Only the mystic powers of the white gold he carried could protect the Lords of the Land from the ancient evil of the Despiser, Lord Foul. Yet Thomas Covenant had no idea how those powers could be tapped…. But the effort spent in reading this series is rewarded ten-times over and I recommend that every fantasy fan read this seminal work. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local Spook.
The job is hard, the spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before him.
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Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the Country, the horror begins…. Chilling, memorable, full of wonderful characters and written in a fluid style that makes the narrative accessible to all ages.
Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and none remain unchanged. Ryhope Wood may look like a three-mile-square fenced-in wood in rural Herefordshire on the outside, but inside, it is a primeval, intricate labyrinth of trees, impossibly huge, unforgettable. Stephen Huxley has already lost his father to the mysteries of Ryhope Wood. On his return from the Second World War, he finds his brother, Christopher, is also in thrall to the mysterious wood, wherein lies a realm where mythic archetypes grow flesh and blood, where love and beauty haunt your dreams, and in promises of freedom lies the sanctuary of insanity….
Mythago Wood is a fantasy masterpiece. Read our review of Mythago Wood , book one of the Mythago Cycle. Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Reasonable rates. So when the Chicago P. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever. Read our review of Storm Front , book one in the Dresden Files series. Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage.
In my opinion this book really takes the fantasy fiction genre further. It combines some great elements that truly make this book comes to life in more than one dimension. Combining funny and witty dialogues but also numerous literary ideas with the bookworms and names of several of the characters make this a terrific read and should be compulsory for everyone. Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.
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In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black. And as we read they form a tender and loving relationship that is pivotal to all that follows. Read our review of The Gunslinger , book one in the Dark Tower series.
Quint, son of sky pirate captain, and new apprentice to Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe, has been set some highly important tasks. Here, they unwittingly invoke an ancient curse — the curse of the gloamglozer…. Read our review of Curse of the Gloamglozer , book one of the Edge Chronicles. Darkness wars with darkness as the hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must.
They bury their doubts with their dead. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.