Which 2016 releases are you waiting for?

Another year, another round of amazing novels! I can feel myself almost salivating at the delicious, delicious sequels and debuts set to be published this year! Right now I’m envisioning curling up in a comfy chair with a 2016 release and a big plate of cookies… and it’s really distracting…

Anyway, here are the two releases I’m most excited about this year:

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews1. Daniel Abraham’s The Spider’s War, out March 8, is the conclusion to his acclaimed THE DAGGER AND THE COIN series. I’ve been waiting for this one for two years! Here’s the publishers’s blurb:

The epic conclusion to THE DAGGER AND THE COIN series, perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin. Lord Regent Geder Palliako’s great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent conflict of all against all. In Carse, with armies on all borders, Cithrin bel Sarcour, Marcus Wester, and Clara Kalliam are faced with the impossible task of bringing a lasting peace to the world. Their tools: traitors high in the imperial army, the last survivor of the dragon empire, and a financial scheme that is either a revolution or the greatest fraud in the history of the world.

2. Saladin Ahmed’s The Thousand and One, out December 15, is the sequel to his Hugo-nominated Throne of the Crescent Moon and the second installment in his THE CRESCENT MOON KINGDOMS series:

Revolution has come to Dhamsawaat. The Falcon Prince, whose coup had aimed to feed the city’s poor, now sits on the Throne of the Crescent Moon. But he quickly learns that stealing a kingdom is much easier than running one. Doctor Adoulla Makhslood forces himself to ignore the political turmoil boiling around him as he prepares for his long-awaited wedding to Miri Almoussa. His old friends Dawoud and Litaz in turn prepare to travel back to their homeland in the Soo Republic, accompanied by the tribeswoman Zamia Banu Laith Badawi, who hopes to put distance between herself and memories of her dead kinsmen and the warrior dervish Raseed bas Raseed. Meanwhile, Raseed has left Dhamsawaat and his apprenticeship to Adoulla to journey back to the Lodge of God, hoping to purify himself of religious doubts and his troubling attraction to Zamia, and in the course of his journey he crosses swords with the master assassin and disgraced dervish Red Layla. But the heroes’ paths cross again when the enigmatic Queen of the djenn herself appears with a dire warning for the world of men, and Adoulla and his old friends again leave peace and happiness behind as they set out to make things right in a world gone wrong.

What about you? Which 2016 releases are you most looking forward to?


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KEVIN WEI, with us since December 2014, is an undergrad at Columbia University. Secretly, Kevin has always believed in dragons. Not the Smaug kind of dragon, only the friendly ones that invite you in for tea. This might just be because Funke’s Dragon Rider was the story that mercilessly hauled him into the depths of the SFF genre at the ripe old age of 5. His literary tastes range from epic fantasy to military fantasy to New Weird, although sometimes he does enjoy a good space opera here and there, and some of his favorite authors include Patrick Rothfuss, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, Django Wexler, and Joe Abercrombie. To Kevin, a good book requires not only a good character set and storyline, but also beautiful prose — he is extremely discriminating as it pertains to this last bit. Outside of his bibliophilic life, Kevin loves economics, philosophy, policy debate, classical music, and political science. You can find him at: www.kevinwei.me

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33 comments

  1. Matthew E /

    Quite a few, actually.

    – put me down for _The Spider’s War_ also
    – are we going to get _The Thorn of Emberlain_ this year? If so then that
    – Novik’s _League of Dragons_
    – Connie Willis’s _Connection_, if it comes out this year, and if it isn’t too SF to count
    – the last two volumes of Scott Chantler’s _Three Thieves_
    – _Wild Cards XXIII: High Stakes_
    – Guy Gavriel Kay’s _Children of Earth and Sky_

    • Kevin Wei /

      Amazon says Thorn of Emberlain will be out on July 16th – I’m waiting for this too! :) I haven’t heard of Connection, Three Thieves, or Wild Cards, so definitely will check those out

  2. A great year with:

    The Bands of Morning by Brandon sanderson
    Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner
    The Last Mortal Bond by Brain Staveley
    Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
    and most of all
    The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

    So much good stuff!

    • Kevin Wei /

      Really excited to see what happens with Valyn , Adare, and Kaden as well!

  3. Melanie Goldmund /

    Oooh, can’t wait to get my hands on these: (in no particular order)

    Edge of Worlds, by Martha Wells
    The Hanging Tree, by Ben Aaronovitch
    Ghost Talkers, by Mary Robinette Kowal
    Cloudbound, by Fran Wilde
    Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Poisoned Blade, by Kate Elliott
    The Family Plot, by Cherie Priest

    And I’m sure there are others I haven’t thought of, or discovered, yet.

  4. dr susan /

    My list would be shorter if you had asked what releases I wasn’t excited about!

