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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 10, "Avonna rated it it was amazing Shelves: the-romance-reviews. What an amazing start to a new trilogy by new author, C. Stark September has characters that could walk off the page, a story that keeps you reading and sex scenes that had me pulling out the fan.
Captain Kira Riley has reached her dream of becoming a physician and now she owes the Army time for their investment in her. She knows all about the Army having grown up an Army brat until the age of 12 when her father in Special Forces was killed. She wants to pay back the Army and get out with no attachments or complications. Owen Stark has other plans the minute he sees Kira as he accidently knocks her down. Stark is a Special Forces sergeant who has used the past decade to become a member of a band of brothers he can always count on as he heals from a personal tragedy.
I feel the author did an excellent job of growing this relationship and revealing their differences and the problems that popped up because of those differences. Be warned that there is some BDSM and spanking in this book. I cannot recommend this forbidden love story enough. There are two small problems for me though.
First, Stark and Kira exchange one dog tag each. Although this is very romantic, it would never happen in the real military. Second, I wish the author would have wrapped up the suspense portion of this story in this book, while only leaving the romance open ended for the next book. I loved this book and am anxiously awaiting the next in this trilogy! Written for and posted first on The Romance Reviews.
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View all 15 comments. Mar 10, Joe rated it it was amazing. This book captures and keeps your attention. Kira is a heroine conflicted by her attraction to Stark. I am anxious to see what happens in Book 2. Apr 26, Wendy Livingstone rated it really liked it. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is a well written story from a debut author. I found that the main characters Kira and Starke have a lot of chemistry. I found that the secondary and well as the main characters are all very interesting.
If you enjoy military books with a lot of love and drama then this is the book for you. The author has done a good job with this book; I would recommend this authors work. I will wait impatiently for book 2 in the series. Nov 16, Steph rated it it was ok Shelves: hell-to-the-no. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all past and present military personnel for your service to our country!
To put herself through medical school, Captain Kira Riley must serve out her Army tour for four years in the base medical center. When she runs into special forces Sergeant Owen Stark quite literally , she's immediately entranced by Mr. But with fraternization strictly prohibited by the Army, especially with their discrepancy in rank, both are hesitant to I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all past and present military personnel for your service to our country!
But with fraternization strictly prohibited by the Army, especially with their discrepancy in rank, both are hesitant to act on that attraction. When Kira gets stuck in a snowstorm, Owen makes it his mission to get to her safely Owen and Kira can never have a future together, he's enlisted and she's an officer, but it doesn't stop them from falling hard and fast for one another. With misunderstandings and omissions coming from both sides of the relationship, it'll take more than love for the two of them to make this work. Unfortunately, there wasn't much else about this story that I enjoyed.
First, as an Army Captain, an educated doctor, a skier, a runner and even an Army brat, I found it irritating that Kira was constantly caught unprepared in all these situations she got herself into like heading to the mountains to ski That said, there were a few funny moments, like the stint in jail and the completely un-PC cellmate sleepy surprise…LOLZ , but overall this was supposed to be more of a dramatic erotic suspense story. I thought the suspense had some potential, as there were so many people out to get both Owen and Kira that I had no clue who was behind what.
Bottom Line: Even though Ms. Bradley has good taste in states and music, it was just not enough for me to have any interest in continuing with future books in this series. Apr 17, Chrisabel rated it really liked it Shelves: kindle , freebies , ebook. I was lucky enough to receive this book from the author for free. I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read more from this author. This book started off pretty good but then took a disastrous turn. The h goes home with the H and there is a video being played of him with another woman.
She is shocked and in walks a topless woman from the kitchen who is the woman in the video. The H is still friends with this woman and she comes to his house to hang out with another woman the H has slept with. The h leaves but then comes back a few days later bc she wants him to treat her like he did the woman in the video. What the HELL is going on!?!? Earlier in the story the H and h were being intimate at his cabin when another woman comes in surprising them both.
