Without further ado, let's check them out!
(pre-2023 release, in no particular order):
1. Black Tide by KC Jones: I had a NetGalley eARC of this from before it was released in 2022 that I simply did not end up getting to as I'd meant to (oops), so I finally made up for that and read it last year... and promptly began kicking myself for holding off on reading it for so long! This was a ridiculously tense and suspenseful read that I, quite literally, could not put down. I hadn't been this hooked on a book in a really long time and I had the best reading experience with it. I never expected it to grab me the way it did. I do have one very big gripe with this book about something that happens at the end, but if I can put aside my frustration with that, everything else was truly a winner.
8. The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson: This was such a fun start to a new fantasy trilogy. I loved this entire cast of characters and was completely invested in the storylines of each one. It feels a little more rare these days than it used to for me to find new big fantasy stories that really capture my attention and make me excited to see where they will go, but this was one of them and I am so eager to get my hands on a copy of the sequel (which is already out!) and continuing on this journey.
Have you read any of these books? What were some of your favorite reads of last year? Feel free to link any of your favorites lists below, and stick around for Pt. II, which will be up Tuesday!