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Old 05-15-2013, 06:17 PM   #31
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The Assassins Apprentice by Robin Buss,
So everybody's really just going to ignore that (^^^) 900lb gorilla in the room?

I'm going to throw out Robert V.S. Redick's "Chathrand Voyage" series. The fourth and final volume was published just this year.

Also Paul Kearney's Monarchies of God (if Kearney's The Sea Beggars was finished, I'd recommend that too. But I can't in good conscience recommend a series in "limbo").

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Old 05-15-2013, 07:24 PM   #32
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The beginning of the Mary Stewart Merlin series might be too slow for you, but the Crystal Cave is a great book and connects the Romans, Druids, Britons, and Christianity in a manner than few have ever managed. Warning: it will spoil you for other Arthurian books. The other books in the series are The Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment. There is one more after that, but it was not very good, and it seemed like sort of an afterthought.
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Ooh, I'm going to 2nd 3rd or 4th Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy. Awesome stuff. I especially liked how little actual magic was used. The trilogy was so good it drove me to read his related stories, Best Served Cold and The Heroes. Good stuff!
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The trilogy was so good it drove me to read his related stories, Best Served Cold and The Heroes. Good stuff!
And of course you've followed up with the very latest -- Red Country?
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And of course you've followed up with the very latest -- Red Country?
And you are of course following the "First Law" graphic novel being posted online, right? New pages posted each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Old 05-15-2013, 08:50 PM   #36
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And you are of course following the "First Law" graphic novel being posted online, right? New pages posted each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Oh, me and Joe are best buds on Twitter. He personally lets me know when the new stuff goes up.

EDIT: ...of course by "best buds," I mean that I follow him and he, in turn, doesn't know I exist.

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:34 PM   #37
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I'm going to second Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, I absolutely loved it and was genuinely sad to see it end. It had an interesting world, great magic system, and fantastic three-dimensional characters.
I've only read the first Mistborn book. It as free from Tor. I did enjoy it. So I would go with the trilogy.
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I'll recommend The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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Oh, me and Joe are best buds on Twitter. He personally lets me know when the new stuff goes up.

EDIT: ...of course by "best buds," I mean that I follow him and he, in turn, doesn't know I exist.
Damn... I was hoping I could get you to convince him to sign one of my books...
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:09 AM   #40
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Try the Earthsea Trilogy, by Ursula K. LeGuin.
I read the first page and found the tone cold and distant. A turn-off. On the other hand, The Left Hand of Darkness is brilliant. I wonder if she did anything else good?
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I liked Kingkiller Chronicles (so far), I also really liked Assassin's Apprentice and the followup tawny man trilogy I think both are worth reading.

But to add some new fuel my first recommendation would actually be the inheritance cycle that was the first fantasy series I read all the way through and I'm actually reading through the Belgariad series at the minute and it's quite enjoyable.
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I read the first page and found the tone cold and distant. A turn-off. On the other hand, The Left Hand of Darkness is brilliant. I wonder if she did anything else good?
If you enjoyed "The Left Hand of Darkness", it might be worth trying "The Dispossessed".

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Start with the Belgariad, it's the best of the bunch.

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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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I read the first page and found the tone cold and distant. A turn-off. On the other hand, The Left Hand of Darkness is brilliant. I wonder if she did anything else good?
Yes, I thought the tone of Wizard of Earthsea was not quite what I'd want from a regular fantasy. Although I did like it, I'm not sure I'd recommend it in this thread. It kind of reminded me of Lyonesse by Jack Vance. It's like someone telling you an old legend.

I didn't get much out of Left Hand of Darkness, but I thought The Dispossessed was a real masterpiece. I only read them a few months apart. I'll have to assume it was me that changed. (Both SF, so not really applicable to this thread.)

A few more trilogies:

Trudi Canavan's Black Magician trilogy
Maria V Snyder's Study books (apparently called the Chronicles of Ixia, now) - a bit romance-y, kind of lightweight, and the first one, Poison Study, is the best by miles, but they're all enjoyable and easy to read. The follow-up trilogy is OK, too.
Kate Elliott's Crossroads trilogy - I haven't actually read the last part, yet, so it might all go horribly wrong, but I liked the first two
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