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I need an epic fantasy book or series to read. Any recommendations?


By Krupps4

6 days ago



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#1 6 days ago

During the COVID lockdown, I’ve been reading book after book. I’ve really enjoyed getting caught up on the Tom Clancy books I had never read. They are big and long and epic and full of detail which I view as a plus. However, I need to switch gears. Any must read fantasy books that are big and long and epic and full of detail? For the record, I’ve read Lord of the Rings. Thanks in advance!

#2 6 days ago

Sanderson's stuff is good.

The Stormlight Archives are ongoing and well worth dipping your toe into the 1st 3 Books.

Book 4 should be out in the next 6 months or so?

#3 6 days ago

Stephen Kings Dark Tower series, George RR Martins Game of Thrones, Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles. Those last two series are unfinished and nobody knows when they will be.

#4 6 days ago

I absolutely adore the “Dark is Rising” books.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Is_Rising_Sequence

Like the Hobbit/LOTR, Book 2 is really the start of the main story - but the characters in Book 1 come back later on. At the time I had connected them more with CS Lewis’ stuff, but they are way more folklore-based, like LOTR.

They are supposed to be Teenager/high school books but they are just as involved and deep (and dense) as Tolkien. Not George R R Martin level - I’ve never been able to get into his pace... of... needing... 15 ... pages... to write ... what... could have ... been .. conveyed .. in ... 2 ... sentences...

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#5 6 days ago

Big, long, epic and full of detail...The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

#6 6 days ago

Not really fantasy books, but the Jack Higgins books with Sean Dillon, Charles Ferguson, Harry Salter, etc are very enjoyable. More in the line of the Tom Clancy books.

#7 6 days ago
Quoted from rawbars:

George RR Martins Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones series was excellent. I should have mentioned that I’d read that one as well.

#8 6 days ago
Quoted from bonanzak35:

Jack Higgins books

I agree the Jack Higgins books are good. Kind of a shorter and lighter version of Tom Clancy. That Tom Clancy really wrote some amazing books. I don’t know how he or any author does it.

#9 6 days ago

Brian Mclellan's Powder Mage Trilogy is also very good.

And there is additional stuff beyond the original series that is also well worth the read.

Sullivan's Legens of the First Empire is also a good read.

#10 6 days ago

Not fantasy at all, but cj box writes great, easy readers mostly about a game warden in Wyoming. Read in order tho

#11 6 days ago
Quoted from Hayfarmer:

Not fantasy at all, but cj box writes great, easy readers mostly about a game warden in Wyoming. Read in order tho

Wow! A random but great recommendation! I actually own a home in WY and read a few CJ Box books for that reason. For anyone looking at this, check him out.

#12 6 days ago
Quoted from rawbars:

Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles

Straight pass. Rothfuss is an excellent writer but it will be 2120 before book three comes out. Do not waste your time.

Quoted from rawbars:

Stephen Kings Dark Tower series

I have mixed feeling. There are like two and a half good books in the series. Worth a read, maybe. The good books make up for the lack luster ones

#13 6 days ago

Stephen King Dark Tower Series
1.The Gunslinger short& intense
2.The Drawing of the Three
Pulls you in to his world deeper
3.The Wastelands now you can’t you back!
Wizards and Glass my favorite it’s a western best friends and love story in one

#14 6 days ago

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson, epic world building at it's best. Not for the faint of heart, 10 books in the main series, many others in the world.

Wheel of Time way over rated imo, was OK, killed lots of time (and brain cells)

Joe Abercrombie The First Law Trilogy and follow up books.

#15 6 days ago

I second Sanderson‘s Stormlight Archives.

Dark Tower is great as well.
Rothfuss is good, but who knows when that will be finished.

Robin Hobb is worth a look: The Farseer Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy and the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy are pretty epic. In between you can also read about the Liveship Traders, which is a great trilogy in itself in the same world with some overlap.

#16 6 days ago

I am thinning out some books. Maybe the closest I have right off the bat, are a bunch of Clive Cussler novels.
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#17 6 days ago

Sword of Truth series is kinda love or hate it, but you could read the first book and decide to bail if it’s not your jam

#18 6 days ago

Gene Wolfe deserves a mention as does Zelazney. Nine Princes in Amber is a great read.

#19 6 days ago
Quoted from Krupps4:

Wow! A random but great recommendation! I actually own a home in WY and read a few CJ Box books for that reason. For anyone looking at this, check him out.

His latest, wolf pack, was very good, easy, 2 night read

#20 6 days ago

Another vote for the Dark Tower series, but if you also are looking for a couple of Stephen King stand alones The Talisman (with Peter Straub) is long and a very good read, and 11/22/63 while based on history is an excellent mind bender of his.

In non-fantasy but fiction, the Stieg Larsson series of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is very good. It is a bit on the violent/graphic side at times but is a good read.

#21 6 days ago

Forgotten realms is a pretty good series

#22 6 days ago

So, I think I’m in on the Dark Tower series. I’ve never read it and haven’t had much luck with Stephen King. Lots of good choices. Thanks everyone!

