SPFBO 9

SPFBO 9

This is Queen’s Book Asylum’s main SPFBO 9 page, where you’ll find a short heads up about the contest, info about our process, the 30 books assigned to us, and how we divided them – including GR and Amazon links -, our progress in the semi-finals and finals, and updates throughout the competition.

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What is SPFBO

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off is hosted by none other than Mark Lawrence, author of several highly successful Fantasy trilogies. 300 books compete, judged by 10 blogs, and at the end of 11 long, bloody months 1 winner will emerge. You can find every detail on Mark’s SPFBO page along with the process of all 10 blogs in Phase 1 and the SPFBO 9 Finals.

Our Books & Process

Like the other blogs, we got 30 books assigned as well. For SPFBO 9 we have 6 judges on our team. This year Team Queen’s Book Asylum will have 6 judges with varying degrees of participation when it comes to allocating our batch. Bjørn will keep the ghostie title, partly because he just likes it too much, and partly because, come on, we are an Asylum, we need at least one haunting presence in our halls who is also willing to play tag with our pet demon. We will aim to pick 3-5 semi-finalists before we eventually choose our finalist.

In the SPFBO 9 finals we will once again aim to have at least 3 reviews for each of the finalists.

Find out more about us and how we are going to do things in this Introduction post!

These are the 30 SPFBO 9 books we started with (clicking on them will take you to their respective Amazon pages):

Finalists

In the Final round, we’ll read the finalists the other teams picked. The titles are in the same order as they were announced. To see how the overall scoreboard looks like, please visit Mark’s SPFBO 9 Finalists page, where you can see the process of all 10 blogs.

Our process will be pretty much the same as it was in the Semi-Final round – we’ll aim to have at least 3-4 scores/reviews for each book, everyone will be allowed to opt out of reading any of the books, but if we do, we have to read at least 25%. DNFs are allowed, if someone decides to quit the book before the 50% mark, they’ll have to score but can opt out of writing a review. A DNF after 50% mark means the person will have to both score and review the book. We are hoping that everyone who decides to read any given book will give it at least 50%, since we are talking about the top 10 books. Please note, that other teams might operate differently, this is only our own internal system.

Clicking on the covers in the slider will take you to their respective Amazon pages.

Mastr of the Void by Raven WendTitle: Master of the Void
Author: Wend Raven
Series: standalone
Pages: 585
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: 8.5
Jen: 6
Liis: 8.5
Olivia: 5.5
Paul: 5
Timy: 5
Average: 6.42

FINAL SCORE: 6.5

REVIEW
The Wickwire Watch by Jacquelyn HagenTitle: The Wickwire Watch
Author: Jacquelyn Hagen
Series: The Riverfall Chronicles #1
Pages: 440
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: 5
Jen: 6
Liis: 5
Olivia: 5
Paul: 5
Timy: 6.5
Average: 5.42

FINAL SCORE: 5

REVIEW
The Fall Is All There Is by C.M. CaplanTitle: The Fall Is All There Is
Author: C.M. Caplan
Series: Four of Mercies #1
Pages: 413
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: X
Jen: 6
Liis: 5.5
Olivia: 9.5
Paul: 7.5
Timy: X
Average: 7.13

FINAL SCORE: 7

REVIEW
Daughter of the Beast by E C GreavesTitle: Daughter of the Beast
Author: E C Greaves
Series: The Vyshivka Trilogy #1
Pages: 374
Audiobook: No

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Olivia:
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The Last Ranger by J. D. L. RosellTitle: The Last Ranger
Author: J. D. L. Rosell
Series: Ranger of the Titan Wilds #1
Pages: 462
Audiobook: Yes

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Jen:
Liis:
Olivia:
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REVIEW
The Last Fang of God by Ryan KirkTitle: The Last Fang of God
Author: Ryan Kirk
Series: standalone
Pages: 252
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: X
Jen: 8.5
Liis: 7
Olivia: 7
Paul: 8
Timy: 8
Average: 7.7

FINAL SCORE: 7.5

REVIEW
Murder at Spindle Manor by Morgan StangTitle: Murder at Spindle Manor
Author: Morgan Stang
Series: The Lamplight Murder Mysteries #1
Pages: 249
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: X
Jen: 8
Liis: 6.5
Olivia: 8.5
Paul: 6
Timy: 7
Average: 7.2

