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Hi guys,

I bought a book a while ago in Waterstones because I was bulk book-buying and I noticed in my Fantasy pile I'd bought the first book of a few series that sounded and looked good, but I haven't looked at any reviews on.

Now, I read a lot, and of many varied genres, so pretty much anything, but Fantasy is probably my top type next to Classics.

Anyway, the series I wondered if anyone had read were:
The Mistborn Series - Brandon Sanderson (http://thebooksmugglers.com/wp-conte...nal-empire.jpg)
The Night Angel Series - Brent Weeks (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...0356500713.jpg)
The Rain Wild Chronicles - Robin Hobb (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...0007342594.jpg)
The Traitor Spy Series - Trudi Canavan (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...1841495927.jpg)
The Black Magician Series - Trudi Canavan (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...1841493152.jpg)

Also, if anyone could suggest anything similar, or anything in the High-Fantasy genre would be great Anything with Elves in is also good

I have read the 'Lord of the Rings' series, 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (well, up to where George R. R. Martin has written anyway), and some old vampire fiction, but any suggestions would be appreciated. A general synopsis too would be helpful!

Thanks!

EDIT: I like long and wordy books. I don't mind how small the font is, or how long the book is. If it is interesting, immersive and long, I'll like it! Not to say I don't mind short books, I just prefer long ones that make me feel lost when I've finished them (that feel you get when you've finished the book and you don't know what to do with your life for a while )
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I've read half of the first book of the Mistborn triology and the Black Magician series.. The curses of being a slow reader, alas.

As for recs I have a highly patchy knowledge so if I miss any classics then apologies :^_^:

- The Dune Chronicles by Frank Hebert (possibly leaning more to sci-fi than fantasy but I still count it)
- The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
- Dark Tower series by Stephen King
- The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (personal favourite if you have a few years of reading to kill)
- The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
- The Abarat books by Clive Barker
- The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde (not high fantasy though)
- Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve
- The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb
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I've read half of the first book of the Mistborn triology and the Black Magician series.. The curses of being a slow reader, alas.

As for recs I have a highly patchy knowledge so if I miss any classics then apologies :^_^:

- The Dune Chronicles by Frank Hebert (possibly leaning more to sci-fi than fantasy but I still count it)
- The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
- Dark Tower series by Stephen King
- The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (personal favourite if you have a few years of reading to kill)
- The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
- The Abarat books by Clive Barker
- The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde (not high fantasy though)
- Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve
- The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb
Thank you so much for the reply What did you think of the first Mistborn and Black Magician books?

I've heard some good things about The Wheel of Time Series. I'm always tempted to pick one up. Personally I'm a fast reader, so I shouldn't take so long to get through them... Well, looking at the length of them, I might take a little longer than I normally do, but I think I will have to give them a try.

They all have interesting titles, I shall seek them out
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Thank you so much for the reply What did you think of the first Mistborn and Black Magician books?

I've heard some good things about The Wheel of Time Series. I'm always tempted to pick one up. Personally I'm a fast reader, so I shouldn't take so long to get through them... Well, looking at the length of them, I might take a little longer than I normally do, but I think I will have to give them a try.

They all have interesting titles, I shall seek them out
I'm loving the Mistborn book so far, it's really worth investing the time to learn the lore as you go. The Black Magician is fairly slow at the moment so I can't really judged, it's supposed to get much better by book 2/3 though.

Oh and I forgot The Deed of Paksenarrion books D: They're worth a lookin' as well, and oh look I female author finally :^_^:

Ah that must be nice, I usually get half way through a book, take it back to the library to renew for the 2/3/4th time and then feel the machine silently judging me for taking so long :closedeyes: I can read for long bouts it's just a matter of taking the time to sit myself down and not get distracted by the pretty shiny things on TV.

The Wheel of Time is certainly my top choice but we just got to hope that the ending doesn't ruin it all.
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The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix (much, much better than his usual "meh" level of quality. "Sabriel" is a little dull, but the latter two books are excellent. Won't give a synopsis, as I wouldn't know where to start).

The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake (written in the 50s/60s, very dark, strange, gothic with very descriptive language. My very favourite books, but not for everyone. Set in an ancient, crumbling castle inhabited by people obsessed with ritual, which begins to fall apart when the Machiavellian kitchen-boy Steerpike aspires to rise to ultimate power over the castle, and also when the new Earl, Titus, begins to yearn to escape from the restrictive nature of his position. Judging by the fact that you like books which are "long and wordy" and "interesting, immersive and long", this should be right up your street ).

