A handy little list of bookish releases from tomorrow to December that I am super excited for, including new works from Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, JK Rowling, Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo.
Duskfall by Christopher B Husberg – 21st June
This is Husberg’s debut fantasy novel and the first of The Chaos Queen Quintet. To be honest, they had me at ‘Chaos Queen’. This promises to be a dark and fantastical read, it follows three characters from different walks of life as fate brings them together. One of the characters is found in an icy river shot with arrows and no memory of who he is. Colour me intrigued!
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – 30th June
Russia’s enemies are rising and the Tsar needs an Enchanter by his side. Set in the glittering Russian court he holds the Crown’s Game – an ancient magical duel to discover the most powerful Enchanter. I really enjoy reading fantasy stories set in non-UK/US settings and this promises to be spectacular.
Smoke by Dan Vyleta – 7th July
There has been a huge amount of hype around this book online so I’m keen to check it out. I haven’t looked into it too deeply as I’d rather not know too much but essentially the premise is that sin and wicked thoughts present as smoke around the individual. The nobility don’t smoke but the lower classes are surrounded by it…. It has been compared to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, which I loved, so I am looking forward to getting my hands on this.
White Sand Volume 1 by Brandon Sanderson – 12th July
As you probably know by now I love me a bit of Brandon Sanderson. I’ve only recently ‘discovered’ graphic novels so it will be cool to experience Sanderson’s world in this format. As always with his adult work, White Sand will be set in his Cosmere universe on the world of Taldain. The magic system is based on manipulation of sand and there are light and dark forces at work. This story is one of his first, written before even Elantris so it will also be interesting to see how it compares.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I & II by JK Rowling – 31st July
Doubt this will need much of an introduction! I am definitely one of the millions looking forward to this release. I’m so happy they’ve managed to avoid any spoilers about this and I’m pretty sure I’ll finish it in one sitting. Fingers crossed it’s everything we’re hoping it will be.
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson – 2nd August
Ahh possibly one of my most anticipated release for this year! The third and final instalment of Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles that started with The Kiss of Deception which I reviewed here. I can’t wait to discover the end of Lia’s story. *cough Team Kaden cough cough*
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – 11th August
Another new release with huge online hype – and deservedly so! I won a review copy in a Goodreads giveaway but I am still going to preorder it (as soon as I find out which special edition I want) because it was that good. It follows Mia Corvere as she trains to become a Blade of the Red Church and become one of the most notorious assassins in the world. Naturally it’s jam packed with tragedy, magic, fighting and general kickass-ery. Check out my Reasons to Love Nevernight if you need more persuasion.
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas – 6th September
Wooop not long to wait for this now! I was super late in reading Sarah’s work but I flew through the first four books and the prequel collection last summer so this year-long wait has felt forever. I will be rereading them in time for this release and I can’t wait. I really love her worldbuilding and her characters are so cool! I really love the world of the Fae and just the Fae in general to be honest. I haven’t read any books by any other author that include them and I find them fascinating and I kinda want to be one. Yeah, I said it.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 20th September
The eagerly awaited sequel to Six of Crows. I just finished SoC yesterday and adored it. I was totally engrossed and it proved that I definitely love a good heist. The ending though, man. 20th September is too far away!! Bardugo’s writing is superb, I was thoroughly swept away by the plot, characters and dirty streets of Ketterdam. September will be a good month.
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch – 22nd September
Another one I’m anticipating without having completed the first in the series. I have heard so much about Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards series and all of it good. It sounds exactly like the sort of series I will adore and I am hoping to read the first three this month (fingers crossed) and then pick this up.
Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosemere Collection by Brandon Sanderson – 10th November
Okay so this is definitely my most anticipated release of this year. I only just found out it existed and I fangirled for a good few minutes with excitement. This will collect Sanderson’s short stories set in his Cosmere universe in one place, including some that have already been published like The Emperor’s Soul and Mistborn: The Secret History as well as some new ones set in his newer worlds. I cannot wait. I hear there will be ones in the Elantris and Stormlight Archive worlds. Gah. I will even break my rule of keeping all my books by the same author in same format (ie. all paperback or all hardback) as I can’t wait for a year for this to come out in paperback.
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham – 29th November
I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan so naturally this is on my list. Lauren Graham is hilarious and brilliant and I’m looking forward to read what she has to say. I believe this is a collection of essays by her about her life and experiences.
And that’s it! What new releases are you most looking forward to? Are you going to be picking any of these up too or have any recommendations for me – let’s chat in the comments 🙂