The Good Stuff

These are the ones I've read and strongly recommend.

Lynn Flewelling (US)

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The Nightrunner Series (Not a trilogy): Luck in the Shadows (1996); Stalking Darkness (1997); Traitor's Moon (1999)
The Tamir Triad: The Bone Doll's Twin (2001); Hidden Warrior (20 ); ? (?2004)

Robin Hobb (US)

Previously known as Megan Lindholm

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The Farseer Trilogy: Assassin's Apprentice (1995); Royal Assassin (1996); Assassin's Quest (1997)
The Liveship Traders Trilogy: Ship of Magic (1998); The Mad Ship (1999); Ship of Destiny (2000)
The Tawny Man Trilogy: Fool's Errand (2001); The Golden Fool (2002); Fool's Fate (2003)

Guy Gavriel Kay (Canada)

Web Site: Bright Weavings (

The Fionavar Tapestry: The Summer Tree (1985); The Wandering Fire (1986); The Darkest Road (1986)
Tigana (1990)
A Song for Arbonne (1992)
The Lions of Al-Rasan (1995)
The Sarantium Mosiac: Sailing to Sarantium (1998); Lord of Emperors (2000)
The Last Light of the Sun (2004)

George R.R. Martin (US)

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A Song of Ice and Fire (Planned to be 6 books, currently): A Game of Thrones (1996); A Clash of Kings (1998); A Storm of Swords (2000); A Feast for Crows (2004?); A Dance for Dragons (?); A Time for Wolves (?)

Elizabeth N. Moon (US)

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The Deed of Paksennarion: Sheepfarmer's Daughter (1988); Divided Allegiance (1988); Oath of Gold (1989)
The Legacy of Gird: Surrender None (1990); Liar's Oath (1992)

K. J. Parker (UK)

Fencer Trilogy: Colours in the Steel (1998); The Belly of the Bow (1999); The Proof House (2000)
Scavenger Trilogy: Shadow (2001); Pattern (2002); Memory (2003)

The Maybe Good Stuff

These are the ones I've read and enjoyed one book, and have been strongly recommended by others.

James Barclay (UK)

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Chronicles of the Raven: Dawnthief (1999); Noonshade (2000); Nightchild (2001)
Legends of the Raven: Elfsorrow (2002); Shadowheart (2003); #6 (2004?)
Light Stealer (novella)

Garth Nix (Aus)

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Sabriel (1996); Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (2001); Abhorsen (2003)

The Probably Good Stuff

These are the ones where I've read and enjoyed other, non-BFF, works by the author, and these books have been strongly recommended by others.

Steven Brust (US)

Web Site: The Dream Cafe ( Dragaera Info (

The Khaavren Books: The Phoenix Guards (1991); Five Hundred Years After (1994); The Viscount of Adrilankha: The Paths of the Dead (2002); The Lord of Castle Black (2003); Sethra Lavode (aka The Enchantress of Dzur Mountain) (2004?)

Kate Elliott (US)

Previously known as Alis A. Rasmussen

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The Crown of Stars: King's Dragon (1997); Prince of Dogs (1998); The Burning Stone (1999); Child of Flame (2000); The Gathering Storm (2003); "Crown of Stars" (2004?)

More Probably Good Stuff

These are the ones that have been strongly recommended by others, but I haven't read any of them yet.

Steven Erikson (UK)

Web Site: Malazan Empire (

A Tale of The Malazan Book of the Fallen: (Planned to be 10 books)
Gardens of the Moon (1999); Deadhouse Gates (2000); Memories of Ice (20 ); House of Chains (2003)

Terry McGarry (US)

Web Sites: Visions, Eidolons, & Chimeras ( Eiden Myr (

Eiden Myr: Illumination (2001); The Binder's Road (2003); Triad (2004?)

