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Old 05-14-2013, 02:28 AM   #16
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Try the Earthsea Trilogy, by Ursula K. LeGuin.
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Please don't. Awful writer. Very highly overrated.
I absolutely agree with JSWolf.

Personally I can recommend Dragonlance Chronicles; fast paced, easy read, and there's plenty of room for more books if you like the trilogy.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:33 AM   #17
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A whole lot of different strokes for different folks here. I loved the Earthsea Trilogy. One that hasn't been mentioned yet, that I liked was Guy Kay's Fionavar Tapestry trilogy (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road).
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:59 AM   #18
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I'll agree with the recommendation for The Mistborn Trilogy. I really like them and the follow up book, The Allow of Law (which is also begging for a sequel).


Although I haven't read it yet, I've heard good things about The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. They are on my TBR list.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:17 AM   #19
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I would also recommend the Earthsea Trilogy if:

- you're interested in characterization and the consequences of one's actions
- you're interested in world-building and a unique setting
- you love beautiful language, writing and story-telling for its own sake
- you want more than just a story which recounts body counts and how the bodies were made
- you want something other than EFP (Extruded Fantasy Product)
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:52 AM   #20
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How about David Eddings Elenium trilogy and its sequel the Tamuli trilogy. And there's always his signature series the Belgariad (which is a quintet) and its sequel the Mallorean (another quintet).
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:36 AM   #21
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I too got bored with the Game of Thrones series (enjoyed the first, got halfway through the second and realized nothing much was happening, gave up.)

That said, I heartily recommend The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It is an exciting, fast paced, very well-written fantasy novel that is not too long. It features a clever plot and an impressively thrilling climax. In fact you could argue that it is a thriller in fantasy garb which may be why I liked it when I am not a huge reader of fantasy.

There is a sequel as well (can't vouch for that, haven't read it yet but certainly plan to), and because you said trilogy, the third one is coming out later this year.

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:23 PM   #22
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I don't know if it really fits your criteria, but I really liked the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.

The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Arguments of Kings

Page counts are all in the 600-700 range and definitely exciting and fast-paced. The only caveat is that the series are considered to be in the Grimdark genre of fantasy. Grim and Dark.

An interesting discussion of this series and the Grimdark fantasies from earlier this year over on MetaFilter:

http://www.metafilter.com/125480/The-Value-of-Grit
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:36 PM   #23
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I would also recommend the Earthsea Trilogy if:

- you're interested in characterization and the consequences of one's actions
- you're interested in world-building and a unique setting
- you love beautiful language, writing and story-telling for its own sake
- you want more than just a story which recounts body counts and how the bodies were made
- you want something other than EFP (Extruded Fantasy Product)

Very nicely summarized key points, which is the reason I like these books.




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Old 05-14-2013, 12:44 PM   #24
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I don't know if it really fits your criteria, but I really liked the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.

The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Arguments of Kings

Page counts are all in the 600-700 range and definitely exciting and fast-paced. The only caveat is that the series are considered to be in the Grimdark genre of fantasy. Grim and Dark.

An interesting discussion of this series and the Grimdark fantasies from earlier this year over on MetaFilter:

http://www.metafilter.com/125480/The-Value-of-Grit
I agree. It has to be the darkest, grimmest and most realistic fantasy I have ever read.
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Thanks for the recommendations thus far!

Some cracking titles on offer. First Law by Abercrombie has been on my radar for a while now, amongst others.

I am intrigued by Sanderson's Mistborn and the recently suggested Gentleman Bastard (The Lies of Locke Lamora) by Scott Lynch.
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Hi there,

Here's my recommendation. It's not a trilogy. Its a pentalogy. But only three books are out. If you want fast paced and exiting this can be your choice. First two books are under 600 pages and third one is 40 pages over, but that's not a big deal I think.
The only thing that is bad with this choice is you will get hooked on the series and curse my name for having to wait for the last two books to get published




More on series here: Demon Cycle
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That said, I heartily recommend The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It is an exciting, fast paced, very well-written fantasy novel that is not too long. It features a clever plot and an impressively thrilling climax. In fact you could argue that it is a thriller in fantasy garb which may be why I liked it when I am not a huge reader of fantasy.

There is a sequel as well (can't vouch for that, haven't read it yet but certainly plan to), and because you said trilogy, the third one is coming out later this year.
I second this! I loved The Lies of Locke Lamora. I haven't read the second book, either, but glad to know a third book is coming out.
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I second this! I loved The Lies of Locke Lamora. I haven't read the second book, either, but glad to know a third book is coming out.
Book 3 of 4 apparently. Republic of Thieves due out Oct. 8th 2013.
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I'd also recommend James Maxey's Dragon Apocalypse trilogy-


Greatshadow: The Dragon Apocalypse Book 1-(the story is told by the ghost of the main characters dead, drunkard friend so there's some humor running throughout)

''Greatshadow is the primal dragon of fire, an elemental evil whose malign intelligence spies upon mankind through every candle flame, waiting to devour any careless victim he can claim.
The Church of the Book has assembled a team of twelve battle-hardened adventurers to slay the dragon once and for all. But tensions run high between the leaders of the team who view the mission as a holy duty and the super-powered mercenaries who add power to their ranks, who view the mission primarily as a chance to claim Greatshadow's vast treasure trove. If the warriors fail to slay the beast, will they doom mankind to death by fire?''
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I can heartily recommend Red Seas Under Red Skies for those of you who enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora, but haven't read the sequel yet.

If we're recommending things that aren't necessarily trilogies, then The Dresden Files is excellent. Detective noir meets urban fantasy, set in modern day Chicago with a wizard private eye. Fast-paced, lots of action, quick reads.

I've only read the first book of The Demon Cycle, recommended by Geralt above, but it was very good.
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