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My husband introduced me to his writing several years ago.  Most of what he writes takes place in the land of Midkemia, and he has greatly detailed on most of the entire world through the many books he’s written about the world.  The 1st book that he wrote about the world, and the one I recommend reading first is Magician: Apprentice then the Magician: Master.  These are the first two books in the Riftwar Saga.

You can tell Feist really loves his characters, he really gives them a lot of depth of personality.  Many of the books of the world are about Pug, an orphan who becomes a great magician.  But the stories actually cover centuries of time, and Pug is still alive in them all.  I’m not gonna give that away, very interesting stuff ^^  But some of the books are about other people whom run into Pug at some point or other and their stories overlap, while the main focus of the book is still on the main characters, not Pug.

Magician, found at wikipedia

He’s the author of The Golden Compass, which I’m sure a fair few people have seen. I wasn’t very happy with the movie though, and wished they had made it a 3hr movie, maybe 3 and a half so that the whole thing didn’t feel so rushed, like Star Dust.

But the books are incredible. I really like his take on the soul, consciousness and our connection to others. I also really love steampunk, which in my opinion is a completely under appreciated genre. But unfortunately most of the movies in the genre didn’t do so well, like Wild, Wild West.

So my recommendation is to read the books if you didn’t like the movie, and read them if you did ^^
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I haven’t read anything by her for a while, but I’ve re-read several of her book. The first books of hers I read were the Dragon Prince trilogy. It’s the first of two trilogies that complete the series, the second is called the Dragon Star trilogy. The books in order are The Dragon Prince, The Star Scroll, Sunrunner’s Fire, then Stronghold, The Dragon Token and lastly Skybowl. It’s a pretty epic series like the Wheel of Time, but not similar in writing or anything, just in the feel of the mammoth plot.

The characters are very well rounded and even the bad guys you kind of come to empathize with because of the detail she goes into. But that doesn’t in any way make what they do acceptable, it just makes their actions logical, or at least you can see how they came to their decisions. I’ve read some books that had a really weird feel cause the author wasn’t very good at character detail and background, so when a character did something it felt weird because you knew nothing about them to be able to know if they would or wouldn’t have realistically done it. But then there are some authors like Robert Jordan who can bog you down in to much detail, the books are still good, but who really cares if the old abandoned farm house has some moss growing in a corner, it’s not relevant to the plot. Sure some people say that’s nice, it allows you to get in the world more, but as far as I’m concerned the best authors in the world can paint you a vivid picture with very few words. Kurt Vonnegut for instance, none of his books are long at all, but the amount of info that he conveys is immense.

The world is very detailed with an interesting magic system. I’ve found I like new or different takes on magic, I find it very appealing and refreshing. This one, the mages have elemental control, but their power is obtained through the sun, moon and stars. But the most commonly used is the sun, hence Sunrunners. The description of how it’s used is that they can travel on the suns rays to communicate and to look at things far away. The only limitation is cloud cover, if your path is inadvertently cut off from where their mind is to their body your mind is lost or essentially their consciousness. And the description of them weaving the sunlight creates this incredible stained glass window image in your head.
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The series of hers that is my favorite is called the Exiles. Though the third book hasn’t been published yet. This series also has an interesting magic system and lore. I’m personally big on mythology and lore of ancient cultures so I appreciate when an author puts some time into theirs.

The first book is called The Ruins of Ambrai, and it follows 3 sisters who don’t their sisters at first. There is so much that goes on that it’s kind of difficult to sum up in a paragraph or two. XD The second is The Mageborn Traitor and the third, The Captal’s Tower. But the third book isn’t out yet.

I recommend both series, especially The Exiles.
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Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors. There are currently 4 books in the new series she and James Mallorey have been co-authoring. The original trilogy ‘The Obsidian Trilogy” contains The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle and When Darkness Falls. The Phoenix Unchained is the 4th from this series and looks like it’s gonna start up a new trilogy. It’s got great characters, a fun and creative magic system, and while the bad guys are a little predictable, it doesn’t even begin to dent an otherwise great read. The world they paint in your head is beautiful, and even the minor characters are well rounded. I highly recommend it.

Book One (The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy)

The Outstretched Shadow

The Obsidian Trilogy: Book One

The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy

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Book One of The Enduring Flame

The Phoenix Unchained

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Some other books I recommend from Mercedes Lackey are:

Heralds of Valdemar:

Arrows of the Queen

Arrow’s Flight

Arrow’s Fall

Vows and Honor

The Last Herald Mage

I like the rest of the Valdemar stuff, but these are my favorite out of them.

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