Top 25 Fantasy Books Published in 2014

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
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#1
What do you guys think are the best books to have come out this year? Here is Ben and my lists. I'm going to post another one with @Sneaky Burrito @Danica and @Laurentius lists.

Click the link for in depth review (p.s. if you spot any mistakes, can you let me know)

http://bestfantasybooks.com/blog/a-year-in-review-the-top-25-best-fantasy-books-of-2014/

Ben's List (@btkong is a beast when it comes to reading)

1. Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
2. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
3. The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
4. The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
5. The Dark Defiles by Richard K. Morgan
6. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
7. The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
8. Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
9. The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
10. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
11. Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
12. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
13. The Fell Sword by Miles Cameron
14. The Waking Engine by David Edison
15. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
16. Fool’s Assassin by @Robin Hobb
17. The Widow’s House by Daniel Abraham
18. Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards
19. Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick
20. Half A King by Joe Abercrombie
21. The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
22. The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick
23. The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher
24. Hidden by Benedict Jacka
25. Sleeping Late for Judgement Day

Jon Snow's List (No Particular Order)

A. The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley
B. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
C. The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
D. Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
E. Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
F. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
G. The Forbidden Library By Django Wexler
H. Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson
I. Skin Game by Jim Butcher
J. The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
 

Griffin

Journeyed there and back again
#2
2. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
This is really high on my list, will be my first fantasy read after my more SF-oriented book run I'm doing.

3. The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
The book was quite good, but also definitely flawed (the female character). Interesting to see you praise it so high.

14. The Waking Engine by David Edison
Added to my list, seems great!
 

Griffin

Journeyed there and back again
#3
My best read of 2014 (based on the Goodreads rating system; no specific order):

*****
Brandon Sanderson - Words of Radiance
Pierce Brown - Red Rising
Andy Weir - The Martian

****
Sworn in Steel - Douglas Hulick
The Crimson Campaign - Brian McClellan
The Emperor's Blades - Brian Staveley
Half a King - Joe Abercrombie
The Widow's House - Daniel Abraham
The Shadow Throne - Django Wexler
The Mirror Empire - Kameron Hurley
Legion: Skin Deep - Brandon Sanderson

***
The Broken Eye - Brent Weeks
Tower Lord - Anthony Ryan
Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance - Jeff VanderMeer
War Dogs - Greg Bear
Sixth of the Dusk - Brandon Sanderson

**
Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey
 

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
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Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
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#7

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
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#8
Out of the 2014 releases the only thing I've read was The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley. I was not impressed. In fact I can safely say that overall I didn't like it.
To put not one, but two coming of age stories in one novel, when they are basically the same: training, than some more training, than some training on top of that and to have such weak sauce, unrealistic female characters? Unforgivable. I remember giving it 3 star on GR, and then after a while changing it to 2 stars.
Things this book has going for it? Mythology and creatures.
 

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
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#11
Out of the 2014 releases the only thing I've read was The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley. I was not impressed. In fact I can safely say that overall I didn't like it.
To put not one, but two coming of age stories in one novel, when they are basically the same: training, than some more training, than some training on top of that and to have such weak sauce, unrealistic female characters? Unforgivable. I remember giving it 3 star on GR, and then after a while changing it to 2 stars.
Things this book has going for it? Mythology and creatures.
Heh, I did mention on my list that forum members didn't like it ^_^
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
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#12
Heh, I did mention on my list that forum members didn't like it ^_^
Some forum members. I think I'm in a minority here.
Nonetheless, I hope Staveley will make amends with sequel in January :angelic:

Oh and great job on the lists guys. To read so much of the newly published stuff you have to be a beast as you said.
 

jwertz19

Philosophizes with Kellhus
#13
I'm really enjoying the heck out of The Emperor's Blades. Characters are in need of some depth, especially Adare the female protagonist. But it's entertaining, and really that's what is most important to me.
 

Derk of Derkholm

Journeyed there and back again
#14
Seems I haven't been keeping up with 2014 releases. Only "Skin Game" and "The Widow's House" for me. And "Foxglove Summer" on my TBR pile (maybe re-read the other books in the series first).

But, thanks to the forum, I read a lot of great older titles.
 

GreyMouser

Journeyed there and back again
#15
Hello and happy holidays!

It appears that I've only read 2 books released in 2014 and I loved both of them.

1. Emperor's Blades (I was thoroughly entertained despite its flaws.)

2. Words of Radiance
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
#16
Jon Snow sez: "Ben's List (@@btkong is a beast when it comes to reading)"

Thank goodness too. He's changed my life with his site. And seeing what he read just this year, I understand how he was able to know so much about so many books. I must say that the essays and cross-referencing impress me deeply, and I always mention that aspect when I recommend the bestfantasybooks.com site.
 

ofer

Journeyed there and back again
#18
*sigh* Amber. Why did it have to be Amber? :(

*hopeful* You're sure City of Wizards is not more closer in its excellence to Sword of Truth? ;)
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
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#20
*hopeful* You're sure City of Wizards is not more closer in its excellence to Sword of Truth?
Unfortunately for some people there's no doubt of excellence in either of those. I can't tell you how many recommendations I have seen of Terry Goodking and Terry Brooks over at Mobileread forum for example. For some people those are legitimately good reads. People over there regularly recommend Christofer Paolini, David Eddings, or John Norman's Gor series, plus the aforementioned two, all of who are on Ben's Worst Fantasy list.
You may not understand fully but BFB is a safe haven in a sea of madness like this.