She is a gorgeous, wealthy woman that has a past with the H. So OTT and ridiculous. Of course the donkey h, can't help but feel inferior to the good-looking woman. Yet another story with a h with low self-esteem. Jul 27, Laura rated it it was amazing. Hang on for a wild ride from start to finish. It really isn't the finish since this book ends in a cliffhanger. Thank goodness book 2 is already released because I would DIE waiting to know what happens next. Kira also has a coworker, Holt, who is a cross between an obsessed arrogant suitor and a stalker. Speaking of st Hang on for a wild ride from start to finish.
Speaking of stalker, there is one of those following Kira around. He ends up attacking her towards the end of the book which leads Paige into danger. This book as more twists and turns that you won't be able to put it down. What an enjoyable read! Stark September Stark Trilogy Book May 27, Ana Rita rated it it was amazing. CD Bradley finally I had time to read your book, it was a long way but I got it, lol. I was so anxious starting September Stark Stark Trilogy Book1 because I did not know the author and I did not know if I was going to like the story but in the end I wanted to slap me hard because I did not have any motive to dislike this book, it was so so good.
This book is told in the third person and that makes reading fun and cozier because it looks like someone is talking and reading a book to you only. Kira's life was not easy, she lost her father who was also military when she was little and was neglected by her mother after her father's loss. She has no interest in getting involved with anyone, but when she runs up against Sergeant Stark something changes. Stark is married to his profession; he is very charismatic and very reserved. For him only his career and team matters, but something changes when he sees Kira.
He's used to getting everything he wants, give where to give, but can he get Kira, captivate her? The attraction they feel for each other is palpable, but will they give into desire and go against all the rules? I was very well reading a breathtaking scene, for reasons that you can imagine, when I was literally breathless with what happened.
You cannot imagine what went through my mind at that moment. The hot scenes are a few and they are breathtaking. This book easily put me on edge, because in a minute everything was fine, much happiness to the mixture and in the other it was all wrong, I was struck by all sides, my god the stress level was so high. Can book end like this?
Can it? If I was looking forward to the story itself, because of the suspense that surrounds this whole book, this final almost caused me a heart attack. How am I going to be able to endure this waiting?
So many unanswered questions and so many fears to the mixture. CD Bradley I need the next book as soon as possible because otherwise I will go all crazy, lol. Feb 19, Helen Hennessey rated it it was amazing. This book was great from beginning until the end. I was nervous as this was a new author to me. I acquired the book from a signing and dove right in and couldn't wait to turn the pages!!
Owen Starks is every woman's fantasy and Kira was a tough cookie that held her own throughout the story!!! I am anxious to see what happens to Owen and Kira's story in the next book!! Can their love overcome the military, plastic barbie, stalkers, and everything else life has to throw at them??!!! Aug 05, Steph's Romance Book Talk rated it really liked it Shelves: rrrc-challenge , heart-touching-emotional , military , read-in , sensitive-topics , strong-female-lead , alpha-man-reads , bdsm-light , mystery-plot-twist , part-of-a-series-or-duology.
It had soooo much that was very right about it. You follow the life of a female soldier So many books out there are about the alpha male military guy, no, no, not this one. Kira gets knocked over on her first day by the alpha male Special Forces SFC Owen Stark little do they both know it starts them on a journey that had me chomping at the bit to know what was going to happen next. There is a cliffhanger so be warned, I literally threw my Kindle pages before the end. I can't wait to find out what happens next!!! Move over Annatasia and Christian!
This is the first installment of a three book trilogy and I must say I can't wait till Stark Shadows comes out!!! Owen and Kira have great chemistry and I can't wait to see how the rest of their story plays out. Kira and Owen's relationship is against military rules and that I think is what makes the story more interesting because of the forbi Move over Annatasia and Christian!
Kira and Owen's relationship is against military rules and that I think is what makes the story more interesting because of the forbidden element.. All this to say it doesn't stop the characters from pursuing a relationship that is full of surprises, ups and downs, and most of all a growing love for one another. Loved this book. Glad I took a chance with this author!!! Feb 18, Karen rated it it was amazing. Stark September CD Bradley I was captivated by all the aspects to the book, military life, romance, erotica.
By the way, this is a very adult book with explicit sex and language. Recommended for those 18 yrs. I look forward to reading book 2 in the series. Aug 08, Dayna R rated it it was amazing. This is the first in a trilogy so I didn't expect it to be all wrapped up in a bow! However, that cliffhanger was so amazingly awesome! The author has definitely done research as the military aspect was well-written.
