A big welcome to Jaime Lee Moyer who is here counting down her top ten fantasy novels of the last ten years and celebrating the release of A Barricade in Hell, Delia Martin #2 (published on June 3, 2014 by Tor Books). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Jaime Lee Moyer’s Top 10 Fantasy Novels of the Last Decade
My second ghost story/fantasy novel, A BARRICADE IN HELL, was released on June 3rd. Fantasy of any kind has been my first love since I was ten years old, and I read it all. I love being transported to new worlds and lifted out of the everyday routine, or seeing the world we do live in transformed in magical ways. One never knows who you’ll meet in a fantasy novel: ghosts or ancient Gods, magical creatures or legendary heroes, sorcerers or swordswomen.
As a genre, fantasy continues to grow and evolve and new voices join the old. I wanted to offer my top ten fantasy novels of the last ten years, YA, Adult, or Paranormal. These are in no particular order.
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Rachel and Logan defy the city Commander and set out across the Wasteland to find Rachel’s father. Their trek and the perils they encounter had me on the edge of my seat through the entire novel. C. J. Redwine pulls no punches. I love that.
The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond
Five years after the ancient Gods of mythology awoke around the world, seventeen year old Kyra Locke struggles to recover a missing relic in order to save her father’s life. Set in a transformed Washington, D.C. Kyra is faced with trickster Gods, a winged monster of a guardian, and forced to rely on people she’s not sure she can trust for help. A great, fast paced urban fantasy.
Chalice by Robin McKinley
Mirasol spends her days as a beekeeper gathering honey, until the Circle comes to tell her she is the new Chalice of Willowlands. Untrained and never expecting such responsibility, Mirasol must learn to bind the land to its new master, a man who is no longer quite human after training to become a Fire Priest. I have a special place in my heart for this book.
The Privilege of The Sword by Ellen Kushner
Katherine, the impoverished niece of Alec, the Mad Duke of Tremontaine, comes to live with her uncle in Riverside. Her family had hoped Alec would help Katherine find a good marriage, but he has other plans for his niece. Alec plans to train Katherine as a master swordswoman, a fate Katherine never envisioned. Once she takes up the sword, there’s no going back. A marvelous book with a great heroine.
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
For thousands of years in the land of Range, a million souls have been reincarnated again and again. They remember everything about their past lives, picking up where they left off with each new incarnation. Then Ana is born, the first new soul in all that time. No one knows why she’s there, or why an old soul vanished the day she was born, or if when she dies Ana will be reincarnated. Ana is determined to find the answer. A great book.
Cold Magic by Kate Elliot
Cat Barahal survived the flood that killed her parents. She’s spent her life with an aunt and uncle, and her cousin Bee. Cat and Bee are closer than most sisters. One night a Cold Mage appears at the family’s door and Cat is forced by her family to marry him. Discovering what the Cold Mages want from her sends Cat and Bee on a dangerous journey. The first volume in an incredible epic fantasy series.
The Drowning City by Amanda Downum
Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and spy, is sent by the crown to brew revolution in the city of Symir. This book is full of so much intrigue, plots within plots, and characters I’ll never forget. A wonderful book that takes place in a unique setting.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Once every hundred years, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa, the youngest of two princesses, who has never done a remarkable thing in her life and doesn’t see how she ever will, is the chosen one. On her sixteenth birthday Elisa is secretly married to a young king whose country is in turmoil. He needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure. How she comes into her own and learns to trust herself is a story full of danger and romance. An absolutely wonderful book.
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Temur, grandson of the Great Khan, is left for dead on a battlefield filled with bodies of his brother and his cousin’s armies. He is now the legitimate heir to his grandfather’s kingdom, but he’s not strong enough to claim it, or hold it. Once-Princess Samarkar gave up her titles, her worldly power, and risked death to become a Wizard of Tsarepheth. Temur and Samarkar come together to stand against a hidden cult that uses deceit and sorcerous power to drive the empires of the Celadon Highway to war. I can’t say enough about this book and this series. The worldbuilding is amazing, the characters sharply drawn and memorable.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Maia, the youngest, half-goblin son of the emperor has lived his entire life in exile. He wakes one morning to the news that his father and three half brothers have died in an accident. Maia has no choice but to take his place on the throne. He has no friends, no advisors or anyone he can trust, only the certain knowledge that his life could end as suddenly and violently as his father and brothers. Against the backdrop of a unique, colorful world, Maia learns to rule and how to be the Goblin Emperor. A wonderful, wonderful book that left me hoping for more stories about Maia and his life.
JAIME LEE MOYER’s Delia’s Shadow won the 2009 Columbus Literary Award for Fiction. Moyer has sold short fiction to Lone Star Stories, Daily Science Fiction, and to the Triangulations: End of the Rainbow, and Triangulations: Last Contact anthologies, and edited the 2010 Rhysling Award Anthology for the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Moyer lives in San Antonio with writer Marshall Payne, three cats, three guitars, and a growing collection of books and music.
One copy of A Barricade in Hell by Jaime Lee Moyer
Available on June 3, 2014 by Tor Books
In Jaime Lee Moyer’s A Barricade in Hell, Delia Martin has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with the ability to peer across to the other side. Since childhood, her constant companions have been ghosts. She used her powers and the help of those ghosts to defeat a twisted serial killer terrorizing her beloved San Francisco. Now it’s 1917—the threshold of a modern age—and Delia lives a peaceful life with Police Captain Gabe Ryan.
That peace shatters when a strange young girl starts haunting their lives and threatens Gabe. Delia tries to discover what this ghost wants as she becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding a charismatic evangelist who preaches pacifism and an end to war. But as young people begin to disappear, and audiences display a loyalty and fervor not attributable to simple persuasion, that message of peace reveals a hidden dark side.
As Delia discovers the truth, she faces a choice—take a terrible risk to save her city, or chance losing everything?
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