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Top 10 Fantasy Books of 2017

Top 10 Fantasy Books of 2017
The Best

Here's my list of the best fantasy novels I've read in 2017. I'll be keeping this list updated from month to month with all the new releases coming out. These are the books I HAVE read (or actually, listened to via audiobook).

So if you are looking for some of the standout reads for new fantasy released this year (2017), this list will point you in that direction. 
01

Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive

(Brandon Sanderson)

The #1 New York Times bestseller, Oathbringer is the third volume of Brandon Sanderson\'s Stormlight Archive fantasy epic where humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholins Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinars blood-soaked past and stand togetherand unless Dalinar himself can confront that pasteven the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere The Stormlight Archive #1 The Way of Kings #2 Words of Radiance#3 Oathbringer Edgedancer (Novella)

The Mistborn Trilogy #1 Mistborn: The Final Empire#2 The Well of Ascension#3 The Hero of Ages Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series #1 Alloy of Law#2 Shadows of Self#3 Bands of Mourning

Collection Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels Elantris Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series #1 Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians#2 The Scrivener\'s Bones #3 The Knights of Crystallia #4 The Shattered Lens #5 The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners Steelheart Firefight Calamity

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02

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

(Philip Pullman)

(Book of Dust, Volume 1)

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!\"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait:The Book of Dust is one of them.\" The Washington PostPhilip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novelThe Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, \"one of fantasy\'s most indelible characters.\" (TheNew York Times Magazine)Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy....Malcolm\'s parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue.He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dustand the spy it was intended for finds him.When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girljust a babynamed Lyra.Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.\"The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling.\"The New York Times\"People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman\'s new trilogywith the same helpless vehemence that stole over them whenThe Golden Compasscame out.\" Slate

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03

Exit West: A Novel

(Mohsin Hamid)
WINNER OF THE 2018 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZEFINALIST FOR THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZETEN BEST BOOKS OF 2017, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA breathtaking novel[that] arrives at an urgent time. NPRIt was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our future At once terrifying and oddly hopeful. Ayelet Waldman,The New York Times Book ReviewMoving, audacious, and indelibly human. Entertainment Weekly, A ratingANew York Timesbestseller, this holiday season, gift the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meetsensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doorsdoors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . . Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

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04

The City of Brass: A Novel

(S. A Chakraborty)

(The Daevabad Trilogy)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OFTHE YEARBY Library Journal |Vulture |The Verge|SYFYWire

Step into The City of Brass,the spellbindingdebut fromS. A. Chakraborty, an imaginative alchemyof The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, shes a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get bypalm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healingare all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive.

But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, shes forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brassa city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In Daevabad, within gilded brass walls laced with enchantments and behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, her arrival threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries.

Spurning Daras warning of the treachery surrounding her, she embarks on a hesitant friendship with Alizayd, an idealistic prince who dreams of revolutionizing his fathers corrupt regime. All too soon, Nahri learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for . . .

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The shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with The Fifth Season, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016, and The Obelisk Gate, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2017.Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel 2018Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2018The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother\'s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.\"Extraordinary.\" - New York Times on The Fifth SeasonThe Broken EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk GateThe Stone SkyFor more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:The Inheritance TrilogyThe Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of GodsThe Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed SunThe Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)

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06

The Stone in the Skull: The Lotus Kingdoms, Book One

(Elizabeth Bear)

Hugo Awardwinning author Elizabeth Bear returns to her critically acclaimed epic fantasy world of the Eternal Sky with a brand new trilogy.Best SFF Books 2017The GuardianKirkus Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017The Verge Recommended Fantasy for 2017Locus 2017 Recommended Reading List

The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.

The Lotus Kingdoms#1 The Stone in the Skull

The Eternal Sky Trilogy#1 Range of Ghosts#2 Shattered Pillars#3 Steles of the Sky

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07

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel

(Katherine Arden)

(Winternight Trilogy)

Katherine Ardens bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice. A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.Naomi Novik, bestselling author of UprootedWinter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurses fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil. Then Vasyas widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasyas stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village. But Vasyas stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the villages defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealedto protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurses most frightening tales.Praise for The Bear and the NightingaleArdens debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical.The Washington PostVasya [is] a clever, stalwart girl determined to forge her own path in a time when women had few choices.The Christian Science MonitorStunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page. . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate.Publishers Weekly(starred review)Utterly bewitching . . . a lush narrative . . . an immersive, earthy story of folk magic, faith, and hubris, peopled with vivid, dynamic characters, particularly clever, brave Vasya, who outsmarts men and demons alike to save her family.Booklist(starred review) An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.Robin Hobb

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08

The Power

(Naomi Alderman)
One of the New York Times\'s Ten Best Books of 2017A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017One of the Washington Post\'s Ten Best Books of 2017An NPR Best Book of 2017One of Entertainment Weekly\'s Ten Best Books of 2017A Bustle Best Book of 2017A Paste Magazine Best Novel of 2017A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017Winner of the Baileys Women\'s Prize for FictionOne of President Obama\'s favorite reads of 2017\"The Power is our era\'s The Handmaid\'s Tale.\" --Ron Charles, Washington Post\"Novels based on premises like the one at the core of The Power can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly -- her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly.\" --Michael Schaub, NPRA New York Times Book Review Editors\' ChoiceAn Amazon Best Book of 2017 ''WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN\'S PRIZE FOR FICTION''What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there\'s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

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09

The Prey of Gods

(Nicky Drayden)

'WINNER: 2017 Compton Crook Award!

'WINNER: 2017 RT Booklovers Award (Science Fiction)!

'A Wall Street Journal \"Summer Reading: One expert. One book\" pick for 2017!

'The RT Book Reviews \"June 2017: Seal of Excellence\" pick!

'A B&N Sci Fi and Fantasy Blog \"Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2017 So Far\" pick!

'A Book Riot Best Books of 2017 Pick!

'A Vulture \"The 10 Best Fantasy Books of 2017\" Pick!

From anew voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor comes The Prey of Gods,a fantastic, boundary-challenging tale, set in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new, which braids elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor.

In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yesthe days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:

A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .

An emerging AI uprising . . .

And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.

Its up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure theres a future left to worry about.

Fun and fantastic, Nicky Drayden takes her brilliance as a short story writer and weaves together an elaborate tale that will capture your heart . . . even as one particular demigoddess threatens to rip it out.

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10

River of Teeth

(Sarah Gailey)

A Finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award for Best NovellaSarah Gailey\'s wildfire debut River of Teeth is a rollicking alternate history adventure that Charlie Jane Anders calls \"preposterously fun.\"

In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

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