Hi dear friends,
This is already day 13th in our #BestBooksof2018 daily challenge!
Today’s topic is one of my favorites: Fantasy/PNR!
I have read nearly 20% of fantasy PNR this year so choosing one winner was not really easy! I loved series like Throne of Glass, The Cruel Prince etc BUT there was really one book that was totally unexpected yet that worked extremely well.
My winner of the day is
Pestilence by Laura Thalassa
First sign this book would be exceptional: my friend Raven from @eradingaddiction gave it a very good review. So far I’ve noticed that I loved all the books she has recommended.
Second sign: I was unable to put it down. Even when unexpected ARCs landed on my Kindle and I had a total of 7 days to read 4 ARCs did I not stop reading before reaching the end.
Third sign: it surprised me! I did not expect this happening in our modern world! I thought it would happen in Antiquity ( mind you the Four Horsemen are a belief from the Bible!).
Then I had no idea Laura Thalassa would make me like Pestilence and see all his character’s development whereas he still killed innocent people and kids. I should have hated him yet I didn’t!
This story is the perfect blend of action and character driven story!
I think the biggest asset of this book is how Laura gave life to Pestilence. She stayed true to his nature and purpose and yet made him grow and see past his preconceived notions about hateful humans.
The banter was also epic! Sara had sass and spunk. Together they created fireworks.
“Human, you’ve piqued my interest—a rare accomplishment. Don’t squander it.” “Squander it?” This guy. “You mean by refusing to talk to you?” That’s real cute. “I’ll tell you a rare accomplishment—pissing me off.” He guffaws. “You mean this hellcat nature of yours is atypical?” Bringing out all my stabby tendencies.”
This seems like an interesting book. The way the characters interact seems like some really great writing. I will have to put this on my TBR list! Great choice!
The only fantasy one I loved this year was A Dance with Dragons part one but I did read some good urban fantasy by Simone Pond, Vivian Shaw, Carrie Vaughn, Kevin Hearne etc.
Interesting choice. I haven’t read this yet, but it’s on my Kindle
I adored Pestilence quite a bit too….although if I had to choose a favorite fantasy…it would probably be Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley.
Love your choice, Sophie! This is one of my best books of 2018 too! I can’t wait to read WAR!
Me too Raven! War must be so good!!!!
Wow, this edged out the Cruel Prince for you? I’ll have to take a look!
Mogsy it was so unusual with the hero being one of the Four Horsemen …
Hmmm….I haven’t read anything like this but I do like the cover! Nice choice Sophie!
Oh Trisy I swear you’d adore this one! Trust me 😉
This is a new title to me, and I love Fantasy. I am reading the Throne of Glass series. I admittedly just started it. I will also be reading the Dark Artifices trilogy (behemoth books!), in January and February. I was reading Wheel of Time until I realized after the first book that it is very cliche.
If you want some adult suggestions, I recommend Matthew Swift starting with Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin, The Darwath series by Barbara Hambley, and The Silicon Mage series by Barbara Hambley. These women are AMAZING writers. The stories will consume you,
Thank you so much for the recommendations Jennifer!!!
Yikes. How have I ot heard of this one. It’s so me. And its been too long since I’ve delved into this genre. On my list it goes:)
Hahaha happy to know I help growing your TBR list Laura!
I haven’t seen a whole lot of this one this year but I have seen the series mentioned here and there. Sounds like this one deserves more attention! And I’m still laughing over that quote from the book. 🙂
OMG Tanya I just know this would be “your” kind of book! Really really really. Pushy? Me? Noooo LOL
Someone wrote a love story about a guy named pestilence? Sophie, you never cease to surprise me with the books you read and review, I learn something new every day I come here. 😀 I’m almost tempted by this one just to find out ore.
Bwahahaha yes someone wrote a book about a guy named Pestilence Alexandra 😉 And he is the “real” Pestilence I assure you! You could give it a try as I think maybe you’ll end up loving it!
Laura is a fantastic author. I have to read this one still, but I finished her Bargainer series last month, and it was absolutely delicious. Fantastoc choice Soph❤️
Thank you so much Ari!!! Glad you approve LOL
Great choice Sophie! I’ve been seeing this book a lot this year.
Thank you Kayla! I hope you’ll give it a chance one day 😉