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50+ Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2016 (Updated)

By / August 6, 2016 / no comments

Note: this has been updated as of August 2016

There’s a lot of fantasy books released every year — too much in fact to keep tabs on. But we give it our best attempt with this huge list of the most anticipated fantasy books of 2016.

This comprehensive list is NOT a list of every single fantasy book to come out this year (and some of these are slightly sci-fi). Rather, it’s a list of what we think is exciting and we can’t wait to read. There also may be new books waiting in the wings we don’t yet know about and some of the dates (taken from Amazon.com and the publisher websites) could be variable to change.

We present you with two lists here. Our Top 10 Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2016 and a much larger list of EVERYTHING we are looking forward too, organized by month. Between these two lists on this page, you should be able to keep tabs on what’s coming out this year, and what you may want to most keep your eyes on. Also note, this is for books released by the big publishers – – we are not listing any anticipated indie fantasy books, of which there are legion.

Top 10 Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2016

Here’s a quick pick of our most anticipated fantasy books of 2016. Some of these books have already been released (it is March as of time of writing) while some will be released over the following months. These are the books that we at BestFantasyBooks, are most wanting to read. In the next section, we’ll give you a huge list by month of all the hotly anticipated fantasy books of 2016, but this is our standout picks for what we most want out of this year’s fantasy releases.

#1. The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley (March)


This one is a given. The first two books topped our Best Fantasy Books of 2014 and the sequel topped our Best Fantasy Books of 2015 list. Really, expectations are through the roof with this one. And based on the first two, this one looks to be a winner.

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#3. Dead Man’s Steel (Grim Company #3) by Luke Scull (December)


This magnificent series is the best Grimdark since The First Law Books. In many ways, it rivals any of Abercrombie’s works, though perhaps, not as subversive. It’s the best grimdark in the genre and with the absolutely jaw dropping Sword of the North last year, Scull has set himself up as one of the best writers in the fantasy genre. If Dead Man’s Steel is anything like the last book, this could be one of the best fantasy releases this year. The tragedy is that you’ll have to wait until the end of the year to get your hands on it.

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#4. The Malice by Peter Newman (May)


The first one was the best debut Fantasy of 2015 and in my running for one of the best books that year. The sequel is a book I’m desperate to read! I’m not sure what the plot is, but if it’s anything close to what the first book was, then this could be my anticipated pick for THE 2016 fantasy book. Just saying!

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Mini Review: Much of the same as the first book. Which is to say, bloody brilliant. This book picks up and follows events through the eyes of two different characters. Newman really has done something unique here with his new series and the man is one of the more talented wordsmiths in the genre right now. Read it, and read the first one if you haven’t!


#5. Morning Star by Pierce Brown (February)


Yes, yes, science fiction and not fantasy, but dammit, we wanted this book so much that we are still listing it here. And the book is out now at time of writing this. I loved the first book and considered it one of the best science books I ever read. It was thrilling, exciting, smart, and a whole lot of fun to read. Book 2 was good but lacked the greatness of the first, suffering the middle book syndrome.  Morning Star, the final book in the trilogy, put things back on track (the book is now out and every bit as good as the first).  So…absolutely read this book — Morning Star may just be your favorite book this year; the series ends on a high note and will go down in history as one of the best science fiction stories.

Mini Review: read this book, it really is one of the best science fiction & fantasy books of 2016.

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#6. A Plague of Swords (Traitor Son Cycle #4) by Miles Cameron (October)

Cameron’s series is the new Mazalan Book of the Fallen. It’s complex, incredibly well written, and has tactical battles of sword & sorcery so large that you can practically hear the charging of horses across a battle field, the whine of arrows as they fall, the clash of swords as they meet, and the explosion of magic. It’s also a series that pays homage to the realism of medieval life — from how military camps are set up to the inner-workings of castles. The author is a historian by trade and his meticulous attention to realistic medieval details come through every page, even though this is a sword & sorcery series, it’s an accurate sword and sorcery series, at least as far as medieval details go.

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#7. The Guns of Empire by Django Wexler (August)


Guns and scorcey rule with Django Wexler’s best-in-class military fantasy series. Complex characters, tactical battles, gritty squad life on the march, dangerous politics, and magical battles that shake walls all found inside this series. The last book was his best yet and with each book getting BETTER, you don’t want to miss the next book in this series.

