This year one of my goals is to read tomes (larger novels), therefore I wanted to create a post with a list of all the novels that I’d like to read this year that meet that category.
This post is pretty self explanatory, it’s just going to be a list of the top 10 tomes I want to read this year. I hope you enjoy!
This is a series that I have been told about endlessly by my boyfriend, therefore I have decided to read the three books that are (currently) out. This includes The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Oathbringer.
These novels are incredibly long and daunting, but I’m sure if I love this series, the long books will be a welcome challenge.
I don’t know exactly what this series is about, I just know that it includes a lot of action and fighting, as well as a talking sword?
Here is the plot summary for the first novel The Way of Kings:
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.
One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.
Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.
This is another high fantasy series that I’ve heard a lot of things about and have been wanting to read for quite some time. This trilogy currently has 2 novels out with the third coming out this year in August, so I think it’s something that I’ll start in a couple of months, so that I can start the third novel right when it comes out.
The names of the novels are as follows:
Again, I’m not entirely sure what this novel is about, but you can see the plot summary for the first novel below:
It has been twenty years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs – once thought of almost as gods – were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs’ fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion’s Four Tenets. A representation of these laws is now written into the flesh of any who use the Gift, forcing those so marked into absolute obedience.
As a student of the Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war fought – and lost – before he was born. Despised by most beyond the school walls, he and those around him are all but prisoners as they attempt to learn control of the Gift. Worse, as Davian struggles with his lessons, he knows that there is further to fall if he cannot pass his final tests.
But when Davian discovers he has the ability to wield the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything. To the north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir. And to the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian’s wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is…
Lightbringer by Brent Weeks
This is a series that I have been wanting to read for more than a year now. I think this year is finally the time to get to it. This series contains four novels, and I believe it will not have anymore, so that just means that I need to read these four novels this year! Not hard at all….
The names of the novels are as follows: The Black Prism, The Blinding Knife, The Broken Eye, and The Blood Mirror.
These novels have a very cool premise, they contain a lot of magic and definitely are some books that I think I’m going to love reading.
For a full, proper plot summary read below:
Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.
When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
I think with those series my total hits 10, which is quite a lot of large novels. I’d like to add a small bonus novel just because it is also something I really want to get to this year and I wanted to share it with you all.
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
This is a novel I’ve really wanted to read for a while now. It’s one of Brandon Sanderson’s stand alone fantasies that I’ve heard a lot about. I’m hoping to read this this year but I might not be able to get to it, that’s why it’s a bonus entry in this post.
Here is the plot summary:
Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.
Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.
But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.
A rare epic fantasy that doesn’t recycle the classics and that is a complete and satisfying story in one volume, Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care about. It’s also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the constellation of fantasy.
Well everyone, that concludes my post about the Top 10 Novels I Want to Read This Year.
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