The exciting thing about fantasy fiction is that you never know what or who is going to come along next. Will it be another “overnight” sensation like my hero, J.K. Rowling, the brilliant author of the Harry Potter series? Will Australian Alison Croggon present us with another spectacular epic adventure series like the Books of Pellinor (The Naming, The Riddle, The Crow, and The Singing)? Maybe I will come across another David Eddings book in The Belgariad or The Mallorean that I haven’t read (slim chance of that, though).
The problem with selecting just one favorite fantasy author is that it’s like eating pretzels. You can’t stop at just one. I’ve mentioned three of my favorite authors and then I have this tremendous battle in my mind…but what about Raymond Feist (Magician from the Riftwar Saga)? Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game – I know this isn’t, strictly speaking, fantasy, more science fiction…but it has strong fantasy overtones)? Terry Brooks (the Shannara series and the Magic Kingdom series)?
You can’t have a list without adding R.A. Salvatore (The Icewind Dale Trilogy), Piers Anthony (the Xanth series), Terry Pratchett (the Discworld series), Neil Gaiman (American Gods series), Roger Zelazny (The Chronicles of Amber), Jennifer Fallon (the Demon Child Trilogy), Tanith Lee (The Lion Wolf series), Lord Dunsany (The King of Elfland’s Daughter), Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Mists of Avalon), Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (The Deathgate Cycle). The list goes on and on. And of course, we can’t forget the Father of Modern Fantasy Fiction, J.R.R. Tolkien, the creator genius behind the magnificent Lord of the Rings.
Instead of me doing all the work, though, I thought it might be nice if you did some of it. Use the poll to select one of the authors listed (or select other and let us know who you wanted to vote for). Then post a comment, telling us a little bit about the author and why s/he is your favorite. I can’t wait to see what you picked.