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We  would probably get a different five on the forum then the Facebook,Twitter bunch. We are far more sophisticated and beautiful ????
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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2017, 06:03:26 PM »
I was going to start this thread! :P 8)

I have to think about my 5, hehe
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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 06:37:47 PM »
Does this mean only books published in 2017 ?
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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2017, 06:50:08 PM »
Here are mine, I think, maybe...a hell of a strong year for books published in 2017.

Top 5 of 2017
The Ninth Rain - Jen Williams
Blackwing - Ed McDonald
City of Miracles - Robert Jackson Bennett
Kings of the Wyld - Nicolas Eames
The Seven - Peter Newman

Most Anticipated for 2018
Bloody Rose - Nicholas Eames
The Bitter Twins - Jen Williams
The Ember Blade - Chris Wooding

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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2017, 06:56:35 PM »
Does this mean only books published in 2017 ?
I believe so.
We can have our own thread of 'best books you read in 2017 (published any time)' sometime next week...
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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2017, 07:02:06 PM »
Most Anticipated books for 2018

The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding
Spoiler for Hiden:
A land under occupation. A legendary sword. A young man’s journey to find his destiny.

Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He’s never questioned it; that’s just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend Cade are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop. Unless they can somehow break free . . .

But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. The rules are not there to protect him, or his people, but to enslave them. A revolution is brewing, and Aren is being drawn into it, whether he likes it or not.

The key to the revolution is the Ember Blade. The sword of kings, the Excalibur of his people. Only with the Ember Blade in hand can their people be inspired to rise up . . . but it’s locked in an impenetrable vault in the most heavily guarded fortress in the land. All they have to do now is steal it. . .

Designed to return to classic fantasy adventures and values, from a modern perspective, this is a fast-moving coming-of-age trilogy featuring a strong cast of diverse characters, brilliant set-pieces and a powerful character and plot driven story.

The Good Guys by Steven Brust
Spoiler for Hiden:
A snarky, irreverent tale of secret magic in the modern world, the first solo standalone novel in a two decades from Steven Brust, the New York Times bestselling author of the Vlad Taltos series

“Delightful, exciting, and sometimes brilliant.” —Neil Gaiman on Steven Brust

Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine shots were lethal—or would have been, if their target had been anybody else. The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, and trained him further. “Lethal” turns out to be a relative term when magic is involved.

When Marci was fifteen, she levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she didn’t like. The Foundation scooped her up for training too.

“Hippie chick” Susan got well into her Foundation training before they told her about the magic, but she’s as powerful as Donovan and Marci now.

They can teleport themselves thousands of miles, conjure shields that will stop bullets, and read information from the remnants of spells cast by others days before.

They all work for the secretive Foundation…for minimum wage.

Which is okay, because the Foundation are the good guys. Aren’t they?

Lady Henterman’s wardrobe by Marshall Ryan Maresca
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Mixing high fantasy and urban fantasy, the second novel of the Streets of Maradaine series follows the Rynax brothers' crew of outlaws as they attempt their biggest heist yet and restore justice to the common people.

The neighborhood of North Seleth has suffered--and not just the Holver Alley Fire. Poverty and marginalization are forcing people out of the neighborhood, and violence on the streets is getting worse. Only the Rynax brothers--Asti and Verci--and their Holver Alley Crew are fighting for the common people. They've taken care of the people who actually burned down Holver Alley, but they're still looking for the moneyed interests behind the fire.

The trail of breadcrumbs leads the crew to Lord Henterman, and they plan to infiltrate the noble's house on the other side of the city. While the crew tries to penetrate the heart of the house, the worst elements of North Seleth seem to be uniting under a mysterious new leader. With the crew's attention divided, Asti discovers that the secrets behind the fire, including ones from his past, might be found in Lady Henterman's wardrobe

Also looking forward to  The Infernal Battalion (The Shadow Campaigns #5) by Django Wexler but I think it's already out, I'm not sure.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Military might and arcane power clash in Django Wexler’s thrilling new Shadow Campaigns novel.

The Beast, the ancient demon imprisoned beneath the fortress-city of Elysium for a thousand years, has been loosed on the world. It absorbs mind after mind, spreading like a plague through the north. The fell army it has raised threatens the heart of Vordan, and it is under the command of the Beast’s greatest prize: legendary general Janus bet Vhalnich.

As Queen Raesinia Orboan and soldiers Marcus D’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass grapple with the aftermath of a hard-fought military campaign, they soon discover a betrayal they never could have foreseen. The news arrives like a thunderbolt: Janus has declared himself the rightful Emperor of Vordan. Chaos grips the city as officers and regiments are forced to declare for queen or emperor.

