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The Way of Shadows

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For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art--and his masterpieces are not taken lightly. For Azoth, survival is a day to day chore with little hope. Something never taken for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the streets, and learned to judge and decide very swiftly while not being adverse to risks. Risks like begging Durzo Blint to take him on as an apprentice.  To his chagrin, Durzo agrees however, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and take on a new identity and name. Leaving his former life as Azoth behind, Kylar Stern is born and begins his apprenticeship in a world of dangerous politics and strange magics while learning Durzo's ambiguous trade.

The Way of Shadows is such a phenomenal story with twists, turns, and arcs that will leave you guessing.  Following Kylar through his childhood and following him as he grows is a masterful experience. that shouldn't be overlooked by any fantasy enthusiast.  

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J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit, fantasy, book, novel

The Hobbit

There and Back Again...  

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a life of comfort without ambition.  He rarely travels further than his pantry and finds his life quite content.  However, his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf, The Grey Wizard, and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to take him on an adventure the likes no hobbit has ever dared dream. A plan has been hatched to raid a humongous treasure hoard, guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and dangerous dragon.  Reluctantly, Bilbo joins Gandalf and the dwarves on their adventure.  During his long journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.  Little does he know, his journey will find his little hands bearing the most powerful artifact in the world. 

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The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkein, fantasy, book, novel

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1)

"One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them." Long ago, The Rings of Power were crafted by Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the master ring.  The One Ring.  He filled the ring with his own power so that he could rule over all with its might.  But, the One Ring was taken, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth with his all seeing eye and hordes of orcs, it remained lost to him. Long after the Rings of Power had all but been forgotten, The One Ring fell into the hands of an unlikely individual, Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In Bag-End of the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, Bilbo entrusts The One Ring to his care. Frodo is tasked with leaving his home and embarking on a perilous journey across Middle-earth to seek the fires of Mt. Doom, the key to destroying Sauron's power forever.

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A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast of Crows

A Song of Ice and Fire

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse-unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. 

Yet, a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.  

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, fantasy, book, novel

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Wizards, witches, and magic are hogwash.... Or so most muggles believe...  When letters start arriving at number four, Privet Drive, life starts getting interesting for Harry Potter. Addressed in green ink on yellow parchment and sealed with purple wax, the letters are swiftly confiscated by his aunt and uncle who treat young Harry as less than human.  On Harry's eleventh birthday, a giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news for young Harry.  Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has been invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Harry's first adventure is about to begin as he begins his quest to fulfill his destiny. 

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Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, fantasy, book, novel

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)

Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.  –

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The Eye of the World, The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan, fantasy, book, novel

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)

The Wheel of time takes place in both the past and the future of a world implied to be ours.  Robert Jordan's fantasy world holds The Dark One, the embodiment of evil, who is close to breaking free from his long prison.  The story begins when the district of two rivers is attacked by a horde of Trollocs, half men and half beast creatures.  Five villagers from the small town of Eamond's Field manage to escape the attack, with some help, and one just so happens to be the Dragon Reborn.  Humanity's last chance for survival ends up hinging on the five uniting various factions while they are pursued relentlessly by the Dark One's entourage .  Ultimately, the saga is the story of a world's struggle in dealing with change, hope, destruction, and all out war.

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin, fantasy, book, novel

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1)

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.  -

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Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson, fantasy, book, novel

Mistborn (Mistborn, Book 1)

For a thousand years, ash rained from the sky and the world became barren.  A Thousand years passed and the Skaa slaved away in misery and fear.  For One thousand years the Lord Ruler has driven terror into all those that would oppose him and his reign has remained absolute.  He is believed to be divinely invincible by the people and none dare oppose him.  Until, a heart broken half-Skaa slave finds his hope while being held within the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.  His name is Kelsier.  He "snaps" and finds that he has the powers of a Mistborn, able to transmute ingested metals into magical powers.  An accomplished thief and a born leader, Kelsier turns his team and talents towards an ultimate goal, the end of The Lord Ruler himself.

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The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson, fantasy, book, novel

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)

Centuries have passed since the ten orders known as the Knights Radiant disappeared.  These warriors left behind one thing though.... Shardblades and Shardplate.  Mythical swords and magnificent armor that transform ordinary men into nearly invincible warriors.  So valuable are these artifacts that men trade kingdoms for them. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.  Now, one such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains.  There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship to join the army in order to protect his little brother, has been reduced to a common slave.  While the ten armies of the kingdom fight separately against a single foe, Kaladin struggles to rise against all odds and become the hope that the broken criminals and slaves of Bridge Four need...  

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The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel, fantasy, book, novel

The Summer Tree (Fionavar Tapestry Book 1)

Thrown into a world of magic and war, five individuals from our world set out on a journey of epic proportions in the first novel in Guy Gavriel Kay’s brilliant fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry.  The story begins with a chance meeting that introduces the five to a man who will change their lives forever, a mage who brings them to the first of all worlds, Fionavar.  In this land of deities and legends, each is forced to discover what they truly are and how far they are willing to go, as Fionavar stands on the precipice of a terrible war against a dark and vengeful god.

