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Best Selling Fantasy Authors

As a new author on the scene I of course aspire to be one of the "big boys" someday. Here are some authors that have truly "made it" in fantasy and if you are looking for something new to read - I highly recommend checking out these fine writers.
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David Gemmell was a bestselling British author of heroic fantasy. He wrote over thirty novels and was best known for his debut, Legend, Gemmell's works display violence, yet also explore themes of honour, loyalty and redemption.

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Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series hit the New York Times twice, First with Changless and later with Timeless. The five book steampunk series was completed in March 2012.

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Raymond E. Feist is best known for The Riftwar Cycle series of novels and short stories. His books have been translated into multiple languages and have sold over 15 million copies. Fiest has had four books on the New York Times bestselling list: Serpentwar Saga: Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King, and Shards of a Broken Crown.

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Terry Goodkind is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series, Richard and Kahlan stories, author of The Law of Nines, and writer of Legend of the Seeker, the Sam Raimi produced, ABC television series based on The Sword of Truth books.

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Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon's Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life.

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R. A. Salvatore is the author of more than forty novels and more than a dozen New York Times best sellers, including The Two Swords, which debuted at or near the top of many best seller lists.

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Jim Butcher has been a #1 New York Times Best Seller. His Dresden Files books (currently 13 released) were made into a series for the scifi channel. He also has a traditional fantasy series, The Codex Alera which is currently on its sixth installment.

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George R.R. Martin sits squarely on the throne as today's hottest fantasy writer. Best known for his Song of Fire and Ice series his most recent book, Dances with Dragons was so highly anticipated that fans threatened him with bodily harm if he didn't release them soon. In just a few days the second seaon of the Game of Thrones series will air after a first seaon that obtained a spectacular following and has kept him on the top of all the best seller lists.

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J. R. R. Tolkien is the undisputed father of the fantasy genre. True he was not technically the first, but it is his works that popularized the genre. He is one of the top selling authors of all time and the 2009 Forbes List of Top Earning Dead Celebrities had him ranked #5 just below Elvis presely with earnings of more than $50 million.

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Robin Hobb is the pen name of Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden best known for The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest.) Other works include The Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, and the Soldier Son trilogy. The Rain Wilds Chronicles is now complete, published as Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven. During the 80's and 90's she also wrote at Megan Lindholm. In 2003 Robin reached the 1 million book mark.

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