Top 10 Fantasy Books for 2010

Here’s my list of the books I’m most excited to read in 2010. The first three are not released yet, and are possibly the most highly anticipated fantasy novels slated for (potential) release in 2010. Picks 4-6 are historical fiction, or some twist on the sub-genre. Books 7-9 are continuations, if not necessarily in the same series, of authors I’ve already read at least once. And my final pick is a classic thrown in for good measure.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

I know its been five years since A Feast for Crows. But Pat over at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist has this book slated for release in 2010, and he knows George R.R. Martin personally. Coincidence? Hopefully, for legions of A Song of Ice and Fire Fans, its a bit more.

A Dance with Dragons

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

The first two books in Scott Lynch’s fantasy debut series have redefined the meaning of action fantasy. Saying the third book in this seven book series is highly anticipated is like saying Tiger Woods made a boo-boo. In other words, its going to be huge.

The Republic of Thieves

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss delivered a home run with his first novel, The Name of the Wind, and rightfully earned himself a seat among the top dogs in the fantasy novel industry. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that we’ll see this one drop in 2010.

The Wise Man's Fear

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

With a degree in anthropology, Steven Erikson’s ability with characterization should be fantastic. Gardens of the Moon is the first book in the ten book Malazan Book of the Fallen series. With historical fiction gaining traction in the industry and the popularity of the later novels in this series recently, I’m interested to get Erikson’s take on fantasy novels.

Gardens of the Moon

Acacia by David Anthony Durham

Durham has traveled the world, and lived in Scotland for a number of years, before landing in California as a Creative Writing professor at California State University. He’s made a name for himself writing novels involving The American Civil War, Carthage and the war with the Roman Republic. Acacia is his first attempt in the epic fantasy genre, and has made some noise in the industry.

Acacia

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  1. Pingback: Top 10 Fantasy Books for 2011 | Fantasy Book News

  2. I read the republic of thieves. Is beautiful. Great job with this top. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books.

  3. Never thought I would be an ebook buyer, but after reading the first two books of this trilogy on my Kindle…I AM HOOKED!!!! You should check them out. As much as I love the Vampire stories and books that have came out in recent years, it was so refreshing to read a well written fantasy novel that had nothing to do with vampires, and how long as it been since you read a really compelling story about humans with wings/ angels/ nephilim…what have you. Here is the synopsis…

    Book 1 of The Gifts Trilogy by Patria Dunn- Rowe

    When twenty-one year old Nahla Marks decides to start her junior year at Wake Forest University as an education major, instead of continuing on the path to pre-med, everything seems to fall apart. Her parents have practically disowned her, stripping all financial help and communication away. Then, there is this feeling, this color -as she calls it- that has begun to take over her body. She doesn’t know how to control it, and the more it happens, the worse it gets.

    Gideon’s bedroom, Gideon’s apartment, Gideon… had saved her, nursing her wounds. Nephilim was the word he used, but not quite, he cautioned as he told her a story -a story that explained what was happening to her, and why he now stood before her…seemingly, an angel.

    She’d never asked for this to happen to her, and didn’t want the chaos that seemed to follow her everywhere now. Not only was the media looking for her, but someone else wanted the gifts they possessed, at any cost…

    In Book 2 Signs & Wonders….
    Nahla and Gideon say good bye to the first part of their journey to begin a new life together, their hearts set on finding the other seven gifts. Their honeymoon begins in a whirlwind of unexpected events, the first being the surprising arrival of what turns out to be Nahla’s sister, Rilyn–her parents biological daughter. Even more surprising was how she came to be accompanied by the newest member of their group, her adoptive brother Levi. It wasn’t in the plan to start the search so soon, but there were now four of them, and with the added gift of prophecy and the gift of knowledge, they couldn’t sit back and ignore Rilyn’s mysterious dreams.

    “Death to the Infidels!” Was the clue they had to go on and it wasn’t much. Could they trust Nahla’s parents enough to introduce them to the daughter they’d never known? Would a newly changed Rilyn be able to fly sufficiently enough to make the journey with them? Somewhere deep in South Africa, Arulan & Osiah unknowingly waited to be found. Keepers of the gift to speak many tongues and the gift to interpret many tongues, revenge was what swirled within their auras. Outcast their entire lives, one thing they knew how to do was fight.

  4. M.Silamarasu

    Hi Guys,

    I read Furies of Cauldron all six books on my winmobile .Its really been great. A strong mix of magic, alien creatures, history, kingdoms shake well you got it. Its fluid. beats veryone go for it….

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