Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed, but Have Never Mentioned On My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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This is an interesting topic to consider: books I have enjoyed but never mentioned on my blog. Books that, perhaps, I read before I began the blog. There was so much that I read at University – I mean, it was an English Literature degree after all! – that I have never mentioned. There are other books tat I have enjoyed but just never got around to reviewing… because, well, life gets in the way, doesn’t it. Or perhaps books I’ve loved but which never quite fit a TTT topic…

So these are the books from way back, before I started blogging – books that had a formative experience on me as a reader. And in the interests of a somewhat self indulgent nostalgia, I offer up

The series that made me love High Fantasy

David Eddings, The Belgariad and the Mallorean

What I remember:

All the cliches! Medieval sword and sorcery! A conversation with an armour maker about bust armour. A liberal use of sinister apostrophes in names to make them sound exotic and alien.

  • Pawn of Prophecy
  • Queen of Sorcery
  • Magician’s Gambit
  • Castle of Wizardry
  • Enchanters’ Endgame

Stephen Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever

What I remember:

A white gold wedding ring. A main character stricken with leprosy. A fantasy world which felt very different to others and which may or may not have been real or symbolic or… just a dream. Replying to a request to tell a story with “I used to”, and being told that that was the saddest story of all.

  • Lord Foul’s Bane
  • The Illearth War
  • The Power That Preserves
  • The Wounded Land
  • The One Tree
  • White Gold Wielder

Garth Nix, The Old Kingdom series

What I remember:

Necromancy, and a very different magic system. A school girl returning a dead bird from death to life. And… a disreputable dog?

  • Sabriel
  • Lirael
  • Abhorsen
  • Clariel
  • Goldenhand

Katherine Kurtz, Deryni series

  • Camber of Culdi
  • Saint Camber
  • Camber the Heretic

What I remember:

Oh look, another western European medieval setting – but with a level of detail that felt convincing to a tender and impressionable me! Two human races, one with magical powers (the Deryni), one without. Ritual.

Trudi Canavan, Dark Magician Trilogy

What I remember:

A fairly traditional girl-from-lower-classes-discovered-to-have-massive-magical-gifts – so far, so Star Wars! Forbidden blood magics. A big twist at the end: is our big-bad actually our one-last-hope?

  • The Magicians’ Guild
  • The Novice
  • The High Lord

Katherine Kerr, Deverry series

What I remember:

A heavily Celtic style of world building. An immortal sorceror – was their magic called… dweomer? – and reincarnation as characters were born and reborn into different bodies and repeated echoes of previous lives…

  • Dawnspell
  • Darkspell
  • Dragonspell
  • Daggerspell

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Dragonlance series

What I remember:

ALL the tropes, once again! Elves. Dwarves. Barbarians. What else would you expect from novels based on Dungeons and Dragons? Yet also given quite considerable charm: Tanis, Raistlin, Tika, Sturm… And the Draconians

  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight
  • Dragons of Winter Night
  • Dragons of Spring Dawning

So, there we have it: not quite ten series – and I am currently beset with niggling worries about what I might have missed – but certainly more than ten books in total!

I wonder how many of them would stand upto a re-read after all these years…. Please do comment with your thoughts.

Upcoming Top Ten Tuesday Themes

March 8: Books With Your Favorite Trope/Theme (Submitted by Raincheckandread.com)
March 15: Books On My Spring 2022 TBR
March 22: Books With an Adjective In the Title (Submitted by Nicole @ How to Train a Book Dragon)
March 29: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics (Submitted by Lisa of Hopewell)

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