This year has went by quickly for me. That is good in many ways but also very sad, as my kids are getting older by the minute. But, thankfully, I have discovered several amazing books along the way. So in an effort to look back on those reading experiences (and give my favorites a little hype), I decided to post this list of my top ten reads of the year — so far. So, sit back and get ready to discover some great books!
Genre: Fantasy — Epic
Series: The Children Trilogy #3
Publisher: Pan Mcmillan (October 1, 2017)
Length: 436 pages
Complex, diverse, and intense. Ben Peek has concluded his amazing trilogy with a powerful finale, one which is emotionally gripping and hard to adequately describe. It is so hard to put into words how realistic and multi-layered this saga is that I’ve yet to finish my review of it. I’m still searching for the perfect words.
Genre: Alternate History
Series: Hesperian Trilogy #3
Publisher: Del Rey (May 16, 2016)
Length: 656 pages
This stunning alternate history saga by Alan Smale comes to an explosive conclusion with Romans, Mongols, and Native Americans locked in a struggle for dominance over North America. The other two books in the trilogy were merely the elaborate setup for this rousing tale.
Publisher: Solaris (July 11, 2017)
Length: 400 pages
Undertakers. Guilds. Merchant princes. Monsters. Blood magic. And three brothers caught up in the whole mess. Gail Z. Martin has produced yet another wonderful fantasy where your love of the characters themselves are what makes you keep turning the pages.
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Collapsing Empire #1
Publisher: Tor (March 21, 2016)
Length: 336 pages
John Scalzi returns to stellar form here. This science fiction story filled with epic space action, cool ideas, political machinations, jaded characters, and the ever present Scalzi’s dry wit and sarcasm. It might not turn every reader on, but I personally believe every reader should give it a try.
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Lucifer’s Star #1
Publisher: Mystique Press (April 27, 2017)
Length: 300 pages
“Lucifer’s Star is damn fine space opera!” I wrote that a couple months ago after reading C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus’ science fiction extravaganza, and I feel the exact same way now. This is a novel every fan of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, or other sci-fi series should not miss out on. Go buy it today!
Series: The Band #1
Publisher: Orbit (February 21, 2017)
Length: 544 pages
This humorous, tongue-in-cheek look at over-the-hill mercenaries took me completely by surprise this year. And it was a good surprise! Kings of the Wyld the feel good hit of 2017. Honestly, you will never have so much fun reading about a band getting back together as you do this group.
Genre: Fantasy — Grimdark
Publisher: Grimdark Magazine (June 16, 2017)
Length: 522 pages
The ultimate anthology of grimdark! That is how I think of this book, and I believe every lover of despicable, rotten, violent characters must, MUST read this anthology. It really is that good from top to bottom.
Genre: Cyberpunk — Scifi
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Self Published (March 1, 2017)
Length: 394 pages
Michael Fletcher is among my favorite writers. I loved the fantasy madness of his Beyond Redemption series, and I loved this cyberpunk adventure. It really seems that the guy can’t write a bad story. At least, I haven’t found one yet. So if you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
Genre: Fantasy – Flintlock
Series: Gods of Blood and Powder #1
Publisher: Orbit (March 7, 2017)
Length: 624 pages
Flintlock fantasy at its best! Brian McClellan returns to his Powder Mage world, shifting across the globe to the New World, where a magical relic from the ancient past is nearly overshadowed by the clash between native populations and the colonists from the Old World. It is a fun ride and the promise of amazing things to come in this new series.
Series: Greatcoats #4
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (June 6, 2017)
Length: 400 pages
As always, Sebastien de Castell’s latest Greatcoats book lies at the top of my list. No doubt, this is because I am a lover of everything Greatcoats. This series one of my favorites. And while this was an explosive and rousing tale, I have to admit feeling a few tears in my eyes knowing I might have read the last tale about these amazing characters.