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This week our topic is …
TEN BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SWORD & SORCERY
I’ve been a fan of sword and sorcery for a long time. Several decades in fact. And like so many others, I was introduced to the genre by Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories before branching out to Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion novels, Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber, and so many more. Each and every one of these S & S stories was amazingly entertaining in their own way.
Unfortunately, sword and sorcery began to disappear from the shelves in the mid 1980s. Classic titles like Conan, Amber, Elric of Melnibon, and a few other could still be found, and, yes, you could still get your S & S fix from the pages of the latest Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and Warhammer offerings, but outside of those game-inspired titles, there were not many brand new sword and sorcery novels out there.
A handful of fantasy titles did exist though, keeping alive the sword and sorcery spirit in the mold of Robert E. Howard and others, using action-packed plots coupled with larger-than-life protagonists to thrill readers. And this list is a few of those “newer” sword and sorcery books which I believe helped carry the flag of the genre into the present day.
10. Morigu by Mark C. Perry
5. Seven Forges by James A. Moore
2. The Drenai Saga by David Gemmell