Looking Ahead to the New Year: “Can’t Wait” Books of Early 2016
Happy soon-to-be 2016! As we get ready to begin another year, it’s time to look ahead and geek out over the Science Fiction and Fantasy reads I’m most excited about. There’s already an impressive tower of books on my “Must Read” pile, and these are only from the first quarter of 2016. What’s on your 2016 TBR?
Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (January 26) – The next chapter of Sanderson’s Mistborn continues with another Wax and Wayne novel
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett (January 26) – The sequel to the phenomenal City of Stairs, with a central focus on my favorite character…General Turyin Mulaghesh, of course! Sorry, Sigrud!
Winterwood by Jacey Bedford (February 2) – Historical fiction and magic. Pirates and shapeshifters. Everything I could ever want.
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney (February 2) – The first of a new series by the author of the enchanting Golden City trilogy.
Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards (February 2) – The final book of the amazing Bloodsounder’s Arc, and I cannot wait to see how it all ends!
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly (February 2) – I really like the look of this magical realism novel set in a “Roaring Twenties” alternate history.
Morning Star by Pierce Brown (February 9) – Third book of the Red Rising trilogy. Do I really need to explain why I’m excited for this?!
Son of the Morning by Mark Alder (February 15) – I’ve been burning to read this book ever since it came out in the UK, and I’m so glad it finally has a US release date!
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (February 16) – Sanderson is starting the year strong with another title on my highly anticipated list. This time, it’s book three of the Steelheart trilogy.
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (March 8) – The ninth Mercy Thompson book, and the series is still going strong.
Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop (March 8) – Book four of The Others. Looks like March 2016 will be a great month for Urban Fantasy.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (March 8) – When it comes to the YA genre, hyped books can be tricky…but I have a really good feeling about this one.
The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley (March 15) – The concluding chapter of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy. It’s going to be epic!
Snakewood by Adrian Selby (March 15) – A band of mercenaries are on the run from a killer, and they’ll use everything at their disposal to escape, including poisons and alchemical potions! can always use more dark, grim fantasy in my life.
In The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan (April 5) – Fourth Memoir by Lady Trent novel. I adore this series and I can’t wait to get back into the world of Isabella and her dragons.
Fellside by M.R. Carey (April 5) – I loved The Girl with All the Gifts and I was so happy when I found out the author will be releasing a new novel in April 2016!
Arena by Holly Jennings (April 5) – A sci-fi debut about the gritty world of competitive virtual gaming. This one’s right up my alley.
Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis (April 12) – Historical fantasy with mystery and romance. Sounds simply delicious.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (April 26) – This mysterious novel is another debut I’m looking forward to, about uncovering the secrets of a giant hand found deep within the earth.
Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie (April 26) – I’m not what you would call a “short story” kind of person, but for Joe Abercrombie I’ll sure as hell make an exception!