Back in this past, several million years before our time, these futuristic exiles try to make a life for themselves with the hi-tech objects they are allowed to take with them. They are a very eclectic bunch including a man who believes in Narnia and Aslan, a gay nun, a skilled thief who won't give up crime, all sorts. This is a time of woolly mammoths rather than dinosaurs, but the twist is that psychic aliens are there already and set to enslaving our exiles. There are various factions among the humans and the aliens, and the alien technology wakes psychic powers among the humans too.
It all gets complicated but the imagination is unbounded and the writing very good. It's a tale that took hold of me and had me reading the next five or six books in relatively swift order. I still see people talk about the series, but not as many as there should be. Pick up book 1 and see what you've been missing out on all these years!
RIP Julian May. Thank you for your stories. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes View all 8 comments. May 08, Clouds rated it it was amazing Shelves: locus-sci-fi , science-fiction , pubs , science-fiction-series , reviewed , 5-star. Christmas I realised that I had got stuck in a rut.
I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done. On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became Christmas I realised that I had got stuck in a rut.
While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father. As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so far. The Galactic Milieu Trilogy and the Saga of the Pliocine Exile are for some reason usually viewed as two separate series, even though they contain significant shared characters and are set in the same universe within one continuous timeline albeit a sort of figure-8 line what with the time-travel.
I must have first read this series back when I was about twelve or thirteen, fallen in love the way only a teenager can and returned to it half a dozen times since — often nostalgic but never disappointed. The premise is a sci-fi fantasy cross-over: psychic powers evolving among humans, a galactic society of psychic aliens, thinly veiled faerie references, time-travel, pre-historic animals, outcasts, criminals, slaves and family empires!
There are plenty of elements for May to play around with and she creates some excellent characters to explore her world s. There are a lot of characters to introduce and a fairly complex universe to get set-up, so I remember it being a touch heavy on the exposition and getting-to-know-you dialogue.
My personal favourites by a long way are Aiken and Felice. Go Trickster! Go Mad-Rhino-Riding-Psycho! After this I read: Foundation's Edge View all 13 comments.
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This was a surprisingly good read, but I suppose I shouldn't have been that surprised. It won the Locus and was nominated for both the '82 Hugo and '81 Nebula, after all. I had this odd assumption that it was all fantasy from the bookcovers I'd known and from the comments I'd heard, and that's true as far as most of the story elements are concerned, but at its core, it's Hard SF with a huge dash of space opera, a truly epic amount of world-building in both the future and 6 million years in the pa This was a surprisingly good read, but I suppose I shouldn't have been that surprised.
I had this odd assumption that it was all fantasy from the bookcovers I'd known and from the comments I'd heard, and that's true as far as most of the story elements are concerned, but at its core, it's Hard SF with a huge dash of space opera, a truly epic amount of world-building in both the future and 6 million years in the past, with, of course, a lot of time-travel, and there's a truly epic amount of psi abilities, too.
The story breaks a lot of long-established SF and Fantasy conventions for the time, focusing almost exclusively on being fun, fun, fun. Julian May has a lot of respect for the genres and has a great time playing with ideas and sub-genres. I mean, where else can you combine starships and aliens and slightly veiled fae with time travel to the deep past and huge genetic manipulation and high psi abilities, a long commentary on what it means to be human-normal in a perfected galactic society and how that makes us throwbacks, and how long wars can destroy whole genetic lines and the part that culture has in the whole mix.
Sound complicated? Not the way she writes it! Like I said, it's all fun adventure the high-tech magical artifacts, winning epic battles in the deep past, and getting to know and love some very interesting characters who happen to be Flawed, idiotic, us. Not just 6 million years worth of scope, either, but in space and characters, races, and intentions. And you've got to love rule-breakers and revolution-starters, too. Like I said, it's all fun. It's really quite a cool crossover. View all 7 comments. I read this back in the mid 80's, soon after I had finished all of J. Tolkien 's novels and Stephen R.
Donaldson 's Covenant series. It so intrigued me that I read the entire four book series in a week or two. I eventually read the rest of Julian May 's works, but with less enthusiasm. The Pliocene Epic was intriguing because it was a time travel science fiction story with psi powers thrown on top. It sometimes felt like fantasy, with what seemed like magic, but you knew it was really scienc I read this back in the mid 80's, soon after I had finished all of J. It sometimes felt like fantasy, with what seemed like magic, but you knew it was really science and mind powers behind it.