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#8. The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence (June)

51HPyuZABlL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_This concludes The Red Queen’s War — Lawrence’s newest trilogy set in the same world as The Broken Empire books, at roughly the same time period. I enjoyed the first book, but book 2 really grew on me. And by the end of The Liar’s Key, I was very excited for the final book The Wheel of Osheim. Expect the typical Lawrence trademarks here: complex anti-hero characters,  sharp philosophical observations,  sly sarcastic dialogue, and of course, moments of exploding action.


Min Review from Admin: Lovely book and a wonderful conclusion to Lawrence’s unique trilogy. More of the same as the previous two books, which is to say, bloody awesome. I still prefer the original Broken Empire trilogy books over the new series, but that’s not to take away the brilliance of the new trilogy. A MUST read.

#9. Chains of The Heretic by Jeff Salyards (February)


Yes, yes, yes. My pick for the best gritty military fantasy since Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire. This series is the real deal and this book delivers, absolutely. Yes, it’s already out and yes you should get your grubby hands on it. And if you haven’t started the series yet with the first book (Scourge of the Betrayer), then shame on you — you know what you need to do! My only complaint here is the audiobook is not available as of now with the kindle and printed versions now released.

Mini Review from Admin: A bloody fantastic book and a conclusion to what amounts to one of the best military fantasy series I’ve read. This takes a note of the Black Company but delivers stronger, more developed characters, if a more narrowly focused world. Highly recommended for any fantasy fan who loves The Black Company, Malazan, Abercrombie or Mark Lawrence.

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#10. The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan (July)


Anthony’s brand new epic fantasy trilogy. Ryan never reach the heights of his first novel, The Blood Song with the disappointing sequels, but if he can produce anything like his first work in a brand new world, then this could be a great read. Here’s to hoping it will be.

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Mini Review from Admin: The book was so so — nothing close to Ryan’s first brilliance work (The Blood Song). Overall, disappointing. I guess Ryan was indeed a one hit wonder.


Bonus Picks

So it’s a list of ten above, but here are two more books you should keep your eyes on this year.

#11. Snakewood by Adrian Selby (March)


This one looks like it’s Dresden Files on steroids. Dark, gritty, and brutal fantasy. This is one of my most anticipated fantasy books of 2016 and it looks to be one hell of a ride from start to finish. There’s a fair number of Dresden-like books coming out this year, but something about this book gets my blood boiling with excitement. Could this be a Dark Horse this year? We won’t have to wait long to find out!


Mini Review: Disappointing. Don’t Read.

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#12  Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan (June)


A brand new fantasy world by Michael J. Sullivan. He’s mostly been writing fantasy in his Riyria world. This new book marks a brand new direction for the author. The premise of the story sounds something similar to The Wheel of Time style epic fantasy. So I’m very interested to see what this new series will be about. I have high hopes!

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The 50+ Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2016

We’ve given our pick for the Top 10 Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2016 above as a brief summary of what we are MOST looking most forward to this year, ranked by our order of preference.


There’s a lot more awesome books coming out than a mere list of 10 can summarize. And of course, peoples’ tastes vary greatly as to what they are most looking forward too. So we give you another, much, much more comprehensive list of anticipated books below to help you keep track of what’s coming out this year.

Out of the hundred+ of high profile releases we looked at when compiling this list, we’ve selected some of the 52 most anticipated fantasy novels being released, sorted by each month of this year.

Note: this is NOT organized as a ranked top list, but rather by order of the months. 




These books are already released at time of this blog post. We’ve included it for completion sake. All in all, January was a very good month for fantasy book releases with some highly anticipated ones released, such as the new Mistborn book.


1. This Census-Taker by China Miéville

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January 12th

China Mieville is definitely a you get it author or wtf is this nonsense. He is also one of the very few authors who can actually write stand-alone books time and time again. This one seems quite light on the fantasy side, but that isn’t a bad thing. With this book now released, our opinion is that it’s a thoroughly China Mieville book. It delivers his usual sort of work. It’s not a stand out book compared to some of his other works, but if you want the Mieville weird, it does deliver.