FINAL SCORE: 7

REVIEW
Cold west by Clayton SnyderTitle: Cold West
Author: Clayton Snyder
Series: standalone
Pages: 164
Audiobook: Yes

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Liis:
Olivia:
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Hills of Heather & Bone by K.E. AndrewsTitle: Hills of Heather & Bone
Author: K.E. Andrews
Series: standalone
Pages: 412
Audiobook: No

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A Rival Most Vial by R.K. AshwickTitle: A Rival Most Vial: Potioneering For Love and Profit
Author: R.K. Ashwick
Series: Side Quest Row #1
Pages: 340
Audiobook: Yes

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Semi-Finalists

In the SPFBO 9 Semi-Final round, we’ll read each others’ picks, score then and eventually choose our finalist. The titles are in the same order as we announced them. Clicking on the covers in the slider will take you to their respective Amazon pages.

Scarlet & Sunder by Mike RousseauTitle: Scarlet & Sunder
Author: Mike Rousseau
Series: Vanguardians #1
Pages: 697
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: 7
Jen: 8
Liis: 7
Olivia: 7
Paul: 6
Timy: X
Average: 7

FINAL SCORE: 7

REVIEW
A Dagger in the Winds by Brendan NobleTitle: A Dagger in the Winds
Author: Brendan Noble
Series: The Frostmarked Chronicles #1
Pages: 663
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: 7.5
Jen: 6.5
Liis: 8
Olivia: 6
Paul: 7
Timy: 6
Average: 6.8

FINAL SCORE: 7

REVIEW
Deceit by Sharon RivestTitle: Deceit
Author: Sharon Rivest
Series: Masks of Discord #1
Pages: 429
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: 4
Jen: 7
Liis: 9
Olivia: 5
Paul: 5.5
Timy: 5.5
Average: 6

FINAL SCORE: 6

REVIEW
The Last Fang of God by Ryan KirkTitle: The Last Fang of God
Author: Ryan Kirk
Series: standalone
Pages: 252
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: X
Jen: 8.5
Liis: 7
Olivia: 7
Paul: 8
Timy: 8
Average: 7.7

FINAL SCORE: 7.5

FINALIST REVIEW
Eleventh Cycle by Kian N. ArdalanTitle: Eleventh Cycle
Author: Kian N. Ardalan
Series: Mistland #1
Pages: 779
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: X
Jen: 6
Liis: 5
Olivia: X
Paul: 8
Timy: 4.5
Average: 5.87

FINAL SCORE: 6

REVIEW
Fae Gods: Maze by Philinna WoodTitle: Fae Gods: Maze
Author: Philinna Wood
Series: standalone
Pages: 300
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
Bjørn: 9
Jen: X
Liis: 5
Olivia: 8
Paul: 8
Timy: 7.5
Average: 7.5

FINAL SCORE: 7.5

REVIEW
The Elimination

Above you can see all 30 of the books we’ll be spending the next few months with, and below you can follow our process through our elimination round of SPFBO 9 Phase 1. We’ll be doing regular updates as our posts go live and will have a new section once we have all the semi-finalists chosen.

Bjørn

The Ring Breaker by Jean GillTitle: The Ring Breaker
Author: Jean Gill
Series: The Midwinter Dragon #1
Pages: 328
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
A Dagger in the Winds by Brendan NobleTitle: A Dagger in the Winds
Author: Brendan Noble
Series: The Frostmarked Chronicles #1
Pages: 663
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
SEMI-FINALIST
And the Wildness by Susan MaxwellTitle: And the Wildness
Author: Susan Maxwell
Series: standalone
Pages: 342
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Carved Amidst the Shadows by M.T. FontaineTitle: Carved Amidst the Shadows
Author: M.T. Fontaine
Series: A Brands of Taelgir Novel #1
Pages: 504
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT

