While I started or made progress on reading many books in 2022, unfortunately this year was thin in books that I completed. Still, there were a few that stood out for me. I'm going to focus on just a few fiction books that I enjoyed this year.
This was the conclusion to her A Chorus Of Dragons series. I'd mentioned another book in this series in my 2019 year in books and haven't written another similar post since. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series. The characters were interesting and the world building was unique. It had quite a broad set of places and people and, if anything, was slightly too large for me to keep in my head in the span between book releases so I imagine it would be easier to follow along with now that all of the books have been written and released.
The other day when I was at the book store, I stumbled on another book by Lyons, The Raven Tower. It was an easy purchase even though I don't know what it's about!
The Poppy War is a story of generations of recurring conflict between two countries with hints of the supernatural early on until really expanding on that aspect of this world in the mid and late parts of the book. Overall I enjoyed the story and mythology that were built up in this book. Since it was a book with war, I was prepared for it to be violent but it was quite graphic and gruesome at points and didn't know that going in. Knowing that now, I still would read it but it's probably worth knowing more than I did before starting. I'd classify it as even more violent and brutal than Game of Thrones was (both the books and TV show).
This is, I think, the 2nd to last book in the Cradle series. I think the last few books have really hit their stride and I'm looking forward to the next one. Both this series and the next are easy reading (I get through the books fast, too fast) but also very satisfying. Just the kind of fun fantasy book I like to read for entertainment, good pace and doesn't feel like it's high effort to consume.
I'm somewhat sad the series is coming to an end next year but I hear that there's other series by this author - perhaps I'll check those out.
This, series has a mix of fantasy book + video game magic system feel that is pretty interesting. I know that is what the author is going for and it's not a style I'd encountered before his books. They're quite fun and I like what is happening with multiple series (another being The War of Broken Mirrors) occurring in the same world, on differing timelines and with different writing styles.