It appealed to the misfits and underdogs who sought to escape a society that didn't want them and wanted to drastically conform them, with a one-way ticket back in time. But the paradise they were expecting six million years in the past was tarnished by alien tenants who used the unsuspecting humans as slaves or playthings and rarely as a privileged peer.
The struggle for survival and freedom starts in this novel and continues through the other four. I haven't read this in a decade or so, but many of the images are still vivid in my memory. Julian May does an excellent job of blending good character development and thrilling plot developments. View all 5 comments. A re-read as a refresher before tackling the rest of the series.
I originally gave it 5 excited stars from that reading and I think I will leave that score intact to reflect my first excitement about the work. Despite my initial enthusiasm, I am amazed at how many details were completely wiped from my memory banks—as a result, I enjoyed my second read almost A re-read as a refresher before tackling the rest of the series. Despite my initial enthusiasm, I am amazed at how many details were completely wiped from my memory banks—as a result, I enjoyed my second read almost as much as the first.
Julian May gives this a new twist by making the trip a one-way journey. You can go back to the Pliocene, but you can never come home. It makes for an interesting mix of personalities for May to work with for the rest of the series. I did love the Pliocene animals, of course, but there are also interesting aliens to deal with—refugees with much the same outlook as the humans who come to the Pliocene.
The Tanu and the Firvulag two morphs of the same species also were in flight from a changing society and chose to maintain their ancient ways of life on a new planet far from home. Their society is thrown into imbalance when the humans begin arriving and are just too tempting a resource to be allowed to wander off into the sunset. The translation site is within Tanu territory and they quickly take advantage of the regular shipments of people and goods, giving the Tanu a large advantage over the less organized Firvulag.
There are echoes of Celtic and European mythology woven throughout the novel. Perhaps May is suggesting some kind of racial memory passed down from the Ramas in the Pliocene. It is also interesting to speculate on the archaeological record and why none of this activity is discovered in the future which the humans come from. As a kind of throw-back to the 60s, there is a theme of psi powers telepathy, telekinesis, etc. In short, there are many interesting threads to follow and I will very much look forward to reading the second book, The Golden Torc. I like science fantasy, so I gave it shot, and I sure am glad I did.
The story begins on Earth and the rest of the Galactic Milieu in our 22nd century. He can send objects or animals through the gate, but when he attempts to bring them back, they age 6 million years and decay during the journey. When Guderian dies, his wife discovers that she can pay her debts by selling passage through the tunnel to nice people who are unhappy with their lives and want to escape.
All of the set-up and backstory, which is often the dullest part of a novel, moved quickly and was exciting as the tension built. What will it be like when they get to the other side? Have they worked together to develop a new civilization? Or have they been eaten by beasts that may be waiting for them on the other side as if the portal is a big invisible Skinnerian food hopper?
I was shocked. Besides the excellent characterization and the excitement of a story like this, the writing was excellent, too. This is not a self-contained story and readers will definitely want to have the next volume, The Golden Torc in hand. I've ordered the print version.
View all 6 comments. In this book, May treats us to a prolonged description of the galaxy spanning culture that humans have joined it reminds me of Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books, without the humour and with aliens and lengthy introductions to many of the protagonists, whilst also introducing the key McGuffin of a one-way time-portal to the Pliocene period on Earth.
All of this takes approx. It's a real chore to hack through, especially as almost all of it is redundant. One could start at the beginning of Part 2 of this book and figure out almost everything of importance easily, I suspect. That would have been much more fun. There are other problems: four of the people we are introduced to back in the future are just dropped about half way through - never to be heard of again, though supposedly returned to in the inevitable sequel. All the characters are misfits or psychologically damaged and the advanced, psychic clinical psychology of the future can't help them.
Going to the Pliocene and having a revelatory conversation with a stand-in therapist figure does wonders for more than one of them, however. My eyes roll. So we eventually get on to a "rebel freedom fighters take on the mighty overlords" adventure which is amusing enough. The "this explains the whole of Irish Celtic myth and a few other stories besides" set up is not really all that interesting. So as a throw-away paperback to read whilst ill it was just about good enough but I can't say I'm in any hurry to read the sequel.
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Once more I picked up an old favorite to see if it still resonated. This time, the inspiration was the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's new series, Terra Nova which, as I watched, reminded me of May's series and I wonder if there is a relationship there? The show hasn't screened in Australia yet and I am looking forward to it starting. Instead, by journeying into the past, they stumble into a nightmare future that nothing, not even their extensive training and various expertise, could have prepared them for.