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2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


January 5th 

This one is a lot like a Robin Hobb novel (with Hobb even giving it a glowing bit of praise in the form of a book blurb). Epic fantasy in a land where some are born with powerful magical abilities. There’s an forgotten evil stirring, magnificent prose, interesting characters, politicking, and cool magic. \Definitely one of the better reads of 2016. And its already out. Pick it up if you want more female-centric character fantasy tale


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3. Drake by Peter McLean


January 5th

You might not have heard of this book, but it’s one to check out. Drake combines the dark noir with an urban fantasy full of devils, demons, and Lucifer, all set in a seedy underworld London.

Gritty, dark, and noirish, Drake delivers some of a fantasy meets detective noir thriller that’s powerfully addictive to read.

The book is a bit outside the normal fantasy tropes for a down-and-out detective character in fantasy landscape. Because Drake is definitely not your normal hero. He’s a satanist turned to hit man for hire stuck in a partnership with a demon he hates and living a shitty life from bad past decisions. Basically, a scumbag of an anti-hero who’s already down and out life is about to get a whole lot worse.

Fans of Dresden, Sandman Slim, and River of London books will absolutely want to read this one.

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4. The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky


January 11th

By an often underrated yet extremely talented author. This one looks like it’s a dark gritty coming of age tale. The setting is a cold world full of warring clans — reminiscent of something you might expect from a pre-history period where magic rules the day.



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5. Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers


January 19th

Tim Powers has won a few awards for his books and now his latest speculative fiction is getting a bit of hype. A supernatural tale about a brother and sister having to go back to the house in which they grew up after their Auntie commits suicide. Their cousins who live there do not welcome them back.


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6. Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) by Brandon Sanderson


January 26th 

Technically the 3rd book in the series. The Alloy of Law was a serendipitous, and a trilogy became quartet. I think anything Sanderson writes is an anticipated book. I personally love the Mistborn series. I have already read this and I can say it is better than Shadows of Self.

This has been out and it’s much better than the last book. Overall, Bands of Mourning brings a lot to the Mistborn table and it sets up for an explosive final in the last book in the series.


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7. City of Blades (The Divine Cities #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett


January 26th 

City of Stairs got a great review from us and it is no surprise that we think it will be a hit again. It has strong characters and a re-mixing of existing ideas with a blend of genres. The result? An astounding story for the ages. Typical of a Jackson novel, there’s a cast of  strong characters, each haunted by a damaging past, a wildly imaginative world, and an eclectic blend of different genres. This one’s out now and it delivers. It’s a loose sequel to the first book (though you don’t have to have read the first book really) and it’s every bit as good.

As this one is already out NOW, and I’ve read it, my recommendation is this: Absolutely read it.


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8. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders


Janurary 26th 

Book from the chief in editor of io9.com, this book has the premise of a contemporary (futuristic) fantasy book but has underlying science fiction themes. Patricia is a witch according the the birds who live by. She can talk to animals and her very first event was rescuing a sparrow who had broken its wing. Then without resolving anything, her Father scoops her up and takes her home. As with all little children’s memories, the event that took hold was lost, becoming dream like.



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These books are all released as of the time of writing this (March). Some of the most anticipated science fiction & fantasy books were released this month. Morning Star, Pierce Brown’s concluding novel of the Red Rising trilogy, in particular, was released to critical praise. Sanderson’s concluding book in the Reckoner’s trilogy came out and Schwab’s highly anticipated A Gathering of Shadows was released.


9. Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


February 9th

For many people this will be their top anticipated book of the year. And the good news is the book is out NOW. Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series took the sci-fi/fantasy world by storm. Many of us got caught up in the fast paced action sequence, the heroic nature of our protagonist and science fiction theme of government oppression that has many a time been visited. How will this trilogy end? Can it end as well as it started?

Answer: Now that’ we’ve read it (the books is already out), Morning Star is one of the best books in the Red Rising series — nearly as good as the first and better than the second book. This concludes the Red Rising series on a high note, making it one of our favorite science fiction series ever. Absolutely read it.


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10. Chains of the Heretic (Bloodsounder’s Arc #3) by Jeff Salyards (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


February 16th 

If you love Abercrombie, Lawrence, Cook, or Luke Skull, you are in for a serious treat with the Bloodsounder’s Arc. Jeff Salyard’s Scourge of the Betrayers, was one of Ben’s favorite fantasy books in 2014 and the sequel (Veil of the Deserters) upped the ante in every way, proving to be even a better read than the first book. It’s hardly a surprise with the first two books being so delightfully good, that the third book Chains of the Heretic delivers as well.

