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Julie Smith

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There are, but most would be appropriate for a teen audience, at minimum. 

The DragonLance series would be a classic place to start if he is new to the genre. The Legend of Drizzt short stories and most stuff by RA Salvatore are also popular choices. My teen is just starting into these more mature books, so I don't have many recommendations beyond that.  We started him off on the Shannara series and worked our way in.

For a younger kid (tween), I'd suggest something like The Ranger's Apprentice series instead.  My 12 yo really enjoys the audio (& I've been a good sport and listened to the first seven books with him and approve of the series). 

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8 hours ago, JenneinCA said:

We're big dnd fans here. My son (12 yo) and I both read the first book in the Dragonlance series and enjoyed it. My son went on to read the rest of the series. Is your son playing dnd regularly with a group? If so  he may enjoy one of the supplemental books 

Mordenkaines Tome of Foes



Xanathars Guide to Everything


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If he likes humor and satire, I loved NPCs by Drew Hayes and the Rincewind books by Terry Pratchett, the first being The Colour of Magic.  The former directly reference the game, the latter is always an adventure gone wrong, but obliquely refers to the rolling of dice as fate.

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Thinking in terms of things that are not D&D branded but that might appeal to a dude that age who has an interest: My son agrees about Ranger's Apprentice and also suggests The Heir Chronicles ( https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/warrior-heir-cinda-williams-chima/1100328238?ean=9780786839179#/ ). The second series is more urban fantasy than sword and sorcery.

Other high fantasy series my guy loved when he was younger:

  • The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix
  • The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
  • The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander


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