Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Read up on the rules here and join in on the Top Ten Tuesday fun.Vic James is a wonderful British author who also works for the BBC. I've met her four times this year, and after the first three almost felt like adding, "I promise I'm not stalking you. I am just attending this convention, but hi, again, I love your books." She wrote a book called Gilded Cage, and it turned into a trilogy called Dark Gifts. She describes it as "Downton Abbey meets Game of Thrones in a world where Voledmort won." It's YA. It's fantasy. It's filled with politics. And I love it, and I love her. I'm gushing, I know. [I read Gilded Cage in 2017, but only met Vic James in 2018.]
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Let me talk about some authors that I've discovered this year, and that have quickly left a lasting impression.I made an attempt to choose all women, because women rock, and I've noticed that I read more men than women...
Janny Wurts is an author, I've discovered thanks to a Goodreads group that reads fantasy together. I picked up both Daughter of the Empire and The Curse of the Mistwraith thanks to that group. Are you a fan of Feist's Riftwar Cycle? Then definitely pick up the Daughter of the Empire trilogy that she co-wrote with him. And if you like slow burning, epic high fantasy that spans thousands of years then definitely look at The Wars of Light and Shadow which starts with The Curse of the Mistwraith. Wurts writes beautifully; her prose is a treat. She might be too slow for people looking for action mostly, but if you like slow reveals, Wurts is your author.
R.F. Kuang is young, and there's not a lot to say yet, except for she released her debut this year:The Poppy War. An amazing book. Asian inspired fantasy. One to watch, because she can only get better.
Sherwood Smith wrote the Inda quartet. Amazing books filled with everything fantasy has to offer. A school setting. Pirates. Backstabbing dicks, but also loyal friendships. Relationships. Coming of Age and triumph. I absolutely adored these books.
Robin Hobb is probably a well known name. I read her Liveship Traders Trilogy this year and I thought they were all amazing. Ships that are alive and have their own personality and speak. Great premise. Her Realm of the Elderings series consists of 16 books. Plenty to read if you end up falling in love with her.
Did you discover any new authors this year? Leave me a comment, and I'll make sure to visit your blog. I've finally emerged from cardboard boxes, have finished moving and am hopefully back for good. I'll post about my move and stressful November next Sunday.
Before you leave: Three Crows Magazine has released its first issue that I worked on as an editor. There's a few short stories and interviews with SF authors up, if that's your genre.