Best of
Epic-Fantasy

2008

The First Law Trilogy


Joe Abercrombie - 2008
    The three volume edition collecting The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and The Last Argument of Kings

The Warded Man


Peter V. Brett - 2008
    For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.

The Way of Shadows, Part 2 of 2


Brent Weeks - 2008
    And he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics and cultivate a flair for death. (Part 2 of 2)

The Books of the South


Glen Cook - 2008
    And there's still the Black Company.  The Book of the South is the second omnibus of novels from one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age, Glen Cook’s Black Company series—collecting Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, and The Silver Spike.

The Way of Shadows, Part 1 of 2


Brent Weeks - 2008
    And he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics and cultivate a flair for death. (Part 1 of 2)

Shadow's Edge, Part 1 of 2


Brent Weeks - 2008
    The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit? (Part 1 of 2)

The Crown Conspiracy


Michael J. Sullivan - 2008
    They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.There is no ancient evil to defeat, no orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats in a plot to murder the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out...and so begins this tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

The Way of Shadows


Brent Weeks - 2008
    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.

Shadow's Edge, Part 2 of 2


Brent Weeks - 2008
    The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit? (Part 2 of 2)

Beyond the Shadows, Part 1 of 2


Brent Weeks - 2008
    In this action-packed conclusion to the Night Angel Trilogy, the assassin Kylar Stern faces an assignment that might prove impossible even for his deadly skills - kill a goddess.

Cat's Eye


T.L. Shreffler - 2008
    With the help of her magical Cat's Eye necklace, it falls into her hands to save his life.Now Sora must journey with an unlikely band of outlaws to discover the secrets of the Cat's Eye. Can she find a way to destroy a sorcerer whose powers are more than legendary? Maybe, if the necklace doesn't kill her first...In order to purchase this title visit Amazon or Theresa Shreffler's official website.

The Hidden City


Michelle West - 2008
    Nursing Jay back to health is an unusual act for a man who renounced his own family long ago, and the situation becomes stranger still when Jay begins to form a den of other rescued children in Rath's home. But worse perils lurk beneath the slums: the demons that once nearly destroyed the Essalieyan Empire are stirring again, and soon Rath and Jay will find themselves targets of these unstoppable beings.

The Plea of Apollisian


Shane Moore - 2008
    Within this child reside secrets as dark as any moonless night yet a bright desire for good things befalls him. Many mystics and shamans have foretold of it but no one headed there warning. until now. As the goddess of mercy falls from the heavens the world begins to unravel. The relationship of long time allies' strain under mounting pressure from unfair treatment forcing the hand of Clan Stoneheart's new leader. Tensions mount and talks waver as a division of warriors lead by a renegade general march in secret to bath Beykla in its own blood. Can one man stand against this onslaught of vengeance?. Will his own kingdom hear his plea?

The Star Realm


Julie Elizabeth Powell - 2008
    But a question remains…will Time be on their side?This story is for anyone with a head overflowing with dreams, a heart filled with a yearning for adventure and a soul buoyant in magic.Cover Design: Julie Elizabeth PowellOriginal background photo: sattva from freedigitialphotos.net

The Dragon Nimbus Novels: Volume III


Irene Radford - 2008
    Volume I includes the complete trilogy of The Dragon Nimbus:The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, and The Lonliest Magician Volume II includes the first two novels in The Dragon Nimbus History quartet:The Dragon's Touchstone and The Last BattlemageVolume III includes the last two novels in The Dragon Nimbus History quartet:The Renegade Dragon and The Wizard's TreasureThe Renegade Dragon: Though the Great Wars of Disruption have ended, the kingdom of Coronnan faces new and equally dangerous crises: a Terran-based plague begins to spread through the outlying lands; the queen's father plots to introduce forbidden technology in exchange for the precious resources needed by his own people; and the head of the Commune of Magicians launches a campaign to gain control of all magical knowledge and power.The Wizard's Treasure: Journeymen magicians Marcus and Robb have been sent on a quest by Senior Magician Jaylor to find the missing dragons of Coronnan and bring them back to the kingdom. But their quest leads to a far different discovery: an ancient treasure trove, spell-protected to trap the unwary. As the two are caught by the treasure's spell, unable to aid Coronnan or themselves, other events are unfolding which may forever alter the course of Coronnan's destiny. Want more Dragon novels? Look for The Star Gods trilogy and the new Children of the Dragon Nimbus series! A letter from the author, Irene Radford: Welcome to the world where dragons are real and magic works. If you are new to the Dragon Nimbus, pull up a chair and join us as we revel in tales that have touched my heart more than anything else I've written under any pen name. If you are returning after an absence, I am very happy to have you back. This is a world that began with a Christmas gift of a blown-glass dragon. The dragon sat proudly on the knick-knack shelf for several months, loved and admired, reluctantly dusted, and totally inert. Then one night at dinner, my son remarked, "You know, Mom, I think dragons are born all dark, like that little pewter dragon, then they get more silvery as they grow up until they are as clear as glass." The dragon came to life for me. Out of that chance remark came first one book, then three, five, seven, and finally ten. I built a career on these books and loved every minute of the process. These characters still live in my mind many years after they jumped into their stories and dragged me along with them. Many thanks to DAW Books and my editor Sheila Gilbert for reviving The Dragon Nimbus a lucky thirteen years after they first debuted. With these omnibus volumes, you can read about the dragons with crystal fur that directs your eye elsewhere yet defies you to look anywhere else. Wonderful dragons full of wit and wisdom. Magic abounds. Magicians and mundanes alike learn about their world and special life lessons as they explore dragon lore past and present. The books will be presented in the order in which they were written, and the order that makes the most sense of the entwined tales. So, sit back and enjoy with me. And may reading take you soaring with Dragons.