Thoughtful Thursday: 2017 Books We Can’t Wait For! (giveaway)

Is it too late to wish you a Happy New Year?

If you’re anything like me your new year resolutions may have already fallen by the wayside. In fact, is it just me, or is there an end of January slump in the air?

But chin up! All the signs suggests they’ll be plenty of excellent fantasy literature in the year ahead. Here are the books we can’t wait for in 2017.

Hover over the covers to see what our reviewers said about each book.

Seanan McGuire Down Among the Sticks and BonesThe Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O, by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140V.E. Schwab A Conjuring of LightN.K. Jemisin The Stone SkyStephanie Garber CaravalTad Williams The Heart of What Was Lost: A Novel of Osten ArdJames S.A. Corey Persepolis RisingThe Lady of the Lake (The Witcher Book 5) Kindle Edition by Andrzej SapkowskiGather Her Round: A Novel of the Tufa (Tufa Novels) Kindle Edition by Alex Bledsoe

No cover yet: Saladin Ahmed‘s The Thousand And One. Kevin says: Saladin Ahmed’s Hugo-nominated Throne of the Crescent Moon had some great worldbuilding and political intrigue, so I’m dying to see what comes in this sequel.

Which books are you looking forward to in 2017? One commenter wins a book from our stacks.


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KATIE BURTON, who joined us in September 2015, is a solicitor in London and now an aspiring journalist. She was lucky enough to be showered with books as a child and from the moment she had The Hobbit read to her as a bedtime story was hooked on all things other-worldy. Katie believes that characters are always best when they are believable and complex (even when they aren't human) and is a sucker for a tortured soul or a loveable rogue. She loves all things magical and the more fairies, goblins and mystical creatures the better. Her personal blog is Nothing if Not a Hypocrite.

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45 comments

  1. Elton Porter /

    It’s a tie between Iron Gold and Assaissin’s Fate.

  2. Von Berry /

    Definitely Assassin’s Fate and The Stone Sky. Nice covers and the stories look awesome.

  3. Melanie Goldmund /

    The Harbors of the Sun, by Martha Wells.

    But Gilded Cage, by Vic James, and Wintertide, by Ruthanna Emrys also look good.

  4. Marian Parsons /

    The Thorn of Emberlain, Miranda and Caliban, and City of Miracles.

  5. I am very much looking forward to

    A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

    and

    Swarm and Steel by Michael R. Fletcher

  6. I am curios to see the new series started by authors I read when I first starting reading fantasy genre, Embers and Steel by Raymond Feist and Seventh Decimate by Stephen Donaldson. Also looking forward to Brian McClellan continuing the Powder Mage with Sins of Empire and Michael J Sullivan next book in the Legends of the Empire series, The Age of Swords.

  7. Matt S /

    Nice list! Looking forward to Iron Gold and Thorn of Emberlain for sure. I have some catching up to do on Hobb, Jemisin and Corey before I can read these new ones. Another one I’m looking forward to in 2017 is “The Boy on the Bridge” by M.R. Carey: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31554413-the-boy-on-the-bridge

  8. On your list I’m most looking forward to The Thorn of Emberlain and The Stone Sky. I’m way behind on Corey so it’ll be a while before I get to Persepolis!
    But I’m also really looking forward to Ann Leckie’s as yet untitled standalone novel that should come out in fall this year. It takes place in the same empire as the Ancillary books…

  9. Anmiryam /

    Where is Brian Staveley’s Skullsworn on the list? Otherwise a great selection.

  10. Looking forward to Gannon, Corey, and Robinson – the others I’ll have to look up and mark!

  11. And Thorn of Emberlain, of course.

  12. RedEyedGhost /

    The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley, The End of the Day by Claire North, Hymn by Ken Scholes, and Blackthorne by Stina Leicht are all already preordered.

    Also all of the big ones that are well overdue, but won’t actually come out this year.

  13. Kevin Pierce /

    Caine’s Mutiny, of course.