Jen

The Shattered Spire by Ted CrossTitle: The Shattered Spire
Author: Ted Cross
Series: The Chronicles of Xax #1
Pages: 418
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
The Last Fang of God by Ryan KirkTitle: The Last Fang of God
Author: Ryan Kirk
Series: standalone
Pages: 252
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
SEMI-FINALIST
The Ston Mermaid by Aisha UroojTitle: The Stone Mermaid
Author: Aisha Urooj
Series: Fantasy Romance Series #1
Pages: 346
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Unwanted by Catherine M WalkerTitle: Unwanted
Author: Catherine M Walker
Series: Emergence #1
Pages: 536
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Shadow of Fire by Kate SchumacherTitle: Shadow of Fire
Author: Kate Schumacher
Series: The Fires of Aileryan #1
Pages: 370
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
The Return of Abaddon by Peter MoorenTitle: The Return of Abaddon
Author: Peter Mooren
Series: The Scars of Hiraeth #1
Pages: 427
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT

Liis

Deceit by Sharon RivestTitle: Deceit
Author: Sharon Rivest
Series: Masks of Discord #1
Pages: 429
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
SEMI-FINALIST
Gods of the Deep by Drew MontgomeryTitle: Gods of the Deep
Author: Drew Montgomery
Series: standalone
Pages: 255
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Reign of Extinction by Frank BorrelliTitle: Reign of Extinction
Author: Frank Borrelli
Series: Reight of Extinction #1
Pages: 525
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Path of the Warrior by Melissa StoneTitle: Path of the Warrior
Author: Melissa Stone
Series: Keverynn #1
Pages: 479
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Beneath the Lanterns by C. LitkaTitle: Beneath the Lanterns
Author: C. Litka
Series: standalone
Pages: 282
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Rise of the Empress by Bogdan TăbușcăTitle: Rise of the Empress
Author: Bogdan Tăbușcă
Series: standalone
Pages: 468
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT

Olivia

Scarlet & Sunder by Mike RousseauTitle: Scarlet & Sunder
Author: Mike Rousseau
Series: Vanguardians #1
Pages: 697
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
SEMI-FINALIST
Marked by Fate by Jayme HuntTitle: Marked by Fate
Author: Jamie Hunt
Series: Marked #1
Pages: 311
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Rebel Unicorn by Brogan ThomasTitle: Rebel Unicorn
Author: Brogan Thomas
Series: Rebel of the Otherworld
Pages: 400
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Wings of the Storm by Aaron Bunce and Christopher GuhlTitle: Wings of the Storm
Author: Aaron Bunce and Christopher Guhl
Series: The Dunes of Aelaron #1
Pages: 462
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT

Paul

The Gardens of Ash by Sarah ClineTitle: The Gardens of Ash
Author: Sarah Cline
Series: Sagas of the Fallen Earth #1
Pages: 422
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Eleventh Cycle by Kian N. ArdalanTitle: Eleventh Cycle
Author: Kian N. Ardalan
Series: Mistland #1
Pages: 779
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
SEMI-FINALIST
Fae Gods: Maze by Philinna WoodTitle: Fae Gods: Maze
Author: Philinna Wood
Series: standalone
Pages: 300
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
SEMI-FINALIST
The Untold Prophecy by R. R. HunterTitle: The Untold Prophecy
Author: R. R. Hunter
Series: The Death of Power #1
Pages: 334
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
Platinum Tinted Darkness by Timothy WolffTitle: Platinum Tinted Darkness
Author: Timothy Wolff
Series: The Legacy of Boulom #1
Pages: 368
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
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Timy

The Spider's Friend by M.C. BurnellTitle: The Spider’s Friend
Author: M.C. Burnell
Series: standalone
Pages: 270
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
In Sleep You Know by Christiane KnightTitle: In Sleep You Know
Author: Christiane Knight
Series: Stories of the Eleriannan #1
Pages: 266
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
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The Contessa of Mostul Ubar by L. James RiceTitle: The Contessa of Mostul Ûbar
Author: L. James Rice
Series: Sundering the Gods #1
Pages: 680
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
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Endless Seas by John ChampaignTitle: Endless Seas: Never Meet Your Idols
Author: John Champaign
Series: standalone
Pages: 284
Audiobook: No

AMAZON | GOODREADS
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Beyond the Filigree Wall by Melissa WrightTitle: Beyond the Filigree Wall
Author: Melissa Wright
Series: Rivenwilde #1
Pages: 205
Audiobook: Yes

AMAZON | GOODREADS
CUT
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