7th Annual Book Tournament – Round 1 – Malazan Empire Bracket

By on March 22, 2013

Round 1 of the 7th Annual BSC Book Tournament continues!  Today the heroes of the Malazan Empire begin their battle to be named bracket champion, who will face the Middle Earth champion in the semi-finals on April 8.

Before we heft any battle axes, a rundown of voting:

You can vote three ways:

  • via a comment on this post listing the book you wish to vote for in each match-up
  • by liking the book you want to vote for on Facebook (click on the Like button below the book’s cover)
  • with an original tweet (retweets won’t count) that includes a link to this page and uses the hashtag provided below for the book(s) you are voting for

You can vote once per match-up per voting method (i.e., for this round you have 8 match-ups to vote for any or all of the three ways). The book with the most total votes moves on to the next round.

Voting will end at midnight on Sunday, March 24.

One last note to the authors: if your book doesn’t have a byline and you want to add one, email it to admin[at]bookspotcentral[dot]com. We reached out to as many of you as we could find a way to email, and want everyone included in the opportunity to share their book’s motto or message!

And now…to the lists!

1. Forge of Darkness  by Steven Erikson vs. 16. The Minority Council by Kate Griffin

forge of darkness


minority council

A cautionary tale of magic, memos, mosquitos, madness and fairy godmothers.


2. The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks vs. 15. The Tainted City by Courtney Schafer

blinding knife


tainted city

Magic, murder, and mountaineering combine in this sequel to The Whitefire Crossing.  Betrayed by allies, forced to aid enemies, Dev and Kiran must confront the darkest truths of their pasts to survive their return to the tainted city of Ninavel.


3. Orb, Sceptre, Throne by Ian Cameron Esslemont vs. 14. Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia McKillip

Orb, Sceptre, Throne


wonders of the invisible world



4. The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett vs. 13. The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow



The Iron Wyrm Affair


5. Existence by David Brin vs. 12. The Straits of Galahesh by Bradley P. Beaulieu


The one constant of our time is change, onrushing tides of it.  Some disruptions are daunting, even scary, but our lives have also benefited greatly from change.  Can we ride the wave and even steer it toward a better tomorrow?


straits of galahesh

The Straits of Galahesh. Because you don’t have enough windships in your life. Get in the game.


6. The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks vs. 11. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear



range of ghosts

Empires rise. Empires fall. The sky changes with them… and some hold in their hands the ambition to bring the whole reach of the Eternal Sky under their dominion.


7. Timeless by Gail Carriger vs. 10. Glamour in Glass (Glamourist Histories, #2)  by Mary Robinette Kowal





8. Whispers Underground (Peter Grant, #3) by Ben Aaronovitch vs. 9. The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margot Lanagan

whispers underground


brides of rollrock island


About Elena Nola

Elena Nola runs things here at BookSpotCentral. She is also the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire. On Twitter @MoffElena

Minority Council,

The Blinding Knife,

Wonders of the Invisible World,

Iron Wyrn Affair,

Straits of Galahesh

Range of Ghosts,


Whispers Underground

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The Blinding Knife!