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Great topic!  Besides a fabulous cover, nothing grabs my attention quicker than a great book title.  When the title also captures the essence of the plot itself, I can’t wait to buy the novel and dive right in.  Below are a list of my ten favorite fantasy book titles!

evil is a matter10. Evil is a Matter of Perspective

An anthology filled with vile villains and their twisted motivations for their actions.  Well, at least, I thought they were villains, though I’m certain the majority of those portrayed probably wouldn’t label themselves as such.  And if they did, they’d be damn proud of the fact. And what better name for such a book of villains than this one.

the straight razor cure9. The Straight Razor Cure

In Low Town, the simplest solution to nearly every problem is a quick slice of the throat.  It might be messy, but it is quick, clean and cuts through all the delusions of civilization that people trick themselves into believing.  Hell, even our morally ambiguous protagonist the Warden resorts to such tricks on numerous occasions.  So what better way to capture the realities of this place than this title.

mirror of her dreams8. The Mirror of Her Dreams

Donaldson was the master of portal fantasy tales back in the day, and this one was quite good.  Here a world exists where craftsmen can create magic mirrors which open upon every type of world: both good, bad, and horrible.  Into this land comes a modern woman who is out-of-place in our world and dreams of finding something else.  This title perfectly capturing the emotional quest she will soon embark upon.

surrender to the will of the night7.  Surrender to the Will of the Night  

Glen Cook has damn fine book titles.  (Hell, no, this isn’t the only one on this list.), and this fine descriptive one is a tantalizing glimpse into the story itself.  I mean, the series revolves around a world fighting against a return to the ancient past when creatures of the night ruled all.  And while the protagonist isn’t necessarily a hero, he does find himself being tempted by opposing forces to surrender to their will, just like the title suggests.

Untitled-146. The Slow Regard of Silent Things

No, I’ve never read this book or any story by Patrick Rothfuss actually.  Yeah, I’ve familiar with all the gushing praise heaped on the author, heard the screaming fangirls/boys, and told myself time and again to get to this series already.  Have to admit that the really cool book titles make me want to read Rothfuss more than all the hype.

with mercy toward none5. With Mercy Toward None

Cook’s second title on my list is pretty self-explanatory actually.  The story is about a man whose family is killed, and he becomes a prophet of a god who demands unity through any means necessary, including killing anyone who refuses to take a knee.  The title perfectly captures the tone of the book, preparing you what lies ahead.

the many deaths of the black company4. The Many Deaths of the Black Company

Anyone who reads fantasy for the fights, battles, and deaths has to be like me and think this title is damn great.  The Many Deaths!  How damn cool is that?  Amazingly simple, descriptive, yet perfectly captures the tone of the book.  This one all about the Black Company fighting for its survival as its enemies seem to have completely destroyed it.

shadow of what was lost3. The Shadow of What Was Lost

This is another novel which I have not found time to read, but I definitely intend to in the near future.  Naturally, the story appears to be about a shadowy evil from the past waking up and having to be faced, even as characters come to terms with things done in that past.  All of which is pretty easy to guess after reading the book title.  A title I might add that immediately gets you thinking about what it is referring to.

an empire unacquainted with defeat2. An Empire Unacquainted With Defeat

How great is that title?  Really.  I mean, a fantasy which proclaims in a polite way that this is about a badass empire which has never been defeat and will kick your candy ass whenever it feels like it.  Yet, at the same time, the author is suggesting to the readers that somehow, someway, this book is going to show how this empire learns what defeat is all about.  Makes me want to read it again just talking about it!

shadows of silence in the forest of hell1. Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

Okay, I’m cheating a little bit here since this is a Cosmere novella from Brandon Sanderson and not a book title, but I had to do it.  I mean, this has to be one of the best fantasy titles ever created.  Can’t you just feel the creepy atmosphere and cringe worthy events lurking behind that cover.  I did anyway, which is why I had to immediately read this story.

Well, that is my list.  Agree?  Disagree?  Tell me why.  And feel free to add some other characters to the list.

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4 Responses to TOP TEN TUESDAY

  1. Really like #2. That does make me curious about if they’re finally going to be defeated. Not only that, but how would they take it? Pride and ego are so common in fantasy that it’s fun to see a title kind of admit that they’re going to be driving forces.

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  2. Great list and I think you’ve managed to find some really unique titles as I haven’t heard of most of these.

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  3. ‘Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell’ is definitely one of the most awesome titles created! And the novella is pretty good as well 🙂

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