After Tolkien

George R. R. Martin

In a world where winter is near at hand and will last for forty years, the throne is
empty, and all comers, whether royal or rogue, will do whatever is within their
power to take it. Sword and poison, magic and trickery, all will be wielded in the
fight for the kingdom. Alas, unknown to the contenders, far to the north an army of
the undead is preparing its march upon their land.
Book one of the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Mara, a young, untested Ruling Lady of Kelewan, is called upon to lead her people
in a heroic struggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors,
form a pact with the alien cho-ja and marry the son of a hated enemy in this
fantasy world that is heavily influenced by Korean medieval customs.
The trilogy continues with Servant of the Empire and Mistress of the Empire.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

When an assassin hired to kill a royal child becomes his protector, not all the
intrigue amongst the human sorcerors and pirates, elves, and dwarves can prevent
the young prince from coming of age and battling for his throne.
Book one of the Death Gate Cycle.

John Crowley

"Edgewood is many houses, all put inside each other, or across each other. It’s
filled with and surrounded by mystery and enchantment: the further in you go, the
bigger it gets. Smoky Barnable, who has fallen in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater,
comes to Edgewood, her family home, where he finds himself drawn into a world of
magical strangeness."

David Eddings

Young Garion leaves his simple life on the farmstead to seek out the ancient Orb
that will protect humankind against the rampages of the evil god Torak. Though
filled with swordfights and sorcery, this fantasy is a much lighter and quicker read
than The Lord of the Rings.
Book one of the Belgariad series.

Garth Nix

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

translated by W.S. Merwin

Sir Gawain, most respected of Arthur's knights, journeys a year and a day to meet
the unearthly Green Knight who has challenged the king's honor. The modern
English translation appears side by side with the original Middle English verses.

Michael Crichton

In the year A.D. 922, a refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph
of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors on their journey to the barbaric
North. He is appalled by Viking customs--the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular
women, their disregard for cleanliness, their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But
only in the depths of the Northland does he learn the horrifying truth: he has been
enlisted to combat a terror that comes under cover of night to slaughter the Vikings
and devour their flesh. A swords and doom-filled adventure inspired by the epic
poem Beowulf. Previously published as Eaters of the Dead.

Lloyd Alexander

Taran is only an assistant pig-keeper when he suddenly finds himself meeting his hero and fighting the evil Horned King.

Greg Keyes

The kingdom of Crotheny is on the edge of war, and in the forest the ancient Briar King awakens, trailed by terror and destruction. The ruling family of Crotheny struggles not only to retain their rule, but to fulfill ancient prophesies. The mixture of Celtic legend and the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke make for a fascinating compilation of old and new.

C.S. Lewis

All seven of C. S. Lewis' adventures in the land of Narnia are bound here into one
volume. From Narnia's beginnings in The Magician's Nephew to the way the old
world of Narnia dies and is reborn in The Last Battle, Lewis' creations have a
richness and character that readily illuminates the valiant struggle between Good
and Evil. Whether glimpsing the first of the Wood Between the Worlds or sailing to
far points on the Dawn Treader, the reader is guided to a great understanding of
the author's universe in a very entertaining way.

Tad Williams

"The Dragonbone Chair is the story of Simon, a young kitchen boy and magician's
apprentice whose dreams of great deeds and heroic wars come all too shockingly
true when his world is torn apart by a terrifying civil war--a war fueled by ancient
hatreds, immortal enemies, and the dark powers of sorcery."
Book one of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series.  Sequels are Stone of Farewell and To the Green Angel Tower.

Terry Brooks

"The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is
summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a
new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is
without power to control them...."
There are battles and magic aplenty in this gripping tale.

Edmund Spenser

Gloriana, the Faerie Queene, inspires her noble knights to perform great deeds in
this epic poem from the Renaissance period. The glossary is extremely handy as
this classic is filled with philosophical and political references of the time.

Mervyn Peake

This great, gothic mood piece invites you inside its dark and crumbling walls where
the young master of the house, Titus Groan, lives surrounded by ceremony and
decaying splendour.

Evangeline Walton

"Evangeline Walton's Mabinogian Tetralogy is a powerful work of the imagination,
to rank with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and T. H. White's The Once and Future
King. The gods and goddesses, wizards and sorceresses, the mortal men and
women of ancient days come brilliantly to life. Evangeline Walton's triumph is to
have constructed a vital and living world on the foundations of myth."

T.H. White

This is a retelling of the Arthurian legend, from Arthur's birth to the end of his
reign, and is based largely on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur. After White's
death, a conclusion to The Once and Future King was found among his papers; it
was published in 1977 as The Book of Merlyn.

Evangeline Walton

A prince defies the gods to claim his unearthly bride in this time when gods and
men might meet in either world.
This stirring retelling of the Welsh national epic, The Mabinogion, continues
through a four-part series.