I also loved that it had a forbidden romance aspect to it. There are definitely a lot of twists and turns and I can't wait to see what happens next! Feb 04, Tracey Fuller rated it it was amazing. Needs editing but really good suspense military romance series, couldn't put it down. Mar 20, MJ rated it it was ok Shelves: There was no reason for this to be a serial so far.
And I admit, because I haven't read the next two books, there's a high chance I am missing links, but there are definitely people and threads that are useless and unneeded at this point too. Then there's the TSTL crap. Their relationship is against the rules and they could both be dishonourably discharged from jobs they lov 2. Their relationship is against the rules and they could both be dishonourably discharged from jobs they love and don't want to give up but not only do they carry on fine , but they make out and announce themselves to everyone and their dog in public too!
They take photos and have tanties and never once think a 'maybe we should be discreet when we are not in private' thought between them. And their friends! Certainly don't need any enemies with that lot around. Plus, she's had a 'unbelieved' stalker incident before Does she tell anyone? Does she start taking notes or photos? Does she start taking precautions? She ignores it all. Tells no one. Throws out all evidence. And doesn't even bother to pay more attention to her surroundings or security And him. He wants her, but refuses to give up the army They are doing such a great job of sneaking now!
Ok, so he sorted the fraternisation rule at the last minute, but turns out he actually had that option all along, but never talked to her about it. And that stalker shit going on was just a bit bizarre. Especially when it never got sorted and the blurbs for the other books look like they go somewhere completely different. It's probably worked in there somehow, but again I'm not really seeing any reason most of the threads in the book to not have been wrapped up already, and that's just pissed me off.
Jun 10, Katrina rated it it was amazing. Where do I start!! From that moment that I heard that voice Mam , Owen Stark had me.. Sizzling hot and down right delicious. The chemistry had me panting and briskly reading haha. Is that all your asking? No Way With a story line that will have you engrossed I can guarantee not only Mr Stark will have you attention but the sassy Doctors grunt and determination , will have you rooting for her. Stubborn and born Where do I start!!
Stubborn and born to succeed, Kira is hell bent on achieving her goals. No sex god will stand in her way! Owen Stark knows he cant have the sexy Doctor but something in him is ignited. On a whirlwind of lust, hot trysts, the pair become closer then they ever deemed. A forbidden love? Will it end before it begins? Stark September is one of those reads that will have you giggling, oogggging and arghinggg and wandering.. Lots of great characters that will have you second guessing. A few that will have you very much intrigued, and also a few that will have you left unsure.
With a plot that has given us crumbs along the way, this story is fueled with lots of lusty moments but also a story line that keeps you intrigued. A stalker in the midst, kinky fxxkery , and a hot doctor on the trail and sexy soliders , there is never a dull moment. I had to say the ending had me cringing and needing that next book pronto.
CD Bradley does such a wonderful job of creating well thought out characters, vivid imagery and characters with depth and definition you cant help but fall in love with them. My first book by this author and it wasnt my last I delived into book 2 and 3 and was on a reading frenzy to find out more! An intoxicating read from start to finish , CD Bradley gives us a steamy yet heart warming read that I would recommend it to absolutely anyone.
Jul 22, Lori Amey rated it it was amazing. This is the first book that I have read by this author. So I didn't know what to expect. I had so many oh my god moments, that I lost count. First of all, I loved getting to know Owen and Kira. Their story and their friends blew me away.
All my emotions were all over the place and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I can't wait to dive in to the second book, I am dying to know what happens. This is a must read, get your copy today. May 26, Deborah rated it really liked it. Action, comedy, steamy time, romance and mystery. This book has it all. Yes, there's a cliffhanger. Yes, it's long. But oh my, it's so worth the read! Jan 30, Sara Luck rated it did not like it Shelves: Just no. I am irritated that I finished this and have no desire to read the others.
