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Subject: Recommended Fantasy Authors List - Part 4/5

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THE RECOMMENDED FANTASY AUTHORS LIST - ver. 3.0 Part 4 of 5 NOTICE OF MAJOR CHANGE TO LIST Beginning with the March, 1998 posting, only those authors with six or more recommendations will have detailed listings. THE FULL LIST, WITH TITLES AND COMMENTS ON *ALL* RECOMMENDED AUTHORS, is available at the list web site: http://www.sff.net/people/Amy.Sheldon/listcont.htm Unfortunately, the Recommended Fantasy Author List has just gotten too large to continue posting the entire thing. **Melanie Rawn (b. 1954) "The Dragon Prince Trilogy" - Dragon Prince; Star Scroll; Sunrunner's Fire _This and the following trilogy take place on the same world._ "Dragon Star Trilogy" - Stronghold; The Dragon Token; Skybowl _Doug sez, "When I finished this series I felt a real sense of loss. Her description of some of the female characters in the series made me almost fall in love with them, and the use of magic as she describes it is new and innovative."_ "Exiles Trilogy" - The Ruins of Ambrai; The Mageborn Traitor; The Captal's Tower (forthcoming) _New trilogy set in a different world from the "Dragon" books._ The Diviner (forthcoming Dec. '97) _I have no idea what this one is about._ Mickey Zucker Reichert (b. 1962) "The Last of the Renshai" - The Last of the Renshai; The Western Wizard; Child of Thunder _This is a trilogy, so you'll want to have all the books in hand before you start reading._ "The Bifrost Guardians" - Godslayer; Shadow Climber; Dragonrank Master; Shadow's Realm; By Chaos Cursed _Loosely based on Norse mythology._ The Legend of Nightfall _Standalone fantasy. Sorcerers are a wicked bunch in this world, and they obtain more power in a particularly nasty way._ "The Renshai Chronicles" - Beyond Ragnarok; Prince of Demons; The Children of Wrath (forthcoming June '98) _Start of a new trilogy that continues the Renshai story. The balance between Law and Chaos hinges on the finding of an heir to the Bearnian throne._ Anne Rice (b. 1941) "Vampire Chronicles" - Interview with the Vampire; The Vampire Lestat; Queen of the Damned; Tale of the Body Thief; Memnoch the Devil _Horror/fantasy series. "Vampire" books are mainly about the bisexual vampire Lestat and his lover Louis who are struggling with their vampirism and their apparent immortality. Be warned - they're fairly graphic, both sexually and violently (although nowhere near the latest splatterpunk offerings from Poppy Z. Brite & her ilk.) These are usually classified as horror, but Rice is popular enough that I'm forced to give them a mention on the list._ "Chronicles of the Mayfair Family" - Witching Hour; Lasher; Taltos _More of Rice's usual mixture of dark fantasy, sex (kinky and otherwise), and pseudo-intellectual conversation between shallow (but fashionable!) immortals. Your faqmaster does not particularly care for this author._ Jennifer Roberson (b. 1953) "Chronicles of the Cheysuli" - Shapechangers; The Song of Homona; Legacy of the Sword; Track of the White Wolf; A Pride of Princes; Daughter of the Lion; Flight of the Raven; A Tapestry of Lions _The Cheysuli are shapechangers, and I believe that the books in this series can stand alone._ "Tiger and Del series" - Sword Dancer; Sword Singer; Sword Maker; Sword Breaker; Sword Born (forthcoming April '98); Sword Sworn (forthcoming) _The first four in the series were recently reprinted by Daw Publishing, so if you're missing any of them, keep your eyes open._ Lady of the Forest _Robin Hood, from Maid Marian's point of view._ Lady of the Glen _A Scottish historical romance, with little or no magic._ Michael Scott Rohan (b. 1951) "Winter of the World trilogy" - The Anvil of Ice; The Forge in the Forest; The Hammer of the Sun _A blacksmith gets to save the world._ "Spiral series" - Chase the Morning; The Gates of Noon; Cloud Castles _We're living in the Core, but if you look at the world just the right way, you can