Since I was 10 and my dad introduced me to The Hobbit, I've always had a love for fantasy books. In this thread you can either list your favorite books from Fantasy, or if you are a reading aficionado, organize them into categories like me. As the summer goes on I'll make threads for Sci-Fi and Urban Fantasy, but this one is for strictly High Fantasy(takes place in a world other than our own). I'll try to limit myself to 3 picks from each category. Fantasy Series Finished: The Wheel of Time- Robert Jordan's masterpiece got a great ending done by Brandon and, the end result is one of the ALL TIME epic series out there. Books 4-6 are some of the best books I've ever read, and I read a lot. Riftwar Series- Old school, but still very, very, good. A coming of age story with the classic boy meets the ancient evil plot, these books tell a great tale. The combined books that form Magician tell of a war between two worlds, Silverthorn has a little lull(still good), but then A Darkness at Sethanon finishes it right. He has written other books in this world, but the original still stands on it's own as by far Fiest's best work. Malazan Book of the Fallen- I would rate this as the most ambitious and far scoped fantasy series ever finished. Spanning multiple continents/times/and even dimensions this series defines the word EPIC. Steven Erikson does get a little poetic with his prose at times(I don't mind), but when it comes to action, he describes uber powerful characters clashing on a scope few can come close to matching. The sheer scale, character cast, and titan nature of his work is unique. Shout out to Brandon Sanderson Mistborn and Robin Hobb Farseer for series I might have included on my top 3 if I did it another day(they technically have sequel series in progress but the originals are stand alone). Fantasy Series in Progress: Stormlight Archive: Brandon Sanderson's magnum opus will probably become my favorite series ever written. Told on a scope to rival the Malazan series for EPIC, the first couple books have been awesome. I could go on, but really if you don't mind getting into a series that isn't done, read these books! Kingkiller Chronicles: Pat isn't a very fast writer, and he is an obsessive reviser, but the books he has released so far are superb. His work is poetic, heartfelt, and engaging. I truly hope the final is released early next year, but am more than willing to wait if it means the quality stays on par. A Song of Ice and Fire: This one comes with a HUGE caveat; I first got introduced to this series in high school and it quickly became my favorite ever. This was at the time book 3 was released, in 2000, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Arya Stark. Since then 16 years and half my life has gone by and GRRM has put out 2 halves of an unfinished volume in the form of books 4 and 5, neither of which has lived up to 1-3. I will continue to hope that it gets finished but until then I can't really recommend someone pick it up. Fantasy Stand Alone: The Hobbit: Have to include this. When I was 10 years old I went to a restaurant with my dad. Being the big kid I was I scoffed at the coloring page and crayons offered by the waitress. That was until my dad flipped over the page, and started drawing on the blank side. He drew a tiny underground dwelling with a door that had a knob in the very middle. That drawing changed my life, as after reading The Hobbit I went to my local library and started to devour every fantasy book I could get my hands on. Warbreaker: As I mentioned before I am a fan of colorful and poetic works in high fantasy. This one mixes good political/religious intrigue with some very COLORFUL prose, and also tells a good story. Shout out to how Brandon Sanderson does his magic systems, and the overlying rules that bind them(if you wanna read about them on the net). I could have put Elantis, another good Sanderson work, in this spot. Best Served Cold: Joe Abercrombie does good work in his First Law trilogy, but his writing really shines in this stand alone tale of murder and revenge. People who read a lot would probably want to start with First Law, but this ones makes a great introduction to his world for those who don't want to jump into a multi book series. Ok then(rant mode off): If you made it through, what are your favorite fantasy books?