Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Freebie! Use this week to write a top ten list about ANYTHING in literature.
So my top ten this week is going to be on my Favourite Fantasy novels/series! =D
01. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien — Hands down, my favourite fantasy novel of all time. I first read it when I was 15, right before the first movie came out. Tolkien’s worldbuilding–right down to the history, lore and language of each of the major peoples, continues to astound me to this day. And there’s just so many great, classic, memorable moments from this book. My entire high school consisted of me quoting or associating anything and everything to LOTR.
02. Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams — This series was an early suggestion made to me after finishing LOTR. It’s just as epic with sprawling regions, mythical peoples, prophecies mixed in with medieval politicking and the rise of a young hero. It can be underrated at times when placed beside other authors in the field like Jordan, Goodkind and Martin, but this trilogy is definitely worth checking out. Fantastic stuff.
03. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson — All of the Sanderson books I’ve read so far (well, only this and Elantris; The Way of Kings is sitting on my TBR pile) have been fantastic but I decided to put Warbreaker on the list because of its balance of mythology, social issues, character development and humour which made it a fast favourite of mine. He’s currently working on a number of books, including the conclusion to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series so he’s certainly someone to look out for; his creativity and imagination in the genre is just amazing.
04. The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix — This is one of those novels that I wish I had written, lol: the magic system is creative with the tug between life and death. The world that Nix created for this trilogy was also interesting and the characters are memorable. And did I mention the magic is unique and even creepy at times?
05. The Lighthouse Duet by Carol Berg — This two-book series caught my attention because the main character was definitely an anti-hero of sorts: a rebellious son of a royal family with a drug addiction and trying to escape the prophecies foretold of him. The world that Valen lives in is fascinating with the social structure and manners as well as the overall plot. Not to mention it’s short compared to some of the series out there these days.
06. The Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett — Light-hearted good fun, spinning fantasy around and populating the world of Ankh-Morpork with such wacky, memorable characters. My personal favourite character is Death =D
07. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin — It’s funny because a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have put this series on such a list, if only because I am still scarred by certain events that took place in the books! Heck, it took me over five plus years before I picked up the second book because I was still mourning over the first book. Yet you can’t deny the imagination that GRRM has in creating such a dynamic of individuals fighting on the political landscape for the Iron Throne. I’m glad I read the rest now because I can appreciate the dynamics and the inner developments going on.
08. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss — When I first read the novel a few years ago, I could see why everyone was raving about this novel: the set-up is unique and the reader is left curious to see how he became the hero that everyone perceived him to be. I remember it left a very good impression on me, though I admit that it’s been a while to remember the precise details of what I enjoyed from the novel.
09. The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone by Greg Keyes — Definitely an underrated quartet, it certainly holds a special place in my ranking of fantasy books because of its scope. While I admit that I was a bit dissatisfied by the ending, the build-up was exciting: you’re left wondering how everything is going to work out and whether, *gulp*, all of the principal characters will make it.
10. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch — I re-read this book recently and I realised how amazing this novel was in character interaction and worldbuilding. It feels like medieval Venezia in a way, but it’s more than that, it’s totally distinct. And the dialogue can be pretty amusing.
Special mention (though I’m sure there’s a ton more): Susanne Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (not quite sure how to categorise it but impeccable read nonetheless), Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, John Meaney’s and Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana.