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Looking for Fantasy/Sci-fi Recommendations

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    Ashley Tegart
    @ashley-tegart

    Hi, all,

    Does anyone have recommendations for epic fantasy or sci-fi books or series (or even movies/TV series)? I’m trying to find something along the lines of Lord of the Rings, Avatar the Last Airbender, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, etc: big-scale plots, rich world building, heroes and villains, very thematic etc.

    Thanks! 🙂

    Ashley

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    Taylor Clogston
    @taylorclogston

    @josiah The spam filter ate my Goodreads recommendations post! Any chance you could restore it?

    "...the one with whom he so sought to talk has already interceded for him." -The Master and Margarita

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    R.M. Archer
    @r-m-archer

    I would recommend The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson and The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis.

    A couple of others that hit “rich worldbuilding” and “very thematic” but not “big-scale plots” would be Women of Kern: Book One by Maris McKay (the first story does have some sexual content, just FYI, and I wouldn’t personally recommend Women of Kern: Book Two because it has a lot more of that, but most of Book One is good) and Steward Stories by Beth Wangler (also has some sexual content, but it’s much less descriptive and it’s critical to the themes).

    Mistborn also seems to fall into a similar category to what you’re looking for, though I’ve only read the first book so far.

    Fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi author. Mythology nerd. Worldbuilding enthusiast. Singer. Fan of classic literat

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    Taylor Clogston
    @taylorclogston

    Have you read any of Brandon Sanderson’s books? He really checks all those boxes. He has several series and standalones that take place in the same universe, all leading into his Stormlight Archives series. I recommend starting with Mistborn: The Final Empire.

    Have you read many Star Wars books? The old Thrawn books (not the new canon ones) by Timothy Zahn are very fun, and, most people would agree, a much better sequel trilogy than what Disney made. Bonus points for the twentieth anniversary (I think?) audiobook, which has superb voice work, sound effects, and score, including a remix of Duel of the Fates for the trilogy’s climactic battle.

    "...the one with whom he so sought to talk has already interceded for him." -The Master and Margarita

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    Josiah DeGraaf
    @josiah

    @taylorclogston Done! Sorry about that!

    Lit fanatic. Eclectic reader. Theology nerd. Writing fantasy at https://josiahdegraaf.com

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    calidris
    @calidris

    @ashley-tegart if you really like LotR and worldbuilding, then I would recommend the Silmarillion!  It’s quite dry (I wouldn’t exactly read it for pleasure), but the worldbuilding and themes are fantastic.  It’s much less black and white than LotR (which is pretty nuanced to begin with) in the sense that although good and evil are clearly defined, the characters often don’t make the right decisions and end up paying the price.  I think that the characters were really interesting, plus the level of worldbuilding is just unbelievable 🙂

    *laughs as one fey*

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    Kylie S. Pierce
    @kylie-wingfeather

    Glad you asked! I would recommend The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson, and The Green Ember series by S.D. Smith. Both of them are Christian books, and are my top two favorite series. I would also recommend the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, especially if you like dragons!

    ~Kylie

    "The seed of the New World smolders. Bear the Flame."~The Green Ember.

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    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @ashley-tegart

    I see a bunch of people have already recommended some Brandon Sanderson, mainly Mistborn, but he also wrote a Sci-fi series that I really enjoyed! Skyward hits all those points, with a plot that is both galaxy-wide but close enough that every single character matters, awesome, original, intricate worldbuilding that’s detailed enough to be immersive but simple enough that it isn’t info-dumpy or overwhelming, and some really cool themes and character development!

    The first two books, “Skyward” and “Starsight” are out, and “Cytonic” is coming out pretty soon! I really recommend it!

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

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