So, this post is a bit late… I had planned on getting it done in the first few weeks of January, but life in 2020 has been hectic!
The Shadow Saint
Release Date: 9th January
Thieves, dangerous magic, and a weapon built with the power to destroy a god clash in this second novel of Gareth Hanrahan’s acclaimed epic fantasy series, The Black Iron Legacy.
Enter a city of spires and shadows . . .
The Gutter Miracle changed the landscape of Guerdon forever. Six months after it was conjured into being, the labyrinthine New City has become a haven for criminals and refugees.
Rumors have spread of a devastating new weapon buried beneath the streets – a weapon with the power to destroy a god. As Guerdon strives to remain neutral, two of the most powerful factions in the godswar send agents into the city to find it.
As tensions escalate and armies gather at the borders, how long will Guerdon be able to keep its enemies at bay?
The Shadow Saint continues the gripping tale of dark gods and dangerous magic that began with Hanrahan’s acclaimed debut The Gutter Prayer.
I feel a little bit cheeky considering this book is already out and I am currently reading it, but I’m gonna include it anyway! I loved The Gutter Prayer (read my review here) and I am really excited to be reading this. The world-building and characters in the first book were top notch, and so I just want to explore more of Guerdon (with its streets full of nightmarish horrors) and find out more about the brutal, devastating Godswar, which was motly just hinted at in The Gutter Prayer.
Plus, have you seen how beautiful and striking that cover is!
The Trouble with Peace
Release Date: 15th September
We don’t have a blurb guys!
Quite simply, I have never not been blown away by a Joe Abercrombie book and A Little Hatred from 2019 was no exception (here is my review). So, naturally I am excited to return to the First Law world and get stuck in with more of Abercrombie’s masterfully written cast of characters. Especially Rikke and Isern-i-Phail. Those were my favourites.
The Empire of Gold
Release Date: 30th June
The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.
Daevabad has fallen.
After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.
But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.
Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.
As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved . . . and take a stand for those they once hurt.
I just need to know what happens to Nahri and Dara! I know some people like Ali more, but hey, I like Dara. Anyway, I loved both The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper last year. I blitzed through both and can’t wait to pick up the final book in the series! I personally think Chakraborty has some nasty stuff planned for our trio of characters, but we will have to wait and see.
The Unspoken Name
Release Date: 20th February
What if you knew how and when you will die?
Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.
But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.
But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.
This is a book that I have quite simply heard a lot of good about. And reading the blurb, it sounds like it will be right up my street! What would you do in Csorwe’s situation? it is a pretty intriguing question, I think.
The Fires of Vengeance
Release Date: 10th November
In order to reclaim her throne and save her people, an ousted queen must join forces with a young warrior in the second book of this must-read epic fantasy series by breakout author Evan Winter.
Tau and his Queen, desperate to delay the impending attack on the capital by the indigenous people of Xidda, craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the Queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the ‘true’ Queen of the Omehi.
If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne, and if she can reunite her people then the Omehi have a chance to survive the onslaught.
This is a another slightly cheeky pick as I haven’t actually read The Rage of Dragons yet, but I really, really, reeeeaaaaalllllyyyy want to. I have it on my phone as an e-book so will be read soon! Anyway, I have heard soooooo much good about The Rage of Dragons that I already want to read the sequel. Pressure to like it much? I suppose it gives me a target to make sure I get the first book read by though! I can’t let it get lost in my ever-expanding TBR.
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Anyway, that is a list of five books that I am really looking forward to picking up and reading this year. Hopefully you will be inspired to pick them up… or the earlier books in the series!
What books are you looking forward to? Any of these ones? Let me know in the comments.