Your favourite fantasy reads in 2017 – A GiveAway

Comment under this post naming five of your favourite fantasy reads this year, regardless of when they were published, to win a signed (and/or dedicated) Emperor of Thorns trade paperback or The Liar’s Key US hardback. The winner will be randomly selected by Mark from the entries.

You may add a few lines telling us what made those books special for you, but you don’t have to. Also while it’s always nice to see Mark Lawrence titles among your favourites, including any or not won’t affect your chances of winning.

The giveaway will be closing on 19th December!


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Wishing you the best of luck,


This giveaway is now closed, many thanks to everyone who took the time to enter!

Mark has selected a random winner, who is Tracy Erickson. Congratulations!

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  1. My Top 5 reads this year in no particular order….

    Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
    Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
    Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
    Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
    You Die when You Die by Angus Watson


  2. No particular order…

    A Gathering of Ravens – Scott Oden
    The Dragon’s Legacy – Deborah A. Wolf
    The Tiger’s Daughter – K Arsenault Rivera
    Godblind – Anna Stephens
    Age of Assassins – RJ Barker


  3. Steelflower at Sea by Lilith Saintcrow
    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    Master of Crows by Grace Draven
    Entreat Me by Grace Draven
    The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett (Yes, I know I am LATE to this fantastic read!)


  4. In no particular order:
    – The Court of Broken Knives
    – Tigana
    – Senlin Ascends
    – Prince of Fools (yeah, I’m behind the curve)
    – Perdido Street Station


  5. Tough decision to choose on my five……
    The way of kings – Sanderson
    Blackwing – McDonald
    The waking fire – Ryan
    Red Sister – Lawrence
    Sins of empire – McClellan


  6. In no particular order:
    Emperor of thorns – Lawrence
    Half the world – Abercrombie
    Assassins fate – Hobb
    The blade itself – Abercrombie
    Assassins apprentice – Hobb


  7. My 5 reads for the year! (In the order I read them… kind of…)

    1. Dangerous Ways by R.R. Virdi—I have been an avid fan of this author ever since I picked up his first book. In fact, reading his stuff kind of introduced me to shows like SUPERNATURAL and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files—but I always like Virdi’s books best.

    2. I’m Still Alive by Kelly Blanchard. The 3rd book in the Chronicles Of Lorrek is utterly fantastic. It’s a perfect blend of sci-fi and high fantasy, magic and technology, and I super enjoyed this newest installment!!

    3. The Cry of The Firebird by Amy Kuivalainen. New indie author to love!! This urban Fantasy draws on the mythology from the Netherlands and it is GORGEOUS!!

    4. Grave Dealings by R.R. Virdi. Repeat author, different series! This is a fantastic series, The Grave Reports, centered on Vince Graves, a post-dead soul regularly “assigned” to the bodies of the recently-deceased due to supernatural causes. This third book was BRUTAL to the characters, but so much development happened that I absolutely loved it!!

    5. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. Loved the development, and the story arc built very well! I loved the diversity of the characters and the four “bloods” provided intriguing concepts to read and explore! Fantastically done!


  8. My Five would be:

    Godblind by Anna Stevens a fast paced and frenetic debut.
    Red Sister by Mark Lawrence fantastic characters and world building as ever.
    Faithless by Graham Austin King for being a surprisingly excellent self pub.
    Three Times the Trouble G.R Mathews for submarine noir meets kung fu.
    The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch for letting the ghosts out the bottles.


  9. Ed McDonald- Blackwing
    Mark Lawrence- Red Sister
    Anna Stephans- Godblind
    Anthony Ryan- The Legion Of The Flame
    Peter V Brett- The Core


  10. Phillip Pullman – The Book of Dust
    Kat Howard – An Unkindness of Magicians
    Seanan McGuire – Down Among The Sticks and Bones
    V.E. Schwab – A Darker Shade of Magic
    Lev Grossman – The Magicians


  11. This is actually more difficult than I thought it would be… I read a lot this year.

    The Core – Peter V. Brett.
    What a fantastic concept. It is a gripping tale that masterfully uses what I call recursive flashbacks to completely change your understanding of a character throughout the series, I did so many 180s that I got dizzy, but the story just wont let you go because you care so much about the characters.

    The Blood Mirror – Brent Weeks.
    I have a fever, and the only prescription is more Lightbringer. Brent is crafting some of the most enjoyable fantasy out there today.

