Here we are at another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the folks over at “The Broke and the Bookish.” This week was actually really hard for me to narrow down. The topic was “Top Ten Authors in ______ Genre” (fill in the blank with your genre of choice). At first I couldn’t decide which genre to pick, either Young Adult or Fantasy. There is a lot of crossover between those two, but if I was going to pick one, I wanted to be a purist. Example: if I was doing YA authors, I wanted to choose authors who didn’t write YA Fantasy. Or Fantasy authors who didn’t write for YA.
Am I overthinking this? Of course. I tend to do that, if you hadn’t noticed.
Once I narrowed down the topic, I had a really hard time picking my authors. Since I read so many books, I’m blaming my insomnia for this one. But here we go.
Top Ten (or Actually Eight) Favorite Fantasy Authors
1. David Eddings – I’ve mentioned him before, but I’ll do it again. The Belgariad series was the first real fantasy series I ever read. And I loved it, of course.
2. Mary Stewart – Many of you know that I adore King Arthur stories. Mary Stewart’s Merlin series was one of the first ones I read and it is amazing, telling the life story of Merlin the Enchanter.
3. Marion Zimmer Bradley – If we’re going to talk about Arthurian legends, then we have to put Marion Zimmer Bradley on the list. I still maintain that The Mists of Avalon is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read.
4. Anne McCaffery – The Dragon Lady! The one who wrote the most definitive series about dragons that has ever existed. I really need to read all of those, but have you seen how many there are? Tons!
5. Guy Gavriel Kay – I discovered him from a Tavern Book Club long ago when we read Tigana. A fabulous book, with a great story world and a hopeful yet tragic ending.
6. George R.R. Martin – This is fairly recent discovery for me. I was given the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series for Christmas last year. I quickly bought the rest of them.
7. Mercedes Lackey – I haven’t read very many of Lackey’s books, just because there are so many of them. The ones I have read have been from her smaller series and I’ve enjoyed them quite a bit. I do plan on reading her Valdemar books when I have a chance.
8. J.R.R. Tolkien – You cannot have a list of the best fantasy authors without mentioning the granddaddy of them all. Do I need to say more?
So help me out here. I know I’m missing a whole bunch of really amazing authors. Please fill in the holes!