Tuesday, June 9, 2015

List of Phenomenal Books - Under Construction

List of Phenomenal Books
Sampler/Bundle/Anthology/Short stories/Singles
Carol Berg, Richard Lee Byers, David Dalglish, James Enge, John Gwynne, Lian Hearne, Snorri Kristjansson, Joseph Lallo, Mark Lawrence, Tim Marquitz, Peter Orullian, Cat Rambo, Laura Resnick, Mark Smylie, Kenny Soward, Shawn Speakman, Jon Sprunk, Anton Strout, Michael J Sullivan, Django Wexler, Anthony Ryan, Paul S Kemp, James A Moore, Jean Rabe, Bradley P Beaulieu, S.R. Cambridge, Clay Sanger Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues YA 8.7/10 Review
J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit
Duo/Duology (2)
Douglas Hulick Tales of the Kin
Among Thieves
Sworn in Steel
Tamora Pierce Tricksters
Trickster's Choice
Trickster's Queen
Trilogies (3)
Cornelia Funke Inkheart
Mark Lawrence The Broken Empire
Prince of Thorns M 8.0/10
King of Thorns M 7.9/10
Emperor of Thorns M 8.1/10
David Chandler Ancient Blades Trilogy
Den of Thieves
A Thief in the Night
Honor Among Thieves
Brandon Sanderson Mistborn
The Final Empire YA 9.5/10
The Well of Ascension YA 9.6/10
The Hero of Ages YA 9.7/10
Brandon Sanderson Reckoners
Steelheart YA 9.7/10
Firefight YA 9.7/10
Calamity (not yet released)
Robin Hobb The Farseer Trilogy
Assassin's Apprentice YA 8.8/10
Royal Assassin YA 8.7/10
Assassin's Quest YA 8.5/10
Michael J Sullivan Riyria Revelation
Theft of Swords YA 9.4/10
Rise of Empire YA 9.5/10
Heir of Novron YA 9.5/10
Michael J Sullivan Riyria Chronicles
The Crown Tower YA 9.6/10
The Rose and the Thorn YA 9.6/10
The Death of Dulgath(not yet released)
Brian Staveley Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne
The Emperor's Blades YA 9.2/10
The Providence of Fire YA 9.3/10
(not yet announced)
Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicle
The Name of the Wind YA 9.5/10
The Wise Man's Fear YA 9.4/10
(not yet announced)
Karen Miller Kingmaker, Kingbreaker
A Blight of Mages
The Innocent Mage
The Awakened Mage
Ty Johnston The Kobalos Trilogy YA 9.6/10
City of Rogues
Road to Wrath
Dark King of the North
Ty Johnston Horrors of the Bond Trilogy YA 9.5/10
Ghosts of the Asylum
Demon Chains
The Company of Seven
Will Wight The Traveler's Gate
House of Blades YA 9.3/10
The Crimson Vault YA 9.5/10
City of Light YA 9.6/10
Edward W Robertson The Cycle of Arawn
The White Tree
The Great Rift(have not read)
The Black Star(have not read)
Tamora Pierce Beka Cooper
Terrier YA 9.5/10
Bloodhound YA 9.4/10
Mastiff YA 9.5/10
J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
Brent Weeks Night Angel
Way of Shadows YA 9.3/10
Shadow's Edge YA 9.4/10
Beyond the Shadows YA 9.4/10>
Cycle/Quartet (4)
Ursula Le Guin Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan
The Farthest Shore
Christopher Paolini Inheritance Cycle
Eragon YA 8.6/10
Eldest YA 8.7/10
Brisingr YA 8.9/10
Inheritance YA 8.9/10
Brent Weeks Lightbringer
The Black Prism YA 9.2/10
The Blinding Knife YA 9.1/10
Broken Eye YA 9.2/10
The Blood Mirror YA 9.2/10
Tad Williams Shadowmarch
Jonathan Stroud Bartimaeus Sequence
The Amulet of Samarkand YA 8.4/10
The Golem's Eye YA 8.6/10
Ptolemy's Gate YA 8.6/10
The Ring of Solomon YA 8.5/10
Krista D Ball Tranquility
Blaze(have not read)
Schemes(not yet released)
Saga/Quintet (5)
Lloyd Alexander The Chronicles of Prydain
The Book of Three
The Black Cauldron
The Castle of Llyr
Taran Wanderer
A High King
T.A. Barron The Lost Years of Merlin
The Lost Years
The Seven Songs
The Raging Fires
The Mirror of Fate
A Wizard's Wings
Brandon Mull Fablehaven
Fablehaven E 8.7/10
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star E 8.7/10
Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague E 8.8/10
Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary E 8.8/10
Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison E 9.0/10
Kristen Britain Green Rider Series
