I was going to title this post “lifetime awards” but my life is an existence in progress.
I don’t know how many books I’ve read or even fantasy novels. I just know I’ve read a lot.
Best series ever:
The Prince of Nothing/Aspect Emperor series. Plenty of in-depth reviews are available online so I won’t repeat them. I’ll just say this series has EVERYTHING a reader could dream of and executes all the individual elements at a higher level found in any other series.
The theories/metaphysics and descriptions of magic are without equal. The central character, Kellhus, is the most interesting character ever conceived. The world building is excellent. The individual races and philosophies are masterful creations. Intrigue, political and other, is tantalizing and believable. The exploration of the murky determinants of our beliefs and behaviors are authentic and fascinating , although somewhat depressing.
Don’t kick yourself in the ass for all eternity when you could read this series while you’re alive. Choosing another series over this one is the reading equivalent of being offered the opportunity to sleep with Megan Fox and choosing the Octomom instead.