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Monday, January 13, 2020

2019 Review/2020 Preview — Carol Park




2019 FAVORITES:




I didn’t read nearly as many books as I wanted to this year, but there were a number of gems in what I did read. What follows is a list of my favorites (not in any particular order), with what is absolutely not an attempt to give a summary or blurb of the book, rather, my emotional knee-jerk reaction to why I enjoyed it so much.

1.       The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang. This book made me sob. I don’t mean a little misty-eyed, I mean I was bawling through most of the last half of the book. I’d stop crying and then start all over again at something else. It was all good, though, all good, we’re all good here. It’s just one of those books you don’t forget.

2.       Cradle Series by Will Wight. Yes, every last freakin’ one of them that’s currently available, starting with Unsouled and ending with Uncrowned. These books are like book crack. Or mozzarella cheese sticks. Or maybe Pringles. Once you pop, you can’t stop? At any rate, they’re fun, fast-paced, and easy to binge-read.

3.       Fortune’s Fool by Angela Boord. I mean, there’s a woman with a metal arm. A tragic past. A tantalizing mystery. Superb world-building. And the ever-looming question: ARE THESE TWO EVER GOING TO GET TOGETHER!? If you can make me bite my nails over that question, I’m probably sold.

4.       Hero Forged by Josh Erikson. Boom bang fun. I don’t even know what that means, but there were fantastical creatures running around a city and a talking insect dude and out-of-control gods and magic flying everyone…and I really need to read the sequel.

5.       The Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss. Remember that question in capitals above? Yep. That is all. Actually, that’s not all—there were really good characters, an interesting world, and an intriguing plot too. But, I mean, we all know why I’m waiting eagerly for the sequel.


UPCOMING IN 2020

I’ve got a bazillion books on my TBR for 2020, and if I get to read half of them, I will count that as a success, so who’s to say what I might read next… But Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight 4 will certainly be one of them! (*internal screaming*) In TV, I’m also looking forward to Picard, The Witcher, and getting to The Dragon Prince season 3 at some point.

ON THE HORIZON FOR CAROL A. PARK

First up in the first half of 2020 is A World Broken, which is the start of a new epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of the Lady Sar. This one tells the story of how one world’s primordial “Golden Age” came to an end—through the eyes and personal struggles of characters who will one day become legends. Next will be the final book in The Heretic Gods trilogy, titled Bloodmaster. I’m not sure yet when this one will be out. I was originally shooting for the end of 2020, but it seems more likely now that it will be out in 2021 sometime. I’ve also got some plans for starting a vlog early next year exploring what it’s like to be an independent author, so we’ll see where that goes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carol A. Park is the author of The Heretic Gods trilogy and the upcoming series The Chronicles of the Lady Sar. She lives in the Lancaster, PA area with her husband and two young and active boys–which is another way of saying, “adorable vampires.” She loves reading (duh), writing fantasy novels (double-duh), music, movies, and other perfectly normal things like parsing Hebrew verbs and teaching herself new dead languages. She has two master's degrees in the areas of ancient near eastern studies and languages.

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