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Read our review of Obernewtyn , the first book in the series. In Einarinn, the secret of magic is known only by an elite few. They live in deliberate isolation, under the watchful eye of the Archmage. But nothing last for ever. Livak is a part-time thief and a full-time gambler, long accustomed to living by her wits and narrowly avoiding serious trouble. When she attempts to sell a stolen antique to a passing merchant, she finds herself pulled into a new and dangerous world of political intrigue in which the stakes are higher than anyone involved can imagine.
For the antique she has acquired dates from a particular period in the history of Einarrin about which little is known, but much has been speculated. And when the truth begins to emerge, Livak decides to take the greatest gamble of her life. The Legend. Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy death. The Fortress. Mighty Dros Delnoch, protected by six outer walls, the only route by which an army could pass through the mountains.
It was the stronghold of the Drenai empire. And now it was the last battleground, for all else had fallen before the Nadir hordes. And hope rested on the skills of that one old man…. The Raven are an elite. For years their only loyalty has been to themselves, and to their code. But that time is coming to an end. The Wytch Lords have escaped and The Raven find themselves fighting for the Dark College of magic, on a mission which soon becomes a race for the secret location of Dawnthief.
But as she trudged through the forest, using her long walk home to contemplate her depressing future — and the expulsion it was bound to hold — a horse burst through the woodland and charged straight for her. Wherever his horse was taking him, he would be dead before they got there. He had sworn to carry out his mission as a Green Rider — one of the legendary messengers of the king — and he has a life or death message that must reach King Zachary. Karigan may be unable to save him, but she can deliver his message. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, her simple promise to deliver a letter is about to become a race against time… and a race for her life….
One man, Richard Cypher, holds the key to the fate of three nations, of humanity. And his biggest problem is admitting that magic exists at all…A novel of incomparable scope and brimming with atmospheric detail: in a world where heart hounds stalk the boundaries for unwary human prey, blood-sucking flies hunt on behalf of their underworld masters, and where artists can draw more than your likeness, there is no place to hide, nowhere safe.
Here magic makes love twice as sweet, betrayal and loss twice as bitter. Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues — and seven sins. The moment Arthur meets sinister Mister Monday, the world turns inside out. The next seven days will bring seven fearful challenges — and a billion grisly ways to die. As his world is attacked by a plague of hellish creatures, Arthur retreats into a mysterious house , a house that only he can see.
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Inside, unlikely hero Arthur must unravel the secrets of the Seven Keys, battling monsters and treacherous Denizens in a bid to save his world…. Once a fabled Blade of Namara, Aral Kingslayer fought for justice and his goddess alongside his familiar, a living shadow called Triss. Now with their goddess murdered and her temple destroyed, they are among the last of their kind.
Surviving on the fringes of society, Aral becomes a drunken, broken and wanted man, working whatever shadowy deal comes his way. Until a mysterious woman hires him to deliver a secret message — one than can either redeem or doom him. A battle is coming… And in that battle shall be decided the fate of the world.
Myths tell of the ancient wars of Gods and men, and a powerful object — the Orb — that ended the bloodshed. As long as it was held by the line of Riva, it would assure the peace. But a dark force has stolen the Orb, and the prophecies tell of war. Young farm boy Garion knows nothing of myth or fate.
But then the mysterious Old Storyteller visits his aunt, and they embark on a sudden journey. Pursued by evil forces, with only a small band of companions they can trust, Garion begins to doubt all he thought he knew…. It has lain lost and forgotten for fifteen hundred years in the ancient heartland of England — a scrap of glass and metal melded by fierce fire. It is the lost core of a flawless Sphere made by the greatest of the Anglo-Saxon CraeftLords in memory of the one he loved.
Her name was Spring and contained in the very heart of this work is a spark from the Fires of Creation. But while humans have lost their belief in such things, the Hydden — little people existing on the borders of our world — have not. Breaking the silence of centuries they send one of their own, a young boy, Jack, to live among humans in the hope that he may one day find what has been lost for so long. It is only through their voyage into the dangerous Hyddenworld that they will realize their destiny, find love and complete the great quest that will save both their worlds from destruction.
The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns. As the sun sets, people have no choice but to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the creatures dissolve with the first signs of dawn.