    Marked in Flesh:Anne Bishop
    Fire Touched: Patricia Briggs
    Burned: Benedict Jacka
    Unawakened:RJ Blain
    Shadow Rites: Faith Hunter
    All of Seanan McGuire’s releases
    In Shining Armor:Elliott James
    Red Queen:Christina Henry
    Masquerade:Rachel Vincent
    Magic Binds and the new Sweep serial:Ilona Andrews

    • dr susan /

      Oops! I screwed up! The author of Unawakened is Trillian Anderson, not R.J. Blain.

  5. Matt W /

    Does the final volume in Robin Hobb’s Fitz and the Fool triology come out this year?

    • Kevin Wei /

      According to Goodreads, it comes out on July 14th, 2016! It’s not up on Amazon yet, though.

  6. Patricia McKillip: Kingfisher
    Martha Wells: Edge of Worlds
    Diane Duane: Games Wizards Play (just finished the ARC–fun)
    Guy Gavriel Kay: Children of Earth and Sky
    Lois McMaster Bujold: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (read the e-ARC; it needed a little polishing)
    Stephanie Burgis: Masks and Shadows
    Laurie R. King: The Murder of Mary Russell
    C.J. Cherryh: Visitor

    This is just the first half of the year; I’m sure there will be more!

  7. Oops, forgot Sharon Lee and Steve Miller: Alliance of Equals!

  8. reV: The Third Machine Dynastyby Madeline Ashby
    Company Town by Madeline Ashby
    Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells
    Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
    The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
    The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross
    The Best of Alastair Reynolds by Alastair Reynolds
    The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
    The City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
    Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone
    Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair Reynolds

  9. Has anyone mentioned City of Blades by Robert Bennett? How about the third Los Nefilim by T Frohock? And (because you’ve been checking) is NK Jemisin’s follow up to The Fifth Season coming out this year? I think everything else I’m hoping for has been mentioned. Maybe. I do agree with your picks, especially Saladin Ahmad’s follow up to Crescent Moon!

  10. Dino Mascolo /

    At the top of my list is Robert J Sawyer’s “Quantum Night”.
    Also looking forward to:
    Arkwright by Allen Steele
    The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
    Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

  11. Conal O'Neill /

    Of books not mentioned yet, looking forward to:
    Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey
    Morning Star by Pierce Brown
    Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
    King of Ashes by Raymond Feist
    Javelin Rain by Myke Cole

    also really looking forward to the conclusion of the Unhewn Throne which has been great so far.

  12. THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brain Staveley!!!!! :D

  13. I think I’m looking forward to most of the above. To be honest though my to read list is so long and full of books that are already out and I haven’t gotten to yet, I haven’t really paid much attention to what is coming up. I’m glad to be reminded of some books that I knew were on their way but hadn’t yet checked out their release dates.

    I didn’t see Patrick Rothfuss’ Doors of Stone listed – does anyone know if it is slated to be published this year?

    • Kevin Wei /

      Unfortunately, I don’t think “Doors of Stone” is set to be out this year…:'(

      • Matthew E /

        Rothfuss is climbing onto that list with Martin and Lynch. The reigning king of that list, though, will probably continue to be Greg Costikyan, who it looks like is simply not going to complete his “Cups & Sorcery” series.

  14. David JB /

    I’m really looking forward to ‘Bands of Morning’ by Brandon Sanders on, ‘The Thorn of Emberton by Scott Lynch; but first up, as it’s out in about four weeks, is ‘A Gathering of Shadows’ by V.E. Schwab. ‘A Darker Shade of Magic was wonderful so I have high hopes for this.

  15. Melita, 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!

  16. I’ve been wondering about the Jemisin book too.

  17. Michael Voss /

    Most of my wants for this year are already listed, but I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Django Wexler, who has two additions to ongoing series this year, The Palace of Glass (Forbidden Library #3)in April and The Guns of Empire (The Shadow Campaigns #4) in August.

    My #1, though, is The Spider’s War. Looking forward to wrapping this great series, which incidentally turned me on to The Expanse series by including a free copy of Leviathan Wakes with the first Dagger and the Coin ebook! So Babylon’s Ashes is my #2! Or maybe it’s the other way around? Naw, let’s call it a tie :-)

    • I haven’t read any of the Leviathan books but I have to admit that THE EXPANSE is so good it’s got me curious now.

      • Michael Voss /

        Good to hear! Unfortunately I don’t have cable or streaming capability so I’m jonesing to watch it! If you bought an ebook of the first Dagger & The Coin, it may have a bonus Leviathan Wakes at the end!

  18. The Spider’s War is at the top of my list, too. Also Babylon’s Ashes.

    The one I don’t think was mentioned yet is Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh. It’s his first YA book, but I’ve loved his stuff in the past, so I’ll give it a try anyway. (Besides, I have teenagers to pass it on to.)

    • Michael Voss /

      I haven’t read any of McIntosh yet, although The Defenders has been on my radar. Burning Midnight looks very inviting, though. Thanks for the tip!

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