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Old 04-27-2012, 06:36 AM   #1
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Top 50 Epic Fantasy (list)

What do you think of this list I created?

What epic fantasy series are missing from this list? (please reply and I will add it to my blog --currently has 46 epic fantasy books)



1. The Name of the Wind (Book #1) by Patrick Rothfuss -9.57 with ~44,000 Votes

2. A Game of Thrones (Book #1) by George R.R. Martin - 9.36 with ~142,000 Votes

3. The Fellowship of the Ring (Book #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien - 9.34 with ~500,000 Votes

4. The Way of Kings (Book #1) by Brandon Sanderson - 9.31 with ~12,000 Votes

5. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Book #1) by Scott Lynch - 9.19 with ~13,000 Votes

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - 9.18 with ~580,000 Votes

7. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay - 9.05 with ~5,000 votes

8. Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1) by Juliet Marillier - 9.02 with ~12,500 Votes

9. Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book #1) by Brandon Sanderson - 9.00 with ~25,500 Votes

10. The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie - 8.89 with ~13,000 Votes

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan - 8.88 with ~53,500 Votes

The Heroes (The First Law) by Joe Abercrombie - 8.86 with ~3,500 Votes

The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) by Brent Weeks - 8.85 with ~15,500 Votes

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man #1) by Robin Hobb - 8.84 with ~9,000 Votes

The Warded Man (Demon Cycle #1) by Peter V. Brett - 8.83 with ~7,500 Votes

Assassin's Apprentice (Book #1) by Robin Hobb - 8.79 with ~19,000 Votes

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay - 8.77 with ~8,000 Votes

The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks - 8.75 with ~4,500 Votes

Magician: Apprentice (Book #1) by Raymond E. Feist - 8.73 with ~14,500 Votes

The Curse of Chalion (Chalion #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold - 8.67 with ~6,500 Votes

Wizard's First Rule (Book #1) by Terry Goodkind - 8.65 with ~38,000 Votes

Hawkwood and the Kings (Book #1-2) by Paul Kearney - 8.61 with ~1,100 Votes

Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher - 8.60 with ~13,500 Votes

A Wizard of Earthsea (Book #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin - 8.52 with ~31,000 Votes

The Black Company (Book #1) by Glen Cook - 8.46 with ~4,500 Votes

Sheepfarmer's Daughter (Book #1) by Elizabeth Moon - 8.45 with ~2,000 Votes

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King - 8.40 with ~68,000 Votes

The Riddlemaster of Hed (Book #1) by Patricia A. McKillip - 8.40 with ~2,000 Votes

Rhapsody: Child of Blood (Book #1) by Elizabeth Haydon - 8.37 with ~5,300 Votes

The Dragonbone Chair (Book #1) by Tad Williams - 8.36 with ~11,500 Votes

Gardens of the Moon (Book #1) by Steven Erikson - 8.27 with ~10,000 Votes

The Darkness That Comes Before (Book #1) by R. Scott Bakker - 8.19 with ~3,600 Votes

The Dragon's Path (Book #1) by Daniel Abraham - 8.17 with 1,200 Votes

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Book #1) by N.K. Jemisin - 8.15 with ~5,000 Votes

Among Thieves (Tales of the Kin #1) by Douglas Hulick - 8.00 with ~1,100 Votes

A Shadow in Summer (Book #1) by Daniel Abraham - 7.98 with ~1,800 Votes

The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone #1) by Greg Keyes - 7.95 with ~3,100 Votes

A Cavern of Black Ice (Sword of Shadows #1) by J.V. Jones - 7.89 with ~1,800 Votes

The Red Wolf Conspiracy (Book #1) by Robert V.S. Redick - 7.80 with ~1,200 Votes

The One Kingdom (The Swan's War #1) by Sean Russell -7.73 with ~1,000 Votes

Empire in Black and Gold (Book #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky - 7.71 with ~1,000 Votes

Shadowmarch (Shadowmarch #1) by Tad Williams - 7.70 with ~2,800 Votes

Eragon (Inheritance #1) by Christopher Paolini - 7.63 with ~275,000 Votes

Acacia: The War with the Mein by David Anthony Durham - 7.60 with ~1,800 Votes

Winterbirth (The Godless World #1) by Brian Ruckley - 7.42 with ~1,200 Votes




For Sci Fi, I have 57 books listed so far. Not sure if I'm able to link to it.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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C. S. Friedman's "Black Sun Rising" (Coldfire Trilogy #1)

Mark Anthony's "Beyond The Pale" (The Last Rune #1)

Anne Bishop's "Daughter of the Blood" (Black Jewels #1)

Charles Stross' "Family Trade" (The Merchant Princes #1)

Juliet E. McKenna's "The Thief's Gamble" (Tales of Einarinn #1)

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Old 04-27-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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I remember liking the Belgariad and the Malloreon series by David Eddings. I don't think they are being sold as ebooks.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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I remember liking the Belgariad and the Malloreon series by David Eddings. I don't think they are being sold as ebooks.
Haven't dug very deeply but at least the first two of the Belgariad books are available at Amazon.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:26 PM   #5
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I think that list conclusively proves that people are idiots.

Well, OK, it demonstrates how subjective fantasy is. Some it is almost alternating yeses and nos from me.

Here are a couple of suggestions:

The Magic of Recluce by LE Modesitt Jr (Recluce Series)
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld)
Legend by David Gemmell (Drenai)
Trudi Canavan?
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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They don't have Piers Anthony's Xanth series?
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
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I remember liking the Belgariad and the Malloreon series by David Eddings. I don't think they are being sold as ebooks.
And I'm a fan of this series too.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:47 PM   #8
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I'd throw in at least three more works by Guy Gavriel Kay, along with The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson, and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

Given the list, I'm surprised Harry Potter isn't on there. Which isn't meant to say I'm disparaging either the list or Harry Potter.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:11 PM   #9
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Hm. Looks like a list of the first books of each series, but they may not necessarily be the best of the series. For example, you have Steven Erikson's Gardens of the Moon on the list, but I think Memories of Ice, which is book 3 of the Malazan Book of the Fallen Series, is actually the best of the series. And I would almost go so far as to say that he has not been able to top himself after that. Same with the Dark Tower series...The Gunslinger is book one, and I thought it was poorly written. I heard other books in the series were significantly better.
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Where do you get this ranking? It makes little to no sense. Why aren't the books listed in vote order?
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Where do you get this ranking? It makes little to no sense. Why aren't the books listed in vote order?
They are in rating order. The number of votes is the number of ratings, I believe.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I added them to the Top 100 Epic Fantasy List now. 58 Books total.

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