With this one already out last month, read it if you’ve read the previous two books. And if you haven’t, then do yourself the biggest favor and pick up the first book  Scourge of the Betrayers.


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11. Calamity (Reckoners #3) by Brandon Sanderson


February 16th 

A really cool idea about Superheroes, but using their new found powers have grave consequences and not many of them even know it. Calamity is the final book in the Reckoners series (at least for a long time). We will hopefully find out more information about the event Calamity (as the title suggests) and I’m waiting for that huge Sanderson twist that he usually provides.



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12. A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab


February 23rd

The first book was definitely a hit or miss for our forum members. Comments went from ‘lazy writing’ to ‘totally engrossed’. However, without a doubt the first book hit a nerve and gained a significant followed, especially for those who love the urban fantasy / paranormal romance sub genres. Based on the success of the first book, the sequel is one of the higher profile releases this year.


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13. Down Station by Simon Modern


February 18th

This one comes from Simon Morden, who won the PKD award. Fans of a magical London (a theme we’ve seen before) will enjoy this one as it takes place in an alternative London. The premise looks pretty interesting and the writer has talent.



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This month has one of the most, if not THE most, anticipated fantasy book release of the year: The Last Mortal Bond, the concluding book in Brian Staveley’s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy. The previous two books were magnificent — some of our favorite fantasy books ever, and book 3 looks to be the best. 


14. The Spider’s War (The Dagger and the Coin #5) by Daniel Abraham (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


March 8th 

You don’t get to a 5th book of a series if it isn’t good and The Spider’s War is the concluding volume in Daniel Abraham’s epic fantasy trilogy The Dagger and the Coin. There are a lot of comparisons between Abraham’s magnificent series and The Song of Ice and Fire series. And many of those comparisons are true — it’s epic, it’s deftly written and intricately plotted. There’s twists, political maneuvering and back stabbing, a hidden and ancient menace behind the scenes. There’s fallen gods, lost civilizations, military geniuses, tactical battles, and much more.

Now, it’s also a slowly plotted series that doesn’t rush anything. In fact, it takes a couple books to warm up the plot. But if you stick with the series, you’ll find one of the most intricately drawn, epic fantasy series in the genre. It’s one of the best, but requires some patience.

It’s a slow-burning series that heats up in a big way. And with this final book, it’s a COMPLETED series which is more than many of the other ‘top’ epic fantasy series won’t be able to claim for many more years.

Give this series a go if you are looking for something original and wonderfully written and now, completed!  As Abraham has not written a bad book in the series yet, I expect The Spider’s War to be a good read indeed.

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15. Those Below (The Empty Throne #2) by Daniel Polansky


March 10th 

A story of god-like creatures who ruled humanity for thousands of years with an iron fist. 25 years ago, humanity fought back and paid a terrible price. As the years have gone by, hatred has built up and another revolution might be at hand. The first book in the series, Those Above, was inventive and underrated. Polansky might be what you call the noir writer of Fantasy — he brings his version of noir and shoves it into a fantasy world; his Low Town books are some of the best books ever in the genre and his new The Empty Throne books are his attempt to merge noir with epic fantasy.

It’s something different, something compelling, something wonderful. It can be a bit of a trudge to get into this new story, but if you push through there is something unique there. Book 2, Those Below, looks to up the ante of book one in every way.

So you don’t want to miss this one by one of the more talented authors in the genre. And if you haven’t, make sure you read his Low Town books — they are blood damn good.

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16. The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3) by Brian Staveley (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


March 15th 

The first two books ‘The Emperor’s Blades’ and ‘Providence of Fire’ were just amazing books from a then unknown author. Staveley has truly woven a masterpiece that will stand the test of time if his final book ‘The Last Mortal Bond‘ is as good as the other two. However, there still a lot to unfold and I hope that everything is tied up well. There are still many mysterious we don’t know yet. For many fantasy readers, including the author of this list, The Last Mortal Bond  tops the most anticipated fantasy list this year.


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17. Snakewood by Adrian Selby


March 15th

This one looks like it’s Dresden Files on powerful steroids. Dark and gritty. This is one of my most anticipated fantasy books of 2015 and it looks to be one hell of a ride from start to finish.


