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.
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!
The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin
Kings of the Wyld, by Nicholas Eames
Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay
Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb
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