- The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson - While my love/hate for this series flourished, I mostly enjoyed this one.
- The Myth Hunters by Christopher Golden - Contemporary fantasy quest thriller. Good fun.
- X-men: The Return by Chris Roberson - Better than any of the monthly X-men comics this year.
- Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson - A timeless classic that reads like a fresh tale.
- The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe - A healthy antidote to the ills of the fantasy genre.
- Scar Night by Alan Campbell - Inventive fantasy page turner.
I must admit I hit a certain level of fantasy genre burnout with these much talked about but generally disappointing books contributing: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley and Shadowfall by James Clemens. As well as frustration over a couple of no-shows, namely A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin and The Born Queen by Greg Keyes.