MOST DISAPPOINTING FANTASY SERIES

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On this “Most Disappointing Fantasy Series List,” you will find those novels that, in my opinion, are not enjoyable reads. Now, I love fantasy: heroic fantasy, epic fantasy, and all the other varieties (Grimdark was not a personal favorite, but is slowly becoming one.), so to make this list, the series must REALLY have struck a wrong cord with me. It does not necessarily mean that the series is terrible or that each book in it is unenjoyable, but rather that after reading one, two or all of the books, I feel that there were much better fantasy series out there that I could have spent my finite reading time on.

Does that mean you should never read the books on this list?

Absolutely not. Just because I did not appreciate a certain writer’s style or the story they were telling, does not mean that others might not love them, so please take this list as solely my personal opinion about these fantasy series and try the books out before you cast them on the “Never To Be Read” pile.

So without further apologizes, here is my “Most Disappointing Fantasy Series List.”

26. The Windameire Circle by Niel Hancock.

716232Back in the late 70s and earlier 80s, Mr. Hancock penned these thirteen, high fantasy novels. The Atlanton Earth books, as they were termed, contained the standard fantasy tropes of epic quests and anthropomorphic animals similar to those in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia, and like Lewis, Mr. Hancock incorporated spiritual themes into his books, mainly Buddhism and Eastern religions. And because I was new to fantasy and because there were not that many fantasy titles to choose from on my local bookstore’s shelf, I picked several of these novels up. I got through them, but I can’t really say I enjoyed them very much.

But don’t take my word for it, try The Fires of Windameir for yourself.

25. The Loremasters of Elendium by Mike Jefferies
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This late 80s fantasy series was full of magic, talking animals, and the sing-song, poetic language that all “high” fantasy novels had back in the day. Nothing inherently wrong with any of these things (especially then), so I purchased the first two books and dutifully tried to fall in love with the newest fantasy series of the moment. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it halfway through the second novel before I gave up. By that point, the one dimensional characters had become somehow confusing as well as boring; the world building was convoluted mess; and the resolution of the plot was too quick and easy for my tastes. Even for a fantasy junkie like me, The Loremasters of Elendium was just not very interesting.

Read Road to Underfall and tell me if you agree.

24. Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer by James Silke
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To save his land from the seemingly unstoppable Kitzaak Horde, Gath of Baal dons a magical helmet belonging to the Master of Darkness, becoming the Death Dealer: an unvanquishable demon in human form who has a thirst for blood. Naturally, the price Gath must pay for this power is very high — perhaps his very own soul!

From that description, it is apparent that this is an old school sword and sorcery tale. It is hyper masculinity on steroids and human growth hormone, and there is nothing fundamentally wrong with that – if the writer does a good job with the story. There lies the disappointing thing about Death Dealer: the writing. It is on the poor side, and  it makes what could have been a decent sword and sorcery story into a third rate Conan clone.

Try Prisoner of the Horned Helmet (Death Dealer) for yourself though.

23. Everien by Valery Leith
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Tarquin the Free is a man who lost his courage and his honor when he abandoned eight companions to die in a magical, floating city years ago. Outcast from his people, forever barred from returning home, Tarquin is the only one who can warn his former people of the arrival of the invincible Sekk, and if he can find the courage to return to the sight of his most terrible failure, he might also discover the secret knowledge to defeat them.

Sounded decent. Unfortunately, it was morbidly confusing to the point I recall having no idea what was going on. Not only that but the characters were so indistinct I had no idea who was doing what most of the time and whether it was internal monologue or actual conversation. After a book and a half, I gave up trying.

You can buy The Company of Glass: Everien: Book One at Amazon, if you like.

22. Magics by Lyndon Hardy

1180618In the first book of this trilogy, a reader gets to follow Aldor as he goes on an “epic quest” to master the five schools of magic. (Surprisingly, Aldor is driven to do this by his desire to obtain the hand of the fair lady, Queen Vendora, in marriage.) After having spent the entire first novel setting up the rules of magic, naturally, the second book destroys them and introduces a new main character, Jemidon, who must discover why they are ceasing to exist and fix everything before chaos is unleashed upon the lands. I’m not sure what ultimately happened in the last novel, because I stopped reading. It wasn’t that the books were bad as much as they were the same old themes rehashed over and over with the same characters with different names.

