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Help Us Choose the Best Fantasy Novel of 2018!

EDIT: Nominations are in! Our winner will be announced soon!

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Greeting Factioners! If you are in the US, Happy Thanksgiving! If you are not, happy Thursday! But wherever you are, today is an exciting day! It’s time to help us pick the best fantasy novel of 2018!

Traditionally published, indie published, self-published, if it came out in 2018 it qualifies. Each person can nominate as many books as they like, but please do not nominate yourself.

We look forward to having a massive list of your favorite reads to choose from! Thanks in advance and Happy Reading!

Best of 2018 (large)

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  1. Avatar James Latimer says:

    The Winter Road – Adrian Selby
    City of Lies – Sam Hawke

  2. Avatar Aimee warner says:

    Tower of living and dying- Anna Smith Spark

  3. Avatar Al says:

    I assume we post them here, so here goes in no particular order:

    The Winter Road, by Adrian Selby
    The Fires of Muspelheim, by Matt Larkin
    Ravencry, by Ed McDonald
    A Study in Emerald, by Neil Gaiman
    City of Lies, by Sam Hawke
    Wolf’s Head, by Steven McKay
    Foundryside, by Robert Jackson Bennett
    The Poppy War, by RF Kuang
    The Grey Bastards, by Jonathan French

  4. Avatar ScarletBea says:

    Hey Jennie, it’s only books published for the first time in 2018, right?
    So 18 paperbacks from 17 don’t count?

    I’ll have to check, the majority of what I read is usually from previous years.

  5. Avatar Ben says:

    Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames.

  6. Avatar Tom Smith says:

    Bloody Rose
    Ravencry
    King of Assassins
    We Ride the Storm
    Kings of Paradise
    Jade City
    A Time of Dread
    The Iron Ghost
    Godsgrave
    Wrath of Gods

  7. Avatar James Hopper says:

    The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston

  8. Avatar Sam Hawke says:

    I’ve really enjoyed:
    The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton
    We Ride the Storm – Devin Madson
    Foundryside – Robert Jackson Bennett
    The Beast’s Heart – Leife Shallcross

  9. Aching God – Mike Shel
    Kingshold – D.P. Woolliscroft
    Banebringer – Carol A. Park
    Master Assassins – Robert V.S. Redick
    The Monster Baru Cormorant – Seth Dickinson
    The Shape of Water – Daniel Kraus

  10. Avatar Petrik says:

    Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
    King of Assassins by R.J. Barker
    Lancelot by Giles Kristian
    The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
    The Poppy War by Rebecca F. Kuang
    Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames
    Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
    The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding
    We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

  11. Avatar Cass Morris says:

    Circe, Madeline Miller
    The Poppy War, RF Kuang
    The Diminished, Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
    Freyja’s Daughter, Rachel Pudelek
    The Cruel Prince, Holly Black
    A Reaper at the Gates, Sabaa Tahir
    Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri
    The Memory of Fire, Callie Bates
    Bruja Born, Zoraida Córdova
    Torn, Rowenna Miller

    So many good books this year!

  12. Avatar Noah says:

    From Unseen Fire – Cass Morris

  13. The Bitter Twins – Jen Williams
    Priest of Bones – Peter McLean
    Blood of Assassins – RJ Barker

  14. Avatar Geneva says:

    The Land: Predators by Aleron Kong

  15. Avatar Mary Morris says:

    From Unseen Fire

  16. Avatar Berislav Lopac says:

    Ben Aaronovitch – Lies Sleeping

  17. ‘Chasing Graves’ by Ben Galley

  18. Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand!

  19. Avatar @bunnyreads (jennifer) says:

    Bad Faith by Jon Hollins
    Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
    Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell
    The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer
    We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson
    The Isle of Gold by Seven Jane

  20. Avatar Chris Everson says:

    The Tower of Living and Dying – Anna Smith Spark
    The Bitter Twins – Jen Williams

  21. Standouts for me were

    Master Assassins (top billing) by Robert VS Redick

    A Time of Dread – John Gwynne

    Priest of Bones – Peter McLean

    Sure to be on my list for next year (and read as ARCs this year)

    The Hod King – Josiah Bancroft (so damn good)

    For the Killing of Kings – Howard Andrew Jones

  22. Avatar daniel kelly says:

    grey sister -mark Lawrence
    chasing graves – ben galley
    lancelot – giles Kristian
    cold iron – miles cameron

  23. Chris Wooding – The Ember Blade
    RF Kuang – The Poppy War
    RJ Barker – King of Assassins

  24. Avatar Peat says:

    The Empyreus Proof by Bryan Wigmore
    The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston
    The Imbued Lockblade by MD Presley

  25. Avatar Jack Shelton says:

    Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
    Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
    Empire of Sand – Tasha Suri

  26. Avatar Gregory says:

    Just the best?
    Grey Sister
    By Mark Lawrence

  27. Avatar JC Kang says:

    Jade Ctiy

    Grey Bastards (does it count?)