  14. Bob Walters /

    Caine’s Mutiny by Chuck Gannon, Fields of Gold by Shelley Adina, Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb and maybe The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams and. of course, Assassin’s Price by L.E. Modesitt Jr. Then there are the guilty pleasures of the upcoming Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson books. :)

  15. Caine’s Mutiny is what I have been jonesing for since I finished his last book, Raising Caine. The story has been so incredibly engaging for me. Can’t wait!

  16. Gather her round

  17. Looking forward to Alex Bledsoe’s new Tufa Novel- Gather Her Round. This is an excellent series that I devoured ravenously. Love the way Alex writes, his characters easily jump off the page…

  18. Sandy Giden /

    Down Among the Sticks and Bones, The Black Wolves of Boston, and the new Mercy Thompson book

  19. Sydnee Krenek /

    These look awesome!

  20. Douglas Campbell /

    looking forward to Caine’s Mutiny By Charles Gannon. He knows his Sci Fi Military and makes you feel like you are part of the story line. :)

  21. smeek1958 /

    I can’t pick just one! Gather Her Round; Thorn of Emberlain; Hand;Persepolis Rising

  22. I simply cannot wait to return to the worlds of Authors Lynch, Hobb and Jemisin! This list offers some new adventures I am adding to the TBR. I’ll be reading a lot during this first year of my retirement while avoiding the “news”!

  23. I’m looking really forward to A Conjuring of Light and The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter … but also, not listed here, a sequel to The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín which is hopefully coming out later in 2017.

  24. I don’t generally tend to think in terms of what is coming up to be published – I’ve got too many on my list that are already published to spend much time in anticipation. That being said, I am in line to enjoy the upcoming Staveley and Lynch, the new Shadow Campaigns book to be published this year and whatever else I encounter. I’m sure the latter will include some Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Seanan McGuire and or Ben Aronovich.

  25. Shane McCook /

    Gather Her Around and Monster Hunter Seige

  26. mary henaghen /

    Down Among the Sticks and Bones, for sure!!

  27. Really looking forward to Lois Lane: Triple Threat! I hadn’t realize the series was getting a third installment until just now. I really enjoyed the first two, and this one should be super exciting with Lois and Clark finally meeting in real life.

  28. Anne C /

    I’d like to read Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Caraval, and Brimstone!

  29. John Smith /

    A Conjuring Of LIght must be great fun!

  30. M. Robinson /

    The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  31. ASSASSINS FATE PLEASE GOOD LORD I AM DYING TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FOOL

    SAVE ME

  32. Definitely Assassin’s Fate.

  33. Fabien /

    Assassin’s Fate, the best.

  34. I cannot wait to read Assassin’s Fate, but I am also a little scared to read it too. Fitz and Fool have been through so much, and there is something odd that happens with book 3 in Fantasy trilogies… I just hope Robin can tie all of the loose ends.

    I am also really excited to read The Thorn of Emberlain, Scott Lynch’s last outing with Locke and Jean had one hell of a cliffhanger.

  35. Fallon ng /

    Assassin’s Fate for sure

  36. Meigan /

    So many great books that I’m looking forward to made the list, but the one I’m over the moon for is A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. Such an amazingly creative and fun series!

  37. Oh dear. I’ve just realized that the Robin Hobb is not a reissue as I thought but a whole new trilogy. Wow, I’m a bit behind the times! So now I’ll have to go search out the first of these and get caught up!

  38. Destiny’s Conflict by Janny Wurts from The Wars of Light and Shadow. The best fantasy author ever.

  39. Iron Gold and Persepolis Rising for me!

  40. Iona Isaac /

    It has to be Assassins Fate that I am longing to read – awaiting for the new trilogy was long enough. Its release in 2017 is so near yet so far.

  41. Darryl /

    Been a Tad Willams fan for ever, cannot wait to read his latest! Some other great authors in this mix too! Already pre-ordered Schwab’s next book out soon. ☺

  42. Scott Lynch by a hair!

  43. Bob Walker, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

  44. Marian Parsons /

    Congratulations, Bob – enjoy!

  45. The Thorn of Emberlain is my most anticipated from the list

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