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Glokta or Ninefingers? Both are fantastic to me, but I'd assume you are talking about Sand.



Ninefingers man. Ninefingers. That is a bad dude. I love his character. But I love when you combine badass with sadness, it just makes for a compelling character. Just an extrmely deep character.

I dont know why, but I havent read any of the spinoffs/prequels. Pretty bad on my part seeing as they are some of my favorite books of all time.


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He was definitely a bad ass. But I thought he was one of the lease compelling of the main characters.

He was pure violence and was the exact same in the last scene of the series as he was in the first. There was no much depth to him at all.

And he talked about sadness and all that but for all the talk he was never going to change or even really try to.




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Can anyone recommend some really light, fun fantasy?

I’m so sick of all the grimdark and convoluted stuff right now.


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Depends what you mean by light.

If you haven’t read it check out The Lies Of Locke Lamora, first book of the Gentleman Bastard series.

It has its dark moments and some pretty good violence. But it is definitely more “fun” than typical grim dark.


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I would maybe go with what scruffy recommended earlier in the thread

Something like kings if the wyld- I read a review and it seemed straightforward action heroes go on a quest type stuff.

I havent gotten around to that one yet

Lies of Locke and the 2nd gentlemen bastards are good recommendations I think.

Also the wax and Wayne books by Sanderson were pretty fun I thought, maybe a little more going on than you are looking for
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If you haven’t read it check out The Lies Of Locke Lamora, first book of the Gentleman Bastard series.

It has its dark moments and some pretty good violence. But it is definitely more “fun” than typical grim dark.




I think this is my next go.

Has anybody read the His Dark Materials series? Debating starting that before the HBO series comes out.


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I’ve obviously read Locke Lamora, Kings of the Wyld and all Sanderson, etc etc.

Those are really popular series that I’m sure most fantasy fans have long read. I was thinking about maybe things I hadn’t heard of. Maybe under the radar stuff that everyone hasn’t heard of.
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You think Wax and Wayne is more going on than I am looking for?

You must really think I’m an idiot.

I’m just kind of sick of all the grimdark stuff, and I absolutely despise Malazan so I’m just trying to read different stuff.

I guess “entertaining” would be a better word than Light. I enjoy Lynch, Rothfuss, Sanderson, Etc. That sort of thing.


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It’s been over a decade since I’ve read HDM. So it’s been awhile. I really loved The Golden Compass. I wasn’t as big a fan of the rest of the books, but if I’m being honest, I just don’t remember them that well.

Definitely worth a read.


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You think Wax and Wayne is more going on than I am looking for?


I think he was just assuming you didn't want gritty or convoluted at all, which Wax and Wayne does have a little bit.

Did you ever read Faithful and the fallen Fun Bunch? That series has that lighter old school feel and might be more what your looking for. Will Wight's Cradle series and David Wells Sovereign of the seven isles series would probably fit the bill too. I'm assuming you've tried Brian McClellan and read the Riyria books? Might fit the bill if not too.


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was the exact same in the last scene of the series as he was in the first. There was no much depth to him at all.


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I dont know why, but I havent read any of the spinoffs/prequels. Pretty bad on my part seeing as they are some of my favorite books of all time.


You and iwy really need to read those 3 stand alone sequels by Abercrombie, like seriously.


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They are on my list just haven’t gotten to them yet.


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You think Wax and Wayne is more going on than I am looking for?

You must really think I’m an idiot.


Haha mean you asked for light and straightforward. It isn't difficult or overly complex by any means but it doesn't exactly spoon feed you either.

Maybe look for more of a young adult geared book as straightforward fantasy, not sure how much light stuff is getting written these days, or maybe I just haven't heard of it.

Did you ever read the The Eragon book, I think its the first on in the Inheritance Trilogy. I read the first two when I was younger and enjoyed them but never ended up picking up the final book after it was released.

ETA: although looking back it seems that there were very mixed reviews on this so maybe not

Good things about those is you can probably burn through in a day or two. I sometimes want to go back and re-read my Redwall books from when I was younger as fun easy books to pick up and get through.
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I just don't think Mistborn/Wax and Wayne is particularly dark or convoluted? Do you?

I mean it is a very elaborate magic system but that's kind of ok.

I'm having a hard time with Faithful and the Fallen. I keep picking it up and falling asleep within 5 minutes.

I need to give it a chance this weekend.


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I just don't think Mistborn/Wax and Wayne is particularly dark or convoluted? Do you?


Not dark, but a somewhat complex. Certainly not Malazan, but its not a straightforward fantasy epic IMO. I was just reading too much into your comment about something light.

Book 1 of F&F takes a while to get going and I think the series picks up as it goes along. If you don't end up liking the characters a lot by the end of book 1 you probably won't like the series too much.

I liked it, its not Lies of Locke or that kind of stuff level but a solid read.

Also is Kings of the Wyld that well known? I can't ever find it in the bookstore and hadn't heard of it until earlier this thread.

Is it a must read, may add it to the list after I finish First Law


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I liked Kings of the Wyld quite a bit. I think the sequel is better written but I didn't like it as much. I wasn't interested in the POV character of Bloody Rose at all.


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Also is Kings of the Wyld that well known? I can't ever find it in the bookstore and hadn't heard of it until earlier this thread.



Yeah, I didn't think it was that well known either myself. I hadn't read it myself until I saw Scruffy posting about it in this thread and decided to grab it. I had seen it pop up on Amazon as a suggestion for a while, but had never heard anything about it.


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Do we know how many books are planned for the series?


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I'm having a hard time with Faithful and the Fallen. I keep picking it up and falling asleep within 5 minutes.

I need to give it a chance this weekend.


That is probably the best "under the radar" series I've read the last few years. It does have a bit of a slow start, but once it gets going, I couldn't put it down.


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