Raesinia must struggle to keep her country under control and risks becoming everything she fought against. Marcus must take the field against his old commander, a man who has seemed an unbeatable strategist. And as Winter recovers from her injuries and mourns her losses, she knows the demon she carries inside her might be the only thing standing between the Beast and the destruction of everything in its path....

I only read seven books published in 2017 and only two got 5 stars rated by me

Bound (Alex Verus #8) by Benedict Jacka
Brother’s Ruin (Industrial Magic #1) by Emma Newman

Most Anticipated books for 2035

Doors of Stone (The Kingkiller Chronicle #3) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4) by Scott Lynch
Peace Talks (The Dresden Files #16) by Jim Butcher
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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2017, 09:51:22 PM »
There are a whole bunch of 2017 books I'm still super excited to read, but the ones I have read and loved were:
NK Jemisin - The Stone Sky
K Arsenault Rivera - The Tiger's Daughter
Marlee Jane Ward - Psynode

For 2018, I'm looking forward to:
K Arsenault Rivera - The Phoenix Empress
Rachel Hartman - Tess of the Road
VE Schwab - Vengeful
Naomi Novik - Spinning Silver
Ben Aaronovitch - Lies Sleeping

And one day we're going to get more Scott Lynch, right? *puppy eyes at the universe*

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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2017, 10:32:21 PM »
I actually think there is an outside chance of Winds of Winter and Thorn of Emberlain appearing in 2018.  Both writers have been trying their best to get the books written, and I suspect it will be a very short window between announcement and publication. 

I think there is more of a chance of a unicorn being found in South Korea than Doors of Stone being released.  I am beginning to suspect it will become a case of one of those books that is still being asked about in 20 years time. 
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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2017, 11:10:16 PM »
I'm surprised no one's mentioned Age of Swords. I haven't finished it, but considering I've only read two books published this year I have no say.

Most Anticipated for 2018
1. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
2. The Sacred Throne by Myke Cole
3. The Emperor Blade by Chris Wooding. Normally it wouldn't sound interesting, but Ketty Jay guy gets a read.
4. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
5. I can't come up with one so... Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

for this year I still have to read Age of Swords, The Core, Oathbringer, The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter. All of those combined with Red Sister would probably be my top 5, unless I absolutely hate one of them.

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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2017, 01:28:31 AM »
As i commented on the thread my bosrd topic my top 5 were:

Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames
My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady Hendrix
Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire
Frogkisser! - Garth Nix
River of Teeth - Sarah Gailey

I don't do anicipated releases, because if it doesn't come out then disappoint :(

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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2017, 07:49:18 AM »
Can only find four published in 2017 that I would choose. I did read Red Sister but not too sure if this series is one I will follow, so won’t include it here.

City of Miracles - Robert Jackson Bennett
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch
The Age of Swords - Michael J Sullivan
The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter -Michael J Sullivan, which I haven’t quite finished but like already.

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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2017, 10:32:52 PM »
My top published in 2017:

Aliette de Bodard - The house of binding thorns
Robin Hobb - Assassin's Fate
N.K. Jemisin - The stone sky
Mark Lawrence - Red sister
Anna Stephens - Godblind
Jen Williams - The ninth rain
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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2017, 10:45:48 PM »
My top published in 2017:

Aliette de Bodard - The house of binding thorns
Robin Hobb - Assassin's Fate
N.K. Jemisin - The stone sky
Mark Lawrence - Red sister
Anna Stephens - Godblind
Jen Williams - The ninth rain

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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2017, 10:46:29 PM »
I posted a comment, but reposting here.

My personal favorites from 2017:
Fields of Fire – Marko Kloos
War and Craft – Tom Doyle
Skyfarer – Joseph Brassey
War of the Usurper – Eli Freysson

In 2018 I’m looking forward to:
Points of Impact – Marko Kloos
The Midnight Front – David Mack
Servants of the Sands – Leona Wisoker

Also, I *loved* The Copper Promise by Jen Williams, and would have listed that had it not come out in 2016.

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Re: Are you going to pick Fantasy Faction’s best Fantasy book of 2017
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2017, 10:50:10 PM »
My top published in 2017:

Aliette de Bodard - The house of binding thorns
Robin Hobb - Assassin's Fate
N.K. Jemisin - The stone sky
Mark Lawrence - Red sister
Anna Stephens - Godblind
Jen Williams - The ninth rain

Is Mark an honorary girl?
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I hadn't even realised I chose all female authors except for him!!
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