I’ve reached the point where I browse publishers’ catalogues for upcoming titles and get super excited about them even though they won’t be published until spring. Here’s a few that caught my eye in particular.
Freda Warrington – The Grail of the Summer Stars (April 2013)
I’ve been excited about this trilogy ever since I read the Fantasy Book Café’s review of Elfland. That is my entire basis for wanting to read these. The covers are stunning and it sounds totally up my alley. It’s time I started reading the first in the trilogy…
A painting, depicting haunting scenes of a ruined palace and a scarlet-haired goddess in front of a fiery city, arrives unheralded in an art gallery with a cryptic note saying, “The world needs to see this.” The painting begins to change the lives of the woman who is the gallery’s curator and that of an ancient man of the fey Aetherial folk who has mysteriously risen from the depths of the ocean. Neither human nor fairy knows they are connected, but when the painting is stolen, both are compelled to discover the meaning behind the painting and the key it holds to their future.
In a haunting, powerful tale of two worlds and those caught between, Freda Warrinton weaves an exciting story of suspense, adventure and danger that fulfills the promise of the Aetherial Tales as only she can.
Ian Tregillis – Necessary Evil (April 2013)
Another third instalment in a series. I still haven’t read Bitter Seeds but it’s been one of the most praised books of the last years and makes me totally giddy just thinking about it.
12 May 1940. Westminster, London, England: the early days of World War II.
Raybould Marsh, one of “our” Britain’s best spies, has travelled to another Earth in a desperate attempt to save at least one timeline from the Cthulu-like monsters who have been observing our species from space and have already destroyed Marsh’s timeline. In order to accomplish this, he must remove all traces of the supermen that were created by the Nazi war machine and caused the spectors from outer space to notice our planet in the first place.
His biggest challenge is the mad seer Greta, one of the most powerful Nazi creations, who has sent a version of herself to this timeline to thwart Marsh. Why would she stand in his way? Because she has seen that in all the timelines she dies and she is determined to stop that from happening, even if it means destroying most of humanity in the process. And marsh is the only man who can stop her.
Mary Robinette Kowal – Glamour in Glass (paperback), Without a Summer (February 2013)
Shades of Milk and Honey was not a huge hit with me but I liked Kowal’s writing and her ideas well enough. My hope for the second and third novels in the series is that she dares step away from the Jane Austen formula and goes her own way, as far as characters and plot are concerned.
In the tumultous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed emperor espaces his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil. With no easy way back to England, Jane and Vincent’s concerns turn from enjoying their honeymoon… to escaping it.
Left with no outward salvation, Jane must persevere over her trying personal circumstances and use her glamour to rescue her husband from prison… and hopefully prevent her newly built marriage from getting stranded on the shoals of another country’s war.
Elizabeth Bear – Shattered Pillars (March 2013)
Yeah, Elizabeth Bear is a major got-to-catch-up-with-that on my reading list. I own a bunch of her books but have read none. Now that everybody loved the first book in this trilogy, Range of Ghosts, I think I have found my starting point.
The Shattered Pillars is the second book of Bear’s The Eternal Sky trilogy and the sequel to Range of Ghosts. Set in a world drawn from our own great Asian Steppes, this saga of magic, politics and war sets Re-Temur, the exiled heir to the great Khagan and his friend Sarmarkar, a Wizard of Tsarepheth, against dark forces determined to conquer all the great Empires along the Celedon Road.
James S.A. Corey – Abaddon’s Gate (May 2013)
When the Sword & Laser were reading Leviathan Wakes – and pretty much unanimously loving it – I didn’t have time to join in. But the Expanse series by author-duo Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck had me at “tihs is like Firefly”. A lot of book bloggers that I trust implicitly have praised these books and made them sound like a thrill ride through space. I can’t wait to dive in.
Expect edge-of-your-seat excitement and widescreen adventure in this irresistible space opera.
For generations, the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt – was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.
Kate Elliott – Cold Steel (spring/summer 2013)
The Spiritwalker Trilogy is another one that I haven’t even started. However, I will probably buy this book as soon as it’s out. Not only are the covers gorgeous but I’ve heard nothing but good things about these books.
Trouble, treachery, and magic just won’t stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino kingdom blames her for his mother’s murder. The infamous General Camjiata insists she join his army to help defeat the cold mages who rule Europa. An enraged fire mage wants to kill her. And Cat, her cousin Bee, and her half-brother Rory, aren’t even back in Europa yet, where revolution is burning up the streets.
Revolutions to plot. Enemies to crush. Handsome men to rescue.
Cat and Bee have their work cut out for them.
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Marissa Meyer – Scarlet
Cinder was a good debut novel with some flaws. But despite its predictability and the cliffhanger-ending, I think the world Meyer created has a lot of potential. Plus, her writing is really engaging and makes for a fun, quick read. And in the second volume, we’ll tackle Red Riding Hood.
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
So what are the upcoming titles you are most excited about? Are you insane like me and looking forward to book 3 in a series you haven’t even started yet?
Now all we have to do is wait (and maybe catch up on those first books in the series…)