Buy Master of the Five Magics at Amazon.

21. The Coming Storm by Valerie Douglas
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In this recent (2011) fantasy-romance novel, Elon of Aerilann, Elven advisor to the High King of Men, finds that the fragile peace between the Elves, Dwarves and men of the land is threatened by an unknown enemy. In order to uncover this insidious attack, Elon decides to search the lands accompanied only by his true-friend Colath, the wizard Jareth, and the Elven archer Jalila. Along the way, they are drawn into the struggle of Ailith, heir to the small kingdom of Riverford, who has seen something hideous happen to her own father and his kingdom.

Sounds nice, right? Unfortunately, after a promising beginning, problems set in and completely derailed the first book. These issues include endless traveling, overpowered main characters, annoying characterization, and the evolution of a nice, fantasy book into a sappy, romance novel. And the issues just continue into the second book. Big disappointment, because about halfway through book one I thought this series was going to be a winner.

Purchase The Coming Storm at Amazon.

20. Deverry by Katharine Kerr

10307872This is a classic in the epic fantasy field, found on lots of people’s best fantasy series lists, so I am sure you are wondering why I have it on my most disappointing list. Honestly, I wish I had a very eloquent reason for my disappoint with this series; you know, one filled with literary wisdom and wit outlining in snarky fashion all the problems with Deverry. Unfortunately, I don’t. I mean, the people who point at Kerr’s work and say it has world-building, character development, and a complex – though standard – fantasy setting are right. I even concede that she has brought to life Welsh culture and added to it a very sophisticated – especially for when this series was written – magical system. With all that being said, however, I have always found these books (I’ve read Daggerspell a few times over the years and tried to read Darkspell each time but been unsuccessful.) terribly boring for whatever reason. It very well might just be me and my personal preferences, but even acknowledging that, Deverry has always been a disappointment to me.

Buy Daggerspell (Deverry Series, Book One) at Amazon.

19. The Dark Border by Paul Edwin Zimmer
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The world of the dark border is truly a place of good versus evil. Powerful entities have crossed the fabric of the universe, conquered huge swashes of the world, and laid it waste, turning the land into a poisonous desert of red dust where no living things can survive. Only the eternal vigilance of a race of immortal wizards (Hasturs) has contained the Dark Ones. Fighting along side these wizards are every man and woman of the world; each willingly pledging their service to defend the Dark Border, where the magical towers of the Hasturs cannot fall.  Every day, the war goes on. An eternal conflict that will never end until the world itself ceases to be!

What this series had was a fabulous fantasy setting and realistic sword fights. What it lacked was consistently good writing with plot movement and characterization. I read all four books in the series, and I am sorry to say the writing never improved enough to do the epic stories of this land justice.

Buy The Lost Prince (THE DARK BORDER, VOLUME 1) at Amazon.

18. The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
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This is a series of high fantasy novels set in an era of steam. It follows the exploits of Amaranthe Lokdon, a young police woman of the Turgonian Empire. In this mighty kingdom, science rules and magic is viewed as an unworthy vice of lesser peoples, and Amaranthe – though highly motivated and outstandingly qualified – is stuck as a lowly corporal when she is destined for much greater things. Naturally, within no time, our heroine accidently impresses the Emperor Sespian Savarsin, enrages the real power behind the throne, falls in with Sicarius, the most dangerous assassin in the world, and begins her life as the leader of a very unusual band of secret operatives.

I really wanted to like this series. Even though the whole first novel involved silly plans, head scratching decisions by the characters, and outrageous luck by Amaranthe, I still tried to read the second novel. Like I mentioned, I really, really wanted to get on the bandwagon with the story of this heroine and her merry followers, but I just could not. Other reviewers have written that the silly plot and annoying characterization were not “stupid” to them but rather hilariously entertaining in a campy sort of way, and I can totally get that, but for me, they were just too ridiculous. Different people like different things, I suppose.

Buy The Emperor’s Edge Collection (Books 1, 2, and 3) at Amazon.

17. Elemental Wars by Freya Robertson
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Heartwood is the center of the world, and now it is the setting for a most important meeting, because the Arbor, Heartwood’s holy tree, is dying, and if the lands’ people do not find a way to cure it, the world itself will surely end.  Seven epic quests begin thereafter, and fantasy fun ensues.