sail out into the Spiral, where all times and places mingle._ Lord of the Middle Air (forthcoming) _Stand-alone historical fantasy, taking place in the Scottish borderlands in the 13th century. It's out already in the U.K., but I don't have a date yet for the U.S. release._ Maxie's Demon (forthcoming April '97 in U.K., not out in the U.S.) _Another standalone, taking place in the world of the Spiral series._ A Spell of Empire (with Allan Scott) _The young wizard Volker joins three other travelers on a dangerous journey._ Joel Rosenberg (b. 1954) "Guardians of the Flame (1st series)" - The Sleeping Dragon; The Sword and the Chain; The Silver Crown _One of the first of the 'Gamers jump for real into a fantasy world' series, and one of the best._ "Guardians of the Flame (2nd series)" - The Heir Apparent; The Warrior Lives _Continuing the first series with a new generation._ The Road to Ehvenor; The Road Home _Set in the world of "The Guardians of the Flame" and featuring many familiar characters - this story features Walter Slovotsky_ "D'shai" - D'Shai; Hour of the Octopus _Open-ended fantasy/detective series. In the same vein as Glen Cook's 'Garrett' books, only more of an homage to Rex Stout rather than Raymond Chandler_ "Keepers of the Hidden Ways" - The Fire Duke; The Silver Stone _A new series from Rosenberg, once again involving people from our world crossing over into another. This world is Norse-based, with lots of daring deeds and sword fighting._ Sean Russell "Asian duology" - The Initiate Brother; Gatherer of Clouds _Oriental mysticism in a strong first novel (and this is very definitely one book, split in two only because 1,000+ page novels are hard to hold.)_ "Moontide and Magic Rise duology" - World Without End; Sea Without a Shore _Marvelous books. Sean Russell is tremendously talented. I'm looking forward to more of his work. This is fantasy of the 'lush verbiage and magnificently realized world' variety - sword and sorcery fans might not be quite as enthusiastic._ "The River Into Darkness duology" - Beneath the Vaulted Hills; In Memory's Dream (forthcoming Aug. '98) _Oh goody, something new on the horizon from Mr. Russell. This is a prequel to the 'Moontide and Magic Rise' books._ Fred Saberhagen (b. 1930) "The Books of the Swords" - The First Book of Swords; The Second Book of Swords; The Third Book of Swords _The initial trilogy._ "The Books of the Lost Swords" - Woundhealer's Story; Sightblinder's Story; Stonecutter's Story; Farslayer's Story; Coinspinner's Story; Mindsword's Story; Wayfinder's Story; Shieldbreaker's Story _Each of the "Lost Swords" titles is actually preceded by 'The First Book of Lost Swords:', 'The Second Book...' etc. I believe that most of the "swords" books can be read as stand-alones_ "Empire of the East" - The Broken Lands; The Black Mountains; Changeling Earth _A prequel to the 'Swords' books, taking place in the same world._ "Dracula books" - The Dracula Tapes; The Holmes-Dracula File; An Old Friend of the Family; Thorn _More tales of Dracula_ Merlin's Bones _Yet Another Version of Arthur and Company_ *R.A. Salvatore (b. 1959) "Icewind Dale" - The Crystal Shard; Streams of Silver; The Halfling's Gem _Introduces Drizzt Do'Urden, a dark elf who has turned his back on his bloody heritage._ "Dark Elf Trilogy" - Homeland; Exile; Sojourn _Continues Drizzt's story._ "Dark Elf Trilogy II" - Legacy; Starless Night; Siege of Darkness _"Icewind Dale" & "Dark Elf" and "Dark Elf II" take place in the TSR Forgotten Realms setting. I've had several people mention that 'Dark Elf II' shows a real drop in quality, although several others loved it as much as the first two trilogies._ Passage to Dawn _A final Drizzt story from Salvatore, as he finishes out his contract with TSR._ "The Cleric Quintet" - Canticle; In Sylvan Shadows; Night Masks; The Fallen Fortress; The Chaos Curse _Another TSR series - this one follows a young man as he grows from a raw acolyte to a powerful priest._ "The Spearwielder's Tales" - The Woods Out Back; The Dragon's