    Edinberg Seer

    Son of a Liche

    Paternus: Wrath of the Gods

  28. Avatar Paul Steinman says:

    Cold Iron– Miles Cameron
    Grey Sister– Mark Lawrence
    The Traitor God–Cameron Johnston

  29. Avatar ScarletBea says:

    Early Riser – Jasper Fforde
    The Traitor God – Cameron Johnston
    Here be Dragons – David Macpherson
    The bitter twins – Jen Williams

  30. Avatar Luke Bell says:

    The Fall of the Phoenix – Daniel Kelly

  31. The Traitor God – Cameron Johnston

  32. Avatar Gemma Godwin says:

    Sam Hawke – City of Lies

  33. Avatar Andrew says:

    Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
    King of Assassins – R J Baker
    Bloody Rose – Nicholas Eames

  34. Avatar Assaph Mehr says:

    New Magic – Joseph Malik
    Black City Dragon – Richard Knaak

  35. Avatar sam says:

    In no particular order:

    Marked – Benedict Jacka
    Last Dragon Standing – Rachel Aaron
    Wrath of Empire – Brian McClellan
    Vengeful – V.E. Schwab

  36. Avatar Bubblefett says:

    Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
    Spark City – Robert J Power

  37. Hmm,

    Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames
    Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

    But I haven’t read much from ’18 yet, to be honest…

  38. Avatar Sumay says:

    So here are my favourites (in descending order)

    Grey Sister – Mark Lawrence
    Foundryside – Robert Jackson Bennet
    Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire
    The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter – Micheal J Sullivan
    Binti Night Masquerade – Nnedi Okorafor

  39. Avatar Adam Weller says:

    The Ember Blade – Chris Wooding
    Master Assassins – Robert VS Reddick
    Bloody Rose – Nick Eames
    Grey Sister – Mark Lawrence
    Aching God – Mike Shel
    We Ride the Storm – Devin Madson
    The Silver Sorceress – Alec Hutson
    Skyward – Brandon Sanderson
    Hero Forged – Josh Erikson
    The Poppy War – RF Kuang

  40. Avatar Taylor FitzGerald says:

    Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik

    Also The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden (though this might have been very late 2017? Not enough time to get on many best of 2017 lists!)

  41. Avatar Al says:

    Favourite – The Winter Road by Adrian Selby

    The rest – in no particular order
    We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson
    Chasing Graves by Ben Galley
    The Fires of Muspelheim by Matt Larkin
    Shadow of the Exile, by Mitchell Hogan
    Ravencry by Ed McDonald
    Wolf’s Head by Steven A McKay
    City of Lies by Sam Hawke
    Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
    The Poppy War by RF Kuang

  42. Avatar Adam Weller says:

    The Ember Blade – Chris Wooding
    Grey Sister – Mark Lawrence
    Bloody Rose – Nick Eames
    Aching God – Mike Shel
    We Ride the Storm – Devin Madson
    The Poppy War – RF Kuang

  43. Avatar Jason C says:

    Bloody Rose – Nicholas Eames

  44. Avatar Susan Whitehead says:

    Foundrside
    Ravencry
    Empire of Silence
    The Poppy War
    Only Human
    Armistice
    Wrath of Empire
    Grey Sister
    Iron Gold
    Vengeful
    City of Lies

  45. Grey Sister – Mark Lawrence
    Wrath of Empire – Brian McClellan
    Foundry Side – Robert Jackson Bennett
    The Tower of Living and Dying – Anna Smith Spark
    The Traitor Baru Cormorant – Seth Dickinson
    Master Assassins – Robert V.S. Redick
    The Bitter Twins – Jen Williams
    The Armored Saint / The Queen of Crows – Myke Cole

  46. Avatar Sarah says:

    Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – no contest IMHO

  47. Avatar Elfy says:

    Most of mine this year have been weirdly enough, SF, but the two fantasies that impressed me most were Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames and The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French.

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