2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for new releases, especially from a few of my favourite authors, and I am super excited to delve back into some of my favourite worlds in preparation. This is list is just the tip of the iceberg and I am hoping I will discover many more new releases next year to enjoy.
Beneath the Twisted Trees | Bradley P Beaulieu
The Song of the Shattered Sands #4, UK exp. pub 18th April 2019
To my shame I only began this series in early 2018, but fortunately my delay in reading Twelve Kings meant there were three full novels and a novella for me to devour. And I fell completely in love with them. It’s set in a world of sand dunes, fighting pits & kings; tribes, waking gods & monsters. Sex, lies, betrayals, determination and ruthlessness all together made Twelve Kings (and the sequels) one of my favourite reads of 2018. You can read my review of the first book here and check out my reviews of the rest on Goodreads. This release means I get to reread and fall in love with them all again – fabulous!
The Poison Song | Jen Williams
The Winnowing Flame #3, UK exp. pub 16th May 2019
My love for this series is tricky to put into words. It has everything a fantasy book should have: magic, flawed heroes, vicious villains and a complicated world. Plus witches, war-beasts, behemoths, an ancient god-like race and a life giving tree. Intrigued? You should be. I expanded on my adoration of the first book, The Ninth Rain here, and reviewed an advanced copy of the sequel, The Bitter Twins here. Another series reread I am super keen for in 2019.
Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
The Sixth World #2, Exp. pub 23rd April 2019
To be honest, when I read the first book, Trail of Lightning, earlier this year, I hadn’t heard much about it in the UK. I’d heard recommendations on the Book Riot podcasts and it sounded unique and fun so I took a chance. I’m so glad I did because it is one of my favourite reads of 2018 (look out for that post soon!). This wonderful urban fantasy explores the gods, culture and beliefs of the Diné. The protagonist is Diné, she lives in Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) and interacts with gods from Diné myth. It’s set in post-apocalyptic America where there has been a huge flood that decimated large parts of the USA. The ‘safe’ area where Maggie lives is contained by a large wall and the gods from legend have come back to cause havoc. I’m looking forward to carrying on this series and learning more about this mythology.
Cage of Souls | Adrian Tchaikovsky
Exp. pub 4th April 2019
Adrian Tchaikovsky is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I read and adored Guns of the Dawn early this year and have since also loved his Echoes of the Fall series. I’m not too sure if this will be a stand alone or the beginning of a new series, but, either way, I will be definitely sampling all of Tchaikovsky’s fantasy offerings. It sounds like it is set in a post-apocalyptic world, the sun is dying and there is a ruined city, the last of its kind, built upon the ruins where there is a fight between old and new. I’m intrigued and Tchaikovsky’s writing is excellent, it promises greatness and I’m sure he won’t disappoint.
A Brightness Long ago | Guy Gavriel Kay
Exp. pub 14th May 2019
I may have only read two Guy Gavriel Kay books in my life, but they have both blown me away (Tigana & Children of Earth and Sky) and made Kay an auto-buy author for me. I’m currently working my way through his backlist but I am so excited to read his new release. The blurbs for his works never really capture the soul of his novels as the characters are so integral to the tales. All I know is that it’s set in a Renaissance-esque Italy and hopefully it will follow true to his older work where there’s usually a bit of magic thrown in the mix too. I love his lyrical, passionate prose and really can’t wait to read more.
The Priory of the Orange Tree | Samantha Shannon
Exp. pub 26th February 2019
A no-brainer really. I really like Shannon’s The Bone Season series so I’m excited to read her fantasy stand alone. It sounds fascinating, set in an Asian inspired land full of kick-ass powerful women and dragons. Yup, dragons. Also, magic, assassins and hidden societies. Shannon’s writing is fantastic so I have very high hopes for this tome.
The Kingdom of Copper | SA Chakraborty
The Daevabad Trilogy #2, Exp. pub 21st February 2019
I had mixed feelings about The City of Brass so while I probably won’t read it immediately, I am intrigued enough to continue this story. I wrote a full review here which lays out my thoughts on the first book, mainly I found it a bit cliched and two-dimensional, but some of the characters (namely, Dara) were interesting enough that I am willing to try again. It was a debut, I believe, so hopefully this sequel will be stronger.
So that’s a wrap, the expected publication dates listed are correct as of today – 10th December 2018. Have you got your eyes on any upcoming releases for next year?