Under Heaven - Guy Gavriel Kay

Shen Tai, son of a general in service to the Emperor of Kitai, has spent the last two years burying the bones of the dead on his father’s last battlefield. A messenger arrives, telling Tai that a mysterious gift awaits him in the capital: 250 of the rare and famed Sardian horses. The gift must be claimed in person. What follows is exquisitely written historical fantasy with a complex plot, great characters, and a fascinating world. Kay was inspired by Chinese poetry from the Tang dynasty, and his lyrical writing style and subtle dialogue match the setting perfectly. If you have never read Gay Gavriel Kay, this is definitely a great place to start.

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind is a classic trickster tale, except that the trickster gets to tell the story. We first meet Qvothe, a surprisingly likable rogue, as an unassuming innkeeper; but as he relates the astonishing events of his past we begin to wonder who he really is. The world that unfolds as he tells his story is full of adventure, magic and music. The magic (which is more like alchemy than wand-waving) somehow feels as real as science, while still maintaining its wonder. In the sequel, A Wise Man’s Fear, the stories of the past and the present begin to merge. Now, I am eagerly awaiting the final volume of the trilogy.
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ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009

Snuff - Terry Pratchett

The latest installment in the career of His Grace, the Duke of Ankh, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes, Blackboard Monitor etc., Snuff, has the old copper ordered off to a vacation in the countryside, ostensibly for some rest and relaxation. Of course, he ends up up to his neck in the action—this time, there’s a little fuss involving goblins. Sir Terry Pratchett, no doubt Blackboard Monitor etc., has been doing this for so long that you’d think it would pall, but the Discworld series is as fresh and funny as ever, despite its creator’s 2007 Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Long may it continue.

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ISBN: 9780062218865
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Published: Harper - December 26th, 2012