2014 has been a fantastic year already for sci-fi/fantasy readers!
We’ve been reading Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, Night Broken by Patricia Briggs, Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan, The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison, Red Rising by Pierce Brown, The Martian by Andy Weir, and The Goblin Emperor by Kathrine Addison. And many others that I can’t even list. It’s been an awesome year for readers already!
But 2014 is only one third over. And the second two thirds are shaping up to be absolutely awesome! Some of my most eagerly awaited books are publishing later this year and I know many of them are on your lists.
Here are the books I am looking forward to this year. In no particular order because I’m excited for all of them. Feel free to add your own in the comments field below and discuss why they make your list!
TOP 10 BOOKS I STILL CAN’T WAIT FOR IN 2014
Mercy Thompson does not need an introduction. She shouldn’t, at least. She’s the badass heroine of Patricia Briggs’s urban fantasy series! When it comes to urban fantasy, Patty does it right and her fans are eagerly awaiting Shifting Shadows, a short story anthology with old and new stories set in Mercy’s universe. I am looking forward to this because I love short story compilations that feature my favorite characters—and Mercy is one of those characters.
Publishes: September 2, 2014
Readers of Lawrence’s Broken Empire trilogy are eagerly awaiting this new book! Set in the same universe as Jorg Ancrath’s story, Prince of Fool’s is the tale of Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women. The new book is set during the events of Broken Empire and some of the characters overlap in both series. Readers love Lawrence’s prose and dark, gritty characters. Count me as one of those readers!
Publishes: June 5, 2014
When Harkness published A Discovery of Witches, the first book in her trilogy, I knew it would be an instant hit. It was. Readers instantly fell in love with historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont. And now that the two characters have returned to the present to face a new crisis and old enemies, The Book of Life promises to be a fantastic finale to one of the better new voices in our genre.
Publishes: July 15, 2014
Do I really need to say why this book has made the list? Okay, fine. I will. The trials and tribulations of Harry Dresden and company have been fan favorites for a decade now. Our favorite wizard is back in this newest installment—and as usual—he will be having a very bad day. Butcher will inject his normal magical humor into Skin Game and I won’t be the only one reading this on release day!
Publishes: May 27, 2014
I have been waiting for this book a long time. I loved the Sookie books but I really couldn’t wait for something new from one of the best urban fantasists working today. Harris has done that in Midnight Crossroad, the first book in a new series set in Midnight, Texas. What odd characters and stranger magics will we find in his new book? I can’t wait to find out. A great starting point for readers who want to try a new urban fantasy series!
Publishes: May 6, 2014
This book undoubtedly tops a lot of 2014 lists. I have to agree with that. I’ve already read Half a King and I absolutely loved it, a great blend of fast-paced action and riveting, complex characters. The story of Prince Yarvi is a dark one but readers are going to love it and, like me, have a hard time waiting for the sequel! Definitely put this on your list if you haven’t yet. I can’t wait to talk to you guys about it once it is published.
Publishes: July 15, 2014
This is another “no kidding, idiot” book for the list. Robin Hobb needs no introduction. The story of Fitz Chivalry is well known by most fantasy readers. And sadly, Fitz has been silent for all too long. No longer. Hobb returns to her reader-beloved character in Fool’s Assassin, a book that readers have been waiting for a very long time. Count me one of them. This could be the book of the year and August cannot come fast enough! If you haven’t read Assassin’s Apprentice and sequels, what are you waiting for?!
Publishes: August 12, 2014
I enjoyed The Magicians by Grossman so much that I touted it as the debut book of that year. I still don’t think I was wrong. It’s wonderfully inventive and fresh, a look at the genre we haven’t seen before. I immensely enjoyed the sequel as well and, now, we get the final book in Quentin Coldwater’s story. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. What will happen? Only Grossman can bring us this last story!
Publishes: August 5, 2014
If you’ve read my previous work on Unbound Worlds, you know I’m a fan of Carey’s work. She has a wonderful turn of prose and her characters are always diverse and complex. So are her settings. With that said, I’ve enjoyed the Hel out of her foray into urban fantasy and Poison Fruit promises to be a great ending to her trilogy. Daisy Johanssen is authorized by the Norse goddess of the dead to keep the town of Pemkowet and its hidden fey under control. But something new prowls the winter and it’s up to Daisy to end the threat before it takes over the town entirely.
Publishes: October 7, 2014
This is another “no shyte, idiot” book for the list. Rothfuss needs no introduction. The Kingkiller Chronicle has captivated readers since The Name of the Wind published. And now, with The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Rothfuss brings his readers a new novella featuring Auri! This should be a fun way to pass the time while we wait on Day Three, which Rothfuss is working on as I write this! I have no doubt this will be an immediate bestseller. And I for one can’t wait to read Auri’s tale!
Publishes: October 28, 2014
This submission was a tough one. I also wanted to include The World of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin in this spot. But Rogues won out. Why? Well, it does feature an Ice & Fire story from the point of view of Archmaester Gyldayn, who tells the history of the years leading up to the calamitious events during the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, with particular attention to the role played by the king’s brother, Prince Daemon, a rogue if there ever was one. And not only that, but this anthology features short stories by some high-powered talent like Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Joe Abercrombie, etc., etc. It’s hard to go wrong with this forthcoming anthology! A book on many lists, Rogues caps a fantastic year of genre literature!
Publishes: June 17, 2014