Believing that there is more to his world than to live in constant fear, he must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path. Publicly shamed, she is reduced to gathering herbs and tending an old woman more fearsome than the corelings. Yet in her disgrace, she becomes the guardian of dangerous ancient knowledge. Orphaned and crippled in a demon attack, young Rojer takes solace in mastering the musical arts of a Jongleur, only to learn that his unique talent gives him unexpected power over the night.
Together, these three young people will offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival. In the desert colony of Khandar, a dark and mysterious magic, hidden for centuries, is about to emerge from darkness. Winter Ihernglass, fleeing her past and masquerading as a man, just wants to go unnoticed. Finding herself promoted to a command, she must rise to the challenge and fight impossible odds to survive. Their fates rest in the hands of an enigmatic new Colonel, sent to restore order while following his own mysterious agenda into the realm of the supernatural. A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose.
Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms.
Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars. High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need.
Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. Every generation can point to a fantasy book or series that defines their teenage years. Currently, that would likely be Harry Potter; for those now edging towards or into their 40s it would be Dragonlance. Read our review of The Dragonlance Chronicles.
For a full list of Dragonlance novels, visit Wikipedia. If you do, do not, or if you have any further recommendations then please let us know by leaving a comment below. Thank you, we hope you enjoyed reading our list. These authors are all amazing, and their books well written and cherished by many; they deserve recognition. What about the Witcher books? Hi Emma. Good luck finding your next read! So many recommendations! Where to start?? Maybe I should resign myself to reread them forever. Anyone got any tips or advice, help lines for how to replace dear old Fitz?
That is hands down my favorite series. But where is Tamora Pierce? She has many books written for 2 universes and is still adding to it with the Numair Chronicles. Of course her Lioness series was great but it was when I read the Immortals series that I was hooked! You have some excellent selections listed. But seriously, these should have been the first four on your list. Just a joy to read. Brilliant comments Squiggler, completely agree with everything you said. I just finished my second tour of the 10 book series and it was twice as good the second time around.
Reading through this list brought back some great memories and sparked some new ideas as inspiration for my reading list — many thanks for that. PS: you might want to add the Rain Wild Chronicles to your Elderlings list for the sake of any tenacious new devotees adding these titles to their reading list as a chronology.
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I believe you skipped straight from Tawny Man to Fitz and the Fool. Cheers though for the rest of the included series. Love it. This books are amazing. I recommend everyone to read them. I was able to read some of them last week. I have added your website in my toolbar so i can return with just one click when i feel the need to read your great posts. I really loved your list. I appreciate the comments and have added a couple of series from the recommendations. The books listed in the comments have nicely rounded out your list.
I like this ideas for reading. They bring fantasy and reality together in way that is compelling. At least I thought so. Great feedback. I do love Jack Forsithe. It is fantasy, but well blended with today. Has all the important elements, love, lust, karma, and offbeat humour. I enjoyed the sword of truth series until I read Faith of the Fallen. It tried to paint charity, compassion and mercy as evil. Not Goodkind by nature! Your disappointment is misplaced as I would assume are the examples of other missing series you could easily have included. But to be fair, there are others missing I could easily include.
I thought they were real page turners. Are they considered too light — or are they young adult? Just a thought. Needs to be on the list! This is clearly stated as a list of favourites that includes more than three books. The Lord of the Rings you will find, hopefully to your pleasure at number one on the trilogy top list.
Have you taken Joe Abercrombie off this list?? I can understand including authors because there is a lot of people enjoying their books. Very entertaining! Great authors all of them but wrong criteria for this list. Thank you so much for this list. I get tired of falling in love with a world or character only to have the adventure end all too abruptly for me. I will have tour start looking at some of these. I might add that the Belgariad is a wonderful series by David Eddings and his wife.
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Easy reading but very enjoyable. Wheres Terry Brooks ermagerd! Where is The Lord of the Rings? Any real fantasy-lover should read LOTR. I agree with the mckillop recommendation. As an older teenager this series fired my now 45 year old love for fantasy fiction that and Tolkien. It is a great tale of self discovery.
Quit trolling. Goodkind is definitely in the top five of all time. This is something that needs to be rectified so you should see reviews appear over the coming weeks and then hopefully we can add the Dragonlance series to this page. Thanks for your comment.
