Indie Reading Challenge 2020: Big Books

I like big books & I cannot lie.

Sorry, it’s just right there, you know? Couldn’t help myself. Anyway, it’s challenge time! The challenge for September is all about big books, aka, books that have a minimum of 500 pages. That’s a lot, right? But I do love a good tome, when it’s well-written, of course.

big books september reading challenge

If you get tired of me saying this, trust me, I’m also getting tired of writing it, but: if you want to know more about the challenge, check out this page. The previous challenges are also on there, so be sure to check out the August challenge, or the last July challenge.


How to participate

You decide how you want to play along. Leaving a comment is always appreciated, as I love to know your opinion and chat about books. But you can also follow along silently.


Books with 500 pages or more

We had the quick read, and now we have the big read. Time to completely immerse yourself in a tale of epic proportions. So here come my 5 suggestions for big books.


The Indivisible and the Void (Age of Axion Book 1) – D.M. Wozniak

big books indivisible and the void

Democryos is devastated when his wife leaves him for a mysterious stranger. Usually, he sends his brightest student into the war-torn countryside to work magic, but this time he forsakes the comfort of the citadel. He searches his wife, traveling through the same lands where he sent his students. In his journey, he befriends a holy man, a member of the king’s harem, and a maimed soldier. Together, they find a key: the key to the war and the understanding of the magic of voidance itself.

It’s a great book, and I highly recommend it!

Genre: Sci-fi, Dark Fantasy

Page length: 572

Check out my full review of the Indivisible and the Void


Starwatcher (Half-Elven Book 1) – David Rice

book cover starwatcher

The new King hopes to save his realm from the plague with a mix of faith, superstition, and trade. However, Muren, the son of the King’s Starwatcher, turns to the elves of Longwood for answers. Things don’t go as planned when he suddenly finds himself the reluctant father of a forbidden child, and the center of a conflict that threatens to decimate a world he can’t appear to save.

Genre: Epic Action Fantasy

Page length: 547 pages


Land Of The First – Servant Of Fire – Simon J. Cambridge

big books land of the first book cover

Wanting to escape, but rescued by a man with an act of merciless brutality, made her wonder what the final price might be. She’s caught between two worlds. One holding all she knew and hated, the other promising light and beauty and all she thought she wanted. But she didn’t yet understand there’s no one without the other. No light without darkness, no love without hate. However, she soon will.

Genre: Epic Action Fantasy

Page length: 574 pages


The Martyr’s Blade (The Chronicles of the Martyr Book 1) – Joel Manners

martyrs blade book cover

Three of the realm’s guardians are sent to track down the ones responsible for a series of gruesome rituals. These are: Lord Bradon, veteran commander and warrior, Sir Killock, a Templar knight, and the paragon Danielle d’Lavandou. However, what they discover is more than just murder; it’s a terrifying threat to all the realms, thought sealed away so long ago it now exists only as legend. And so, the fate of the entire kingdom rests in Danielle’s hands, as she’s the only one who can ever hope to wield the Martyr’s Blade. But what sacrifice will the blade demand?

Genre: Epic Advanture Fantasy

Page length: 596 pages


Song of the Oceanides – J G Zymbalist

big books song of the oceanides book cover

Emmylou, a Martian girl, is stranded in Maine, where she is pursued by the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s Extraterrestrial-Enigma Service. Her favorite Earthling comic-book artist is Giacomo Venable, just like Rory Slocum. He loves the comic books as a refuge from the sea nymphs or Oceanides taunting him. It’s a tale of how art can bring together pariahs and misfits, to give them friendship and a sense of belonging in a cruel world.

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Sci-fi

Page length: 764 pages


Challenge discussion questions

Those are all my suggestions! I would love it if you could let me know which book you chose, and what your thoughts about it were. Here are some questions to get you started:

What book did you read for this challenge?

Why did you choose this one?

What are your thoughts on the book you read?

Was the length necessary, or could it easily have been a shorter book? Why?

Would you recommend the book?

Would you read other books by this author?


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