Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the year so it’s time to share all of my favourite books from the past 12 months. I have ten books that I want to share with you guys, although one is actually a series. I read over 80 books this year so it was a little tricky to narrow it down to just ten favourites but I got there in the end. Each of the books I’m going to mention are fantastic and I highly recommend checking them out. So in no particular order, let’s get started.
Favourite 2018 releases:
The Beast Player / Nahoko Uehashi / ★★★★★
Originally published in Japan in 2006, this fantastic book was translated into English by Cathy Hirano and published by Pushkin Press this year. I have to admit picking this up mainly for the cover but I am so glad I did because this is now one of my all time favourite books. It is fantastic. Check out my full review.
Wrath of Empire / Brian McClellan / ★★★★★
This is the second book in the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy. Set in the same world as his Powder Mage trilogy, this was a fantastic sequel and it was so good to be back with these characters. The third book is set to be released late 2019. Check out my full review.
The Bitter Twins / Jen Williams / ★★★★
This is the second book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy. I loved the first book so I had high hopes for this sequel and it did not disappoint. The world is wonderfully written, the plot is compelling and there are so many great characters. I cannot wait for the third and final book to be released sometime next year. Check out my full review.
Circe / Madeleine Miller / ★★★★
Based on the sorceress from Greek mythology, this book was inspired by The Odyssey by Homer. I thought this was a fantastic book and very accessible if you know little to nothing about Greek mythology, but also really enjoyable if you do know about it.
Blood of the Gods / David Mealing / ★★★★
This is the second book in the Ascension Cycle – the first is Soul of the World. Another fantastic epic fantasy book I’ve read this year. It’s a really underrated series with a wonderful cast of characters and interesting magic systems. I also love the covers to these books. Full review.
Tombland / C. J. Sansom / ★★★★.5
This is the seventh book in the Shardlake series. I’ve loved every book in this series and this instalment was no exception. If you love historical fiction mixed with mystery then you need to check these books out. I’m excited to see where this series goes next.
The Winter of the Witch / Katherine Arden / ★★★★★
Technially this is a 2019 release but I read it this year so I’m including it anyway. I loved this conclusion to this trilogy and I cannot recommend these books highly enough. If you’ve enjoyed the previous two books I think you’ll love this one too.
Favourite books that weren’t released this year:
Under Heaven / Guy Gavriel Kay / ★★★★★
Set in a fictionalised version of 8th Century China, this is a fantastic exmaple of historical fantasy. After finishing this book, it immediately went on my all time favourites list. This was my first book by the author and I can’t wait to slowly make my way through all his books. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Full review.
The Faithful and the Fallen series / John Gwynne / ★★★★.5
Set in the fictional world of the Banished land, this is a multiple perspective epic fantasy series. The first book, Malice, was first published in 2012. Each book is just as good as the last and I enjoyed every second of reading this series. The plot is compelling, the world is well written and there is a fantastic cast of characters.
Revelation / C. J. Sansom / ★★★★★
Fourth book in the Shardlake series, this is my favourite instalment. I’ve loved every book in this series but something about this one put it slightly above the others. If you enjoy a mix of historical fiction and mystery then you need to check these books out.