Dagger; Dragonslayer Returns _Open-ended fantasy series that ISN'T part of any of the TSR gaming worlds._ "The Crimson Shadow Trilogy" - The Sword of Bedwyr; Luthien's Gamble; The Dragon King _New series about a young lord and a halfling battling to free Eriador from the grip of the tyrannical Wizard-King Greensparrow._ "Demon series" - The Demon Awakens; The Demon Spirit (forthcoming April '98) _A new series._ Christopher Stasheff (b. 1944) "Warlock series" - Escape Velocity; The Warlock In Spite of Himself; King Kobold Revived; The Warlock Unlocked; The Warlock Enraged; The Warlock Wandering; The Warlock is Missing; The Warlock Heretical; The Warlock's Companion; The Warlock Insane; The Warlock Rock; Warlock and Son _Open-ended humorous adventure series that is now beginning to focus on descendents of the original hero, Rod Gallowglass (see following listings). The rationale of this series is really fairly science- fictional, but the tone is fantasy, and you'll generally find them marketed as fantasy_ "The Warlock's Heirs" - M'Lady Witch; The Quicksilver Knight _The adventures of the three younger children of Rod and Gwen Gallowglass._ "Rogue Wizard" - A Wizard in Absentia; A Wizard in Mind; A Wizard in War; A Wizard in Peace; A Wizard in Chaos; A Wizard in Midgard (forthcoming June '98) _Another open-ended series in the 'Warlock' universe. These feature Magnus, Rod's oldest son. Note that Stasheff's books have focused more on adventure and less on humor as the series has progressed._ "A Wizard in Rhyme" - Her Majesty's Wizard; The Oathbound Wizard; The Witch Doctor; The Secular Wizard _Open-ended series. Matt Mantrell is transported into an alternate world where rhymes have magical powers._ "The Star Stone" - The Shaman; The Sage; another forthcoming _Another new series. This has no connection to his Wizard or Warlock series, and is more serious in tone._ Judith Tarr (b. 1955) "The Hound and the Falcon" - The Isle of Glass; The Golden Horn; The Hounds of God _Corinne describes this as "a truly brilliant series set in Richard the Lion Heart's England bordered on the Elflands"_ Alamut; The Dagger and the Cross _Standalones set in the same world as "The Hound and the Falcon" trilogy_ "Avaryan Rising" - The Hall of the Mountain King; The Lady of Han-Gilen; A Fall of Princes; Arrows of the Sun; Spear of Heaven _The story of a war between kingdoms in a world of mages_ A Wind in Cairo Ars Magica Lord of the Two Lands Throne of Isis _Hey, it's Cleopatra!_ Eagle's Daughter Pillar of Fire _This takes place in the Middle East during Moses' time._ King and Goddess Queen of Swords _Tarr's specialty is historicals with just a dollop of magic. The size of the dollop varies, and many of her books are sold as straight historicals._ Roger Taylor (b. 1938) "Chronicles of Hawklan" - The Call of the Sword; The Fall of Fyorlund; The Waking of Othlund; Into Narsindal _Not available in the U.S., this series has been described as "a pretty good read" and "highly recommended."_ Dreamfinder _Set in the same world as Hawklan._ Whistler _A standalone_ "Nightfall series" - Farnor; Valderin _This is also set in the same world as Hawklan, and is about a priest who must fight a dark power that has entered a colleague. Paul highly recommends it_ Ibyren _A standalone. "Count Ibyren, fighting a guerilla war after being driven from his lands, is suddenly swept away from his people to an unknown world and destiny."