Guest Post & Giveaway from Terri Rochenski | Top Ten Fantasy Novels

Today we have a special visitor. Fantasy author Terri Rochenski is here to talk about her top ten favorite Fantasy Novels, so take a look and compare notes. You might find your next favorite series! Enjoy.

I was excited to see this Tens List topic, but I thought how the heck will I EVER narrow it down to a mere ten??  Needless to say, I had to cheat just a smidge.  And how can I possibly say one is better than the other? Not happening.


So, here they are in no particular order.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This was the first fantasy book I ever read – countless times I might add – and as a child I checked every wardrobe and closet I could sneak a peek into. This book without a doubt started my love with the fantasy genre.

Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Yes, I’m counting this as one. While not every book kicks @$$ as a standalone, the story as a whole is one of my favorites.

Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. These books are one of the first epic series I ever devoured. As with WoT, some are better than others, but hey … this is MY tens list.

A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr. This is my newest fav fantasy book. An epic journey, learned skills, pain, fever, conflict – this book has it all wrapped up in a well-told story. One I’ll definitely be reading again.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Definitely my fav before finding Mr. Carr mentioned above. Some have complained about the length of this first book in the Kingslayer series, but for me there’s nothing better than a FAT hardcover novel in my hands, especially one as enthralling and mysterious as this one.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. A dear friend introduced me to this series last fall. Love the medieval setting, the female MC, and the decisions she faces in order to survive.

Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. I’ll admit to growing restless after the third book in this series, but the first nabbed me, submerging me in a well thought out world filled with strife and mystery.

R.A. Salvatore’s Drizz D’Urden stories. Doesn’t matter which book. The drow elf had me from the first one I picked up YEARS ago. Is it alright to count  a fantasy creature as one of my all-time fav book boyfriends???

Raven by Suzy Turner. I’ve always been a sucker for a coming of age fantasy story. I read and reread this one years ago as well. I can’t remember most of the story line, but I wore the pages ragged so I must have loved it!

One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemison. Another of my newer favs. For me there’s nothing better than an MC who has obstacles – external and internal – that need dealt with. Following their journey and feeling good about myself afterwards always makes a book well worth the read IMO.

Read any goodies I ought to take a look at? OTHER than Game of Thrones? Yes, I know the series has a great story line. God knows I tried countless times to get beyond book #2, but Mr. Martin just isn’t my cup of tea when it comes to telling a story without the purple fuss.

The Book


That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.


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The Author: Connect with Terri Rochenski

Tracey Hanlon PhotographyTerri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.

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