Gate of Air by Author Resa Nelson - Guest Post - Author's Top Ten Books

Gate of Air
by Resa Nelson
(Dragon Gods, #1)
Publication date: June 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Frayka must find and convince the dragon gods of the Far East to appease the gods of her Northland heritage. If she fails, her own Northlander gods will destroy all the mortals who once promised to worship them.

The Far East is a mysterious place of legend to Northlanders like Frayka. Only an old map can show her how to get there. Once she arrives, all of Frayka’s sensibilities put her in danger. And every dangerous turn delays her from finding the dragon gods whose help she so desperately needs.

Although Frayka looks like a Far Easterner, she is a powerful Northlander warrior who is quick to voice her thoughts. She is trained to fight and won’t hesitate to do so.

But everything about Frayka puts her in deadly peril in the Far East, where the laws are strict and the punishment cruel.

Especially when the one being punished is a woman.

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Guest Post 

Resa Nelson's Top Ten Books

My top ten books are the most memorable books I’ve read throughout the course of my life.  Despite the fact that my newest book is Young Adult fantasy, there’s not a single fantasy in my top ten list.  Instead, it consists of four mysteries, four science fiction novels, and two literary novels.

10.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
On one hand, this is a challenging novel because I find that it’s too long for my taste, and I even skimmed over some sections that delved deeply into details I didn’t care about.  But the mystery is stellar, as are the characters.  I can’t imagine a world with Lisbeth Salander.

9.  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
I devoured Agatha Christie’s mysteries when I was a teen.  This one is my personal favorite, because it’s terrifying in its own unique way.  The resolution is one of the cleverest endings I’ve ever read.

8.  I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
I fell in love with robots thanks to this collection of short stories.  To this day, seeing any kind of robot – from a Roomba to an industrial-strength machine – makes me misty-eyed.  If I bought an Echo, I’d try to have conversations with it all day long.

7.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Bradbury’s exquisite prose is as good as it gets.  And a future world where firemen burn books because reading is a subversive act is irresistible.

6.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I read the novel when it first came out, long before the series existed on Hulu.  This may be the most terrifying book I’ve ever read because it feels as if it could really happen.  Exquisitely told.

5.  Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Flynn is one of my favorite mystery authors, and like millions, I’m a fan of Gone Girl.  But Flynn has two other strong mysteries, including Sharp Objects.  I like flawed and challenging characters, and Flynn doesn’t disappoint.

4.  Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
Except for his YA books, I’ve read every novel Coben has written.  He’s the master of the twist and turn, but his characters are engaging and easy to love.  This book breaks my heart in the best possible way.

3.  The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
This mainstream novel is narrated by a teenage serial killer.  Although it’s an emotionally challenging book to read, the ending left me in tears and wanting to shout for joy.

2.  Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
A massive novel about a college student who time travels to study the past, this story explores one of my favorite concerns:  how modern-day people assume they’re superior to people who lived centuries before us.  I cried non-stop during the final 50 pages.

1.  Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
Major league baseball.  A pitcher who hates his catcher, even when the catcher finds out he has a disease that will claim his life by the end of the season.  Two of the best characters I’ve ever encountered.  Every time I read this novel, I learn something new.

About the Author

Resa Nelson is the author of the 4-book Dragonslayer series: The Dragonslayer’s Sword (nominated for the Nebula Award, finalist for the EPPIE Award), The Iron Maiden , The Stone of Darkness , and The Dragon’s Egg . Her 4-book Dragonfly series takes place after the Dragonslayer series.

Her standalone novels include the mystery/thrillers All Of Us Were Sophie and Our Lady of the Absolute .

Resa has been selling short stories professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and she is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years as well as a regular contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.


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