If you are considering your next book and you decide it to be Epic fantasy, then you are on the right place.
I was lucky to have around me well educated and well read friends, especially my dear friend from high school Dejan Inić, who was the first to direct me to one sweet fairy tale called “Farmer Giles of Ham”.
Fairy tale “Farmer Giles of Ham” was a real insult for a guy in a high school… but somehow it reached its purpose by introducing me to the world of fantastic possibilities. (first of which is that high school boy can read fairy tales) 🙂
At this point I was not familiar with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien and didn’t had a clue that next 3 books from the “Lord of the rings” trilogy will impact me so profoundly.
After those books, I naturally connected to the world of Epic fantasy, with which I am enchanted to this very day.
From the angle of already experienced reader of epic fantasy, i recommend following books and in this particular order:
1. “The Hobbit” J.R.R. Tolkien (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit)
2.”The Silmarillion” J.R.R. Tolkien (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silmarillion)
3. “The Riftwar Saga” Raymound E. Feist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Riftwar_Saga)
4. “The Wheel of Time” Robert Jordan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_wheel_of_time)
5. “A Song of Ice and Fire” George R. R. Martin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Song_of_Ice_and_Fire)
6. “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” Stephen R. Donaldson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Thomas_Covenant)
It is crucial to follow this order through, because every book is upgrade of the last one all the way to my all time favourite and most serious accomplishment “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” from Stephen R. Donaldson.
So go on, Follow the order one by one and don’t forget to tell me how it went.
I wish you pleasant reading.