January 23, 2014

Un-sung Fantasy Books

As you may know by reading this blog, I am a fantasy books. However, I'm
not all that familiar with the genre. I know of the big names by fame
mostly, or if a book (series) got adapted as a film. This post will
focus on some un-sung (to me, anyways) fantasy books which may be worth
your time. Please note, I haven't mentioned these before on this blog.

"Earthsea" by Ursual K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan
The Farthest Shore
The Other Wind 

I don't know how I ever missed this one. I heard of this series back
with the anime Tales of Earthsea. I enjoyed the film even if I didn't
wholly understand it. This is a 'classic' fantasy series, having been
around since 1968. It seems that Ursual K. Le Guin, J.R.R. Tolkien and
C.S. Lewis were big names back in the 50s & 60s for fantasy.

'Malazan' by Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont

Gardens of the Moon

Deadhouse Gates
Memories of Ice
House of Chains
Midnight Tides
Night of Knives
Reaper's Gale
Toll the Hounds
Return of the Crimson Guard
Dust of Dreams
Crippled God
Orb, Scepter, Throne
Blood and Bone

Kharkanas Trilogy (prequels)

Forge of Darkness
Fall of Light
Walk in Shadow

Toblakai Trilogy

I first heard of this series when I saw the 10th anniversary hardback
for Gardens of the Moon, the very first Malazan book. I recommened it to
a co-worker, and he picked it up and enjoyed it (and the rest of the
main ten-book series) quite a bit. The type of fantasy is similar in
format to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, but not content.
This is best described as a fantasy that is more akin to Roman
mythology, with gods, demigods, magic... There is: the main ten book
series by Steven Erikson, six novels by his friend and Malazan
co-creator, Ian C. Esslemont which take place pretty much during those
10 books, a prequel trilogy by Steven Erikson, and at some point, a
sequel trilogy by Ericson. Those who read it say it is their favorite
fantasy series. Ice and Fire remains mine, so it will be hard to take
the spot. I'm not against that , though. Due to the size of the books
and ammount of them, I recommend getting the ebooks. Or if you must, go
for the trade paperbacks, not the small, cheap mass markets.

'Kingkiller Chronicle' by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind

Wise Man's Fear
Doors of Stone [?]

This is a trilogy by newcomer Patrick Rothfuss. I'd heard great things
about his works by people online, and other authors (it appears he and
author Brandon Sanderson like each other's work). At this point, two of
his three novels are out. The trade paperbacks look quite nice, if not
slightly large.

'Farseer Trilogy' (and others?) by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice
Royal Assassin 

Assassin's Quest

Liveship Traders Trilogy

Ship of Magic
The Mad Ship
Ship of Destiny

The Tawny Man Trilogy

Fool's Errand
The Golden Fool
Fool's Gate

Rain Wilds Chronicles

Dragon Keeper
Dragon Haven
City of Dragons
Blood of Dragons

The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy

The Fool's Assassin 

Soldier Son Trilogy

Shaman's Crossing
Forest Mage
Renegade's Magic
Robin Hobb is a name I've heard of for awhile (since about 2007 I
think...?) but have yet to read anything by her sadly. I've heard
nothing but good friends about both her, and her books.

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Summer Tree

The Wandering Fire
The Darkest Road
Did you know that this author worked with Christopher Tolkien to help
bring The Silmarillion together? Yet I haven't checked out any of his
own books. As far as I can tell, Fionavar is what made his name.

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

I heard of this one because of the movie (which I didn't see) but hadn't
checked the books out yet.

What ones do you recommend that 'no one's heard of'??


Unknown said...

Definitely have to give Daniel Abraham a mention. His Long Price Quartet and his Dagger and Coin Quintet (so far) are both fantastic, even though from what I've seen he gets such little press.

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