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With a Martin-esque plot and Jim Butcher pace, The Axe and the Throne is a definite "must read" for even the pickiest fantasy fans.
In his stunning debut, Ireman has built the type of world so vivid and engrossing that leaving it at the end is agony. In spite of leaning toward grimdark, where authors often enshroud every scene in depressing darkness, there is no lack of cheerful moments or brilliant scenery. Yet the pangs of near-instant nostalgia that come after you put down a book like this have less to do with the inspired setting, and far more to do with those who inhabit it.
From savage, unremorseful heroes, to deep, introspective villains, the cast of this story is comprised of believable characters capable of unthinkable actions. And it is these characters -- the ones you wish you could share a drink with or end up wanting to kill -- that forge the connection between fantasy and reality. Keethro, Titon, Ethel, Annora. These are names you will never forget, and each belongs to a man or woman as unique as they are memorable.
No book would be complete without a its fair share of intrigue, however, and there is no lack of it here. Each chapter leaves you wanting more, and Ireman's masterful use of misdirection leads to an abundance of "oh shit" moments. Do not be fooled (or do -- perhaps that's part of the fun) by storylines that may appear trope-ish at first. This is no fairytale.
In the vein of Robert Jordan and David Eddings, C.M. Pendleton's A Dark Tyranny is quickly becoming a fan favorite...
The series debut, A Dark Tyranny, quickly gathered a dedicated reader base, due to its return to timeless qualities of traditional epic fantasy. The author and series have been featured in well-known blogs, as well as the internationally distributed magazine SciFiNow. Book two, Ruins of the West, was released in July 2016 and is quickly solidifying the quality of the series amongst fantasy readers.
An ancient evil has been awakened that seeks to burn through the world with a hungry vengeance. Wolven beasts and gorgons ravage the four realms of man. The hierarchy of class and heritage are no more, as families are torn apart and lives are forever changed. Kings and nobles fall whimpering or lashing out like savage dogs. A small few find their fate intertwined, as they fight for survival and for those they love.
An exiled commander is thrust back into a world he longed to forget.
A lone Nighteye finds his curse lifted and his true image restored.
A young noblewoman struggles to escape a gorgon caravan.
A former slave befriends an ancient and majestic creature.
The afflicted brother of a traitorous king discovers a secret that could cost him his life.
Of Darkness & the Light is a thrilling epic that brings readers into a vivid world full of magic, adventure, and treachery. For more info about the series check out the Amazon page,or visit the author's webpage to find out more info about his books and writing.
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- 1 Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer)
- 2 Ancillary Justice (2014) (Ann Leckie)
- 3 2312 (2013) (Kim Stanley Robinson)
- 4 Among Others (2012) (Jo Walton)
- 5 Blackout/All Clear (2011) (Connie Willis)
- 6 The Windup Girl (2010) (Paolo Bacigalupi)
- 7 Powers (2009) (Ursula K. Le Guin)
- 8 The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2008) (Michael...
- 9 Seeker (2007) (Jack McDevitt)
- 10 Camouflage (2006) (Joe Haldeman)
- 11 Paladin Of Souls (2005) (Lois McMaster Bujold...
- 12 The Speed Of Dark (2004) (Elizabeth Moon)
- 13 American Gods (2003) (Neil Gaiman)
- 14 The Quantum Rose (2002) (Catherine Asaro)
- 15 Darwin's Radio (2001) (Greg Bear)
- 16 Parable Of The Talents (2000) (Octavia E. But...
- 17 Forever Peace (1999) (Joe Haldeman)
- 18 The Moon And The Sun (1998) (Vonda N. McIntyr...
- 19 Slow River (1997) (Nicola Griffith)
- 20 The Terminal Experiment (1996) (Robert J. Saw...
- 21 Moving Mars (1995) (Greg Bear)
- 22 Red Mars (1994) (Kim Stanley Robinson)
- 23 Doomsday Book (1993) (Connie Willis)
- 24 Stations Of The Tide (1992) (Michael Swanwick...
- 25 Tehanu: The Last Book Of Earthsea (1991) (Urs...
- 26 The Healer's War (1990) (Elizabeth Ann Scarbo...
- 27 Falling Free (1989) (Lois McMaster Bujold)
- 28 The Falling Woman (1988) (Pat Murphy)
- 29 Speaker For The Dead (1987) (Orson Scott Card...
- 30 Ender's Game (1986) (Orson Scott Card)
- 31 Neuromancer (1985) (William Gibson)
- 32 Startide Rising (1984) (David Brin)
- 33 No Enemy But Time (1983) (Angel Martinez)
- 34 The Claw Of The Conciliator (1982) (Gene Wolf...
- 35 Timescape (1981) (Gregory Benford)
- 36 The Fountains Of Paradise (1980) (Arthur C. C...
- 37 Dreamsnake (1979) (Vonda N. McIntyre)
- 38 Gateway (1978) (Frederik Pohl)
- 39 Man Plus (1977) (Frederik Pohl)
- 40 The Forever War (1976) (Joe Haldeman)
- 41 The Dispossessed (1975) (Ursula K. Le Guin)
- 42 Rendezvous With Rama (1974) (Arthur C. Clarke...
- 43 The Gods Themselves (1973) (Isaac Asimov)
- 44 A Time Of Changes (1972) (Robert Silverberg)
- 45 Ringworld (1971) (Larry Niven)
- 46 The Left Hand of Darkness (1970) (Ursula K. L...
- 47 Rite Of Passage (1969) (Alexei Panshin)
- 48 The Einstein Intersection (1968) (Samuel R. D...
- 49 Flowers For Algernon (1967) (Daniel Keyes)
- 50 Babel-17 (1967) (Samuel R. Delany)
- 51 Dune (1966) (Frank Herbert)