My Favourite Book of 2009
A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham was the last novel I read in 2009, but also the best novel I read in 2009. Abraham’s debut is a quiet story that follows the personal struggles of several characters as they deal with such mature themes as love and trust, abortion and alcohohlism, betrayal and justice. It manages to be a wholly adult novel while eschewing the typical blood, guts and sex that defines ‘gritty’ Fantasy these days. A Shadow in Summer shows how far the Fantasy genre can go if an author is willing to throw convention to the wind. I will absolutely be continuing with the series in 2010. (REVIEW)
The Magicians by Lev Grossman – Grossman’s first foray into Fantasy was a great deconstruction of the genre, its tropes and its fans wrapped up in an homage to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. Readers seem to either love it or hate it, but I’m firmly in the ‘love’ camp and The Magicians is my favourite novel published in 2009. (REVIEW)
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett – Really, it was a toss-up here between this and Mark Charan Newton‘s Nights of Villjamur (REVIEW) – both great debut novels, but I gave the edge to Brett’s slightly more even effort. Bleeds imagination and has one of the best magic systems in the genre. Can’t wait for The Desert Spear. (REVIEW)
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – A prequel to my favourite novel, The Shadow of the Wind (which was my favourite novel of last year), The Angel’s Game is a very different novel than its predecessor, and requires more work on the part of the reader, but is an enthralling read that still has me thinking about it months later. (REVIEW)
So, there’s my list. What are your favourite novels that you read this year?