Fantasy Summer Reading Guide for 2010
Wow, I can't believe it has been a year since I put out my last summer reading guide. The time sure flies. Since then a lot of remarkable books have been published or are on the verge of being published.
Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading whether it be at the beach, on vacation or just sitting on the porch with a lemonade enjoying the breezes. Here is my guide to great summer reading. This guide is derived from my own recommendations and from the Summer Reading preview that Amazon.com puts out every spring. So, if you are looking for something new to read or just looking for one of the great books in the fantasy genre I have some great recommendations for you.
Some of Will's Picks
I have been a big fan of Tad Williams since The Dragonbone Chair came out in the 80's. He will be releasing his fourth novel in the Shadowmarch series later this year (ShadowHeart). You can catch up on the series with the latest book Shadowrise: Volume Three of Shadowmarch And you can see all of his books here on Amazon Tad Williams' Books
Terry Goodkind will be releasing a new novel which returns to the world of Richard and Kahlan (in 2011) You can check out his latest novel: The Law of Nines
Robert Jordan - Well, what can be said? Here is the latest in an amazing series of books, and there are more coming based on his extensive notes and the work of Brandon Sanderson The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, Book 12)
Robin Hobb has started just released (May 11, 2010)the second book in her new series called the Rain Wilds Chronicles. Dragon Haven: Volume Two of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
The first book in the series is: Dragon Keeper: Volume One of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
Raymond Feist has started a new series of novels called "The Demonwar Saga". The first book in this series is: Rides a Dread Legion: Book One of the Demonwar Saga It was released April 13, 2010
My favorite? Definitely Stephen Donaldson and the Saga of Thomas Covenant
Stephen Donaldson will be releasing his third book in "The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" tetralogy. . It isn't set to be released until after summer has passed but you can get caught up on the series by reading the first and second book. First: The Runes of the Earth (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1) Second: Fatal Revenant: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Amazon's top picks
Amazon selects their best books in a lot of different categories and places them in their summer reading preview. A lot of these books are either very recently published or are scheduled to be published this summer. It is a great list because who knows books better than amazon?
Here is the link f you want to browse through all of Amazon's Summer Reading picks
But I have chosen some of the best or most promising books and put them right here:
Vampires are very hot this summer. This is partially due to the runaway success of the Eclipse series of books and movies. But not totally because vampires have pretty much always been a strong genre. Anyway there are some great new additions including the tenth Sookie Stackhouse novel and a new eclipse novella.
After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...
Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.
The triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude, necromancer Anita Blake, and werewolf Richard Zeeman has made Jean-Claude one of the most powerful vampires in the U.S. He's consolidating power in himself and those loyal to him, doing in America what Belle Morte did in Europe when she was at her height of power. She almost owned Europe, and there was those who are determined that Jean-Claude won't do the same in America. Jean-Claude's motives may be kinder, but as any lawyer will tell you: motives matter, but you're just as dead.
Assassins are coming to St. Louis to kill them all. Anita knows they're coming, but even being forewarned doesn't mean you can win.
After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they trust anyone?
At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.
But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he's next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn't hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?
For Young Readers
The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.
Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
Mankind puts its faith in many things-gods, kings, money-anything for protection from the world's many dangers. When a cult springs up in neighboring Clonmel, promising to quell the recent attacks by lawless marauders, people flock from all over to offer gold in exchange for protection. But this particular group, with which Halt is all too familiar, has a less than charitable agenda. Secrets will be unveiled and battles fought to the death as Will and Horace help Halt in ridding the land of a dangerous enemy.
The worldwide phenomenon is back with a gripping new adventure. Yet for these Rangers, the peril is only beginning . . .
Charlie and his friends take on the most powerful and dangerous magic in Book Eight of this extraordinary series. As wicked forces come to a head at Bloor's Academy, Charlie and his friends must use all their magic and all their might to fight the evil and save Charlie's parents.
In his greatest adventure yet, Charlie must discover the fate of his family, the evil intentions of the Bloors, what has become of Septimus Bloor's will, and, most important, the destiny of the Red King's heirs. But are the Children of the Red King strong enough to defeat the darkness to find the answers?
Join Charlie and his friends as they race to unlock the mystery of the Red King in this final chapter. . . .
Plenty more Fantasy Books for Young readers here: Summer Picks for Young Readers