Top Ten Tuesday

The longest books I’ve read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. This week is the Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Ever Read. This wasn’t particularly easy for me, as at 45 I’ve read a lot of books, and I’ve been reading largely on Kindle for roughly 5 years. So it was a case of raiding my bookshelves and memory to come up with this list. Can you tell I’m a voracious reader of fantasy?

The Redemption of Althalus by David & Leigh Eddings [928 pages]
The only non-Belgariad related Eddings book I’ve read. The world building is as solid as ever, and being the redemptive story of an anti-hero ensured I loved this book. Add in the quiet romance and I was sold.

Polgara the Sorceress by David & Leigh Eddings [816 pages]
Polgara is one of my favourite female characters, and this book is just glorious. It is heart-breakingly tragic but there are moments of humour, and Polgara’s relationship with her father Balgarath echoes many. I also loved the insight into Poldara’s “missing” years.

Belgarath the Sorcerer by David & Leigh Eddings [848 pages]
Not as enjoyable as Polgara’s book due to the poor-me Belgarath does so very much, though it is fitting for the character. It was fun to read about his younger days, however, and I don’t regret reading the book.

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay [810 pages]
My all-time favourite book ever. It’s complex, multi-faceted, and the first book I read where the villain was sympathetic (and definitely the hero of his own story.) I wept buckets at the tragedy that allowed the happyish ending. If Kay ever writes a sequel, I’d be on it like white on rice.

Priestess Of The White (Age of the Five #1) by Trudi Canavan [688 pages]
Weaker by far than her Black Magician series, this is still a reasonable book. The series is badly let down by the final, and it’s not a trilogy I’ve revisited. Though I do still have the books.

The Sword Of Shannara by Terry Brooks [670 pages]
I bought this because every other fantasy reader was raving about the series. I still don’t get the draw. For me, it’s straight out of Tolkien and lesser than LotR by a long way.

Voice Of The Gods (Age of the Five #3) by Trudi Canavan [641 pages]
An annoying book as all the promise of the first two in the series falls dreadfully flat.

A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay [640 pages]
No one writes historical fantasy like Kay. His worlds are both familiar and alien – and utterly believable. Not quite as sweepingly epic as Tigana, A Song For Arbonne is still a tremendous fantasy that I ought to re-read.

Last Of The Wilds (Age of the Five #2) by Trudi Canavan [625 pages]
It says a lot that I’m racking my brain for an option on this book. I literally cannot remember what impact it had, which suggests it was little to none.

Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt) by Adrian Tchaikovsky [624 pages]
If you can stick with the (often confusingly) myriad cast, this book is absolutely epic. The story line of races dismissing the growing threat of another draws from Europe and the rise of Nazism with a touch of Roman Empire for good measure. As good as it was, I haven’t tackled the rest of the series – all 9 books of it!

Dune by Frank Herbert [592 pages]
There are undoubtedly other books I’ve read that are long, but I had to throw a sci-fi in the list! Though, strictly speaking, this is sci-fantasy in much the same vein as Star Wars is. Despite the dreadful film and a complex story, Dune is a good book and I have read the rest (which get increasingly weird, but whatever.)

What’s the longest book you’ve read?

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  1. Oh my god another person who has read Althalus! It made my list this week too! I can’t believe I forgot about Polgara and Belgarath. Im sure I have read them but I completely skipped over them when looking at my shelf because the copies I have don’t look massive. I nearly feel like I need to go back and change my list haha.

  2. The Sword of Shannara was the first true fantasy novel I ever read. Amazed sometimes that I didn’t destroy that paperback!

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  3. I felt the same way about Priestess of the White, and it made my list for being one of my longest reads too.
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