I just finished reading The Armored Saint by Myke Cole. It was my first time reading one of his books, and it wasn’t anything like what I had expected. This is Myke’s first epic fantasy, and it’s not a thousand pages long like some other books I know. What surprised me, though, was how literary it was, especially the close, personal nature of the POV. I put down a lot of epic fantasy for its inability to portray women as, well, people. This book is pretty much the opposite, and I’m so happy that Heloise is now part of the cannon of epic fantasy literature. She truly elevates it.
This is one of those books that I think the less you know about before you start treading, the better. But I described it to a friend as The Road meets The Lottery meets The Diary of Anne Frank–in a fantasy world with power armor.
If that sounds awesome to you, you should go read it right now. (If it doesn’t, I question your judgement.)
Wait, isn’t the author that guy I was talking about here? Yes, yes he is. We’re good now, thanks. His book is legitimately awesome, mostly because of the fantastic job he did with the female POV. People can be complicated and contradictory. That’s just the way life is.