_ Sheri Tepper (b. 1929) "The Land of True Game" - King's Blood Four; Wizard's Eleven; Necromancer Nine (1st series) Jinian Footseer; Dervish Daughter; Jinian Star-Eyed (2nd series) The Song of Mavin Manyshaped; The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped; The Search of Mavin Manyshaped (3rd series) _Series made up of three separate trilogies. Her earliest work - can be difficult to find. Ace is reprinting this series in the U.S. in trade paperback format and the first trilogy came out in June '96. I haven't seen any word on when (or if) the other six volumes will be reprinted._ "The Marianne Trilogy" - Marianne, the Magus, and the Manticore; Marianne, the Madame, and the Momentary Gods; Marianne, the Matchbox, and the Malachite Mouse _I believe that the books in this rather light- hearted trilogy are actually fairly independent of each other._ Beauty _Now primarily known as a SF author, Tepper returns to her roots and gives a very different slant on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Sardonic and grim are descriptive terms I've heard about this one_ **J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) The Hobbit _Prelude to _The Lord of the Rings_ - should be read prior to starting them, but it isn't absolutely necessary. Written as a children's book, and some readers find it a little simplistic (not me!)_ "The Lord of the Rings" - The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King _Oh, come on now - how can you claim to be a fantasy fan and not read this? If not for tLotR, Eddings would still be writing about deer hunting. THE classic work of fantasy._ The Silmarillion _From Tolkien's writings on the background of the world of tLofR, this is more of a history than a story_ The Tolkien Reader _Anthology of poetry and short stories.<BR> Due to the INCREDIBLE popularity of _Lord of the Rings,_ virtually every scrap of paper that Tolkien doodled on has found its way into print, which is why you will find many other Tolkien works besides the above._ Trillium series by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, and Andre Norton "Trillium" - Black Trillium (by all three); Blood Trillium (by Julian May); Golden Trillium (by Andre Norton); Lady of the Trillium (by Marion Zimmer Bradley); Sky Trillium (by Julian May) _An interesting mutation of the 'shared world' idea. The first book was written by all three, further books are being written by the individual authors._ Jack Vance (b. 1916) "Lyonesse trilogy" - Suldren's Garden; The Green Pearl; Madouc _Best known for his SF, Vance is an interesting writer in any genre._ "Dying Earth series" - The Dying Earth; The Eyes of the Overworld; Cugel's Saga; Rhialto the Marvelous _The first two are genuine fantasy classics, and Cugel the Clever is a great character (hey, I like rogues). These are all stand-alones._ Lawrence Watt-Evans (b. 1954) "The Lords of Dus" - The Lure of the Basilisk; The Seven Altars of Dusarra; The Sword of Bheleu; The Book of Silence _This is a limited series, and should be read in order._ "Ethshar series" - The Misenchanted Sword; With a Single Spell; The Unwilling Warlord; Blood of a Dragon; Taking Flight; The Spell of the Black Dagger _Open-ended series. I'm told that the Ethshar books are standalones and can be read in any order. The above is the order they were published in._ **Margaret Weis (b. 1948) & Tracy Hickman (b. 1955) "Dragonlance Chronicles" - Dragons of Autumn Twilight; Dragons of Winter Night; Dragons of Spring Dawning _The series that turned TSR into from a gaming company that published tie-ins to a real publisher. Still in print, and still selling well._ "Dragonlance Legends" - Time of the Twins; War of the Twins; Test of the Twins _EVERYONE who recommended these books included a warning that other Dragonlance books by other authors should be avoided. There is also a book of short stories titled _Dragonlance: The Second Generation_. All but two of the stories are reprints from other Dragonlance collections._ "Dragonlance Chronicles IV" - Dragons of the Summer Flame _They're baaaaack. Weis & Hickman return to the world of Dragonlance with a new novel that takes the characters and stories from the novella collection _Dragonlance: The Second Generation_ and continues onward ever onward with them._ "More Dragonlance Books (by Weis & Don Perrin)" - The Doom Brigade _"A tale of two enemies - dwarves and draconians - and how they must cooperate to survive a bitter war." Presumably this takes place before the events of _Summer Flame__ "Darksword Trilogy" - Forging the Darksword; Doom of the Darksword; Triumph of the Darksword _A non-Dragonlance limited series. Denis doesn't like this particular series._ "More Darksword books" - Legacy of the Darksword _Weis and Hickman return to the world of the Darksword._ "Rose of the Prophet Trilogy" - The Will of the Wanderer; The Paladin of the Night; The Prophet of Akhran _The Epic Tale of the Great War of the Gods!