Forthcoming Fantasy and Science Fiction books in 2019

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#1
Hi guys. I hope you all had a great Christmas. You know I do this list every year and this one is no exception. This list, just like all the others before, is not some all encompassing list covering every new fantasy book that's coming out in 2019, but a selection of what I find to be interesting titles. It's mostly of authors that we have all read, but there are some newcomers as well.
As always I only include books that have a publishing date and that you can pre-order on Amazon US/UK/CA. As much as we would like to see some books by some authors, you know the procedure. If it doesn't have a publishing date it's not going on the list. I was quite sad to implement my own rule to Joe Abercrombie's A Little Hatred (A Little Hatred, #1), but it is coming sometimes in the fall. It just doesn't have a pub. date yet. But witness! The first book of new Karsa trilogy has a pub. date :D

In any case, as always if you know about an interesting title, comment and I'll add it to the list. For our resident authors, if you have books coming out with confirmed pub. date, drop a line here and you're going on the list as well.

The books are mostly fantasy with some SF, but by all means if you know about an interesting SF or horror title let us all know. YA is ok too, but let's stick to the umbrella that is speculative fiction.
As usual there are more books that I know are coming out in the first half of the year than the second, but that's just the nature of the publishing business.

I wish you all happy holidays and happy reading!





JANUARY

8th - The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3) by Katherine Arden
17th - The Gutter Prayer (The Black Iron Legacy, #1) by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
22nd - Ship of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery Trilogy, #1) by Django Wexler
29th - Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett
29th - Never Die by Rob J. Hayes


FEBRUARY

1st - Smoke and Summons (The Numina Series, #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg
5th - The Ruin of Kings (The Godslayer Cycle, #1) by Jenn Lyons
5th - Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1) by Marlon James
12th - The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
19th - Kellanved's Reach (Path to Ascendancy, #3) by Ian C. Esslemont
26th - The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
28th - More Walls Broken by Tim Powers


MARCH

19th - Soulkeeper (The Keepers, #1) by David Dalglish
26th - Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse, #8) by James S. A. Corey


APRIL

2nd - The War Within (The Great God's War, #2) by Stephen R. Donaldson
4th - Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #3) by Mark Lawrence
9th - Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer
9 th - Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K. J. Parker
9th - Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires, #1) by Sam Sykes
18th - A Time Of Blood (Of Blood and Bone, #2) by John Gwynne


MAY

2nd – Queenslayer (Spellslinger, #5) by Sebastien de Castell
7th - Empire of Grass (The Last King of Osten Ard, #2) by Tad Williams
14th - A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
28th - Lent by Jo Walton


JUNE

11th - The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey
13th - Crowfall (Raven's Mark #3) by Ed McDonald
13th - The Ruthless (The Deathless, #2) by Peter Newman
18th - Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
25th - The Iron Dragon's Mother (The Iron Dragon's Daughter) by Michael Swanwick
27th - Knight of Stars by Tom Lloyd


JULY

9th - Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown
9th - Age of Legend (The Legends of the First Empire, #4) by Michael J. Sullivan
16th - Beneath the Twisted Trees (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #4) by Bradley P. Beaulieu
23rd - The Wolf's Call (Raven's Blade, #1) by Anthony Ryan


AUGUST

20th - The Burning Horse (The Wolf in the Attic, #2) by Paul Kearney
27th - The Burning White (Lightbringer #5) by Brent Weeks


SEPTEMBER

3rd - The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards #1) by Juliet Marillier


OCTOBER

10th - Fallen (Alex Verus, #10) by Benedict Jacka (UK release date)


NOVEMBER

5th - The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
12th - The God Is Not Willing (Witness, #1) by Steven Erikson (CA release date)
28th - Blood of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #3) by Brian McClellan (UK release date)


DECEMBER

5th - Where Gods Fear to Go (West of West, #3) by Angus Watson (UK release date)
10th - The Light of All That Falls (The Licanius Trilogy, #3) by James Islington
 
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rudyjuly2

Journeyed there and back again
#2
Really looking forward to the final Lightbringer book. Might have to mix some things up with more sci-fi.

Wolf’s Call by Anthony Ryan May interest me too. Still hate the way he finished that trilogy so I’m very hesitant.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#3
Wolf’s Call by Anthony Ryan May interest me too. Still hate the way he finished that trilogy so I’m very hesitant.
I really liked his Raven Shadow trilogy and unlike many of you here I had no major issues with second or third book. So I tried reading the first book of The Draconis Memoria trilogy and had to drop it after 100 pages. I hated it.
To say I'm cautious about Wolf's Call is an understatement.

I personally am most looking forward to Joe Abercrombie's A Little Hatred. It's his first First Law book since 2012 and the First Law world is going through an industrial revolution. The concept is really old but I know Abercrombie will have an interesting take on magic vs. technology. I'm pretty sure Bayaz is still around.

Here's the blurb for it from JA's website
“The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.


On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.


Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.


The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another…”


Other than that Karsa trilogy will be awesome, but I'm also eager to read Richard Kadrey's new book The Grand Dark in June. I read all of his Sandman Slim novels (all 10 of them!) and being a huge fan of the series and his writing I can't wait for something completly new by him.
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
#4
Thank you Alucard! This is my favorite thread on the internet and it will be once again.

