It’s not just me, is it? 2017 has been a really great year for debut novels. From Nicky Drayden’s The Prey of Gods to R.E. Stearns’ Barbary Station, from Robyn Bennis’s The Guns Above to J.Y. Yang’s The Black Tides of Heaven, and from K. Arsenault Rivera’s The Tiger’s Daughter to Vivian Shaw’s Strange Practice, 2017’s managed to give us a pretty full slate of great new writers whose work we can—hopefully!—keep on looking forward to.
(2018, as far as literature is concerned, you have a lot to live up to.)
S.A. Chakraborty’s City of Brass is only the latest of this year’s excellent run of debut novels. It’s not my favourite—I have fairly specific tastes in what really hits my utter favourite spots. But it is a really solid fantasy novel with a vivid setting and an interesting set of protagonists.