These lists seem to be popular right now so I wanted to do a list of my top four favorite books of all time. (In no particular order since I'd be hard pressed to rank them.) I'm also not listing all of the books in the series even though a couple of these are the first novels in fantastic fantasy series.
Sword Dancer by Jennifer Roberson
He was Tiger, born of the desert winds, raised as a slave and winning his
freedom by weaving a special kind of magic with a warrior's skill. Now
he was an almost legendary sword-dancer, ready to take on any
challenge—if the price was right...or if the woman pretty enough.
was Del, born of ice and storm, trained by the greatest of Northern
sword masters. Now, her ritual training completed and steeped in the
special magic of her own runesword, she had come South in search of the
young brother stolen five years before.
But even Del
could not master all the dangers of the deadly Punja alone. And meeting
Del, Tiger could not turn back from the most intriguing challenge he'd
ever faced—the challenge of a magical, mysterious sword-dancer of the
Jhereg by Steven Brust
The first to be
published, this is actually the fourth novel in the timeline of the VLAD
TALTOS series. The books recount the adventures of the wisecracking
hired killer Vlad, a human on a planet mainly inhabited by the
long-lived, extremely tall sorcerers known as the Dragaerans. One of the
most powerful bosses in the Jhereg--Dragaera's premier criminal
organization--hires Vlad, one of their guild members, to assassinate
Mellar, who stole millions from the Jhereg leadership and fled.
Unfortunately, this thief turns out to be protected in a way that makes
it difficult for Vlad to do his job without gaining the permanent enmity
of a friend. The reader also learns more about Vlad's past in this, and
in other, lives.
Phantom by Susan Kay
A disturbingly gifted child, horribly disfigured from birth, flees into a
cruel world where he will learn to survive at any cost.
between good and evil, driven to seek power as a substitute for the love
he fears he can never know, Erik begins a dark journey that will take
him acros the face of Europe, from a gypsy cage to the treacherous court
of Persia, and ultimately to the cellars of the Paris Opera House,
where he must finally learn the true meaning of love.
original printings in the early 1990s, Phantom sold over 80,000 copies
in hardcover and over 600,000 in paperback versions. Besides English
language versions, Phantom was published in Japanese, Spanish, Danish,
Dutch and Swedish. The original publishers were Transworld (in the UK),
Random House, and Bantam/Doubleday/Dell. The novel won the prestigious
British Romantic Novel of Year in 1991.
Publisher's Weekly called
the novel "a powerful and moving tour de force . . ." and said that Kay
"adds a new depth and perspective, moving well beyond the familiar
boundaries of the story. . . Haunting and unforgettable, this is a book
to be savored, a sensual and often poetic exploration of a man's
internal conflict between good and evil and of a search for love amidst
darkness and despair . . . "
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Dripping with Mark Twain’s iconic wit and wisdom, The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer chronicles young Tom and his best friend Huckleberry Finn on a
life-changing journey of mischief, intrigue, and excitement.