10 books like Ciaphas Cain

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Mass Effect

By Drew Karpyshyn,

Book cover of Mass Effect: Revelation

Mass Effect was a very big sci-fi series for me growing up, the technology of which continues to influence my novels to this day. This novel serves as a prequel to the first game in the Mass Effect series, covering an event that was only briefly mentioned within the game itself, where Captain David Anderson works alongside the Spectre Saren, a Turian who despises humanity and believes them to be growing too quickly. Saren’s behavior and beliefs lead to him committing atrocities and then blaming Anderson to sabotage the whole reason why they were asked to team up in the first place, setting the stage for the first game.

Mass Effect

By Drew Karpyshyn,

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2 authors picked Mass Effect as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

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The thrilling prequel to the award-winning video game from BioWare

Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished fifty thousand years ago. After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars; the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community.

On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station; smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post…


Halo

By Eric Nylund,

Book cover of Halo: The Fall of Reach

The Halo Universe is a massive, sprawling sci-fi series that many assume to be just a random sci-fi shooter franchise. The Fall of Reach acts as a prequel to the first game and to the Halo series as a whole. Focusing on the initial creation of the Spartan-II Super Soldier program, the growth of Spartan John-117 into a super soldier, and culminating in the defense of the planet he’s grown up on, The Fall of Reach serves to set the stage for the Halo franchise. I recommend picking up the reprints from 2011 or later, as it fixes many continuity errors induced later on in the series.

Halo

By Eric Nylund,

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3 authors picked Halo as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

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Legends & Lattes

By Travis Baldree,

Book cover of Legends & Lattes

This book takes a look at fantasy from a different perspective, which speaks to what I would like to do as a writer. This cozy fantasy is about an orc warrior, Viv, who is trying to find her happily ever after by putting down her axe and opening the doors to her new coffee shop. The world, the city of Thune, is beautifully crafted. It isn’t about battles and treachery and epic quests it’s about someone trying to build a better life for themselves and the friendships they make along the way.

Legends & Lattes

By Travis Baldree,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Legends & Lattes as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

High fantasy, low stakes - with a double-shot of coffee.

After decades of adventuring, Viv the orc barbarian is finally hanging up her sword for good. Now she sets her sights on a new dream - for she plans to open the first coffee shop in the city of Thune. Even though no one there knows what coffee actually is.

If Viv wants to put the past behind her, she can't go it alone. And help might arrive from unexpected quarters. Yet old rivals and new stand in the way of success. And Thune's shady underbelly could make it all…


Adventure Quest the Dragon's Secret

By Lyra Trice Solis,

Book cover of Adventure Quest the Dragon's Secret

Adventure Quest, and Artix Entertainment’s games as a whole, were a formative part of my childhood and play a big role in what I write now. When I found out that a novel was made in that series, I had to check it out. Set in Adventure Quest, this novel follows the tale of a character who loses his home to a dragon attack, and sets out on a quest to find the dragon in question, while learning how to wield the magic that he is capable of using. It puts a fun spin on an old kind of story if you ask me!

Adventure Quest the Dragon's Secret

By Lyra Trice Solis,

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1 author picked Adventure Quest the Dragon's Secret as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

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Revan

By Drew Karpyshyn,

Book cover of Revan: Star Wars Legends

While Star Wars was never the biggest franchise I was into growing up, the Knights of the Old Republic games served as my first proper foray into RPGs that have come to influence my books as a whole. Revan follows up on the titular character, set after the end of the first two Knights of the Old Republic games. Worries over his lost memories returning, Revan must seek out answers as to what drove him to go down the path of a Sith Lord in the first place, along the way meeting with Meetra Surik, the protagonist of the second game, following up on a rarely touched-upon point in the Star Wars universe of what happens when someone learns how to wield both the Light Side and Dark Side of the Force at the same time.

Revan

By Drew Karpyshyn,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Revan as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

There’s something out there:
a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic—
unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.

Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians—and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares—and deep, abiding fear.

What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret…


Thraxas Under Siege

By Martin Scott,

Book cover of Thraxas Under Siege

I picked up this book when I was much younger. Until this point all the fantasy I read had been serious and gritty. This book showed me that fantasy could be amusing too, but still have high stakes. It follows the ongoing story of Thraxas, a down-on-his-luck and disreputable private investigator with some magical skill whose city is now besieged by orcs. He has to try and survive the siege, which mainly comprises of finding some decent food and drink, whilst searching for an artifact that could change the outcome of the war.

A fun read with some quirky characters and an engaging story.

