Last week, I published my first post on my fantasy genre kick. In that post, I talked about how I was reading more fantasy genre books, and I talked about two series that I’ve been reading, A Song of Ice and Fire and The Dark Tower. This week, I’m going to talk about three additional series that I’m reading.
Ever since I was in high school, I have been reading the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. My interest started around 1994 when we were in the post exchange at a base in Texas, and I picked up The Scions of Shannara for a book to read on the way back to Oklahoma City where we were living at the time. As I was reading The Scions of Shannara, I realized there was mention of characters from a different set of books, and I was confused to no end. Shortly after we returned to Oklahoma City, I managed to find myself in the bookstore, and managed to discover that the very first book in the series was The Sword of Shannara.
I remember breezing through the book and enjoying it immensely. At that particular time, a 700+ page book was a huge clunkster for the teenager version of me, but I managed to polish it off in short order and absolutely loved it. Thus began my nearly 20 year love affair with the Shannara series of books. The series is broken up into different sets of the series, and I have managed to 14 of the 26 books. However, the last time I read a book in the series was back in 2005, so it has been a decade since I’ve even picked up a book by Terry Brooks, which is quite some time for me to not return to a favorite author. I’m itching to get back to the series though, especially since MTV is putting together a series called The Chronicles of Shannara which will begin with Brooks’ second book in the series, The Elfstones of Shannara. I’m excited about the pending tv series, and as a result, I very well might start the series from the very beginning in due time to get myself even more ready to watch the show, if I can find the time. Since I’ve been blogging since 2010, I do not have any posts up about this series, but that will change in due time.
The Sword of Truth
Terry Goodkind’s series is a new one for me, and one that my brother suggested I take a look at. I finally decided to do so last month, and picked up the first book in the series, Wizard’s First Rule. Wizard’s First Rule is the first book in a series of a total of 16 books, and tells the story of Richard Cypher, the Seeker, and Kahlen Amnell, a Mother Confessor, and how they need to stop Darken Rahl from taking over the world. I read Wizard’s First Rule during the month of June while I was on jury duty (there was a lot of waiting). I was intrigued by the story, as my brother suggested I might be, and thought I’d go ahead and take a look at the second book, Stone of Tears to give the series another look to see if I had any interest in continuing to read it.
Compared to Wizard’s First Rule, I found Stone of Tears to be a bit of a let down for about 80% of the book, but the last 20% almost redeemed it. I think I’ll go ahead and give this series another book before passing final judgment and will read Blood of the Fold to see if it’s something I will ultimately continue with. I hope to post my thoughts on the first two books in the coming days.
The Wheel of Time
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is one that I’ve been looking at for quite some time to read. Until recently, I have had the first book, The Eye of the World on my TBR list for quite some time, and you could argue, this book was the one that kicked off this season of fantasy reading. I also managed to talk my brother and sister into reading this title with me. One thing that I know about the Wheel of Time series is that it is long with books, 14, and several thousands of pages in length. However, I wasn’t going to let that deter me.
Over the course of two months, my brother, sister, and I discussed The Eye of the World, and while it was slow to get started, once we got past the first 80 pages or so, things started to pick up. There are still many questions that I have about a good majority of the characters, I think I will definitely take another look at this series and read the second book, The Great Hunt. I hope to have some of my thoughts posted on The Eye of the World in coming days.
In my next, and final post, on my fantasy genre kick, I will talk about two series that I have my eye on to tackle. Have you read any of the series that I’ve mentioned so far? If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!