My Top 5 Books of 2017

Wowser, Godblind rears her bloody head in another ‘best of’ list! Thanks to Observant Raven for reading, reviewing and championing my debut! xx

Observant Raven Book Reviews

At the start of 2017 I set myself the goal of reading 12 books and I am happy to report that I managed to read 20. This is 2 books less than what I read in 2016 but this has been some what of a manic year and I am okay with this as I have read some truly fantastic books this year. With that mind below are the top 5 books (in no particular order) I read in 2017.

1. The Core by Peter V. Brett


For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose—men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand…

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Top 10 Books of 2017

The lovely Brizzlelass’ lovely review of her top 10 books of the year. And Godblind was one of them. Hurrah!

BrizzleLass Books

It’s that time of the year again where I have to condense all of my reading into a list of ten. This has been a painful chore and I have agonised over the decisions made here, at the time of writing this I’ve read 203 books this year so narrowing this list to just 10 books is a painful endeavour. I could easily do ten books per genre I read!

There are books I’ve loved that I’ve had to leave off just because I only had ten spaces. Some of these have appeared in my most popular reviews over the last week which I think speaks for how they’ve appealed to a wider audience and that they have not just spoken to me individually. It would have been easy for me to only pick fantasy novels for this list because I find them so memorable, but I forced myself to look…

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The top 20 fantasy books that I’ve read this year.

I’m in a ‘Best of’ list! Yahooooo!

You and I Books

So, my first full year of reviewing is quickly coming to its end. I’ve had a great year and have read some amazing books. Believe it or not but it’s been incredibly tough to cut it down to my favourite 20! Without delay – my favourite fantasy books of the year. I’m limiting myself to one book per author.

20 – Melissa Caruso – The Tethered Mage

“Beautifully written political fantasy drama full of courtly intrigue, powerful enemies, and phenomenal magic potential”


19 – Brandon Sanderson – Oathbringer

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Fantasycon and Bristolcon – the final countdown (round up)

Fantasycon and Bristolcon marked the final conventions of my debut year, and they were both a blast. Fantasycon Fantasycon ran on 30 September and 1 October in Peterborough. I'd told the event organisers that I couldn't be there until mid-afternoon as I was flying in from Gothenburg Book Fair, so I had a reading at … Continue reading Fantasycon and Bristolcon – the final countdown (round up)