B.V. Larson is a prominent science-fiction and fantasy author with bestselling series including Star Force, Haven, Undying Mercenaries, Imperium, Hyborean Dragons, Lost Colonies, Unspeakable Things, and several others. He wrote so far over 50 books.
My overall favorite series by B V Larson are Star Force, Haven, and Undying Mercenaries.
When I first learned about this author (through his Star Force series), I considered him a pure sci-fi novelist. Of course, I should have known better. After all, most sci-fi authors are also fantasy authors, and vice-versa. There are not many writers out there who write one of these two genres and don’t at least touch the other one.
So I picked up his Haven series, and I was not let down (although I still prefer the author’s sci-fi novels since military sci-fi is one of my favorite genres). Star Force is a hardcore military science-fiction series, and Haven is as fantasy as it gets, focusing on magic. And there are many other series in between.
Here are the B.V. Larson books in publication and chronological order. The books within each series are listed in reading order, with the date of publication written after each book.
New B.V. Larson Books
Star Force Series
military sci-fi series
- Swarm, 2010
- Extinction, 2011
- Rebellion, 2011
- Conquest, 2011
- Army of One, 2014 (novella 4.5)
- Battle Station, 2012
- Empire, 2012
- Annihilation, 2013
- Storm Assault, 2013
- The Dead Sun, 2014
- Outcast, 2014, with David VanDyke
- Exile, 2014, with David VanDyke
- Demon Star, 2015, with David VanDyke
- Amber Magic, 2010
- Sky Magic, 2010
- Shadow Magic, 2010
- Dragon Magic, 2010
- Blood Magic, 2010
- Death Magic, 2011
- Dream Magic, 2013
- Mech Zero, 2012 (prequel novella)
- Mech 1: The Parent, 2010
- Mech 2: The Savant, 2010
- Mech 3: The Empress, 2012
- The Black Ship, 2017 (novella)
Hyborean Dragons Series
- To Dream with the Dragons, 2011
- The Dragon-Child, 2011
- Of Shadows and Dragons, 2011
- The Swords of Corium, 2011
- The Sorcerer’s Bane, 2011
- The Dragon Wicked, 2011
Unspeakable Things Series
Undying Mercenaries Series
- Steel World, 2013
- Dust World, 2014
- Tech World, 2014
- Machine World, 2015
- Death World, 2015
- Home World, 2016
- Rogue World, 2017
- Blood World, 2017
- Dark World, 2018
Lost Colonies Trilogy
Rebel Fleet Series
Galactic Liberation Series
sci-fi series co-authored with David VanDyke
Standalone B.V. Larson Books
- Creatures, 2010
- Lost Shores, 2010
- Z-World, 2010
- Spyware, 2010
- Real Life, 2011
- Element-X, 2013
- Starfire, 2014, with Thomas LeMay
BV Larson (Brian Larson) was born in 1975 in Turlock, California. Unlike many other authors who grew up wanting to be writers from the first time they laid their eyes on a book, B.V. Larson only realized his dream of becoming an author in his late teens.
He wrote his first short story when he was 17. Even then, it has taken him several years to actually become successful. Over the years, he got sidetracked by taking jobs that simply paid his bills.
In 2001 and 2002 he self-published two books in hardcover (this was before the Kindle age). Both books flopped.
He started and continued to write books which he would keep him on his virtual shelf right until Kindle Publishing became a thing.
By then, he has written several novels that he could no publish directly on Amazon. Initially, he only sold a couple of them, however, his books soon started to sell pretty well B. V. Larson became a known author in the indie publishing world.
So far B.V. Larson has written over 50 science-fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance books, and they sold over two million copies all around the world.
While he did write his first few novels earlier on, most of them have been written after 2010 when the Kindle publishing explosion happened. This means that he has been diligently writing around five books a year for the last eight years straight.
He first realized the power of indie publishing when he read J.A. Konrath’s blog (another prominent self-published author) and learned how well he was earning from his books.
In an interview, he mentioned that when he writes, he gives his all in. He writes seven days a week for several weeks until the book is finished. After that, the book goes through various editing and polishing processes, but the actual writing is done without breaks.
While the B.V. Larson fiction books are self-published, the author also uses traditional publishing for his non-fiction books, which are mostly college textbooks.
While he does write in several genres, the majority of his work is in science-fiction. It seems that as his readers got used to his sci-fi novels, they are less eager to see him write other genres like crime fiction or thrillers.
Several of the BV Larson books have topped the Amazon Kindle charts. His books have been published in audio, as well as published in several languages, including Bulgarian, German, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, and Spanish.
Currently, B.V. Larson is married, with three children, and he is working on his next book.
While I haven’t read every single book by this author (I have only read his sci-fi novels and Haven, a fantasy series), from what I’ve read so far, I was quite pleased, especially for an indie self-published author.
I am always glad to see self-published novelists release quality writings. I don’t remember noticing too many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors in the B.V. Larson books, which means his editors are doing a darn fine job.
Star Force was my first ever contact with BV Larson, and the series hooked me right from the start. Here we meet Kyle Riggs, our main hero of the series who’s had a very rough start in the first book, Swarm, a prime example of an action-packed space opera/military sci-fi novel.
Towards the end of the series, the focus shifts from Kyle to his son, Cody, and I’m still not quite sure whom I like the best. Probably both. The only thing I’m sorry about is that the series has ended with the last book published in 2015.
The one series I’m still reading today is Undying Mercenaries, which had a latest book published in 2018. In this series I find more political intrigue and interstellar battles. Also, this series seems to be a bit more humorous than Star Force. I loved the screw-up that is James McGill who emerges as a winner every single time.
He has that charm that makes everything that comes out of his mouth believable, even if it’s all lies and bullshit.
While the B.V. Larson books are not of the caliber of War and Peace, they’re highly entertaining beach reads that will keep you occupied for hours.