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The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons #1)
19, Jan

The Ruin of Kings is a bold and awe-inspiring work. It rattles the bones as it imprints upon the senses battles for the human soul and for ancient kingdoms. Behold a literary maelstrom that will devour you whole. 

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1)
12, Jan

Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell is a little bit like an Old West spin on Harry Potter. It’s got the thrills of a Marvel movie, the intrigue of a Brent Weeks novel, and a pinch of paradoxical post modern sincerity to make it all mean something. It’s a dang good time to boot. 

Chasing Graves (Chasing Graves Trilogy #1)
10, Jan

 

Chasing Graves masterfully combines gallows humor, deep word building, and compelling character centric narratives into a surprising and intriguing story. It dares to answer the question: How valuable is your life when you’re already dead? 

Where Oblivion Lives (Los Nefilim #1)
05, Jan

Where Oblivion Lives resonates off the page with a song like no other. Teresa Frohock’s paper symphony plays this visually captivating, pulse-quickening story with the deepest feeling. It strikes upon the heart like a bow on a violin. 

The Blackest Heart (Five Warrior Angels #2)
02, Jan

The Blackest Heart by Brian Lee Durfee is a 12 round heavyweight battle. Fights for survival and autonomy amidst unrelenting trauma and pulp adventure bind together this excellent grimdark epic fantasy that exceeds its predecessor on every level. 

The Hod King (The Books of Babel #3)
28, Dec

The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft is a five course meal served with impeccable timing and without pretense. Its irony never overcomes its empathy; its wisdom never subverts its mystery; and in the darkest corners of hearts and ringdoms, the light of hope is never extinguished.

The Forgetting Moon (Five Warrior Angels #1)
17, Dec

The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee invites you into a story that at first glance feels comfortingly familiar-only when you blink do you find these genre trappings twisted and cloaked in shadow while the ground begins to shift and devour you.

Never Die
10, Dec

Never Die is the lean, fighting-anime-inspired fantasy novel you’ve always wanted. 

Paternus: Wrath of Gods (Paternus Trilogy #2)
08, Dec

Wrath of Gods stands alongside The Blinding Knife, King of Thorns, and The Desert Spear on the shelf of fantasy sequels that deftly take us deeper into a story and world than we ever expected to go. 

Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1)
28, Jun

Malice by John Gwynne is the perfect start to an epic fantasy- a coming of age hook, compelling characters and worldbuilding, a large cast; and it’s all bound together with wisdom and heart. 

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