    The Ruin of Angels – Max Gladstone
    I don’t even know where to start. Everything Max writes is solid gold. He has full control of his voice and has crafted one of the most original settings in modern fantasy. Give him some time and you’ll be looking back at one of the greats. He is so good I want to give up writing.

    Now I’m going to cheat a little bit.

    Red Rising trilogy – Pierce Brown
    I read this on a lark, I was absolutely floored by it. I didn’t expect what I got, which was an awesome story. The characters, the settings, the scope… this is “It is 4am, may as well keep reading” material. Fantastic!

    The Strain trilogy – Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
    I really wasn’t expecting much. The only reason I read the series was because the promos on television got my attention one day. I’m glad they did. This series is right in my wheelhouse. The subversion of myth in the series is masterfully done and the modern take on vampires is wonderfully executed. I’m a scholar of religion, so this one tickled me in all the right spots. The books are so fantastic I’m actually watching the series. It takes a lot to get me away from a keyboard to watch something on a television screen. This did that. The books were better though.

    Oh, I read every short story Harlan Ellison ever wrote too. It feels like reading my own stuff. I think that is a good sign. “Seeing” is a short story everyone should read, it is a masterpiece.


  12. Red Sister, by Mark Lawrence
    The Ice Dragon, by George R R Martin
    The Red Queen, by Isobelle Carmody
    The King Without a Kingdom, by Maurice Druon
    Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett


  13. Red Sister, by Mark Lawrence
    Kings of the Wyld, by Nicholas Eames
    Heroes Die, by Matthew Stover
    The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett
    The Misbegotten:An Assassin’s Blade Book 1, by Justin DePaoli


  14. These are objectively the best of 2017 (IMO)

    1. A War in Crimson Embers: The Crimson Empire, Book 3 (by Marshall, a pseudonym for Jesse Bullington, finished up his jump into the Abercrombie/Lawrence Grim Dark, and it is awesome).

    2. Red Sister (by Mark Lawrence, first book in his new series, just amazing and makes you want the next book like a starving wolf wants a steak on a cold night)

    3. Dead Man’s Steel (by Luke Scull, The Grim Company Series, Book 3)

    4. The Apostles of Doom (by J. L. Langland, Demons of Astlan, Volume 3)

    5. Revenant Winds (by Mitchell Hogan,The Tainted Cabal, Book 1)


  15. 1. Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
    2. Age of Myth, by Michael J. Sullivan
    3. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
    4. Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
    5. Shadows of Self, by Brandon Sanderson


  16. Red Sister – the esteemed gentleman behind this contest. if you have a chance to listen to the audiobook i suggest you do so. heather o’neil does a fantastic job of bringing the written word to life.

    sins of empire – brian mcclellan. i enjoyed the first foray into the powder mage universe and the return did not disappoint.

    words of radiance – brandon sanderson. his work is hit or miss for me, but so far i’ve been enjoying the storm light archive.

    the lies of locke lamora – scott lynch. just fun

    blood song – anthony ryan. it’s the best book of the trilogy.


  17. ↝The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
    ↝An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    ↝Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
    ↝Half Lost by Sally Green
    ↝The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton


  18. Tough. Going off my 5 star GR reviews and in no order:

    Wrath by John Gwynne
    Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
    Warbreaker by Sanderson
    Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence
    Painted Man by Peter Brett

    Three of these have 2-3 entries.


  19. Here goes:

    1. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
    2. Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
    3. The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
    4. Blades in the Dark TTRPG Rulebook by John Harper ( A bit of an outlier I know, but I love this TTRPG too much )
    5. Wrath by John Gwynne


  20. Top two favorite:
    Red Sister – Mark Lawrence
    The Tiger’s Daughter – K Arsenault Rivera
    and then:
    The Book of Phoenix – Nnedi Okorafor
    The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemison
    The Heroes – Joe Abercrombie


  21. Assassin’s Fate- Robin Hobb
    The Bear and the Nightingale- Katherine Arden
    The Name of the Wind- Patrick Rothfuss
    The Last Argument of Kings- Joe Abercrombie
    Kings of the Wyld- Nicholas Eames


  22. Magician land – Lev Grossman
    Red Sister – Mark
    Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel
    Shadows Edge – Brent Weeks
    Kings of the Wyld – Nicholas Eames


  23. So, in no particular order (maybe the top two):

    Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
    The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
    Warlock’s Sun Rising by Damien Black
    The Red Knight by Miles Cameron
    Days of Endless Night by Matt Larkin


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