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So after reading six of this year’s SPFBO contenders, I found myself considering three of them for my semi-finalist pick. Three extremely different books, which made it difficult to choose one as ‘the best’.

In order of reading, my contenders were:

Bitter Sky by Tim Stretton: This is a classically-written steampunk novel about morality in war, how quickly clear waters muddy and how the common people are used as pawns of the powerful, with a little demonic twist.

Empire’s Daughter by Marian L Thorpe: This low fantasy historical drama about a world where males and females have split into constrictive societal roles considers many complex questions as the two sexes come together to fend off invasion.

Daughter of Flood and Fury by Levi Jacobs: A YA revenge/coming of age story about a magically-gifted young woman driven to investigate and avenge her father’s death against a backdrop of religious dogma, global politics, corruption and, again, rigid expectations of men and women.

I enjoyed all three of these books in different ways, and their varying styles and content made it difficult to pick a ‘favourite’, in the way that asking anyone to name their favourite book with no context is just cruel and unusual.

So, in the end, I tried to just be objective about which one was the best-written book, taking into account the prose, worldbuilding, characters and plot.

And so, I came up with a winner.

My semi-finalist for SPFBO 7 is…

DUH DUH DUH…

Daughter of Flood and Fury by Levi Jacobs.

Congratulations and good luck in the next round to Levi, and I hope people will also check out Bitter Sky and Empire’s Daughter.

Emergency Shift (Full Moon Medic #1) by Daniel Potter Book Review 12, Jun

EMERGENCY SHIFT by Daniel R. Potter is a book that I was looking to pick up and read before I was assigned it for the SPFBO. I used to date an EMT in real life and she shared some truly fantastically weird stories of her job. Given I've had my fill of private detectives and demon hunters, I was interested in seeing how combining the story of a night shift paramedic with urban fantasy would work out.

Interview with SPFBO Author Steve Turnbull 13, Nov

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