New Fantasy Novels?

I need some new fantasy novels to read. I have been having a hard time finding anything that is keeping my interest. Recommendations?



28 thoughts on “New Fantasy Novels?

  1. On keeping with shameless plugs, I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance,but that’s not exactly what you asked for. I’ll see if I can’t find a few good ones. Hitchhiker’s Guide is more comedy/Sci if than fantasy, but there are enough elements you would probably enjoy, if you’ve not yet read it.

    • Yep. I read Hitchhiker’s Guide. I have never been a huge fan of contemporary, urban, or high fantasy novels. I am sure that sounds picky. I started off reading Tolkien when I was about 13, and then I stuck with Robert Jordan with the WoT series. Now, I spend most of my time reading old folktales.

  2. Well. Here I was going to go all technical and ask for some of your favorite titles to see if I’m familiar with any. I could plug my novel, too – though I’m not sure what you’d call it. High fantasy? Anyway, I’d still like to know some of the books you like first. 🙂

    • Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sword of Shannara by Terry Brook, I Remember Lemuria by Richard Shaver, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis… I know a lot of classic stuff.

  3. Oh, missed that last post. Have you tried Roger Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber? Or some of the retellings of fairy tales that are out there? I love the Lunar Chronicles (Cinderella as a cyborg – how cool is that?) and the Throne of Glass series – though that one is pretty high fantasy, but at least the main character is an assassin. Or, just in case it tickles your fancy, here’s mine:

    • Hey V!! Long time, no see. I am sad to say that I haven’t actually. I know he finished up the WoT series, and those are the only books in the series I haven’t read. I figured he was really good since Jordan picked him to finish it up.

      • I really like him. I’d recommend the Mistborn trilogy (such an interesting magic system), and then if you like him and his style, move on to The Stormlight Archive.

        Good to see you by the way, hope all is well. 🙂

  4. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker was my favorite fantasy read last year, and I couldn’t recommend a novel more. It’s a historical fantasy set in early 20th century New York City. The main characters aren’t human (as you may glean from the title) so it makes their situation in a vast, unknown city all the more interesting. The novel itself has a literary/character-driven plot, so if you’re looking for an action-packed Sanderson novel, then it may not appeal, but if you want to read a novel with memorable characters and a good story, this is it.

    • That sounds like a great read, Michelle. It looks like I have a nice list here to get started on. Thank goodness for active readers / writers of this genre that can throw some tidbits my way!

      • I wrote twentieth century. I meant 19th. Sigh. My brain. But definitely! Some of the best books we read are recommendations.

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