Top 10 Fantasy Books for 2010

Lamentation by Ken Scholes

Ken Scholes is a new name for me, and really a new name in the fantasy industry with his first novel Lamentation having been published in February 2009. The second novel in the series, Canticle, was released to even higher acclaim, which prompted me to jump on board and catch up with the series.

Lamentation

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

I read the first book in Jim Butcher’s urban fantasy series, Storm Front, in 2009. While I’m definitely continuing that series, I’m really interested to see Butcher’s take on epic fantasy, which thankfully he has provided in the form of The Codex Alera series. This six book series has received some great reviews, and if anything like his urban fantasy series, you can be sure you’ll be in for a treat.

Furies of Calderon

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson has been the talk of the industry in 2009, with his co-authoring of the most recent book in Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series. I read the amazing Mistborn in 2009, and I’m hoping that with The Well of Ascension the trend continues.

The Well of Ascension

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb

I read Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb in 2009, and while Shaman’s Crossing is not set in the same world, I’m hoping for some more great writing from Hobb. This one has received somewhat of a mixed batch of reviews, but with the grace that Hobb pulled off Ship of Magic, I decided to be the judge myself.

Shaman's Crossing

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

What’s a year of fantasy book reading without a classic thrown into the mix? I’ve decided to add to my blend of classic fantasy literature by adding The Dragonbone Chair, seasoning appropriately, and simmering for a few weeks.
The Dragonbone Chair

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  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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