George R. R. Martin

Joe Abercrombie – The Blade Itself
Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Terry Brooks – The Sword Of Shannara
Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara.

David Drake – Lord of the Isles
Mysteriously transported one thousand years into the future after a cataclysm destroys the empire of the Isles, a woman sorcerer finds herself in a small town, far from the centers of power, where she and a small group of individuals become the focus of a new struggle for dominance.

Jennifer Fallon – The Immortal Prince
The gods of legend rise again on the world of Amyrantha in this tale of court intrigue, human-animal half-breeds, and claims of immortality.

David Hair – Mage’s Blood
Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every twelve years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on “crusades of conquest.”

Robert Jordan – The Eye of the World
In the Third Age, an age of prophecy when the world and time themselves hang in the balance, the Dark One, imprisoned by the Creator, is stirring in Shayol Ghul.

Scott Lynch – The Lies of Locke Lamora
Abandoned as an infant, the boy known as Locke Lamora grows up to become one of his city’s most famous (or infamous) con artists, yet his good nature has made him a folk hero. Leading his own band of men, Locke falls into the center of a conspiracy that threatens those he holds dear.

Patrick Rothfuss – The Name of the Wind
Kvothe, a man known as the heroic Legend, is lying low in the guise of an innkeeper. When an act of bravery brings a stranger to the inn, Kvothe is persuaded to narrate his own autobiography, an engrossing story marked by magic and deep-seated vengeance.

Tad Williams – The Dragonbone Chair
As war threatens to rip apart a once peaceful land, a young kitchen boy turned magician’s apprentice embarks on a journey that could save his world from the dark machinations of a king gone mad.

R. Scott Bakker – The Darkness That Comes Before
In a world wrenched by holy war and devastation, a sorcerer, a concubine, and a warrior find themselves captivated by a mysterious traveller from lands long thought dead, a man who makes weapons of insight and revelation.

Jacqueline Carey – Kushiel’s Dart
Trained from childhood to a life of servitude and espionage, Phedre no Delaunay serves her master, Anafiel, as a courtesan and spy, ferreting out the dangerous secrets of the noble houses of Terre d’Ange. When she uncovers a treasonous conspiracy, however, her life takes on a new and deadly purpose.

David Anthony Durham – Acacia
Leodan Akaran wants only to be a devoted father and political reformer, but his Acacian empire is based on forced labor, drugged pacification, and a dark deal that trades children into slavery. His chance for reform ends abruptly when the Meins, a fierce people subjugated by the Acacians, revolt through assassination, warfare, and biological terror.

Raymond Feist – Flight of the Nighthawks
Last seen in Exile’s Return, top sorcerer Pug has such a nasty dream that he calls for a Conclave of Shadows. When two boys arrive at the conclave by accident, they’re drafted to battle the evil Nighthawks.

Frank Herbert – Dune
Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud’dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

Guy Gavriel Kay – Tigana
In a desperate attempt to revive the memory of a land banished from existence and to restore freedom to a battered world, a wandering musician and his small band of compatriots traverse a countryside bowed under the weight of its sorcerer-conquerors.

Richard K. Morgan – The Steel Remains
A man named Ringil, hero from a great war, living nearly forgotten and obsolete in a backcountry village, is asked to find a lost cousin, drawing him back into a world that he’d thought he left behind long ago.

Brandon Sanderson – Mistborn
For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison.

Marion Zimmer Bradley – The Mists Of Avalon
Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne.

Stephen R. Donaldson – Lord Foul’s Bane
He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself. Yet he was tempted to believe, to fight for the Land, to be the reincarnation of its greatest hero.

Steven Erikson – Gardens of the Moon
The embattled Malazan Empire struggles to hold on to its lands and increase its holdings as the greedy Empress Laseen pushes her Legions to the limits of their endurance. As Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his elite Bridgeburners, along with the combat sorceress Tattersailm, turn toward yet another battle, darker forces gather that promise to involve the gods themselves in the affairs of men and women.

Terry Goodkind – Wizard’s First Rule
The protective barrier that separates Westland from its neighbors to the east is about to fall, letting loose a monstrous evil upon the world. Only the combined efforts of a young man dedicated to finding the truth, an enigmatic woman intent on concealing her past, and a crusty old hermit resigned to his inevitable destiny can prevent the opening of the three boxes of Orden-an event with the potential to destroy existence itself.

Robin Hobb – Assassin’s Apprentice
As a royal bastard in the household of King Shrewd, a boy called “Fitz” spends his early years in the king’s stables. When the magic in his blood marks him for destiny, he begins receiving secret instruction, by order of the king, in the art of assassination, a calling that places him in the midst of a nest of intrigue and arcane maneuverings.

Drew Karphyshyn – Children of Fire
Slayer has had plenty of time to plan his escape. The one-time champion of the Old Gods, appointed to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos, was himself raised to immortality by the power of their talismans. However, he was corrupted by his power.

Robert V. S. Redick – The Red Wolf Conspiracy
Scant years after a terrible war that shook empires, a 600-year-old ship sails for enemy lands and must deal with deadly assassins, treacherous mermaids, and monstrous slavers in order to deliver a young woman whose marriage will seal the peace.

Brent Weeks – The Black Prism
When Gavin Guile–high priest and emperor, the most powerful man in the world known to all as the Prism–discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.