7th Annual Book Tournament – Round 3

By on April 1, 2013

The fight continues today after a long weekend of rest for our competitors! The 16 remaining books are fighting for the chance to appear in the bracket championship round (which begins on Thursday). Voting for Round 3 will end at midnight on Wednesday, 4/3.

Remember, 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 2 match-ups per bracket to vote for any or all of the three ways, and a total of 8 match-ups across all 4 brackets). The book with the most total votes moves on to the next round.

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!

Forgotten Realms Bracket

16 Fated by Benedict Jacka vs 5 Charon’s Claw by R. A. Salvatore



charons claw


The King’s Blood by Daniel Abraham vs 14 Doubletake (Cal Leandros, #7) by Rob Thurman


War, insurrection, romance, betrayal, and medieval banking come together in the second volume of The Dagger and the Coin.




Westeros Bracket

16 Dragons of Wendal by Maria E. Schneider vs 13 The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

dragons of wendal

Learning new magic isn’t as easy as Zoe expected, especially when the mages at Gorgon University seem dead set against teaching. As for exploring the intriguing mysteries across the border in Wendal, well, it has more teeth than she ever imagined.



When Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel Elizabethan swordsman, is assigned as
bodyguard to an ambassador from the New World, assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the mysterious beings known as skraylings could cost England her new ally–and Mal his soul.


King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence vs 14 Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

king of thorns


bloog song

“We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.”

Malazan Empire Bracket

Whispers Underground (Peter Grant, #3) by Ben Aaronovitch vs 12 Straits of Galahesh by Bradley P Beaulieu

whispers underground


straits of galahesh

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


The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks vs 11 Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear

blinding knife


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.


Middle Earth Bracket

And Blue Skies From Pain by Stina Leicht vs 4 The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

and blue skies from pain




15 Dead of Winter by Lee Collins vs 3 Sharps by K. J. Parker

dead of winter

Cora Oglesby and her husband Ben keep the monsters of the Old West in check, but when an old foe returns for vengeance, Cora must confront her own past if she is to survive.




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King's Blood by Daniel AbrahamKing of Thorns by Mark LawrenceBlinding Knife By Brent Weeks

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Fated, Doubletake, Dragons of Wendal, Whispers Underground, The Blinding Knife


RA Salvatore, Anne Lyle, Elizabeth Bear, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Lee Collins, and Stina Leicht


Dragons of Wendal by Maria Schneider


Range of Ghosts

The Dirty Streets of Heaven

The Straits of Galahesh



Alchemist of Souls

Whispers Underground

Blinding Knife


Range of Ghosts

The Dirty Streets of Heaven

The Straits of Galahesh


Dragons of Wendal and Fated

book lover
book lover

I vote for the following:


Charon's Claw

The King's Blood

Dragons of Wendal

Range of Ghosts


Fated, The King's Blood, The Alchemist of Souls, Blood Song, Whispers Underground, The Blinding Knife, The Dirty Streets of Heaven, Sharps


Fated, Dragons of Wendal, Whispers Underground, The Dead of Winter