I’m in need of an epic fantasy series to read on the beach. Like The Broken Earth, The Kingkiller Chronicles and the Mistborn
I’m in need of an epic fantasy series to read on the beach in Mexico. Series I love are: The Broken Earth Trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicles and the Mistborn Trilogy. And yes, I’ve already read The Wheel of Time, and classics like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Help!
UPDATE: SO many good recommendations, thanks folks! It’s going to be a great beach vacation for me!
Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne by @Brian!!!!!!! so good!
I’d been thinking about a series (3) that I haven’t seen mentioned on this site, one that might be of interest– the Gentlemen Bastards. It’s about a couple of charming con men in a fantasy world. Although some bad things happen the books are generally a fun read. Good for the beach.
These are excellent.
Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera Series?
The godspeaker trilogy by karen miller
This was so good. Also David Edding’s follow up to that: The Mallorean.
Six of Crows series by Leigh Bargago
And the Grisha Trilogy
Clan of the cave bear
Stephen R. Donaldson, all the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Brandon Sanderson who wrote mistborn also wrote A Way of Kings. There’s three books out and it’s even better than mistborn! Look it up on goodreads!
The Unhewn Throne, Red Rising (more sf), The Gentlemen Bastards
Lightbrjnger series by Brent Weeks
Dustlands series is very action packed: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24885710-the-dust-lands-trilogy?ac=1&from_search=true
If you want action packed with tons of humor and some great pop culture satire The Chronocles of Kazam series is fabulous: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24885710-the-dust-lands-trilogy?ac=1&from_search=true
Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials.
Aww yes! This is one of my faves also.
Michelle West Sacred Hunt, Sun Sword, and House War books (total of 14 books with another on the way).
The earth children series by Jean M Auel! They even have it free on audiobook on youtube
The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb. First book is The Assassin’s Apprentice.
Yes love this series, should have mentioned it up top!
The Assassin series by Robin Hobb or Magician by Raymond E Feist both are great long series with side stories
The Red Rising series by Pierce Brown – it is wonderful!
The farseer trilogy
Also the Mad Ship trilogy by Robin Hobb, it loosely ties in with the Farseer trilogy. So good.
I’m reading that one now!
My absolute favourite Robin Hobb, I envy you reading it for the first time.
The Otori series by Lian Hearn
Robin Hobb – the farseer series
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois Bujold. Start with Shards of Honor and Barrayar.
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher; unlike most series, this one starts a little rough but gets better and better. Storm Front is first.
I need to try the Dresden series again, the first time I tried I couldn’t get it to stick. Only made it halfway through book 3.
I loved his Codex Alera series.
He would love to hear CA is getting some love! He got it published by throwing Dresden together because the publisher wanted urban fantasy.
You could jump to Summer Knight. It begins with a rain of toads! (And it marks an uptick in quality.)
I’ve bought the first book of CA for 8 people so far, and will gleefully recommend it more often than any other. It’s one of those reread once a year series for me.
Nothing lost by jumping there?
Vorkosigan series! So good!
Cinder series by Marissa Meyer; Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
All Souls Trilogy
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas!!! Kick ass female lead with an epic story and awesome world building!!!
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher, Malazan Empire by Steven Erikson (and an accompanying series by Ian C. Esslemont), Children of Earth by Jean M. Auel.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Change of pace. Lots of sharp humor. Five books in the trilogy.
Loved this series but was a little depressed at his ending
Yes love this series!
There are so many books mentioned that I have not heard of at all. Thanks
I recently recommended the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice to someone looking for a new literary boyfriend. I recommend it for a rich otherworldly exploration, too! She is a wonderful writer, in addition to creating an immersion experience.
I was going to suggest Anne Rice’s vampires. The texts are lush and sensual, but you will find yourself reflecting, pondering, ruminating on the profound.
@Patricia, well put.
mercy thompson series bypatricia briggs
This!!!! Unbelievably imaginative and fun to read.
