Sam at The Book in Hand book blog and I were talking about some of our favorite books. We were amazed that they were the author’s debut book because of how good they are. We got to like 5 or 6 authors before Sam suggested I should do a blog post about it. Thank you for the idea Sam!
To do anything extremely well the first time you do it is amazing and all of these authors deserve a ton of respect and acknowledgement for absolutely killing their debut novels. I had planned on only doing a top 5, but as I kept thinking about it and going through my “Read” shelf on Goodreads it ended up being a top 15….reader problems. This list is not based on the series as a whole, but rather how each individual book stands up on its own. I think the best books, at least for me, are those that you can’t quite put into words why you love them. With that in mind, I won’t be adding any thoughts about each one like I usually do. These are all books I abolutely love and highly recommend for any fan of SFF. In no particular order, here is the list of the debut books that I enjoyed the most.
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J Sullivan
Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #1) by RJ Barker (Review)
We Are The Dead (The Last War #1) by Mike Shackle (Review)
Promise of Blood (Powder Mage trilogy #1) by Brian McClellan (Review)
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
The Blade Itself (First Law Trilogy #1) by Joe Abercrombie (Review)
Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan
The Forgetting Moon (The Five Warrior Angels #1) by Brian Lee Durfee
Malice (Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne
The Rage of Dragons (The Burning #1) by Evan Winter (Review)
The Warded Man (The Demon Cycle #1) by Peter V Brett
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch (Review)
Ender’s Game (Ender Quartet #1) by Orson Scott Card
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss (Review)
I love fantasy and Sci Fi books and enjoy hiking, spending time with friends, and eating too much pizza. On the weekend you can find me visiting family, going to church, and most of all at home under a blanket while reading books, watching anime/tv shows, or playing video games with friends.
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