This is another series that I desperately wanted to like, and while it had great world building and a good concept, the stiff writing style ruined it for me, as I never felt any emotional attachment to any of the characters. When I don’t care about the characters, ultimately, I lose interest in the story. A major disappoint for me.

Buy Heartwood (Elemental Wars) at Amazon.

16. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
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The poor farm boy, Eragon, finds a polished blue stone in the forest and believes it to be something he can sell to get the family some food for the winter. Little does he know that the stone is priceless beyond imagination. Soon, a dragon hatchling emerges and changes Eragon’s life forever!

The story that follows is a little Lord of the Ring, a little Star Wars, and a lot of over-used fantasy tropes. Not necessarily a bad thing if Mr. Paolini had been able to weave all that together into something new, but he really did not do that in my opinion, settling instead for a very generic young adult fantasy.  I can totally understand kids or young adults really loving this one, I’m afraid everyone else might as well skip it.

Buy Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle Book 1) at Amazon.

15. The Deeds of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
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Please cue up the Brady Bunch music.

Here’s the story of a sheepfarmer’s daughter.
She was being brought up on a farm.
She had hair of gold just like her mother
But she was meant for more.

While her life was t-t-terribly boring,
Paks didn’t complain too much
Until her dad said time to get hitched
To the farmer’s son next door.

Then Paks had had enough, I’m hear to tell you.
And she packed up her knapsack
She had to run a-a-away and join the mercs
Thats why we have the Deeds of Paks.

The Deeds of Paks.
The Deeds of Paks.
That’s why we have the Deeds of Paks.

Okay, all joking aside, this was a series back in the day about an ordinary woman who turns herself into something of a legend. Ms. Moon definitely crafted an excellent narrative with deftly interwoven fantasy themes, intriguing characters, and a realistic portrayal of military life and combat. Unfortunately, I didn’t find The Deeds of Paksenarrion very interesting, for whatever reason, which was a big disappointment — especially since I really loved my Paks theme song.

Buy The Deed of Paksenarrion (Paksenarrion Series combo volumes Book 1) at Amazon.

14. Khaavren Romances by Steven Brust
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Mr. Brust is an unabashed fan of Alexander Dumas, and The Phoenix Guards is his attempt to both emulate and exceed the swashbuckling master of such classics as The Man in the Iron Mask and Count of Monte Cristo. And if one begins this work understanding that this tale is a simulacrum of The Three Musketeers, then you shall have a far better chance of enjoying the books, because – while Mr. Brust has added some magic, a few fantasy tropes, and some crazy names – this series is basically the three musketeers. When you add into the equation that Mr. Brust has also attempted to emulate Dumas’ ornate, flowery prose with his tendency to drag out conversations into absurd dialogue that goes on and on forever, you might begin to understand my complete frustration with the whole series, which I did read or attempt to read. (I made it through half of book three before I had to stop.) As you can tell, I did not enjoy this series, and if I ever wish to re-read Dumas, I will do so instead of reading this fantasy that made me “yawn.”

Buy The Phoenix Guards at Amazon.

13. Guardians of the Flame by Joel Rosenberg
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Setting: early 1980s, D&D rules the lunchroom at my middle school, and the first book of this series comes into my hands. The description of it makes it seem like an 1980’s teenager fantasy: A group of gamers are magically transported to their RPG world and assume the identities of their role playing characters. Thereafter, the group begins to have adventures, as they try to find a way to return to their home world at a place known as the Gate Between Worlds.

Sure, it sounds a lot like the Dungeon & Dragons cartoon from the same time period, but man, I was a teen. I thought I’d love this stuff. After reading the first two books, I felt so ashamed that I got rid of them and refused to admit I’d ever read them. So big disappointment – especially to my teenage self.

Buy The Guardians of the Flame (Guardians of the Flame combo volumes Book 1) at Amazon.

12. The Crescent Moon Kingdoms by Saladin Ahmed
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Epic fantasy set in an Arabian Nights-like setting. We have ghuls (zombies), ghul hunters, ghul apocalypses and tea. Lots and lots of tea. Honestly, this story has more pages devoted to the main characters love of a good cup of tea than him actually hunting ghuls, and the cover should show Doctor Adoulla Makhslood drinking his tea rather than engaged in an epic fantasy battle.

A fabulously written novel the problem ii has is a lack of  urgency or excitement. The characters sit around drinking tea, discussing their issues the whole book and pay little attention to the ghul apocalypse which is about to be unleashed upon their city. It is a major problem. Maybe, Mr. Ahmed will correct the “lack of suspense” in the next book, but I have my doubts.

Buy Throne of the Crescent Moon (Crescent Moon Kingdoms Book 1) at Amazon.

11. The Childe Morgan by Katherine Kurtz
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Mrs. Kurtz has written approximately fifteen novels in her Deryni series, and I began reading them back in the early 1980s, so in a manner of speaking, I have grown up with these characters. The Childe Morgan series goes backward in time, in a sense, to focus on the early childhood of one of the main characters in the original Deryni series: the famous Alaric Morgan. Since those later chapters of Alaric’s life have previously been revealed, a longtime fan already knows what is going to happen, and I truly believe many of the problems with this series come from that very fact, because it reads more like a history book than a novel. It is great at filling in gaps in the lore of the Deryni world and its people, but much of its narrative is filled with historical name after historical name, as Mrs. Kurtz mentions all the important people she has to get into the story. So other than for background material, this series was a big disappointment to me.

Buy In The King’s Service (The Childe Morgan Book 1) at Amazon.

10. Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey
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Mercedes Lackey is a prolific writer. You have to give credit where credit is due. She has published more books in her fantasy world than most authors have ever dreamed of writing. Unfortunately, I have been disappointed in the ones I have tried, and I have tried more than a few. Arrows of the Queen. Read book one and part of book two. Vows and Honor. Liked the first two books okay. The Last Herald-Mage. Read book one, tried book two but had to stop after several attempts.  Mage Winds. I could not get into it at all. So I feel that I have made a good faith effort to understand why my fantasy friends have enjoyed her writing over the years. The simple fact of the matter is that I do not enjoy these Valdemar stories, which disappoints me.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

9. Vlad Taltos by Steven Brust
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Our tour guide, Vlad Taltos, is one of the human minority of the Dragaeran Empire, labeled by his “elvish” overlords as an “Easterner” and born into the lowest class of society. Thanks to his social-climbing father, Vlad is actually noble of one of the lesser Dragaeran houses. (There are 17 Great Houses in Dragaeran; each named after an animal of the world.) Of course, the house Vlad belongs to just happens to be one huge criminal organization, which greatly resembles the modern day Mafia. Our protagonist’s role in this elvish “mafia” is as a minor crime lord, supervising certain criminal interests of the “house,” and as an accomplished assassin. To throw in a little “fantastical,” the author also makes him a minor sorcerer. The stories that follow are basically mafia/detective stories glossed over with a thin veneer of fantasy names and places to hide the fact that you are really reading a modern crime story. If that appeals to you, give this one a try, as for me I was disappointed and had to “yawn” at the non-fantastical nature of this series.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

8. Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen
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Set in a world where an ancient war changed the very laws of nature, gods and giants stalk the earth and play their malicious games with human lives. Into this volatile mixture, twelve swords of power are let loose; each blade the physical embodiment of whatever it’s moniker is. Quickly, a mad scramble is on to acquire these swords and the power they hold over man and gods.

I read this series in the early 1980s, and I wanted to love it. The idea sounded like loads of fun, the swords and gods were cool, and I just wanted another great fantasy to adore, but I never could get into the novels after book one. I tried and tried to like them. It just never happened. I’m still disappointed it did not work out.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

7. The Mallorean by David Eddings
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This was the sequel to The Belgariad. In the previous series, Garion and an ever growing group of heroes went on a grand quest, fought a war against a god, and saw the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. The trumpets sounded, and our heroes walked off into the sunset to live happily ever after. But wait, Mr. Eddings needed to write another epic fantasy saga. What to do? Hey, I know, how about there is another evil god out there and yet another ancient prophecy that needs to be fulfilled. Problem solved. Roll out The Mallorean.

