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Friday, April 5, 2013
As noted a few times across the years, I am a strong believer in "feedback" on my posts and the claims contained in such so for example I have just recently updated the earlier post about Aethernet Magazine with an actual quick review of its contents. So on looking back at my Highly Awaited Books of 2013 post, I realized that while I have already read only about 1/3 of the books in the main part - all excellent except for the disappointing River of Stars - I actually have read 4 of the 5 series debuts mentioned in the second part of the post and the 5th, Antoine Rouaud's The Book and the Sword volume 1 Path of Anger seems to have been considerably delayed afaik.
So time to talk a little about the 4 books mentioned there, though I would also add that there is one more debut in 2013 - at least as major publishing goes - namely Anthony Ryan's awesome Blood Song, but that for me is a 2012 novel in its original independent publishing and I covered it quite a lot so far as a top 5 sff of 2012 etc.
I reviewed Quintessence by David Walton not long ago and while it did not quite make my top 25 as it did not quite transcend its cliched characters and the general "adventure sff" feel, I still highly recommended it for its extreme inventiveness.
Paul Witcover's The Emperor of All Things was pretty disappointing as the swashbuckler part lacks panache and the "London with supernatural" part is overall boring for someone who is not a fan of such; Lavie Tidhar's The Bookman series covers similar background in way better fashion.
Promise of Blood, Brian McClellan's gunpowder magic debut was awesome - and the chorus of agreement on that seems to be increasing as more people are reading it with the publication date coming up soon. I hope to have a full review in 10 days or so, but my Goodreads thoughts explain why it is a top 25 novel of the year for me.
To my considerable surprise, the one novel on the list I was least sure about, The Thousand Names by Django Wexler turned out to be the best of the four despite its more conventional "military epic fantasy with some magic" blurb. A July release so definitely quite a while until the release to the world at large, but mark your calendar as you would want to try this one since it is a very impressive and very polished series debut that covers everything one wants in an epic fantasy, while I expect the series to go far.
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