Dense but powerfully written with some marvelous characters - those imbued with hope, despair, courage and cunning - you invest in them and their adventures. The sense of place, of a time at once historically specific and yet only ever imagined is so well conceived. I couldn't put it down the first time and went and read everything written by May as a consequence. Will do so again. Really enjoyable mix of fantasy and sci-fi. Takes a bit of patience as it is quite slow to begin with and as it over 30 years old has an older vocabulary and style.
I will trying to source a new copy of the second book. View 2 comments. Nov 06, Alan Denham rated it it was amazing Shelves: just-paper. The Many-Coloured Land This is one of the possible starting points in an enormously complex epic covering four thick volumes set mostly in the Pliocene and four more set in something recognisably parallel to our present and near future. Thick volumes! The paperbacks on my shelves are mostly around pages, and all eight together take up just over a foot of shelf space!
The Many Coloured Land begins in our near future. Earth has been accepted into a galaxy including half a dozen alien races, all The Many-Coloured Land This is one of the possible starting points in an enormously complex epic covering four thick volumes set mostly in the Pliocene and four more set in something recognisably parallel to our present and near future. Earth has been accepted into a galaxy including half a dozen alien races, all highly civilised and active metapsychics - psi-enabled, in various ways. As some of our human time-travellers also acquire psi ability, life becomes highly adventurous, in ways that were not, at the original publication date, familiar from anyone else's work.
On the good side, this is inspired and different. I remember eagerly awaiting the publication of each new volume through the s. And I have read the whole epic four or five times - given the total size, something I would only do for what I regard as really great work. However, there is a down side.
A work of such magnitude implies requires! So we have a lot of characters to keep on top of, and because they are not always all present, there are many parallel threads. The various characters each have their own environment, their own backstory - and after a couple of hundred pages of one or two major characters, a change of thread can cause some confusion in the reader and the switch to another character or group can take a while to fit itself back into the overall flow of the story. When I first read this I was able to read in large chunks - two or three hours at a stretch - but I think that if I had been restricted to the odd half hour on the bus, I would have lost the thread and probably not finished it.
So to any new readers - be warned about the extent to which you will have to immerse yourself in this world: But with that caveat, if you are the sort of reader that enjoys long epics and heavy use of mind-powers in your fiction, then this is something you will enjoy, and I recommend it highly. Very original and entertaining, good start to a series. Jul 28, Amy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Lovers of stong character and setting development as well as fans of "Falling Skies". Shelves: favorites , alien-contact , survival , pre-history , needs-to-be-a-movie , series , books-read , book-club-pick , time-travel.
This book became an instant favorite within a few short chapters as I started to meet all the characters. I regret terribly that the author of this series doesn't want it to go to television or film, but I do understand her fear that it would not be true to the world that she created. They're all cast and mini-series-ready in my head if she changes her mind and ever wants my input.
The book starts in the future when humans have populated various planets in the universe and come to peaceful unders This book became an instant favorite within a few short chapters as I started to meet all the characters. The book starts in the future when humans have populated various planets in the universe and come to peaceful understandings with other beings in the Galactic Milleau.
But, yet, even with all these planets to inhabit, there are still people who seek the ultimate escape from whatever past haunts them: exile through a one-way time portal into the pre-historic Pliocene era. People have been disappearing through the portal for 75 years when our assembled cast of characters makes its way through. One can only speculate what's on the other side. Our characters cross over into a survival adventure journey in which the author has added just the right amount of gorgeous detail about the flora and fauna of ancient France and Germany.
I actually found myself looking up vacations in the Black Forest of Germany as a result. What a stupendously beautiful area of the world. I had to borrow the companion book for the series from the library. In it, I found an essay about the music that the author has in her head related to the series. One thing that bothered me a little about the series was that the author introduced what seemed like magic into what I thought was going to be a story steeped in science. But she insists that all that seems like magic really has a basis in science. I don't know that I'm completely convinced, but at least with that statement, I can go forward with a little less trepidation into the rest of the series.
I could have done without the long fight scene at the end of this first book of the series, but that's just me not caring for fight scenes all that much. I think I will have to go forward with the series, though. It's not a world that I'm ready yet to leave. And I care about what happens to the characters: Stein who dressed himself up like a Viking for the journey into the Pliocene, Stein's wine-loving pirate-dressed pal Richard, Amerie the nun, Claude the ancient paleontologist I feel like I've become obsessed with this series more than I have with any series since The Spin Saga.
