You absolutely need to read "The View from the Mirror" by Ian Irvine. It's brilliantly original, but it still stays true to everything that makes fantasy great. It's action-packed, has amazing characters, and features an incredibly detailed universe. Irvine may not be well known, but he's one of the best writers I've ever encountered--maybe one of the greatest writers of our time, IMO. Seriously, give it a try. You'll love it.
The Shannara series might be another option. It's a little more generic and a little hit and miss at times, but if you're a fan of traditional high fantasy, it's a solid read. Start with "The Sword of Shannara" or "The Genesis of Shannara: Armageddon's Children." The former is the first book of the series, but the latter is a prequel and doesn't really require any prior knowledge of the universe.
If you want something more intellectual, I'd recommend "The Obsidian Chronicles" by Lawrence Watt-Evens. It's a little dry, but a very fascinating morality play if you're into that kind of thing.
Then of course there would be the obvious ones like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, but if you're a fantasy fan, you've probably already read those.
And hey, why not check out the Starcraft books? "Liberty's Crusade" and "The Dark Templar Saga" are amazing.
Yeah, I read too much.
05/25/2011 10:44 PMThe Chronicles of the Black Company. 11 book series that is my favorite that I've read. Read a couple reviews though and see if it sounds like something you'd like, Glenn Cook has a different writing style then most.
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That's a good series, but unless you're up to something both very bizarre and very dark, I'm not sure I'd recommend it. It's funny and entertaining and utterly unique, but it's not for everyone.