Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For
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This week’s topic: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For
Discovering new books is always fun but it’s even more exciting when they’re debut novels, so let’s give them some love!
The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger
The empire of Elesthene once spanned a continent, but its rise heralded the death of magic. It tore itself apart from within, leaving behind a patchwork of kingdoms struggling to rebuild. But when a new dictator, the ambitious and enigmatic Imperator Elgar, seizes power in the old capital and seeks to recreate the lost empire anew, the other kingdoms have little hope of stopping him. Prince Kelken of Reglay finds himself at odds with his father at his country’s darkest hour; the marquise of Esthrades is unmatched in politics and strategy, but she sits at a staggering military disadvantage. And Issamira, the most powerful of the free countries, has shut itself off from the conflict, thrown into confusion by the disappearance of its crown prince and the ensuing struggle for succession.
Everything seems aligned in Elgar’s favor, but when he presses a band of insignificant but skilled alley-dwellers into his service for a mission of the greatest secrecy, they find an unexpected opportunity to alter the balance of power in the war. Through their actions and those of the remaining royals, they may uncover not just a way to defeat Elgar, but also a deeper truth about their world’s lost history.
Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller
Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.
Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.
To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.
With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.
Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.
A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.
The Waking Land by Callie Bates
Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.
Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.
But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.
Soleri by Michael Johnston
The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever.
On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, and Kepi has her own ideas.
Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.
Detailed and historical, vast in scope and intricate in conception, Soleri bristles with primal magic and unexpected violence. It is a world of ancient and elaborate rites, of unseen power and kingdoms ravaged by war, where victory comes with a price, and every truth conceals a deeper secret.
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.
Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer
At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.
Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she yearns to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy’s slaves.
When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil
Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, who was born in ancient Rome, once hunted evil vampires for UMBRA, a super-secret unit of the NSA. That was before the discovery of a blood substitute and a Supreme Court ruling allowed thousands of vampires to integrate into society.
Now, Alex and Marcus are vice cops in a special police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, blood-dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes.
When someone starts poisoning the artificial blood, race relations between vampires and humans deteriorate to the brink of anarchy. While the city threatens to tear itself apart, Alex and Marcus must form an unnatural alliance with a vigilante gang and a shape-shifter woman in a desperate battle against an ancient vampire conspiracy.
If they succeed, they’ll be pariahs, hunted by everyone. If they fail, the result will be a race-war bloodierthan any the world has ever seen.
Wow! So many compelling titles and gorgeous covers!! Thanks for putting them on my radar. ::adds several to tbr::
I always love hearing others discover new books!
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By the way, I just realized we are also friends on GR. I’m pretty sure I followed your blog independently of that lol. I guess it proves I like your taste in books.
That is awesome! Didn’t realize that either, I just went and added your site to my reader! 🙂
Oh thanks!! I promise I wasn’t trying to prompt lol. It just blew my mind to read the same review in two different places before realized what happened haha. Major sense of deja vu. Anyways, love your content! xx
No, I’m glad you said something! I often fail in making those connections too 🙂
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Graveyard Shift sounds interesting! I might keep an eye out for that one. I’ll be seeing what everyone thinks of Caraval before I decide on that one. Borrowed Souls sounds interesting but the romance element has me doubting if it would be my thing or not. Nice list!
Yeah, something tells me Borrowed Souls might have a strong romantic element. But I don’t mind 🙂
Ooh nice! Lots of people excited about Caraval! For some reason when it comes to debuts, I don’t hear about them really until reviews trickle in. Can’t even get excited about them really until then! Publishers need to do more pre-advertising I think! LOL!
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It’s hard to know whether a book is a debut or not sometimes, so yeah I had to do a little research too.
Oooh, yay! I’m really bad at keeping up with stuff like debut books due out, so I was hoping someone I trust would be doing a good summary, heh. Thank you!
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You’re welcome, though there’s definitely more out there! I’m especially bad at keeping track of YA debuts!
I realize I’m wishing away half of 2017 but I can’t wait to get my hands on Graveyard Shift. I have The Bear and the Nightingale to read this month as well as Gilded Cage. Once again, I can’t keep up with all the good looking books and it’s only January 3rd!
I know, I can’t believe it’s only January and my reading schedule is already packed for the next few months 🙂
I think I’m getting picky with debut novels / authors, because now I won’t buy debut novels unless the reviews I read from bloggers and people I trust recommend it highly. That being said, a few of the books on this list had caught my eye, like The Bear & The Nightingale, Crossroads of Canopy, and Soleri. And maybe Caraval, too.
That’s probably a good idea! Debuts are complete unknown quantities after all, so waiting for reviews is smart. Definitely some of them sound too good to resist though!
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For some reason I had a hard time with this list, but luckily I’m getting ideas from everyone else! I’m definitely looking forward to Graveyard Shift and The Waking Land.
Debut lists are tricky. There are always lists for YA debuts, but finding one for adult SFF is hard!
Both “Empress of a Thousand Skies” and “Gilded Cage” have come to my attention and I look forward to reading them, but this is the first I’ve heard of “Graveyard Shift” and I’m curious… Thanks for sharing!
Doesn’t Graveyard Shift sound amazing? I’m glad it’s getting some love 🙂
That first one sounds really good
That’s one I’m really curious about!
A number of these were on my list too! 🙂 Really curious about The Empire’s Ghost 🙂
Yeah, haven’t heard much about it so far, so I’m intrigued!
I’m very much looking forward to Caraval and Gilded Cage!
Me too, i’m hoping to fit those in soon 🙂
Very eager for Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer, and I was just reading about Soleri last week on Goodreads 🙂
Both of those sound so good. Soleri especially is right up my alley!
Ooh some new ones here! I love the look and sound of Soleri, it just looks intricate plot-wise, and Borrowed Souls has a unique premise, like the sound of that one too. Haven’t heard of that one but it looks like it could be an outstanding UF! And I wonder about Empress too…
They all sound delicious, don’t they? Here’s hoping they will be good 🙂
What a great list! I only recognized a few, but that made me even more excited. All of the others sound like books I’d absolutely love, and so they’re all going on my to-read list. Soleri, The Empire’s Ghost, Crossroads of Canopy… They all sound so good. Thanks!
Glad to be spreading the debut love!
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*admires the wishlist as it shoots up a bit higher* 😉
Haha, and this is me –> *crushed under an avalanche on Mt. TBR*
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But dying happy, right? 😉
I can’t even deal with the blurb for Graveyard Shift! Is it going to be awesome or terrible? I’m definitely hoping for awesome!
I guess we’ll have to see! I’m hoping it will be good. Can’t wait to find out…
I’m SO excited for Borrowed Souls, it’s really cool to think that Chelsea (who’s blog I read on the regular because she’s a UF junkie like me) has written a book!
That’s so awesome that you follow her blog and now she has a debut out! Exciting!
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I’ve read a couple of these and looking forward to Caraval – hopefully starting that one tomorrow.
I love the sound of the Waking Land and spotted that one on NG so put in a request – fingers crossed!
I’m also waiting for Waking Land to shift from “wish for it!” to “request”. 😀
Several of these are on my TBR, but I had completely forgotten about Soleri! Thanks for the reminder. Sounds pretty sweet.
It does…that mix of fantasy and history is right up my alley!
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I’ve heard wonderful things about Carnival so hopefully it’ll deliver for you 🙂 Oh and I already have another tab opened up with your review for The Bear and the Nightingale so I’m excited to read your thoughts there XD