_ "Death Gate Cycle" - Dragon Wing; Elven Star; Fire Sea; Serpent Mage; The Hand of Chaos; Into the Labyrinth; The Seventh Gate _This is a limited series - be sure and have all seven books, and read 'em in order._ "Starshield series" - The Mantle of Kendis-Dai; Nightsword (forthcoming May '98) _A new series begins - 'Civilization is on the brink of extinction...A legendary relic holds the key to salvation...A quest to a world of magic, mystery, and madness is the only solution!'_ Angus Wells (b. 1943) "The Kingdoms" - Wrath of Ashar; The Usurper; The Way Beneath _Wells' first fantasy triology under his own name._ "Godwars" - Forbidden Magic; Dark Magic; Wild Magic _"Kingdoms" and "Godwars" are not related to each other or to his most recent novel. Richard likes "Godwars," but Michael prefers "The Kingdoms" trilogy (Richard asks me to point out that he hasn't read "The Kingdoms" yet, which makes it difficult for him to compare them)_ Lords of the Sky _To quote Carolyn Cushman of _Locus_ magazine: "For once, a sprawling medieval fantasy epic that's self- contained!"_ "Exiles series" - Exile's Children; Exile's Challenge _Completists should note that Angus Wells co- authored (along with Robert Holdstock) a series in the late '70's under the name 'Richard Kirk' about Raven, the Swordmistress of Chaos_ T.H. White (1906-1964) The Once and Future King _THE classic retelling of the Arthur legend. And, yeah, it's the source of both Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" and Lerner & Lowe's "Camelot". The original quartet of novels are being reprinted in England._ Mistress Masham's Repose _Did you ever wonder what happened to those Lilliputians that followed Gulliver back to England?_ **Tad Williams (b. 1957) Tailchaser's Song _Williams' first fantasy novel - Tailchaser is a cat._ "Memory, Sorrow & Thorn" - The Dragonbone Chair; Stone of Farewell; To Green Angel Tower _At first glance, very similar to "The Belgariad"- immature-boy-grows-to-fill-heroic-role. Williams' vision is a bit darker, however, and the secondary characters get a lot more fleshing out. Slow moving at points, but worth your time. Paperback version of _To Green Angel Tower_ is published in two volumes._ Child of an Ancient City (with Nina Kiriki Hoffman) _Stand-alone young adult novel._ Caliban's Hour _Takes up where Shakespeare left off. Caliban shows up years later to take his revenge on Miranda. Williams' next will be a 4-volume SF series with the overall title of "OTHERLAND." According to Katharine Kerr, he has 'sworn a mighty vow that he'll never write about Osten Ard [the world of "MS&T"] again'._ Gene Wolfe (b. 1931) "The Book of the New Sun" - The Shadow of the Torturer; The Claw of the Conciliator; The Sword of the Lictor; The Citadel of the Autarch _This is a single novel broken into four parts. Intricate and ambitious, it takes place on a Dying Earth and follows the complex destiny of Severian._ The Urth of the New Sun _A sequel to "The Book of the New Sun"._ "The Soldier series" - Soldier of the Mist; Soldier of Arete _These novels are about Latro, a warrior in a land similar to Classical Greece who has a peculiar form of amnesia. One recommender noted that these are a bit more accessible than the New Sun books._ Patricia Wrede (b. 1953) Snow White and Rose Red _Retelling of the classic fairytale, set in Elizabethan England. Part of the very highly regarded 'Fairy Tale' series_ "Lyra series" - Shadow Magic; Daughter of Witches; The Harp of Imach Thyssel; Caught in Crystal; The Raven Ring _Open-ended series (the books truly are stand-alone and can be read in any order) set in a world of many different cultures and religions, as well as three