Hi there, how's it going? I'm Morte, and my two favorite hobbies are Anime and Fantasy Novels. Right now, I feel like there's a far too small amount of titles from either fandoms that have come out in the last few years that are really for me. And I wanna talk about medieval fantasy in particular. Here's what I know that I want: -I wanna read grimdark stories aimed at adults about awesome assassins that don't work for royalty like in Brent Weeks' Night Angel. -I wanna read stories about powerful mages that cast really cool spells and are written in a way that isn't extremely complicated, and barely get by like in The Dresden Files. -I wanna read about characters raised almost in complete darkness that rise above it all and end up proving their worth to others and gaining their trust like in R. A. Salvatore's The Dark Elf Trilogy. *dodges the knives thrown at me for liking Drizz't, then dodges the nuke from praising Salvatore's work.* -I wanna read about characters just going on an adventure...and for this I got nothing. Here's what I know what I don't want: -Medieval politics about medieval politicians. Be it about a long game of chess to see who shall be king or whatever. I'm very happy for you if you like GRR Martin. I've tried like crazy to get into it, and all I've gotten from it is an understanding about something that I REALLY don't want. Screw that, make the story about the people being fucked over by the medievil politicians. -An almost complete and utter lack of magic. Why GRR Martin, why? -A book focused on war and war battles. Nothing bores me more than soldiers during wartime. Nothing. -Focus more on the the series' mythology and lore rather than what's going on in the current point of the novel. I've probably tried to get into the Lord of the Rings novels more than any other series, and all I ended up with was even more appreciation for my favorite movie trilogy. -Robert Jordan. Seriously, just Robert Jordan. That's all that I have to say. -SUPER long books. I'm talking books with long series where each book is over 1k pages. Seriously, even after you've massively edited the book, you still can't tell the story in under 1k pages. Although to be fair, I say this as someone who loves watching the Special Extended Edition of the LOTR Trilogy. But.... but...that's because it really is THAT good. It feels like almost everything I come across with medieval fantasy hits one or more of these bad for me personally check marks.