I’m not sure what to read next. Here’s what I’m thinking:
Malazan Book Of The Fallen by Erikson…
Mistborn or Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
Or The Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist
I havent read a lot of fantasy novels but recently I’ve read the Game Of Thrones series and loved it. I read the first book of The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch, and The Monarchies of God by Paul Kearney, and while I liked each of those books, I didn’t love them and didn’t feel compelled to read the next one in the series right away. Maybe one day I’ll read the rest. I also read the Deryni series a million years ago when I was a teenager and I remember loving those books, but I don’t remember a whole lot about them.
So…what do you reccomend I read next? I want something I can’t put down, and as soon as I finish one book I can’t wait to pick up the next in the series.
Keep in mind the Stormlight Archive currently consists of two books, of a planned ten. I really liked the first one and flew through it, wanting more when it was done, but I’m holding off until it’s much closer to completion. I haven’t read book two yet.
The threads Thudlow Boink listed a good place to start.
A lot of people say Mistborn is a bit rough around the edges, but I loved it. It’s a good introduction to Sanderson’s writing style (lots of emphasis on magic systems having hard rules). Then again, if you want to avoid trilogies, you could also go with his stand-alone book Elantris.
I’d also recommend anything by Joe Abercrombie (starting with his opening First Law trilogy) but he’s definitely a bit darker/grimmer than a lot of other fantasy authors… not sure if that’s something that’ll bug you or not.
I’m surprised you didn’t feel entranced by Rothfuss, he’s usually near-universally acclaimed.
My 16 year old daughter and I have been sharing theRivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. May be outside your preferred fantasy setting as its set in modern London, but with real magic - sort of Harry Potter meets The Bill.
I found them extremely enjoyable, the detectivy part is reasonably well set out as police procedural, and the characters are on the whole fresh and enjoyable. There is an initial 3-parter story arc, and the second part of the second trilogy is recently out and shifts the setting to the English countryside. The author clearly had great fun writing them and lots of wry humour throughout, and mercifully each trilogy is about as long as a single Harry Potter.