2018 Books We Can’t Wait For!

Here are some of the books we can’t wait for in 2018!

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

Which books are you looking forward to in 2018? One commenter wins a book from our stacks.

The Cruel Prince, Holly BlackJordanna Max Brodsky, Olympus BoundNnedi Okorafor, Binti: The Night MasqueradePierce Brown, Iron GoldBrooke Bolander, The Only Harmless Great ThingBradley P. Beaulieu, A Veil of SpearsElizabeth Bear, Stone MadK.M. McKinley, The Brass GodCatherynne M. Valente, Space OperaScourged, Kevin HearneThe Fairies of Sadieville, Alex BledsoeBefore Mars, Emma NewmanJohn Scalzi, Head OnSeason of Storms, Andrzej SapkowskiIan McDonald, Time WasSarah Beth Durst, Queen of SorrowStephen King, The Outsider84K, Claire NorthRebecca Roanhorse, Trail of LightningTheodora Goss, European Travel for the Monstrous GentlewomanLaurence M. Schoen, The Moons of BarskJames S.A. Corey, TITLE UNKNOWN


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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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54 comments

  1. I love/hate this column! So may great things to look forward to! So many more books piling up on my TBR tower!

  2. Bobby Berry /

    I love anything by Elizabeth Bear and Kevin Hearne. Go Oberon!

  3. Sandyg265 /

    I know a Seanan McGuire has a new book comming out this year but Amazon still lists it as untitled and I’m hopeful that Patricia Briggs is going to have a Mercy Thompson book out.

    • Burn Bright by Briggs comes out soon as well as Tricks for Free from Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series. Both are on my lookout list.

      • Both of these are to be out on March 6th. Burn Bright is the latest Alpha and Omega.

    • I just finished the ARC of Patricia Briggs’ Burn Bright last week. It did not disappoint. I like Mercy and Adam a little better, but Charles and Anna are pretty good for an interim fix.:)

  4. Space Opera is also on my most anticipated books of 2018 list.

  5. Lessee…
    Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds. I loved the Prefect and this looks to be a good follow on.
    Martha Wells Murderbot: Rogue Protocol and Murderbot: Artificial Condition. The first one was not what I expected and delight, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she surprises me this time.
    The Freeze Frame Revolution by Peter Watts. Hell, the premise alone sounds fascinating. Grim, but fascinating.
    The Labyrinth Index by Charles Stross. Case Nightmare progresses…
    The Good Guys by Steven Brust. This looks interesting.
    Free Chocolate by Amber Royer. If it delivers on the funny, this one could be good.
    Alternate Routes, by Tim Powers. A new Tim Powers!
    Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente. If it delivers the funny, I’ll enjoy it.
    Reign of the Departed, by Greg Keyes. I’ve enjoyed most of his stuff since the Black God series. I’ll take a look at least.
    Embers of War, by Gareth L. Powell This looks like it could be good.

    • Two I missed
      The Armored Saint by Myke Cole caught my attention after reading a sample chapter at not.
      Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi when the British Empire establishes control in the afterlife, the spies follow. I’m not sold on the concept, but Rajaniemi has got a lot of credit with me thanks to the Jean Flambeur trilogy.

      • And a few more…

        The Million by Karl Schroeder. After the Virga series and Lockstep, I’ll turn up because he has consistently interesting ideas.
        State Tectonics (The Centenal Cycle) by Malka Older (Kindle Edition). Ok, I want to see how this wraps up.
        The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Sign me up! Shadows of the Apt got me interested and Children of Time sealed the deal. And how did he have so many books come out while my back was turned?

        • And another – one I think a fair number of folks will want to see.

          Irontown Blues (Eight Worlds) by John Varley in August.

  6. Sethia /

    I just finished Red Sister by Mark Lawrence and can’t wait for Gray sister in April!

  7. Maria Malaveci /

    I’m looking forward to The Cruel Prince! Thank you so much for the chance!

    mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

  8. Paul Connelly /

    I’m only waiting for paperbacks, so that narrows it down somewhat. Volume 3 of Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda tops the list. Also looking forward to Volume 2 of Black Magick. I’m hoping that “Season 2” of The Witch Who Came In From The Cold makes it to paperback (instead of just Kindle), but that’s probably not a sure thing. Also Fair Rebel, the new Fourlands book by Steph Swainston. And, of course, Rogue Protocol and Artificial Condition by Martha Wells. I would really like it if Rosemary Kirstein’s next Steerswoman book came out this year, also The Broken Heavens by Kameron Hurley, and Scott Lynch’s The Thorn of Emberlain, but those are all iffy as of today. Waiting for a lot of books in hardcover to get paperback editions, like Ruthanna Emrys’s Winter Tide and the last couple of Stross Laundry books.

