Top 5 Fantasy Books/Series

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  1. we1221

    we1221 Advanced Member

    Oct 24, 2009
    what are your Top 5 Fantasy Books/Series
  2. Potticus

    Potticus GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Apr 30, 2010
    United States
    Endar's Game is number 1 for me.
    Not up to compiling a list
  3. Edgedancer

    Edgedancer Director of Moon based operations

    Oct 2, 2006
    1. The Edge Chronicles
    2. Keys to the Kingdom
    3. The Inheritance Cycle
    4. Skuldugery Pleasent
    5. Harry Potter
  4. gameboy13

    gameboy13 Orange and fluffy since 1995.

    Mar 21, 2010
    United States
    The Fur Side.
    The Chronicles of Narnia are my favorite series. Lord of the Rings also, but I haven't read them yet.
  5. Elritha

    Elritha GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 24, 2006
    A Song of Ice and Fire would be one of my favourite series of books. For the rest there are far too many to choose to list in my top 4. [​IMG]
  6. Crass

    Crass Rock me Dr. Zaius

    Nov 3, 2006
    United States
    The Wheel of Time series are great. I also agree with Enders Game and Chronicles of Narnia as previously mentioned by others. Also the Redwall books.
  7. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Drinks, Knows Things

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  8. agony

    agony GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 26, 2009
    In no particular order.

    Keys to the Kingdom
    Dresden Files
    A song of Ice and Fire
  9. Overlord Nadrian

    Overlord Nadrian Banned

    Jul 28, 2008
    In no particular order:

    A Song of Ice and Fire
    The Wheel of Time
    His Dark Materials (first film sucks)
    The Odyssey
    The Alchemist
  10. Cermage

    Cermage GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 2, 2007
    my favourite sword and magic fantasys in no order

    Legend by David Gemmel
    Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Leguin
    Magician by Raymond E Feist
    A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
    Assassin's Apprentice By Robin Hobb

    I don't like recommending entire epics, after about book 5-6 things tend to get really drawn out and then picking up around book 9 or so. though usually the first book of the entire collection is the best.

    i've been reading urban fantasy lately, so Storm front (dresden files) by Jim Butcher and The naming of the beasts (book 5 of Felix Castor series) by Mike Carey gets a mention.
  11. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    Necrobump aside, your taste seems very familiar to mine so I'll just recommend Darren Shan with the Cirque du Freak saga to you, it's amazing IMHO.
    Darren Shan also has a sort of prequel to that series, named The saga of Larten Crepsley. Set in the same universe, and explains the life of one of the most important characters much more detailed.

    Also, Darren Shan has written a completely different series, in another universe, called Demonata, but I didn't like it that much.
  12. arogance1

    arogance1 GBAtemp Fan

    May 17, 2008
    Enders Game definately;
    Discworld series;
    Skulduggery Pleasant;
    Kingdom Keepers;
    Percy Jackson series (ignore the film);
    Artemis Fowl series.
    All books by Raymond E Feist

    Song of Ice and Fire goes downhill fast into book 3 and 4
  13. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Edit- must pay attention to dates.

    Hmm I might have to go authors for this

    Discworld although I have not really read much past Lords and Ladies (and if you quizzed me/reference tested me I would probably fall short at anything beyond Moving Pictures). The sky TV series that I saw were great though and I quite liked some of the games too.
    David Eddings did lots I like although mainly Belgariad
    Guy Gavriel Kay
    Marion Bradley- (mainly the Avalon series) I read a bunch of her books as I was sitting around the house ill one week but they grew on me. I still have the films to watch though.
    Acacia trilogy I quite like but have not got far enough to add it to the top/recommended list.

    If I am allowed to twist the definition the Strugatsky brothers (Roadside picnic and the inspiration for the Stalker franchise)

    Since the game of thrones TV series came out I read the main books (mainly as I was too impatient) but nothing in the way of the prequels yet. I like them a lot but I am not sure I will point people at them as more than a companion to the TV series or a interesting read. Equally despite never actually playing one I did read the role playing game manual based on the series and it was pretty good as well.
    I am presently working my way through the Wheel of time books (somewhere in the fifth one right now) but it is slow going as sitting around reading a fiction book is something I have to work back into (I got burned out on reading after education and I enjoy nonfiction/learning things more).

    Equally I keep meaning to pick up the novels the Witcher comes from but have not yet (the TV series/film was not bad though) and thinking about it I at best skimmed the Terry Goodkind novels and opted to watch the TV series instead so I should probably do those as well.

    I probably should find something better to read on as well- I had a go on a kindle and it was nice but nothing I would want to use, the PSP is not ideal although better than my GBA SP ever was and reading on the PC works but I prefer sitting on the sofa/bed to read fiction.
  14. mysticwaterfall

    mysticwaterfall Streamforce Supreme Commander

    Aug 11, 2008
    United States
    Right behind you
    A song of ice and fire
    Incarnations of immortality
    Harry Potter

    Cant think of a 5th one Guess I dont read that much fantasy.
  15. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    Wow, it just hit me that I haven't really read any fantasy series for some time; all the books I've read recently have been stand alone affairs. Huh.
  16. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    Aaaaaaaaaand another necrobump, but it's just to say I'm halfway through the Edge Chronicles, entertaining to say the least.
    I wouldn't say truly groundbreaking and memorable, but just fun and entertaining read, even though it's a little childish sometimes (I'm 20 years old).

    Definitely a recommendation for it, if you liked Darren Shan/Inheritance/Harry Potter
  17. Chary

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    Enders' Game
    Lord of the Rings
    Chronicles of Narnia
    Artemis Fowl
    (I really need to read more fantasy books)
  18. Silverthorn

    Silverthorn Spiky!

    Mar 27, 2012
    Ender cycle
    The Dark Tower
    Lord of the Rings
    Riftwar Saga