Kaladin's Top 10 series

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The most touching, exciting, "intelligent" and story driven fantasy series I've ever read. With a focus on "coming-to-age" books containing (a) clear protagonists that can easily be sympathized with
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The Gentleman Bastards

by Scott Lynch

3.5 avg rating

“A bright new voice in the fantasy genre” (George R. R. Martin)
, acclaimed author Scott Lynch continues to astound and entertain with his thrillingly inventive, wickedly funny, suspense-filled adventures featuring con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. And The Republic of Thieves is his most captivating novel yet.

With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for all.
Magi political elections are imminent, and the factions are in need of a pawn. If Locke agrees to play the role, sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body—though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death. Locke is opposed, but two factors cause his will to crumble: Jean’s imploring—and the Bondsmage’s mention of a woman from Locke’s past: Sabetha. She is the love of his life, his equal in skill and wit, and now, his greatest rival.
Locke was smitten with Sabetha from his first glimpse of her as a young fellow orphan and thief-in-training. But after a tumultuous courtship, Sabetha broke away. Now they will reunite in yet another clash of wills. For faced with his one and only match in both love and trickery, Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha—or to woo her. It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.


The Republic of Thieves
“Fast paced, fun, and impossible to put down . . . Locke and company remain among the most engaging protagonists in fantasy.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Republic of Thieves has all the colorful action, witty repartee, and devious scheming that fans of the series have come to expect.”Wired
“A fantasy world unique among its peers . . . If you’re looking for a great new fantasy series this is one you won’t want to miss. . . . In a word: AWESOME!”SF Revu

Red Seas Under Red Skies
“Lynch hasn’t merely imagined a far-off world, he’s created it, put it all down on paper—the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up.”Booklist (starred review)

Red Seas Under Red Skies firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn’t a one-hit wonder. . . . It’ll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson.”Fantasy Book Critic
“Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization.”Locus

The Lies of Locke Lamora
“Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

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kaladin | 2014-07-11 10:01:40
Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan missing every target where Blood Song nailed them true now dropped from #2 to #7. Harry Potter added to the list, and dropping Demon Cycle by Peter w Brett following 2 bad sequels to his first promising book!
Anonymous | 2014-06-07 03:26:47
It was not bad at all, but for me it didn't cling right. Compared to book 1, I felt like the book was written in a different style from a different perspective. It felt like I didn't connect to the characters as I did in the first book. The book overall felt more "simple", "non-original" and "forced". Also, I think Sanderson failed abit trying to create the moral dilemma for Kaladin, it wasn't believable. Lastly, the ending was Very rushed and very confusing.
Anonymous | 2014-05-21 07:44:23
why were you disappointed with words of radiance? Personally I thought it was awesome!
kaladin | 2014-05-15 01:08:40
Words of Radiance being a huge dissapointment I've dropped the stormlight archieve from #1 to #3.
kaladin | 2013-04-01 12:35:11
Thanks, I hope that you will find The kingkiller chronicles satisfying! Truth be told, it was very hard to decide if Rothfuss or Sanderson would be #1! Make an list yourself, and perhaps I'll get some new tips on to be-read-list ;D
Anonymous | 2013-03-31 02:12:08
This is a great list! I have read about half the books here, and I wholeheartedly approve of your taste! You have inspired me to start reading The Kingkiller Chronicles. I'll say, the thing that caught my eye and had me click on this list was the name. Brandon Sanderson all the way! :)
Anonymous | 2012-10-09 12:00:35
I like this list! You're description of your list overall is spot on and i can see why you made the decisions you made. Great job!
Kaladin | 2012-10-09 02:27:19
Thank you, I appreciate your feedback! I made this list because I think there is a lot of people perhaps not as interested in "grey fantasy" or literary fantasy such as Tolkien, martin, erikson, abercrombie or cook.

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