It's February 2020: What fantasy book are you reading?

Alucard

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#1
I've read book 3 & 4 of Daniel Faust series. Really like the 4th one and I'm continuing on with the 5th now.
Daniel Faust is an urban fantasy kind of like Dresden, but darker, it's more about demons, not fairies. Both Dresden and Faust are magicians, except Faust is more of an anti-hero, petty thief, swindler and overall not a pleasant guy. He also has a crew around him, while Dresden is more of a lone wolf.
Setting is Las Vegas, so that gives it a different vibe as well compared to the Dresden's Windy City.
I really liked it. I also found out that Craig Schaefer has a series called Harmony Black (who is a minor character in this one) which is more popular I guess? I need to check that out.

I also DNF'ed 5th book of Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland. Just when it was getting better, the books went from paranormal romance in first two books, to solid urban fantasy in 3rd and 4th, and 5th just straight up went sideways into high fantasy? I just didn't get it. In the first 100 pages nothing happens. Nothing.
The author introduces a new character, and goes on and on about nothing while the 4th book ended on a cliffhanger. So, I just couldn't go on anymore. Good riddance.
 

rudyjuly2

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#2
Reading third book of Black Gate. I feel the second and third books have been a bit slower. The third book is now shaking things up a little. Splitting characters and going to new places. The mystery of the creation of this world and the religious system is something I hope gets revealed sooner than later. Enjoying it.
 

Khartun

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#3
I finished Kellenved's Reach several days ago but haven't been able to decide what to read next. I think I've decided on The Empire Trilogy by Feist and Wurts. Just started Daughter of the Empire.
 

Cyphon

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#4
I just finished Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell.

This was a series that defied tradition and actually seemed to get better with each book and produced a finale that was the strongest book of them all. Off the top of my head I can't name another series that accomplished similar so it was a nice treat.

Not sure what I will dive into next.
 

rudyjuly2

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#5
I just finished Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell.

This was a series that defied tradition and actually seemed to get better with each book and produced a finale that was the strongest book of them all. Off the top of my head I can't name another series that accomplished similar so it was a nice treat.

Not sure what I will dive into next.
That is rare. I think the only series that did that for me was the Divine Cities series by Robert Bennett. The first book was OK but I held off on reading the next book. But when I went back to the series I felt each book got better. His main character did change throughout and that was part of it.
 

kenubrion

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#6
I've been finishing books that I started in 2019. The Wolf's Call, Bright Steel, and Half the World. Of the three I think I will continue with the Half A War finale to the series first. Well come to think it's the only one that's available to continue. I have bought The Broken Eye and Salvation Lost, which is the second book of Peter Hamilton's new sci-fi series. I was going to go with Daughter of the Empire and when I read the sample and found it familiar, I went to the wiki article about the series and found the three books were written in the early 1990's and thus discovered that I had read them way back.

I haven't seen anyone else mention The Wolf's Call, and I will say it was good to get back into Vaelin's story. This book is much closer to the Blood Song story. I recommend it to Blood Song fans.

I'm still not clear about Bright Steel being the last book or not in Miles Cameron's latest series. Now I see I have a little bit to go yet and maybe that will make it clear. I hope it will continue as I really like this series.

Half the World is old news for Abercrombie's fans but I took a while to get to it. I think I will continue with Half A War right away.
 

Alucard

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#9
I've been reading Daniel Faust series in this month too. I've finished The Killing Floor Blues and I feel like this is the book where this series really comes into its own. I'm really starting to like the main character with all his flaws.
Currently reading the next one, The Castle Doctrine - which in itself is another interesting concept.
 

rudyjuly2

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#10
I finished book 4 of the Black Gate yesterday. I have had some vacation but this was a great, fun and quick read. Very action packed compared to the last two books. Revealed some more of the world background and mystery and had a very climatic ending. Really enjoyed it. Mild spoiler: Audsley is an idiot.
 

ReguIa

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#11
Finished ''Lord of Chaos'' today. Definitely a step down compared to the previous books but solid nonetheless.
 

Darwin

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#12
I'm listening to The Rage of Dragons audiobook. WOW! I'm almost done, and I've really enjoyed the ride. Definitely worth your time.
 

Cyphon

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#14
I finished up The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington.

This was definitely a good book and entertaining throughout but I don't think I got to the point of loving it. I would say the plot was definitely the strong point and kept enough unanswered questions and mystery to really keep you engaged but the characters lacked a little bit of depth and individuality that would have taken this book to the next level. It was one of those things for me where each POV character all felt pretty much exactly the same where if you took 1 and put them in the others situation the results and plot could be exactly the same.

One area Islington really shined was in the flashback portions of character stories. There were a couple specifically that really jumped out as intirguing short stories if you will, within the book.
 

rudyjuly2

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#15
Finished the White Song - book 5 of the Black Gate by Phil Tucker. Last two books definitely action packed. Great series. I am a bit confused.

I don't quite understand what the Artificer was going to do to the Ascendant and everything with the Circlet. I'm guessing something bad but I still don't know. It wasn't completely clear to me what Audsley did at the end and the result with Zephyr. I was a bit sleepy when finishing the book but I don't think it was clear what happened with Tharok or Maur either.

Kind of wished we knew a bit more about the origin of the world but much like Wheel of Time it's probably best to leave some things unexplained.
 

Khartun

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#16
Finished the White Song - book 5 of the Black Gate by Phil Tucker. Last two books definitely action packed. Great series. I am a bit confused.

