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– My Top 10 Books ( Fantasy Recommendations ) –

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  • September 13th, 2017
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These are some of my favourite books to read, many I have read on multiple occasions, and others as you may have noted appear elsewhere on this site, what can I say, they are just great books. A short disclaimer however in that these are not reviews per se, they are more “why I recommend you go read this book” so if you like the sound of it then go enjoy it. I also have a Top 10 series list for some of the best series that I have read, you can find that here.

Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

The strength of Scott Lynch’s debut book in the series is hard to dispute, whether I was reading it for the first time or the 10th Lynch’s first book never fails to be an enjoyable experience. Based on what could be late medieval Venice Lies of Locke Lamora follows the story of Locke across both his childhood and his later years as he learns about how the world really works. From exquisite character design to perfect pacing, a combination of intrigue, action and mystery propel the story creating a book many fear to put down. The reader is encapsulated in the lore of Lynch’s world and his characters manage to retain the playful atmosphere introduced from the onset of the book, the dark moments are balanced with witty dialogue and daring escapades. Scott Lynch delivers a killer debut that works as well on its own as it does as book one in a, however be warned finishing the second book guarantees you a trip into the third and the inevitable wait with the rest of us for the fourth.

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

If you have just stumbled onto my site, and are in the least bit interested, I will assume you have read this book and its continuation, and if you haven’t why not? Whilst many others more qualified than me have reviewed this book I still feel the need to give it praise, the unusual concept of Rothfuss’ story combined with compelling characters culminate in an incredibly intriguing story that leaves you longing for a closer look in the world of Kvothe. Longing for 6 long years. So I implore you to find a copy of this book and read it immediately and then join the rest of in waiting for book 3.

Traitors Blade – Sebastien De Castell

Now, this book is for me the modern three musketeers, well with more fantasy and a less recognisable backdrop, the comradery of the three main characters is a sight to behold and also the main reason you will be reading this book. Traitors Blade follows three lawmen, Greatcoats, in their quest to uphold the ideals of their order as they struggle to make a living. Following the adventures of Falcio, Kest and Brasti Traitors blade follows both their exploits and their incompetence as they try to wrestle valour and their desire for self-preservation. The book and the following series is a must read for those who enjoy a book focussed on the friendship of three individuals with some great action thrown in along the way. An added bonus, which seems to account to few books on this list is the benefit of this being a completed series, which adds yet another reason to go enjoy this book for yourself.

When the Heavens Fall – Marc Turner

This is a book I stumbled onto from an amazon recommendation and I’m very thankful I did, despite the fact that he appears to have been trying to throw in every form of magic you can think of, Turner has created an intriguing world and complex characters that keeps you reading. The book follows Luker a guardian assigned by a guild he left to find a book he doesn’t care about, he quickly learns he isn’t alone in his quest for the book and that even gods wish to play their hand in this enthralling trip into the heart of a broken land. Again another series with no end in sight, but worth a read all the same, a courtesy I would recommend extending to the sequels also which further the story of some characters whilst bringing in new ones that include all the complexities of the first book, and of course more magic systems to attempt to follow. You can read my reviews of the first 3 books starting here, with When the Heavens Fall.

Godblind – Anna Stephens

Titled after a line from its epilogue, Godblind is an interesting take on the genre, with 6 point of view characters in its first 6 chapters, it may not be for everyone but the scope of the book is totally justified when you work your way through the experience that is Godblind. With multiple twists and turns you are constantly left scrambling to keep up with character motivations and waiting to see who will be successful in their schemes. Whilst it may juggle multiple storylines the reader is constantly invested in the actions of the characters as they scramble to make sense of the world they live in. Godblind begins at a sprint and doesn’t slow down even as it approaches the finish line, its sequels are some of my most anticipated books, something that is only amplified by her promise of a book a year meaning the wait isn’t too long for all of us fans. You can read my review of Godblind here.

Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

Following his other hugely successful work Kristoff’s new book and subsequent series is another strong contender for my favourite release of this year, following the life of Mia Corvere on her trip to becoming a legend feared by many, you are able to experience the life that led to the legends. An uncompromising book about one who has lost much but one who still has much to gain Kristoff never slows the pace instead continuing to juggle storylines and timelines and constantly confounding the reader as their theories are debunked, or rewarding them as delve deeper into his world. At its core Nevernight is a book that looks at the friendship a group of students and how far trust can go when your friends are assassins, Kristoff keeps the reader guessing with each page and introduces all the complex characters his series needs to make a great page turning book. You can read my review of Nevernight here.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

This books as you may have noticed is somewhat of an anomaly on this list, for one it’s the only book set in a real place although since I’ve never been to America I can’t say that for definite. American Gods is an incredibly satisfying book to read, so good in fact it has now been turned into a TV series. The story follows Shadow an ex-convict in his desire to return to a normal life, his hopes however are quickly thwarted by the more hidden elements of society which appear to be haunting him since his release from prison. Even if you have watched the show, I implore you to read the book, it just feels right to finish the book and fully understand the story, that doesn’t mean I don’t want a sequel however. The short stories that Gaiman has written within the world of American Gods are also worth reading too Anansi’s boys The Monarchs of the Glen and Black dog whilst only The monarchs of the Glen continues shadows story they are all equal in quality to American Gods and an interesting read for the enjoyment they provide.

Dance of Chaos – David Dalglish

This one is a real oddity, the sixth book in a series, whilst all my other books are first entries into a series Dance of Chaos is such an incredibly well done book it is the culmination of a series, and really helps to shatter your opinion of how fights should be portrayed in books. Dalglish juggles multiple storylines the main one of which relates to his other series in the same world with major tie ins down the line, Dalglish manages to tie up all of the overarching story lines from all six books and immediately sets you up to read the half orc series, which coincidentally is on my top 10 series list, how about that. So even though it is the last book in a series, this is me recommending the entire thing by quoting how brilliant the end is but trust me the twists and turns that lead you here are well worth it, so go get started.

The Shadow of What Was Lost – James Islington

This book sat in my kindle carousel for months on end after I picked it up on sale for an incredible price, I had heard great things about it, and was thoroughly rewarded when I eventually read it, don’t make my mistake. The book is a journey into a new world, Islington has created a masterpiece subtly weaving in exposition and echoes of things to come in his superb debut. I highly recommend going and buying this book that opens the door into a new adventure as wonderful as “The Wheel of Time” if more concise following multiple characters as they learn to navigate the world they live in. As a bonus the second book in the trilogy released recently and is as magnificent as the first.

Court of Broken Knives – Anna Smith-Spark

Certainly this is a monster of a book, set apart by the quality of its writing, whether it’s the stunning descriptions or the captivating characters, the prose of this book will blow you away. Whilst this book is definitely not for everyone, some I have seen describe it as a slow book, but if like me you can appreciate the writing itself, then this is definitely a book you need to read. The reader is transported into a dark and gritty world, balanced out by packages of cheer found throughout the journey that is the Court of Broken Knives. The book addresses the actions of men in times of war, weaving in memorable places and characters along the way. A dark book set apart by the incredible writing and a book I will be re-reading for some time.


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