Sword of Truth does have its fans although it is not for everyone. But it has I believe given thousands of readers a lot of enjoyment, and that is why it is listed on this page. Sword of Truth has got to go. Predictable and truly not in league with the other series noted here. These are recommendations after-all, and here is mine, Whispers by Aram Keledjian. My new favorite of the year by faaaaaaar. No Dragonlance? This is criminal. A quarter of those series are nothing more than Dragonlance knock offs anyway. Goodkind is the worst author ever. The fact that this series is on your best list makes me question your judgement about all the other books on this list.
Thanks for the list. I am going to check out Duncton Wood. The series that got me into fantasy writing to begin with was Brian Jacques Redwall series. Granted they did get a little repetitive and predictable, but the first 5 books were great. I feel like Michael Moorcock should be on this list somewhere. Elric of Melnibone series is one of my all-time favorites.
Yes dragon spindle is pretty good for a self published book I recon it will be picked up by a publisher soon then probably get ruined by big business! I absolutely loved that list… Quick question though: Should the novels by Anne Rice not be included as well? I liked a new book and fantasy series which is Dragon Spindle book 1 in the Ningazia Balance series.
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Definatly worth a look if you like fast paced dragon fantasy with dragons, elfs , orcs and loads of magic. The first book is indeed awesome, but after that, the entire thing goes down the drain. Zero innovation, bullshit character development He might has well had an alien parasite take over Leesha , inconsistent pacing…. Dresden files up but got to say Codex Alera has me coming back for more.
Mazan Book of the Fallen is so epic, intelligent and unpredictable, near all other fantasy seems childlike in comparison. Good call for having it in the list. Thanks Matt. I actually have the Rangers Apprentice books on my to-be-read pile and — following your recommendation — will move them up the list and read them soon. A book series that I highly recommend is Rangers Apprentice. It is not your average fantasy novel, it takes place in a world much like middle age England and does not include magic surprisingly.
You follow the adventures of Will Treaty becoming a Ranger, a legendary warrior using the tools of stealth and archery to guard the crown. This list cannot be considered complete without the Chronicles of Pern! I would also mention The Saga of Recluce by L. Modesitt Jr as being worthy of inclusion, certainly well above the risible Sword of Truth series.
The Dredsen Files is the best fantasy book written by the best author — Jim Bucher. You would definitely agree that The Dredsen Files is the Best Fantasy Series around I have read each book 3 times over just to fully understand the characters and the plot of the series. Hi Lynette, great recommendations! Some we have yet to read and review on the site but I have added them to our to-read list and hope to remedy that very soon. I think Inheritance Cycle should be on the list.
It is an awesome read and its characters are very deep too. Glen Cook wrote an earlier book that has been one of my favorites since my teenage years. The Dragon Never Sleeps. I had to re-purchase the Duncton Chronicles about 5 years ago due to my originals being lost somewhere in the midst of time. But I treasure them as much as any other books, they have character and history.
The first Duncton book is a real gem, a worthy companion to Watership Down. Interesting what you say about inconsistencies in the Hyddenworld series. I have to admit a few elements of the story did not piece together perfectly, especially the legend of the Peace Weaver and Beormund, but I am very, very forgiving of the authors I hold dearest!
Thanks for the nice answer Lee! I found it quite enjoyable — few fresh ideas there! Only thing that bugged me was that there was rather a lot of inconsistencies throughout. Guess the author must be even more forgetful than I am! Now, The Name of the Wind and Mr.
Read it when it first came out. By the second book it gets a whole lot better though, in my opinion. I want to see Gregor the Overlander on this list. Thanks Milotius, this is exactly the type of comment that provides real value. We have reviewed Lukyanenko, Pehov and Sapkowski on the site, but not enough of a series to get them onto this page. I think the advancement in the standard of translation will open up these books to a wider audience. I have read several translated books recently and they have lost nothing in the translation.
Now this might be a new series to add. So far, wonderful story, wonderfully told. Great list! There are some amazing books out there once you start exploring! Svetlana Martynchik. Kind of an urban fantasy, modern day, Russian version of Narnia if you will. But with so much dark humour, strangeness and sometimes creepiness it should definitely not be recommended for kids.
