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Terry Goodkind is a popular fantasy writer who wrote the bestselling series, The Sword of Truth. This is the story of "Richard Cypher, a modest woodsman in a world achingly beautiful, alive with the joys of nature: a world the reader comes to love as fiercely as do Richard and those around him. Though a mere woodsman, he is the one destined to battle the ultimate adversary - Darken Rahl, an evil mage who bids to destroy all that Richard holds good and beautiful, dooming him and the rest of the people of Westland to a living Hell of subjugation and degradation." (Goodreads)
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Celtika by Robert Holdstock
Centuries before he meets Arthur, Merlin wanders the earth, eternally young, a traveler on the path of magic and learning. During his journeys he encounters Jason, and joins his search for the Golden Fleece. It is a decision that will cost him dear... Hundreds of years later, Merlin hears of a screaming ship in a northern lake, and divines that it is the
Argo ... that Jason still screams out for his sons, stolen by the enchantress Medea and thought dead."-catalog summary
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
This book starts a series that offers satisfying characters and lots of action. "Betrayed by an unknown enemy into slavery, former soldier and courtier Lupe dy Cazaril escapes his bondage and returns to the royal household he once served. Entrusted with the teaching of the sister to the heir to the throne of Chalion, Cazaril finds himself drawn into a
tangled web of politics and dark magic as he battles a curse that threatens the lives and souls of a family he has come to love." (Library Journal)
The Darkness that Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker
"...The first book in R. Scott Bakker's The Prince of Nothing series creates a remarkable world from whole cloth -- its language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and rituals -- the kind of all-embracing universe that calls up comparison to the worlds of such contemporary fantasy masterworks as George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series and Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. It's a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasurimbor Kellhus -- part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence -- from lands long thought dead." (Book Summary)
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The first of "His Dark Materials" trilogy, which follows the adventures of Lyra Belacqua and her daemon (a creature who reflects her inner being) as she tries to uncover the fates of kidnapped children being taken to the top of the world.
The Knight by Gene Wolfe
The hero, a young boy, slips out of this world into another, to find himself in a man's body. His friendships, loves and trials explore what it is to become an adult. Especially poignant is the way the hero keeps telling others that he's not as old as he looks (literally), only to have them respond to the metaphor and comment that they often feel that
The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari
Struggling to survive in a post apocalyptic world after his village is destroyed, Yorsh, the earth's last elf, must embark on a perilous quest to decipher a powerful prophecy and find the last dragon, who holds the key to saving the world from the Dark Age that has begun.
Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson
"The first book in one of the most remarkable epic fantasies ever written, the "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever". He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself. Yet he was tempted to believe, to fight for the Land, to be the reincarnation of its greatest hero...."-catalog summary
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
A retelling of the Arthurian legend based largely on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur.
A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham -
"Gesture and posture convey as much information as spoken words in Abraham's impressive first novel, a fantasy set in a world where poets create and bind powerful shape-shifting creatures called "andat." The Empire hangs on, literally, by a thread; the cloth industry depends on the ability of andat Seedless to magically remove seeds from cotton plants to keep commerce flowing and the barbarians in check. Seedless, who can also remove unborn children from their mother's womb, aims to drive his poet-creator, Heshai-kvo, mad with grief." (Publisher's Weekly)
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
"The untimely death of Old Trader Ephron Vestrit deprives his daughter Althea of her inheritance and places her ambitious brother-in-law Kyle in command of the live ship Viveca and the family fortunes. The author of the Farseer trilogy launches a new series set in a world of sentient ships, merchant traders, ruthless pirates, dangerous treasures, seagoing dragons, and a mysterious elder race." (Library Journal Review)
Souls in the Great Machine by Sean McMullen
This is the first book in McMullen's "Greatwinter" trilogy. "The great Calculor of Libris was forced to watch as Overmayor Zarvora had four of its components lined up against a wall and shot for negligence. Thereafter, its calculations were free from errors, and that was just as well - for only this strangest of calculating machines and its two thousand enslaved components could save the world from a new ice age. And all the while a faint mirrorsun hangs in the night sky, warning of the cold to come. In Sean McMullen's glittering, dynamic, and exotic world two millennia from now, there is no more electricity, wind engines are leading-edge technology, librarians fight duels to settle disputes, steam power is banned by every major religion, and a mysterious siren "Call" lures people to their death. Nevertheless, the brilliant and ruthless Zarvora intends to start a war in space against inconceivably ancient nuclear battle stations. Unbeknownst to Zarvora, however, the greatest threat to humanity is neither a machine nor a force but her demented and implacable enemy Lemorel, who has resurrected an obscene and evil concept from the distant past: Total War." (Library catalog)
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
"In the sleepy English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian Era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall--a secluded hamlet so named for an imposing stone barrier that surrounds a fertile grassland. Armed sentries guard the sole gap in the bulwark to keep the inquisitive from wandering through, relaxing their vigil only once every nine years, when a market fair unlike any other in the world of men comes to the meadow. Here in Wall, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to beautiful Victoria Forester. But Victoria is cold and distant--as distant, in fact, as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky on a crisp October evening. For the coveted prize of Victoria's hand, Tristran vows to retrieve the fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the ancient wall, and propels him into a world that is strange beyond imagining. But Tristran is not the only one seeking the heavenly jewel. There are those for whom it promises youth and beauty, the key to a kingdom, and the rejuvenation of dark, dormant magics." (Book summary)
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Anything by her is a great read, but "A Wizard of Earthsea" is especially good. It's the first in what started out as a trilogy, but has come to include 6 books at last count! Ms. Le Guin creates interesting, complex characters in her books - enjoy! Summary (from the catalog) -- "Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance."
You may also enjoy the works of these authors: Terry Brooks, Gordon R. Dickson, David Drake, David Eddings, Katherine Kurtz, Garth Nix, Terry Pratchett, Jules Verne, Kurt Vonnegut, and Tad Williams.