Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature hosted by those lovely bookworms over at The Broke and the Bookish. Expect a new top ten list every week!
| Top Ten… Auto-buy Authors |
This week’s Top Ten focuses on my favourite auto-buy authors – the ones you would buy no matter what they wrote. Much like last Tuesday’s Top Ten… Authors on my Bookshelf, this week will include a lot of fantasy heavyweights. I’ve limited this list to authors who are still with us and publishing novels (as you might expect), and I’ve also tried to slot in a few auto-buys with fewer books out there. So in no particular order:
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What can I say? It’s Brandon Sanderson. End of.
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This man could write one word on a piece of toilet paper and I would buy it. His books always surpass my expectations and I fully expect them to continue to do so. More please!
Trudi Canavans’s Black Magician Trilogy made me a fan for life. I would buy any book of hers based purely on that trilogy. However, the remainder of her steadily increasing repertoire hasn’t disappointed in the slightest. In fact, they’re just as good as the first.
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Karen Maitland is the queen of the medieval thriller. She weaves folklore, magic and mystery throughout her narrative to create truly eerie and fantastical tales. Every book is stunningly unique and uniquely stunning. I cannot wait for The Raven’s Head.
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Ahh Patrick Rothfuss! You wonderful bearded man. Though the Kingkiller Chronicles only has two (and a half) books to date, they have automatically jumped into my favourite books of all time. If you’ve never read any Rothfuss, pick up a copy of The Name of the Wind. This man does not disappoint.
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Though I’ve not made my way through all his novels, I have to include Adrian Tchaikovsky on this list. His Shadows of the Apt series is absolutely fantastic and I have high hopes for Guns of the Dawn and Children of Time. I don’t doubt that I will buy every book he has written.
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Sansom is an incredibly eloquent author who always manages to weave a compelling narrative. His Matthew Shardlake books sweep you into the dirt, grime and mayhem of Tudor England, where murders, thefts, executions and betrayals abound in a past made stunningly real. This author can do no wrong.
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Peter V. Brett
Brett’s tales of demons and magic; of invasions, battles and bloody vengeance are truly captivating. I’m currently reading The Daylight War, the third in the Demon Cycle, but own all of his books. I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeves.
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Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series is incredible. These books are non-stop swashbuckling tales of adventure… or misadventure. The Lies of Locke Lamora has (quite rightly) received a great deal of praise but I loved Red Seas Under Red Skies just as much. I fully expect to be dazzled by the next in line.
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And of course! J.K. Rowling. Just because.
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