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The Watchers (Fantasy) 75(3)
Published by Bantam Press on June 09, 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 85
...I loved The Watchers because of Jon Steele's exquisite writing, the novel's compelling protagonists and the vivid setting, but I felt the supernatural elements did not work nearly as well as the rest of the book...
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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, Book 1) Image
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, Book 1) (Science Fiction) 83(14)
Published by Orbit on June 02, 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 98
...delivers in all phases including setting, characterization, story, pacing, prose, and pure entertainment.
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Songs of the Earth (Wild Hunt Trilogy, Book 1) Image
Songs of the Earth (Wild Hunt Trilogy, Book 1) (Fantasy) 65(6)
Published by Tor Books on February 28, 2012
First Published by Gollancz in 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 55
Unfortunately for her debut, Songs of the Earth is a pedestrian fantasy novel plagued by unoriginality, simplistic writing, and structural flaws.
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The Stranger's Woes (The Labyrinths of Echo, Book 2) Image
The Stranger's Woes (The Labyrinths of Echo, Book 2) (Fantasy) 71(2)
Published by Overlook Hardcover on June 09, 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 82
...another wildly imaginative and entertaining entry in THE LABYRINTHS OF ECHO...
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Queen of Kings (Fantasy) 80(2)
Published by Dutton Adult on May 12, 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 80
...an accessible writing style, a thrilling story full of heart-pounding drama and adventure...
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Damned Busters (Hell to Pay) (Fantasy) 86(1)
Published by Angry Robot on May 31, 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 86
Chesney Arnstruther is a uniquely charming protagonist; the plot is immensely entertaining, full of wit, humor and heart; the ideas presented are original and thought-provoking; and Matthew Hughes' writing is skillful and engaging.
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Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 Image
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (Fantasy) 72(7)
Published by Subterranean on April 30, 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 84
...every single story in the anthology is well crafted and skillfully written, brings something different to the table, and is rewarding in its own unique way.
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Heaven's Needle (Ithelas, Book 2) Image
Heaven's Needle (Ithelas, Book 2) (Fantasy) 77(4)
Published by Pocket Star on April 26, 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 90
...Heaven's Needle with its almost perfect mix of horror and epic fantasy provided something different and exciting.
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The River of Shadows (The Chathrand Voyage, Book 3) Image
The River of Shadows (The Chathrand Voyage, Book 3) (Fantasy) 90(4)
Published by Del Rey on April 19, 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 95
...right up there with The Rats and the Ruling Sea in terms of pure fun and entertainment the book brings to the table, while surpassing its predecessor because of improved writing and the rewarding answers provided.
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The Unremembered (The Vault of Heaven, Book 1) Image
The Unremembered (The Vault of Heaven, Book 1) (Fantasy) 59(6)
Published by Tor Books on April 12, 2011
  
Fantasy Literature Review Rating: 70
...many of the book's positive moments are canceled out by negative ones, culminating in a debut that is neither great nor terrible, but instead falls somewhere in between.
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