Before the old year is too, y’know, old, here’s a quick list of the best novels I read last year:
1. The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks — Dark and gritty fantasy about a pair of assassins that constantly surprised, entertained and even showed a thoughtful spiritual side.
2. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson — I got into Sanderson big-time this year, and really appreciated his unique takes on magic and clever plotting that left several surprises to be revealed.
3. Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombe — His writing is almost too brutal and crude for my taste, but this spin-off from his First Law trilogy was a gripping ride from start to end.
4. Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull — For a kid’s series involving fairies, Fablehaven was really well-written and imaginative, and even after five books I felt it ended too quickly.
5. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch — A really promising start to a series about a master thief who ends up fighting the world. A bit slow at the beginning, but it picks up in a major way.
6. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi — Scalzi’s entire series is great, but this first book about future warfare using senior citizens was just plain fun.
7. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane — Slightly better than the great movie, the book is a whodunit that doesn’t really tell you the rules of the game.
8. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson — A very unique tale of immortal beings who are broken in a fundamental way, and yet left to live in a prison of their former glory.
9. The Warded Man by Peter Brett — Brett creates a world where mankind is constantly under siege by demons, and only with a rediscovered form of magic can they start to fight back.
10. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss — This wasn’t the first time I read TNOTW, but I’m finding myself drawn back to it on a regular basis. Cannot wait for the sequel this year!