Top Ten Tuesday (#49): Top Ten Favorite Fantasy Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers.  This week the theme is Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in X Genre.

I guess it’s no surprise that I chose fantasy for my genre this week! For most of these, I love the series as the whole and it was tough to choose an individual favourite, but I’ve done my best.

Magician’s Gambit
Belgariad #3

If you’ve seen a few of my Top Ten Tuesdays before, it#s absolutely no surprise that David Eddings would feature on this list. I loved both the Belgariad and Mallorean series, and they remain my favourites. Eddings’ characters in particular, are fantastic.

A Storm of Swords (part 2)
A Song of Ice and Fire #3

I struggled to decide which book to include from the series, but I eventually decided on A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold, because this is one that I remember racing through, and then desperately waiting for my partner to finish so I could talk about it.

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter #6

I’m not quite sure why, but Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has always been my favourite of the series.

Assassin’s Apprentice
Assassin’s Apprentice #1

I’m still not quite sure whether this was the right Robin Hobb book to include! I started with this series and loved it, but then I also absolutely loved her Liveship Traders series and the Rain Wild Chronicles. I eventually (just about!) decided on this, but I’d really strongly recommend any of her series.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragonlance

This was another one of the books that I read when I first started reading, probably fairly soon after David Eddings’ series. I don’t re-read this as much as the other features on the list, but I love the characters and the humour.

Poison Study
Study #1

Maria V. Snyder has great female leads, supporting characters you’ll want to take home, and solid fantasy world-building.  Like Robin Hobb, I’ve loved all of her series, and went with this more because it was my first venture than because I had a definite clear winner.

Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass #1

Throne of Glass was one of my top ten reads for last year, and I also really enjoyed Crown of Midnight. A seriously kick-ass (yet also feminine) heroine, romance, drama, magic and intrigue – what more could you want? Heir of Fire is one of my most-anticipated reads this year and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

The series I have high hopes for:

For all three of these books, I’ve only read the first book so far, but I loved them. I’m hoping the sequels live up to the first book – if so, these will definitely join the ranks of my top fantasy series!

Graceling
Graceling Realm #1

Crewel
Crewel World #1

Ink
Paper Gods #1

Do you have any fantasy recommendations for me?

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