BDD 127 – Top 5 Non Warhammer Fantasy Books

Top 5 Non Warhammer Fantasy Books

This weeks Top 5 is not gaming related, instead I veer slightly off topic and will be having a run down of my Top 5 Non Warhammer Fantasy books. I love reading (and yes I do count audio books as reading) but it’s something that I don’t do enough, so I like to know that when I do get chance to read I am spending my time well. I try to ask around and pick books that have been recommended by a few of my friends who I know like similar books.

There are some books I have reviewed recently that I won’t include in this list as it seems like a waste to repeat recommendations, those are Ready Player one by Earnest Kline, Red Shirts by John Scalzi and American Gods by Neil Gaiman. They are all great books and are intact the best 3 books I have read (or listened to) this year.
So, onto my list. My Top 5 Non Warhammer Fantasy Books.
  • In 5th place is the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. The first in this series is the Assassins apprentice. Almost everyone who played warhammer has a soft spot for stories of the Assassins. This series is the typical fantasy setting of Royal Bastard cast out then brought up in the shadows. The fact that it is a typical fantsy story line take nothing away from the series I thouroughly recommend it.
  • 4th place is The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfield. I have always had an interest in the steampunk genre but never delved in and read any novels set in that world. Leviathan and Behemoth (I have not yet read the 3rd in the series) are not pure steam punk, but are set in that style with airships, giant walking robots and tesla cannons to boot. It’s an alternate history post world war 1.
  • In 3rd place I’m going to go with The Lies of Locke Lamore by Scott Lynch. Its the story of an orphan who grows up in a gang of crooks and confidence thieves to become the greatest conman in the land.
  • 2nd is the Dresden Files. The whole series is a smash. Harry Dresden is Wizard living in present day chicago. He is one of the most powerful brute force wizards alive but lacks the finesse to be truly great. In the series Harry fights against Vampires, Ghosts, Daemons, Faeries and the Billy Goats Gruff. My pick of the series is book 12 – Changes where he does battle against the Red Court of Vampires
  • 1st place is the Magician by Raymond E Fiest. This is an epic book that was actually published the same year I was born, 1982, but still stands up to more modern offerings. It is the first in a huge series spanning 28 published books with the 29th due in May. The first book of the Rift War Series it covers a war between 2 world that are joined by a rift in space. If follows the story of 2 boys who separated while young grow to be mighty heroes. The series has it all, huge battles, political intrigue, Theives Guild corruptions and high seas swashbuckling. The Magician is where it all started and a must read book.
That rounds up my list of fantasy books. I stayed away from things like Lord of the Rings, Game Of Thrones and the Discworld series as almost everyone would have read them and it would be a waste for me to repeat that here.


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2 thoughts on “BDD 127 – Top 5 Non Warhammer Fantasy Books

  • November 13, 2012 at 09:39

    This is an epic book that was actually published the same year I was born, 1982, but still stands up to more modern offerings.  РI feel so old. Great books though.

  • November 27, 2012 at 07:58

    EP 127 @BadDice_Podcast “Legend” by David Gemmell. The greatest ¬†battle of siege in any book ever. Lends itself to Narrative games well.

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