|Banner by Cody Underwood|
As a result, I have a lot of favorite authors, and for a lot of different reasons. But when I think of my all-time favorites, the list is a lot shorter.
Robert Jordan and David Eddings are at the top of that list, and I'm still heartbroken over their deaths. The world lost two of the best fantasy writers, in my opinion, when they passed. But I am so grateful they shared their talent with the world.
|Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan|
I've reread the Wheel of Time and Belgariad series so often, The Husbinator has had to buy me two and three copies of the books. Jordan and Eddings have written some of the most eclectic sets of characters, and put them into these impossible, fantasical situations, yet still manage to bring out the humanity of the characters. No matter how many times I read their books, I find something else to fall in love with. And I always cry at least once every book.
|Belgariad by David Eddings|
C.L. Wilson is another favorite for much the same reason. Her Tairen Soul series has some of the most memorable characters written into this impossible situation, but they still manage to hang-on to their humanity throughout the series. That's a big deal to me. So is the fact that the characters have to work for their HEA, and not all of them get it.
|Tairen Soul by C.L Wilson|
Another all-time favorite is Jean M. Auel. Auel is partly responsible for my fascination with history. In fact, I would love to go back to school at some point and obtain a degree or two in history or archeology. But that's neither here nor there.
|Earth's Children by Jean M Auel|
I have read the Earth's Children series so many times since my grandfather gave me the first book when I was fourteen, and I find something new to fascinate me every time, whether it's some new theory to research, some new aspect of Ayla and Jondalar's romance to love, or some new descriptive prose to re-read. I've spent weeks lost in the prehistoric world she's painted. Now that my grandfather is gone, reading the novels is bittersweet, but always welcomed.
Obviously, I'm a big lover of authors who write series, too. :)
Who are your favorite authors?