I will second the Mortal Engines Quartet because it's very good. Not quite "fantasy" in the normal sense, though, more a semi-Steampunk post-apocalyptic series.
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:facepalm: How did I forget The Gormenghast Trilogy? Very nice call there and once you're done with it, there was actually a very good BBC TV serial complete with Christopher Lee based on it.

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I will second the Mortal Engines Quartet because it's very good. Not quite "fantasy" in the normal sense, though, more a semi-Steampunk post-apocalyptic series.
There's a quote by Paul F. Thompkins who says that Steam-punk is fantasy/sci-fi for people with a limited imagination... Hence why I like it so much probably xD
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:facepalm: How did I forget The Gormenghast Trilogy? Very nice call there and once you're done with it, there was actually a very good BBC TV serial complete with Christopher Lee based on it.
Never liked the series... I only saw a little, but I felt as though while it was well acted and written, they got the tone and atmosphere catastrophically off.

There's a quote by Paul F. Thompkins who says that Steam-punk is fantasy/sci-fi for people with a limited imagination... Hence why I like it so much probably xD
same here.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys! Sorry I took so long to reply to everyone; I've been at Manchester Comic Con today, representing the Shire and Tolkien himself! (I was dressed as Frodo Baggins)

I will most definitely be looking into some of these series

This Gormenghast Trilogy sounds intriguing, I think I'll give it a read! Well actually, I'll just read them all I think!
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Hi guys,

I bought a book a while ago in Waterstones because I was bulk book-buying and I noticed in my Fantasy pile I'd bought the first book of a few series that sounded and looked good, but I haven't looked at any reviews on.

Now, I read a lot, and of many varied genres, so pretty much anything, but Fantasy is probably my top type next to Classics.

Anyway, the series I wondered if anyone had read were:
The Mistborn Series - Brandon Sanderson (http://thebooksmugglers.com/wp-conte...nal-empire.jpg)
The Night Angel Series - Brent Weeks (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...0356500713.jpg)
The Rain Wild Chronicles - Robin Hobb (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...0007342594.jpg)
The Traitor Spy Series - Trudi Canavan (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...1841495927.jpg)
The Black Magician Series - Trudi Canavan (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...1841493152.jpg)

Also, if anyone could suggest anything similar, or anything in the High-Fantasy genre would be great Anything with Elves in is also good

I have read the 'Lord of the Rings' series, 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (well, up to where George R. R. Martin has written anyway), and some old vampire fiction, but any suggestions would be appreciated. A general synopsis too would be helpful!

Thanks!

EDIT: I like long and wordy books. I don't mind how small the font is, or how long the book is. If it is interesting, immersive and long, I'll like it! Not to say I don't mind short books, I just prefer long ones that make me feel lost when I've finished them (that feel you get when you've finished the book and you don't know what to do with your life for a while )
The eragon series
The Pelinoir series
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The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix (much, much better than his usual "meh" level of quality. "Sabriel" is a little dull, but the latter two books are excellent. Won't give a synopsis, as I wouldn't know where to start).

The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake (written in the 50s/60s, very dark, strange, gothic with very descriptive language. My very favourite books, but not for everyone. Set in an ancient, crumbling castle inhabited by people obsessed with ritual, which begins to fall apart when the Machiavellian kitchen-boy Steerpike aspires to rise to ultimate power over the castle, and also when the new Earl, Titus, begins to yearn to escape from the restrictive nature of his position. Judging by the fact that you like books which are "long and wordy" and "interesting, immersive and long", this should be right up your street ).

I will second the Mortal Engines Quartet because it's very good. Not quite "fantasy" in the normal sense, though, more a semi-Steampunk post-apocalyptic series.
Oh wow read all of them, was amazing
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Have you thought of Maria V Snyder? some of her stuff has a similar vent to Trudi Canarvon?
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Hi guys,

I bought a book a while ago in Waterstones because I was bulk book-buying and I noticed in my Fantasy pile I'd bought the first book of a few series that sounded and looked good, but I haven't looked at any reviews on.

Now, I read a lot, and of many varied genres, so pretty much anything, but Fantasy is probably my top type next to Classics.

Anyway, the series I wondered if anyone had read were:
The Mistborn Series - Brandon Sanderson (http://thebooksmugglers.com/wp-conte...nal-empire.jpg)
The Night Angel Series - Brent Weeks (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...0356500713.jpg)
The Rain Wild Chronicles - Robin Hobb (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...0007342594.jpg)
The Traitor Spy Series - Trudi Canavan (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...1841495927.jpg)
The Black Magician Series - Trudi Canavan (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...1841493152.jpg)

Also, if anyone could suggest anything similar, or anything in the High-Fantasy genre would be great Anything with Elves in is also good

I have read the 'Lord of the Rings' series, 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (well, up to where George R. R. Martin has written anyway), and some old vampire fiction, but any suggestions would be appreciated. A general synopsis too would be helpful!

