August 28, 2011

The Return & Fantasy Books

Well, it's been a while since my first (original) post. I'm trying again, and this time, I'm doing it as a list of some fantasy series to check out, for those that like reading them. Without further ado...

Lord of the Rings, & Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings: Frodo, along with a group of companions, embark on a large & dangerous journey to destroy The One Ring.

Children of Hurin: Tolkien’s Greek Tragedy, set hundreds of years before Lord of the Rings, yet published decades after.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Philosopher’s Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Phoenix
Half-Blood Prince
Deathly Hallows [finale]

Dark Tower by Stephen King

Drawing of the Three
Waste Lands
Wizard and Glass
Wolves of the Calla
Song of Susannah
Dark Tower [finale]

Roland Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of "Arthur Eld", his world's analogue of King Arthur. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but traces remain as do relics from a technologically advanced society. Roland's quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Roland's world is said to have "moved on", and it appears to be coming apart at the seams. Mighty nations have been torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish without a trace and time does not flow in an orderly fashion. Sometimes, even the sun rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland's motives, goals and age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries.

Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

ed note: Vampires? Ppfft...we've got DRAGONS.

Inheritance [Nov. ‘11] [finale]

A farm boy discovers a mystical blue stone while hunting, which leads him on a predestined journey where he realizes he’s the only one who can defend his home from an evil (and powerful) king.

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

Golden Compass
Subtle Knife
Amber Spyglass [finale]

In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first.

Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Way of Kings

(brand new series!)

In a storm-swept world where history has dwindled into myth, self-serving aristocrats squabble over mystical weapons that render their bearers immune to mundane attacks. The ambitious scholar Shallan learns unexpected truths about the present, the virtuous aristocrat Dalinar reclaims the lost past, and the bitter and broken slave Kaladin gains unwanted power.

Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind

Wizard’s First Rule
Stone of Tears
Blood of the Fold
Temple of the Winds
Soul of the Fire
Faith of the Fallen
Pillars of Creation
Naked Empire
Confessor [finale?]

After the mysterious murder of his father, a son's search for answers begins a momentous fight against tyranny.

Once and Future King by T.H. White

Chronicles King Arthur, Camelot & Excallibur.

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

Eye of the World
Great Hunt
Dragon Reborn
Shadow Rising
Fires of Heaven
Lord of Chaos
Crown of Swords
Path of Daggers
Winter’s Heart
Crossroads of Twilight
Knife of Dreams
Gathering Storm (with Brandon Sanderson)
Towers of Midnight (with Brandon Sanderson)
Memory of Light [forthcoming] [finale] (with Brandon Sanderson)

The peaceful villagers of Emond's Field pay little heed to rumors of war in the western lands until a savage attack by troll-like minions of the Dark One forces three young men to confront a destiny which has its origins in the time known as The Breaking of the World.

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