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18. The Mortal Tally (Bring Down Heaven, #2) by Sam Sykes


March 29th

The City Stained Red was another fantasy book that garnered a lot of praise last year. And it was a pretty good read. A god that made a city thrive with technological and economical advancements but with it came industrialized slavery, horrifying experimentation and a rage that would eventually force the world to bow to him. However, with the god banished, can the city survive?

You’ll have to find out with this hotly anticipated sequel The Mortal Tally.

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19. Burned (Alex Verus #7) by Benedict Jacka


April 5th

The more I read this series, the more I compare it to The Dresden Files. A darker vision of The Dresden Files which a higher body count, but, the closest you will find to The Dresden Files in theme and content.

While this series probably isn’t in everyone’s TBR pile, I do think that if you want something fun to read in the Urban detective/wizard sphere, then this book has many of those elements every Dresden Fan loves. With book 7, the world is getting more complex, which bodes well for us who have continued the series.

These days, I prefer Alex Verus to Dresden. And if you start reading the Alex Verus books, you’ll start to see why too. Pick up the first book in the series and you’ll find yourself picking book 7 up too in short order.


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20. The Malice (The Vagrant #2) by Peter Newman  (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


April 14th

The Vagrant was one of my favorite books of last year, I am just gagging to see where the sequel, The Malice, leads to next. The last book’s ending doesn’t tell us too much and so there isn’t much of an expectation story wise for the new book except that I want it to be just as awesome.

The Vagrant was a book that definitely polarized our forum community but both Ben and I loved ‘The Vagrant’ and it took our pick for the Best 2015 Fantasy Debut. And the book impressed a lot of other bloggers and critics as well. This one should be on your top anticipated list — and if it’s not, it’s because you haven’t yet read The Vagrant!


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21. Fall of Light (The Kharkanas Trilogy #2) by Steven Erikson


April 19th 

This is the second book in Erikson’s new trilogy, which is set hundreds of thousands of years before the Mazalan series. It’s an overwhelming success with fans finding everything that made the first series, great here, minus the pacing issues that the Mazalan books suffered from (this being a trilogy). I personally would rather read something completely new from Erikson — events after the Mazalan or a brand new epic fantasy world, but short of that, this is the best you are going to get from Erikson.

As for the books, you either like Erikson and consider him the greatest thing since sliced bread, or you dislike his works. But either way, he is a powerful presence in the fantasy genre.


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22. Sharp Ends (First Law world) by Joe Abercrombie


April 26th

Many people just can’t get enough of Joe Abercrombie. Fans will be excited that we are back in the First Law world, but might be a bit bummed, this is a collection of short stories rather than a novel. Some stories were published in previous anthologies while there will be some new material as well. As for me, they are all new, so….super excited!



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23. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED)


April 26th 

This author was nominated for the World Fantasy Award twice and the first Hugo Award ever given to a work of translated fiction. Needless to say, the author’s got some skills. This book looks to be a blend of horror and dark fantasy — a spine chilling fairy tale in the vein something Neil Gaiman or Robert Jackson would craft.



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24. Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay


May 10th

I don’t know too much about this book except it’s a GGK book. And for me, that’s enough to put it on any list. Kay is one of the best writers in the genre. A man who not only knows how to tell a good story, but a craftsman of words who’s just as concerned about how words sound as what they mean. Guy Gavirel Kay occupies a space between poet and author and often his books reflect this intersection of language and story.

By god, his a beautiful writer through and through.

The premise of his new book is this: set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. Against this tumultuous backdrop the lives of men and women unfold on the borderlands—where empires and faiths collide.

Sign me up!

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25. League of Dragons (Temeraire #9) by Naomi Novik


May 10th 

With an actual end in sight, I am sure that fans of Temeraire are sad and excited. This might urge those that have stopped half way through the series to perhaps continue. I really enjoyed the first 5 books and hope to continue this series myself.


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26. Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd


May 19th

Lloyd’s, author of The Twilight Reign series, sets up a brand new guns & sorcery military fantasy series of blood, battle, and magical mayhem. Lloyd is one of the more talented authors in the genre and anything he writes has a proven track record of being pretty damn good. This one about an honorable mercenary who reluctantly joins a new mercenary company only to find out too late that he’s joined up with bad guys. I really have my eye on the Stranger of Tempest as it looks to be pretty exciting and somewhat of a cross between The Tales of the Jetty Kay books and The Black Company books. Keep your eye on it!