To be fair, I adored this series when I was a teen, but looking back now, I realize the reason I loved The Mallorean was because I was able to keep spending time with my childhood friends, not because it was some amazing new fantasy adventure. Even back in the day, I knew that this series was merely a rehashing of The Belgariad all over again. Sure, Eddings showed me some other parts of the world and introduced me to some interesting new people, but he was really just feeding me the same old recycled story. I wanted another epic story of Garion and his friends, but what I got was just disappointing.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

6. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
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The Farseer Trilogy follows the life of FitzChivalry, bastard son of the king-in-waiting Chivalry. The first book, Assassin’s Apprentice, details the early life of Fitz, starting from the time he is adopted into the Royal household and details his training to become a royal assassin. The next two books detail the further adventures of Fitz and are filled with lots of world building and characterization.

Back in the late 90s, I read the first two novels in this series and did not have the strength to go any further. This was the most depressing fantasy series that I had ever experienced. Up to that time, I had never seen so many good guys that were absolute idiots, so many bad guys that had no redeeming qualities, and so many horrible things happening to my favorite characters – not once but over and over again. I’m not ruling out giving this series another try one day, but all I know is that I am going to need better anti-depressants to get through it.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

5. Darkness by Harry Turtledove
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This is Turtledove’s fantasy version of World War II. Dragons replace aircraft, leylines replace trains, and magic replaces guns and cannons. Turtledove displays his normal strength of writing a simple, straight forward narrative that uses multiple view points to develop the story, but what he fails to deliver in this series is suspense. Honestly, if a reader has even a basic knowledge of the Second World War, they will find that they already know which country is going to be invaded and conquered, which people are going to wind up being persecuted and placed into concentration camps, and how the good guys are going to eventually end the war. After a while, this lack of suspense causes the books to become annoyingly boring. At least, it did to me, which is why the series was a huge disappointment.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

4. The Riftwar Legacy by Raymond E. Feist
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The trilogy that destroyed my love of Mr. Feist’s Riftwar series. From the day Magician first came out in the 80s until this series debuted in the late 90s, I adored anything to do with Midkemia. The Riftwar Saga? Loved it. The Empire Trilogy? Got it in hardcover. Krondor’s Sons? It was not the best, but I remained a fan. The Serpentwar Saga? Even though the series started to show its age and issues, the Serpentwar had its moments. But The Riftwar Legacy was just bad. They were Mr. Feist’s novelization of the computer game, Betrayal at Krondor, and they read just like that: choice A takes you to choice B, et cetera. After finishing the trilogy, it hit me hard that one of my beloved series had taken a horrible downturn, and my disappointment was so great it has never recovered.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

3. Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams
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This trilogy is considered to be a classic in the fantasy genre.  Experts citing its wonderful world building, its magnificent characterization, and its Tolkien-esque touches. I, however, found it to be a horribly boring and bloated journey to nowhere.

Honestly, when I read Memory, Sorrow, And Thorn upon release long ago, I desperately wanted to like it, as it was the “Next Big Thing,” but I immediately guessed where Mr. Williams was going with the whole saga. When my premonition began to come true, this huge epic became a  big letdown. There was no suspense at all. No real surprises. Just the familiar fantasy trope of simple boy leaves the kitchen to travel around the land searching for an artifact and learning all about the world and its people before the story is neatly resolved. My disappointment was so great after finishing this trilogy that I have never read another novel penned by Mr. Williams.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

2. The Darksword by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
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I read this series in 1987- 1988 right after finishing the Dragonlance Chronicles and Dragonlance Legends, which at the time I absolutely adored, so when I saw this new fantasy series by my two favorite authors of the moment, I was beyond excited. I snatched the first one up and tried my best to get into this story of a magic world where everyone had a magical ability, except for the hero of the novel, Joram, who had no magic at all. I followed Joram’s quest to discover his place in the world, perhaps win back his place as rightful ruler, and I even stayed with the series when the last book added all these science fiction elements that I was not expecting or wanting. After finishing, all I recall is being terribly disappointed in the whole experience. It lacked the magic of the authors work on Dragonlance, and none of the characters mattered to me one way or another. I was so disappointed that I have never read a non-Dragonlance novel written by either author.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

1. Winterlands by Barbara Hambly
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Like a lot of people my age, I read Dragonsbane when it was published and loved it. As light and naive as this classic fantasy was, the characters were likeable, the world building adequate, and you actually felt an emotional chord struck at Jen’s final decision at the end of that book. However, the Winterlands trilogy is disappointing in almost every way. Here Ms. Hambly revisits the main characters, John Aversin and Jenny Waynest, from Dragonsbane but then decides to destroy them in an almost ridiculous way, tearing both their relationship and their personalities apart. It is so bad that the author had to reverse directions in the last book, turning it into something of apology to her fans, who had loudly voiced their displeasure with the series. All in all, not only was I disappointed in the trilogy but I wished I had never reading it in the first place, which is bitterly disappointing since I’ve loved many of Ms. Hambly’s other works.
Purchase the novel at Amazon.

