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    Thanks for this topic, though I have most of the recommended series. If you want to find non-woke fantasy, you probably will have to look for books published before the 2010’s – specifically books from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

    I didn’t see it mentioned (I could have missed it) but Terry Brooks’ Shannara, Magic Kingdom of Landover and The Word and Void series might be something to check out. Yes, Shannara was heavily influenced by LoTR and it’s not some masterpiece of fiction but it was a big part of my childhood and I still go back and re-read them. Though, he has kept the series going way longer than necessary so I have no idea if the new books, like the trash MTV series, are woke.

    Also, Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series could be worth a read too. The co-main character is a women, but the series started in the 90’s around same time as WoT so it wasn’t woke. He passed away last year so I don’t know if he left anything hanging and I haven’t read the latter books myself. But, he wrote the books in such a way that you really don’t need to finish the series (like 20+books).

    If someone likes Urban Fantasy, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files are amazing (the last few have been kind meh) and he also has a traditional but different fantasy series called The Codex Alera.

    Others to give a perusal to see if you like them –

    Memory Sorrow, and Thorn -Tad Williams

    The Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erickson

    Riftwar Saga – Raymond Feist

    The Riyria Revelations by Michael Sullivan (this is actually a newer series and I haven’t read it all yet but I liked the fist couple of books)

    I have had this problem trying to find fantasy books to read. I am female and I am so over all of the fantasy and urban fantasy trend of girls/women being the protags – especially in Urban Fantasy. What I do when I am trying to find fantasy to read now is run a web search for “Fantasy books with male protagonist.” I have found some decent books/series to read that way.

    Again, I will just reiterate to look for series and books written before around 2010. Most of the stuff from the before 2000’s isn’t really Grimdark, though, so if that’s your thing (not mine I like the old fashioned hero’s journey that doesn’t “subvert expectations”) you might not enjoy it much.

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    Good recommendations. I haven’t read Terry Brooks or Terry Goodkind but I have read your others recommendations.

    Memory Sorrow, and Thorn -Tad Williams

    This is a classic. My only problem is when I tried to re-read it a couple years ago it was a little prodding and almost too descriptive with clothing, etc. Still is a classic hero’s journey and worth the read.

    The Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erickson

    This is a very well known series but almost reads like a history book not focusing on any particular character. I absolutely loved Karsa Orlong, he reminded me of Conan. I was extremely excited to hear that Erickson is writing a new series called the Witness but heard Karsa won’t be the protaganist in it which is a disappointment.

    Riftwar Saga – Raymond Feist

    Another classic. Probably the best hero’s journey book about a mage becoming powerful.

    These books reminded me of another great series. Robin Hobb’s Fitz Chivalry series starting with Assassin’s Apprentice. I will never forget the story of Fitz and the fool even though it’s been over a decade since I last read it. I think it may be due for a re-read.

    As for Butcher’s Codex Alera. I did read the first book. It had the familiar trope of everyone having powers except the main character Tavi. It was a good book but I wasn’t happy with the slow burn of revealing the protagonists power. Not even a hint of his true ability is revealed at the end of the first book. I have since read some fantasy power levels threads on other forums and Tavi is usually listed as one of the most powerful characters in fantasy so I think I will give this series another chance.

     

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