27. A Blade of Black Steel by Alex Marshell


May 24th

This is the sequel to the A Crown for Cold Silver, a grimdark fantasy series from the author of Battlemage. Fans of dark and violent action fantasy set in a gritty world will like the previous book in which a legendary retired female general is called back to action once again on a quest for vengeance, a quest that will shatter the world.

The first book was exciting — battles, action, politics, violence, and then, more violence. We’ve seen this type of grimdark fiction many times by many authors: Luke Scull, Abercrombie, Lawrence. Marshall does things differently than most by throwing gender roles out the window and making the star of this bloodshow a woman. The book faintly reminded me a bit of Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold in which a legendary female solderer returns from retirement on a quest for vengence.

The sequel looks to do more of the same the first did. I had mixed feelings about the first which did a good job job entertaining. This sequel looks promising.


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28. Dancer’s Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) by Ian C. Esslemont


May 31st

Back to the world of Malazan we go, except this back to the early days. A trilogy that will excite the current fans and hopefully bring in some new ones. Malazan is daunting with its many tomes. Path to Ascendancy could bridge this gap.


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29. The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen’s War #3) by Mark Lawrence (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


June 2nd 

The finale of the Red Queen’s War. We will follow Snorri and Jalan to hell and maybe back. If you like anti-heroes, if you like really sarcastic undertones with hints of philosophical mumblings and maybe a story of redemption, then this series could be for you.


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30. Saint’s Blood (Greatcoats #3) by Sebastian de Castell (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


June 7th

Sebastian de Castell got lavished with praise for his first book The Traitor’s Blade. We think he’s the modern day Alexandre Dumas. Traitor’s Blade is one long love poem to The Three Musketeers and like it, packed with action — a virtuoso of galloping adventure, intrigue, and thrill from start to finish; a blend of alternative history, sword swaggering heroes. This is low fantasy with plot and characters taking the forefront and worldbuilding shoved to the back, so don’t expect a huge world that’s fully fleshed out. No, this one is about the characters, the intrigue, and most of all, the powerfully detailed swashbuckling action scenes!


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31. The Hanging Tree (Peter Grant #6) by Ben Aaronovitch


June 14th 

People say this is like the English version of Dresden or find similarities to Benedict Jacka. I think the writing style is completely different to both. Peter Grant is very English. It’s like reading English detective dramas, but with magic.


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32. Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


June 28th 

This is Michael J. Sullivan’s brand new epic fantasy trilogy. Sullivan has mostly dallied in his best selling Riyria series, so it will be interesting to see what he can do with a new IP. Good things we expect. I’m personally excited to spend some time in his brand new world — the premise looks to be pretty exciting.


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33. The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria #1) by Anthony Ryan (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


July 5th

The new series by Anthony Ryan. Many thought that Blood Song was this amazing debut novel and thus a new legendary writer was ‘born’. Alas that did not happen as The Tower Lord and Queen of Fire did not excite as much. We do know that Ryan does have the talent and skills to pull of something big, we hope he’s a better writer for his second series.


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34. Necessity (Thessaly #3) by Jo Walton


July 12th

Ah, Thessaly is an underrated series but award winning author Joe Walton. I don’t always like her work, but I respect her brilliance and talent. If you’ve enjoyed the first two books, then you won’t want to miss the final book. The first book starts with Just City, the second book The Philosopher Kings, and Necessity is the third book. All the books are rich in beautiful prose, deft characterization, and interesting ideas.

The books are, on the surface, basically about a bunch of intelligent people talking intelligent things with other intelligent people. It sounds boring, yes, but once you actually get into the books, they become quite powerful reads.

Fans of action packed Sanderson fantasy won’t likely enjoy these books by Walton, but if you like slower paced, more thoughtful fantasy that’s driven by characters and ideas, the Thessaly books deliver. I feel fans of Guy Gaverial Kay’s works would especially enjoy these.

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35. Time Siege (Time Salvager Series) by Wesley Chu


July 12th

The first book, Time Salvager, was an incredibly fun and exciting science fiction read. In fact, it was pretty much Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, but set in a science fiction world where Time Travel is possible. It was one of the funnest and could-not-put-down books I read in 2015. The sequel, Time Siege, looks to continue the series.