Thraxas Under Siege

By Martin Scott,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Thraxas Under Siege as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In the enchanted city of Turai, the overweight, beer-guzzling private eye Thraxas is probably your only hope. And this time, the entire city is in trouble, besieged by an army of rampaging Orcs. Now a ship has managed to slip past the Orcs to make port, and it was carrying a talisman which could save the city. Unfortunately, it and the ship's captain have vanished without a trace. And if Thraxas can't recover it before it falls into the wrong hands, Turai will be doomed. Which could seriously interfere with the big card game that Thraxas had been looking forward…


The Carpet People

By Terry Pratchett,

Book cover of The Carpet People

Did you know that your carpet was home to various tribes of people? Terry Pratchett did. This is the story of two brothers who live in said carpet. They must leave their village before it is destroyed by the Fray. It’s Terry Pratchett, need I say more?

This was Terry Pratchett’s first novel and is a fun read with plenty of humor. Again this is a book from my youth, and whilst I don’t own a copy now, it’s one of those covers I always look fondly on whenever I see it.

The Carpet People

By Terry Pratchett,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Carpet People as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The New York Times bestselling author of the Discworld series delivers “fantasy with comedic flair” in his debut novel and first children’s book (VOYA).
 
In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet . . . 
 
That’s the old story everyone knows and loves. But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples, and there’s a new story in the making. The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet. The story of power-hungry mouls—and of two brothers who set out on an adventure to end all adventures when their…


Protection of the Pack

By Heather G. Harris,

Book cover of Protection of the Pack

This was my first foray into reading Urban Fantasy, and it made me very glad I did. This is the story of Lucy, a woman transformed into a werewolf, who must navigate the task of being Alpha of her new pack as well as adjusting to the new, often violent, world she’s a part of. I love how Heather deals with Lucy embracing a job she didn’t choose for herself. The interplay between the characters makes this a fun read with some very laugh-out-loud dialogue, especially in the interactions between Lucy and her Wolf, Esme. I think the whole ‘fish out of water’ thing speaks to all of us. Who hasn’t daydreamed, what if I could do magic, or had superpowers? The real question is, how would you cope if you suddenly could and it changed your life completely?

Protection of the Pack

By Heather G. Harris,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Protection of the Pack as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

I have a wolf in my head. Her name is Esme, and she likes killing things.

I’m Lucy, a regular accountant turned alpha werewolf. A tryst with the wrong incubus ripped me from my ordinary life and sent me tumbling into a magical realm that I'd never even dreamed existed.

I was just adjusting to pack life when I was asked to mercy-kill the current alpha. I'm not a total bitch so I did what he asked, but it's left me as alpha of a pack I don't know, full of werewolves who resent that I still live and breathe…


Gust Front

By John Ringo,

Book cover of Gust Front

Parts of Gust Front hit home. I read this while living in the Appalachians, so seeing Cally preparing for an invasion in a remote valley in Georgia, and the subsequent fighting that takes place in and around the Appalachians, struck a nerve with me. If the worst happened, up to and including the alien invasion depicted here, would the mountains be the best place to hold out and resist? The scope of the novel covers many settings, including other familiar ones like Washington D.C., all of which ground the speculative premise of an alien invasion in a story that feels very real; something that any of us could be forced to live through.

Gust Front

By John Ringo,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Gust Front as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Gust Front


Zoe's Tale

By John Scalzi,

Book cover of Zoe's Tale

Scalzi transports us to his ever-exciting Old Man's War universe for a retelling of the novel The Last Colony from a teen's perspective. Aliens, adventure, and young love abound in Zoe's Tale, a story sure to delight Scalzi fans and is an excellent entry point for young adult readers interested in his brand of witty sci-fi.

With Zoe's Tale, Scalzi demonstrates one key to a compelling story is a fantastic protagonist. Zoe is just that. She is engaging, stubborn, snarky, a true friend, an angsty teen, and brave. Readers who enjoy Scalzi's clever prose will find the fact Zoe's Tale is a retelling of The Last Colony immaterial. That's how captivating a character Zoe is.

Zoe's Tale

By John Scalzi,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Zoe's Tale as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Hard-core, fast paced science fiction, John Scalzi's Zoe's Tale is the fourth in The Old Man's War series.

She won't go down without a fight.

It's not every day you up sticks and move to another world. But then, Zoe Boutin-Perry's life has never been ordinary. She's the adopted teenage daughter of two former super-soldiers. She's also a holy icon to a race of alien warriors who track her every move. So she's used to the quirks of being a human in space.

However, this time something's different. Betrayed by the authorities, Zoe - along with her parents and fellow…


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