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Help me find a new Book?

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Hey well, im not going to lie, im fairly new to this whole fantasy thing and am now hooked. Previously to the WOT i had not read any fantasy appart from the LOTR triology And the hobbit. Well im looking to start a new book/series while i wait for the next lot of WOT so im asking advice from you guys.

 

Things i like about WOT:

 

The starting of the books, when the charecters where didnt know much about the world.

 

Matt cauthon

 

The age of the main charecters 18-25

 

The inns + cities and action.

 

So can you reccommend me a book?

 

Sorry if i make mistakes english is not my primary language.

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I haven't read much outside of the Wheel of Time either, but I loved Brandon Sanderson's books.  Elantris was good, Warbreaker was great, and the Mistborn trilogy, IMO, was AWESOME.

 

I also really liked David Eddings books back in the day.  I read the Belgariad and the Malorean (sp?).

 

Those are each 5 book series I believe, and they were easy reads.

 

Harry Potter is great, the Lightning Thief books are fun, though I haven't finished them yet. 

 

Um... what else?  I hear that George R R Martin's A Song if Ice and Fire series is good, but I haven't been able to get past the first chapter.  Also, that series may NEVER end, so start it at your own risk.

 

Hmm... that's all I can think of right now...  Oh!  The Runelords series by David Farland was pretty cool, though I felt like it ended a bit abruptly in the fourth book.  I think he has since written more for that series, but I haven't yet read them.  I really liked those though.

 

I'm sure there are others here who have read much more than I have, who would have better suggestions, but I was like you, I never read fantasy before WoT, and I've been hooked on it since I first read tEotW back in 1996.  I've only read other stuff to fill the void while waiting between WoT.  I hope this list helps!

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If you want something along the lines of WoT and LotR then try Tad Williams "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" trilogy. The first book is "The Dragonbone Chair." If you enjoy Tad William's he has two other series, "Otherland" and "Shadowmarch" which are both excellent, though Otherland is more Sci-fi. Also try some Terry Brooks with "Sword of Shannara." You could also read Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga starting with "Magician." There's also C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia" start with "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." There's also Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy. And you could try Roger Zelazny's "The Chronicles of Amber." Another series that has all the elements you're looking for, but I don't know if you'll like it, is Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series starting with "Wizard's First Rule." Another one to try, though it's only getting started, would be Scott Lynch's "Gentlemen Bastards Sequence" starting with "The Lies of Locke Lamora." And another one that's only just getting stated but is really good is Patrick Rothfuss's "Kingkiller Chronicles" starting with "The Name of the Wind." Another series would be "Psalms of Isaak" by Ken Scholes. Or you could just read the other books by Brandon Sanderson if you enjoyed "The Gathering Storm." I'd start with the Mistborn trilogy.

 

All of those are about the same reading level as WoT and LotR, though Brooks and Lewis are slightly younger.

 

If you want to move up into more adult fantasy then read "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin starting with "A Game of Thrones." And if you want to go a step further in world building and crazily complex plots and characters then you can try Steven Erikson's "The Malazan Book of the Fallen" starting with "Gardens of the Moon."

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The Dresden Files are really good.  It's "urban fantasy" set in Chicago.  I usually can't stand urban fantasy but his stuff is WoT good as far as plot threads and world building.  And the books come out about 1 per year, not counting the short stories.

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Try Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series. Characters start off young and naive - check. Cities and action - check, though I don't remember any inns. It also has something of the sprawling scope of the Wheel of Time, except this series is (wait for it) finished.

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Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars is a good recommendation.

 

I would suggest Kristen Britain's Green Rider series. It pretty much fills your criteria, except the main character is female and not male.

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Hey Joe Abercrombie's books are all pretty neat. they don't really meet your criteria though. Funny, bloody and interesting. Also you got to try any Terry Practhett stuff. Robin Hoobs soldier son isn't bad. Haven't finished it though.

By the way grrm a song of ice and fire is really good. A bit too graphic at times though maybe.

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Oh, I missed a trick here. What you really need is David Eddings' Belgariad series, starting with Pawn of Prophecy. It's a cracking series for a new fantasy reader, showcasing all the classic Hero's Journey tropes in action. It also ticks all your boxes: starts off with the protagonist clueless about the world; trickster characters; young protagonist; inns, cities and action. There's a whole subgenre of Hero's Journey stuff out there (farmboys discovering they're the secret heirs to thrones and being whisked off on adventures by wizard mentors) which now seems derivative to me because I've read so much of it, but might seem new and exciting to you.

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Some of my favourite fantasy authors (other than RJ of course) are Raymond E. Feist, Katharine Kerr, Sara Douglass and David Eddings.

 

If you want epic go for Raymond E. Feist and start with Magician.

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