But this series grabs me in a different way because it has me constantly researching references to vocabulary, music, ancient animals, topographical features, etc. And this makes the reading a much richer experience. I think I'm going to be dreaming of Black Forest vacations for a while but I'll probably have to settle for the cake named after it instead. Oh well, off to buy the 2nd book in the series View 1 comment. Mar 27, Andreas rated it it was amazing. The scope of this saga spanning eight novels is staggering.
A gate is opened to the past, specifically the Pliocene era. But it is a one-way trip. Adventurous souls travel back, and find a world unlike any they could imagine. Epic conflict rages between ancient races, and the future destiny of man is decided. The initial four books make up The Saga of Pliocene Exile. The Galactic Milieu Trilogy deals with events after humanity has entered the galactic community.
This lends the whole series a sense of completion rare in such works. Considering the fact that it took over 12 years to write, the achievement is even more impressive. Then comes the prophecy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more…. This book is beautifully amoral and contains no two-dimensional characters.
Glen Cook changed the face of the fantasy genre forever — and for the better. At Crydee, a frontier outpost in the tranquil Kingdom of the Isles, an orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to a master magician — and the destinies of two worlds are changed forever. Suddenly the peace of the Kingdom is destroyed as mysterious alien invaders swarm the land. Pug is swept up into the conflict but for him and his warrior friend, Tomas, an odyssey into the unknown has only just begun.
Tomas will inherit a legacy of savage power from an ancient civilization. Understandably, this is one of the highest regarded fantasy series of all time. Read our review of Magician , book one of the Riftwar Saga. Fierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth.
Among them lives a warrior who bears the mark of fate. Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire. The Seidh — a magical race as old as time — take note of the young warrior and cast a malignant shadow across his life. For soon a merciless army will cross the water, destroying forever the timeless rhythms of life among the Rigante. Swearing to protect his people, Connavar embarks on a quest that will take him into the heart of the enemy. Along the way, he receives a gift: a sword as powerful and deadly as the Seidh who forged it.
Thus he receives a name that will strike fear into the hearts of friend and foe alike — a name proclaiming a glorious and bitter destiny… Demonblade. A Tavern brawler who selflessly stands up when faced with injustice. A Drunkard that, without a moment of hesitation, sacrifices his life in favour of an innocent family. A Burly woodcutter that travels to all corners of the world to rescue his captured crush. A pacifistic priest forced to slay numerous enemies. These tales tell of honour and glory, duty and loyalty, courage and resolve, all coated in a wonderful blend of action, black humour and suspense.
Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot. Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. It plays by different rules. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land.
But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea…. Once you have read and enjoyed one Discworld novel you may find yourself making your way through the whole series. Read our review of The Colour of Magic , book one of the Discworld series.
The above are just the first ten books in the Discworld series, click here for the complete list. In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities, it is also dangerous. Survival is only by secrecy and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative and she is brought to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land. Banished to the remote mountain institution of Obernewtyn, she must throw off her cloak of concealment and pit herself against those that would resurrect the terrible forces of the apocalypse.
Only then will she learn most truly who and what she is …Elspeth is determined to uncover the plot and so, accompanied only by her cat, Maruman, embarks on a terrible adventure full of danger, the conclusion to which promises not just uncertainty about her safety but also that of many around her. Read our review of Obernewtyn , the first book in the series. In Einarinn, the secret of magic is known only by an elite few.
They live in deliberate isolation, under the watchful eye of the Archmage. But nothing last for ever. Livak is a part-time thief and a full-time gambler, long accustomed to living by her wits and narrowly avoiding serious trouble. When she attempts to sell a stolen antique to a passing merchant, she finds herself pulled into a new and dangerous world of political intrigue in which the stakes are higher than anyone involved can imagine.
For the antique she has acquired dates from a particular period in the history of Einarrin about which little is known, but much has been speculated. And when the truth begins to emerge, Livak decides to take the greatest gamble of her life. The Legend. Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy death.
The Fortress. Mighty Dros Delnoch, protected by six outer walls, the only route by which an army could pass through the mountains. It was the stronghold of the Drenai empire. And now it was the last battleground, for all else had fallen before the Nadir hordes. And hope rested on the skills of that one old man…. The Raven are an elite. For years their only loyalty has been to themselves, and to their code. But that time is coming to an end.
The Wytch Lords have escaped and The Raven find themselves fighting for the Dark College of magic, on a mission which soon becomes a race for the secret location of Dawnthief. But as she trudged through the forest, using her long walk home to contemplate her depressing future — and the expulsion it was bound to hold — a horse burst through the woodland and charged straight for her. Wherever his horse was taking him, he would be dead before they got there. He had sworn to carry out his mission as a Green Rider — one of the legendary messengers of the king — and he has a life or death message that must reach King Zachary.
