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Old 12-04-2017, 06:10 PM   #1
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Looking for Epic Fantasy with Lots of Action

The title pretty much says it all. I'm looking for epic fantasy novels that contain lots of action, preferably those that aren't too over-descriptive with unnecessary details.

Please do not recommend The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, seeing that I've already read those. Also, I'm not really interested in Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts.
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Old 12-05-2017, 01:42 AM   #2
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The title pretty much says it all. I'm looking for epic fantasy novels that contain lots of action, preferably those that aren't too over-descriptive with unnecessary details.

Please do not recommend The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, seeing that I've already read those. Also, I'm not really interested in Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts.
How about The Dragonlance Chronicles? They aren't great literature, but I enjoyed them when I was younger. Lots of running around, narrow escapes and all that.

If you enjoy them the authors did a follow-up trilogy called Dragonlance Legends, though the original series doesn't have a cliffhanger, teaser ending or anything like that.

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Old 12-05-2017, 11:17 AM   #4
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I also enjoyed Magic Kingdom For Sale - Sold!
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Have you tried "The Legend of Drizzt" series? It is up to 31 books now. I enjoyed the first six, which comprise two complete trilogies.

I haven't continued with the others, but may at some point when I get my TRB list down.
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Sunset Warrior Series. Massively exoctic and violent. Gets more epic as it goes along.
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Sunset Warrior Series. Massively exoctic and violent. Gets more epic as it goes along.
I read the first Sunset Warrior book years ago and rated it two stars. I have the whole trilogy. Maybe I should try it again?
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I read the first Sunset Warrior book years ago and rated it two stars. I have the whole trilogy. Maybe I should try it again?
If you're referring to the Eric van Lustbader series, it's 5-books isn't it, not 3?
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Pretty much anything by David Gemmell.

If you've not read his work, start with Legend and enjoy.

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Old 12-05-2017, 06:28 PM   #10
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If you're referring to the Eric van Lustbader series, it's 5-books isn't it, not 3?
I guess. Though it looks like it was a trilogy that continued as the royalty checks came in. The first three books were published back to back and the copy on Dai-san indicated it was the finale. I'll also note the Amazon review titled "A solid, if unspectacular, conclusion to a worthy trilogy"

At any rate, I remember thinking the first book (the only one I read) was poorly written. I dunno. Maybe I should try again.
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The title pretty much says it all. I'm looking for epic fantasy novels that contain lots of action, preferably those that aren't too over-descriptive with unnecessary details.

Please do not recommend The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, seeing that I've already read those. Also, I'm not really interested in Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts.
@Kyle:

Could you list a few that you really liked? Books or series? That would be enormously helpful in knowing which books to recommend.

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Old 12-05-2017, 06:41 PM   #12
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There is always George Martin's "Song of Fire and Ice" series (a.k.a. Game of Thrones), though the last two of seven books are not yet published. No shortage of action but it does follow many characters. Hint -- don't get too attached to any, lol.

Jim Butcher's "Codex Alera" series probably qualifies as epic fantasy and certainly is action packed.

Michael Moorcock's "Eternal Champion" collection fits, probably most approachable through the "Elric of Melnibone" series.
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I'd have to second Penforhire's recommendation. Song of Ice and Fire is definitely what I would read. There's a reason it has become so popular!
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I guess. Though it looks like it was a trilogy that continued as the royalty checks came in. The first three books were published back to back and the copy on Dai-san indicated it was the finale. I'll also note the Amazon review titled "A solid, if unspectacular, conclusion to a worthy trilogy"

At any rate, I remember thinking the first book (the only one I read) was poorly written. I dunno. Maybe I should try again.
I loved it and have read it many times. The first book is less fantasy and epic then book 2 and 3. Book 4 and 5 are good but told from the POV of another character. Anyway, each to their own, but I think book 1-3 are little-known classics. Maybe my tastes are in a minority. I'd be curious to know what your views of it are if you try it again.
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If you haven't read the original Conan, it is amazing. Start with The Tower of the Elephant and Rogues in the House. Amazing stuff that defined the genre.
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