Best "second world" fantasy after J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien is with no doubt the king and creator of "second world" fantasy. "Second world" meaning stories, mostly epics, set in a completely fictional world with its own unique culture. But what of the post-Tolkien era authors?


Which is the best "second world" fantasy (series or novel) written after J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth epics.
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message 1: by Casper (new)

Casper I see Shannara's not on here. WHY NOT!?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I guess because none of us wanted to vote for it.

You could add it; it's easy to add books to lists. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 3: by Clay (new)

Clay I don't know if Shannara counts in this list. The concept of this list is a total fictional "second world" where as Shannara is supposed to be the far future of THIS world.


message 4: by Casper (new)

Casper True. But in which case, Tolkien's world is not secondary because he explicitly stated his work as taking place in an imaginary time of our own Earth.


message 5: by Clay (new)

Clay Hmmm. You know, you are quite right. I found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle-e... It gives references as well. Given that, I suppose that if TLOtR is being used as a baseline, then the Shannara books should qualify (Personally, I really liked the original Shanara trilogy, but could not get into the following books)


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