High Fantasy books

May 16, 2013
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It's about a Wizard called Harry who may or may not be part of prophecy with a great destiny to defeat evil.

Think Harry Potter for adults. With all the fantasy creatures of myth and folklore.

Harry is a (somewhat) grumpy wizard who is a private investigator by trade, with a dark past. So far he tends to deal with minor stuff - trolls, finding lost things (tracking spells), general consulting with the Chicago PD on 'weird' cases. Then things ramp up massively, and Harry is at the centre of a huge mystery against a powerful sorcerer. The series explodes quickly and feature Bob, Vampire courts (and brothels), Chicago crime lords, fairy queens, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, necromancy, T-Rex, Excalibur etc.

The first couple books can be rough - it was initially a school/college writing project, so he needed time to grow. Most people say skip the first few, but I think it's a bad idea. Fool Moon (#2) is probably the hardest one, but still introduces a lot of new stuff. But you'll be hooked so fast, and so engrossed that you'll not even realise it til you're 6 books in and can't stop.

It's not all about the magic, and the magic is based in real principles, there are clear limits (unlike Harry Potter for example) and it makes sense. Villians can get stronger, but Harry grows with it, and not always on the side of good. The last thing that can ever be used to describe this series is "Black or white". Hard choices are needed to be made, sacrifices and consequences. Harry goes through hell in each book, and the ramifications stay with him.

I'd honestly feel like I need to rate it the best series I've ever read, and I say that as one of the biggest Harry Potter nuts alive.

It's even better when you get the audiobooks and James Marsters to read it outloud for you. He IS Harry.
I feel the fact you are a Harry Potter fans means your opinion is completely invalidated.

Probs won't even read Dresden after this reveal, tbh.
 

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The first few minutes killed me. That high pitched English voice, I thought it was going to be annoying. Then he started jumping in and out of voices and really showing an investment in each moment. He's amazing. My favorite is still James Marsters once he gets to the middle of the Dresden Files series. Anyway. I'm looking forward to getting through the series, then I'm REALLY looking forward to listening to Best Served Cold. Also Red Country...the guy just created such a great world with a cast of characters that he gets to flesh out without letting it all fall off of a cliff.
Finished "Best Served Cold" yesterday. It's frikkin great. On to "The Heroes" next... the reviews are really good on that one (and I hear Bayaz is in it)... so I'm stoked for that.
 
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Finished "Best Served Cold" yesterday. It's frikkin great. On to "The Heroes" next... the reviews are really good on that one (and I hear Bayaz is in it)... so I'm stoked for that.
I'm on book 2. Can't wait to get to best served cold. That book was so good
Heroes was really good, Red Country was amazing though.
 

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I'm on book 2. Can't wait to get to best served cold. That book was so good
Heroes was really good, Red Country was amazing though.
Wow you did those way out of order. You really should have done the First Law trilogy first, then the Great Leveller trilogy in order afterward.

  1. The Blade Itself
  2. Before They Were Hanged
  3. Last Argument of Kings
  4. Best Served Cold
  5. The Heroes
  6. Red Country
Now Best Served Cold is gonna be spoiled because you already know Shivers and Coska don't die, and the entire main trilogy is spoiled because you know Logen doesn't die...get what I mean?
 
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Wow you did those way out of order. You really should have done the First Law trilogy first, then the Great Leveller trilogy in order afterward.

  1. The Blade Itself
  2. Before They Were Hanged
  3. Last Argument of Kings
  4. Best Served Cold
  5. The Heroes
  6. Red Country
Now Best Served Cold is gonna be spoiled because you already know Shivers and Coska don't die, and the entire main trilogy is spoiled because you know Logen doesn't die...get what I mean?
Big homie, this is my second time through. Doing it in order. Didnt do audiobook the first time.
 
May 16, 2013
20,188
Scotland
Wow you did those way out of order. You really should have done the First Law trilogy first, then the Great Leveller trilogy in order afterward.

  1. The Blade Itself
  2. Before They Were Hanged
  3. Last Argument of Kings
  4. Best Served Cold
  5. The Heroes
  6. Red Country
Now Best Served Cold is gonna be spoiled because you already know Shivers and Coska don't die, and the entire main trilogy is spoiled because you know Logen doesn't die...get what I mean?
Never knew there was 3 more books.

Wasn't a massive a fan of the first 3 but i hate the thought of not finishing a series that I've started so i'll need to get round to these at some point.
 

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So is the books 4,5,6 you mentioned not a direct follow up?

Just another story set in the same world?
Books 4, 5, and 6 are technically standalone novels telling stories separate from the first trilogy... that being said, there are characters and events that overlap. Enough where you shouldn't get into 4, 5, and 6 without having first read 1, 2, and 3.

Even though they are separate stories... they are certainly almost direct followups to the original trilogy.
 
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