Tad Williams (US)

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Memory, Sorrow & Thorn: The Dragonbone Chair (1988); Stone of Farewell (1990); To Green Angel Tower (1993) (also split into 2 volumes)
Tailchaser's Song (1985)
Child of An Ancient City (1992) (& Nina Kiriki Hoffman)
Caliban's Hour (1994)
Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (1996); River of Blue Fire (1998); Mountain of Black Glass (1999); Sea of Silver Light (2001)
The War of the Flowers (2002)

The Very Popular Stuff

I haven't read any of these.

Terry Brooks (US)

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"Ballantine Books shockingly was not Terry's first choice to publish The Sword of Shannara. Terry chose DAW Books to send his first manuscript to because Ballantine already had Tolkien. DAW Books however rejected The Sword of Shannara and instead sent Terry to Lester Del Rey, the new Fantasy Editor at Ballantine. Del Rey Books, with Terry Brooks as its major foundation, was born."

"From this humble beginning Terry has written 19 New York Times bestselling novels. But what is more marvelous about this fact is that those 19 novels vary greatly in the type of fantasy they present to the reader. The novels of Shannara are epic fantasy, grand and serious in scope. The Landover novels are light-hearted fantasy with a serious underlying morality hidden within them. Nearly the exact opposite from the Landover novels is the Word & Void series; a dark, contemporary fantasy. As a person who has read the entirety of Terry's work, I strongly encourage all readers to read these different and yet riveting series."

"Note: When first beginning to read the Shannara novels, read them in the order that they were published (ie. read First King of Shannara after The Talismans of Shannara). There is a good reason why this should be done; a gigantic spoiler for the Heritage of Shannara series is written in First King of Shannara since it was written after the four book set."
The Original Shannara Trilogy: The Sword of Shannara (1977); The Elfstones of Shannara (1983); The Wishsong of Shannara (1985)
The Heritage of Shannara: The Scions of Shannara (1990); The Druid of Shannara (1992); The Elf Queen of Shannara (1993); The Talismans of Shannara (1993)
A Shannara Trilogy Prequel: First King of Shannara (1996)
The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch; Antrax; Morgawr
High Druid of Shannara: Jarka Ruus; Tanequil (forthcoming September 2004); Book Three (untitled, forthcoming September 2005)
The Magic Kingdom of Landover: Magic Kingdom For Sale -- Sold! (1986); The Black Unicorn (1988); Wizard At Large (1989); The Tangle Box (1994); Witches' Brew (1995)
The Word & the Void Trilogy: Running with the Demon (1999); A Knight of the Word (1999); Angel Fire East (1999)

David Eddings (US)

Web Site: Jack's David & Leigh Eddings Site (

The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy (1982); Queen of Sorcery (1982); Magician's Gambit (1983); Castle of Wizardry (1984); Enchanters' End Game (1984)
The Malloreon: Guardians of the West (1987); King of the Murgos (1988); Demon Lord of Karanda (1989); Sorceress of Darshiva (1989); The Seeress of Kell (1991)
Prequels: Belgarath the Sorcerer (1995) (& Leigh Eddings); Polgara the Sorceress (1997) (& Leigh Eddings); The Rivan Codex ( ) The Elenium: The Diamond Throne (1989); The Ruby Knight (1990); The Sapphire Rose (1991)
The Tamuli: Domes of Fire (1992); The Shining Ones (1993); The Hidden City (1994)
The Redemption of Althalus (2000) (& Leigh Eddings)
Regina's Song (2002) The Elder Gods (2003)

Terry Goodkind (US)

Web site: Prophets Inc. (

Sword of Truth: Wizard's First Rule (1994); Stone of Tears (1995); Blood of the Fold (1996); Temple of the Winds (1997); Soul of the Fire (1999); Faith of the Fallen (2000); Pillars of Creation (2001); Debt of Bones (2002)

Robert Jordan (US)

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The Wheel of Time: Eye of the World (1990); The Great Hunt (1990); The Dragon Reborn (1991); The Shadow Rising (1992); The Fires of Heaven (1993); Lord of Chaos (1994); A Crown of Swords (1996); The Path of Daggers (1998); Winter's Heart (2000); Crossroads of Twilight (2003); New Spring: The Novel (prequel) (2004)