Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2013

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Chu’s Day

by Neil Gaiman

Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze.

When Chu sneezes, bad things happen.

Will Chu sneeze today?


The Dark Defiles

by Richard Morgan

Convinced in 1838 that Britain's invaluable empire in India was threatened by Russia, Persia, and Afghan tribes, the British government ordered its Army of the Indus into Afghanistan to oust from power the independent-minded king, Dost Mohammed, and install in Kabul the unpopular puppet ruler Shah Shuja. Expecting a quick campaign, the British found themselves trapped by unforeseen circumstances; eventually the tribes united and the seemingly omnipotent army was slaughtered in 1842 as it desperately retreated through the mountain passes from Kabul to Jalalabad. Only one Briton survived uncaptured. Diana Preston vividly recounts the drama of this First Afghan War, one of the opening salvos in the strategic rivalry between Britain and Russia for supremacy in Central Asia. As insightful about geography as she is about political and military miscalculation, Preston draws on rarely documented letters and diaries to bring alive long-lost characters-Lord Auckland, the weak British governor-general in India; his impetuous aide William Macnaghten; and the prescient adventurer-envoy Alexander Burnes, whose sage advice was steadfastly ignored. A model of compelling narrative history, The Dark Defile is a fascinating exploration of nineteenth-century geopolitics, and a cautionary tale that resonates loudly today.

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Gun Machine

by Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis reimagines New York City as a puzzle with the most dangerous pieces of all: GUNS.

After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for twenty years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose.

Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he's walked into a veritable deal with the devil. An unholy bargain that has made possible the rise of some of Manhattan's most prominent captains of industry. A hunter who performs his deadly acts as a sacrifice to the old gods of Manhattan, who may, quite simply, be the most prolific murderer in New York City's history.

Warren Ellis's body of work has been championed by Wired for its "merciless action" and "incorruptible bravery," and steadily amassed legions of diehard fans. His newest novel builds on his accomplishments like never before, announcing Ellis as one of today's most daring thriller writers. This is twenty-first century suspense writ large. This is GUN MACHINE.

Necessary Evil

by Lynn Alyson

A woman living in the shadows, protecting her child from a monster. A garbled, incoherent phone call in the middle of the night that sounds like murder. When Cynthia’s friend comes up missing, can she ignore what every instinct tells her? Convinced she heard a killer doing his evil deed, and fearing her friend was the victim, she seeks someone she can trust to find out for sure. Cops are the enemy because her fragile identity would never withstand even minimal scrutiny. Enter PI Ramon Riley, who confirms her suspicions about the call, while nursing a growing suspicion of his own—about Cynthia.

With the hounds of a violent past nipping viciously at her heels and an insane vigilante targeting his only witness, Cyn’s plight gives new meaning to the term double jeopardy. She and Ramon devise a plan to outwit her two villainous foes, but fate fails to cooperate, forcing her to confront her worst nightmare.

The Sea Beggars (completed Version)

by Paul Kearney

He still hasn't finished The Sea Beggars. Let's hope he can release the completed version in 2013

The Blood Mirror

by Robyn Bachar

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I'd say this is more in the running for a 2014 release, but we'll still throw it into the mix and see what the public thinks

Blood Of Dragons

by Robin Hobb

The final volume in Robin Hobb's popular Rain Wilds fantasy series, Blood of Dragons completes the story of the dragons, their keepers, and their quest to find the lost city of Kelsingra—and the mythical silver wells that the dragons need to survive.

Can Tintaglia and the Elderlings unlock the secrets of the ancient city? Or are they doomed to extinction?

The world of Robin Hobb’s Rain Wilds series has been praised by Booklist as "one of the most gripping settings in modern fantasy," and Publishers Weekly called the Rain Wilds books "a meticulously realized fantasy tale" and "a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore."

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Anonymous | 2013-08-18 11:02:29
Apart from Memory of Light, I love how likely any of the books in the top 5 are to come out in 2013...
Anonymous | 2013-05-11 04:17:22
This list is very inclusive, unless you happen to be Stephen R. Donaldson. Thomas Covenant changed the fantasy genre and his last entry to the series is coming out in October 2013. I believe this should be on your list, if not just out of respect for his contribution of the anti-hero to the fantasy realm, then because it is good. Donaldson does require a level of intelligence to follow is intricacies but it is more than worth it.
BookRead777 | 2013-02-21 05:55:16
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