Karigan may be unable to save him, but she can deliver his message. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, her simple promise to deliver a letter is about to become a race against time… and a race for her life…. One man, Richard Cypher, holds the key to the fate of three nations, of humanity.
And his biggest problem is admitting that magic exists at all…A novel of incomparable scope and brimming with atmospheric detail: in a world where heart hounds stalk the boundaries for unwary human prey, blood-sucking flies hunt on behalf of their underworld masters, and where artists can draw more than your likeness, there is no place to hide, nowhere safe. Here magic makes love twice as sweet, betrayal and loss twice as bitter.
Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues — and seven sins. The moment Arthur meets sinister Mister Monday, the world turns inside out. The next seven days will bring seven fearful challenges — and a billion grisly ways to die. As his world is attacked by a plague of hellish creatures, Arthur retreats into a mysterious house , a house that only he can see. Inside, unlikely hero Arthur must unravel the secrets of the Seven Keys, battling monsters and treacherous Denizens in a bid to save his world…. Once a fabled Blade of Namara, Aral Kingslayer fought for justice and his goddess alongside his familiar, a living shadow called Triss.
Now with their goddess murdered and her temple destroyed, they are among the last of their kind. Surviving on the fringes of society, Aral becomes a drunken, broken and wanted man, working whatever shadowy deal comes his way. Until a mysterious woman hires him to deliver a secret message — one than can either redeem or doom him. A battle is coming… And in that battle shall be decided the fate of the world. Myths tell of the ancient wars of Gods and men, and a powerful object — the Orb — that ended the bloodshed. As long as it was held by the line of Riva, it would assure the peace.
But a dark force has stolen the Orb, and the prophecies tell of war. Young farm boy Garion knows nothing of myth or fate. But then the mysterious Old Storyteller visits his aunt, and they embark on a sudden journey. Pursued by evil forces, with only a small band of companions they can trust, Garion begins to doubt all he thought he knew…. It has lain lost and forgotten for fifteen hundred years in the ancient heartland of England — a scrap of glass and metal melded by fierce fire.
It is the lost core of a flawless Sphere made by the greatest of the Anglo-Saxon CraeftLords in memory of the one he loved. Her name was Spring and contained in the very heart of this work is a spark from the Fires of Creation. But while humans have lost their belief in such things, the Hydden — little people existing on the borders of our world — have not. Breaking the silence of centuries they send one of their own, a young boy, Jack, to live among humans in the hope that he may one day find what has been lost for so long.
It is only through their voyage into the dangerous Hyddenworld that they will realize their destiny, find love and complete the great quest that will save both their worlds from destruction. The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.
For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns. As the sun sets, people have no choice but to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the creatures dissolve with the first signs of dawn. Believing that there is more to his world than to live in constant fear, he must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path.
Publicly shamed, she is reduced to gathering herbs and tending an old woman more fearsome than the corelings. Yet in her disgrace, she becomes the guardian of dangerous ancient knowledge. Orphaned and crippled in a demon attack, young Rojer takes solace in mastering the musical arts of a Jongleur, only to learn that his unique talent gives him unexpected power over the night.
Together, these three young people will offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival. In the desert colony of Khandar, a dark and mysterious magic, hidden for centuries, is about to emerge from darkness. Winter Ihernglass, fleeing her past and masquerading as a man, just wants to go unnoticed. Finding herself promoted to a command, she must rise to the challenge and fight impossible odds to survive. Their fates rest in the hands of an enigmatic new Colonel, sent to restore order while following his own mysterious agenda into the realm of the supernatural.
A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career.
Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive. Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood.
Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars. High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star.
Every generation can point to a fantasy book or series that defines their teenage years. Currently, that would likely be Harry Potter; for those now edging towards or into their 40s it would be Dragonlance. Read our review of The Dragonlance Chronicles. For a full list of Dragonlance novels, visit Wikipedia.
If you do, do not, or if you have any further recommendations then please let us know by leaving a comment below. Thank you, we hope you enjoyed reading our list. These authors are all amazing, and their books well written and cherished by many; they deserve recognition. What about the Witcher books? Hi Emma. Good luck finding your next read! So many recommendations! Where to start?? Maybe I should resign myself to reread them forever. Anyone got any tips or advice, help lines for how to replace dear old Fitz?
That is hands down my favorite series.