Green Rider YA 9.3/10
First Rider's Call YA 9.2/10
The High King's Tomb YA 9.3/10
Blackveil YA 9.4/10
Mirror Sight YA 6.0/10
Peter V Brett Demon Cycle
The Painted Man YA 8.8/10
The Desert Spear YA 9.0/10
The Daylight War YA 9.2/10
The Skull Throne YA 9.0/10
The Core(not yet released) YA 9.5/10
Sextet (6)
Kelly McCullough Fallen Blade Series
Broken Blade
Bared Blade
Crossed Blades
Blade Reforged
Drawn Blades
Darkened Blade
David Dalglish The Shadowdance Series
A Dance of Cloaks YA 8.9/10
A Dance of Blades YA 9.0/10
A Dance of Mirrors YA 9.1/10
A Dance of Shadows YA 9.0/10
A Dance of Ghosts YA 9.0/10
A Dance of Chaos YA 9.1/10
Jim Butcher Codex Alera
Furies of Calderon YA 9.5/10
Academ's Fury YA 9.6/10
Cursor's Fury YA 9.6/10
Captain's Fury YA 9.7/10
Princep's Fury YA 9.9/10
First Lord's Fury YA 9.8/10
David A Wells Sovereign of the Seven Isles
Sovereign Stone
Blood of the Earth
Cursed Stone
Epics/Unknown/Uncomplete/Continuing Series/Other (7+)
Christopher Nuttall Schooled in Magic (7 books so far) YA 8.9/10
Lindsay Burokers Emperor's Edge (8 books so far) M 8.8/10
Jon Kiln Blade Asunder (2 books so far)
Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl (8 books) YA 8.9/10
John Flanagan The Ranger's Apprentice (12 books) YA 7.3/10
Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider (9 books) YA 8.7/10
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter (7 books) E 8.5/10
Brandon Sanderson Stormligh Archives
The Way of Kings YA 9.8/10
Words of Radiance YA 9.8/10
Jim Butcher Dresden Files (14 books) YA 9.2/10
Brian Jacques Redwall (22 books) YA 8.3/10
Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson The Wheel of Time (14 books) M 8.5/10
Scott Lynch The Gentleman Bastard Sequence
The Lies of Locke Lamora YA 8.4/10
Red Seas Under Red Skies YA 8.5/10
The Republic of Thieves YA 8.3/10
Jonathan Renshaw Dawn of Wonder: The Wakening E 9.4/10
Naomi Novik Temeraire (9 books) M 8.1/10
M.L. Forman Adventurer's Wanted (4 books) E 6.6/10
*Please note this table is not yet complete, is continuously updated, and according to my own opinion. This list only contains books I have completely read, unless marked otherwise (unreleased/unannounced/unread) and would encourage anyone who wants to read them to do so. Those authors bolded and with red stars are some of my favorite authors who can write just about anything and its still phenomenal.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues Review

This book is a collection of short stories from several authors about ... well, everything mentioned in the title (blackguards, assassins, mercenaries, and rogues). Originally funded as a Kickstarter project it can now be found on Ragnarok's website. This is an amazing book with 38 stories each by a different author. Some of the amazing authors include but definitely not limited to David Dalglish, Michael J. Sullivan, and Anthony Ryan. Though some of the authors were unknown to me, each of the stories were phenomenal, forcing me to add several of the authors from this book to my list of author's books I need to read in the future. It is a great book to find an author with a writing style that you like, a story that sounds interesting, or multiple authors. Some of the stories were offshoots from the authors known works, but each story can be read on its own with no prior knowledge of other works. Even though I won't go into great detail, because of the variety of stories, I will mention that most are written in a fantasy world of grit, daggers/swords, and maybe some magic, and the setting that I expected them all to be written in; there were a few written as if they happened in our world. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in stories about assassins, mercenaries, or rogues. This is a great book to find the names of authors who specialize in this genre.