I know posts haven’t been coming hugely regularly lately – newborn baby and buying my first house at roughly the same time has made things a bit crazy – but I have finally managed to write one! There have been so many great books coming out this year, and I know I did a post all about what books I was looking forward to this year at the end of 2018, but they have all come out now. So, here are five more books that are coming out in the second half of 2019 that I am pretty excited to read!
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (26th November)
All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true–he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.
Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.
But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.
I read Skyward at the start of this year, and I absolutely loved it! The characters (M-Bot best of all), the mystery and intrigue about Spencer’s father and how humanity arrived on the planet, the action, the friendships. It was great and I can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series… Also, how quick must Brandon Sanderson right to get a second book out there in ONE year?!?! Especially with all his other projects too!
The True Bastards by Jonathan French (10th October)
Fetching was once the only female rider in the Lot Lands. Now she is the leader of her own hoof, a band of loyal half orcs sworn to her command. But in the year since she took power, the True Bastards have struggled to survive. Tested to the breaking point by the burdens of leadership, Fetching battles desperately to stave off famine, desertion, and the scorn of the other half-orc chieftains, even as orcs and humans alike threaten the Lots’ very existence. Then an old enemy finds a way to strike at her from beyond the grave–and suddenly only one, faint hope for salvation remains.
The Grey Bastards was a surprising love for me. I knew I would probably like it, but in fact, I loved it! I read it over the Christmas period and so it could be counted as one of my favourite books of last year or this year, but that is all semantics., and I cannot wait to pick this one up! I’ve got it on pre-order already. Honestly, Jonathan French’s writing style was amazing and it really brought the whole world and host of characters to life. Sure, it is crude and crass with its humour, but that is part of the charm! What do you expect from a book with half orcs as the POV characters?
Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri (14th November)
Some believe the Ambhan Empire is cursed. But Arwa doesn’t simply believe it — she knows it’s true.
Widowed by the infamous, unnatural massacre at Darez Fort, Arwa was saved only by the strangeness of her blood — a strangeness she had been taught all her life to suppress. She offers up her blood and service to the imperial family, and makes common cause with a disgraced, illegitimate prince who has turned to forbidden occult arts to find a cure to the darkness hanging over the Empire.
Using the power in Arwa’s blood, they seek answers in the realm of ash: a land where mortals can find the ghostly echoes of their ancestors’ dreams. But the Emperor’s health is failing, and a terrible war of succession hovers on the horizon, not just for the Imperial throne, but for the magic underpinning Empire itself.
To save the Empire, Arwa and the prince must walk the bloody path of their shared past, through the realm of ash and into the desert, where the cause of the Empire’s suffering — and its only chance of salvation — lie in wait. But what they find there calls into question everything they’ve ever valued… and whether they want to save the Empire at all.
Tasha Suri’s debut and the first book in this series, Empire of Sand, was one of the best books I read last year… It just didn’t make my official list as I read it after I wrote my best books of 2018 post! Woops! Inspired by Mughal India, the first book felt like a breath of fresh air. It is not that I dislike European themed fantasy, I love Tolkien and so many other examples of it, but it is easily the most common inspiration for the genre. Anyway, Tasha Suri made me care about Mehr so much, and I loved her relationship with Amun, which is no mean feat – I rarely get taken in by romance in books. So I can’t wait to read more about this world and follow Mehr’s sister, Arwa, who we only got a brief glimpse of in the first book.
A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie (17th September)
The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.
On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.
Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.
The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another…
I’m quite – okay, very – new to Joe Abercrombie. I’m on the last book of his First Law trilogy, Last Argument of Kings, and this series is blowing my mind! As a series of books, it honestly stands up there with some of the best I have ever read. Each of the characters are so unique and I feel like I will miss them when I finish the series. Set in the same ‘Grimdark’ universe, but further in the future, I am excited by the premise of this book and want to get stuck back into the world! I know Abercrombie has written a whole bunch of other books, and so I have a lot of catching up to do, but this book has t be near the top of my list!
Uki and the Outcasts by Kieran Larwood (5th September)
From the Ice Wastes beyond the Cinder Wall emerges an unlikely hero. Rejected by his village and left to die, young Uki is given life and unique powers by a long-buried spirit from the time of the Ancients . . . and a life or death mission.
Joined by two other outcasts – a trained assassin who refuses to kill people and a very short rabbit who rides the fastest jerboa on the plains – Uki must capture Valkus, the Spirit of War, before rabbitkind destroys itself in conflict.
A thrilling new book set in the Five Realms of Podkin One-Ear.
Kieran Larwood’s books are on the other end of the ‘Grimdark’ spectrum to Joe Abercrombie’s… They’re written for children after all, but they’re damn good stories! I really enjoyed the Podkin One-Ear trilogy of books, they were fast-paced, fun and funny, and fingers crossed that this one continues all of that! Plus, his other books are filled with amazing artwork and so, again, fingers crossed for more of that.
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So, there you have it, five books that are coming out between now and the end of the year that I can’t wait to read. What are you looking forward to reading? What do you think of my list? Let me know in the comments!
Have a good day!