Recently, on Twitter, I asked people what Adult Fantasy novels they’re anticipating so I could add more books to my own TBR. A few of the responses were of people saying that they have the same books (which I’d posted photos of) as I do on their TBR, and I’m so happy about that! However, the Bookseller in me has taken this as a challenge to find books that we don’t have on our TBRs already which are coming out soon, too! Behold, upcoming Adult Fantasy books I cannot wait for arriving late 2020 and early 2021, below (in alphabetical order by author last name):
Aliette de Bodard’s latest, Seven of Infinities, releases in October of this year, and I’ve been meaning to get into their work for quite some time so with the release of this new novel, I hope to begin digging into their backlist!
(From Goodreads) Seven of Infinites follows Vân, a scholar from a poor background eking out a living in the orbitals of the Scattered Pearls Belt as a tutor to a rich family, while hiding the illegal artificial mem-implant she manufactured as a student.
Sunless Woods is a mindship—and not just any mindship, but a notorious thief and a master of disguise. She’s come to the Belt to retire, but is drawn to Vân’s resolute integrity.
When a mysterious corpse is found in the quarters of Vân’s student, Vân and Sunless Woods find themselves following a trail of greed and murder that will lead them from teahouses and ascetic havens to the wreck of a mindship–and to the devastating secrets they’ve kept from each other.
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson sounds so interesting!
The book follows Immanuelle Moore, a biracial girl in Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, after being shunned for her mother’s marriage with an outsider of a different race. She devotes her life to the Father and following the Holy Protocol, but when a mishap lures her to the forbidden Darkwood, she’s faced with truths she’d never have imagined; of her mother looking for solace within the eerie trees, the spirits of murdered witches, and the grim truths of the Church and its destructive history.
History? Religion? Witches? That’s all I need. I’d like ten copies please.
I hadn’t heard much about this up until recently but from what I read, I need Hugo Award winning author S. L. Huang’s upcoming novella, Burning Roses, immediately.
(From Goodreads) When Rosa (aka Red Riding Hood) and Hou Yi the Archer join forces to stop the deadly sunbirds from ravaging the countryside, their quest will take the two women, now blessed and burdened with the hindsight of middle age, into a reckoning of sacrifices made and mistakes mourned, of choices and family and the quest for immortality.
(I’ve also heard that the characters in this are queer so I need it even more, although I haven’t read this so I it could be just side characters. Will update when I find out.)
I’ve been meaning to read Fonda Lee’s Jade City for the longest time, and I think it’s high time I get to it with the trilogy’s conclusion, Jade Legacy, releasing later this year. Especially now that the show is in the making, and everyone on my Twitter tl is bullying me to go read the series.
I really want to get to these books not only because of CW’s glowing recommendation of the book, but also because of the intriguing use of rare, magical jade in the politics between two crime family syndicates. I find stories about societies built on rare resources in fantasy extremely interesting because it always entails intricate worldbuilding, which is usually something that can make or break a book for me. And, from the looks of it, this one’s got some killer world building, so obviously, I need it.
Yoon Ha Lee’s Phoenix Extravagant‘s description is too brilliant for me to paraphrase so here it is, in all its glory: (From Goodreads)
Dragons. Art. Revolution.
Gyen Jebi isn’t a fighter or a subversive. They just want to paint.
One day they’re jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government’s automaton soldiers.
But when Jebi discovers the depths of the Razanei government’s horrifying crimes—and the awful source of the magical pigments they use—they find they can no longer stay out of politics.
What they can do is steal Arazi, the ministry’s mighty dragon automaton, and find a way to fight.
Cry of Metal & Bone by L. Penelope is the third instalment in the Earthsinger Chronicles, one which has been on my radar for quite a while! I’ve been eyeing it but I prefer paperbacks so I’ve been holding out on getting it, and since most of the book in the series are large, having them as hardcovers would be a pain in the ass to carry on my hour long trips to and from work. Although, the series is about to end so I’m thinking about getting the first three right now so I have time to read them all and let them sink in before the last book releases next year.
“A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun“
Do you need any other reason to read this book than this tagline? Yes? Alright, how about the fact that it takes place on the winter solstice that coincides with the eclipse, a rare occasion forewarned to unbalance the world by the Sun Priest? Or that a ship sets out to the holy city of Tova, captained by Xiala, a disgraced Teek who needs only her voice to calm the waters and take ahold of a man’s mind? Or that a seemingly harmless young man, Serapio, who is blind and mysteriously scarred, rides aboard her ship, described as a kind partner for the quiet seas, with something else up his sleeves?
As anyone who knows me and Rea knows, any mention of vengeful gods is all we need to start a collection for the book. So obviously, when Rea suggested Black Sun to me, I leaped at the chance of reading it by immediately adding it to my TBR and reaching out to publishers for an eARC, if any were available.
“In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne.” This tagline from Goodreads was honestly all I needed to buy this book, but seeing my friends’ excitement about it, like Shealea’s, May’s, Kate’s, Mike’s and Kristie’s, made me want it even more!
After watching Joel and Fadwa’s Illumicrate unboxing videos, I went to check the shop for their limited edition boxes and their debut boxes, and found out that they were doing a special debut box for Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart! So, of course, I immediately went to buy it, and I cannot wait for it to arrive.
*NOTE: a friend of mine who has read this has informed me that the marketing for this as ‘Perfect for fans of The Poppy War’ is misleading, and though it’s a fantastic novel, people who love Poppy War and are going into it, shouldn’t have that expectation.
I never shut the fuck up about The Wolf of Oren-Yaro because it’s fucking fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to Shealea at Caffeine Book Tours, I got to read an eARC of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso, and now I get to read an eARC of The Ikessar Falcon (and receive a physical ARC that I can take pics of EVERYWHERE) later this year for the #DethroneTheDragonlord book tour! I’m so excited, man. So fucking excited. To see Talyien again, to watch her absolutely destroy that spineless sexy husband of hers, and fuck shit up. It’s gonna be amazing.
I’ve been interested in Nghi Vo’s works for quite some time now, and her most recent series, The Singing Hills Cycle, which When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain is the second book of, has been really calling to me. The first book, The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a critically acclaimed novel, beloved by a lot of people whose reviews I trust, so of course this one is high on my TBR! Plus, the covers of this series are just stunning, and if I hadn’t already known that the series was a riveting tale about empire, storytelling and the anger of women, I would’ve bought it just for the cover art.
The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter is the sequel to his debut, The Rage of Dragons, which I bought last year after hearing its got a rich history, intricate worldbuilding, transportive prose and, well, dragons. There’s one thing you can count on me for and that’s appearing out of thin air at the mere mention of dragons.
And on R. F. Kuang’s recommendation, I moved this up my TBR. She could breathe on a book and I’d buy it, tbh. It’s even more exciting to read it now that the second book is almost out, and I don’t have to wait too long between the books!
Isabel Yap’s debut short story collection, Never Have I Ever, will bring you haunting tales, terrifying urban legends, and spellbinding stories to think about for days on end.
I love a good short story collection (not only when I’m trying to catch up on my Goodreads goals), and this sounds exactly up my alley.
There are surely more books being published soon, but these caught my eye, or popped up on my screen while I was looking for more books, and I found a giddy, warm feeling bubbling up in my chest as I read about them, so I had to include them in the list, of course! I hope this adds more books to your TBR as it did mine, and that we love them when we read them later this year/early next year<3
Tell me about which upcoming book you’re excited to read! And, if you’ve read any of these, or are excited for them, let me know! I can’t wait to get my hands on these.
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