non-human races. The first three books are being reprinted by Tor in an omnibus edition titled 'Shadows Over Lyra'._ The Seven Towers _A standalone, unrelated to her other series._ "The Enchanted Forest Chronicles" - Dealing with Dragons; Searching for Dragons; Calling on Dragons; Talking to Dragons _Open-ended series that has a lot of fun with usual fairytale conventions. You'll find it in the young adult section. I especially recommend this to anyone who is looking for books for adolescent girls (and then be sure to read it yourself)._ "Mairelon series" - Mairelon the Magician; Magician's Ward _Set in an alternate England where magic works, lots of intrigue. Setting is related to the one in Stevermer's books._ *Janny Wurts (b. 1953) Sorcerer's Legacy _Early standalone, first published in 1982 (it may be her first published work). Good luck in trying to find it._ "The Cycle of Fire" - Stormwarden; Keeper of the Keys; Shadowfane _Her first trilogy. This was recently reprinted and should be widely available_ The Master of the White Storm _A standalone._ "The Wars of Light and Shadow" - The Curse of the Mistwraith; The Ships of Merior; Warhost of Vastmark (NOTE: U.S. hardcover edition of 'The Ships of Merior' INCLUDES 'Warhost of Vastmark' - the paperback edition is two separate books); The Fugitive Prince; Grand Conspiracy (forthcoming Oct. '98); Stormed Fortress (forthcoming Oct. '99) _Best known for her collaboration with Raymond Feist on the "Empire series" and her paintings, Wurts is a fine author in her own right._ That Way Lies Camelot _Short story collection._ Jonathan Wylie "Servants of the Ark" - The First Named; The Centre of the Circle; The Mage-Born Child _Wylie is a pseudonym for Mark (b. 1952) and Julia (b. 1955) Smith (and _Shadowmaze_ was published in the U.S. under their real names)._ "The Unbalanced Earth" - Dreams of Stone; The Lightless Kingdom; The Age of Chaos _'Servants' and 'Unbalanced Earth' are loosely related, with the events of 'Servants' coming first. These two trilogies were published in the U.S. by Bantam, but are currently out of print._ Dreamweaver _Stand-alone. Wylie has written one other stand- alone (_Shadowmaze_) which is NOT recommended._ "Island and Empire trilogy" - Dark Fire; Echoes of Flame; The Last Augury _One recommender considers this trilogy the best of the three. It is the story of a tiny island's fight for independence from the cruel Xantic Empire. This work hasn't found a U.S. publisher yet (so far as I can find), so most of us are going to have to hunt for these. Thanks to Tarja for getting me the titles in this trilogy_ Other Lands _Stand-alone. This came out in Britain in June '95, and isn't out in the U.S. "A comatose Michael Glover somehow calls to his lover for help, and to save him she must break through to another, fantastic world."_ Across the Flame _A woman is confronted by a figure in a medieval painting._ Magister _Set in a contemporary world where magic is an just another talent._ *Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) "Amber - 1st series" - Nine Princes in Amber; The Guns of Avalon; The Sign of the Unicorn; The Hand of Oberon; The Courts of Chaos _Great fun. Corwin searches first for his memory, then for revenge, and finally for the key to save the multiverse._ "Amber - 2nd series" - Trumps of Doom; Blood of Amber; Sign of Chaos; Knight of Shadows; Prince of Chaos _The 2nd series shows definite signs of exhaustion, and Merlin is not the man his father Corwin was. Do note that although _Prince of Chaos_ was supposed to be the series end, enough dangling plot threads were left to knit a sweater._ Roadmarks _There's a highway through time (built by dragons), and there's a wreck waiting to happen at the last exit for Babylon...._ "Dilvish stories" - Dilvish the Damned; The Changing Land _I'd really like to say more about Zelazny, but I'm still upset about his far-too-early death. Just read his books. Even his minor efforts are worthwhile, and the SF he wrote in the sixties is magnificent._