A great new year means great new books. And in the realm of science fiction and fantasy, it will be a bountiful year, regardless of whether George R.R. Martin’s or Patrick Rothfuss’ newest installments actually make it to print. (You guys know what I mean!)
These are the seven books that I’ll be saving room for on my sci-fi/fantasy bookshelf this year.
1. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (August 2017)
All you fans of the Red Rising trilogy should have this one on your radar. Word is, Brown’s spinoff series will pick up where Morning Star left off, introducing new characters, as well as revisiting old favorites. Want to know what happens after? We’ll be watching the new bookshelf in August to find out.
Haven’t read Pierce Brown’s debut trilogy, Red Rising? It’s a must-read for anyone who’d enjoy an adult read-alike for Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, but with more action, adventure and mayhem!
Find the first book here. It’s also available in e-book and audiobook formats.
2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (March 2017)
The first in a brand-new series by the author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, this book is highly anticipated by rabid Taylor fans. With a new publication date (it was pushed out from the end of 2016), readers are buzzing.
Based on her past works, Taylor brings a meld of the classic fantasy with modern, edgy characters that appeal to teen and adult readers alike. Expect adventure, play on the concept of good vs. evil, powerful friendships (and enemies), and a good dose of humor.
Preview Strange the Dreamer on Entertainment Weekly’s website. If you’re like me, you’ll be hooked!
3. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (March 2017)
Author John Scalzi is best known for his Old Man’s War series, which contemplates how age might be an asset in space travel and intergalactic feuding.
Scalzi is more traditional in his science fiction because of his focus on the possibilities of science, rather than simply setting novels in the future or in space. What makes his offerings strong and unique is that he’s fond of finding an angle on the science that makes you think!
His new novel looks to be a stand-alone offering that contemplates space travel via extradimensional means. Get on the request list here.
4. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (February 2017)
Schwab hit upon a magical combination when she started the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy. Sword and sorcery? Check. Witty dialogue and fantastic characters? Check. Masked balls? Check. Pirates? Check!
The world-building in this alternate, magically inclined Georgian-era London is fantastic. With characters who resonate as real, despite their fantastical setting, Schwab’s trilogy is dark, light, and everything in-between.
Add A Conjuring of Light to your request list today.
5. The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst (July 2017)
This is book two in Durst’s Queens of Renthia series, following The Queen of Blood. The book covers may look sweet, but the nature spirits of Renthia are definitely not. In fact, the spirits prefer to live in a world without humans, but they are held in check by the powerful human queen who controls them. Our young hero has the potential to one day take on this role, and book two promises to continue unfolding her powerful story.
Durst creates a complex and seamless landscape, taking us along for the ride as politics, destiny and magic clash. Get started on the first book in preparation for book two’s July release!
6. Star’s End by Cassandra Rose Clarke (March 2017)
In this work of speculative fiction, Clarke takes family drama to new horizons. Esme is poised to take over her father’s business empire, but the closer she gets to her new role, the more she learns about her father’s more dubious ventures. And her three sisters’ estrangement from the family. Sounds like a typical TV drama, right? But this business empire spans multiple planets. And the dubious ventures might involve alien DNA.
Star’s End promises to be a rousing space drama, and Clarke is just the master storyteller to take it on! Check the author’s website for the full book blurb.
7. In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle (February 2017)
The author of one of the most beloved unicorn tales of all time, The Last Unicorn, is back in 2017 with a new unicorn-focused novel. Beagle’s work is charming and heartwarming with its exploration of love, friendship, and the possibilities of everyday magic.
Add In Calabria to your request list today.
And while you wait, take time to reacquaint yourself with his classic work in either its traditional format or one of the adapted versions. Added bonus: The beautiful animated film is family-friendly!
Are there any sci-fi or fantasy novels that you’re excited about reading in 2017? Share your bookshelf picks with us in the comments!