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The Dresden Files, Storm Front, Jim Butcher, fantasy, book, novel

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)

Professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows for a fact that the everyday world others know is actually full of magic and strange things - and most of them don’t play well with humans.  Those things that do tend to enjoy playing with humans far too much.  He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Granted, he’s the one that does what he does.  Still, even though Harry is the only game in town, business is slow.  When the Chicago P.D. bring Harry in as a consultant on a double homicide committed with black magic, Harry's sees money to be made and is eager, but simply put, where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it.  And now that mage knows who Harry is and his name... 

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The Dark Tower, THe Gunslinger, Stephen King, fantasy, book, novel

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)

He is a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil.  His name is Roland Deschain of Gilead.  In his desolate world, which reflects our own in a frightening multitude of ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black.  During his quest to catch up with his mysterious quarry, he encounters many oddities and ends up meeting, and befriending a boy from a New York (seemingly of our world) named Jake.  Roland is forced to choose whether to give up his pursuit for The Dark Tower or to give up  on the boy who has followed him...  

-Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist). - Amazon

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The Magicians, Lev Grossman, fantasy, book, novel

The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)

In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price...Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a very different path to any he'd ever imagined. The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected... - Amazon

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The Name of the WInd, Kingkiller Chronicles Book 1, Patrick Rothfuss, fantasy, book, novel

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 1)

Our story begins with Kvothe (pronounced Quothe), living as the simple proprietor of the Waystone Inn under a pseudonym.  He is the hero and villain of over a thousand tales and is believed to be dead.  One day, a biographer called Chronicler arrives at the Waystone, all too aware of the innkeepers secret identity .  After enough prompting, Kvothe agrees to share his life story and weaves an incredible tale.  He begins by recounting his upbringing as an actor while travelling with his family's gypsy like troop of actors, magicians, and jesters, known as the Edema Ruh.  He tells of how his family was butchered by demons of legend, the Chandrian, and how it came to pass that he became a feral orphan until beginning his education at "The University."  Driven by a desire to learn higher magic, learning the true name of things, and vengeance against the Chandrian, Kvothe's tale unfolds into a truly fantastic adventure.

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The Black Prism, Brent Weeks, fantasy, book, novel

The Black Prism

Gavin Guile is the Prism.  He is the high priest and emperor of the Seven Kingdoms who holds the world in a tenuous peace through wit, charm and cunning.  Magic is tightly controlled, and the prism is required to enforce the rules set forth by the Chromeria by ritualistically slaying any and all that have passed the threshold of their "use."  Already strained from knowing that Prism's are tested every seven years for their ability to continue 'service,' and close to approaching the threshold of his seven years, he learns he has a son in a distant land.  His son, Kip was the product of a war that put Gavin in power however, he must decide what he is willing to lose in order to protect a secret that could inevitably destroy the world.

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The Golden Compass, Phillip Pullman, fantasy, book, novel

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1)

North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.  Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This isLyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.  But what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help on of them will be to betray the other... -

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Assassin's Apprentice, The Farseer Trilogy Book 1, Robin Hobb, fantasy, book, novel

Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.  As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.  - Amazon

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Wizard's First Rule, Terry Goodkind, fantasy, book, novel

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Book 1)

In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them--for reasons Richard can't imagine and Kahlan dare not say.
In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword--to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out. - Amazon

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The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks, fantasy, book, novel

The Sword of Shannara (Shannara Chronicles, Book 1)

Living in Shady Vale, a town of little significance, dwells Shea Ohmsford.  He knows little of the troubles that plague the outside world and lives a contented life.  Still, the simplicity passes when the foreboding giant Allanon reveals that the once believed deceased Warlock Lord has risen and is plotting to conquer the world.  Allanon tells of The Sword of Shannara, the only weapon that can defeat the Warlock Lord and that its power could only be realized by a true heir of the line of Shannara.  Shea is that heir and the last hope for all the goodly races.  Shortly thereafter a Skull Bearer, an incarnation of evil subservient to the Warlock Lord, arrives in the Vale seeking to destroy Shea.  To save the Vale, Shea escapes drawing the Skull Bearer, and other minions of evil, after him in his quest to recover the famed sword and save the world.

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homeland, dark elf trilogy, book 1, R.A. Salvatore, fantasy, book, novel

Homeland (Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1)

Homeland, by R. A. Salvatore:  Begin the tale of the trials of Drizzt Do'Urden.  He is a Dark Elf, a Drow, born into a matriarchal society entrenched in secret wars between factions (or houses if you will) involved in murderous political schemes.  Due to their fanatical devotion to Lloth, The Spider Queen, the very existence of the Drow is focused on the destruction and enslavement of all other races.  However, Drizzt falls away from the teachings of treachery and self gain set forth by Lloth and causes his house to lose the Spider Queen's favor.  His fate is forever sealed from this point forward as he becomes hunted by not only those from without, but those within.  

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DragonFlight, Anne McCaffrey, fantasy, book, novel

Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, Book 1)

On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack from a myth that is all too real. Lessa is an outcast survivor—her parents murdered, her birthright stolen—a strong young woman who has never stopped dreaming of revenge. But when an ancient threat to Pern reemerges, Lessa will rise—upon the back of a great dragon with whom she shares a telepathic bond more intimate than any human connection. Together, dragon and rider will fly . . . and Pern will be changed forever.  - Amazon

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