Traitor Son Cycle by Cameron
Divine Cities trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett
Mists of Avalon, and the trilogy by Douglas Nicholas that starts with Something Red. Strong female characters and thrilling action.
Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson
Definitely – massive books, massive scale, funny, violent, loads of characters to love. Best series I’ve read in an age.
Erikson made a beautiful, powerful world
Cecilia Dart-Thornton’s Bitterbynde Trilogy
Oh you NEED to read Queen of the Tearling, and the other 2 Tearling books! Author is Erika Johansen
Ooh thank you!
Ready Player One is awesome!
Tad Williams: The dragonbone chair; the Imager series by l.e. modesitt jr or his Spellsong cycle; Brent Weeks Prism series
The Dragon Bone Chair was one of my very favs in high school:-) I’d forgotten about it!
Terry Brooks, Chronicles of Shannara.
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I loved it.
Robin Hobb’s Farseer
I’ve read it and loved it!
The Ancillary Justice Series, or Octavia Butler’s Parable Series
Ooh I’ve read Lillith’s Brood but never the Parable series – good call!
Lila Bailey the Parable of the Sower is my book of 2017. I can’t wait to read ‘Parable of the Talent.’ ‘The Parable of the Sower’ was just made into an opera.
How was Lillith’s Brood?
Rivers of london series
Try the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. Really wonderful.
Oh, then you need to read Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. It is an epic, erotic sprinkled throughout without sacrificing the plot (more like spice), intrigue, royalty, spies, epic struggle between good and evil, It is a set of three trilogies comprising the Kushiel saga, begin with Kushiel’s Dart.
I LOVE THAT SERIES!!
Anne Bishop’s dark fantasy series. She has more than one.
Have you read Ken Follette. He has a couple series that are really good.
I enjoyed the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
Red queen series
**King Killer Chronicle
The Name of the Wind
The Wise Man’s Fear
The Doors of Stone (not yet released)
**The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Oathbringer (ongoing, 10 books total)
The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
The Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
The Bands of Mourning
The Lost Metal (ongoing pa)
The Wheel of time
Night Angel Series
Peter V. Brett:
Demon Cycle Series
Gentleman Bastard Series
The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Riyria Revelations
The Wakening Series
The Shadow Campaigns
Deed of Paksenarrion
The Broken Empire
Chronicles of Puc
The Unfinished Tales
The Book of Lost Tales 1 & 2
Children of Hurin
Malazan Book of the Fallen
The Witcher Series
The Dark Tower
The Legend of Drizzt
The Demon Cycle
The Sword of Truth Saga
The Farseer Trilogy
Live Ship Traders
War of Spider Queen
6 books; 6 authors
The First Law
The Black Company
The Left Hand of God
Gortrek & Felix
Moontide Quartet Series
Tales of the Otori
Ursula Le Guin:
Frank Patrick Herbert:
The Old Axolotl
The Belgariad Series
The Malloreon Series
Wars of Emerged World
The Dragon Keeper Chronicle
The Chronicles of the Imagination geographica
Iron Druid Chronicles
R. Scott Bakker:
The Prince of Nothing Trilogy
Terry Brooks Shannara series
The Dark Tower series
Janny Wurts has two series: Wars of Light and Shadow, The Empire Series. Mark Laawrence: The Broken Empire Series. Elizabeth Hayden: TheSymphony of Ages
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive!!! ALL THE WAY
The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin
there are 6 books now. RIP dear Ursula
The Lady Trent novels by Marie Brennan & the Bone Order novels by Samantha Shannon.
Tad Williams first Osten Ard series (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn), starting with The Dragonbone Chair. His books are a little hard to get into because he spends a lot of time at the beginning of the first book setting everything up, but it’s worth persevering. His Shadowmarch series and Otherland series are also great. He has started a followup trilogy to the Osten Ard series and that’s what I’m taking to the beach!
Also Katherine Kurtz deryni books and Ann McCaffrey dragon rider series. And Mary Stewart’s Merlin series.