I quit book 2 of Draconis Memoria at about 50% and will not go back. I just didn't care. I've finally started Age of Assassins and like it so far. It's right in my wheelhouse for favorite settings. The best thing is that it's a finished trilogy already. RJ Baker has my compliments.

The second book of the Ash and Sand series, Kings of Ash, it out Jan 17. I just finished the incredible first book, Kings of Paradise.
 

rudyjuly2

Journeyed there and back again
#5
Been in a reading funk. Started Six of Crows but 30 pages in it hasn’t grabbed me. Feels YA. I need to find another epic fantasy. I know people get tired of the coming of age stories and heroes but I still like them. I doubt I re-read WOT soon but a good classic fantasy with more traditional runes and settings would be welcome for me.
 

ExTended

Journeyed there and back again
#6
The Dagger And The Coin is really close to WoT in that way - strong coming of age elements, but in a different context + some older characters to keep things balanced.

EDIT: That's my favorite forum thread ever too - outstanding contribution towards us lazy people who'd rather have it all neatly ordered in one place without putting the work in. Thanks! :)
 
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rudyjuly2

Journeyed there and back again
#7
The Dagger And The Coin is really close to WoT in that way - strong coming of age elements, but in a different context + some older characters to keep things balanced.

EDIT: That's my favorite forum thread ever too - outstanding contribution towards us lazy people who'd rather have it all neatly ordered in one place without putting the work in. Thanks! :)
Just curious about Dagger and the Coin. The overall reviews are Ok but nothing special on Goodreads. And I follow quite a few people who give it 3 to 4 stars. I thought I read that the author is a bit like George Martin. Interested to know what the weaknesses are.
 

ExTended

Journeyed there and back again
#8
Just curious about Dagger and the Coin. The overall reviews are Ok but nothing special on Goodreads. And I follow quite a few people who give it 3 to 4 stars. I thought I read that the author is a bit like George Martin. Interested to know what the weaknesses are.
The author is actually friends with G. R. R. Martin, so there's certainly some influence from him as well. He is also writing The Expanse series and The Long Price Quartet if you have heard about them.

As for The Dagger and the Coin series - well 3 or 4 stars is what the series should be to most people. I'd personally give it 4 or 4.25 stars myself. But that isn't a bad thing or a worrisome thing. Realistically speaking - not all seriers could be 4.5-5 stars or the meaningfulness of said ratings would be diminished.

The Dagger and the Coin is a series about peril written in a very comforting, soothing and mesmerizing way. It's biggest weaknesses is the story's over-all pace, which is slower than normal and the lack of truly flashy elements. But then again - you don't need those things for a good story, if you are on board for a slowly paced story that's mostly character driven and relies on world-building, mysteries, politics, intrigues and economics to move things forward.

There's war, there are daring adventures, but it's mixed in between lots of everyday struggles of normal people with not so normal faiths. It's a story about everyday people doing good and bad and hard and mean things when they need to, in order to survive, and sometimes in the name of something that's bigger than themselves.

But this is mostly a story about personal growth and learning how wide the world is and finding your own way of distinguishing yourself in it, or at least - keep it from crumbling beneath your feet.


That's one of the main reason I like this series so much - it's deliberately excelling in things that most modern fantasy stories are afraid to rely on. If there was an evolution happening from real world to purely fantasy/fantastical, this story would've been the missing link between them.

But it's mostly a story about inner strength and the importance of character, less so about magic and magical devices that make you more than everyone else. So if you like those premises, you'd certainly find something enjoyable in this series. :)
 

Kevin O Donoghue

Is a wondrous friend of modest Kruppe
#10
So far I am looking forward to Holy Sister (Mark Lawerence), Empire of Grass (Tad Williams), The Burning White (Brent Weeks) and a Time of Blood (John Gwynne). I do need to find a few books to read while I wait though....
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
#11
Yay! I'm really looking forward to the Karsa books and the continuation of the First Law series.

Really rook me by surprise to see Abercrombie tackling the rise of the industrial age, although it could bring some great dynamics to the series.
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
#12
Rob Hayes' Never Die drops January 19.
 

Cyphon

Journeyed there and back again
#14
On the negative side of things this isn't a huge year for me as far as established authors with works I was looking forward to continuing but on the positive side maybe that will open me up to some new ones. What I am looking forward to from this list and in order:

1. The Burning White by Brent Weeks. Didn't love the 4th book but this is still one of my favorite series and I imagine it is going to end on a high note. Can't wait for this one.

2. Queenslayer by Sebastian De Castell. Just read this series last year and it was quite fun so it is exciting to see another book forthcoming. Don't think I will do a re-read before it but I know I will be vague on the details.

3. Fallen by Benedict Jacka. Big fan of this series but unfortunately each installment is only around 300 pages and goes quickly. Excited to see what the next one brings but also dreading the speed at which it will pass me by.

4. The Light of All That Falls by James Islington. Oddly excited for this despite not remembering a single thing from the other 2 books. Someone talked me into this series and I remember enjoying it but am completely lost on what it was even about. This series will take a re-read before jumping into this one.

5. Dark Age by Pierce Brown. If the first book in the new trilogy had been as good as the original trilogy this would be 1b with The Burning White but unfortunately it wasn't and I am having trouble getting overly excited for this book but am still looking forward to seeing if this can recapture some of that magic.

6. Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan*. Liked the original trilogy but have yet to crack open any of the new trilogy so this one comes with an asterisk. I am just assuming I will like it.
 
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