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13th-Sep-2005 09:45 pm
MIP Sith

My daughter will be turning 10 this year, and not only does she like Harry Potter, sci-fi and fantasy movies, Magic the Gathering AND Dungeons and Dragons...she likes reading (although she doesn't like to admit it).

So...I was curious if there are any recomendations for DnD novels for younger readers.

Are there any Greyhawk novels?

14th-Sep-2005 02:10 am (UTC)
I don't know about D&D novels specifically, but you can't go wrong with the hobbit.

14th-Sep-2005 05:08 am (UTC)
You can if you don't enjoy extremely descriptive bits about nothing important.
14th-Sep-2005 08:15 am (UTC)
Actually, at age 10 (which happened to be when I read the book), I enjoyed it a lot more than I think I would now.

There are quite a few Magic books she might enjoy, by the way.
14th-Sep-2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'd say The Hobbit does this the least, which is why it's the only one I can read without feeling like I'm reading an encyclopedia.
14th-Sep-2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
It does it the least, but even The Hobbit falls victim to Tolkien's flaw.
14th-Sep-2005 02:18 am (UTC)
might be a little young for it but dragonlance novels are pretty much young adult
14th-Sep-2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
They've released a larger print series of books for younger audiences that are dragonlance novels, and follow the chronicles series. Instead of three books, they are split up into, like, 9 or something.
Rumor of Dragons, Night of Dragons, etc.
14th-Sep-2005 02:22 am (UTC) - A beautiful day in the neighborhood
While it is not D&D, I can recommend a Series of Unfortunate Events and Artimus Fowl.
I don't recommend Knight of Chaos until she's a little older.
14th-Sep-2005 02:35 am (UTC)
I was reading those types of novels when I was younger then her, but that is me. Its good to see that she's interested.

A list of novels based in the Greyhawk setting is listed here at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyhawk#Novels

14th-Sep-2005 03:07 am (UTC)
I think I was about that age when I started reading Dragonlance, which are really good D&D novels. They're really for a younger audience, as the writing and story isn't that advanced. And even if they are, I'm pretty sure there's a "young-adult" version of them out, which are supposedly easier to read (though I'm not sure how that would work).
14th-Sep-2005 03:36 am (UTC)
my father taught me d&d at age 4, and i began reading the novels around 9 or so. started with the drizzt novels (however cliché that may seem), moved to dragonlance, then continued from there.

there are greyhawk novels, i just can't recall what they were. they sit on my father's bookshelf.
14th-Sep-2005 04:26 am (UTC)
I'll tell you what I wouldn't recommend - the new D&D novels that have come out based on the iconic characters from WotC aren't worth the paper they're printed on, in my never-humble opinion.

I say introduce her to the Hobbit. The LOTR books are a little mature, but a good read nonetheless. When she gets to about 12 maybe introduce her to the Xanth series. A forewarning though: They can be pretty mature even at 12.
14th-Sep-2005 05:11 am (UTC)
Dragonlance is pretty exceptional, especially the Legends trilogy (though she would have to read the Chronicles trilogy to understand it).

The Drizzt series aren't a bad place to start, either (the style and plot is somewhat mediocre, but it's easy to get into the characters).

However, the best suggestion I can give you would probably be The Deed of Paksenarion by Elizabeth Moon. My younger sister loved it as much as I did.
14th-Sep-2005 08:22 am (UTC)
Dragonlance is pretty exceptional

I dunno, I never managed to get into Dragonlance... The first book just read to me like not-so-great fanfic based on people's characters, which, I'm given to understand, is basically what it is.
14th-Sep-2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
Chronicles, yes. Legends is the exceptional bit of Dragonlance. The unfortunate thing is that you have to suffer through Chronicles to understand Legends.
14th-Sep-2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Chronicles. The story telling is superb, and the characters are actually animated. They're given life. Tas, Fizban, all the characters have extremely strong personalities that come to life well.
And in Autumn Twilight, when the black strafes the group, and hits Riverwind dead on with the breath; the good paragraphs worth of description about the effects, his viscera and face just oozing everywhere. I loved it!

Unlike in Forgotten Realms, my mother bought me a FR book, and I tried reading it, but it was just too lifeless. It read like a D&D rules book "Blah blah spends a standard action and casts her magic circle"
But then again, I don't think the book was written by Salvatore, who I have yet to read anything by. (Yes, I've been meaning to read the Drizz't series.)
14th-Sep-2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Well, Dragonlance reads like a 2e dungeon crawl. Because that's basically what it is. The first book was written following the adventure modules; it's only sometime during the second book that the books past the novels. So they do pick up.

But really, isn't all of D&D just a fanfic based on people's characters?
14th-Sep-2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
...I'm hard-pressed to argue with that.
14th-Sep-2005 08:21 am (UTC)
The Redwall books were among my favorites when I was a kid. Sure, they're not D&D-related, but neither is half the other stuff being mentioned, so... ^_~
15th-Sep-2005 04:18 am (UTC)
I second the Redwall books. Very nice.
Another one along the non-D&D type I would mention is a book called "Wizard's Hall" by Jane Yolen. Seeing as your daughter liked Harry Potter, this book follows along the same theme (though it was published earlier). Not really a 'novel' per say, but a nice story none the less.
14th-Sep-2005 09:09 am (UTC)
I would recommend against touching any of the Eberron books until 14.
14th-Sep-2005 10:31 am (UTC)
There are a set of official D&D novels for younger readers called the .. Silver Dragons Club or something. I think Matt Forbeck wrote one of them.
14th-Sep-2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
If you're to go with something D&D related, The Dark Elf Trilogy isn't bad, and might even be good to have her exposed to something as simplistic as this at a somewhat early age, as she might not be able to enjoy it at a later one.

As far as general fantasy, and if she hasn't read any of these already, maybe start her on the Chronicles of Narnia now, while she's young.

The Hobbit is a good place to start too. I know that when I read it later in life all the long winded descriptions and passages bored me to hell and seemed like fluff. If I was a kid I might have enjoyed the little details more.

Look into David Eddings' books, particularly the Belgariad and Mallorean series. Good, old school fantasy that does fall victim to its cheesiness, but that is classic fantasy nonetheless.

Nothing fuels the fantasy mind like a little H.P. Lovecraft either. He's more of a horror writer and is a bit complicated and long winded (kinda like Tolkien), but his material will seem a little ridiculous at a later age. Call of Cthulhu and At the Mountains of Madness are a couple of good short stories.

Above all else, keep age in mind when exposing her to books. Some work at a one age, and others at another. Oh yeah, keep her away from the Terry Goodkind at all costs for now.
14th-Sep-2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
Whoa, dark elf series is pretty dark... caution there.

The books of lost swords I believe are okay.. fred saberhagan I think.
14th-Sep-2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
I would recommend David and Leigh Eddings' Belgaraid and Mallorean lines, as previously mentioned above.

Another good fantasy series is the Pyridian Chronicles by Lloyd Allexander. It's loosely based on Celtic Mythology and has some really great characters in it (like a bard who's magical harp will break strings whenever he tells lies...he also ends up riding a giant housecat as his warstead when it falls in love with his music in the third book). I got hooked on that series by my fifth grade teacher, and I still regularly go back to read the series.

I also believe that the Redwall series by Brian Jacques would be good for a 10 year old reader.
15th-Sep-2005 02:56 am (UTC)
15th-Sep-2005 04:21 am (UTC)
If Narnia fits in the okay catagory for your daughter, you may want to look into a series called 'The Dark is Rising' by Susan Cooper.
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