Favourite Fantasy Book? Watch
A lot of my reading / listening tends to be focused on the Fantasy genre. What is everyone's favourite Fantasy book?
My current list is below:
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Currently Reading)
Assassin's Apprentice (Completed)
Royal Assassin (Completed)
Assassin's Quest (Completed)
Fool's Errand (Completed)
The Golden Fool (Completed)
Fool's Fate (Completed)
The Name of The Wind (Completed)
The Wise Man's Fear (Completed)
Blood Song (Completed)
Tower Lord (Completed)
The Blade Itself (Completed)
Before They Are Hanged (Completed)
Last Argument of Kings (Completed)
The Final Empire (Completed)
The Well of Ascension (Completed)
The Hero of Ages (Completed)
The Hobbit ( Completed)
Game of Thrones (Pending)
The Painted Man (Pending)
The Heroes (Pending)
Half a King (Pending)
Fool's Assassin (Pending)
Fool's Quest (Pending)
The Way of Kings (Pending)
Worlds of Radiance (Pending)
Happy Reading / Listening!
I think after reading so many other Fantasy books, I can't really put Lord of the Rings on a pedestal, if the movies are anything to go by. I love the movies and have the extended edition, the story is great for what it is.
Throne of Glass series
The Mortal Instruments series
Iron Fey series
Individual books include Carry On and The Night Circus
I end up just buying them in bulk on websites like Wordery because I have an addiction with the added bonus of free delivery, also a bunch of things on my Wishlist have recently been lowered in price *Spends all of the Christmas money tomorrow*
My list is similar to yours but I haven't read The Blade Itself and sequels. Is it good? I tried some of Joe Abercrombie's other stuff but couldn't get into it.
The Way of Kings is incredible, as is Game of Thrones. The Wheel of Time is a classic but VERY long.
Just read Goblin Emperor and it was amazing, reminded me of Robin Hobb's stuff a lot.
I'm understanding your list and the kinda stuff you like. There are some additions you need to read which you will really enjoy:
Before I begin I have to first say that The Lord Of The Rings is of course the master of them all, a book to return to every few years, just epic in every way.
Ok moving on.
When people had read LOTR and were searching for something else many then moved to a series of books called "The Belgariad" by David Eddings.
This is a series of 5 and they are absolutely excellent.
Eddings went on to write another series in the same world called "The Mallorean" which were also really good. Both series have really good characters and are absorbing reads.
Sadly for me, Eddings got famous too quick and went on to churn out series after series from that point, the third being "The Elendium". I stopped reading at that point but the first 2 series are really unmissable.
Like me you seem to have a liking for Thief/Assassin/Rogue hero type books.
As a result you really DO have to pick up the fantastic series of books by BRENT WEEKS called "The Night Angel" series which consist of:
The Way Of Shadows
Beyond The Shadows
Great characters, a master assassin and his apprentice. Must read.
Lastly, I highly recommend the series of books called "Swords of Raemllyn" by Robert E. Vardeman.
Great fantasy with 2 great hero characters and a lot of fun. About 6 or 7 in this series, I will leave you to Google.
Got a few more of these on my list to read as well
The Inheritance Cycle written by Christopher Paolini is also good (well, I've read 3 of the 4 books)
And books by Neil Gaiman (I've read two) are good, albeit set in 'this' world I think (but very much fantasy-based)
I'm a fan of the usual ones too, Harry Potter, GoT etc... but I'll read anything.
Currently I'm on no 10
James Dawson's books even though they aren't series- Hollow Pike, Under my Skin and Say her Name