If you love the magical system of Mistborn and you want non-stop heroic action, don’t even hesitate: read the first book Time Salvager. This is loosely Science Fiction, but reads more like a Science Fantasy or Fantasy book. As such, I recommend it to any fantasy fan. I promise you, you will love the first book and if you read it, you’ll do anything to get your hands on the sequel. This is one of my most anticipated books of 2016.


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36. Assassin’s Fate (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #3) by Robin Hobb (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED

July 14th

This legendary author wraps up her newest trilogy about her most beloved characters: Fitz and the Fool. And…please end well please end well please end well.

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37. Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone


Another Gladstone novel is a good thing. And another book in this critically acclaimed series  The Craft Sequence is an even better thing. If you’ve read any of his previous works, you won’t want to miss this one. God’s, magic, and steampunk all dwell together in Gladestone’s vivid and imaginative world.

July 26th


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38. With Blood Upon the Sand (Song of Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED

August 2nd

The Twelve Kings of Sharakhai was a brilliant start to another Epic fantasy series. While epic fantasy series seem to be a dime a dozen, Twelve Kings was #2 on our Best of 2015 list. Twelve Kings eschews the usual medieval western Europe setting and opts to move into a new setting, highly inspired by the likes of India, Central Asia, and the Middle East — and The Silk Road.

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39. The Guns of Empire (The Shadow Campaigns #4) by Django Wexler (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


August 9th

The best military fantasy out there at the moment. Each book adds more complexity to the world which is what you want from a running series, not more of the same.

Ben loved booked one, didn’t like book two, and enjoyed book three (last year’s release). This fourth entry to the series looks to be one of the best so far. Even better, Wexler is an author who keeps on adding more and more details to his already fascinating world. This is Ben’s pick for the best military fantasy series to come out the past couple years. Anyone who’s into military fantasy, epic fantasy, and action fantasy will find a lot to love. Rings some of the same bells that do The Black Company, Mazalan Book of the Fallen, though with it’s own feel.


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40. The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


August 9th

The second work from Mieville in 2016. Set in an alternative universe, Paris is invaded by the Germans in 1940. It’s by no means a long book (176 pages) but what we do know is that Mieville has a great imagination and he’ll pack heaps into this short novel. This looks to be his first ‘proper’ book in quite some time, not just some collection of short stories. Mieville vacilates between writing great books to merely good books. Either makes for good reading, but lets hope this one falls into the former.


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41. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


August 9th

This one looks to be a fascinating underworld fantasy. There’s a lot that reminds me here of The Name of the Wind in plot, but with a female protagonist instead. Keep your eye on this one — it could be a Dark Horse this year.


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42. The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin


August 16th

End of the world type books that are complex in every aspect (thanks for the glossary!) with multiple POVs make for a good start to Epic Fantasy. Jemisin’s last series, The Inheritance Trilogy, won awards and had praise from all corners of the globe.



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43. A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir


August 30th

A lot of expectations of this book. While we here at BFB didn’t find it that interesting, it is with the general populous. The first book An Ember in the Ashes has already sold the rights to a movie and the rights to sell and translation to over 30 countries.



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44. Of Sand and Malice Made (Song of Shattered Sands Prequel) by Bradley P. Beaulieu


September 6th 

See above. More stories from this series is a good thing in my opinion. It’s so vast, we need to get more information. This is the second book in this universe by the author released this year, with Book 2 in the Song of Shattered Sands released months ago.



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45. The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4) by Scott Lynch (HIGHLY ANTICIPATED) 


Sep 22

Again long awaited, though not as long as Republic of Thieves. The Thorn of Emberlain will delve more into Locke’s past. We should finally meet Sabetha in the flesh (so to speak and not via flash backs) and hopefully get more entertaining story lines than the previous two. Lynch’s book are some of the best of all fantasy. The last book was because of the shaky plot, disappointing. But the writing is always top notch and the events set up by the last book mean interesting things for the 4th, much awaited, book in the series.



46. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo


September 27th

Definitely a great little book. It’s like a Locke Lamora mixed with Ocean’s Eleven. It’s fast actioned and has a cool little magic system and is an enjoyable read. Yes,  it’s a  little unbelievable at times with how events happen and are resolved, but these types of books you have to suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the ride. Recommended for those who want a lite version of Lies of Locke Lamora, but aimed at the YA audience.


