The Lies of Locke Lamora
Not falling to far behind the second novel in this series is The Lies of Locke Lamora. Lynch’s city of Camorr is a truly devilish one, and creates the perfect backdrop for the thieving ways of his characters to thrive. Redefining exactly what is knows as ‘action fantasy’, Lynch’s debut is definitely not one to be missed. Check out our full review of The Lies of Locke Lamora.
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
Another truly original idea is explored with fantastic characterization. Plus, who doesn’t like a novel with pirates? Check out our full review of Ship of Magic.
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
The oldest book on our list is certainly not any less of a quality read. Kushner’s ability with conversation is unmatched. If you’re up for a fast paced sword dueling adventure, this one is for you. Read our full review of Swordspoint.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The final two books on our top 10 list for 2009 belong to the urban fantasy genre. Neverwhere is perhaps the benchmark for all current urban fantasy, and is a classic fantasy read. Sort of a modern take on Alice in Wonderland. Check out our full review of Neverwhere.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Arguably the reigning urban fantasy king, Storm Front is the first in Jim Butcher’s uber-popular Dresden Files series. Storm Front is an extremely fast-paced hilarious take on the genre. Read our full review of Storm Front.