I don't quite understand what the Artificer was going to do to the Ascendant and everything with the Circlet. I'm guessing something bad but I still don't know. It wasn't completely clear to me what Audsley did at the end and the result with Zephyr. I was a bit sleepy when finishing the book but I don't think it was clear what happened with Tharok or Maur either.

Kind of wished we knew a bit more about the origin of the world but much like Wheel of Time it's probably best to leave some things unexplained.
It's been a long time since I read it so I don't really remember the details.
 

ABatch

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#17
I've started 'The End of All Things' , the final book in the Immortal Treachery series from @ABatch
It's been some time since I read the other books and it seems I only have some vague memories of the first few books.
Anyone who can give some general outlines of the first books? Just to help me out a bit ... :)
I'll do it for five dollars...;)

Okay. But this is very cursory and contains spoilers. In Book One, we meet the cast of characters. Vykers meets Arune, Long's crew gets together, Aoife becomes possessed by the spirits of the Forest of Nar, which has been destroyed by the End of All Things. The Queen enlists Vykers to fight the End. Long and Spirk get captured by the End. Long eventually escapes and hooks up with Mardine. He also accidentally kills Janks in the final battle. Also, Kittins gets half his faced torn off and Vykers kills the End.

In Book Two, Vykers has been laying in a sickbed for three years, after sustaining a knife would to his liver that will not heal. Suddenly, the Queen goes missing, and her Shaper, Cindor, enlists Vykers (again) to go find her, whilst Long and company are tasked with infiltrating the homes of the Great Eight, in case any of them had anything to do with the Queen's disappearance. Yendor, whom we met at the end of Book One, plays a much bigger role, here, but this part is mostly about Kittins' descent in spiritual darkness, Spirk's unlikely rise to the Head of House D'Escurzy and Long's imprisonment. At this time, Long and Mardine's daughter is kidnapped and Mardine risks everything to go after her. Vykers travels across the sea with her chimeras (sp), Aoife and a small boy named Tadpole, following what few clues Cindor can give him. Mardine walks into a trap and is seriously injured before being put into a cage. Back in Lunessfor, Kittins is becoming increasingly brutal, Yendor, more and more drunk, Long is still imprisoned, and Spirk somehow turns a threat into solid crystal, killing half the people in attendance. Vykers meets a giant cat in his travels. This will come into play later. Tadpole eats part of one of the dead chimeras and begins to change. Finally, Vykers reaches the massive lakebed where Alheria is stuck to a pylon and surrounded by a number of armies, though which Vykers must fight his way before he can get to the Queen. He succeeds in all this, she cures his gaping wound, but his magical sword has broken. Tadpole, now known as Frog, runs away. Vykers and company get back to Lunessfor, where Long Pete has now taken Spirk's place as head of House D'Escurzy, only to learn that his wife and daughter have disappeared and he must go after them. Vykers and Arune arrange for the Reaper to get his own body, but somehow the spell fails and he ends up in the body of the young woman Arune was supposed to occupy...and she, in turn, has fled with HIS body.

Book Three is about Long's search for Mardine and Esmine (his daughter) in the cold north, but also about Mardine's resurrection and subsequent struggle to figure out what the hell is going on and who she is. Kittins and Rem team up in the north also and kill Cindor. Or so they think. Speaking of resurrection, it seems the End of All Things is back. This isn't the case of course. Not entirely, anyway. His soul has taken possession of a baby, but this has happened so many times that this new End is constantly at war with his previous personalities/memories, etc., which make him in many ways even more mad than his predecessor. Meanwhile, Vykers is trying to lure Arune back to Lunessfor so that he can get his body back and kill her in revenge. Arune, however, has been pursing Aoife's love, in the guise of Vykers. At one point, Long and his crew fall into a very deep and mysterious hole in the ground where they battle strange creatures and sample a wondrous elixir that imparts all sorts of amazing feelings. Vykers does get his body back and heads north, too. Finally, everyone meets up in the far north just in time to battle the new End of All Things with Alheria's help. They defeat him, and Alheria reveals that Long is Mahnus. Mardine takes Esmine away, reasoning that Long is now too dangerous to be around.

In Book Four, the Emperor of the continent from which Vykers freed the Queen has come to conquer Vykers' homeland and, he hopes, settle a very old score against the Reaper. But Long Pete also spends a fair amount of time a) trying and failing to kill himself and then trying to figure out what he's supposed to be doing as a god. Kittins, Yendor and the rest of the gang sythesize the elixir from Book Three into a beverage they call "Long's Old Peculiar," with an eye towards selling it to everyone in town and becoming rich. Naturally, that's not what happens. But we meet the Alchemist in this book, along with Qansip Deda, a number of new giants and, in fact, Beesmarch "kills" Eoman and earns his crown by default. Eoman is actually floating downriver with Qansip. Colonel Bailis has been captured by the Imperials and forced to work for them. He is then commanded to help lead a mission into Lunessfor with Imperial troops. Things go decidedly awry, and he and his chief tormentor end up half-drowned inside the city. Vyker decides "screw Alheria" and heads off to the Sholdorn to find out more about his past, which ultimately leads him BACK over the sea, where he runs afoul of Frog, who is now like something out of Lovecraft. But he comes back from near-death with the help of Aoife, who has now risen to a sort of godhood in her own right and they defeat the Frog -- with help from the giant cat I mentioned earlier. Since the Emperor has gone after his homeland, Vykers decides to return the favor and attack the Emperor's city. Wielding a rage-possessed axe that Long gave him earlier, Vykers proceeds to kill everyone left in the city, including his own company. And that's where Book Four ends.

And now you're on book five.

Sheesh. It took me almost as long to type all that up from memory as it did to write the series! I hope you'll consider leaving a decent review!