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47. Everfair by  Nisi Shawl


September 6th

This one looks to be an exciting steampunk read, penned by an award winning short fiction author trying the novel format. The premise is pretty interesting: an alternate history where African natives have developed steam powered technology before the colonial oppressors. Now what do you think will happen here? Good things!


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October looks to be one of the best months of 2016 for big hit fantasy release. Keep your eye on this month for some standout fantasy releases!


48. Wall of Storms by Ken Liu


October 4th

The Grace of Kings was a success in terms of fan engagement and reader enjoyment. Readers loved the fast paced, Asian influenced fantasy style. Wall of Storms is the sequel which details how Kuni is trying to rebuild his country into his vision but all good things take time. In that time, a large army has gathered and is about to invade. Kuni must stay in his country to help rebuild it, but his children are now old enough and they go forth to defend the Kingdom of Dara.


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49. The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu

October 6th

Chu is one of the more talented (and arguably the best Taiwanese-born, English-writing fantasy author in the genre). Chu’s awesome Time Salvager was an interesting and exciting Science Fiction read. It read something like Mistborn, but with time travel and in a science fiction setting. Chu knows how to deliver an exiting read through and through.

The Rise of Io is his new book in a brand new fantasy world.  Keep your eye on this one. If it’s anything like his Time Savager or Tao series, you are in for a real treat here.

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50. Conspiracy of Ravens (The Shadow #2) by Lila Bowen 

October 11th

If you want read a female author with female protagonist to diversify your reading arsenal, then look no further. Wake of Vultures was on our Top 25 list of best reads in 2015 and Lila Bowen’s sequel will definitely be read by the staff here.

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51. A Plague of Swords (Traitor Son Cycle #4) by Miles Cameron  (HIGHLY HIGHLY ANTICIPATED

October 25th

One word when you read Cameron: epiphany. The next two words followed by ‘Holy F*ck’. This man, his world building, his attention to detail, and his monstrously epic battles scenes will blow your mind.

You can find this series in almost every top list of 2015 on the main site; it’s some of the best fantasy in the genre. In my opinion, it’s the closest thing you’ll find to the Mazalan Book of the Fallen series, but with more complex characters. Unlike Mazalan, this book follows a few key characters closely (though there are a lot of POV’s still), rather than shoot around time and space between countless POV’s. The series does take a couple books to really develop things, but by book 3, wow.

Make sure you read this one — you won’t be sorry.

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52. The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer 4) by Brent Weeks (HIGHLY HIGHLY ANTICIPATED)

51f4cC9ZCYLThe fourth book in Week’s popular Lightbringer series, a series which combines Week’s penchant for non-stop action mashed into the the world building and unique magic system of a Brander Sanderson epic. The result has been pretty awesome so far, though the previous book did NOT move the plot forward, there was plenty of action, excitement, and magical battle galore. I’m personally pretty excited for this one.

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Will post more when we know anything coming out in November




53. Dead Man’s Steel (Grim Company #3) by Luke Scull (HIGHLY HIGHLY ANTICIPATED


December 6th

Grimdark indeed. Is he more dark than Abercrombie? Definitely in some certain aspects. The characters are kind of simple, but Heroic fantasy usually is. The Grim Company was a good book, The Sword of the North really took it to another level and the ending will leave you gasping for more. Probably Top 3 in my most anticipated books of 2016.

This is Ben’s most anticipated Fantasy book of 2016. The Grim Company series is one that’s just gotten better and better. Sword of the North (Book 2) was one of the top fantasy books of 2015 and just about the perfect grimdark novel. If you’ve been unsatisfied by Abercrombie’s books over the past couple years, then you’ll get your fix with Scull’s series which is doing everything right.


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Books We Really Wish For But Probably Won’t Happen This Year…Again

  • Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin
  • Stormlight #3 (Draft at 44%) by Brandon Sanderson (as of 6th March)

About the author

Jon Snow

Believe it or not, Jon Snow really got into reading only after reading A Game of Thrones back in 2002. Previously the only fantasy he had read were Lord of the Rings and many Magic: The Gathering books.While juggling teaching life, he tries to keep up with recently published books.


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