Now that 2016 is almost done, it’s time to talk about my most anticipated books of 2017. Here in date order are the books I’m most looking forward to in 2017
[book-info]The first book I’m really anticipating next year is Wayfarer, the second and final book in Alexandra Bracken’s time travelling duology Passenger. Bracken has created some wonderful characters and a solid and fascinating time travel story in this series. As you’d expect with Bracken, the author of The Darkest Minds, the worldbuilding is incredible and the time travel system is beautifully developed and intriguing. I love when magic/timetravel systems have clear limitations, which impact the story and characters. I’m very much looking forward to the conclusion.
Wayfarer is released on January 3rd 2017.
[book-info number=3]The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon is the third book in the Bone Season series. Now this is a series that has really grown on me. It is a mixture of genres. There’s a bit of fantasy, a bit of dystopian, a bit of politicking. I will say though that this series may not be the easiest to pick up. The worldbuilding (and associated jargon) is incredibly detailed and Shannon doesn’t ease the reader in gently. Our protagonist, Paige Mahoney, is familiar with the world of the clairvoyants right from he beginning so the reader is expected to hit the ground running. Once you get over that hurdle though the series is amazing. It is very easy to get immersed in the world once you get to know it and our protagonist is very engaging. I found the novella On the Merits of Unnaturalness extremely useful for getting into the world, and I would suggest you may want to pick this up first. I’m very excited to read what’s next for Paige, Warden and their allies.
The Song Rising is released on March 7th 2017.
[book-info number=4]Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb is probably the book from 2017 I’m most anxious to get my hands on, but at the same time I’m dreading the most. This is the final book in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy and, likely, the conclusion to Fitz and the Fool’s story. Their relationship is one of my top fictional relationships, so I’m expecting to need a box of tissues while reading this book. Their bond is so beautiful and exquisitely written by Hobb. I’m certain Hobb will give us a perfect ending to the story, but it may well be bittersweet. I see from Amazon that the book is over 900 pages; that’s up with GRRM or Brandon Sanderson territory. Excellent!
Assassin’s Fate will be released on May 9th 2017.
[book-info number=5]Lord of Shadows is the second in Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices series, set in her Shadowhunters world. I loved Lady Midnight and am really excited for book two. The world is awesome and the new characters are wonderfully engaging. This was a pretty easy autobuy for me. Bring it on.
Lord of Shadows is released on May 23rd 2017.
[book-info number=6]The Core is the fifth and final book in Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle. Things are now in place for the final confrontation and Arlen and Jardir are ready to take the fight to the Corelings. Rojer and Leesha will also have a role to play. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this one ends.
The Core is released on August 15th 2017.
[book-info number=2]Divergent author Veronica Roth has a new series coming out next year starting with Carve the Mark. This is young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel set in a world in which a Force-like current pervades the universe and grants special powers or currentgifts to inhabitants. We follow two teens, Cyra and Akos, whose worlds collide and who must decide whether to aid or thwart the other. Although it’s one of my most anticipated reads, I do have some qualms about it. It has a dual PoV, which Roth didn’t handle so well in Allegiant. The world could either be amazing or it could be a mess. I’m still intrigued enough to add this to my most anticipated reads of 2017, so time will tell on which side it falls.
Carve the Mark is released on January 17th 2017.
[book-info number=1]I admit I cheated here somewhat; I’ve actually already read Caraval by Stephanie Garber and LOVED it (I was lucky enough to pick up a copy at BEA). It was one of my top reads of 2017 – the characters, the world and the twisty turny plot was breathtaking. Don’t miss this one. I’ve added it to my most anticipated reads of 2017 as I’m looking forward to experiencing it again. I will pick it up in audiobook format as it’s being narrated by Lunar Chronicles narrator Rebecca Soler.
Caraval is released on January 31st 2017.
[book-info number=7]Red Sister by Mark Lawrence is a new series by Broken Empire writer Mark Lawrence. It’s set in a different world to his previous series and centres on young nun assassin Nona Grey. It immediately made me think of the His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin Lafevers. Lawrence is especially skilled at writing interesting, morally gray characters, so I’m very much looking forward to this.
Red Sister is released on April 4th 2017
[book-info number=8]Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray is a new YA sci-fi series. I don’t know much about it other than the premise that young teen must work together with cantankerous AI to save her planet. Gray is now an autobuy author for me and I trust that in her hands this will be a fantastic read.
Defy the Stars is released on April 4th 2017
There are a couple of books which don’t yet have release dates but which may, possibly, if the Fates are kind, be published in 2017.
The first of these is, of course, George R. R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter, book six in the Song of Ice and Fire. The HBO TV series has bypassed the currently published books at this point, so certain things will be spoiled. However, I still need to read Martin’s take on things. Should WoW be be published in 2017 it will go straight to the top of my most anticipated reads.
Finally we have The Thorn of Emberlain, the next in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards series. This was originally scheduled for October (I think) of 2016 but was postponed indefinitely. I’m hoping it will be published in 2017, so let’s hope.
That’s all for this year – which of these upcoming releases are you most looking forward to?