt then I think you’ll feel right at home with these novels.

Start with The Last Wish if you want to give this excellent series a go. The translation is quite good, and their is a true sense of realism and grey characters within these books.

As a kid growing up my favourite fantasy series was The Dragonlance Chronicles. Like most kids of that golden age of the 70s and 80s I enjoyed Dungeons & Dragons, and as a result read a lot of the Dragonlance books when I was younger.

Haven’t read this trilogy in a while, but it still holds up really well. A good trilogy for teens and young adults.

Currently my favourite fantasy writer is Joe Abercrombie. If you haven’t read any of this author’s work, do yourself a favour and read The First Law trilogy. The first novel is The Blade Itself. The other standalone books after this trilogy was written are pretty good too, with Red Country being a stand out (make sure you read the trilogy first).

May not be to everyone’s tastes, but I love this trilogy.

Although Fiona McIntosh doesn’t write fantasy anymore, her first trilogy The Quickening, which starts with Myrren’s Gift is fantastic and the best fantasy trilogy this author has written in my humble opinion.

I still regard this as Fiona McIntosh’s best fantasy work. The whole trilogy is excellent, but definitely adult fiction.

What are your favourite fantasy authors and books? Please feel free to post your comments below.

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  1. My favourite fantasy author is Robin Hobb. I especially like the Farseer trilogy (the assassin’s books), but also the other series of books set in the same world (the realm of the elderlings). I also really enjoyed Patrick Rothfuss’s books, but was frustrated to discover that the series remains unfinished.

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    • I haven’t read Robin Hobb for a long time. I agree, Patrick Rothfuss’s books are good, but like you said, it would be nice to see the next book. Cheers Bruce.

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  2. Anything Terry Pratchett πŸ™‚ I also love Trudi Canavan series (and series and series) and Fiona McIntosh’s Quickening trilogy. I have a love for Michael Ende’s Neverending story and just devoured all the Jamie Lee Dark Crystal novels. I can highly recommend for dessert the Faedon Chronicles series as well.

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