I don’t give a full 5-star rating for books easily. I usually tend to reserve those ratings based on certain strict criteria within my objective and subjective opinions regarding any book. I have always
I first saw Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole do this in her blog, and I had the urge to try it out! I’ve linked her own post so you guys could check it out.
Disclaimer: I would not be including books in series I’ve already started in this list. Every book/series listed below is not something I’ve read yet.
The Gentleman Bastards Series by Scott Lynch
This series has been highly recommended by a few of my closest friends over at Bookstagram, and because I was a fan of heist themed books such as Six of Crows and Mistborn. I actually have already gotten into the first 100 pages of this book, and I had to put it down for now because I’m currently having a reading slump, and I don’t want to ruin the book’s experience if I force myself to read it. So far, I’ve been pretty impressed with the way the world was being described, and I have yet to see and get to know the experience of the inner workings of Locke Lamora’s brilliant mind – of course, together with the other Gentleman Bastards.
The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wong
I first heard about The Sword of Kaigen over at Book Twitter, and then learned one of my book friends has really enjoyed it from reading it the previous year. I had been looking for other Asian-inspired high fantasy novels lately, and this one totally fits the bill, and it’s also really nice to know that this is a self-published work! I will be buddy-reading this book together with a few other bookstagrammers next month, so I can’t wait to finally read this majestic behemoth of a book.
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
The Rage of Dragons is something I’ve been eyeing for a very long time now since seeing it from one of Daniel Greene’s highly recommended books to read list. This is also a very popular book within his Discord server, and a lot of other Disheveled Goblin followers urge other members to pick this book up. I heard nothing but great things about this series, and it’s a pretty neat choice for someone who is looking for a more military-centered type of fantasy.
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
The First Law trilogy is another top-tier recommendation from Daniel Greene and Merphy Napier. I’ve been meaning to read more grimdark fantasy ever since finishing The Poppy War trilogy last year, and I’ve been pleaded to death by a few Discord friends to check out the “standard” of grimdark – Joe Abercrombie. I don’t know much about it, but the amount of praise I heard regarding ts character work is more than enough to make me want to pick it up sooner rather than later.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
I will admit that I was drawn to this book because of its gorgeous cover. I’m very happy to hear that this isn’t just a cover-buy, but also has an amazing story to compliment its beautiful façade. This will be my first Rebecca Roanhorse novel, and I’m actually pretty excited to read this because not only is it a fantasy and science fiction novel rolled into one, but showcases a lot of inclusivity within its pages.
Have you read any of these books?
Let me know your thoughts about them!