But where is Tamora Pierce? She has many books written for 2 universes and is still adding to it with the Numair Chronicles. Of course her Lioness series was great but it was when I read the Immortals series that I was hooked! You have some excellent selections listed. But seriously, these should have been the first four on your list. Just a joy to read. Brilliant comments Squiggler, completely agree with everything you said.
I just finished my second tour of the 10 book series and it was twice as good the second time around. Reading through this list brought back some great memories and sparked some new ideas as inspiration for my reading list — many thanks for that. PS: you might want to add the Rain Wild Chronicles to your Elderlings list for the sake of any tenacious new devotees adding these titles to their reading list as a chronology. I believe you skipped straight from Tawny Man to Fitz and the Fool.
Cheers though for the rest of the included series. Love it. This books are amazing. I recommend everyone to read them. I was able to read some of them last week. I have added your website in my toolbar so i can return with just one click when i feel the need to read your great posts. I really loved your list. I appreciate the comments and have added a couple of series from the recommendations.
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The books listed in the comments have nicely rounded out your list. I like this ideas for reading. They bring fantasy and reality together in way that is compelling. At least I thought so. Great feedback. I do love Jack Forsithe. It is fantasy, but well blended with today. Has all the important elements, love, lust, karma, and offbeat humour. I enjoyed the sword of truth series until I read Faith of the Fallen. It tried to paint charity, compassion and mercy as evil. Not Goodkind by nature! Your disappointment is misplaced as I would assume are the examples of other missing series you could easily have included.
But to be fair, there are others missing I could easily include. I thought they were real page turners. Are they considered too light — or are they young adult? Just a thought. Needs to be on the list! This is clearly stated as a list of favourites that includes more than three books. The Lord of the Rings you will find, hopefully to your pleasure at number one on the trilogy top list. Have you taken Joe Abercrombie off this list?? I can understand including authors because there is a lot of people enjoying their books.
Very entertaining! Great authors all of them but wrong criteria for this list. Thank you so much for this list. I get tired of falling in love with a world or character only to have the adventure end all too abruptly for me. I will have tour start looking at some of these.
I might add that the Belgariad is a wonderful series by David Eddings and his wife. Easy reading but very enjoyable. Wheres Terry Brooks ermagerd! Where is The Lord of the Rings? Any real fantasy-lover should read LOTR. I agree with the mckillop recommendation. As an older teenager this series fired my now 45 year old love for fantasy fiction that and Tolkien. It is a great tale of self discovery. Quit trolling. Goodkind is definitely in the top five of all time.
This is something that needs to be rectified so you should see reviews appear over the coming weeks and then hopefully we can add the Dragonlance series to this page. Thanks for your comment. Sword of Truth does have its fans although it is not for everyone. But it has I believe given thousands of readers a lot of enjoyment, and that is why it is listed on this page. Sword of Truth has got to go. Predictable and truly not in league with the other series noted here. These are recommendations after-all, and here is mine, Whispers by Aram Keledjian.
My new favorite of the year by faaaaaaar. In runic knowledge he acquired more than is useful to know; he learned not only good and beneficial songs, but secretly dedicated himself to the worst and most destructive galder. Into the darkness of it, no one has penetrated deeper. It is said that none were found among the giants, not even Hrungnir excepted, that could measure himself against this bastard in bodily strength.
They were chieftains there and recognized as elf-princes. One day, when they came  he met them with glistening swan-garments that he laid under an oak on the grounds of his estate. He had made the attire for them, and one can imagine the joy the their kinswomen felt as they dressed themselves in these costumes and tried their wings in ever more daring flight. For himself he made an eagle guise which was capable of bearing him among the clouds via powerful wing strokes. With a giant, their mother had begotten sons, who in due time were fathers to Fenja and Menja. Outside of their human-like shapes these giants appeared in there types of guises: wolf-dogs, horses, and serpents, or in composite forms of these.
Their morals are the loosest and they live in strange connubial unions. Beyond  the Ironwood and the frost-mountains lay meadows that not one giant knew and to which the view from Hlidskjalf did not extend. The quick Egil was particularly an effective foe of giants. Besides that, he also had personal motives, since the giants would w ill ingly take his wife, the elf of vegetation, into their power.
On propitious occasions, Egil went on his ski-boat over Vimur and sought thurses on their own territory. Even in a swordfight he was proficient, as his celebrated victory over the giant Koll attested. It happened that on such outings he met Thor. The Asa-god and the elf-prince were thus fellow warriors and good friends. With Egil grew a lad called Thjalfi.