#23 6 days ago
Quoted from tpoeckh:

Big, long, epic and full of detail...The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

Any idea what’s going on with the tv series ?

#24 6 days ago

Farseer trilogy, First Law trilogy, Prince of Nothing, Demon Cycle, Wheel of Time.

#25 6 days ago

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.

#26 6 days ago

Red rising series by Pierce Brown. My wife doesn’t care for this kind of stuff , I begged her to read the first 2 chapters of the first book; she proceeded to finish the entire series in a matter of a few weeks. All of my buddies have read it, it’s amaze balls... I’ve only read the first 4; the 4th book is a little odd, but the 5th is supposed to be amazing

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#27 6 days ago

Have you read R. L. Steins Goosebumps?

#28 6 days ago

Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever
Stephen Donaldson.

6 books. Awesome series. Fantasy.

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#29 6 days ago

Edward Lee “City Infernal” series. The Fantasy/Horror equivalent to a Netflix/Hulu “guilty pleasure” where you spend a weekend drinking/smoking/eating your weight in fried foods as you binge your way through the episodes. It is an “easy” read which will do nothing to challenge the reader, but I’ll be damned (pun intended, ha) if it didn’t suck me in and even make me wish I could take a short vacation in Hell! Really, I am almost embarrassed that I enjoyed these books as much as I did!

Currently, four titles in the series (listed in order here):

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#30 6 days ago

Terry Brooks. Sword of Shannara is the beginning........ENJOY!

#31 6 days ago
Quoted from tpoeckh:

Big, long, epic and full of detail...The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

This! You'll still be reading them even if covid lasts until 2024

#32 6 days ago
Quoted from DadofTwins:

Terry Brooks. Sword of Shannara is the beginning........ENJOY!

It's actually really fun to go back and read in chronological order too, starting with Running with the Demon. close to 40 books I believe.

#33 6 days ago

Glen Cook, The Black Company. Incredible series.

“With the Black Company series Glen Cook single-handedly changed the face of fantasy--something a lot of people didn't notice and maybe still don't. He brought the story down to a human level, dispensing with the cliché archetypes of princes, kings, and evil sorcerers. Reading his stuff was like reading Vietnam War fiction on peyote.”

#34 6 days ago

Patrick Rothfuss “The Name of the Wind”.

Outstanding!!

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#36 6 days ago

The Necroscope series by Brian Lumley is fantastic.
Anyone here ever read them?

#37 6 days ago

Going to second Stephen Donaldson's "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant". Definitely a must read. Love, leprosy, and parallel universes- you just can't go wrong....

#38 5 days ago

Not fantasy, but amazing.
James S.A. Corey. The Expanse.
Great hard science fiction. I'm on book
Four, there are at least 3 more, and counting.
It's been turned into a wonderful tv series also.

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#39 5 days ago
Quoted from KYLEDM5:

The Necroscope series by Brian Lumley is fantastic.
Anyone here ever read them?

I read the first one. It was weird as hell

#40 5 days ago

Check out the Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron. First book is the Red Knight and is a bit of a reimagining of Arthurian legend. The author really knows his armor and battle tactics; I believe he competes in various armored combat competitions.

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#41 5 days ago
Quoted from captainadam_21:

I read the first one. It was weird as hell

Indeed!
I've only read the first five Necroscopes, but they get even weirder (in a good way).
To say the author has a wild imagination, would be one hell of an understatement.

#42 5 days ago

(no spoilers)

Brandon Sanderson's stormlight archives starting with the Way of Kings. Read them last year and they are awesome. I have heard the Wheel of Time referenced several times and enjoyed the first few books. When Robert A Jordan knew he was dying, who did he choose to finish out his epic book series? Brandon Sanderson.

I've only read his Stormlight Archives and really enjoyed them. They are very long and verbose, but the storyline is great with fantastic characters and great world building. My only complain is that if Sanderson describes clothing the same way Tolkein describes language and Martin describes food... just too much.

As far as shorter books, you mentioned LOTR... the Hobbit is great if you never read it. Also, in my opinion Tom Clancy's best book wans't part of his main series and is his one of Red Storm Rising WW3 book. The Expanse novels mentioned above are also great books with unique world building. They were born out of the back story for a planned MMORPG.

#43 5 days ago

Shoutout to Dan Simmons for his Hyperion series. Killer stuff

#44 5 days ago
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#45 5 days ago

The Dune series, new film out soon as well so this is a good time to dip into it if you haven't before.

#46 5 days ago

If you liked Game of Thrones you might enjoy Ken Follett's Kingsbridge series that starts with Pillars of the Earth. His Century trilogy is pretty great too but not really fantasy.

#47 5 days ago

First book is among the best ever...after that it starts sliding downhill until it completely falls off.

#48 5 days ago
Quoted from guitarded:

First book is among the best ever...after that it starts sliding downhill until it completely falls off.

Messiah and Children are pretty good -

#49 5 days ago

I know it has been mentioned a couple times already, but I highly recommend Stephen King's the Dark Tower series. Just excellent!

#50 5 days ago

Codex Alera by Jim Butcher I think his Dresden books are more popular but the Alera books were enjoyable.

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