This week's theme: Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in x genre. I decided to go with fantasy series from mostly well-known authors that don't get as much hype as they deserve.
Top Ten Underrated Series or Books in the Fantasy Genre
Daniel Abraham’s Long Price Quartet
Not much buzz around this one when it came out and rarely mentioned on blogs or discussions, this is a fantastic epic fantasy with intriguing characters and wonderful world building.
Robin Hobb’s Soldier Son Quartet
Often forgotten next to Hobb’s more well known Farseer series, this is just as well written, with a main character whose angst and voice is almost on par with Fitz, and a very different world reminiscent of turn of the century America.
Raymond E Feist’s Riftwar Saga
Although Feist’s Riftwar Saga definitely has its ups and downs in terms of quality, it is hard to argue with the fact that it is a vast epic with a clear ending, written as historical fiction in a secondary world. A huge achievement and one that is not recognized enough in my opinion.
Steve Cash’s The Meq trilogy
Not a very well known trilogy, this is historical fantasy done well, with a race of child-like immortals and their internecine battles across the ages.
S.L. Farrell’s The Nessantico Cycle
I came across this one over at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist and was delighted to pick them up. I’ll point you to the Hotlist for reviews, but these are well worth picking up.
Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon
Here’s my review of the novel – secondary world fiction in an Arabian Nights type world, with an unexpected hero and some great magic.
Kate Elliot’s Crossroads Series
Again, one of those authors who does not get enough recognition. The Crossroads series is one of her best (and it has giant eagles flying into battle!)
Anne Lyle’s Night’s Masque Trilogy
Another historical fantasy, this one set in Elizabethan times. A great story with a clear ending that is a globe-trotting adventure that also manages to play with politics, magic and reincarnation.
M.L.N Hanover’s The Black Sun's Daughter Series
Another of Daniel Abraham’s series’ to be included on the list – this one under his Hanover pseudonym. A great urban fantasy adventure that starts with a bang.
Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor
I loved this when I read it at the beginning of the summer but it doesn’t seem to be getting all the hype it deserves. A fantastic fantasy epic with a main character it is easy to become attached to.
What about you? What books, authors or series in any genre do you feel are underrated?