Self Published Gems of 2013

As we come to the end of 2013, we enter the season for best of lists. As I posted a few days back, I was pretty gobsmacked to discover The Tattered Banner listed on BuzzFeed’s Greatest Fantasy Books of 2013.

Today I’m delighted to see The Tattered Banner on another list, over at the Fantasy Review Barn. The crew over there were kind enough to review The Tattered Banner not long after it came out, and they’ve chosen it for their list of Self-Published Gems of 2013.

Once again, it’s incredibly humbling to know that people have enjoyed reading my stories enough to include them on these lists. It’s far more than I could ever have hoped for when I started out on this adventure.

On a final note, I’m not sure if I’ll have the chance to post again before Christmas, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy holiday! Merry Christmas!

Review at Reading Realms…

There’s another review up for The Huntsman’s Amulet over on the Reading Realms site, which you can get to by clicking on the banner.

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Here’s a snippet of what they had to say:

Hamilton does a great job squeezing information about the world, the cultures, and the characters into a story that rarely slows down to take in the scenery.

You can check out the whole review at The Reading Realms site by clicking here.

Review time…

Hope everyone is having a good run up to Christmas!

Reviews for The Huntsman’s Amulet are starting to come through the works. I’ve been meaning to mention these for a little while now, but things have been pretty hectic on my end so…

The first of the reviews is from the Terraverum blog, by Nicua Shamira. In my usual self congratulatory fashion, I’ve pulled out a snippet that caught my eye:

Duncan is a brilliant writer who really knows how to capture the reader’s attention and hold it.

To read the full review, head on over to Terraverum to by clicking here.

BuzzFeed’s 12 Greatest Fantasy Books of the Year

I was having lunch with my brother yesterday, and was explaining to him that I just write the kind of books I like to read — adventure, light fantasy, swashbuckling, a little historical flavouring — nothing earth shattering, nothing groundbreaking, nothing that will make top ten lists or win any prizes.

Sometimes when you tempt fate, she seems to turn things around on you faster than you might expect! To say I was pretty surprised when I saw mention of this BuzzFeed top ten (well, top 12) list on Twitter this morning is something of an understatement:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mccarricksean/the-x-best-fantasy-books-of-the-year-fjmu

In eighth position, The Tattered Banner! It’s pretty humbling to be placed in the company of names like Neil Gaiman and Brandon Sanderson, not to mention being listed among so many great books. Not a bad start to the day at all!