Thanks!

EDIT: I like long and wordy books. I don't mind how small the font is, or how long the book is. If it is interesting, immersive and long, I'll like it! Not to say I don't mind short books, I just prefer long ones that make me feel lost when I've finished them (that feel you get when you've finished the book and you don't know what to do with your life for a while )
Haven't read any of those (yet!)
I think you'd love these fantasy series':
-Imperial trilogy
http://www.waterstones.com/waterston...do?sku=5546625
-The darkweaver legacy
http://www.waterstones.com/waterston...do?sku=4578569
The above series' are intertwined and explain some unexplained things in each series.
- Artemis fowl series- http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pu..._Fowl_1401.jpg
this might look a bit childish, but it's very well written, each book has an amazing story, it's incredible how well you can relate to the characters and i (as you described it) felt very lost when I finished the series D:, didn't know you can get so close to fictional characters . Weird I know.

All I can say really is that you wont regret reading any of them, the worlds are described incredibly well, the characters are awesome; you'll be wishing the books never stop by the end!
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What would people suggest as similar to A Song of Ice and Fire either in subject matter/fast paced fantasy or in the fact that you just couldn't put the books down? I have one book left in ASOIAF but want to savour it. It's the most addictive book series I've ever read. I need something to give me my fill once I'm done.
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The rain wilds trilogy by robin hobb is great, albeit slight worse than her farseer and tawny man series. The black magican series is great to but it is slightly more teen focused I think
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Some books I forgot to mention:
The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelaney


(Original post by Tufto)
Never liked the series... I only saw a little, but I felt as though while it was well acted and written, they got the tone and atmosphere catastrophically off.
I actually quite like that about it though, i've never minded much if adaptations are deeply different than the books. Also Ian Richardson :love:

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What would people suggest as similar to A Song of Ice and Fire either in subject matter/fast paced fantasy or in the fact that you just couldn't put the books down? I have one book left in ASOIAF but want to savour it. It's the most addictive book series I've ever read. I need something to give me my fill once I'm done.
The Dune Chronicles maybe? Possibly slightly more sci-fi but it does have a lot of similarities. Quick exerpt from the goodreads page: 'The story explores the complex and multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis and its "spice".'
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Hi guys,

I bought a book a while ago in Waterstones because I was bulk book-buying and I noticed in my Fantasy pile I'd bought the first book of a few series that sounded and looked good, but I haven't looked at any reviews on.

Now, I read a lot, and of many varied genres, so pretty much anything, but Fantasy is probably my top type next to Classics.

Anyway, the series I wondered if anyone had read were:
The Mistborn Series - Brandon Sanderson (http://thebooksmugglers.com/wp-conte...nal-empire.jpg)
The Night Angel Series - Brent Weeks (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...0356500713.jpg)
The Rain Wild Chronicles - Robin Hobb (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...0007342594.jpg)
The Traitor Spy Series - Trudi Canavan (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...1841495927.jpg)
The Black Magician Series - Trudi Canavan (http://www.waterstones.com/wat/image...1841493152.jpg)

Also, if anyone could suggest anything similar, or anything in the High-Fantasy genre would be great Anything with Elves in is also good

I have read the 'Lord of the Rings' series, 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (well, up to where George R. R. Martin has written anyway), and some old vampire fiction, but any suggestions would be appreciated. A general synopsis too would be helpful!

Thanks!

EDIT: I like long and wordy books. I don't mind how small the font is, or how long the book is. If it is interesting, immersive and long, I'll like it! Not to say I don't mind short books, I just prefer long ones that make me feel lost when I've finished them (that feel you get when you've finished the book and you don't know what to do with your life for a while )
I've read the Night Angel series. It was good.
The King Killer chronicles is an ongoing series. Excellent. There are two thick books so far!!
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Suggest ALL the series!

Well, I've certainly got plenty to choose from! I'll probably read them all one day Thank you everyone.

I've actually read Eragon and Artemis Fowl when I was younger, and I loved them But thanks anyway
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Suggest ALL the series!

Well, I've certainly got plenty to choose from! I'll probably read them all one day Thank you everyone.

I've actually read Eragon and Artemis Fowl when I was younger, and I loved them But thanks anyway
If you read it when you where younger, then you might have missed out on the final book which came out last year (artemis fowl and the last guardian)
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The rune lord series by David Farland

The first book is the sum of all men... Fantastic read


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The Belgariad by David Eddings'
What I read of this series was so good. I read the first two books and then when I eventually got onto the third i couldn't get back into it for some reason and i don't know why even though i loved the first two. Would you recommend giving them another shot?
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