This is part 3 of my annual list – this time the best fiction books I read this year. The pickings were a little slimmer on this list, but I did have a few good ones.
I am already looking forward to 2022’s fiction options, which include an epic fantasy from one of my favorite thriller writers, diving into James Corey’s Expanse series (I have been enjoying the Amazon Prime series) and part 3 of Hilary Mantel’s historical fiction series on Thomas Cromwell.
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson Sanderson is probably my favorite contemporary author. Rhythm of War is part 4 in his immense, absorbing Stormlight series. The writing is great, the characters are fascinating, the plot twists and turns, and the world-building is great. I cannot wait until part 5 is written and released.
The Mage-Fire War by L. E. Modesitt Jr. Modesitt’s books tend to be somewhat similar and slow-moving, but for some reason I enjoy them immensely. The Mage-Fire War is set in the world of Recluse, a place where magic is order/black or chaos/white based. This book is the third featuring Beltur, an order mage who is growing in power but struggling to find a home where he and his family and friends can really call home.
2nd Tier books – still recommended.
Black Order by James Rollins
Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan
Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan
Age of Legend by Michael J. Sullivan
Age of Death by Michael J. Sullivan
Age of Empyre by Michael J. Sullivan
The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The Way of the Shadows by Brent Weeks
Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks