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Humza
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Hi everyone, I'm not sure if there are any fantasy novel readers in this forum, but you never know until you try.
So I just completed the wheel of time series by robert Jordan(RIP). I LOVED I it's world building, characters and the plot. I will love to read any series similar to it.
I'm going to pick up game of the ones soon so there than that. Any suggestions?

I would have put this in I'm looking for section but I also wanted to discuss the wheel of time series and what you guy's thought of it.

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Well, I read the first three or four volumes of wheel of time and dropped it because I didn't like it at all.

I recommend books by Brandon Sanderson (who completed the Wheel of Time), Brent Weeks, Patrick Rothfuss. Or some fantasy classics, which are pretty much summed up here

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Patrick Rothfuss. You cannot, simply cannot, call yourself a fantasy novel fan unless you've read his Kingkiller Chronicles.

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Patrick Rothfuss. You cannot, simply cannot, call yourself a fantasy novel fan unless you've read his Kingkiller Chronicles.


I haven't read much fantasy epic other than that wheel of time so I wouldn't know what else is popular. Could you elaborate on what the king killer chronicles is about

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I haven't had a chance to read any of Jordan's books yet, so I have nothing to compare to, but here's a list of series that either I or my friends think are great:
- The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett (currently my favorite series)
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (currently reading)
- The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss (my next series to read)
- The Broken Empire Trilogy by Mark Lawrence (the books seem a bit short, compared to the rest of the series, but I heard good things)
- The Night Angel Trilogy and The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks (my friends tell me that the 2nd one is better, but I'm gonna go chronologically)
- The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Other notable English (fantasy) authors I've read:
- Neil Gaiman
- Terry Pratchett
- Simon R. Green
- R.A. Salvatore

Unfortunately most of the books I've read were written by my fellow countrymen so that's currently my entire knowledge of English fantasy authors.

You can check these polls for more: http://www.locusmag.com/2012/AllCenturyPollsResults.html

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Nothing I've read has been quite similar to WoT, but looking for something similar in the rich vastness of fantasy books is quite the waste.

My personal recommendations are

Robin Hobb - The Farseer trilogy, The Liveship Traders -trilogy and The Tawny man -trilogy. I may come to also recommend her Rain wilds chronicles, once I actually get to them. The 3 trilogies form a single continuum and the Rain wilds chronicles are based on the events of the second trilogy.

By category, they are all high fantasy, with plenty of magical and mystical aspects but nowhere near as flashy as WoTs channeling or any other magic system allowing the users to fling about fireballs and lightning bolts. Also, the protagonist characters really don't have it easy, most of the time.

David Eddings - The Belgariad and the Malloreon. Followed after by The Elenium and The Tamuli if you still have the taste for the stuff.

The Belgariad is very formulaic, predictable High fantasy entry. Despite this, it is highly enjoyable because Eddings writes excellent, snarky dialogue. Also, it is notable that it features a western literature character that is very fit for a poster girl for Tsundere. Pretty swell for books written with apparently 0% eastern influence.

All other Eddings' works are quite derivative of his first works, but they are enjoyable to read thanks to his style of writing.

Of D&D based books, I have found Paul S. Kemp's Erevis Cale books to be quite excellent. They use the various magics inherent the D&D very well, and the main character and some of the main villains are quite different from standard fantasy.

Edit: If you want stuff on a larger scale, and flashier like WoT, you might want to check out the Riftwar cycle by Raymond E. Feist. I've only read some of it, but by what I've heard of the rest, it only gets bigger. This is a series that includes (though only in its past) a race of dragon riding, dimension hopping, amoral demi-god energy-beings in humanoid shape who basically held the whole universe as their plaything at one point. We even got a flashback-POW scene of one having an Elven princess as a go-go slave, all Princess Leia -style.

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Thank you all for your kind suggestions.
I'll pick up these series very soon and hopefully complete a few by the end of summer vacations.
I'll start with a song of ice and fire, farseer trilogy, king killer chronicles and the mist born trilogy.

These will last me quite a while.




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i loved the wheel of time books
Blind Guardain did a song about them

my favourite author is Lynn Flewelling
her Nightrunner books are mXm (so if your okay with that)
if not the Tamir Triad is great as well
her Raven short story had me jumping at shadows for a week or more

i reread all the Nightrunners with each new book

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MxM? Don't know what that means.

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MxM means yaoi/gay

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yeah thats a no go
i don't mind if their are characters that are homosexual in an otherwise heterosexual story, but not the entire cast of characters.

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you should give book 1 Luck in the Shadows a try
Nightrunners does not become mxm till end of book 2
(and by then you want SeregilxAlec to be happy)
and theres no explicit sex scenes

if mxm is just no
but you like females that are not the come save me type but can stand on their own
the Tamir Triad is good

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Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. If you dislike constant repeating how magic works, how something happened, how the world works, how something and something, then try this. Erikson throws you into plot without much explanation and it's your job to figure out what's exactly happening and how the world and magic works. It's not perfect but I recommend it. Plus, it's already complete.

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if mxm is just no
but you like females that are not the come save me type but can stand on their own
the Tamir Tr ...

i'll give this a try, i liked the female characters in wheel of time because of the same reason.

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Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. If you dislike constant repeating how magic works, how something happened, how the world works, how something and something, then try this. Erikson throws you into plot without much explanation and it's your job to figure out what's exactly happening and how the world and magic works. It's not perfect but I recommend it. Plus, it's already complete.

a complete is series is always better to read then waiting for new books to come out. i'll look this one up as well

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