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7th Annual Book Tournament – Round 4 – Quarterfinals
Welcome to the quarterfinals! Today we begin the battles to determine which of our 8 remaining contestants will be our bracket champions and move on to the semi-finals. Voting will run until midnight on Saturday, and round 5 will begin on Monday.
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 1 match-ups per bracket to vote for any or all of the three ways, and a total of 4 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!
16 Fated by Benedict Jacka vs 7 The King’s Blood by Daniel Abraham
War, insurrection, romance, betrayal, and medieval banking come together in the second volume of The Dagger and the Coin.
13 The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle vs 2 King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
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.
12 Straits of Galahesh by Bradley P. Beaulieu vs 2 The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
The Straits of Galahesh. Because you don’t have enough windships in your life. Get in the game.
4 The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams vs 15 Dead of Winter by Lee Collins
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.
Here are my votes, Kings Blood by Daniel Abraham, King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks, The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams.
King of Thorns - It's like if Firefly and the Count of Monte Cristo had a kid. Brilliantly written, thoroughly thought out, and above all intense. I've read all the other books on this list and this is by far my favorite.