The Warded Man

by Peter V. Brett

Demons rise from the Core every night to hunt humans. Humans are few and scattered, and survive only by warding their homes and villages. One boy figures out wards work if you draw them on your skin, and learns to fight back. It’s very magic-system-y, but it works—especially in this first book.

(I started this series in 2010 but I saw that all the books were out and I decided to finish it.)

Season of Storms

by Andrzej Sapkowski

I’m a completionist, and this is a Witcher prequel of sorts, from when Geralt was just a Witcher, not the Witcher. Honestly I liked it better than anything after book 3 of the core series. It was just a good fantasy adventure.

Master of Djinn

by P. Djèlí Clark

Murder mystery set in a steampunk 1912 Cairo crowded with djinn. Fatma el-Sha’arawi, a dapper junior agent of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments & Supernatural Entities, is on the case.

The main character is fantastic, and the setting—Egypt is now a world superpower thanks to the strength of its supernatural allies—is great.

Super good. This set me off on a mission to read everything published by P. Djèlí Clark while he finishes the next book in this series.