  9. Mike Voss /

    Not sure if thete’s an Expanse novel expected this year, but would top my list!
    Also pre-ordered Gareth Powell’s EMBERS OF WAR, start of a new space opera trilogy. Scalzi rarely disappoints, so HEAD-ON looks good. Anything from Lois McMaster Bujold, who keeps surprising with her Penric novellas.

  10. I’ve already read The Night Masquerade, and I’m looking forward to the Bolander, Newman, and Goss titles, and of course anything in the Expanse series. I’m also looking forward to Martha Wells’ follow-ups to All Systems Red, So Lucky by Nicola Griffith, City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp, Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee, plus one that came out last month but I don’t have it yet – The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer.

    • Mike Voss /

      The Nicola Griffith I’m waiting for is the sequel to HILD. This one looks good too, though! Nice to see her name pop up once in a while!

  11. John Smith /

    I love that “Moons Of Barsk” cover–I’m adding it to “my list”! …Hm, a more conventional but exciting cover is on the book “Unearthed,” which sounds so good–I hope it’s not too ya-y.

    I’m avid to read the graphic novels about English undergraduate life, “Giant Days,” someday–but it’s like a zillion volumes and the price adds up and adds up. I haven’t even read all of insanely wonderful Moebius yet!

  12. Van P. /

    I’m excited for The Cruel Prince and Trail of Lightening!

  13. Stephen King’s The Outsider. Saw the cover on Facebook. It’s amazing! The Cruel Prince looks interesting too.

  14. Fee Roberts /

    I’m excited for The Cruel Prince! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

  15. Charlie Hopkins /

    Iron Gold and Grey Sister BIG TIME!

  16. I’m most looking forward to and had already ordered Lawrence Schoen’s THE MOONS OF BARSK, John Scalzi’s HEAD ON, and Bradley Beaulieu’s A VEIL OF SPEARS. I hadn’t heard of THE BRASS GOD before this post, but it looks interesting so I ordered it too.

  17. Isaac Payne /

    I am looking forward to The Veil of Spears! I love the series a lot, and am halfway through the second book, and am so glad that there are 6 books and not just 3!

  18. The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, because the first one was an absolute masterpiece and I can’t wait to see how the second one destroys my heart–er, I mean, moves Baru’s story forward.

  19. Noneofyourbusiness /

    I’m looking forward to the paperback of Tigerheart’s Shadow by Erin Hunter.

  20. Lady Morar /

    I can’t wait for Jeff VanderMeer’s The Strange Bird to be released print!

  21. The Distinguished Professor /

    What I’m most looking forward to is The StoryTeller: Fairies.

  22. The book I CAN NOT WAIT FOR is European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club) .

  23. Mary A /

    In addition to many you have listed:
    The Nameless City: The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks
    The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Hardcover by Stuart Turton
    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 7: I’ve Been Waiting for a Squirrel Like You by Ryan North, Erica Henderson
    Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. I can’t wait for Theodora Goss’ second installment in the Athena Club series. But there are others I’m looking forward to too…like Philip Pullman’s second Book of Dust book. Let’s hope it comes out this year!

  25. Binti: The Night Masquerade

  26. It hasn’t been confirmed for 2018 yet BUT I’m absolutely dying for Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares, the sequel to Strange the Dreamer. Keeping
    my fingers crossed!

  27. Mickey Grandall /

    Before Mars, looking so red (:

  28. The Winds of Winter by G. R. R. Martin.

    (I know… I’m a dreamer…)

  29. Sarah Noakes /

    84K – can’t wait!

  30. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – I loved Uprooted and I’m so hopeful that Spinning Silver will be just as good.

    • Wait – she’s got another one coming out? Added to the coming soon list!

  31. Pam Blome /

    The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, though many look good, hard to decide!

  32. Other than the two I mentioned to another poster above, I’m not really waiting for anything. Mostly I wait for my library to get a copy so my wait is generally longer.

  33. Oh, forgot to mention Tempests & Slaughter a new Tortall adventure from Tamora Pierce.

  34. I’ve been desperately waiting for The Queen of Sorrow to come out since I read the first two last year!

  35. Conal ONeill /

    Looking forward to Michael J Sullivan’s next two books in the Legends of the First Empire series, Age of War and Age of Legends. Also looking forward to Brian McClellan followup to the Sins of Empire.

  36. Mary A, 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!

  37. Robotfowl /

    I’m just more and more excited as the release date for THE BELLES draws ever closer.

  38. Only one other person looking forward to Yoon Ha Lee’s Revenant Gun this year? That’s calendrical heresy!

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