24 November, 2012

Fantasy Overview: Tolkien-esque Fantasy

Part seven of my fantasy overview.

This might seem an odd category, but I think it is a definite subgenre. Some people didn't get enough of Lord of the Rings, so there's more work with a similar feel. I don't necessarily mean the placement here to be derogatory. These stories are recognizable by their use of tropes like Tolkien's elves, Destined Orphans, and quest structures.

Terry Brooks
Author of the Sword of Shannara series, one of the first popular modern fantasies. Though it borrows heavily from Tolkien it is more of an adventure fantasy, with faster pacing and less worldbuilding.

David Eddings
If you like Eddings you're in luck, since he wrote plenty of books. They include The Belgariad, The Mallorean, The Elenium, The Tamuli, and The Dreamers. You may see a pattern. Many of his fans say his characters are what keep them reading.

RA Salvatore
He originally wrote fiction in D&D-related universes. Now he has his own universe, which is D&D-related but not in a legal sense. Creator of the popular character Drizzt Do'Urden, the Drow many roleplayers are pretending they're not playing.

Christopher Paolini
Eragon and the following books feature a farmboy getting a dragon and being called to save a kingdom from an evil emperor. I assume your opinion has been formed by now.

There's also fiction that is explicitly in the same world as another property, like Dragonlance or Pathfinder, but I won't get into those here. I figure you wouldn't be interested in those novels unless you were already interested in the property. If you like World of Warcraft or Dragon Age, there are multiple books out there set in the same world.

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