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Book Reviews: Some of My Favorite Fantasy Reads

Like most of the stories I write, my Red Wraith series is a blend of genres. And since the boxed set (Colors and Ghosts) is releasing in February, I thought I'd use the next few posts to talk about some of my favorite reads in those genres.


First up: fantasy. Below are my thoughts on five truly epic tales I've enjoyed recently.


Cover of Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb.

Of these, Robin Hobb’s The Assassin’s Apprentice stands above the rest for me. It’s the starting point for a character-driven series brimming with exquisite world-building. The central players—FitzChivalry Farseer, his complicated friend the Fool, and (eventually) the wolf Nighteyes—are compelling and worth rooting for. And while not all the entries in Hobb’s masterpiece are as good as the first one, taken as a whole, the tale is probably my favorite epic not named Lord of the Rings. I still think about the ending.


If you’ve read The Assassin’s Apprentice or any of the other books on this list, feel free to let me know what you thought. And if you try one and like it, I’d love to hear about that too!



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Cover of the historical fantasy novel Witch in the White City, by Nick Wisseman.

Millions of visitors. Thousands of exhibits. One fiendish killer.

Neva’s goals at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago are simple. Enjoy the spectacle—perhaps the greatest the United States has ever put on. (The world’s fair to end all world’s fairs!) Perform in the exposition’s Algerian Theatre to the best of her abilities. And don’t be found out as a witch.

Easy enough … until the morning she looks up in the Theatre and sees strangely marked insects swarming a severed hand in the rafters.

"... a wild ride sure to please lovers of supernatural historical mysteries." – Publishers Weekly

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