The Fantasy Book Review 2012 Awards

It’s that time of year again where at FBR we take the time to tell you, our fantastic readers, what we thought were the best books of the year that has past. In the past these ‘Awards’ have been solely part of the FBR blog, but this year we took it to the podcast where Ryan and Josh reviewed, debated, disagreed and agreed on what were the best books of the year in a variety of categories.

The latest episode of the FBR Cast is available for your listening pleasure here, but if you want to skip straight to what the reviewers of FBR thought were the best books of 2012, here is the full list.

An image of one of the winners, Hats off to Brandenburg by Graham Thomas.It’s that time of year again where at FBR we take the time to tell you, our fantastic readers, what we thought were the best books of the year that has past. In the past these ‘Awards’ have been solely part of the FBR blog, but this year we took it to the podcast where Ryan and Josh reviewed, debated, disagreed and agreed on what were the best books of the year in a variety of categories.

The latest episode of the FBR Cast is available for your listening pleasure here, but if you want to skip straight to what the reviewers of FBR thought were the best books of 2012, here is the full list.

Specific Genre Categories

The following awards are for specific genres that we read through the year.

Best Epic/High Fantasy

JasperHats off to Brandenburg by Graham Thomas
Alice WybrewThe Killing Moon by NK Jemisin
Pippa Green – A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards
Ryan – I didn’t read a lot of high fantasy this year, and what I read wasn’t stellar. It’s surprising, especially to me, but I think Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks was far and away the best high fantasy I read this year.
JoshOrb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont

Best Urban Fantasy

Jasper – The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
Alice Wybrew – The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
StephWhispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
Ryan – Here’s my most read genre this year. I’ve got two nominations – Spellbound by Larry Correia and Control Point by Myke Cole.
Josh – The Minority Council by Kate Griffin

Best Young-adult Fantasy

Jasper – MetaWars Fight for the Future by Jeff Norton
Alice Wybrew – Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Ryan Lawler – I could just go with the whole stable of the brand new YA imprint Strange Chemistry. Katya’s World by Jonathan L Howard was the standout for me but I would still mention Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings, Shift by Kim Curran, Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clare, and Blackwood by Gwenda Bond as very accomplished efforts. Blackwood has even been picked up by MTV to be made into a TV series. So congrats on an awesome freshman year Strange Chemistry.
Josh – N/A

Best Historical Fantasy

Jasper – Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
Alice Wybrew – The Devil’s Looking Glass by Mark Chadbourn
Josh – The Dragon Arcana by Pierre Pevel

Best Paranormal Romance

Pippa Green – Witch Way To Turn by Karen Y Bynum
Ryan – Diamond Eyes by A.A. Bell. This probably also fits into sci-fi and urban fantasy, but I will include it here too.
Josh – N/A

Best Science-Fiction

Jasper – Gridlinked by Neal Asher
Pippa Green – Downside Girls by Jaine Fenn
Ryan – Redshirts by John Scalzi
Josh – The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Best Horror

Ryan – Nightfall by Will Elliott, it’s hard to place this book into a genre, but I think Horror fits best.
Josh – N/A

Specific Release Type

The following awards are for specific publication types

Best Anthology/Collection

Ryan – I want to say Fading Light for obvious reasons 😉 but I haven’t really read any anthologies otherwise this year. I just received Epic, edited by John Joseph Adams which includes the likes of Robin Hobb, Ursula Le Guin, Orson Scott Card, George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss just to name a few.
Josh – A Blink of the Screen by Terry Pratchett

Best Standalone

Jasper – Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Alice Wybrew – Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Steph – The Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
Ryan – The Hollow City by Dan Wells
Josh – N/A

Best Sequel

Jasper – Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky
David Stoit – The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks & King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Alice Wybrew – Taken by Benedict Jacka
Steph – The Air War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Ryan – Feedback by Robison Wells
Josh – Rise of the TaiGethen by James Barclay

Best Debut

Jasper – Hats off to Brandenburg by Graham Thomas
Alice Wybrew – The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
Steph – vN: The First Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby
Ryan – Control Point by Myke Cole
Josh – Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper

Most Anticipated of 2012

The next three awards represent the best we read from our Most Anticipated series posted at the beginning of 2012. To see the full list from each category click on the title.

Best of ‘The Rest’

David Stoit – King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Alice Wybrew – The Killing Moon by NK Jemisin
Steph – The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde
Ryan – Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Josh – Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

Best of the Heavyweights

Alice Wybrew – King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Steph – Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
Ryan – Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks
Josh – N/A

Cover image of Railsea by China Mieville.Best of ‘Our Most Anticipated

Jasper – Minority Council by Kate Griffin
David Stoit – The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
Steph – Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
Ryan – Railsea by China Mieville
Josh – The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Big Ones

Worst Fantasy Book of 2012

Alice Wybrew – Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
Michelle HerbertThe Killables by Gemma Malley
Ryan – The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind
Josh – N/A

Best Fantasy Book of 2012

Jasper – The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
David Stoit – The Blinding Knife Brent Weeks & Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
Alice Wybrew – The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
Steph – The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
Michelle Herbert – The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
Ryan – Nightfall by Will Elliott
Josh – The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

Best Book I Read in 2012

Jasper – Hats off to Brandenburg by Graham Thomas
Alice Wybrew – The Killing Moon by NK Jemisin
Steph – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Michelle Herbert – The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Ryan – Mr Monster by Dan Wells
Josh – Cold Fire by Kate Elliott

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