Thor demanded that the boy, the innocent cause of the injury, should be given to him. When Thjalfi grew up, it was his desire to detect islands, drive out their giant populations, and make them stable by means of carrying fire around them. The Asa-god gladly beheld both elves under his roof, and how he looked upon Sif came to light during an incident, when the mischievous Loki had cut off her wondrously beautiful curls. Their father ought to be proud of them, but the relationship between him and them was never good. Ivaldi made no attempt to appease them. They considered themselves as having an inheritance to request from their mother, but Ivaldi did not leave one.
The birth of their daughter Skadi can also be set later, and is better placed during the elf-princes' exile in the Wolfdales. He forged the most wonderful things for the gods. For Odin he forged Gungnir, the finest of all spears. By this time, Groa presented Egil with a son, so fair it seemed that fate wanted to disclose in advance, that he was a worthy husband of the goddess of love. The swain was sprinkled with water and called Od.
The names Svipdag and Skirnir also were attached to him. The gods presented Alfheim to Frey as a tooth-gift. The gift included power over all existing chieftains on All-green. The brothers received the Vana-lad, the lord of harvests, into their halls. There he grew up as a playmate of Od. The two boys were very fond of one another. He made a ship that upon wishing can become so large, that it holds all the gods with their weapons and war-gear, or so little that one can carry it with him without noticeable weight.
The ship Skidbladnir is world-renowned. In "Our Fathers' Godsaga", ch. His nephew Svipdag delivers it to Asgard as a bride-price for Freyja, where it is given to Frey. In turn, Frey exchanges it for the giant-bride Gerd Lokasenna To Mann, Groa bore a son who was called Jormun and raised by his father. Then came intelligence that Idunn had been sent to Valhall against her w ill and promoted to Asynje.
But he said nothing. He only worked more diligently in his smithy. Here it is lust see above , and the events surrounding it occur earlier than in later works. There is no reconciliation before Egil's death at Halfdan's hands there. One winter, Loki notified the Aesir that a giant wanted to engage in building an impregnable and insurmountable wall around Asgard and to have the work finished by the first day of summer, if he got Freyja, sun and moon as wages for his work.
Thus, the gods consented. A wall demanded a gate, and the gate ought to be worthy of Asgard, not only as impregnable as the wall, but also an ingenious and splendid work of art. Among other things, the qualities of the Asgard-gate are that it catches the uninvited guest and holds him. It is made by 'Solblindi's sons', who are best identified as the Sons of Ivaldi.
Rydberg is foreshadowing events here. Now chances were that Asgard could finally be liberated from the ill -cunning prankster. However it turned out, to his honor or to his shame, it was wrong, because he  had not sent the gods his artwork as an entry in a competition, but as testimony to his reverence and friendship. He set this offense beside the other. In Our Fathers' Godsaga, ch. This is probably based on the source itself, which has Brokk face off with Loki, alone before the gods.
Odin was in the habit of a journey, annually in spring, to remote and little known parts of the world. It was said that in the approaching spring he would visit Thrymheim and Loki then would surely accompany him, since the Asa-father could seldom do without so cheerful a travel companion. It occurred to the cautious smith that he too could devise a ruse. It passed into spring and Loki observed with concealed ridicule that the Aesir grew more restless every day. They believed that the building-contractor would have the wall finished by the appointed time.
By night, he hauled stone with Svadilfari, by day he put up what he had hauled. But just when their faith in him had sunk its deepest, it climbed to even greater heights. Brokk came and conveyed these treasures: of gold, the ring Draupnir from which every eighth day a comparable number of rings drips. The bangle was a gift to Odin. Of a wild boar skin, the glistening boar Slidrugtanni dedicated to Frey.
It was important now to test and establish the qualities of these gifts, before the case regarding the bet could be heard and judgment passed. This demanded at least eight days for Draupnir. Therefore it was appropriate to hold off the case until Odin had made his journey to Thrymheim. The next night, when the building-contractor went after stone, a mare came running up. Svadilfari got loose and ran after her. The night passed, before the building-contractor got his horse back, and the next day there was no stone to build with. It went no better the second day.
Then the giant said his wager was lost and his labor unpaid. Furious, he rushed to do battle with the gods, but Thor crushed his head with the newly acquired hammer. The mare that enticed Svadilfari into the forest was the mother of the eight-footed steed Sleipnir. Vile was this matter in any case, but as nasty as he was, the gods had to admit that on this occasion, Loki had saved them and the whole world. And at the same time, he had acquired an incomparable steed for the Asa-father.