Yet again an urban fantasy and I suppose hope well known. Yet again for its mix of lightheartedness and angst! My only negative note on this list: Wheels of Time… Why, oh why are people so in to it? Could not stomach more after book 6.
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He seems to have had only two categories for females — evil or annoying or possibly both. If not, do it now! Thank you. Mistborn is on our recommended fantasy trilogies pages. I know it is 4 books now but it just seemed a better fit on there. I understand having Tolkien on the list but I have never been able to read his books. They just bore me and seem to spend too much energy in building the world and races that it is nearly a biography of a fantasy world and less a good fantasy story.
Though I would have to say that without LoTR fantasy would still be decades behind where it is now. Really, not a single Brandon Sanderson, I just wanna see one of them although I think they all deserve a spot , Mistborn was an amazing series. I am listening to The Dragonbone Chair at this very moment — I first read it decades ago and hope to enjoy it every bit as much second time around!
The Dwarves 2. The War of the Dwarves 3. The Revenge of the Dwarves 4. The Fate of the Dwarves 5. The Dragonbone Chair 2. Stone of Farewell 3. Otherland: 1. City of Golden Shadow 2. River of Blue Fire 3. Mountain of Black Glass 4. Shadowmarch 2. Shadowplay 3. Shadowrise 4. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss!! It is simply amazing. An unbelievable achievement. Self published at first, and has become a best-seller on word of mouth alone. I think that most people who like these other series would enjoy these.
The WOT situation: The first three books were fantastic, interesting world, characters with room to grow and a story to tell. Somewhere though it got off track. It seemed to require story lines that were way to separate and did not seem to come together much. Great series but after starting out to be the best ever, it never quite lived up to that. Well told. Interesting story and characters. Interesting form of magic. My ESL teacher recommended it to me when I was in high school and I have been in love with it ever since. A good call for Mists of Avalon Luiz and I have been delighted to add it.
I should just note that Diana L. Paxson co-wrote and independently wrote the later novels. One author completely missing from this list and the comments is Peter V Brett — His Demon Cycle series it is now over 3 books so can be included is a fantastic new take on the fantasy genre. Some wonderful characters in a gripping story line. Four have been published and I can hardly wait for the fifth and concluding novel. Otherwise, all the comments and remarks are very acurate, and although I am a fan of Terry Goodkind, some of the books did stink… Wheel of Time is epic!
Great books! He loves reading. In fact, he just finished reading the first novel by Jim West called Libellus de Numeros The Book of Math that makes math and science relevant and fun in a story of magic and danger. The story is about Alex, a young precocious girl, who mysteriously gets transported to a strange world where Latin and Math combine in formulas and equations with magical effects.
With a cruel council leading the only safe city of its kind in this world, she will have to prove her worth to stay as well as help this city as it is the target for two evil wizards who seek to destroy the city and its ruling council. To help the city and also get back home, she will need the help of the greatest mathematician of all time, Archimedes.
In a world where math is magic, Alex wishes she paid more attention in math class. Search for the book on Goodreads for reviews. Nice list, glad NOT to see junk like Twilight on it. Hey LuvD, the trilogy list which is a work in progress can be found here : Happy reading! Is it out as yet? If so, can you post a link? This thread has been opened since Great choices presented. Gonna finally give WoT a try way too many of you have suggested it.
Was probably looking for something new to try out and voila. The story managed to completely draw me in after a couple of chapters. Hi all! That is one great list of beloved series you got there, so I felt compelled to express a concern and immediately suggest an entry. I am not Polish myself so I had to wait for translation but his work is truely masterful and entertaining, for lack of a better word. The subtle references to classic pieces are simply genius while the series follows its own engaging story. Believe me, I would never look at Cinderella or the Beauty and the Beast the same way as I did before!
Definitely a recommended read! Thanks for that David, it made me smile, a lot. Very close to my own personal opinions on many points. Would love to know what you think about Wheel of Time though — if you could reply with an answer that would be great. Good call on Saga of the Recluce — we have very positive reviews for it already on the site, so added to this list it shall be!
Those are great.