Why a post about 7 best new fantasy books on the horizon?
There was a time when all I read was fantasy and sci-fi books, then I went through a very long period where I didn’t read any at all … over the past couple of years I’ve read some amazing stories from this genre and I’m getting sucked back in (a good thing!). I’ve not long finished reading The Ruin of the Kings by Jenn Lyons and wondered what else was out there. And it turns out there are some exciting fantasy books coming out later this year.
7 Best Fantasy Books on the Horizon
‘Only one thing is more powerful than a wish, and that is a purpose.’
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of Eleven. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust.
Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn – but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
An epic West-African inspired YA fantasy from an incredible new talent.
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko publishes by Hot Key Books on 18th August 2020
As well as a strong female character and the setting in Raybearer, I’m drawn to the numbers. 11 is all about spiritual illumination and if we include the Prince, 12. The number 12 signifies completion and I like this a lot. 🙂 Jordan Ifueko has great taste. I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January too (one of my favourite reads this year)!
The Black Coast – The God King Chronicles (Mike Brooks)
A DAEMONIC WARLORD ON THE RISE.
When the citizens of Black Keep see ships on the horizon, terror takes them because they know who is coming: for generations, the keep has been raided by the fearsome clanspeople of Tjakorsha. Saddling their war dragons, Black Keep’s warriors rush to defend their home only to discover that the clanspeople have not come to pillage at all. Driven from their own land by a daemonic despot who prophesises the end of the world, the raiders come in search of a new home . . .
Meanwhile the wider continent of Narida is lurching toward war. Black Keep is about to be caught in the crossfire – if only its new mismatched society can survive.
THE START OF AN UNMISSABLE FANTASY SERIES.
The Black Coast (The God-King Chronicles) by Mike Brooks is publishing by Orbit 27th August 2020
It’s too early for a book cover image! I love this angry dragon though 🙂
Mike Brooks says :
“It’s a book about warlike cultures having to learn to coexist peacefully in order to survive, and making the difficult choices that go against the grain but which will ultimately prove to be the best decision for everyone.”
I’m looking forward to the action as well as getting to know the characters … AND dragons, sea monsters, gods and demons. What’s not to love!
The Bone Shard Daughter is an unmissable fantasy debut for 2020 – a captivating tale of magic, revolution and mystery, where a young woman’s sense of identity will make or break an empire.
The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.
Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Steward publishes by Orbit (Kindle) 8th September 2020
Another kick-ass female lead and I’ve heard on the grapevine, fab characters and inventive world building. Can’t wait for this one! Sounds like it’s going to be an awesome series.
During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact. Epic space battles for the fate of humanity take her to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and, in the process, transform not only her – but the entire course of history.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini published by Tor 15th September 2020.
I know I said fantasy books but I couldn’t resist sharing with you a sci-fi that caught my eye. Remember The Inhertance Cycle from Christopher Paolini? I loved those stories. That’s my tenuous link … To Sleep in a Sea of Stars sounds fabulous.
A former soldier turned PI solves crime in a world that’s lost its magic in this brilliant sequel to actor Luke Arnold’s debut The Last Smile in Sunder City.
The name’s Fetch Phillips–what do you need?
Cover a Gnome with a crossbow while he does a dodgy deal? Sure.
Find out who killed Lance Niles, the big-shot businessman who just arrived in town? I’ll give it shot.
Help an old-lady Elf track down her husband’s murderer? That’s right up my alley.
What I don’t do, because it’s impossible, is search for a way to bring the goddamn magic back.
Rumors got out about what happened with the Professor, so now people keep asking me to fix the world.
But there’s no magic in this story. Just dead friends, twisted miracles, and a secret machine made to deliver a single shot of murder.
Welcome back to the streets of Sunder City, a darkly imagined world perfect for readers of Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.
Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold publishes by Hatchette (Orbit) Kindle 22nd September 2020
The Last Smile in Sunder City was a fast paced read for me. I’ve been wondering what challenges Fetch comes up against in the next story. I’m intrigued about what will happen when he investigates the rumours! If you haven’t read it, highly recommend for fantasy tropes with a twist.
In the start of an all-new series, the bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver introduces you to a dangerous school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death – until one girl begins to rewrite its rules.
Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered.
There are no teachers, no holidays, friendships are purely strategic, and the odds of survival are never equal.
Once you’re inside, there are only two ways out: you graduate or you die.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik is publishing by Penguin (Del Ray) 29th September 2020
Confession … I LOVED Uprooted, so much so I pre-ordered myself a hardcover copy of Spinning Silver. You know what comes next don’t you because I know you do the same too – yes, it’s sat on my bookshelf gathering dust! There’s a Japanese word for people like us 🙂
Tsundoku is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them. It combines elements of tsunde-oku (積んでおく, to pile things up ready for later and leave) and dokusho (読書, reading books). It is also used to refer to books ready for reading later when they are on a bookshelf. (taken from Wikipedia)
I’m not sure if this series will feel too young for me but I have enjoyed the author’s writing style. You can read an extract from Chapter One by clicking here.
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement.
Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote – and perhaps not even to live – the sisters must delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow publishes by Orbit October 2020
As mentioned earlier, I loved this author’s debut, The Ten Thousand Doors of January. I’m very excited to see where this world of the Eastwood sisters will take us to. There’s an exclusive excerpt on the Orbit website (clicking here will take you to the excerpt) to give you a teaser.
I know I said 7 best fantasy books on the horizon but I can’t end this post without shouting out about Jenn Lyon’s fantasy series. The Ruin of Kings is a complex world rich in mythology with wonderfully flawed characters. The second book, The Name of all Things is already published and the third, The Memory of Souls is publishing September 2020. If you’re looking to start a new fantasy series, I can guarantee this one is off to a fabulous start.
We all know that reading is subjective and the fantasy books I’m excited for might be totally different to the ones you’re eagerly awaiting. What fantasy books are on your horizon? What do you think about my choices?