The top twelve SFF books I’ve read so far this year – 2019.

I know that everybody loves lists so below, in no order, are the top twelve science fiction and fantasy books that I have read so far this year. I hope everyone reading this is good and keeps on reading, writing, blogging, and generally kicking ass in all directions. Peace. x

Adrian Tchaikovsky – Children of Time – “When I finished reading this story the first thought I had upon reflection was that there is no way I could be an author because I could never write anything this good so what would be the point? It’s one of the best science fiction books I’ve ever read.” Click here for the full review.

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M. R. Carey – Someone Like Me – “This is an exceptional psychological thriller that blew my mind.” Click here for the full review.

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Peter Newman – The Ruthless – “One of the most developed, unique, and thrilling fantasy series currently being written… highly recommended.” Click here for the full review.

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Melissa Caruso – The Unbound Empire – “A phenomenally well-written, engrossing political fantasy series with fine dialogue throughout.” Click here for the full review.

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Justin Call – Master of Sorrows – “Exquisite… features tragic and sad deaths, utter betrayals, twisty-turny-twisty-turns, phenomenal weapons, and well depicted disabled individuals.” Click here for the full review.

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Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson – Shadows of the Short Days – 
“A masterfully crafted dark tale . . . one of the most ambitious, intense, original and thrilling debuts I’ve read in a long time.” Click here for the full review.

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Ian C. Esslemont – Kellanved’s Reach – “The world created is incomparable and the pinnacle of not just fantasy but current literature in general. I had to drop everything and start this immediately.” Click here for the full review. (My review is below Joshua’s.)

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Ed McDonald – Crowfall – “Crowfall is an engaging and thrilling final chapter to an excellent dark fantasy trilogy… When fans of dark fantasy think of standout characters in the genre, Galharrow is a name that will be uttered alongside Jorg, Geralt, and Locke Lamora.” – Click here for the full review.

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Michael R. Miller – Battle Spire – “Battle Spire is like Hard Boiled and Die Hard wrapped up in a grandiose and extravagant fantasy game. Instead of Chow Yun-Fat or Bruce Willis to save the day, we have Jack…” – Click here for the full review.

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Mitchell Hogan – Dawn of the Exile – “This is a gem of a sequel… It is dark, but features heart, has a great cast, stunning pacing, and leaves me salivating for whatever comes next.” – Click here for the full review.

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John Gwynne – A Time of Blood – “The Order of the Bright Star shout ‘Truth and Courage’ when they charge into battle. Looking at the consistent, high quality of Gwynne’s outings, I imagine when he writes he has a mantra that states ‘anything below excellent is not good enough.’” – Click here for the full review.

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Peter McLean – Priest of Lies – “Priest of Lies is stunning low fantasy by an author who is on top of his game.” – Click here for the full review.

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Honourable mentions go to:

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Thanks for reading. I’m intrigued to see which of these books will make my best of the year list. I will put them in some sort of order at that point which will be difficult. There are so many good books to read!

James.

 

 

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