Backlist Burndown Review: Nine Princes of Amber by Robert Zelazny

So I am participating in the Reddit Fantasy 2016 Book Bingo, and they forced me to read a book from the 1970s to fill the Decade You Were Born Square (yeah, I’m old, anyway…). Considering I rarely read anything more than a couple years old, this was definitely out of my typical set of books. Based on recommendations, I chose Nine Princes in Amber by Robert Zelazny and was incredibly impressed by how well it aged. It is a portal fantasy, so parts of it are set in the “modern” day we know, but with the exception of the absence of current technology and a few references to hippies, I could not have told you when it was written. It still feels very modern even though its 40+ years old. The story begins with Corwin, who has woken in a hospital and seems to be suffering from amnesia. Now, I have read a number of books that start with amnesia, that have decidedly not worked well for me. I am happy to say this one actually did. As Corwin learns and remembers more, we discover alternate worlds and in particular, we learn about Amber, the ultimate world. The world that seems hardest…

Backlist Burndown Review: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu

This book released last year, and somehow I missed it. What I didn’t miss was how many Best Of lists it made at the end of the year. A clear sign I overlooked something good, and so I had to find a way to fit it in (and this is not a short a book). A perfect Backlist Burndown choice! Turns out I am very glad I chose it this month. Epic fantasy is what drew me into the Fantasy genre, and its always so wonderful to read the first in a new series. This book is no exception. I was immediately hooked thanks to Çeda, the main protagonist. She is everything I love in a strong female lead character. She is not just strong willed and determined, but also a fighter that can kick some serious ass. I know women characters can be strong in many other ways, and I always appreciate that, but I have to confess, I do love it when they can also stand their ground strong in battle, or in this case, the fighting pits. So right away, I felt like I was going to really enjoy this one just based on how quickly I connected with Çeda. Then…

Backlist Burndown Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

You know what? Sometimes I just like to read a book about a girl that is defying societal expectations, and if she kicks some ass doing it, that can be even better. The Falconer is about a young woman who is supposed to be a proper young lady at court. But really, she spends her time hunting and killing fae. Being anything but proper and ladylike. OK, I’m sold! Now the trick is to keep me engaged. And this book definitely did. Lady Aileana Kameron’s life changes dramatically after witnessing her mother’s brutal murder by one of the fae. She turns her pain into a quest for vengeance. In addition to aligning herself with a pixie and a fae who she decided were “good”, she has been training to hunt/fight/kill fae. She also likes to create things, bringing in a bit of a steampunk element. Honestly, it was refreshing to see more to her than just fight. Aileanna is faced with being a dutiful daughter and being married away. Attending court as the men vie for attention (aka dowry) is definitely trying for her as she has no interest in settling down to become a wife, mother and all that…

Dracarys! Backlist Burndown Meme
Dracarys! Backlist Burndown , News / January 4, 2015

UPDATE: You can now find a running record of Backlist Burndown from my top menu. The link ups will also be included with my review at the end of the month.   I posted about this Dracarys! (Backlist Burndown) idea before, and now I am going to formalize it. I have set a goal for myself to read and review more backlist books. I absolutely love the new releases I read and review, but I know there are so many previously released books out there I will love as well. So, I need to get to reading them. My goal is to post a review of a backlist book on the last Friday of every month and I invite anyone with similar goals to join me and link your reviews (you can post them on whatever day works for you, just watch for my post to link up).   This is a great chance and excuse to finally read previously published books from authors you already love, authors you’ve always meant to read, books that you were just to busy at release time to read or perhaps you weren’t aware of at the time. Also those books you were unsure of until you read all…