SPFBO – Finalist

For the past few months I’ve been taking part in the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  This idea was hit upon by Mark Lawrence and brings together 10 bloggers, each undertaking to read 25-27 books submitted by self published authors with a view to putting forward one book from their pile.  The 10 books that are then put forward will then be read by each blogger and scored and eventually an overall winner will be hit upon.  The full details are here.

In today’s post I’m announcing my overall winner.  I’m probably doing things a little back to front here because I haven’t reviewed the book yet (or a number of the other books that I actually completed).  This is simply because I focused on completing the task in front of me and in particular on finding my ‘one’ book.

I can say that this has been a very difficult challenge for me for a number of reasons.  I hate being critical – I really do!  And yet I have a list of books and only one to take forward.  This certainly acted as a motivation in making me focus.  Also, I think writing a book and putting your labour of love forward for an event such as this must be really tough and I appreciate that and don’t want to discourage anybody.

What I can say about the books submitted on my list – I had some enjoyable reads here – in fact probably more than I expected (which was something of an eye opener and a revelation)  Maybe I wasn’t as open minded about self published books as I thought and in that respect I think this challenge has been a learning curve.

In terms of the reading I didn’t complete all the books and this wasn’t necessarily because I didn’t enjoy them but more because I already knew that they would not be the book I put forward for one reason or another.  In total I completed 10 books – I’ve already written a short review for a couple of those plus a full review for one of the others.  The others I intend to write reviews for over the next few days starting with my finalist.  I think I gave all the books submitted a very fair chance but at the end of the day the book I chose just stood out for me as up until that point I was undecided about which book I had enjoyed the most.

I would like to thank all the authors who submitted books for this challenge and hope that none of you are discouraged at all, at the end of the day I had to be fairly hard in terms of elimination.  Put simply, some of the books were not my style, or maybe felt aimed at a younger target audience and some I had issues with the writing style that didn’t particularly work for me.

My finalist for this round:

The Weight of a Crown by Tavish Kaeden – review to follow.

The other books that I read fully but have not yet reviewed:

  1. Iduna by Maya Michaels
  2. The Duchess of the Shallows by Neil McGarry & Daniel Ravipinto
  3. Forging Divinity by Andrew Rowe
  4. In the Dark by Melody Taylor
  5. Thief of Hope by Cindy Young-Turner
  6. Blade of the Broken by Jake Scholl

The following three books I’ve already either reviewed or given a short write up of.

  • Naming the Bane by Kal S Davian
  • Klondaeg the Monster Hunter by Steve Thomas
  • His Own Good Sword by Amanda McCrina review here
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10 Responses to “SPFBO – Finalist”

  1. Danya @ Fine Print

    I just checkout out The Weight of a Crown on GR, it looks good! Whenever I feel myself getting judge-y about self-published books (happens to the best of us, I think) I just remember that Angelfall by Susan Ee was self-published. That was a truly fantastic book!

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, this has been an interesting experience. I suppose you can’t help getting a little judgemental – I think the covers are usually the first thing that hit your eye as they’re just never quite as well done. I didn’t realise Susan Ee was self published – great book. Plus Bloodsong of course.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Excellent! I give you and everyone else so much credit for undertaking this. I know there are good self published books, but it’s nice to have had someone else (publishers) filter out those that won’t make the cut. Also glad it turned out there were more you enjoyed than expected. Look forward to the next round, seems like that should be interesting to get multiple opinions on these 🙂 Also curious if there will be a strong standout in the finalist pool

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m kind of expecting the next round to be all good.
      Lynn 😀

  3. libbycole007

    Isn’t it funny how many good self-published books you can find these days? I think for a lot of authors it now makes more financial sense now to self-publish – as long as you do it right, no need for a middle man.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, there are an awful lot out there to choose from for sure.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’ve already bought a book from another spfbo list of finalists, so I find this project so helpful in discovering good self-published books!

  5. jakeescholl

    Thanks for giving us indie authors a read Lynn! 🙂

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