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24 Responses to MOST DISAPPOINTING FANTASY SERIES

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  5. Nathan says:

    Completely agree with a couple, Heartwood wasnt not my thing but at least it didn’t come to me with heavy hype. I had high hopes for Throne of Crescent Moon and was pretty meh on it. But Farseer? Dont agree with you on that. And I like Emperor’s Edge quite a bit, at least the first couple of books, but I can’t defend it too much. It is, at its core, quite silly and improbable.

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    • Bookwraiths says:

      Thanks for the comment, Nathan. I totally understand if you enjoyed The Farseer Trilogy. Like I said many times in the list, these were the series that I wish I had liked but did not for whatever reason, and I really wanted to like Hobb’s word, but it didn’t happen for me back in the day. It is still on my list to r-read one day. Hopefully, I will appreciate it the second time around.

      Out of curiosity, is there any fantasy series that you disappointed you even though you really wanted to enjoy them?

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      • Nathan says:

        Dune. I enjoyed the set up quite a bit, but despised the way the first book went in the second half (perhaps this counts as sci-fi, not fantasy, but still).

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      • Bookwraiths says:

        I hated Dune the first time I tried it as well. Years later, I returned to it and loved it even with its problems. So there is always hope this one might be to your liking one day. 🙂

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  6. Bookstooge says:

    Man, I was hoping this was going to show up on Booklikes so I could tippity-tap away.
    Needless to say, I wholeheartedly agree with some choices and vehemently disagree with others and that is why I love being a reader. You never know what you just MIGHT like even if others haven’t liked it 🙂

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    • Bookwraiths says:

      I totally agree with you, but I gotta ask “What fantasy series did you find disappointing?” 🙂

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      • Bookstooge says:

        I concur with you about Farseer, Darksword and the Joel Rosenburg D&D knockoff.
        I REALLY concur about that horrid “Crescent Moon”. Worst book I’d read that year.

        However, I personally enjoyed, quite a lot, the Loremasters of Elundium trilogy, the Tad Williams trilogy and the Mallorean. 😀

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      • Bookwraiths says:

        I also loved the Mallorean even though it wasn’t every thing I wanted it to be, so with that being said, we actually agree about more series than we disagreed. 🙂 Are there any other fantasy series that I missed that should be on the list?

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  7. Bookstooge says:

    on a separate note, it says above that there are “11” responses,but I only count 7 replies, not including this one. Am I missing a page of back and forth?

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  8. Rabindranauth says:

    I think you’re the first person I know that has read Robin Hobb and doesn’t like her books, lol. Sweet list.

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  10. Donald says:

    Robin Hobb’s Farseer triology wasn’t what I expected going in… and I agree that is almost relentlessly bleak, but I just loved the main character and I loved her prose. It’s one of my favorite Fantasy series, but I can see how it wouldn’t be for everybody.

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  11. 15. The Deeds of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon remains one of my favorite books. Love coming of age aspect and the good over evil. I have read it at least 4 times. I am 60 year old male, so I must like it becuase it is so much like my life.

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  12. Sam says:

    I loved the Inheritance Cycle more than most book series. My top book series (from 1 to 5) are Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Inheritance Cycle, Warriors, and last but most certainly not least, Divergent. I loved them all so much, and to see the Inheritance Cycle on here kind of hurts me. I know it’s your opinion, but sometimes it just hurts me to think someone doesn’t like a book that I love (don’t ask me why, I’m really not sure). But yeah.

    P.S. My top three favorite books are A Dance With Dragons, Inheritance, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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  14. C.T. Phipps says:

    I actually loved the Vlad Taltos novels because I don’t much care for pure epic fantasy and was looking for something cool like, “Elven Mobsters.” The tragic true story about what happened to those novels (the author’s best friend being murdered by the RL mob) and how they ruined his love for the books is one which is doubly tragic.

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