Sir Walter Scott?
In particular, I enjoyed Ivanhoe (1819).
Although I have not read fiction for quite some time now.
I did skim one of the first couple Harry Potter books to see what the fuss was about, I was un-impressed. Also I think that the likes of Merlin and Gandalf would be offended by her confusion of the words 'Wizard' and 'Warlock'. I believe that the author of that book has mucked up the word 'wizard' for future generations. 'Wizard' shows no preference to gender, and a Wizard does not have to be a Witch nor a Warlock. They are witches and warlocks in her story. I hope that the translations to other languages corrected that major flaw.
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