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Fantasy/magic recommendations please

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reallyneedmoresleep Tue 31-Mar-20 12:07:01

A little while ago I posted here to ask for fantasy/ magic recommendations and someone suggested the October Daye series. Thank you! I absolutely loved them, even going so far as to buy the last one in hardback because it’s not out in paperback yet.
Does anyone have any similar suggestions? I really need my escapism at the moment.
I’ve read and enjoyed:
Rivers of London series
The Magicians ( my favourites!)
The Sharing Knife series
The Time travellers Wife
Game of Thrones (natch)
The latest Phillip Pullman books ( not disappointed)

Would love to hear your ideas.

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iklboo Tue 31-Mar-20 12:11:17

The Dresden Files. Really good series.

ADreamOfGood Tue 31-Mar-20 12:13:52

Have you read any Tad Williams? He's good.
I know it's YA/children's, but I really liked the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve, the three prequels we're good too.

Ellmau Tue 31-Mar-20 17:00:56

Benedict Jacka

ErrolTheDragon Tue 31-Mar-20 17:09:32

Terry Pratchett, obviously- because they're funny, clever and no hint of dystopia.

PoopyPanda Tue 31-Mar-20 17:13:03

I have to agree with Errol. No doubt, Errol, you’d recommend the City Watch series and so would I!

ErrolTheDragon Tue 31-Mar-20 17:43:20

Yes, and also the witches. And Small Gods. And ... well, that's enough to start with.grin

QueQueQue Tue 31-Mar-20 17:48:53

I love David Eddings - first series the belgariad is 5 books

Chemenger Tue 31-Mar-20 17:51:06

Definitely Terry Pratchett, but not The Colour of Magic.

SoupDragon Tue 31-Mar-20 17:54:46

Benedict Jacka

I came on to say that too.

Catmint Tue 31-Mar-20 18:02:00


PoopyPanda Tue 31-Mar-20 19:45:44

@ErrolTheDragon don’t forget Going Postal...!

And The Last Hero...

PoopyPanda Tue 31-Mar-20 19:46:15

Oh, and @ErrolTheDragon - The Turtle Moves 😉

cdtaylornats Tue 31-Mar-20 23:02:13

Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch
Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Dragon Precinct series by Keith R. A. Decandido - Law and Order meets Dungeons and Dragons

The Dragoon Knight series by Gordon R. Dickson
The Riverboat series by Philip Jose Farmer
Hollows series by Kim Harrison

SoupDragon Wed 01-Apr-20 08:44:40

The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman is quite good. Pretty light reading but engaging.

Judgybitch Wed 01-Apr-20 08:53:43

Yes yes to uprooted!!

Anything by brandon sanderson. Start with mistborn or his standalone books warbreaker is a good one. Steelheart is an awesome twist on superheroes that reads more like a fantasy.

The thousand kingdoms by Jensins is excellent.

The temerare series is AMAZING like master and commander naval series but with dragons. Sounds naff but is excellent and true to period.

The live ships series by Robin hobb

One big surprise for me has been Dan Wells I am not a serial killer. Don't read about it before hand...Just go for it. Creepy rather then scary.

paddingtonbearsmarmalade Wed 01-Apr-20 08:55:03

Robin Hobb trilogy series - Farseer, Liveship, Golden Fool(?), and whatever the last trilogy is - all in the same world.

Judgybitch Wed 01-Apr-20 08:55:14

Name of the wind. It's on all the best of lists for good reason.

Judgybitch Wed 01-Apr-20 08:57:25

Cross post @paddingtonbearsmarmalade
What excellent taste, can we be friends? 🙂

lazylinguist Wed 01-Apr-20 08:58:17

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and its sequel The Wise Man's Fear. Final book of the trilogy due out fairly soon (after years of waiting by impatient fans!). The Name of the Wind is my favourite book of all time!

CMOTDibbler Wed 01-Apr-20 08:58:43

The Greta Helsing series is really good fun (though she lost her way a bit in the third I think). I'm really enjoying the Night Raven books by Sarah Painter.
If you like the 'technical magic' part of Ben Aaronovitch, then Charles Stross is worth a go. I love his Lovecraftian world

Judgybitch Wed 01-Apr-20 09:00:39

There is a good amateur work called the choice of magic, self published on Amazon which is good. Only 2 out of the three out but it's well done and cheap!

QuentinWinters Wed 01-Apr-20 09:01:31

Final book of the trilogy due out fairly soon Is it actually or is that just a vicious rumour to punish rothfuss fans? (I'm pretty fed up of waiting now)

Rosiejim Wed 01-Apr-20 09:02:51

The Binding (new one out)

Pleasedontdothat Wed 01-Apr-20 09:04:11

Uprooted by Naomi Novik - I loved it and remarkably cliche-free unlike most other fantasy novels

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