Vinny's question to Rorie in the latest Breaking Brad got me to thinking about my favorite fantasy book. And I'm split between these two:
A pretty fantastic, well written story of betrayal and redemption. People tend to turn their nose up at video game books. But David Gaider is a talented writer and I just love the DA lore so much. It really delves deep into the history of Alistair's father and mother. And if you read this book, you gain a whole new understanding of Lohgain's motivations. He's probably the most bad ass character in the DA lore.
I love the entire His Dark Materials series (Except for the very end of the last book. Yuck). But this is probably my favorite book in the series. It doesn't have the high adventure elements of first book, but the introduction of Will, and the deepening of the series mythology is really interesting. Even if Will's life is kind of a huge bummer.
What is your favorite fantasy novel? And I realize fantasy a loose classification. But what I'm getting at is swords, magic, elves, strange creatures, and alternate histories. Not so much sci fi stuff.