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I have pledged to read atleast 100 SFF books this year and I plan to add them to this board as I read them. I invite you to do the same! Number your entries to keep count. Lets use this board to show off our individual progress, share, discover and discuss new books! Comment, FB or Twitter me for an invite. (Note: board will be monitored. Any off topic pins will be deleted.)
(13) I got to read this for free on my Kindle as a member of Amazon Prime. I didn't have high expectations since the publisher was an Amazon Imprint. But I have a soft spot for Historical Fiction set in Roman times so I took a chance. The narrative is done by Livia Drusilla, wife of Caesar Octavianus, Julius Caesar's heir. Viewing that historical era through her eyes was priceless and very well done. One of the best first person POVs I've seen in years.

Her life would be marked by scandal and suspicion, worship and adoration… At the tender age of fourteen, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar.

(24) (Board Stiff (Xanth #38) by Piers Anthony |)  Humorous Fantasy | Book Review | http://oldbatsbelfry.blogspot.com | Xanth is an offbeat world and I don't just mean it is off of the beaten path. If you were to look at it on a map, you might notice a certain similarity to Florida, but this is an alternate world. A magical world. A world filled with every fairytale creature you can imagine and a few you can't. And the best part? It is a world where the magic is comprised of puns.

Board Stiff (Xanth #38) by Piers Anthony

Board Stiff is another pun-filled adventure in the strange world of Xanth. I’ve been reading Piers Anthony’s Xanth novels for a long time, but as I get older I find myself picking them …

(23) Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters #3) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy ~ Sanctuary. A place of refuge and safety for both dragons and riders. But soon it will become much more. It will become a new home to former residents of both countries, Alta and Tia, as they flee an evil which feeds on death.

Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters 3) by Mercedes Lackey: Epic Fantasy Book Review

(26) Aerie (Dragon Jousters #4) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy | Book Review | There is a great evil stalking the land. An evil that far exceeds that of the Magi who were merely its pawns. An evil that was myth but now has become all too real. Now a question just begs to be asked. Will the jousters and their dragons prove strong enough to defeat this new threat?

Aerie (Dragon Jousters #4) by Mercedes Lackey

(11) Book Review of Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book Four) ~ Don't you love it when a book leaves you smiling after you've finished the last page? So few seem to do that these days. Oh the ending may be satisfactory but does it warm your heart? Well this one warmed mine! ~ 5 Stars

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book Four)

(14) Exile by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Two) ~ If there was a word that described a complex, complicated, intense, nail-biting, leg swinging, edge of your seat, dramatic, action filled story filled with omg moments... I'd use it. Instead you'll have to be content with the above run on sentence. {Grins}

Exile by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Two)

(14) Exile by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Two) ~ If there was a word that described a complex, complicated, intense, nail-biting, leg swinging, edge of your seat, dramatic, action filled story filled with omg moments... I'd use it. Instead you'll have to be content with the above run on sentence. {Grins}

(12) Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book One) ~ Prejudice, betrayal, jealousy, ambition and endless scheming fill all 672 pages of this truly epic fantasy. If you love a complicated multi-tiered magic system, a fully realized secondary world, secrets, personal agendas, and a multitude of racial issues, this story has all that and so much more.

Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book One)

(12) Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book One) ~ Prejudice, betrayal, jealousy, ambition and endless scheming fill all 672 pages of this truly epic fantasy. If you love a complicated multi-tiered magic system, a fully realized secondary world, secrets, personal agendas, and a multitude of racial issues, this story has all that and so much more.

(22) Alta (The Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey ~ Review by Dragons, Heroes and Wizards: http://dragonsheroesandwizards.blogspot.com ~ The story of Vetch has now become the story of Kiron, Son of Kiron. No longer is he Vetch the serf or even Vetch the dragon boy. To be accepted by the people of his birth he must go through a rebirth of self. He must become Kiron the Jouster not just outwardly, but inwardly as well. And this is not as easy as it might sound.

Alta (Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey

(21) Joust (The Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey ~ Review by Dragons, Heroes and Wizards: http://dragonsheroesandwizards.blogspot.com/ ~ Dragon Jousters is a must read for every dragon fan. It has everything. Dragons, dragonriders, coming of age, sympathetic characters, interesting worldbuilding, friendship and hope. This is the type of fantasy that, as a teen, made me fall head over heels in love with the genre.

Joust (The Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey

The first book in Mercedes Lackey's Dragon Jousters series. If you like fantasy/dragon books, definitely a good one.

(15) Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Three) ~ If you want to know what my definition of true Epic Fantasy entails; this book/series is a prime example. Nothing is simple, there are no easy answers, and don't get too attached to the characters. There is no telling who will or will not survive.

Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Three)

(15) Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Three) ~ If you want to know what my definition of true Epic Fantasy entails; this book/series is a prime example. Nothing is simple, there are no easy answers, and don't get too attached to the characters. There is no telling who will or will not survive.

(20) The Winter King by C.L. Wilson | Romantic Epic Fantasy ~ Romance, war, hardship, heartache and magic. All of the elements of a special epic fantasy. An Epic Fantasy Romance mix. And despite the fact that I normally stay away from romance novels, I really liked this one.

The Winter King by C.L. Wilson

Today's Pick from Amanda: "The Winter King" by C. Romance, magic, war, and political intrigue combine in this story of a cold Winter King and a fiery Summer princess forced into marriage but whose love may save their world from war, on sale July

(16) The Day of the Deer by Liliana Bodoc ~ Tired of Epic Fantasy set in medieval times? Looking for a change of scenery that is familiar and yet different? This book may fit the bill. Set mainly in South America, in the 15th century, this tale takes a familiar era and turns it upside down and inside out.

The Days of the Deer (Saga of the Borderlands) by Liliana Bodoc

Welcome to the first post in a new seasonal theme -- Speculative Fiction in Translation. The Days of the Deer by Lilana Bodoc is translated from Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lucia Caistor Arendar.

(27) Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier Reviewed on Old Bat's Belfry: http://oldbatsbelfry.blogspot.com/2014/11/dreamers-pool-by-juliet-marillier-fantasy-book-review-blackthorn-grim.html | Irish folklore, reluctant heroes, smooth storytelling and a satisfying ending made this book one of the best I've read this year.

Dreamer's Pool (A Blackthorn and Grim Novel) by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn & Grim, book by Juliet Marillier - book cover, description, publication history.

(18) Wings of Wrath (Magister Trilogy #2) by C.S. Friedman ~ There is a certain beauty to an Epic Fantasy when things go from bad to worse. Especially when you don't really believe such a thing is possible. No subject is taboo. Moral dilemmas are explored in exacting detail and nobody is safe from scrutiny.

Wings of Wrath (Magister Trilogy #2) by C.S. Friedman

(17) Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy #1) by C.S. Friedman ~ What price would you pay to work magic? How about obtain virtual immortality? Is there a price that is too high? This book and series asks those questions and so many more. This is a tale that will make you ask yourself "Could I pay the price?"

Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy #1) by C.S. Friedman

A new trilogy of epic adventure from one of the finest writers in modern fantasy C. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most… read more at Kobo.

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