I’ve already asked about which vampire & shapeshifter, demons, fae & magic, young adult paranormal and science fiction romance novels everyone would recommend. This week, let’s take the same question, but this time, let’s focus on what started it all – fantasy.
I didn’t start out enjoying urban fantasy, but the straight fantasy novels of Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. From there, I found the great Drizzt series by RA Salvatore, which starts with Homeland; then I found the urban fantasy genre and was totally swept up. As I look back, when it comes to straight fantasy, my number one recommendation is Maria Snyder’s Study series (Poison Study) and now I would have no problem recommending Robin Hobb’s Rain Wilds series (Dragon Keeper) or Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series (Daughter of the Blood). But after all that, I couldn’t give any other kind of recommendation.
My list of recommendations for fantasy is sorely lacking, so what have I missed being published in the fantasy world? Which book do I need to read, like now? What are your automatic buys?