Bringing a fantasy epic to an end is a lot harder than it looks, and as I cracked open the final installment of Brian Staveley’s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne, The Last Mortal Bond, I wasn’t sure if he would be able to wrap everything up. My worries were unfounded.
This is a crazy month for science fiction and fantasy books. There’s a new Robert J. Sawyer mind-bender, and Catherynne M. Valente’s last fairyland book. Plus alternate histories, fairytales, magical realism, and tons more. These are all the most unmissable science fiction books in March!
2015 was a fantastic year for books, including a lot of titles that did things we’d never seen before. But 2016 looks like it could be just as incredible, including titles from some of our favorite authors. Here are the must-read science fiction and fantasy books of 2016.
We’re big fans of Brian Staveley’s soon-to-be-completed trilogy The Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne: his first two books have marked him as an author to watch. Now, he’s signed with Tor for an additional four novels.
The David Gemmell Awards were established and first awarded in 2009 to honor the late David Gemmell by recognizing exemplary fantasy novels. Now in its seventh year, the three awards have honored some of the best recent fantasy novels.
What happens when you throw the typical author reading on its head? A couple of weeks ago in Vermont, Phoenix Books of Burlington and Geek Mountain State put together a reading event called an Author Duel, and hilarity ensued. No authors were harmed in the course of this event.
Last year, we really dug Brian Staveley's debut fantasy epic, The Emperor's Blades. The trilogy's second volume picks up from the first, and Staveley delivers a solid and suitably epic adventure that ratchets up the action and muddies the waters, all while completely throwing all expectations out the window.
We're still recovering from our 2014 book binge, but already there are a ton of new books that we're dying to read. Including a long-awaited new Michael Moorcock novel, and new books by Jo Walton, Karen Lord and Brian Staveley. Here are our picks for January's most interesting science fiction and fantasy books.
Prepare For Book Two! Brian Staveley's The Emperor's Blades was one of our favorite books in 2014, and now you can read the first seven chapters of the sequel, The Providence of Fire, over at Tor.com. [via SFSignal]
Brian Staveley's debut novel, The Emperor's Blades, opens with a chilling scene: a father turns on his daughter, afflicted with Rot. It sets up some disturbing backstory, and pulls us into the complicated world of the Annurian Empire where this story is set. It's a good opening for a promising fantasy debut.