Your favorite fantasy series


Yesterday I posted the following message on Facebook and Twitter:

I’ve read Tolkein, Narnia, His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Amber, among others. What’s another good series?

Many, many people responded with their favorites. I don’t consider myself particularly well read in the fantasy genre, so I was very surprised by how many of their suggestions I’d already read. Admittedly, most of that reading dates back to my teenage years in the 80s. I’ve put an asterisk next to the suggestions I’ve read. Here’s the list, minus the suggestions that aren’t in the “fantasy series” genre:

  • Incarnations of Immortality* by Piers Anthony (suggested by Martin Porter)
  • The Belgariad by David Eddings (suggested by Maiben Beard)
  • The O Trilogy by Maurice Gee (suggested by Carmen Staaf)
  • The Dark Tower* by Stephen King (suggested by JC Sanford)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (suggested by Caitlin Wynn)
  • Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake (suggested by Aaron Parks and Nou Dadoun)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire* by George R.R. Martin (suggested by Caitlin Wynn and Josh Poole)
  • Earthsea* by Ursula K. Le Guin (suggested by Dan Loomis)
  • Wildwood by Colin Meloy (suggested by Nou Dadoun)
  • The Chronicles of Prydain* by Lloyd Alexander (suggested by Dale Favier)
  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (suggested by Noah Smith)
  • Kushiel’s Legacy by Jacqueline Carey (suggested by Maiben Beard)

3 Replies to “Your favorite fantasy series”

  1. Fantasy set in a space-faring future – Faded Sun Trilogy by C.J. Cherryh – despite its futuristic setting this series is not Science Fiction but more like Lawrence of Arabia meets James Clavell’s Shogun on Arrakis.

  2. I just read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and it was fantastic. One of the best I have read in a while. I would also concur with the Belgariad, Kushiel’s Legacy, and Faded Sun Trilogy mentioned by others.

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