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the guardians of the flame

by joel rosenberg

2.5 avg rating

Professor Deighton smiled from around the stem of his pipe. ''You have a vague, unexplainable feeling that what you are looking for is something called the Gate Between Worlds.''

''... although we all share a vague suspicion that we're looking for the Gate Between Worlds, whatever that is. Would you care to join us ''

''Sure. Un—what are you going to do about those boxes on the hillside ''

Doria's voice was almost a whine. ''Open them, silly.''

''Okay, fine, I'll open them.''

''No, don't—''. He gripped the rims of his wheelchair.

''As the first box is opened,'' Deighton said, ''You are overwhelmed by a rush of—''

James Michael couldn't hear the rest; a rush of sound like that of an impossibly loud, impossibly near jet buffeted his ears, acrid smoke clawing at his eyes and nostrils until he found himself tumbling out of his wheelchair and falling to his knees in a coughing spasm, his tearing eyes clenched shut.

He bounced to his feet on the damp grass, reflexively reaching for the axe strapped to his chest, loosening the straps with two quick jerks and taking the axe in his gnarled, well-muscled hands.

Well-muscled hands

He opened his eyes.

He was a dwarf standing on the side of a grassy hill, with an axe in his hands.


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the belgaraid

by David Eddings

4.14 avg rating
Millions of readers have discovered the magic of David Eddings’ New York Times bestselling series The Belgariad. Now the first three books in this monumental epic appear in a single volume. Here, long-time fans can rediscover the wonder—and the uninitiated can embark upon a thrilling new journey of fantasy and adventure.

It all begins with the theft of the Orb that for so long protected the West from an evil god. As long as the Orb was at Riva, the prophecy went, its people would be safe from this corrupting power. Garion, a simple farm boy, is familiar with the legend of the Orb, but skeptical in matters of magic. Until, through a twist of fate, he learns not only that the story of the Orb is true, but that he must set out on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger to help recover it. For Garion is a child of destiny, and fate itself is leading him far from his home, sweeping him irrevocably toward a distant tower—and a cataclysmic confrontation with a master of the darkest magic.

The Blade Itself

by Joe Abercrombie

4 avg rating
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.

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glotka a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

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game of thrones

by george r.r. martin

5 avg rating
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is 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; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

Name Of The Wind

by Patrick Rothfuss

5 avg rating
This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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Anonymous | 2017-03-04 07:15:59
I agree with this list actually! The only problem is that Twilight is a good book, and should not be number 1. I think Game of Thrones, The Name of the Wind, Lord of the Rings, and I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell are overated.
Anonymous | 2017-03-02 05:21:20
I'm confused. Do I give a book a thumbs up because I want it to be ranked higher on the list of worst books? Or do I give it a thumbs down because I hated the book? You really should clarify this.
Anonymous | 2015-10-16 01:50:08
Anonymous | 2015-03-06 04:12:16
At last, a list where Lord of the Rings actually deserves its high ranking.
Anonymous | 2015-01-21 04:41:14
Note guys this Worst List is not as accurate as it should be. I need to code some special things in for negative lists that change the way things are ranked. Right now, there are other factors that are adjusting the rankings of the books such as the total number of votes a book has. This means the list rankings for the WORST list is getting a bit skewed. I'm on my list to fix... Ben (Admin)
Anonymous | 2015-01-19 04:55:05
What fuckers put lord of the rings on this list of worst! Humanity is dead
Anonymous | 2015-01-10 10:49:39
OK, this list just SUCKS. I mean, WHY the HELL would someone rate HARRY POTTER as one of the WORST FANTASY BOOKS EVER? I definitely see why Twilight is the worst (it's OBVIOUS), but the others I don't understand.
Anonymous | 2014-08-31 03:57:28
This list is shit. Half of this list is comprised of solid books Malazan Empire Series Kingkiller Chronicles Stormlight Archives Mistborn Series Song of Ice and Fire
Anonymous | 2014-05-28 12:14:29
This list is just silly. It seams to me people are just adding books to get some kind of reaction from people. However,I do agree with the WOT
Anonymous | 2014-05-06 10:09:38
Words of radiance added to list, reason: Books with bad sequel.
Anonymous | 2014-04-19 07:27:41
This list sucks. Except for the obvious choice of the Twilight series, I cannot have any faith in a list that has some if the best books in the list. Example being The Name of the Wind and A Wise Mans Fear. Two of the best books I have read. Plus this has Brandan Sanderson Mistborn Series which is again idiotic... And the book series' that are really good but not great Like the Sword of Truth series, the Eragon series, The Night Angel Series and many others. This is a poor list compiled by people...
Anonymous | 2013-12-04 01:04:01
My mother and I are still laughing when tlaking about this book, four years after our attempt to read it. We just stopped, and we usually never stop reading a book even if its really bad.
Anonymous | 2013-03-17 09:04:43
Yeah... I agree with most, but it would be nice to know WHY, not just 'meh, I read this and I didn't really like it so I'll put it on the list'?
Anonymous | 2012-12-31 03:24:31
Wouldn't it be more useful to identify WHY these are bad or good?

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