Sleipnir was immediately full-grown and Odin saddled him up to test his speed. The Asynjes were curious about the unexpected and coarse guest. He was invited to the table, drank immoderately and boasted boundlessly, until Thor came into the hall and inquired how the giant happened to be there.
The hammer and the flint crashed together, midway in flight. The flint exploded. Both warriors fell to the earth: Thor wounded in his forehead by a flint-shard, and Hrungnir with his head crushed. Each brings a companion. Thor brings Thjalfi. Hrungnir brings an animated clay-giant. When Hrungnir falls, one of his massive legs pins Thor to the ground, until his son Magni, three days old, comes and lifts the giant's limb off his father. As Egil returned on his skis, the giants sent a terrible snowstorm after him.
Egil had frozen one toe; Thor broke it off and cast it up into the heavens, where, to honor Egil, it became one of the most beautiful stars. When her host came home and she saw that he was wounded, she sang holy healing galder to dislodge the firmly set flint-shard. When Thor felt the shard begin to loosen, he could not hold the news he had any longer: Egil was on his way home from his journey and that a star proclaimed the nature of his exploit. Groa grew so happy at this that she forgot to continue the galder-song. They came to a dale and were tempted to rest.
Shadowy oaks stood round a spring. On the field, a herd of oxen grazed. As they were hungry after their walk, Loki slew an ox, built a fire and sat down to cook. Travelers are probably accustomed to experiencing many things without being astonished, and so the travelers guessed correctly that a giant concealed himself within the eagle-guise. The eagle said that the cooking would come to nothing as long as he did not receive his share of the holy meal.
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The Aesir did not grasp the deeper meaning of his words, because who would have believed then that the one in the eagle-guise had resolved to himself become the highest god and give the dishonorably-dismissed Aesir not so much as a scrap from the sacrificial altars in Midgard? When the dish was ready, the eagle took all the best cuts for himself and shoved the worst of the leftovers toward Loki. Thinking this insolent, Loki took a stick that lay in the grass and attempted to strike the rude one. The eagle grabbed the other end of the stick and flew up.
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Loki swore to it, and the oath that the galder-savvy one administered was such that if he broke it, the perjurer would die. There, the giant Thjazi is the antagonist. The day for the case concerning the wager came. Apparently Rydberg felt that a fly's sting wasn't aggrevating enough, and thus changed Loki's form to a wasp. These are the only two sources that refer to damage occuring to the handle of Thor's weapon. For Loki this decision was less unwelcome than one might believe. He had something on his conscience, that was that the land in Asgard would burn under his feet, should he not take precautious measures.
Then suspicion would surely fall on him, for he was not safe if the vigilant Heimdall had seen him when he snuck through the Asgard-gate with the guardian of the apples of youth. In any case, he had resolved to run, as soon as the farce  of the lawsuit concerning the wager had passed. However, he wanted to play out his prank to the end. He demanded silence, not to challenge the verdict, but to point out that the wager did not pertain to his neck. Thus, while Brokk had a right to take his head, he must do so without harming the well-being of his neck.
The gods sustained this objection. Thus, in defiance of the verdict, Brokk and Sindri lost their prize. Now was the time for Loki to flee and he hurried on his way. Perhaps Odin preferred to see him come away whole, but Thor had his team yoked, and stormed after the fugitive, and lead him back before the circle of judges. Thereafter, they let Loki run loose, but quickly thereafter discovered the irreparable damage he had caused Asgard. Idunn and her apples were lost. All parties came out suffering from this insidious affair with the wager, however the seats of the high judges would suffer the most.
In Asgard, Loki left behind a lady friend, with whom he arranged a reunion. He set his course to the districts by Vimur. The great smith took a knife, cut the seam and healed the wound with a holy herb that st ill bears his name.
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The beauty that made Loki so enticing was forever spoiled. Now was the time to take action, not to defame. Loki w ill ingly said yes to this, and swore his unwavering allegiance. Snorri simply says "He stitched the lips together, and it tore the edges off. When Loki strikes the eagle with a stick laying nearby, he is unable to release his grip, and Thjazi flies off with Loki in tow. This to punish him for instigating the contest. Grimm, Teutonic Mythology, ch. In Our Father's Godsaga, ch.
But to initiate his treacherous servant into his secrets more deeply, he now revealed his plans, and they were such that Loki himself was amazed. There, secure from all seekers, they hid Idunn and Skadi, Sif and Od, and their foster son Frey, the young Vanir god, who happily was unaware of the fate that awaited him.