Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I have the privilege of being the very first stop on the blog tour for Dark Immolation (Chaos Queen #2) by Christopher Husberg (released June 20th by Titan books) and bringing to you all a guest post from the author himself!!!
It’s difficult to choose a favorite book–or favorite books, for that matter–because favorites are inevitably based on my evolving experience, knowledge, and preferences. But, when it comes to fantasy novels, some books weather the test of time. Here the books that weather that test for me, in the chronological order in which I first read them:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (circa 2000)
Despite the iconic power of the film adaptation, I love the book so much more. The novel magnifies all of the humor, intensity, and magic of the film. I’ve never laughed so hard so many times in a single reading. I think the lightness of The Princess Bride makes it truly wonderful–it’s an epic tale with dark twists and turns, but it’s also exploratory, experimental, and doesn’t ever take itself too seriously.
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (circa 2002)
I like to say that I was a fan of Westeros before it was cool–because, well, I was. While A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings clearly marked A Song of Ice and Fire on the map of seminal fantasy works, A Storm of Swords solidified the series as one of my personal favorites. From the first time we hear three blasts of the Night’s Watch horn to the now infamous Red Wedding, this book overflows with both everything I love about fantasy and so much more I never expected to find in the genre.
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (circa 2008)
I first read Mistborn as a student in a class taught by Brandon Sanderson, and I remember as I finished the book being absolutely astounded that I was in a class being taught by an actual genius. I love how Mistborn subverts the typical fantasy formula–the dark lord won, thousands of years ago, and now a gang of thieves have decided the only way to stop him is to rob him blind. Also, Allomancy is one of the most fascinating, innovative magic systems I’ve ever encountered.
Red Country by Joe Abercrombie (2012)
I’ve followed Joe Abercrombie since The Blade Itself was first released, but I think my favorite book of his has to be Red Country. Not only does it showcase the return of one of my all time favorite characters in fiction (mild spoiler alert: Logen Ninefingers, aka The Bloody-Nine), but it’s also a phenomenal tale in its own right. Abercrombie often appropriates different sub-genres into his particular vein of fantasy, and Red Country is his fantasy-western mashup; it works incredibly well.
Witchy Eye by D.J. Butler (2016)
Witchy Eye takes place in a very alternate history Jacksonian America, where the colonies became an empire, magic is all kinds of real, and Oliver Cromwell was a world-renowned necromancer back in the day. Yeah. It’s awesome. Butler manages some of the most brilliant world-building I’ve ever seen, and he weaves it with history seamlessly and effortlessly. Witchy Eye is the newest book on the list, but I feel confident in saying this will soon be considered a groundbreaking work in the genre. A must-read.
In retrospect, the overarching theme of my love for each of these novels is surprise: each of these books astonished me, deepening and broadening my view of the fantasy genre. I’m grateful they’ve done so, and I look forward to reading many more books that will do the same.
Dark Immolation (Chaos Queen #2).
There are rumours in Ashta – a new religion is rising, and Cinzia, one-time Cantic priestess, has escaped the Holy Crucible. Fleeing from Navone, Cinzia travels with Knot, a man of many parts, and Astrid, the child-like vampire. They are gathering followers, but the murderous Nazaniin are still on their trail. Meanwhile, Winter is losing her grip on sanity, grappling with immense powers beyond her understanding. Where she goes, chaos and death follow.
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About Christopher Husberg:
Chris currently lives in Provo, Utah, where he spends his time writing, reading, writing, hiking, writing, playing video games, and hanging out with his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Buffy. When the writing gets tough, he considers resorting to another master’s degree, or heaven forbid a PhD, at whatever university will let him concentrate on gender and pop-culture studies in the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer…but then he remembers how much he loves what he does, and writes some more.
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