Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Favorite Reads of 2012

I read thirty two novels in the fantasy and science fiction genres in 2012. It is not a huge pool to select from and not all of the novels were published in 2012, hence the "read in" and not "released in." That said, I did read a few novels that I feel stand out from the rest.

Top 3:

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence was my clear favorite for 2012. There was a lot of like about this book but eventually all discussion leads back to the polarizing central character, Jorg. Simply put, he makes or breaks the book for most readers. If you like Mark Lawrence’s vision for Jorg, then the rest of the book will fall into place, providing a gripping and entertaining read. Read my review here: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.

Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards is the most unexpected entry on this list. His book came out of left field as I was neither familiar with Salyards nor his publisher Night Shade Books. To find such an unexpected gem is a real treat. Salyards presents a ribald tale of military fantasy with great dialog and smart characterization. Read my review here: Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards.

Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan is a throwback to classic adventure fantasy; a vanishing genre often relegated to self published works. Sullivan’s novel follows the adventures of the odd couple duo, Royce and Hadrian, as they are drawn into a conspiracy of massive proportions. The plot is full of twists and turns. The dialog is engaging. Royce and Hadrian are memorable and fun. Read my review here: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan.
Honorable Mention:

Fulgrim by Graham McNeill is an honorable mention as it is the best entry I have read thus far in the Horus Heresy series. McNeill presents the clearest and most compelling narrative yet on the fall of a Space Marine Legion. While Horus’ fall was largely driven by ego, Fulgrim was based on his insecurities which presented a much more personal story. Read my review here: Fulgrim by Graham McNeill.

Penguin: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Image Source: Harper Collins
Review Copy: Self Purchased
ISBN-13: 978-0441020324

Night Shade Books: Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards
Image Source: Night Shade Books
Review Copy: Self Purchased
ISBN: 9781597804073

Hachette: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
Image Source: Hachette
Review Copy: Self Purchased
ISBN-13: 9780316200714

The Black Library: Fulgrim by Graham McNeill
Image Source: The Black Library
Review Copy: Self purchased mass market paperback
ISBN-13: 9781849703383

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